For those of you who are aiming to feel like a giant, or have geography-themed decor: Topoware might be just perfect.
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For those of you who are aiming to feel like a giant, or have geography-themed decor: Topoware might be just perfect.
I've started a new side project: personal pie charts. Inspiration comes directly from this series by Craig Robinson, the self-annual reports of Nicholas Felton, and, of course, the simple hilarity of this. I'm crossing my fingers that I will end up with some interesting, whether in the content or the comparisons, so bear with me. I'll be working on these a couple at a time & am getting through the basics first...
Love this Chez Moi gocco print by Fric de Mentol.
Sunday was, for the most part, laid back, semi-productive, a constant war between precipitation and sunshine. I filled some orders, snacked on rice with vinegar, went to the gym and realized that restaurant across the street is Salvadoran and that's why I didn't easily recognize it, started watching Flight of the Conchords and developed a love-hate relationship with it, did three loads of laundry, and cut a plush toy freehand, which meant it ended up looking like a grade-school project.
I had my reoccurring tooth dream. It's always a little different, and I'll skip over the cringe-inducing parts, but the general gist is that one or more teeth come loose and fall out. Someone once told me it means I'm feeling like no one is listening. Hmm, bother. Anyway, besides eating an omlette for breakfast I didn't get any eggs yet today, but I did get a little Andes pack. My god, those are going to be the death of me... if you ever see a trail of crumpled green wrappers, just follow it, because I'll be at the end.
Juxtapositions in the Rachel Mara Spring 2008 collection.
Friday night is occupied by tomato-artichoke-pepper-garlic calzones in Wallingford, playing one-on-one soccer close to home (each footstep preceding crunching grass and the complaining suck of the mud beneath) and watching favorite scenes from owned movies (S's and mine in no order): the lottery ticket in American Movie, can I call you weird al + ordering a giant glass of milk in Ghost World, alfred molina robbery in Boogie Nights, the diner in In the Mood for Love, kidnapping in A Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, can I hold you now in Snow Falling on Cedars, bits and pieces of Memento...
Yesterday morning I barely miss the bus (frequently happens) and I'm waiting for the next one, accompanied by a middle-aged couple – identically short, dark hair, foreign speech. While they're eying the bus schedule, semi-arguing, I've got my Plath book out and am sitting on one of two benches. Then the husband sits down on the opposite end of the same bench, and pats the small space in between us, urging his wife to join. These benches are not designed for three people. But, unfazed, she squeezes in, sits herself down, and I'm thinking, "Are you kidding me? There's an empty bench right over there," feeling ridiculous and like I've involuntarily been adopted into this new family. I get up and move outside the bus shelter, my toes suddenly numb, preoccupied with an infectious rip in my tights. It was fine after that, except for standing on the bus steps behind the wife while she literally stuffed thirty-some nickels into the fare slot, jamming her finger into the silver mass while laughing nervously and ignoring the bus driver's pleading to stop.
The lovely Raven was very kind in offering me a feature on her blog. She really put a lot of work into it – wrote a bit about my shop, put together a collage, and is helping to promote my goodies with a giveaway. I feel a little weird posting about another post that's about myself – seems roundabout and a bit narcissistic, BUT I'm doing it to give some public kudos + thanks to Raven, and also letting you readers know about the giveaway. Check out the feature to learn the how-to details, enter before March 22nd comes to an end, and perhaps win one of my menagerie tour notecards...
I like Alice + Olivia.
Last night we put on our trackpants, signed and shuffled around the paperwork, and finally got ourselves gym memberships. Although I have my beloved stationary bike at home, it only gets me so far compared to a treadmill. I might also take them up on their classes... a little pilates? A little kickboxing? We'll see.
I think the machines I might like the most are the ones that face the windows. The sun was already down, so it was hard to see past the glass with all the reflections and glares of the interior. Mostly I kept an eye on a restaurant across the street. The awning read "Traditional Homemade Cuisine" set in a font that suggested it was a Greek restaurant, but yet the name was something much more Mexican, "Mi (something)". It was just one of those moments when you realize all the places you've gone past time and time again and not even known they were there.
Alan Woo has some humorous work in progress. Check out the rest of his site, too. How was your St. Patrick's day? No surprise, the grocery store was out of Guinness. I wonder if that Japanese beer I had instead is bad for the quarter of me that is Irish.
Got a little bit of journaling done today, reshot a few shop items while trying to fight cat from lounging in light box (hence the photo). Took a walk around the lake, trailing behind a dog with the most wiggly walk – he twisted his feet so much that the only visible prints in the dirt were his. Thrift store shopped and bought one of those adjustable stamps that used to be used in libraries.
... well, not completely different. But the first of its kind in my shop. Tonight I listed this little set of stickers, which includes Yami the lion and some necessary accessories. Read more about them here.
A couple odd/funny food-related things happened today. This morning we breakfasted at a nearby greasy spoon joint, Beth's Cafe. The walls are entirely pasted with crayon drawings, which I realized most of which were drawn by adults. There was one in particular that I noticed: in bold, big letters, "You're cute when you're screaming." I'm sure this was meant in a loving, teasing way, but I imagined it in context of a horror movie. Oh, my manipulative mind.
Later at Safeway I was pushing the cart behind a retiring-aged lady who had a mini-cart filled with only four jars of alfredo sauce. Not so strange, I figure, must be a sale. But then I see an exact replica of this woman in the checkout aisle one over – about age 60, same physical frame, unloading a mini-cart... of only four jars of alfredo sauce. Stefan's guess is that they are in cahoots, loading up on the cheap pasta sauce while they can, perhaps to resale it and bring in the big money.
I'm trying to be more analog than digital this weekend. One of Alvin Aronson's projects is both: the d/a clock.
Today is quiet and damp. I told myself I would put my energy into writing this weekend, but I also just got some wool felt (normally I use acrylic) and pin backs that I'm wanting to make something with. Hmmf. I'm in that horrible undecided space.
Animals are invading your desk accessories. They are also today's Soupe du Jour.
I finished reading The Bell Jar on the bus ride home. I strangely couldn't remember the ending until about two pages approaching it. Now I'll be diving into The Journals of Sylvia Plath. Sometimes I'm afraid to read non-fiction from fiction writers, but I have a gut feeling this will be different.
On the bus was some loud voice describing what sounded like a very strange recipe. My attention was wavering in and out, but I kept hearing little bits: "Take the pistachios... that sauce.. heating pistachios.. boiling... hey, know how I usually keep my hair short?" I thought the voice was directed into a cellphone, until he deboarded with someone who may have been trying to weasel out of the conversation.
Nice works by Amy Stein – she creates curious scenes without going overboard.
This morning there is a new mail basket. It's larger, wired, black. Because of that couple day disappearance, I have this silly thought in my head that this is really the same basket – as if it was sent into the shop and tweaked and poked into improvement.
I like the idea of this tee by London design firm us. Dots of detergent are screened onto the fabric, so theoretically you could roll around in muck and then stand in front of a sprinkler to wash it (also revealing a message).
A few days ago the outgoing mail basket disappeared from our hallway. I don't know how to interpret this. Is this the postman saying, "I don't want to carry your junk for you anymore, take a hint"? Or maybe someone was in desparate need of a small, wicker container? I'm nervous to leave any letters sitting there now. They look so unguarded.
I love Erin Ellis' little animals, which she's named Chubbikins. All the different tails are my favorite part.
On the way home from the comic book store:
Me (opening the first one): Ooo, it's... Soya!
Boyfriend (driving): Is it good?
Me: Yes, although.... soy milk isn't green. But it's cute.
Me (opening the second one): Oh... no.
Boyfriend (still driving): ...
Me: It's.... Soya, again.
Yeah, so now I have two Soyas. Could be worse, though. I could have gotten the ones with horns. (Isn't that the sweetest packaging?)
I finally finished reading Nine Stories. Eh. I really only liked one of the nine. When Salinger writes in third person it ends up sounding a bit high and mighty, but I really love the first person narratives. Catcher in the Rye is in my top five novels, if not at the very top. Now I'm reading The Bell Jar for the second time, which is also in my top five.
Shop news: the latest yeti & siamese twin were snatched up last night, so I'll be working on some new little guys this weekend. Stay tuned.
Because it was sunny today, and also because it's being played right now in the other room, I just want to say that if you haven't seen Sunshine, you really should. I saw it back when it was in the Now Playing category, and it surely deserves to be experienced in front of a massive theater screen, so when you rent it, at least turn off all the lights. It's entertaining, suspenseful, & has a great theme song. This might be a good time to mention that I'm a very pro-science fiction girl. Apocalyptic films in particular.
In shop news... my hands are itching to sew something tonight. So expect another update soon. And also... I have an order out for some buttons made with my illustrations!
I've been a boygirlparty fan for a long time, and there's so much cute stuff, but one of my favorites is these recipe cards. I did some 'actual' cooking the other night, made lasagna and a super-simple orange/sorbet dessert.
And I keep thinking about that list of goals I wrote up at the beginning of last month. I might have only been successful at one of them, so I'm resisting the follow-up. So maybe I'll change the timeline to two months. There. Solved.
New little guy in the shop. I have to admit that I'm still fidgeting with the pattern of this particular plush design. I've sold multiple versions and they've all been a little different. Anyway, this newbie, Buck, comes with a sweet little donut. Pink sprinkles and all.
Fun stuff from Mary Meyer. I'm looking forward to spring.
I've been back in my film state of mind lately. Today's venture wasn't so successful (I Am Legend). Oh, and we're making our way through the sixth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm... typical Larry David, you know, but good.
Ok, just this one more post today and that's it. I need to get out of computer land and make lunch so we don't miss seeing Semi-Pro! Anyway - new print in the shop. Some little radishes. Get one of the prints here.
Tonight is scary movie night. Just watched 30 Day of Night and now mid-way through 28 Weeks Later. By "watch," I mean pay enough attention to get what's going on and pretending to watch when the freaky music starts.
Aww, sweet. Cup-a-Cake set from Williams Sonoma. Wish I liked eating cupcakes more since they're fun to make & decorate.
Annnnd I'm back. Feeling much (though not 100%) better. Tonight's discovery... sweet soft hues from Juma.
Hey there. I'm still out of commission, sleeping for the most part. In the meantime, check out tinyshop, this blog that I found recently, that "celebrates the preciousness of "mini" -- the shortest distance between 2 points, the space of minutiae, and creative endeavors on a small scale."
Ugh. I am totally sick. I think one of the worst things about having a cold is how it messes up your sleep. Not only did I probably not ever truly fall asleep but I had those dreams where I had an impossible task to complete and it made me all anxious, even when waking up. Now I also have these contradictory feelings where I don't even want to look at food because my taste buds hit the road but yet I really want fatty, sweet things like the ice cream above. Well.. pssh, okay. I'm making it sound worse than it is. Happy Sunday!
I just finished sewing all these little guys that are going to be shipped off to New York and live in a little shop over there. I love having a whole group of them and am feeling good about all the work done. Unfortunately I'm also feeling a little icky, am hoping I'm not coming down with something. Not sure what all is planned for this weekend – I think we're going to a bike swap today. Oh, and watching the Oscars tomorrow, unless they really suck.
Lovely rich colors and great pieces in rokdarbi's shop.
These little mischievous guys from BicycleOcean make me smile. I love candy-striped pants (uh, just on characters, not in real life). I've been thinking of dressing up one of my own creations in a similar outfit.
This is an old photo. I wish it was that warm again.
Another word about the new shop website. This is a first go at it – I'll eventually re-build it with CSS and all that good stuff. One of the reasons I wanted to get a site up asap independently from etsy is that (drumroll...) my plush collection & paper doll cards are going to be sold in a new store in New York called The Paper Sparrow. Like I said before, I'm not abandoning Etsy by any means, but it does help the getting-established part to also have a little piece of land staked out all for myself in the huge, huge internet.
Anyway, I did get some fun in after all the hard work. We walked around Ballard for a bit (haven't been there in forever), ate Pho, got coffee, browsed the music stores, then came back home and popped in one of the early Dexter DVDs. I'm not totally hooked yet, but it's not half bad.
I have a big announcement today! I just launched elephantine as its own website. I'm not planning on leaving Etsy, but now I can have a little more control over certain aspects, the most obvious being the look & feel of the shopping experience. See the brand new site at www.elephantineplush.com. And I know, I know, it's not properly built (it's pretty much all just sliced up images) but it works and it's done. And I did it in less than 48 hours. So... in other words... I haven't been doing very many 'fun' things yet this weekend. Onto that, now.
As of today, 300 people have hearted my etsy shop. Thank you. :)
Just got back from dinner (thai, good) + movie (jumper, bad) with a friend. Rufus was running around like mad, meowing that half-angry-half-pleading meow of his. But now he's silent. I'm hoping this weekend is going to be a good mix of relaxing and fun and getting stuff done. I have many things to do for the shop, and also things for my day job. Oh, and that nonsense about changing my shop name... forget it. Bonsoir.
This is too cool. Soap Bank by Designodoubt. Via ApartmentTherapy.
Stefan surprised me with gorgeous flowers this morning. He also cooked one of my favorite dinners: salmon, asparagus and risotto. When I have time, I'll post my newest mixtape (which is what I made for him). Oh yeah, and I'm considering changing my etsy/business name, for two reasons... one: I keep thinking about the actual definition of elephantine; two: I'd really prefer having a shorter name that doesn't allude to a specific animal. Trying to brainstorm names... it's hard to know if I'll like one long term. Right now I'm liking 'Kupa'. I'd really appreciate anyone's thoughts. Have a good night!
I have no energy to crawl the internet for new and exciting things, so today's another shop post. New design, and check the listing out here. I also have four other plushies in progress, but they are designs I've done before. Still, that's good, it means I like them.