Apparently I'm a little late to this, but I just found this blog, 1000 Awesome Things, which apparently is also a book which apparently everyone else knows about. (I say this because the site is nearing 10 million hits, won a Webby award, and have been covered by every major news outlet. But still, yes, new to me.)
When I logged on, the most recent post on the site made me say in my head "yes. yes, that really is awesome." Number 587 in the list of 1000 Awesome Things: Taking your ponytail out. Guys, unless you have long hair, you really don't know how freeing this can be. Ladies, you're with me, right?
The drawings above are by Monsieur Cabinet. I'm not sure if he was commissioned to make them or if he just felt moved to do so, but they illustrate what I assume are his favorite Awesome Things. Here are 3 of my faves. (Especially the Q and the U luck.)
#602 Setting the new high score on a video game
#990 Picking up a Q and a U at the same time in Scrabble
#796 The sound of rain from inside a tent
Last night my 6 year old niece Grey called me for help with a school project. The assignment was to collect 100 of something, anything, and then assemble it somehow, anyhow. I'm tickled/touched/honored that I'm the g0-to reference for my nieces and nephews when it comes to crafts.
After talking her out of gluing 100 M&Ms to a piece of poster board, we settled on a mosaic of sorts, made from fragments of magazine pages. So Grey cut 100 slivers and grouped them by color to form a rainbow. This is Grey at work…
Grey's project came just one day after I found this blog called A Collection A Day, 2010, where the writer is posting a collection, either a photo or a drawing, every day in the year 2010. As an obsessive collector myself (owls, antique compacts, vintage tags), I'm totally obsessed with her pursuit. The photo of clothespin above, is from Day 6.
Ok, so maybe it's a little cliche to be a crafter and to love Martha Stewart, but I'm admitting it. Right here. I heart Martha Stewart. Maybe her extensively detailed articles on the proper laundering techniques of bed sheets or pruning apple trees can get a little tedious, but sometimes her crafts are so right on.
This craft is not actually hers (but really, which ones are?); it's by Jodi Levine, one of her craft gurus. (I swear I saw Jodi at the new Michael's here in NYC, but I was too craft-struck to say anything.)
Instead of sending disposable paper greetings, she made these very easy tissue packet holders from felt (my fave source for wool felt is Magic Cabin) and stamped the top tissue with a sweet greeting. Easy, flat, and perfect for winter.
I love it when two good brands collaborate. Like Legos and Muji.
They've joined to create this genius new product that comes with traditional Lego blocks, paper, and a puncher. There are 4 amazing sets but sadly, they are only sold in Japan. But there must be a way to DIY this…stay tuned.
Off to buy Legos!
Celio Braga, Placebos, 2008-09
Or, cut paper rather. Over the holiday I saw a really impressive exhibition called Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan, a totally great, very digestible museum. You just can't image all of the techniques that are explored in the show, from stop motion video to sculpture to photographic images that didn't use a camera. It's seriously the kind of show that falls flat online or even in the catalog…it's a must see in person. And lucky for you it's up until April, so you have time to make it to New York.
ps…the Braga piece above is made from medical paper inserts found in prescription medications of friends and family.