MARILYN ARTUS & ANNIE HUNTLEY SHOW: “Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon & Her Stepford Friends” (via Ghost Gallery)
So sad I won’t be in Seattle to catch this show…Seattle friends it’s only a 3 day show!
via Ghost Gallery
Owl still warm my heart – recently I picked up a family of owls for the nieces, complete with an Auntie (moi), daddy, and mom with two baby owls under her arms. This little owl from Urban Outfitters is way more functional and modern – but evokes the same quirkiness. This hidey hole owl is only $8. Bonus: Free Shipping on $75 or more at Urban Outfitters with the code FREEFALL until 8/23 at midnight EST.
Perhap it was my summer spent writing letters over and over in the Millrace studios on the U of O campus or my 4th grade calligraphy classes – either way I have a THING for typography. So show a little pride for your PDX hood with these Ork Posters. I’m a Kenton girl these days – hey how many people can say Paul Bunyan lives down the street from you? Even if he is gawking at the strip joint.
A week ago, I was roaming the streets of Chelsea with Jilliann. Saddened by the knowledge that I don’t know when I’ll be back to see her or New York I was feeling the need to reminisce about old New York. So this week’s Blue Monday is dedicated to the vintage treasures of New York.
What better way to add personality to a bedroom/office/living room than through the power of words. Here’s an easy 1 day project for a weekend that’s easiest enough for pre-teens. The letters can be initials, a favorite word, saying anything you want. Spice up the letters while saving money. Using supplies I already had, these letters were a quick and easy project that didn’t require any additional money.
Suggested age range: 12+
Supplies: Wood letters – I found these letters at Goodwill, Glue – Mod Podge decoupage or Aleene’s Tacky Glue, paper – prefer scrapbooking paper due to its thickness, scissors, unused fingernail file – I buy these in bulk from the Dollar Tree, paint brush
Instructions: Step one: Letter prep
- If you get the letters secondhand like I did, I highly recommend wiping them down to remove any dust or loose paint. Once the letter has dried, take your paintbrush and smooth glue over the front. Make sure all surfaces are covered – you don’t want the edges to come up from a lack of glue.
- Once it’s covered flip your letter over and place the glue side on the back of your paper. Firmly press down on the letter to ensure there are no air bubbles or uncovered areas. You may want to set a book on top of the letter while it dries.
- Leave the letter to dry for approx. two hours.
Step Three: Trim it down
- After the glue has dried take your scissors and trim around the letter. This will make it easier when you file down the excess paper on the letters.
- Once you have it trimmed down flip your letter over so the print side is facing you. Take your fingernail file and start filing at the edge of the letters. I find that running the file across the edge from left to right makes it easier to break through the paper. After a bit of work you’ll notice the edge of the wood emerge through the paper and you can start to pull away the excess paper. Continue to do this all the way around the edges of the letters so all the excess paper is removed. By filing it down you’ll be able to get a crisp line that doesn’t lift the paper.
- Once the paper is all removed I like to take my file and sand away at the edges all over the letter. This gives it a more rustic feel and looks like the letters are vintage and loved.
- Another option is to take an ink pad and rub it along the edge of the letters. If you’re using black and white print, this will really make the letter pop. Since these letters were more neutral tones I decided to leave it alone.
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Trekking across the streets of New York it dawned on me that I had neglected to post the recent pictures of my journey up to the Barn House boys sale last weekend. Not sure what reminded me of it, could have been the stacks of discarded furniture nestled among growing bags of trash.
However, at this sale you will find no trash, just treasures and furniture that is reminiscent of discarded furniture – I mean this in a good way. The sis longs for nothing but rusty furniture and dressers covered in peeling paint. All my Pacific Northwest favorites were there – Bella Shabby, A Thing for Roses and petite Retreat.
We continue to find new ways to entertain the niecies while at the sales – so far cats and a digital camera seem to do the trick and since one is a lot more portable, we left the cat action to the Barn House boys. See below for my niece Jaida’s visual portrayal of the sale. It’s always fun to see things from new heights.