Time for Paint Chips

March 2, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Food, Upcycled

Why do we love paint chips?

  1. They consist of lots of pretty colors.
  2. They are free.
  3. They satisfy our childhood love of a new box of Crayola crayons.

If you are in need of paint chip inspiration, scroll down…

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Cocktail tags by my friend Danny at Daily Danny.

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Colors wheels from Design Crush via The Bean and the Bear.

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Benjamin Moore DIFFA table from 2008, via Glamorous Green. (Yes, that wall is done with paint chips)

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Paint chip booklets by Whimsy Girl via Ukay Ukay.

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Pixelated Marilyn portrait spotted at Nerdlike.

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Headboard via Design Sponge.

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Paint Chip Phonics by Pink and Green Mama.

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Paint chip notebooks by Crow Roosters Crow via The Crafty Crow.


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Time for Sugar

March 1, 2010
Decor, Food, Holidays

Sometimes it's the small things…right? A fancy sugar cube is certainly a small thing.

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French sugar cuties from Ruby Press

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Cinder block sugar cubes spotted on Neat-o-rama

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Puzzle sugar cubes, found on Paperseed.

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Sugar cup handles, found on One Floor Up.

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And finally, the perfect holder for your sugar cubes, spotted on Curiosite.

And if you want to try to make your own, read here.


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Time for Food or Faux?

February 26, 2010
Food, Gifts

Play food is huge in the kiddo market. I'm crazy about Yellow Label Kids' knitted sweets and Haba's felt and wood foods. But now I feel like there's a trend towards foods that look inedible (but really are) and products that aren't edible but look it. What am I talking about? Look!

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Food or Faux? It's faux! This is soap, people! Amazing craftsmanship, but do I really want to wash my hands with a cinnamon bun? Soaps by Soapopotamus .

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Food or faux? It's food! Yes, dear readers, these crayons from Luxirare are made from ingredients like sesame seeds, melted marshmallow, yellow Fruity Pebbles, dried banana, and more. Found via Petite Planet. I do think kids will eventually be chomping down on wax if they get to savor these even once.

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Food or faux? It's food! Here is a classic cupcake that really is sugary-sweet perfection—no wax, no weirdness. From my favorite local Brooklyn bakery, One Girl Cookies.


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Time for Wallpaper

February 25, 2010
Decor, DIY Home

In my 2D design class in art school, my teacher filled a bowl with scraps of paper on which were written different natural objects or animals. From that object, we had to create a repeat pattern in three different color schemes. I randomly picked sea anemone from the bowl, and, to really date myself, I walked promptly to the library to look up sea anemone in the encyclopedia. Yes, you heard me, this was BGE (Before the Google Era).

It was really that lesson that taught me how pattern and design are organically derived from nature. I kinda want that assignment again—maybe with another sea creature—to see what I'd do with it twelve years later. (Okay fine, fifteen years.)

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At first glance, this wallpaper by Paperboy appears to be an abstract pattern, but after a few seconds, you realize you're looking at shadow puppets. How sweet for a kids room?

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Dan Funderburgh takes a sort of different approach and weaves city icons into his more traditional floral patterns. This wallpaper is appropriately called Central Park (notice the rats).

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Turner Peacock wallpaper works in a little bit of British sports iconography and a little bit of the animal world. Both are totally genius. The green paper is called Tennis (they also have a Cricket design) , and the neutral one, Ibis. Found via Design Sponge.

If you're in the market for a sea anemone-inspired wallpaper, just holler. I'm your girl.


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Time for Wedding Bliss 001

February 24, 2010
DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Food, Parties

Even though I got married in May, I still love to peruse the wedding blogs. You can't beat the delicacy, loveliness, and thoughtfulness of weddings details and crafts. Snippet & Ink, 100 Layer Cake, and Style Me Pretty are three of my faves. So clearly, when planning my nuptials, these were my daily reads.

Needless to say, as a crafter, my wedding specifics were a big deal; nothing was decided on lightly. I pulled out my Martha Stewarts (both Living and Weddings), Marie Claire Idees, and obsessively visited the blogs. Here are a few details in Part 001 of my Wedding Bliss…

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We got married at the amazingly lovely Osborn Castle (Cat Rock) in Garrison, New York. The forecast was bleak on May 16th, but amazingly, the rain held out until after we tied the knot and went into the tent. The last photo in the grid above was the seating chart that guests found when the walked into the castle. Amazing photos by one of my absolute favorite photographers, Heather Weston.

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Once the guests found their table (there were 6 long wooden farm tables), they were greeted with a ceramic rock place card at their seat. Ours read Bride and Groom and our nieces and nephews got heart-shaped ones. Each of our 90 guests got their own rock—needless to say it was a crafting feat. I used air dry clay, letter stamps from Making Memories, black ink architecture pens, and once they were dry, I coated them with a glossy varnish. Our flowers were by the incredible Brooklyn florist, Saipua.

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We didn't want a traditional guest book, so we went to the Strand to find an interesting substitute to use in lieu of the traditional blank-paged album. We decided on this old, hardbound copy of the Sears catalog. People found pages that applied to their tastes or interests, and wrote notes on top of the listings with Sharpies. After the initial confusion, our guests had fun with it. (To explain the inscription pictured, Michael and I met at Staci and Matt's wedding.)

Ok, so that is all I can muster for Part 001 of Wedding Bliss, stay tuned…


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