Monthly Archives: April 2009

Green Things

photo171So, I promise I’ve been doing this these past couple of weeks… besides updating this blog. One of these “things” just happens to be gardening. Here’s a plan for what’s going to be in our raised beds, if it’s not in there already…

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The potatoes, peas, strawberries and carrots are already in. We had to put an old iron gate over the beds to keep cats from pooping all up in the teeny tiny seeds. Yucky cats. Oh and those big bushy things in front of the beds are three blueberry bushes.

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Remember how big the peas were last week? Well now they’re getting some leaves and I’m pretty sure they’re all up now. Rows and rows of tiny green pea-babies.

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I found a tutorial on Little House in the Suburbs last night for little containers to start seeds in using recycled newspaper. Speaking of newspapers, Mom canceled our subscription to the Oregonian after they repeatedly failed to deliver the paper, even though we called to tell them they hadn’t been by. You can get all that newsy stuff online these days anyway and save some trees in the process. Well, since we canceled we’ve been getting more “free trial papers” plunked on our mailbox than we ever got when we were actually paying for it. The bastards are essentially littering on our lawn by leaving their stupid papers to get rained on and yucky. They’re mostly full of advertisements anyway. Can you tell I’m more than a little irritated?

Sigh.. back to my point. Now I got to use up four pages (yes, a stupendous sum, really) to plant sage and basil in. I’m pretty sure that by the time they’re big enough to transplant the containers will have naturally decomposed a bit too! This is a much craftier way of starting seeds than the old egg carton method.

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Oh and we have our planter boxes all done in the front yard! I planted my lemon basil, lemon verbena, spearmint, chocolate mint and apple mint in there… ohhh this is going to be so good!

For more pictures and info about all the landscaping we’ve been doing, you can go to Dad’s house blog:

Bringing Home the Mulch

Bark Chips and Potatoes

Paths, Boxes and Berries

Way to be Awesome, Me!

Star sent me a postcard in February:leech_postcardSo I sent her some felt leech finger puppets and then promptly forgot about them. Fast forward three months to my next visit to Olympia. Ben’s doing homework while Star hibernates in the other room… guess what he’s using as a bookmark? Yes, a leech. How great is that? PLUS he comes up with a great idea: make some sort of packaging for the little suckers (heeehee… that was totally on purpose) and sell them. Well, now that I’m going to be at Crafty Wonderland in a few weeks I decided to take that idea super seriously and now (TAH DAH!) I’ve made a little envelope to hold two leeches. I’m going to stick one in the shop to see what happens and I’ve already got about six ready to go with me to the sale.

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This is the front, there’s more cool things on the back and flaps, but I’m going to be all secretive and keep that to myself. It’s worth picking one up to find out though! I still have to decide how much monies I want for them…

A Cache of Posters (and yes, I do pronounce “cache” wrong)

Ok, you know how I’ve been posting about gigposters once a week for three or four weeks now? I now have, on my computer, under my clamy little hands, a new poster website. AND, shock & awe… they only feature the good ones. I can’t tell you how many really really really bad posters I’ve had to look through to pick out the good ones I post about. Oh man, it’s hours of my life, gone…

Anywho, enough moaning, here are some of Methane Studio’s work on Poster Cabaret (P.S. YOU CAN TOTALLY BUY ALL THESE TOO!):

3/50 Project

I’m totally happy to spread this idea around. The 3/50 Project focuses on local retail buying. By thinking about the three stores you love most and mentally agreeing to spend $50 a month there you can help support those businesses and help the economy a smidge. I balked at the $50 bit, but then I started to think about how much money I actually spend a month and how much of that goes to the big chain grocery stores and gas stations… $50 doesn’t seem like it’s so big anymore. I think at least making a concerted effort to shop in the smaller stores will always make a difference for you and for the shop owner.

Plus, this is a really beautiful little site and a simple concept. Why can’t everything be this pretty?

Via: Housemartin.

GigPoster – D –

Hey hey! Welcome to the letter D of our gigposter extravaganza! I’ve waded my way through some moderately angry posters, sprinkled with a bit of nudity and topped with some really bad posters to bring you these lovelies. I have discovered two things during the course of my research: 1) I don’t like photos in gigposters (and by photos I mean photographic images… something about them always looks super cheesy, even if they’re being “ironic” or something) and 2.) if your design name is something naughty I will hate your work 100% of the time (it probably takes a certain personality to even think about marketing themselves under a naughty name and the design that comes out of that same brain is equally terrible). Yuck.

Anywho, moving on to better, prettier things… here’s this week’s installment! Enjoy…

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Ricardo Delrancho

With a name like Ricardo Delrancho, how can you not be awesome!? I like where he’s going in all of these… his color palette is great, the images are great… oh man, I like him.

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Pablo Delcielo

I like his style. It reminds me of the Ticking by Renee French. He only has a few posters and I hope he keeps making more.

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I love what’s going on in these posters! But this is another case where I definitely don’t want to be hanging around in the same brain that these came out of. This is such a great little horse dude… how can you not love it?
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Is doing some sort of cut paper-esque thing and I dig it. The images he’s choosing and the way he’s cramming some very cool detail. Definitely worth looking at and YES that does mean you! Go lookie look!

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Hugh Dandrade

I really love this poster and I like where his style is going but I feel like most of his work is all the same. Which is good separately, but if you see it all together like you do on Gig it gets a little redundant. Ohhh how I do like this one!

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Drowning Creek Studio

I like this particular poster a lot, and I like about a teaspoonful of their style, but I got bored going very far back into their gallery on Gig. They’re channeling some sort of Australian theme… or something…. and it’s great, it works on the first page. Stay there and you won’t be missing much.

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Has some nice things going on… but I think this is one of those times where they’re just starting to develop whatever their voice is. You can see the same thing happening in the first two pages of any of these artists’ pages on Gig, I’m going to be expecting some good things from Dog & Pony if they keep making things.
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Is WACKY TACKY, in an awesome “Things are getting weird, so lemme bust this out for a sec” kind of way. I don’t want to be in whoever’s head this stuff is pouring out of, but I’m really charmed by the end product.
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I love their Conor Oberst poster. LOVE it LOVE it LOVE it! They do some nice work, check it out.
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Has a huge number of really, really nice posters. Someone has put a lot of love into all of these to make them look so beautiful, and really in the end, they’re just gig posters. However, I think that it’s designers like Delicious that have elevated gigposters above the level of mere advertisements. I wanna hang these suckers on my walls and stare at them all darn day.
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He has a really nice color palette and layering technique that makes everything look like you’re looking at a well done 3-D poster… without the glasses.

The Smell of Old Wood, Paper and Ink

This is the 101st Hi There Hammy post! Woot! In honor of this momentous occasion, here is a sweet video from Craftzine, of the Sao Paulo printing press Grafica Fidalga. These men use a gorgeous old press from 1929 and hand cut wood letters to print with. The way that press moves is so so beautiful. I can almost smell the ink and paper just looking at it.

Unrecognized Occlpuanids

Dad sent me the link to this place of science a while ago and I never got around to posting it up.

“This Site contains several years of research in the classification of occlupanids. For those of you who do not consume sliced bread, occlupanids do not form an important part of your life. For the rest of the world, These small objects are everywhere, dotting supermarket aisles and sidewalks with an impressive array of form and color.

Misunderstood and under-researched, the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group has taken on the mantle of classifying this most common, yet most puzzling, member of phylum Plasticae.”

Haven’t figured out what HORG is talking about yet? They’re bread ties. After you peruse this site, you’ll never look at them the same way again. For example:

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Kingdom: Microsynthera
Phylum: Plasticae
Class: Occlupana
Order: Archignatha

The Order Tridentia have few varied species. They are identified by the three dental processes within the oral groove. Some researchers beleive that these are actually the result of cross-bred haplognathids and toxodentids, but research is, you guessed it, inconclusive.

P.S. Ben + Star, this post is totally dedicated to you two…

Etsy of the Week – Owly Shadow Puppets –

Don’t ever EVER think you’re too old for shadow puppets. There are a few things I’ve decided never to be too old for (1. water slides, 2.) bubbles, 3.) crayons, 4.) play dough, 5.) shadow puppets, 6.) making elf houses, 7.) etc…), you should probably make a list too, before it’s too late and you become old, grumpy and you don’t even want to bake cookies any more (that’s when you know it’s bad). However, if you think you’ve waited too long for shadow puppets, I have a solution: Owly Shadow Puppets. I’ve been admiring their Yetti puppet for some time now, something about their scale and the fact that they’re articulated makes me so so happy! I want to find little children (it’s ok to just borrow them.. right?) and play shadow puppets under a blanket fort in the living room.

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(Do I spy some MOON BUNNIES!? Yes, I think it do!)

Anywho, check out Owly Shadow Puppets (I mean really, they’re so inexpensive that you might as well get two and play shadow puppets all you like).

Made with the Hands

Ok, ok, they’re not ALL hand made. The first two are, and I admire them all the more for their handcraftidness. However, I couldn’t resist adding the pig snouts and dancing tea cups in, who can resist pig snouts!?

I found this mushroom-shaped birdhouse over in Mudpuppy’s shop. How cute is that!?

I don’t think birds would actualy live in there, but I bet they’d be more than happy to use it as a seed buffet.

Craftzine had a little feature on Loyal Loot Collective’s Log Bowls. How cool are these!? They are made from locally reclaimed trees (well, local if you’re from Calgary) and are finished with acrylic paint and a water based high gloss finish.

Dad found this pig snout cup on Sub-Studio Design. I’ve never been a fan of those paper cups that have the silly noses printed on the side, but this is much classier.

Jorine has made these little ceramic vessels with so much personality I’m tempted to get some and play dolly with them. They look like they’re having so much fun, tottering around on tables holding your butter or other foodie goodness that they’d probably make any table look hip. No? Oh, and I think those pig nose cups were made with Jorine as part of the team.Hey it looks liek Jorine has internships. INTERESTED? Yes, yes I am. However, I don’t think the Netherlands is where I want to be quite yet. Or where Monty wants to be dragged. I can imagine him thumping in his carrier the whole way there.