Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
The sad news: Aidan, the 5-year-old nephew of my friend, Mandi of Red Planet, was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is 97% curable but he will have to go through 2-3 years of chemo.
Aidan, working on his art
The awesome news: Regretsy (and yes, I mean THE Regretsy) is going to be holding a fundraiser just for Aidan! If you're not familiar with it, Regretsy is a hilarious blog that showcases ugly, stupid, or just plain weird items from Etsy. (Be warned, it is often pretty crude and could be considered offensive...definitely not PG rated.) Contrary to what some believe, the intent is NOT to discourage sales of these items--being featured on the website has actually helped many artists make big sales. And most importantly, has become a routine thing for Regretsy to raise money for good causes, like Aidan. :)
A photo from Regretsy, originally from Meg Swansen
Info about the Regretsy fundraiser won't be officially announced until later on, but here's what you can do for now:
Follow Aidan's journey via this blog:
Purchase items featuring Aidan's own artwork, via the Regretsy Zazzle store. (All proceeds from this will go to help with Aidan's medical bills):
Check out his Etsy store, where you can purchase prints of his artwork (Again, proceeds go to Aidan):
ANNNDDD..... if you cannot donate, you can still help by spreading the word!!! Aidan is an incredibly creative little boy with a spectacular personality and I would love to see him get as much support as possible.
Thank you for your time and help!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I've mentioned her a couple times, maybe posted a video or two, but I thought I should bring her up again. Because she's just that awesome. Well, really I should say she AND her band mates are awesome. I'm talkin' about Leslie.
Leslie (Hall) and the LY's are a small group out of Iowa. They started out as "cewebrities" and...well...I suppose they still are mainly that. But they also tour the country, and I am just waiting for the day they come here.
Just why do I love them so much? They are midwest girls and proud of it. Their overall aesthetic has a real '80s-neon-kitty-and-pink-bows-on-wicker-woven baskets kind of vibe. Leslie wears a LOT of spandex, gold usually...in fact I think spandex is all she ever wears. And they sing about crafts. And sequins. And snacks. And besides that, their music really is catchy.
Please look at her website and maybe even buy an album. I am also big on Leslie because she is not unlike any other independent crafter/artisan with a dream, working stitch by stitch to make that dream come true. Except her stitches are beats...well...and sometimes stitches. (She makes and sells spandex pants, too.)
My favorite new video of hers. Please be warned that it is what some might call "weird":
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Natacha Atlas is beautiful, dreamy, hypnotic. Her music is often categorized as "pop" but it's a far cry from Britney Spears. Natacha sings in English, French, and Arabic, and there is also a wide range of musics from different cultures that influence her style. And she is so very versatile--every one of her albums has a distinctly different feel, but all are excellent. The one I'm recommending to you today is Ana Hina, her latest release.
Ana Hina seems to be the least "poppish" of her works. It's elegant and smooth, and, well....you just have to hear it! There are so many great tracks, but one of my favorites is "La Vida Callada." It is an eerie duet with Clara Sanabras, the words being from a poem written by Frida Kahlo.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
- metal brads
- yarn or string
- paper - I used pages from a vintage (replica) flower book. You could use something similar or some lovely scrapbooking paper, or whatever strikes your fancy! The pages I used are approximately 4" x 6.75". Using this size or the same ratio should give you perfect circles!