Monday, May 24, 2010

New Blog: Keeping a Journal

Blogs are like sharks... if they don't keep moving forward, they die.

While I'm not ready to completely give up on elemental - I do want to share with you my new blog, Keeping a Journal, which I hope to be a bit more expansive, covering my love for all things design, crafty, digital or otherwise. I think I feel pigeonholed here, so hopefully this move will help.

Please wander over for a visit - its still new, so there isn't much to see!

Keeping a Journal

Friday, November 13, 2009

Typography for your iPhone, or Desktop

A few favorites from the nifty designs from Typenuts.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Sometimes it's all about the type.

Fabiano Hikaru Higashi


Robin Libbrecht

Friday, September 18, 2009

To each their own, right?

Okay, so maybe this is a little creepy... and perhaps it gives you the heebie jeebies and whatnot... but can you deny the beauty of these steampunk insects?

Yes, they're real insects (I believe found, not killed) outfitted by Mike Libby with tiny watch, sewing machine & typewriter parts to create tiny sculptures.

I think they're quite breathtaking. You may disagree, but to each their own, right?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hip Housewares!

I don't think I've ever wanted to to do household chores quite so much! Available from Alice Supply co!

Spotted on Hostess with the Mostess!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Social Justice

Well the semester is back in swing and after a few years in the real world, I'm officially a fulltime student again... oh, and I'm also employed fulltime... and this means A HECTIC semester. Never fear, I'm loving what I'm doing and that makes it all worthwhile... but it also means that my normally crafty-blog may take a quick turn towards all the Graphic Design stuff that's currently rattling around in my head. But thats okay right? Its all about shapes and colors and messages and ART. The older I get, the more my interests blur into one big mass of LOVE.

And speaking of things I love... I bring you, "Social Justice 2008" by Luba Lukova.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Scenes from the new house!

The process of moving continues... and much of my life is still boxed up! But the craft room is now officially usable (some of it is, anyway), the kitchen is usable, and the dogs have made themselves at home... so I consider that a darn good start!

Please excuse the iPhone-quality photos...!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More Than 35 Projects

Its back to school time, and that means books, class schedules, long lines at the financial aid office... (ugh!) but also some opportunities for crafty goodness! I'm past dorm-living at this stage in my life- but I thought "Dorm Decor" would make a great graduation gift for my cousin, who's off to her first semester of college this fall!

I don't think she's made anything from it yet (who has time, that last free summer with your high school buds?!) - but she definitely seemed excited about it! Good luck Julie!

Speaking of cute necklaces...

How about this one from lisa leonard designs?

Wedding Necklace

How cute is this? I'm quite convinced I need one. Especially now that we have a date!! (Our wedding is scheduled for 09/25/10!!) Unfortunately the wedding is the reason I can't afford to be buying myself necklaces! LOL.

Available and fully customizable from Dallanonna Jewelery!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Things We Forget.

Moving Boxes

We're officially done moving (phew!!), and our new apartment actually has space for a craft/art/design studio/room/office thing (I need to come up with a better name for it- any ideas?)...

However... since it is decidedly the least imperative of all the rooms (just SLIGHTLY below the bathroom in importance I think), it is currently the room where all of our unpacked boxes are stored. Ugh.

I'm so torn between the desire to just relax awhile and not start sorting through all that stuff I spent so much time meticulously packing just a few short weeks ago... and the desire to have my studio space all set up and ready.

Ah well, maybe we'll make a dent it in this weekend?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chills... and a freebie!

Does anyone else just get chills when they see gorgeous fabrics used in breathtaking projects... oh, I could stare at the eye candy at Sis Boom for hours!

And then they give us the gift of a free pattern??!! Be still my heart!

I need these...

Seriously... we're picking up the keys to our new apartment TONIGHT and this would be perfect for our bathroom door... the only thing thats holding me back is that we haven't decided on paint colors yet!

You can choose your own paper colors/designs when special ordering from mooza's etsy shop!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pinch of Spice...

I know its more of a Fall pallette- but I just can't help it, I LOVE this quilt. The colors are just so delicious... like rolling in a pile of leaves, the epitomy of New England autumns...

Full kit available from the Fat Quarter Shop!

I just love it...

Coming very shortly to Betz White's Etsy Shop, a brand new 100% organic cotton and hemp blend home dec line of 5 different prints... I think it's gotta be FATE that I'll be decorating my new apartment next month!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Porch Pots Quilt

How irresistible! This is Porch Pots by "Quilt Soup", and you can win a kit by commenting on Kati Cupcake's blog. Good luck!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

i heart checkers

Free pattern/instructions for this ADORABLE checkerboard available from i heart linen.
I just love everything she does- so take a few minutes to look through some of the other great stuff on her blog!

Rag Quilt Letters Tutorial

Jessica from Happy Together originally came up with this project to help her daughter learn her letters... but I just can't stop seeing an amazing alpha-rag-quilt in the making... a tutorial for the letters is available here!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cuteable Finds!

Cuteable is a blog run by husband and wife team Lynsey and Matt. Matt is in charge of the technical side of the site and Lynsey is in charge of the day to day running and the fun part - finding the cute to share!

Here are some cuties I recently spotted on Cuteable!

Turtle Mary Jane Shoes from Em And Sprout's Shop... yes ladies, they ARE adult sized!

This scrappy hat from Left Leg Design's Shop... this is a children's hat, but they do seem to offer special requests, so maybe they could whip one up in an adult size?!
Brilliant, just brilliant!! This is a "drop in"... you put all your purse "stuff" into it, then when you want to swap bags, just pull it out and drop it into your new one! I have so many oversized bags that I love- but my stuff just rolls around inside... these are available from ARTE DUBAI's Shop...

I'm not normally one for button-jewelry... but this "April Showers" necklace is enchanting... from
Edith and Lulu's shop...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ladybug Tape Measure and Leaf Scissor

PDF pattern for this adorable set available from betzwhite's etsy shop!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quilted Grocery Bag Dispenser

I've seen grocery bag dispensers done a million times before... but I'm a sucker for anything quilted!

Check out the tutorial from moda bakeshop!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Warm Fuzzy Mammel Finger Puppets

I know I've posted some soto softies here before, but this time... there's a tutorial!

Little iccle Creatures

The button eyes get me every time... Check out these Little iccle Creatures from Abigail Brown.

She's got some more adorable stuff available on her etsy.

Super-Cute Alphabet Embroidery!

Patterns on sale at penguin & fish!


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