Monday, December 29, 2008

merry merry!

i hope everyone had a wonderful christmas and holiday this year with lots of time spent with family and friends...cheers!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

tiny art show

my cute friend lindsay nohl asked if i wanted to submit some artwork for her "tiny art of winter show" at the st. paul tea garden. i was REALLY excited, because i had never done anything for ANY show before! so i started doodling and ended up doing 4 drawings and adding some watercolor details so they had some fun pops of color.

the opening reception was last friday, and i was already emailed on saturday by a nice girl interested in purchasing a couple drawings for her husband as a christmas present...i was so excited!!! and she ended up purchasing all but one, so i was really glad she liked them together as a set :)

if you have time, please stop by the tea garden to visit kitty and her festive balls of yarn, and all the other great prints and drawings still hanging up!

(these three fun guys went home already with the nice lady and her husband :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

tweet tweet

i started a twitter account to try it out and it's sort of fun so far! but since i only update it how often, it's like i'm only documenting the highlights of my day so it makes my life sound that much more exciting ;)

maybe someday i will figure out how to link it to my blog! and maybe someday i will also have an iphone or other addicting super-phone so i can literally tell you a play by play of my fantastically-amazing life. (i are probably ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT)

if you'd like to see what i've been up to, you can follow me at

hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

a paper bag of pearls

my cute friend kara has made these LOVELY labels for her jewelry and other hand-beaded items for finch's holiday boutique this weekend--i can't wait to see them in person! who doesn't love typewriter font on kraft paper???

(chris--you must already be aware that i'll be keeping one of her labels in my "packaging" storage box forever ;)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

festive weiner dog

i just saw this post on orange you lucky! (you can even email for the pdf of the pattern)...and how cute is this pup?! SOOO CUTE!!! i love the red and aqua color combination too, it always makes me happy. i definitely want to make time to learn this guy sometime...

minnesota monthly is my friend

some really exciting news--minnesota monthly has featured elisa's craft sale in their december issue...and my baby monster cards were pictured!!! elisa has kindly scanned and highlighted the article, so here it is for your viewing pleasure. also, thanks so much to christy desmith for putting the accent on my name, i really appreciate it!

ps. bff dana should totally have been called out as my "printed baby clothes" partner-in-crime because v.v. would never have existed without her...and that's a fact. so when you read the text, just whisper "and dana" quietly to yourself. (good job)

pps. i feel like i'm famous, YAY!!!

hope to see you at finch's boutique next weekend!!!
dates and times: sat. dec. 13th 11-5 / sun. dec. 14th 12-5

happy engagement!

erica weiner's herkimer diamond ring (six-sided, double-terminated quartz crystal)

congrats to my cute bffs on their exciting recent engagements!!!
2009 is going to be a lovely wedding-filled year...i cannot WAIT! :)

to the happy couples, we are SO excited for you and your big day. cheers!

steph + court
missy + peter
megan + nick
dana + mike


ok, lots of BIG BIG BIG things have been going on over here...sorry for the long hiatus! i will try and catch up on all the super fantastic interesting news as fast as i possibly can.

(right after i eat my delicious dinner)

vunny + milo

Saturday, November 15, 2008

cute band-aids

one of my favorite illustrators, kate sutton, has posted on her blog that she will soon have "plasters" she designed at urban outfitters. i cannot WAIT to get some!!! and how cute that she calls them plasters!

as she said it was a sneak peek with no release date yet, i didn't want to post the pictures on my blog...but check it out here (how cute is the thermos one??? :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

happy belated SPSO!!!

i finished mini sasha for my friend megan last night and he was excitedly given to her at lunch today. i used a retro simplicity pattern as inspiration, but drew my own pattern and hand-sewed it all. (since i was too lazy to set up the sewing machine) my favorite part was tying the giant yellow bow! (dyed silk shantung from m&j trimming) if anyone ever has a job open for tying big lovely bows, i'm your gal.

megan is such a fun(ny) and cute friend, i hope he ends her birthday hoopla week with lots of smiles and love. (NERDY)

one word meme

cindy from the lovely quaint handmade posted a one word meme this past weekend on her blog, and encouraged others to play! (i didn't know what a "meme" was, so here is the [WIP] definition on wikipedia for you in case you didn't either) here i go...!

where is your mobile phone? purse
where is your significant other? seattle
your hair color? black
your mother? driven
your father? dependable
your favorite thing? sweets
your dream last night? stressful
your dream goal? sew-er (as in sewing, not as in sewage-related)
the room you're in? clean!
your hobby? crafting
your fear? loneliness
where do you want to be in 6 years? coast-bound
where were you last night? home
what you're not? early
one of your wish-list items? gocco
where you grew up? SLP
the last thing you did? "cooked"
what are you wearing? pj's
your TV? cable-impaired
your pets? hyper
your computer? slooooooooooooow
your mood? hungry
missing someone? YES!!!
your car? <100,000
something you're not wearing? this :(
favorite shop? jcrew
your summer? busy
love someone? yes
your favorite color? aqua
when is the last time you laughed? earlier
when is the last time you cried? friday

ps. i hope you get that puppy you want, cindy!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

pink woodland

i saw this incredible custom designed kids room on craft magazine's blog (originally from cup of coco)--SO freakin' sweet. (as in little girls cute, not napoleon dynamite awesome) my favorite parts are the little owls everywhere and the basket (bushel?) of felt apples. the tree with the little secret door is really great too. make sure to go to cup of coco to see all the pics, as there are so many amazing details that i can't begin to write about them all!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

here's to a new tomorrow.

it's amazing how different the world seems today. it's almost like you can feel everyone's excitement and hope for the future. i think after so much craziness this past year, people are hoping for a change...and genuinely feel it's actually possible now with obama's win. it sounds extra optimistic, but i am really hoping everyone's good nature lasts for's really quite nice when [most of] our country actually unites together, as per our name suggests.

Monday, November 3, 2008

super cute cupcakes!!!

on the they featured fantastic toys and their insanely adorable cupcakes. LOVE THEM!!! i think there is even a free pattern available so you can make your own. SOOO CUTE. makes me smile!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


i can't remember how i ended up finding the blog danken but it is a really beautiful blog, with dreamy photos and natural sunlit shots. it makes me feel like i'm in the middle of a relaxing, carefree weekend when i look at the pictures...

cute knitwear

it's been a crazy couple of weeks...we super cleaned out the house for a rock band/rockstar party, i caught whatever virus is floating around, and a friend of mine at work quit unexpectedly for bigger and better things. yeesh.

today it was pretty nice out, but when you feel crappy you just want to be super cozy and warm. although a slanket is on my constant wish list, this article on msn showcased some really great knitwear that i would love to own. i think i need to find a super cute beret this year...even if minnesota weather means there are only about 12 days a year available to wear one functionally.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

happy fall (and new container store)

notecard photoshoot

senior pictures of notecards i'll be selling at finch's boutique (seriously. i was posing them on rocks and logs, and was even on my knees and squinting to get the right angle)

recognize the baby teeth monsters? they're so happy!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

the gentle art of domesticity

on the spoonflower blog, they posted a link to a BEAUTIFULLY photographed blog named yarnstorm. not wanting to infringe on her no photo re-posting request, i am only showing you a thumbnail of her book from amazon (which i would imagine has her amazing photographs on the cover :) when i read about her--she never uses flash and maximizes natural absolute favorite kind of pictures!

definitely check it out, the pictures are REALLY, REALLY great.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

knitted ascot

a pattern for this knitted ascot was posted on the purl bee today--doesn't it look adorable??? i'll just add it to my looooooong list of things i want to make! it seems SOMEWHAT easy, so maybe i can squeeze it in between my many other projects...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

pointy kitty

daily candy wrote about wee wonderfuls the other week and the blog is SO cute! when i googled it (so i could link it correctly), the blurb said "life of a non-practicing librarian, a former vintage clothing site owner, and now a stay at home and craft it up mom." aw :)

the best part about the website is she has posted SUPER CUTE FREE PATTERNS!!! this week i made the pointy kitty for elisa A as a belated birthday present, and it turned out really great. i sewed it by hand which was time consuming, but also good practice since i have never done a 3-dimensional toy before. elisa A named her francesca, and she and suzie set up a kitty bed + bench for her at work. everyone thought she was so funny and cute...thanks hillary!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

raffle tote

i made this tote bag for a united way raffle at work--and it turned out pretty cute, so i was really happy with it! due to many very nice compliments from work friends, i'm planning on making some for elisa's holiday boutique now too.

the tote bag had a medium-weight canvas exterior with a patterned cotton lining. i topstitched the handles and bag opening with coordinating aqua thread, and embroidered with a lighter aqua embroidery floss. i also screenprinted on the front AND the interior pocket has a surprise guy peeking out of it!

it ended up being the perfect size to fit some reading materials and a snack, or your newest knitting/crocheting project, yay :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

tag, you're it!

my friend melissa bag tagged me here and i am FINALLY taking the time to divulge the super secret contents of my purse for you...scandalous! we saw a game of tag making its rounds on orange you lucky and melissa was nice enough to start a NEW game so i would get the chance to participate...THANKS MELISSA! :)

here's what my most-used purse looks like. i got it at the flagship freitag store in zurich when chris and i were on our european honeymoon. i love it because not only is it recycled, i'm also less concerned with it getting dirty...therefore, i am less stressed out every time i have to put it down! (i get stressed out by weird things) also visible is my "tot obv" button my cousin trĂ¢n made me:

...and here are the contents of my bag! NOTE: i forgot to detach my octopus-like tripod (birthday present from mike+dana) from the camera and also forgot my jump drive in the sadly, they are not pictured below:

1. bath & body works mint lip gloss
2. digital camera
(well, camera case since it's in my hands, and non-pictured tri-pod)
3. coupons
(i always have random ones--i guess for shopping emergencies???)
4. pen
(to write down books i want to request from the library or random to-dos. also, i do not carry around a notebook and will write my notes down on anything...aka coupons and bus schedules)
(the always "temporarily revised") EP bus schedule
6. kleenex
(for my allergies)
7. work badge
8. bus pass
9. checkbook
(i'm a luddite)
10. cell phone
(can't wait to get a new one that actually gets reception)
11. ipod
(for long bus rides and treks to/from the "temporarily revised" bus stop)
12. coach wristlet
(in a fall-friendly turquoise color)
13. kate spade sunglasses
(a la marshalls ;)

ok [paper bag of pearls owner]'ve been tagged!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

an apple a day

the fall season has come to stay. last night i went to my friend sarah's house (which is SO AMAZINGLY DECORATED, and with lots of her OWN beautiful photography! i wish i had remembered to take pictures...i already told her that i wanted her to "do my house" but feel that i'd need to purge about 70% of my items before she could) and we huddled by the fire bowl and made s'mores and everyone was all bundled up cute in vests and scarves.

i think apples always get a little more limelight during the fall season and i got this craft email from martha stewart and i thought it was so fun. not only because apple prints make me think of elementary school, but because i want a mini tote for MY apple a day!!! and i don't even eat apples regularly--i just really want one to TOTE around. (haha) but seriously, how cute is it???

Thursday, October 2, 2008

fifty is nifty

rhymeswithfun has reached 50 posts...hip hip hooray!
thanks to all of you who stop by and visit, big hug!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

i heart NYC

ok. so life got a little jam packed, we jetted off to the big apple, then came back in time for work to kick my butt all over again. however brief, i had a FABULOUS time in new york and managed in 4 days to cram the following into the trip: bryant park, street vendors, times square, korean dumplings, staten island ferry, etsy craft night, central park, lunch with lindy, williamsburg, NYC public library, nolita, walking in general, soho, cooper-hewitt/gugenheim gift stores, and more...

here are my most favorite pictures of the trip, i hope you like them too:

1.heart-shaped leaves at bryant park view while walking to grand central station 3.cooper-hewitt sidewalk 4.model boats at central park 5.interior shot at the NYC public library 6.shelves of books at the library 7.cute sign at the library 8.funny drawing in a window 9.bus ride through brooklyn ribbons at a church 11.view from the staten island ferry 12.street view in soho