Wednesday, September 26, 2012


So we have been in our new place for about two months now and I feel like I am still getting settled.  Many of the bedroom walls are still bare, and I am still working on getting the living area sorted as well.  Since I last shared photos of the apartment, I made a fabric basket and unpacked the last three boxes into it.  So that made a big difference.  The project I decided to work on this week was getting our artwork matted and framed so I could hang it and fill out the empty places on our walls.  We still need some artwork for the bedroom (the decals we had in the last apartment were great, but a bit expensive and labor intensive since we are only here for a year).
Anyway, I bought a sheet of mat board from the Village Center for the Arts in New Milford, CT when I was visiting my mother, some wood moulding from the hardware store, and threw together some frames.  I'm really happy with the results.
I got this really awesome poster at New York Comic Con last year from the artist, Thomas Gianni.  You can check out his website here.  I painted the mat black and the tapered edge copper and painted the frame copper to pull off those elements in the poster
I also got this cool Doctor Who poster at NYCC.  It is a copy of the painting van Gogh paints in Vincent and the Doctor.  I chose to paint the frame and beveled edge a metallic TARDIS blue.
I also framed this painting I had in my childhood bedroom,
and this map of Rome for above our dining room table.

I'm slowly filling the gaps, but I imagine I'll have more art to share in the near future.

Friday, September 7, 2012

International Shipping

Hey guys, I just updated my shipping so that all my items on Etsy are available to be shipped overseas.  So, if you were excited, but live overseas, now is the time to jump on this.  Yeah. . . Thanks guys.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Awesome Inspiration

Today's post is inspired by Felicia Day's Fave Five, or more recently, Trio Mio.  I realized that I have only been sharing my final crafts with you, and not the things that inspire me to create.  From now on, I am going to try to post an inspiration post once a week.  This week, I want everyone to check out Geek & Sundry.
Geek & Sundry is the collaboration of the producers of The Guild.  Geek & Sundry's YouTube channel releases new shows most days of the week.  There are a variety of geeky shows on the channel, but the ones I want to talk to you about are The Flog, Tabletop, and Written by a Kid.

The Flog is Felicia Day's show.  Fave Five and Trio Mio come from the Flog.  Each episode, released on Mondays, includes a segment about what Felicia is into this week, a skills segment, where Felicia learns to do something new, and a Question of Note.  For me, the Flog is a great reference to discover new sites, videos, and games related to geek culture.  Also, Felicia is really fun to watch, but you don't have to take my word for it.

Tabletop is a gaming show hosted by Wil Wheaton in which Wil invites various celebrities to play tabletop games with him.  I have been watching it every Thursday and enjoying it every week.  It has been a great influence on my new game purchases.  Check it out.

Written by a Kid is just what the name says. Every week, a kid tells a story and it is animated.  I don't think I can do it justice with words, so here's a really cute episode.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my inspirations of the week.  I guess I'd better get back to crafting.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Braided Rug

When I was about seven, I started to make a blue braided rug for my Amercian Girl Doll, Molly.  It didn't come out so well.  Now almost twenty years later I tried again.  This time I did some research and it came out really well.  Check it out.
I used some more fabric sewn as a ribbon to lace the braids together.
I used denim, corduroy, and some colored cotton fabric I had left over from a previous project.  I think it came out really well.
It lives on our kitchen floor in front of the sink and it is super comfy to stand on.