Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sugar Tooth

Ohmygoodnessohmygoodness! I had to share this with you right away! Have you heard of the artist group Pip and Pop? This is the info from their facebook page:

Pip & Pop are an artist duo from Western Australia. Pip & Pop explore utopian and paradisiacal worlds, drawing upon many cultures' folk & fairy tales, creation mythology, Buddhist cosmologies and contemporary pop culture. In exploring the aesthetics of super-abundance, Pip & Pop use a vast collection of made and found materials.

They are Australian-based duo Nicole Andrijevic and Tanya Schult and their work is currently on exhibition at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Their show is called "We Miss You Magic Land" and it's making my hear all aflutter. Check out thisarticle for more info on their show.

All of the pictures here are taken from their facebook page and are not just images from their GoMA show. You can Like them here.

I also found this sweetie-pie video while on my search for all things Pip and Pop. I'm not sure if it is in the exhibition or what the story is about it but it's just as wonderful as the work.

GOMA- pip and pop from Studio Joho on Vimeo.

My plan was to wait until after the first of the year to start blogging again. I wanted to get my brain refreshed and then really start putting my energy into posting daily and keeping up with this blog a lot better. Pip and Pop changed all of that. I was just too excited to show this. My friends and I all dream of one day living together in a small town or village and creating our own artist's commune. I think this is what it would look like.

I hope you are as inspired as I am!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Garlands Galore!

I was just getting ready to post pics of my banners and garlands hanging up at Cracker Jax when I noticed the Your Are My Fave blog in my feed with a DIY for making a Christmas garland. I love the white on white for the letters. I have been wanting to make banners and garlands out of fabric but haven't quite figured out what to do or how. This really helps a lot. Neat-o!

Here are my banners up and for sale at Cracker Jax. I couldn't be happier with how they look up on the walls. Because I was way too afraid to climb that high on the ladder my very sweet boss Bryanne did all the scary work for me on my day off. She sent me pics and I almost cried. I hope I don't sound braggy because I promise I'm not. It's just so excited to see your stuff out of your house and on a new wall. I hope people like them and want to throw one hundred beautiful parties and decorate with them!

wordy banners!

metallic banners!

Tassel banner!

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for making fabric banners. I really want to make fringed fabric ones but am at a loss on what kind of fabric or trim to get.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Age

I didn't mean to turn 29 and never blog again. The time really got away from me. Christmas time in retail is a crazy busy time. It's a fun time, too. I love wrapping Christmas gifts, especially now that I have finally learned how to fold the paper on the sides. It seriously took me 29 years to figure it out.
I've also been keeping my hands busy at home. More and more jars are being made with little animals resting on top. I seem to go to the craft store daily. It's sort of been a relief to dive in head-first with crafting. Putting my Fine Art work to the side for a while has eliminated some stress. Yesterday I had the day off and my boyfriend and I went out-of-town to do some shopping and have a sushi dinner. I never used to be able to give up a free day to do something like this because I always felt guilty for not being in my studio. I think I am finally finding a way to balance it all with free time to spare. It just means less tv watching. Finally! I'm watching less TV. I still think I have my new job to thank for all this. I come home from work and feel inspired and just want to keep moving. Unless of course it's after a long Saturday. Then I just want to curl up next to my beau and watch anything that doesn't require thinking.
This post is a bit scattered. Maybe because my coffee is kind of week this morning. Hope your holidays are playing out well and are not stressful at all. Eat a piece of fudge and say out loud one thing you are thankful for. It helps burn calories.
Here's the corner of my home that keeps evolving. I could stare at this spot for hours. Just got that Bunny head at Anthropologie. Be still my heart...

Corner of my home.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Once A Year

Today is my birthday! I'm 29 years old today, the last one before my thirties. I have always looked forward to my thirties. It seems like most people start feeling more comfortable in their own skin around that time. I have always felt a little too awkward and self-conscious and that's one thing I'm hoping to say good-bye to with my twenties.
Today I am the happiest I have ever been on a birthday since I started this blog. The only thing that would make it better is seeing my family. But I am fortunate that I got to talk to them all this morning.
Things are good. I feel at peace. I think I am becoming the person I want to be. Thank you to you all for continuing to visit my little corner of the internet. Keeping this blog is one of the things I love doing the most and I am grateful to have wonderful readers.
Now I am starting to feel superstitious and weepingly sentimental so I'll stop before I drive you all crazy.
Everyone eat cake today. Have two pieces, I'm not counting. ( :

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Animal Lids!

Thank you to everyone for the sweet comments on my engagement photo! We got the Save-The-Date postcards in yesterday and they look good which is a relief. I was worried something would potentially get lost in the screen to paper translation but it worked out fine. Phew!

Yesterday I had the day off and I really made the most of it. I also inhaled a lot of spray paint fumes but it was all worth it. I have mentioned before my love of the app Craftgawker. I get so many great crafting ideas from this site. For a while now I have been wanting to make jars like these submitted by The Daily Telecraft.

The night before my day off work I was brainstorming ideas and decided it was finally time to make the animal jars so that was my plan. And then a crazy moment happened when my friend Jessica posted this blog on my facebook page and recommended I check this out.
I think the universe was telling me something so I definitely gave it a go.





I bought a pack of animals, spray paint and jars. The biggest pain was figuring out what glue to use. I originally used a glue that I thought worked well with metal but I was wrong wrong wrong! Little animal feets were popping off left and right. I was bummed but not ready to give up. My boyfriend finally suggested epoxy so a made my millionth run to the stores for the day and finally found a proper solution. I'm still a little scared to tug too hard on the animals but I think they are mostly staying in place. I like the gold and silver spray paint best for a more polished looks but may try this again with different colored paint. I have some light cool blue paint that might be nice. I love this project! It's easy to do and the material are very easy to get. From now on every pickle jar I empty is going to be made into an animal lid jar! The possibilities are endless!

I can't wait for my next day off!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I am getting married in June! Do you know how uncomfortably close that is? Not because I don't want to get married, I can't wait for that part. I just dread all the eight million things that need to be done. Seven million of those things are making paper pom poms and other wedding decorations. Aye yi yi. Anyone want to have a crafting party?
This weekend we knocked off one of the things on our to-do list. We finally got our pics taken for our Save-The-Date. I hate getting my picture taken so I was really dreading it. I wanted to use this photo as our inspiration...
Photo source here via here.

Instead we opted to go a bit (tiny bit) more traditional. We were thinking of American Gothic and I was also thinking of some of my older artwork:


We came up with this but it was a little too edited...

Ultimately we went with this. If it wouldn't have been too weird I would have had us dress as sheet ghosts.
Ann and Jeremy

One thing down, 799,999,999 more things to go.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


This weekend was a productive one. By getting to be creative at work it really makes me want to bring that creativity home and make lots and lots of stuff. Since I had Saturday and Sunday off my plan was to create create create. Friday night I bought lots of tissue paper and by Saturday morning much to my boyfriend's grief the living room had turned into a crafting zoo. Why didn't I use my clean studio space? Because it was clean! And I didn't want to mess it up!

So I made banners. Lots of them. Well, several of them. It can be time consuming...






So, it sort of doesn't seem like a lot now that I post the pics... But one is still in-progress and I am debating switching from tissue paper to fabric. Or maybe just making some fabric ones as well as. It's hard to get the wrinkles out of the tissue paper. I tried ironing them under a towel but that didn't work at all. Any suggestions?

I also made this in the middle of it all...


I had always wanted to take a toy animal and spray paint it a solid color. I love how it turned out and now I may be a bit addicted. I want to spray everything. Help?

That was my weekend in a billion and one pics. How was your weekend?


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Arts For Sale!

I recently hung some of my artwork up at Cracker Jax. It's really exciting to see it all hung up together. If you live in the area I hope you'll stop by and see it. My new work is part of the collection as well. Yay art!





Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Some Things To Look At

Good morning! First of all, thank you so much for all the sweet comments on my new work! I'm pretty excited and inspired right now so it's nice to hear I'm doing okay. Here are some (mostly) non-are related things around my place.

I got a "grow your own crystals" kit and I grew my own crystals! It actually worked! Science is so magical.

This pile of crepe paper is waiting to be turned into a pinata. I'm waiting to figure out what kind of pinata I want to make. The possibilities are endless.
I hung these scarves on my window in my studio. I can't quit looking at them.
Studio Window
This is my current favorite little collection. Those are snow globe frames from a craft store. I want to fill my house with snow globe ladies.
These next two pics are just artsy and this is an artsy blog so...


Celebrations are in order! The bathroom at work got cleaned out which means all new stuff at Cracker Jax!! If you're in the area stop by this weekend for the Holiday Open House!

Happy Middle of the Week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Work

I just finished up these newest pieces. I feel like my work is changing and growing very slowly but it is changing. I feel like my work is becoming much more landscape oriented though it may not be a landscape set in reality. I think a lot when I work on these. I was thinking about isolation and worries and doubts. I feel like I pack so much into these pieces the same way I pack so many thoughts in my head. I hope that even though the colors are sweet and sometimes a bit saccharine the work is still tense and a little tiny bit unnerving. I hope.
I am not going to list these on in my shop but will instead hang them at my new job Cracker Jax. If you are interested in the work please contact me.



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