Thursday, October 28, 2010

w00t - l00t!

I'm not sure about the title of this post - bit wrong in that 'dad joke' kind of way.

Oh well, moving on.

Today I found some useful things made fun (and more useful) with knitting. Do you feel knitting and knitted things are more a winter/autumn thing than a spring/summer thing? I do. I get too hot knitting when the weather's warm, the idea of warm cozy things make me feel sticky.

However, facing a weekend which is promising 'a weeks worth of rain in one day' (thanks Melbourne) I'm thinking maybe Saturday is a good day to get some extra rows done before packing the whole project away for the colder seasons of 2011.

Storing up ideas for next winter however, check out these clever ideas! Casamania, an Italian interior design company that make lots of fun things. These chunky knits makes me feel cozy immediately! I wonder what they look like with a light on inside them? (thanks Bholu for hearting this)

How fun! Definitely do-yourself-able. However, Franklin would (if he were here) ask me to make you promise never to do that to your power cables... like, never never.

I think Franklin would like this for the jasmine tea at his work desk habit he's got going on. Simple classy design, and no occupational health and safety risks in these promotional images! Paige Russell is one clever Canadian.

And last but not least, a project I could (maybe) make myself, seeing as I love small sized things (reward of finishing something happens much quicker,) and I love Totoro.

Hello Yarn even tells me how, it's just a matter of skills and reading the instructions carefully... hmm.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I would like this book for my birthday. (I am happy to get it for myself, please don't feel like I'm 'dropping hints,' I just wanted to convey how much I like it. No one will believe that, as it's coincidentally my birthday in 9 days... oh well)

Remember that game where a group of you would write a collaborative story only knowing the last word used by the person before you? And did you ever do the same thing with drawings? Well, this book is both those games by 100 people who can actually draw, so it's MEGA. And it's PRETTY. And you know I love pretty things.

Currently the creators are touring the book across blogs, which is another collaborative and clever idea. Design for Mankind, who writes in a voice just like Amiriche's, is the first tour stop. Read her interview with creator Julia Rothman.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

So I never thought I would...

...but I am here today, to post a video.

I wish there were puppets in my high school when I went there... it is obvious to me that it was a poorer experience for it. Although, I do remember trying to make up cool 'new' words for things, I don't remember any of them, so clearly, none were super impressive.

My proudest 'I made that up' moment is convincing a certain number of people that, while red cars 'make you go faster,' blue cars 'make you look taller' This has actually stuck, and generally more and more people are taking it on. One day I'll rule the world... one day. Hehe

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


So, to continue the fashion conversation with myself, I found this beauty today... it is the creative work of Máximo Tuja aka 'max-o-matic'

I think because the Satorialist is posting fashion shows like crazy at the moment, I have fashion on the brain. I love the movement in this, and how he's used collage. I heart collages and completely understand the need to mix media to produce something awesome.

Did you read Garance Doré's blogs on the Vogue Masquerade Ball? It was very amusing, I had to google most of the names she mentions in the articles, but it was very entertaining.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Red Riding Hood Remix

I love clever people. And I love when clever people take a classic concept and make it new. Today I came across Denise Van Leeuwen's illustrations, and felt I needed to chare the cuteness of her little Little Red Riding Hood with you.

So cute and so modern. I mean, wedge heels of awesome! It will be no surprise to you that Denise does fashion illustration as well as children's books.


Thursday, October 07, 2010

Home Sweet Home - I wish

Not the furniture, but the SPACE, the LIGHT! I can put myself right into the picture. So at home... I want to print it really big so I can pretend I live there...

... or I just need several million dollars.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I love it when someone is clever

OMG guys, O M G! I have found something 'totes' cool - or is that 'toats' - apparently it's what all the cool kids are saying... but I'm not sure how they're spelling it.

Regardless, I have found something cool - and full of pretty things!

It's called Spoonflower.

"Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers around 70,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. The site has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Make, CRAFT, ApartmentTherapy, Photojojo, and many other terrific publications and blogs."

And now in little-old mine. I love it when a great idea comes together!

Here's a selection of the fabrics I found and loved...

From top left clockwise in a spiral fabrics are:
Newspaper Boats, Heather Ross
arborvitae 1, Monica Meehan; Cuckoo Clock, Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane; Forest Friends, Patty Sloniger; Chickadees in Blue, Lynn Baron; Clothes Pin People, Heather Ross; Little Spools, Heather Ross
You can see I really loved the Clothes Pin People, I put in my header (which I hope is OK?) because it just made me feel like spring, possibly because the clothes pin people look like they're going to their brother's picnic engagement party this weekend and having a lovely time in the soft sunshine!