Thursday, May 29, 2008

One of a Kind

So, I have come to the conclusion that planned posts feel more like a chore than anything else...which is why I've been absent.

I will just have to go with the flow and post when the time is right, rather than a set day.

Since I don't have much of a schedule or weekly routine, my days are all kind of meshed together.

I decide which days I want to work, at what time, and what stores I want to do (it's a merchandising job.)

On the days that I don't have to work, I am either cleaning, bumming around online, running errands, or working on Yellow Canoe stuff.

But sometimes I like to make stuff for us, too:

I bought the hooks from Pier 1 about 2 months ago.

I made the design specifically for us, but of course, I couldn't just keep the design for us...2 days later I was printing new key racks and necklace holders for Yellow Canoe.

Joe saw what I was doing and said "But I thought you made that for us..."

I felt so bad! I did say that it was just for us. I should have asked what he thought about me carrying the pattern over to the goods.

I made sure it was okay with him about 15 times before I listed the new pieces in my shop.

Looks like I will just have to make a different print that is just for us- REALLY just for us.

I've gotten a ton of requests for this rack- lots of people want this exact one with these exact hooks...something that I have to keep saying no to (plus, I can't get the hooks anymore.)

Sometimes you just need something that is only yours.

The bedroom is almost finished.

I'll post photos when it's ready to be seen.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mostly Photos.

Finally got a dining room table and chairs.

From IKEA.

Table is the "Mella" Table.
Chairs are "Umbra" Chairs.
New grouping of art, I haven't had a place for these until now.
{Newly framed} print, by Jaime Zollars.
Art Card by Jaime Zollars.
Tickets piece by me- I needed something to balance out the works and wanted something quick. So I glued kraft paper to a piece of birch that was too damaged to use for Yellow Canoe and then added the 3 tickets.
I made up a story for the tickets- the girl and the bear on the card use them for unlimited rides on the mountain lift.
Of course, the whole ensemble was missing something, so I ventured to my "small things" toy box and found exactly what I was looking for.
A horse and a pig.
They don't have names yet.

Joe joined the WWF and we got 2 of these adorable reusable bags.
I cannot get over the baby polar bear pictured.

2 new pillows.
Left: Jamtartbaby
Right: Olive

That's all for now. I have more to post on Wednesday, though!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Some Stuff

Hi friends,

I don't have a whole lot of time for words but I thought I could at least show you a couple things I've been up to.

I'm always on a quest to decorate the house with high quality goods on while sticking to a small budget.

I came up with this piece a couple of weeks ago.

It's a frame that I thrifted which used to be a dark blue color and the picture was absolutely hideous. I had the frame for awhile and was just keeping it until I found something that would fit in it. I was walking down the aisles of target and saw a cloth napkin for $2.99 by Dwell Studio. I knew right away that it belonged in a frame. It was the last one they had, so I figured it wasn't meant to be a napkin any longer, since it couldn't be sold in a set.

So I went home and cleaned up the frame. Threw a few coats of brown on it, added a matte finish, and this is the end result:

I saw this post on design*sponge awhile back and thought it was perfect for my space.

So I got a roll of cork board and came up with a design. Since the cork board wasn't thick enough, I ran out to the craft store and bought a piece of foam board which was also cut in the same shape. I glued the cork to the foam board, attached some sawtooth hangers, and now I have a great space to hang my inspiration pieces:

I went with Joe to Chicago because he had to go for business.

I saw these beautiful flowers in the park.

I want to plant some of the purple ones as soon as we get a house. Hopefully in about a year.
On the way home from Chicago, we stopped at IKEA. I will show you guys what we got next time I post. I also want to show some of the great things I've gotten from Etsy recently! More in a few days.

Thanks for stopping by!