Saturday, January 28, 2012
Been seeing terrariums pop up a lot on blogs, website, pinterest etc... Everywhere! Alright, yeah, yeah..I jumped on the band wagon but for good reason.
A little background: I'm not at all a person who can keeps plants alive — RIP my little plants of long ago. And when they're out of sight, I'll for damn sure forget to water those suckers.
So here I am trying to make and keep a terrarium alive?? Well, fortunately — for the plants, they're easy to maintain and I look at my creation everyday, amazed that I actually planted something and is still breathing. I know, it's a small achievement but It feels good to do something I was afraid of because of past failures. One of life's great lessons :)
This definitely calls for a famous quote to conclude this post:
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Later my friends! :)
Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
This pattern is by Vickie Howell for Caron. You'll find the pattern in my Nervous Knitter link on the side bar of this blog. Thanks for visiting!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
How cool is the invention of a mini cupcake maker. Haven't used it yet, but I'm sure it's going to be a fun and yummy day when I do. I also found a yummy recipe to test the mean cupcake making machine—Almond cupcakes with Pomegranate Frosting.
I also got a kick-ass purse from my sis. I didn't expect it to be a big purse but it is. Who cares, I'll carry it around anyway :) There's other styles but this one was my favorite.
Thanks for letting me share, everyone :)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
We were able to get some new ornaments for our tree this year also and thought I'd share. The blue bird had long feathers which I thought were really pretty:
a Virginia character from "Yes, Virginia", a classic Christmas story about a girl who's belief in Christmas is challenged by a school bully:
And a cute, glittery birds nest:
So maybe my next post will be about all the things I wished for and all the things I actually got :D It's just funny to share some of the crazy gifts you get for Christmas.
Merry Christmas to All!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Before Halloween ends I thought I'd share my little sewing project. A week before the office costume contest, I brainstormed with a few friends on what my costume would be this year—And yes, I only had a week left to come up with an idea and sew it up :). Fortunately, my smart and creative friends came up with a great idea that I actually enjoyed creating. This year I dressed up and won 2nd place as salmon nigiri sushi. So easy to make and took me 2 evenings after work to complete :)
If you're thinking of making this for your costume next year, here's what I did.
1. 1/2 yd orange cotton fabric (for the salmon)
2. 1/2 yd black pleather (for the seaweed)
3. POLY-FIL 100% premium Polyester Fiberfill
4. black and orange thread (if you don't have any)
5. 1" thick black velcro
first things to sew:
1. use the whole 1/2 yard orange fabric; fold in half; sew all 3 sides but leave 6-7" opening; turn inside out; use opening to stuff with fiberfill and sew closed.
2. hold pillow on your belly and measure with measuring tape the circumference of your body including the pillow to get the length of the seaweed (pleather); cut pleather 6 3/4" (width) by your circumference measurement (length).
1. okay, so I got some help with this (thanks G!). He used cream colored acrylic paint for the salmon striations and white acrylic paint for a touch of highlights.
1. After paint is all dry, center pleather (already measured and cut) on orange pillow and hand sew top and bottom corners of pleather to left and right side of pillow so that they are attached to each other.
2. cut velcro 6 1/2" (1/4" smaller than the seaweed width) and adhere to pleather where it comfortably wraps around your body for you to be able to easily remove or wear costume when needed.
3. wear an all white outfit to represent rice—and that's it!
All done and have fun! Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Okay, so I've been a little MIA lately and I have to apologize for that. So sowwy :(
Tonight though I thought I'd share a little something from the vintage-box-o-stuff. It's the kind of stuff that give me inspiration when I feel like creating something. Trend Hunter Magazine has images of vintage labels that are so awesome. It may be far from exciting to some but to me these labels are a bag full of inspiration. They're a concoction of fonts, color palettes, concepts, shapes & layouts that have the potential to be something new again—if you really try.
Take a look and hopefully you get to a place in your designs that you never thought you could.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Nest offers a FREE "Create a Ticker". It only takes 3 steps to generate an HTML code, Pseudo HTML, UBBCODE™ or BBCODE. As you can see above, I had to try it for myself. I chose a weekend countdown 'cause—lets face it—who doesn't love counting down to a fun-filled weekend. A screen shot of other countdown tickers can be seen on the left. Have fun!
FREE Create a Ticker here
Just roaming around other awesome blogs and found another cool freebie courtesy of Cathe Holden of JustSomethingIMade.com
Just in time for Mother's Day art projects:
Visit her awesome blog for the free download.
For all iPhone users: FREE wallpaper with a vintage fashion flair to it.
Download miss miza's art here and check out her other art pieces. Love it! :)
I wish I got one of these FREE jars :(
Jars of free National Trust fresh air are being offered to stressed-out city workers across the UK. The fresh air has been captured in recycled glass jars from rural and coastal locations including Lake Windermere in Cumbria, Stourhead in Wiltshire and Box Hill, Surrey. read more here
Sunday, April 4, 2010
So I've been out of the blogging world for awhile. many things have happened that have interrupted the progress of my creative projects. There's also days of creative blocks but I haven't at all neglected knitting my 1 scarf a month that I promised to knit for the non-profit organization for abused women. I've just been awful about not posting and sharing. I'll try my best to be more on time. Well, the picture above is the grape colored scarf I happily donated in February. I like the yarn so much, I'm thinking of getting another skein to knit a light spring scarf for myself. Now, I gotta make time to take an interesting shot of the March scarf I donated for my next posting. Until next time! :)
My monthly donations are also available in my flicker, as well as, other projects I've worked on.
Happy Easter Everyone!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Follow "My Scarf Donations by Month" on flickr
After the Apple Cozy, I was itching for another project to start on. I was digging deep and finding great patterns online. However all this creating isn't as much fun as when you give them away as gifts. I usually think about who might want or benefit from my little creations and then design them around that person. Recently I've realized that there's others out there that are in need and maybe I can help. So I've decided to donate knitted/crocheted scarves to a non-profit organization called:
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Links to all the free patterns and how-to's are in my "Nervous Knitter" flicker link in the right side bar of my blog.
So I have this addiction to knitting and crocheting now-a-days. I've completed a few wearable items that I thought I'd share on my blog :) I've only started to knit 2 months ago and taught myself how to crochet last month. It takes some time to teach yourself but if you're determined to learn, you'll get it quick and you'll enjoy it like I did. Above is an image of a crochet project I completed just a week ago. Here are the materials I used.
Alpine Wool Lion Brand Yarn in Black Pepper
P-15 (11.5 mm)
I deviated from the pattern a little bit and used a wool yarn (not as chunky or flexible) but started with 45 chains instead of 37 to be sure it would still fit over my head when I completed it. I hate measuring so there was a lot of wrapping around my head and neck action during the process :) I recommend you follow the pattern and yarn suggestions, as-is, to be sure it'll be useful for you at the end :D It was easy and quick to make.
C'mon, knit with me ;)
Monday, January 4, 2010
Happy 2010 everyone!
Just thought I'd share a few more images of some handmade coffee cup cozies I made for my friends during the holidays. I was, at first, going to just hand each one to them without any gift wrapping what-so-ever, but it just felt wrong to do that :) So the night before I quickly whipped up some homemade cards. I wanted to be sure they knew what they were getting and how it can be used.
The front reads:
Every little effort counts:
Enjoy your eco-friendly coffee cup cozy to keep
in your purse and use in lieu of cardboard coffee jackets.
I also needed to find a way to make these cards more multi-purpose. So I took some left over yarn; poked a small hole inside the card; inserted the yarn through the hole with the cozy attached to it; tied a knot in the back and viola!–instant holiday card and gift wrap :)
To make it fair, each one were placed in blank envelopes and I had them blindly choose their gifts. I really loved seeing how happy they were when they opened them and used them right away when we walked over to Starbucks after dinner. It really meant a lot to me.
I really enjoyed making these and hopefully you like them too :)
Next posting: I've got some knitting and crochet projects and I'll also include a link to the pattern. Talk to you guys next time! :)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So I promised to share pictures of our Christmas tree this year and some handmade gifts. See, I told you I was busy :) Hmmm...what exactly was I busy with? Wrapping gifts; making gloves for my sister and – in the picture above – gloves for the boyfriend; coffee jackets for 5 of my closest friends (I only showed 1 style here) and a knit cowl neck scarf (a gift for me). I've also tried to teach myself how to crochet. I don't think I'm doing it right but I'll take a picture of my crochet project for my next posting–I haven't finished quite yet. For now, just wanted share a little something with all of you.
Already 11:30am here in Cali, time to get ready for a Christmas gathering and white elephant gift exchange (yikes!). If I get anything crazy, I'm sure I'll share those photos with you guys too :)
Merry Christmas to All!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
So it's been a couple of weeks now and I haven't posted a thing. Yikes :| I'll have more to share, especially after the holiday craziness is over, but for now I finally finished knitting my sister's fingerless gloves. After trying them on, I think I want to knit a pair for myself :)
So the real reason why I haven't posted in a while is because I've gotten into this knitting thing lately–I call an addiction. So far I've been knitting scarves, neck warmers, fingerless gloves and a beanie with ear flaps (well, right now I can only call it a beanie sans earflaps. Still trying to figure out how to finish the flaps). I've discovered that knitting really tests your patience. Though I'm still guilty of wanting that instant gratification–as if I could simply pour hot water over instant powder and viola a scarf!–I've come to appreciate the time it takes to create wearable art. What I most love about it and what I find most satisfying is that ,whether it be for yourself, a loved one or a friend, what you knit is something you've created by hand and sooo useful at the end.
My knitting addiction came just in time for the holidays too. Instead of spending $20 a person, I buy yarn–on sale, of course, and thank goodness my sister doesn't read my blog– for $3-$4 a skein and behold a pair of fingerless gloves! The price doesn't include labor, but when it comes to creating things for friends/family it's a labor of love. Plus, I'm the type that can't keep still, so knitting fills that void when I'm utterly bored out of my mind :)
So next post, I'll show you guys the gloves I made my boyfriend, little cozies I sewed for my friends and ,why not, a picture of our Christmas tree, as well.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Today I'm taking time to read my book on a very cold Sunday afternoon. To keep you updated, I've been busy with a few crafty projects, entertaining dinner guests and decorating for the holidays. So much i need to post and share :) But for now, I'm unplugging for a few hours to cuddle up with a warm blanket, coffee and a funny book. I'm on page 81 and so far I'm enjoying this authors writing style :) Next book after this and in between crafty projects is "My Sister's Keeper." I've already been warned to have a fresh box of tissue in arms reach--I'm gonna need it. You know what my response is to that? "I guess it's puffy eyes for days. I'm a wus!"
Monday, November 23, 2009
I got this plant from a friend. The plant is in a white container wrapped with advertising all around it. I figured I'd sew something to cover the ugliness :p It was challenging sewing the bottom of this planter cozy. The seam ripper is definitely my best friend. After numerous attempts, i finally finished it yesterday.
I'm thinking of sewing a couple more, in case it feels like a wardrobe change :)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Unless Gramma's just cool like that :)
Well HELLO! everyone. Uugh! beat me with a plastic spoon. I know its been a while since I last posted something but I'm doing my best. C'mon gimme a break :) hee hee! I'm hoping you'll like this next posting though. but whether you do or you don't, remember to comment and let me know. I promise you won't hurt my feelings :)
So, I wanted to share something I designed that's not quite your average Christmas card. The reason why I designed something so different was because I wasn't finding the type of greeting card that reflected my comedic personality. (if it's hard to see, the front of the card reads: "I knew those haters would give me the wrong directions" ) I also figured that this kind of language is pretty universal and I'm sure we've said "haters" at least once in our lives. Right? or am I hearing crickets out there? Well, if my assumption is inaccurate let me define what "Hater" means. "Hater", according to the Urban Dictionary means:
A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person
So now if you didn't know, now you know :) If anyone's interested in purchasing a card or 2, click on my etsy store on the side bar of my blog!
thanks for your support and have a Creative Day everybody!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Time to participate, once again, in Illustration Friday. Gotta get those creative juices flowin'.
For this entry I decided to have it pertain to photography. It's a dilemma I face sometimes. I find that my vision gets blurred when I get so caught up in what I want others to see in my photos. I catch myself and refocus. I make sure that what I photograph is what's emotionally moving to me. Whether it be funny, serious or nostaligic, etc... it's gotta matter to me first.
So the lesson here is FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS. Now—if could just FOCUS on the other things going on in my life, it'd be an improvement ;)
1. I'm doing a handmade sketchbook GIVEAWAY soon. Visit again or follow my blog so you don't miss it :)
2. I also added a fun slideshow—just for kicks— in my sidebar that you can participate in called "MugShots". Just email me your "MugShots" and you can join in the fun too!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday, November 7th 7-9:30 pm and
Sunday, November 8th 12-4 pm
Location: 1809 4th Street, Berkeley CA
The 4th Annual Purrcasso Art and Craft Sale and Gala will be held on November 7th and 8th, 2009 to help benefit the shelter animals at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. A wide variety of artwork and crafts from local and international artists will be on display for sale.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
And so it begins! A friend has kindly put up my handmade sketchbooks for sale on his etsy shop. Above is a sampling of what to expect :)
Please visit: the shop
...to see other photographs made into handmade sketchbooks. And checkout my friends art, as well.
Visit often. More to come!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Yet another tote bag that'll probably be left behind in the trunk of my car only for me to realize it when I'm done shopping and ready to pay. Ugh..I hate that. Nevertheless, I was in a sewing mood so I attempted to make one just by eye balling another tote bag. Yes! I was brave enough to not use a pattern. Who am I kidding, anyone can do this :)
I got the fish pattern fabric from a fabric shop in New York (ahhh..I love that trip) and cut-out a fish design on the front to give it a silhouette look to it. Hmmm...now, will I ever remember to carry it in the grocery store with me?
Monday, October 19, 2009
This passed weekend, I shared a table with 4 other artists at Ape-Con in San Francisco. It was my very first experience as a vendor and I was so happy to be able to sell my work, meet my new customers and make friends with awesome and talented artists.
Above is a picture of some of the handmade sketchbooks I sold. I handcrafted sketchbooks using my photos I've taken across the world. I'll be crafting more of these with other pictures and will be posting them on my blog. Until I get an etsy account going, if you're interested, you can purchase any of them here. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work it out :)
Large Sketchbooks: $5
Small Sketchbooks: $3
shipping: US $1, Everywhere else $3 (with another item $1)
And to those who came by the table and purchased a sketchbook, THANK YOU for supporting my art.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Another attempt at sewing :) What made me sew a coffee cuff, you ask? Every other morning I usually pick up a cup of coffee before I go into work. Only cause
1. I get a little lazy to make it myself sometimes
2. It usually tastes better when someone else makes it
Anyways, I always feel guilty grabbing one of their coffee cuffs knowing that by the last sip I'll not only be tossing out the cup but also the cuff. So I sewed a reusable one to keep in my purse at all times. My favorite part is the blue loopy loops that help finish the edge of the cuff. So far it's been very useful, guilt-free and a hit at work, so I think I'll be making more for the holidays :)
Happy Monday! Happy Columbus Day! Happy Thanksgiving!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Recently, I've been busy working and helping out a friend with some graphic design he hired me to do to promote his paintings for an event called Ape-Con in SF. In a week, I had to design a sticker, postcard, booklet and 11x17 poster. Let me tell you...I... am... exhausted! This was a job on top of my full-time one, so please forgive me if I haven't posted in almost a week :)
After everything was approved and off to the printers, we decided to take a well deserved break and some fresh air over the weekend. We hiked to Pirate's Cove and discovered a beautiful and peaceful view. It was a perfect day! Because of all my hard work, my friend surprised me with a souvenir from our hike. A flat rock from Pirate's Cove with one of his original paintings on it. Love it! Love it! Love it!
The picture above is a combo of the view we saw that day and his artwork. I added a little something to make it even more personal. It kinda has a postcard look to it, I think :)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Just came from a library sale around our neighborhood and discovered so many old, old books. Don't think I'm a fan of their old, old smell but I'm definitely a fan of its past and the story it tells just by flipping through 'em.
I had to get this Pan Am World Guide for $.50. Someone from 1962 even signed there name to claim its ownership. It has an old crackling sound as you open it and an excerpt from the book shows photos of activities for hotel guests/tourists Antigua has to offer.
I found tons of other ones, but I'll save those for later. I don't want to overwhelm everyone. For now, I hope everyone enjoys this find.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So the topic of this post today is about travel. Looking at old photos of a trip to New York about 2 years ago made me think about planning a trip again for next year. I've always wanted to visit Europe, so maybe we'll try London. At least I can still speak english there. Early this year we took a vacation to Costa Rica with some of our friends. It was beautiful. It rained a bit but it was sunny and hot most of the time. It was tough trying to speak and understand the language. There was a lot of pointing at things, miming and broken spanish. Anyways, thought I'd share some of our New York pictures I put together through Shutterfly. If you've ever visited New York, you'll probably recognize the spots we enjoyed visiting. Talk to you all tomorrow!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
"Pattern" is the theme for Illustration Friday. I haven't participated in a long a while, so I thought I'd contribute this week. I designed it to be a greeting card. Maybe a "Congrats on your new home" kind of card.
When I think of pattern, I think of my parents old furniture wrapped in vintage fabrics. It really brings back childhood memories, especially memories of my mom's obsession in keeping the living room a place where:
1. You keep clean and pristine at all hours of the day, in case anyone makes surprise visits.
2. You DO NOT step on the carpet that was vacuumed with perfect vacuum lines. Because one impression of your foot on that carpet meant re-vacuuming the whole room.
3. And even though every piece of furniture was wrapped in clear plastic vinyl, your ass is grass if she see's an imprint of your behind on that chair.
I know it may sound like I had a crazy, scary mom. But I'm sharing this little piece of my childhood because in retrospect, I think it's hilarious. I actually love my mom for being that careful. It taught me to be more conscious of the things I purchased and to take care of them better. So I guess, this illustration is really dedicated to my mom :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Another attempt at sewing. This time I used some leftover fabric from I don't know when. And some buttons for his eyes. I didn't want to sew something really complicated, cause who knows how that would've turned out, so a simple shape for his body, lips and hair was what I could handle at the time. And, as you can see, a star is born!
Say hello to Clobber—don't worry he's armless,I mean, harmless :) Besides his handsome haircut, I wanted to give him a little more personality, so i gave him a friend to hangout with. Clobber's furry, yellow friend seems to like his haircut too. Anyways, we'll see if I can come up with something else. Lei-tah!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
So let's begin! Lately, I've been into hand-made things. I've been hanging out at the book store searching for inspiration. Something that'll resuscitate my creativity. I picked up the "Sock and Glove" book by Miyako Kanamon to challenge my sewing abilities. I thought the kitty was cute so, i started with that. I wanted to fix the arms—a bit lopsided—but every time I look at it, it made me laugh, so I kept it as-is. I used to have a small dog that my friends called dirty-dog (that's a story I'll share another time) so I felt compelled to name this one "dirty-cat". If you got a better name, let me know :) Have an awesome day everyone!
Friday, December 26, 2008
I was feeling creative today and decided to put all my crazy ideas onto paper. I usually have pens laying around everywhere but not one could be found except for this one. It's now my new brainstorming pen. I have a feeling it's gonna bring me some luck :)
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