Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Updates & mishmash

July 6, 2009

Hello, internet, long time no write. That’s because things still aren’t 100% with my dear laptop– we discovered that the issue is not, as we thought, a problem with the ever-finicky Windows Vista, but a problem with the laptop’s hardware– likely the hard drive, likely a loose solder. This is the conclusion we drew after discovering that the computer works fine once it’s warmed up– it takes about 20 tries to load Windows on a cold boot, but restarting from sleep is fine. The only thing to do is wait until it dies. Until then, I have a speedy (when warm) reformatted machine, even if the rollback means that the drivers literally do not exist for my sound card. I’ll borrow Adam’s for e-TV. :)

There’s been lots going on: crafting for the wedding (pictures forthcoming!), various 4th of July celebrations, eating obscenely good, obscenely fresh seafood down the Cape, deciding the general style of wedding cupcakes:

ComeUndone via Flickr

ComeUndone via Flickr

So, yes, you could say it has been a productive week or so. It’s a bummer that the reformat didn’t do the trick the way A & I had hoped, but in reality things could be much worse. My laptop runs like lightning for the time being, even if it misbehaves when it’s first turned on. I can’t listen to my iTunes library, but I can stream Rhapsody from Adam’s laptop.
Also of interest is this little terrarium I found on Flickr, (which you will have to click because of Flickr’s weird spaceball.gif overlay that I cannot figure out),  using the same canister from Target as we use for flour and sugar and such.  And I thought I was clever for planting an orchid in the cracked one. It’s making me get excited about making a handful (maybe 8, 10?) terrariums in the antique Ball jars I have lying around. They would be neat to incorporate into the decor– something like this:

gorgeous terrariums via creature comforts via utterly engaged

gorgeous terrariums via creature comforts via utterly engaged

(Ignore the flowers– I don’t have any picture editing software installed on the reformatted Ophelia yet.)

I think now it’s time to wander around in the woods and gather some flowers for my awesome Japanese carp vase. Not to be gross or anything, but it looks like he’s barfing flowers, which A & I agree is both hilarious and disturbing.

Happy Monday!


Starred 6.12.09

June 12, 2009
lobster & swan via this is glamorous

lobster & swan via this is glamorous

Since I haven’t posted a Starred roundup in forever, this is just a little glimpse of the bookmark hell I need to go through at some point… But I also need a complete reformat of my laptop, so first thing is first. Ophelia must work properly before New England Noir’s plans can swing underway.

What a gorgeous week it’s been at the New England Noir bungalow. No, the rain still hasn’t stopped, but you know, it hasn’t kept us down at all. Productivity is the word this week, facilitated by the fact that my teacher synapses are firing “The end is near! The end is near!”. This is how I work– I funk out for a few weeks and can’t function doing more than one thing at once (these last few weeks the focus being work, with seniors leaving, graduation, finals, packing, year-end reports, etc)– and then a second wind sweeps through, wherein I destroy everything on my to-do list with an efficiency that makes Martha Stewart one jealous lady.

What did the internet show you this week?

Starred 4.24.09

April 24, 2009
imagine, dallas clayton, terminator, fish bottles @ oh, happy day!

imagine, dallas clayton, terminator, fish bottles @ jordan ferney

I’m so behind on my reader this week, and I simply refuse to ‘mark all read’ and move on. As a person who chooses bizarre things to be compulsive about, things like my google reader (and iPod, and desk calendar, email, etc) cannot be compromised for the sake of time. I thought I’d share some more New York pics, too– thanks, Megan!

  • I love this photo set from the portfolio of Jac de Villiers, via Oh, Happy Day!. I’ve been surprising myself this week, being attracted to designs & patterns I don’t normally choose– this spare, masculine space (that uses fish bottles!) is very different from the functional-clutter, floral-filled rooms that so often catch my eye.
  • The vibrant, fluid color in these Kaitlyn Sullivan ink-drop paintings immediately caught my eye while I was perusing Where the Lovely Things Are this week. A & I have been discussing creating a painting/print/photo collage on one of the big, empty panels in the bungalow, & I think something whimsical and kind of psychedelic would help to blend the kind of disparate collection of photos & such we’ve amassed for the project.
  • I am kind of fascinated with the idea of a vegan bechemel sauce, but truth be told I think I’d just adapt this recipe to suit my dairy-loving tastes. The rest of it sounds delectable, so whyever not? When I worked at the People’s Market, we carried vegan cheeses of various sorts, and I couldn’t imagine it as anything less than foul. Alas, veganism’s hip cause is just not for me.
  • This poem by Dallas Clayton made me smile when I needed it, so he makes the list again this week. I’ve used a few of his poems in my English classes; I always find a basket of gems peeking out from behind the curtains of his glasses, & the kids like that sometimes there’s a riddle.
  • Obligatory wedding links: The Little Goddess headband by yellowgoat is such a delicate, unique piece to complement an outdoor wedding & $2000 Wedding gives hints on how to find a great vintage wedding dress.

    Happy weekend & enjoy the first hot days of New England summer!

    Starred: 4.10.09

    April 10, 2009

    once wed, d*s & d*s

    once wed, lauren levy & oscar + emma

    Starred is a weekly link-roundup of the things the internets showed me.

    Visual overload on design*sponge this week– Grace & co are outdoing themselves. First there was the new Lauren Levy button art, which I want all over the apartment. Then there was the sneak peek of the duo behind Oscar & Emma‘s abode. Oh. My. God. The aesthetic is similar to what A and I have tried to spread throughout the bungalow, with its giggly orange highlights & warm mustard that runs throughout their house. Plus, I love their use of geometric prints, which are all over my house, from the curtains to the bedspread to the paintings on the wall. My bookmarks this week were mostly d*s. I am an unashamed fangirl.

    For god’s sake, don’t sleep with him! by the indomitable playgirl Gala Darling. I’d never really thought of it from the perspective she attacks it from, but she’s absolutely right.

    This series from OnceWed: Mosey handmade wedding I, II, & III. How lovely was this wedding? I’m totally inspired! (The collage at the top features Jes’s bouquet!)

    These prints from Pattern Bakery (via poppytalk); This fettuccini from bread&honey– lower fat cream sauce makes my day; wedding niceties from $2000 bugdet weddings, which we are going to co-opt for our own consciences.

    What made your favorites this week?

    Whee, what a week!

    December 29, 2008

    There cannot possibly be a week in the year busier than the week of the Yuletide holidays. Today in particular was lovely, but the whole last week has been non-stop good cheer; I didn’t feel very festive until the last few days before Christmas, when the snow finally stopped (!!) and I could go & get things done!

    All in all I’ve been a very bad blogger and taken practically zero pictures, so no fuzzy black snowflake-wrapped gifts with shiny red bows, and no teeming boxes of chocolate chip cookies (baked by A, styled by moi), and no obligatory Christmas tree shots. (I will say this though, I love our tree: it’s covered in white lights, silver balls, and vintage paper ornaments, including some of B. Kliban’s sweater cats!) I promise to find my camera cable, I really do!

    Anyway, today I went with A’s mom & sister to his Aunt Ginny’s house out East. The house itself is like one giant art installation, from Babette the dressmaker’s mannequin (dressed to the nines!), to the garden, to the who’s who of today’s mixed media artists adorning the walls. Audrey & I agreed we want a house just like it. Jen was also there with the kids, we exchanged gifts & ate delicious food & made nine panel Christmas quilts out of wrapping paper (!). Even though my idea will end up cataloged under ‘The Dada Period,’ I had a lot of fun. There is so much talent in that family! (And just as much style.) More than that, I hadn’t done something artsy just for the fun of it in quite awhile, so it got me itching to make some new pieces to share. (See Ginny’s blog for the pictures!)

    So, feeling inspired, tonight I discovered this. I’m really curious: who out there has used precious metal clay? The investment is rather shockingly less than for buying say, half round 12 gauge silver wire for rings, and 1mm sheets for creating personalized bezels, soldering materials (including gun), etc, because the starter kit comes with everything you need for a couple pieces. All those things are wonderful, but this clay seems tooooo good to be true. I’d love to try it out, so tell me:

    What are your experiences with precious metal clay? Inspire me!