What are your Halloween costume plans this year?!
Peacock Tutu. (I’d love to do an adult version of this!)
the ultimate holiday site says it is national lowercase day, “an entire day to turn your back on everything you’ve learned about proper nouns.” a day dedicated to poor grammar. the awesomeness of this holiday is debatable. writing this blog post without capital letters is making microsoft word angry and hurting my brain.
love it or hate it – we are acknowledging national lowercase day on the bb creative. enjoy this fun project with lower case (and upper case) letters by tien-min liao.
h a n d m a d e t y p e – a typography experiment
happy topographic holiday!
I’ve been living with Henry (my apartment) for about seven months. This charming little apartment is finally starting to feel like home.
I haven’t purchased any sort of side or coffee table since I’ve moved in with Henry. Side tables were a luxury item that I didn’t think were necessary. After placing two wine glasses on the floor, accidentally kicking them over, and shattering them into tiny pieces, I realized side tables do, in fact, serve an important purpose.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on side tables and went searching online. I bought these simple, wooden, television tables off of kijiji. I paid $20 for these tv tables with a découpage, DIY makeover in mind.
Découpaging is really easy. Step one: clean your soon-to-be-découpaged item. Step two: experiment with different papers and patterns. You can cut paper into tiny pieces to make a fun pattern. Overlap your paper for a collage look. Use a favourite poster to cover the surface of your DIY item. You don’t have to limit yourself to paper; you can use fabric, lace, doilies, stickers - any crafting odds and ends you have in your “I’ll use this someday for an awesome craft” supply box.
Step three: (my favourite part) get messy! My hands were covered in glue. Twenty-four hours after this craft project I was still peeling dried glue off of my hands.
Once you have made a creative decision cut paper for your furniture makeover. Cover the surface of the furniture item with the glue using a paint brush. The glue should be wet when the paper is positioned on the surface. Apply more glue or an acrylic polyurethane over the finished product. Ta-da! A little messy, but super easy, DIY project. Your friends will definitely compliment you on your fabulous, découpaged furniture (hint, friends please compliment me on my side tables when you visit).
Happy crafting. XO.
Murals are fascinating.
I love the culture behind street murals and graffiti. Murals belong to the do it yourself creatives; there are no rules, no galleries, no elitism, no curating authority. Murals are accessible. They are for the people. They make ordinary and dull public spaces interesting, challenging, and often, beautiful. They can help us reevaluate the way we use and see urban spaces.
Murals and graffiti also challenge the controversial question: Is this art?
NYC Mural: near the New Museum of Art
NYC Mural: near The Highline
Since my urban vacation I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the arts. I sit and daydream about artists, musicians, actors, stage designers, dancers, photographers. These people are so intriguing. They dedicate their lives to a cause, to learning, to refining their practice. This requires so much thought and patience. There is so much uncertainty to dedicating your life to the arts.
Montreal Mural: near Old Montreal
In Montreal I met up with a friend from high school. He is an incredibly talented pianist. He studied piano during his undergrad and masters. I imagine he will continue his studies and complete his doctorate. Whenever I see him he asks about my artwork, which is sweet, but also embarrassing. He is a professional pianist and I barely pursue the arts in my free time. I never really know how to respond.
I enjoyed university and am happy with my chosen profession (communications). I enjoy, and am good at, coordinating communications, marketing, and events. I don’t know if I could have survived a career in the arts. I enjoy routine. I enjoy my expansive shoe collection. I would make a terrible starving artist.
When I told my friend I am a communications coordinator I was met with a blank stare. I sighed. It is hard to describe what I do. I explained to him I am a stage manager for business people. He nodded and smiled. Apparently this is a good job description (at least for people who know what stage management is).
NYC Installation (not a mural but still very cool public art!): The High Line Zoo.
People in suits have replaced actors in sweatpants. Maybe my career isn’t as far from my high school aspirations as I once thought.
It is Mother’s Day. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and the trees are budding. It is a beautiful day.
I called my mom this morning to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Unfortunately that call and this (late!) blog post is all my mom will receive from me for Mother’s Day this year.
When there are momentous milestones in my life my mom creates gorgeous, handmade cards for me. My dad says these cards take her hours to craft. And I am not organized enough to purchase and send her a card in the mail before May 13. Shame on me!
To make up for my lack of Mother’s Day thoughtfulness I’m going to share with you how awesome my mom is.
My mom is extremely hard working, kind, generous, supportive, and creative. She is an amazing role model. Growing up she planted a DIY spirit in me. My family was living on the 100 Mile Diet before the foodies made it trendy. My mom was making my brother and I clothes before sewing was fashionable and kitschy (in a good way). Springtime was for planting, autumn was for harvest, and the seasons in-between were for sewing, crafting, cooking, constructing, and baking. I thought everyone grew up planting gardens, canning beans, and making piñatas for their birthdays. Now I know not everyone was so lucky.
We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and I am thankful for that. Growing up we did-it-ourselves because it was cheaper. Now DIY is an anti-consumerist movement people are embracing with open arms. We are realizing how important it is to support local farmers, artisans, buy organic, and/or do-it-ourselves. I am thankful my mom taught me to support our local community and to do-it-myself. These are very important life lessons I cherish! Thank you Mom!
Now that my brother and I are (trying to be) adults my mom has indulged in a fancy camera and has been taking some photography classes. Here are some of my favourite photos she has taken the past two years.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM! You are a talented, smart, and lovely lady.
I learned on the Etsy Blog this week Mother’s Day originated with activist Julia Ward Howe in 1870. Julia wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation calling women to come together and rally for peace. If my mom was alive in the 1870s I would like to think she would have joined this important movement.
To all the amazing women out there – Happy Mother’s Day. You are loved and appreciated.
Saturday afternoon I invited some friends over for a birthday crafternoon. We made potato stamps, drank sangria, and ate tasty, lemony birthday cake. It was the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled Saturday afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who made this afternoon extra special for me. I’m such a lucky girl!
For some DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration check out last week’s post on Potato Stamp Artwork.
Carving potato stamps.
My favourite part: getting messy.
I believe a little wine always helps the creative process.
My lovely friends and their colourful stamps. Everyone had the same materials but all the prints are completely unique.
Time for cake! Thank you so much for the pretty and delicious cake Vanessa!
Love the bright colours and bold prints.
Some retro inspired green prints and the end of another successful crafternoon.
I’m really pleased with how my triangle potato stamps turned out! These prints look great in Henry’s little breakfast nook.
This was a super simple DIY project. The finished product is bold, graphic, modern. Who knew potato stamps could be so chic?