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Needle & Thread

This amazing embroidery by Jasmin Berakha makes me want to break out my stash of embroidery thread and start stitchin’.

Found via MoCo Loco

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Etsy/ West Elm Pop-Up

I think this might be a fun way to spend a Saturday! West Elm is hosting a Pop-Up shop in collaboration with Etsy and Satsuma Press in Portland May 21st.  You can RSVP here.

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Art is a Game!

Kevin Kelly and his son recently made a toy wreath from dollar tree plastic toys.  It made me think about the many things I create and ponder whether they are art.  And really, sometimes it is about the process as much as the end result. So while you are pondering something’s art “worthiness” consider Kevin’s list:

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

Art is a revolt against fate.

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Art is a game.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

Art is not a thing; it is a way.

So say some famous artists. I’d like to add a few:

Art is the improbable becoming inevitable.

Art is anything useless.

Art is what remains when reality is removed.

Art is an illusion that requires at least two minds to exist.

But my favorite definition of art comes from Andy Warhol:

Art is whatever you can get away with.”

Time for me to make some more “art”. found via boingboing

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Here are some quick and easy last-minute DIY valentine ideas. If you are a procrastinater like me, these ideas may come in handy today. After perusing the stationery store yesterday and feeling like I couldn’t deal with the throngs of people hunting for V-day cards, I decided to head home and make some. I’ve noticed that nice cards, like breakfast cereal, have increased in price exponentially over time, plus there were seriously slim pickings.  I actually made a few versions because I was having fun and couldn’t decide between cute or all out gushing. I will say that my Mr. isn’t the particularly mushy or romantic type, unlike myself, but I feel a card is always nice to give and receive.

One of my favorite Valentine crafts is this felt heart pins project from the Pearl Bee – so simple and lovely.  I actually have felt fabric on hand because my craft closet is overflowing with an abundance of things I don’t necessarily need or use on a regular basis, but it comes in handy when I want to make things. However, if you don’t have copious amounts of craft junk or felt on hand these can be made from other materials besides felt.  You can really use any scraps of fabric, even old clothing and sweaters would work great. And seriously, what says I love you more than a chunk of your favorite worn out sweater crafted into a wearable pin for your sweets?

I actually took it one step further and pinned them to piece of scrap card stock, that just happens to have hearts on the reverse side, (Thank you again craft hoard!), trimmed the edges with a scallop cutter, and used letter stamps for some heartfelt sentiments.

I also made a pop-up heart valentine and all you need are paper and scissors.  I recommend using a heavier card stock for a single one color card, but if you want a layered effect use a thinner paper as the card will be doubled. Fold paper in half and cut heart out half way on the crease of the fold. Open up card and push the heart inwards towards you, to what is the inside of the card.  Slightly pinch the heart on the inside of the card and fold the card closed on the outside crease.  The heart will naturally move inward when pinched. If you want multiple hearts I suggest cutting them and folding/ pinching them one at a time as they interfere with one anothers ability to fold inward. I cut multiple hearts on the how to example shots below so you could see what was going on. You can layer different colors of paper for a background color, using double-sided tape to join the sheets of paper together.  Voila! You now have a pop-up heart card that was easy to make, but not short on love.

Here are the ones that I made:

Happy Valentines Day! XOX

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Geography Lesson

If you’re a geoprahpy buff, or could just use a touch up lesson like me, check out these assemble, and if you feel inclined color, yourself globes from Geografia!  They also have other options, like a night globe that glows, a metal globe with removeable sections to show the earths core, and even ones made of bamboo and leather. I know globes are traditionally round but I like the geometric shape and they would look great displayed in a cluster – smart and stylish.

Found on NoteMaker

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Spirograph Memories

My sister and I had one of these when we were young, inherited from our mom. I remember our giant ball point click pens that we used, with four colors in them, and sitting for hours making patterns. I must be feeling nostalgic because I’m really wanting one of these again – here I come Ebay!

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Handmade Holiday Cards

Ok, I’ll admit, I’m not a good sick person – I find it hard to lie in bed all day, I feel like I should be doing something!  While I  was sick this weekend, recovering from my cold and faux lounging, I decided to make my holiday cards. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far using blank cards, colored squares of card stock, scissors, glitter, glue, metallic thread and a sewing machine. I plan on stamping them with holiday sentiments, but can’t locate my rubber stamp letters, so I still have some work to do but I’m halfway there.

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