Monday, November 15, 2010

The Wreath Project

This weekend I worked on a really cool book page wreath, I saw the idea on a friends page and fell in love!  So, I wanted to try it out myself and see if I could make one that looked just as good.  I spent most of the day on Saturday working on it, it took almost 5 hours and a lot of burns from the hot glue gun!  But, it was worth it!

Ethan helped me tear the pages out of the books, sacrificing only a few to rips. He got bored pretty quickly after that and abandoned me to play Wii!  Anyways, here's my initial prototype wreath, it's almost 20" in diameter.  I'm going to make an even bigger one to hang in my living room...I'm going to accent the edges of it with orange paint(one of my all time favorite colors!).

I'm thinking about making these to sell on my etsy page. Hopefully, it won't take as long now that I have made 1.  Anyways, if you'd like to see step by step instructions to try and make your own, click here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Urban Mining

I went to Urban Mining Housewares last night for the Holiday Preview Sale with my friend Erica.  Urban Mining is a really cool vintage market in Westport, it's not a huge place to spend the whole afternoon, but a good size for an evening of shopping with dinner after!  I love places like this and can't wait for the next adventure down at the River Market antique mall.  It's so fun searching for special gems and seeing great reminders of childhood memories with my family! (There were plenty of these there last night!)  Here's just a few interesting things that I saw.....some SUPER creepy and some pretty cool!

 I really liked these silhouettes, but I could make them myself very easily and use images of my own family!
 This monkey was the creepiest thing in the store, like it would kill you at night!!
My brother, Ben, had one of these banks as a kid.  My sister and I used to love stealing it from him and using it ourselves, it just seemed like one of the most amazing things as a child.  My mom found his a few years ago and gave it back to him, I think he has it in his room storing all his most precious items!

I was in love with this last one, but figured since I'm married now that I should get the approval of my husband.  I think he likes it and I'm dying to go back on Sunday and buy it...(you get 10% off on Sundays!)  I'm thinking you could spray paint the pole a bright color and add it to any room in the house!  It's just an awesome vintage lamp, the pole goes from floor to ceiling and it's tethered.  So cool....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Art is Subjective

Here's some art that my 1 1/2 year old nieces created.....guess which one won a prize?!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Strangers with Crafts?

I love Amy Sedaris....and I REALLY loved her show Strangers With Candy back when it was on Comedy Central.  Now, she has written a book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

She's probably one of the funniest people on earth and I can't wait to read this book!  In the meantime, I'll settle to read this interview that she did on

Here's a little of advice from Amy Sedaris: If you craft, and you should, craft with abandon and don’t judge your work. It’s the process that’s important, not the final product. Remember, for every person who deems your project crap, there is another person who hasn’t seen it. The only person you have to please is yourself, and what do you know about art?