Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{memorial day fun}

How was everyone's Memorial Day? Mine was a total trainwreck of a workday, followed by an all-too-short night of sleep. But I can't complain too much, because Monday was a day given to us by the selfless veterans of our country. Their sacrifices allow us the freedom to live, play, and work overtime on holidays. ;)

My "Memorial Day weekend" actually starts tomorrow, so I'm taking a small hiatus from blogging this weekend to soak in some outdoors. Hooray! Plus, I need some time to work on my shop. With Father's Day just around the corner (June 17, by the way) I've been getting daily sales and a few custom orders, so lately my evenings have been full with drawing, printing, packaging, and mailing out cards! It's almost like I have two full time jobs, now... ;)

Check out this fun custom Star Wars card I made for a customer who has two sisters!

Speaking of Memorial Day, I'm getting pretty jealous of these photos I see from fellow friends and bloggers of sunny skies, pool parties, daiquiris and beach outings. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, right? I think Oregon missed the message, because we won't get summer until the 4th of July. (Literally.) Currently it's 60 degrees and raining, so I have to fill my head with photos of summer until the long spring here passes.

Here are my favorite Etsy finds of summer lovin... see you next week! :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

{etsy finds: zen gardens and terrariums}

I've always wanted a tiny zen garden. These glass spheres and tiny cactus decorations from {wendiland} make me swoon. I would be sure to doodle designs in the sand all day and forget to work, wouldn't you?

If zen gardens don't tickle your fancy, feel free to sigh over these lovely terrariums and marimo plants... what beautiful presentations they have. I want them all!

Friday, May 25, 2012

{miniature feasts}

I am amazed by these miniature feasts created from polymer clay, some the size of a pinky finger. The dedication, time, patience and creativity that must be associated with each masterpiece is unbelievable! Enjoy seeing these sculptures, as shown at {the wondrous}. Personally, I think the detail in the tiny banana (keep scrolling down to see it) is just amazing.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{new cards for dads, grads, and pisceans!}

The sun in Portland disappeared again, so we've had a few days of heavy, beating rain. The weather is nice and cool again, though, so I guess I can't complain. I love the cold.

After a very rough week at work, I had yesterday off to decompress. I managed to sleep in until 10 am and then spent the rest of a rainy day working on my shop. I took a small stack of Star Wars orders to the post office (this card is proving a seasonal favorite already!) and printed, folded and added new ones to my inventory.

I put up another Father's Day card (the nautical reference still makes me giggle, even if no one else thinks it's funny), a somewhat belated graduation card, and a new birthday card. Enjoy!

The birthday card is my favorite so far. It was endlessly fun to draw, and I'm hoping I can finish the rest of the astrology line fairly soon. I already have rough sketches of Leo, Aquarius, and Aires. Of course I'm a Pisces, so I did that one first. It's always been my favorite astrology sign, anyway. (Go fish!) :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

{diy: magnetic bathroom rack}

After having dinner at IKEA the other day (yes, we tend to eat there like it's a real restaurant. Don't judge... the $1 ice cream is like crack.) I found myself wandering amongst the kitchen accessories, as I tend to do. I have a difficult time ever leaving IKEA empty handed, and with a store a mere 15 minutes away, Tanner and I have bought all kinds of useless and wonderful things even when we probably shouldn't.

This particular trip I had an idea bouncing around in my head, and I was tempted to test it out. After snatching myself up a $9 magnetic knife rack from upstairs, I took it home and promptly installed it in my bathroom. (Edit: actually, Tanner installed it, because I couldn't find anchors for the screws and it kept pulling out of the wall, much to my annoyance.)

Why a metal knife rack in my bathroom, you might ask? Well, I have a terrible habit of leaving bobby pins all over the house, because you just never know when you're going to need a bobby pin. The trouble is, they're quite small and difficult to keep track of, so even when I round them up, I have no clever place to store them.
Are you seeing where I'm going with this? Enter: the FINTORP knife rack. I originally wanted it to keep tabs on my bobby pins, but it has actually turned out to be far more useful. Now it keeps track of my nail clippers, scissors, file, tweezers, and metal manicure set. Everything is within arm's reach but most importantly, it is off the counter top, which tends to get cluttered so quickly with bathroom paraphanalia.

Tanner loved the idea so much that he ran right out and bought himself another metal rack to install in his own bathroom. I laughed at his enthusiasm, because he doesn't own any bobby pins, but he did manage to rustle up some clippers and files and such to attach to his rack. And he came up with another clever idea: he added a magnet to the back of his weekly pill case, so his medicine is always at hand. I'm considering picking up some of those magnetic spice jars to add to the racks to keep track of other medicines and small beauty products in the bathroom.

What do you think? Has anyone else tried any clever IKEA hacks lately?

Friday, May 18, 2012

{new father's day cards}

I finally got some new cards up in the shop! These Father's Day cards have been making me giggle since the idea first struck me - but maybe I'm just a geek like that. At any rate, these are sure to delight the Star Wars nerd in your family on Father's Day.

I'm also working on giving my shop a bit of a face lift. You may have noticed I'm in the process of changing all my item photos so they have white backgrounds. I think this will help give everything a more consistent, clean look. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to mess around with my new 50mm lens. :)

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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