Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crafts from the 60's and 70's.

I think I'm a little late to the game, but I've just recently discovered podcasts. I've been blasting through craftypod series and just yesterday listened to the January, 2007 interview with Cathy Callahan of Cathy of California. In the interview, she talks about her collection of vintage craft books from the 60's and 70's and about the blog she created to catalog some of the imagery from these books. Having painted my fair share of rocks and made my own paper-mache pinatas, I was excited to visit the blog and found a wonderfully curated collection of craft imagery from the era.

Party paper ad from 1967. This guy is serving the ladies like a champ!

Artist Margaret Wentworth in her Big Sur home. 
I love the textile fish on the tiny piano.

 Headless mannequin supervising some sewing work. McCalls Craft book, 1968.
  
This sewing machine ad is great!

Pantyhose art, anyone? This is actually quite pretty. From "The Pantyhose Craft Book" 1978.


Fondue party! I'd love to get my hands on those teal plates. 1962.


I love these bold graphics, 1962.

Coincidentally, Cathy just released her own craft book, Vintage Craft Workshop. This book adds a modern take to the crafts from the 60's and 70's.


It looks like a fun read! I especially like the crocheted vase cover and the mobile. You can find it on Amazon. All photos are from the Cathy of California blog. Head over to check out many more retro craft projects and photos!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Multifaceted.

I'm noticing lots of cool faceted items on etsy lately. Here are a few of my favorites!

I love this hanging planter from Pigeon Toe Ceramics.
These magnets would look great on my studio inspiration board.
This little guy is really cruisin'. I like his fancy exhaust cloud!
I've had my eye on these cool earrings for a while.
These tiny faceted initial pendants are so cute.
You could make lots of neat patterns with these painted cubes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stripes.

Stripes, stripes, everywhere. A few stripey pics from my afternoon walk around downtown.


Here's a little sneak peek of a project I'm currently working on. I'll share it with you when it's finished!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New items in the shop!

I've got a few new products I'll be adding to the shop over the next week or so. First, I have some new gift tags.




I had this "tiny MINIs" design printed on tags a few months ago, but the colors I chose then didn't really work as a set. I decided to try out this combo of light mustard, sorbet red, light dove, powder pink, and deep teal and I think they came out great! Perfect for spring.




Last weekend was a productive one for me because I've FINALLY got a MINI Cooper Clubman print  made! I drew this bootylicious Clubman with a with a rear view to show off those cool double doors in the back! I have them available in light yellow, golden yellow, aqua, light blue, dark blue, and brown. It's hard to pick my favorite.




I've finally added pink and orange to my MINI Motoring Magnet colors. So cute!

All of these items are available in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Garden details.

I've been living in my new place for just about 6 months and am really enjoying having space for a garden. Sometimes I find myself getting caught-up in thinking about what can be improved and what still needs work, but when it comes down to it my little yard has come a long way in 6 months and I am proud of it. Here are a few close-ups I took this afternoon with my iphone.


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