Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category


My New York

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I've spent the weekend working on a scrapbook of my New York adventure. More accurately, I've been procrastinating by scouring Pinterest for travel book inspiration!

New York Scrapbook
I saved every last ticket stub and map and pamphlet. The had part is writing; I'm no good at captioning or “journaling” cause it always seems so cheesy (this is my main beef with scrapbooks!)


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Tasty Typeface: Thirsty Rough

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I purchased my first font today! Normally I just gaze longingly at them, as they’re usually too expensive to justify buying for personal use – but this one was on sale for $9! Take a gander at Thirsty Rough:



I love the old-school, retro style of it. I can see this used in many a project.

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Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Indie Inspiration: Dog Lovers

1. BW Barkery //  2. RodaLuLu  //  3. Dogtails  //  4. Rockstar Puppy  //  5. Bacon Square Farm  //  6. Mimi Green  //  7. Billets-Doux


Today I’m featuring some of the incredibly cool accessories for our furry friends from Etsy (I’m just in love with number 7!)


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A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Penny Street Art in Amsterdam. Image via Sagmeister.


Like most people, I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in the new year. I’ve never been one for resolutions, as I’m notoriously terrible at sticking to them, and they generally just make me crabby. This time, however, I’ve been thinking about what I can resolve to *not* do.

My mom and I were talking about all the projects we did this past year, and how most of them were for other people. The vast majority of these projects were “commissioned” in some way. Friends or acquaintances would be impressed with our skills/talents/abilities/whatever, that they would ask for one of their own. Often it would be a barter of some kind, or even in exchange for money. Sometimes, and I’m more guilty of this, they would be presenting a problem and I’d jump in to offer a solution – usually one that involved me sewing or knitting or building or designing something.

Now, the problem with these opportunities is that while I like to make gifts and surprises for people, having a commitment usually leads to resentment. It’s not that I don’t want to help – I do! In fact, that’s the problem! I want to help everyone with everything. It obviously becomes a matter of validation. I feel like my friendship is of no use to someone unless I can offer a tangible service. Silly? Definitely.

Unfortunately, I’ve damaged quite a few friendships because of this. I underestimate the time and money I’ll have to invest in a project, and offer it in exchange for something that’s not nearly comparable. For example: a dear friend wanted a cute, Anthropologie style dress. I insisted that it would be quite simple to sew, and we arranged to barter. I would sew the dress and she would color my hair. ¬†We would both pay for our own materials. I’m really not sure what I was thinking – even if the dress had been a simple endeavor, it’s just not the same amount of work that goes into a color appointment. The dress ended up needing multiple fittings and alterations… it was too long, then it was too short; the bust was wonky, I didn’t know how to fix it… I spent so much time and energy stressing about the stupid project that I started to really resent the dress and my friend. ¬†She was frustrated because it was taking so long, and I already “cashed in” on my side of the bargain. It was a mess.¬†Was it her fault? No. I truly believed at the beginning that it would be a relatively simple undertaking.

It doesn’t take a psychologist to determine this isn’t healthy.

So, in 2013, I’ve resolved to not take on a single commissioned project for anyone else. If I make or do something for another person, it will be as a gift. There will be no expectation on their part. If they ask, I will politely turn them down. Maybe I’ll even explain why, though I’m sure it sounds silly.

In the end, I think this will only strengthen my relationships with people. They’ll be based on mutual respect and genuine interest in one another’s personalities. Additionally, I’ll get to focus on things for myself. I have so many unfinished projects!

Are any of you doing a similar thing, or have you done it in the past? I’d love to know what your experiences were.

Here’s to an awesome, productive 2013! Happy New Year, everyone!

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Digital Download: Set of 6 Blank Gemstone Notecards

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I love gemstones (heck, anything with facets) and designed this set of blank notecards for download.


You can pick them up at my Etsy shop.



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Tutorial: Winter Terrarium

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

This is a super simple and adorable winter terrarium. You will need:
Glass container
Sisal Trees
Animal  Figurines
Other decorative items

Pour sugar into bowl to desired depth, and top with a thin layer of glitter

Use a pen or pencil to push the glitter down along the sides of the glass. It’s like the sand art you used to do as a kid!

Decoratively arrange your items in the snow.

Step back and admire your work.

Bask in the adorableness.


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Tutorial: Glittery Star Garland

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

This is a simple project that can be as fancy or simple as you can imagine – and it’s definitely not limited to Christmas, either!


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Curated | Interior Inspiration: Science

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Interior Inspiration: Science

  1. 1895 Spectra Of The Sun Stars, Nebulae and Gases print from Vintage Inclination  |  $35
  2. 1950s Microscope and Casefrom Housing Authority  |  $30
  3. 12-Inch Replogle Globe from Lucca Bales Vintage  |  $40
  4. 100ml Vintage Pyrex Laboratory Flask from BaraWen Vintage  |  £7
  5. Human Body Book from Old Vintage Goodies  |   $25
  6. Earth Art Space Print from MeganLee  | $28


I stumbled upon some beautiful sciencey finds at Savers yesterday, so today’s inspiration is rather laboratory-inspired. All of the items are from Etsy, and most are one-of-a-kind.

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Inspiration: Holiday Nails

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Image credits: 1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6  /  7

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Inspiration: Adventure vs. Monotony

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Valeria Melo

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