Caturday: Creep

Posted on March 31, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

You know when people say they wouldn't want a cat because cats creep them out? Well I totally get that.

Marshall is known for staring at things that don't exist. As in, staring with such intensity that you end up getting down on the ground and trying to see things from his perspective. Once or twice, he's sat facing a corner just staring at the wall. What a weirdo, right? But creepiness is one of the many things I love about kitties.

Here's some stuff I found on the internet this week:

  • This gorgeous embroidery makes me what to get my needle and thread out!

  • Give your photos an ombre effect. So pretty!

  • Ever want to make cookies but don't want to end up eating the whole batch yourself? No, me neither. But in case you did, here's how to make 3 little cookies.

  • A Beautiful Mess will show you how to get these lovely flat iron curls.

You're One of a Kind

Posted on March 30, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

I just came from the One of a Kind spring show here in Toronto. If you're not already planning on it, you should definitely check it out this weekend. The Direct Energy Centre was absolutely packed with 450 Canada artisans and designers. It's so fun to be able to chat with the person who actually made what you're about to buy! It makes that piece all the more special.

It was really hard to chose, but here are my favorite booths from the show. This is just a sampling though, there were so many amazing and beautiful artists, you should really go check it out yourself!

She Smiled and Ran

In a sea of jewellery designers, She Smiled and Ran managed to stand out with clean and contemporary pieces. By combining traditional materials like pearls with something more unexpected like acrylic, the designs strike the perfect balance between classic and modern.

bookhou

This booth has a small collection of beautifully simple tote bags, purses, and textiles for sale. It doesn't matter that the booth is small because each and every piece is a winner. All of the designs are handprinted with natural dyes and the care that is put into each piece is evident. I loved everything so much, I bought myself a new purse!

Avril Loreti

Bright colors and modern geometric patterns will lure you in this booth, and the quality of each piece with have you reaching for your wallet! The Watercolor Pillow is one of my favourites (obviously), as well as the Paint Chip Table Runners. What a unique take on the paint chip trend!

tealish fine teas

I'm always on the hunt for yummy new teas, so I was excited to come across this booth. There are a wide variety of unique flavours with great packaging to boot. I think I need to pick up a tin of Stress Buster.

Paste

I love a good silkscreened tee, and the ones at the Paste booth are really interesting. The shirts are enzyme-washed to give them a soft feel and to reduce shrinkage. I'm sure any of these could feel like your favourite comfy tee in minutes. My favourite, for obvious reasons, is Band Cat. But seriously, add a kitty to anything and I'll love it.

DIY: Mini Watercolor Paintings

Posted on March 27, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Have you ever wanted to paint something for your own house, but got intimidated by the canvas? Do you look at that big expanse of white and wonder how you'll fill that thing? Well, if you're a wannabe artist like me, all you need to do is scale down to get great results. Mini paintings are quick and easy to tackle and they let you practice your skills with a certain medium.

Watercolors are one of my favorite mediums to work with because they're so easy to use, they're affordable and you can get some great effects.

I guess this isn't really a step-by-step DIY, I just want to encourage you to experiment with the paints. I'll show you what I did to get you started! Here are the supplies you'll need.

Supples:

  • watercolor paints (just a cheap palette will do)
  • big fat watercolor paint brush
  • watercolor paper cut into small rectangles
  • lots of paper towels
  • water

Here, I used a wet-in-wet techinique, which means exactly what you think it means. Another color is dropped into an already wet surface. I started with some watered down red, and before it dried I dropped some purple right into the centre.

Next I took a pretty strong blue, with just a bit of water added, and basically slapped the brush onto the paper to get the splatter effect. Yep, slapping the paper with your brush... that's a pro tip for sure. Is this a real technique? Probably not. Do I care? No.

Got a little slap-happy with this one too, but I really started to like the splattery look I was getting.

Here, I added a little purple paint that I added a good amount of water to. Then, I used my fingers to flick paint at the paper. The more water you add, the easier it will be to flick the paint around. More pro tips... are you writing this down??

I used the same wet-on-wet technique with this one, but with different colors.

The point of this project is just to have fun and play around with the paint. Since they're just mini paintings, if you make something terrible just toss it and move on! And believe me, they won't all be keepers. I made about 10 mini paintings and only ended up keeping 4 of them.

Display your tiny works of art using mini clothes pins like me, or frame them all and hang them together. I hope this project took some of the intimidation out of making your own art. It can be really satisfying to hang your own art in your home. Tell me, are there any DIY art projects in your home that you're particularly proud of?

The View from my Phone: Week 12

Posted on March 25, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Wow March is going by crazy fast, which is awesome! This past week has been a lot of planning and waiting. I have some big plans for this blog next month and it's taking some work to get everything ready. I'm going to be accepting sponsors soon and I'm working on a more detailed About page so you can get to know me a little better. In other exciting news: I'm dying my hair pink and purple this week! Eeeek! Well just the underside, but I'm very pumped.

Well, enjoy what's left of the weekend everyone and don't forget to say hello to your squirrel friends.

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