Thursday, August 27, 2009

A shop update and a weekend away...

I'm packing my bags and getting ready to head out of town for a long weekend in Northern California (my old stomping grounds). My husband and I have a cousin's wedding to attend (and help photograph) and a Giants Baseball Game to relax at on Sunday. The 30 degree drop in temperature is going to be a much needed relief!

I wanted to leave you with some new listings in my shop that I am very excited about... It was a goal of mine a year and a half ago to be able to create something like this and I'm very proud of the work I've put into getting to my goal:

Hand Stamped Fabric (by the yard and 1/2 yard)
for your crafting needs

One sewing class, two textile printing classes, and lots and lots of frustrating mistakes later I can now proudly offer Hand Stamped Fabric. I'm quite the perfectionist so getting to the point to be able to offer something for sale is HUGE for me! I hope you enjoy :)

So until next week,


Sunday, August 23, 2009

A baby's room on a budget... Display Ideas

I ran across this photo the other day and thought something like this would look perfect over the baby's changing table:

Instead of cute little bathing suits I thought that making some fabric drawstring linen bags that read 'laundry', 'diapers', and 'towels' would be more functional. I'm really low on storage places so making this display into a hidden storage piece would work great!

Now that I have the idea down I decided to browse Etsy for some hooks (or something like the above)... I was so delighted to find such a wide variety of listings!

Here are some of my favs:

Upper Left: BROOKLYNrehab
Upper Right: postroadvintage
Bottom Left: dcmetaldesigns
Bottom Right: iamnotcarla

Stay tuned for what I come up with :)

Have a great Sunday!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Antique Store Finds!

Just wanted to share my Antique Store finds today...

Lots of cool storage boxes

... and my favorite find,
these antique chalkboards
(which will undergo an 'updo' soon)

Once photographed these will available in the shop!


Monday, August 17, 2009

A baby's room on a budget... THE CRIB, yo!

As 'Sweet Child of Mine' just begins to play on the radio I decided that maybe I should share with you some progress on the baby's room!!!

I've gotten rid of lots of clutter and set up 2 pretty crucial pieces of furniture:

The Crib and Changing Table Set
I picked up from Big Lots
for $179.

Here's a very plain lamp shade I picked
up at Ikea. I plan on embellishing it to add
the finishing touches to the room.

I can't help but daydream about what to put up on the walls... I really don't like putting my own artwork up simply because I will stare and critique it constantly... Plus, I enjoy supporting fellow artist and crafters. Over the years I've acquired a few pieces of work that I am in the process of frame matching to display in our little girl's room:

Parasol print
by Art and Ghosts

She Moves among the Sparrows print
by The Black Apple
psssst. on sale right now too!!!

Shy Girl and Shy Boy print
by Rosie Music (from Mexico City)

Stay tuned to see these prints framed! Here's a sneak peek of what I'm also working on for the room:



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Loveland Boutique Grand Opening!

Just wanted to give you a heads that up if you're in the Phoenix/Mesa/Tempe area check out this adorable new boutique 'Loveland'. Their official Grand Opening is this Saturday 7pm-10pm. Details on their website here:

I happened to swing by yesterday to organize dropping off some Nesta goods and it is looking fabulous! Jinia and Althea, the owners, are super awesome and the boutique is attached to a coffee shop (you can't beat that). Lots of handmade goods and super duper kid friendly!!!

So hopefully I will see you there Saturday!!! Oh, and the shopping center has plenty of great restaurants so why not make a night of it? Dinner and Shopping :) (that's my plan)



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A baby's room on a budget...

As many of you know my husband and I will be having our very fist little one in December... and we just found out it's a girl!!! Now that the gender is straightened out (hopefully) it's time to start turning one of our bedrooms (which serves as my fabric/craft overflow storage room - guestroom) into our little one's living quarters.

This is going to be a chore considering we have very little storage in our home AND we are working on a very low budget. We also need a place for occasional visitors to sleep. So... I'd thought I'd share with you the progress we make and maybe pass on to you some money saving tips and bargains (I know we all could use them these days).

I also thought I'd share with you some 'before' photos... I notice that 'designers' tend to only blog about how perfect their house is/looks... and we all know that they MUST have a room (or space) somewhere that looks like this:

the 'before's'

Now that you've seen my 'clutter room' I invite you to stop on by the blog every so often and see the progress I make on the room...

I'm off to shop for cribs!!! Going to check out Target, Ikea and Big Lots today... I'll let you know what I find :)



Monday, August 10, 2009

Matted Print Sale!!!

I've just listed a bunch of matted photographs in my Photography shop at a great discount! I normally sell these at shows but will not be doing any this year... Dates fall too close to baby's brithday!

Matted Photograph Sale

Have a great week!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back from the City...

I'm just getting settled back into home after a nice long vacation to New York City with the ladies of my family (sister, cousin, aunt, mother, and grandma).

It was so neat to be with the generations of ladies in the family... and to know I was carrying around the very next generation in my belly.

She had fun in New York too :)... (Oh yeah, found out we're having a girl today!)

Getting out of the house and getting some traveling in was just what I needed... After months of morning sickness I am finally feeling more like myself.

And on that note I wanted to share some new pieces of artwork I listed in my shop...

Titled the Dark City series
photographs printed on pages of my 1929 Atlas

Check 'em out!!! I was really happy with the way that they turned out and they make great pieces of affordable original artwork...

I hope you are all well!!!