Vice and Vanity 

In a rare case of insomnia, I stumbled across Vice and Vanity. They were featured on Kingdom of Style (a site I highly recommend) today and I thought I would pass along their site.

Below is one of my favorite pieces from their "The Lamp Spreads a circle of Li" collection. I love most of their work but desperately wish there wasn't sooooo much GOLD! I have a slightly yellow tint to my skin so basically can't wear yellow or gold at all unless I want to look ill. They will not be on my "to purchase list" until their is more silver and copper in their collections.

photo nabbed from the Vice and Vanity website. There seem to be no deeplinks for the site so I can't link you directly to the piece...

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Would any of you be interested in buying stickers? I know there aren't many of you who visit, but I need an outside opinion.

I have more than these prepped and ready to go but here are some examples of stickers I've cut:

Suite Case Stickers

Bike Sticker

They are all vinyl decals and should be placed on plastic, glass, or other hard surfaces.
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Illustrator and an interesting product 

One of my favorite places in the blog world is Lollychops - She has such cute illustrations, free downloads, and a sweet, silly way of writing her posts.

Lolly is hosting Cupcake week with La Fuji Mama, a food blogger. I trapsed around La Fuji Mama's blog for a bit and stumbled upon her Earth week posts which featured a product from Jenny Playford, Furochic.

Jenny's illustrations are super cute and playful. She's taken furoshiki to a new level. Her pretty, yet non-traditional, designs are incorporated into the product. And I am drooling over them! Jenny also has a book coming out later this year about furoshiki called, Wrapagami.

Below is an image of one of her cards:

image is copyright 2009 Jennifer Playford

Many well wishes to Lolly - who will be having surgery this week. My thoughts will be with you.

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Fabric store woes and Drapey Top Finished! 

I finished my top today - after a much needed run to Michael Levine's. I seriously could not stand to be in the store because it was so crowded yesterday. I grabbed everything I needed as quickly as possible and sprinted to the check out. I bought:

1 spool of thread in a ocean aqua to match my shirt
5 yards of fold over elastic (for Angry Chicken's 5 minute skirt)
2 skeins of yarn.

Here's the final shirt as modeled by my couch:

Argh - I wish I could schedule posts! it totally annoys me that I have to post 3 things in one day and basically nothing during the week. Must upgrade!
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Paper Olive 

My lovely friend, Marleine, and I had dinner last night at Katsu-Ya in Studio City. Fab sushi, arty, crafty, design talk were included in a few hours of total awesomeness. Mar and I used to sit in cubes next to each other, work on the same web site, and talk almost everyday. I saw her plan every aspect of her wedding, which I attended, and was so pleased to see her get extremely creative during that time.

Isn't she pretty?

In the last two years, we've both taken on new jobs and moved around a bit which means that neither of us has a chance to talk much face to face any more. I miss it...a lot.

She started a business shortly before we both switched jobs the first time, working on what seemed to be her favorite part of the wedding planning process, designing custom wedding invitations. I have mentioned her before, but she has a new stuff out now and I thought I would share a few of my favorites from the new line of letter press invitations! They have the cutest name too - The Olive Press Collection!

As you can see, this lady has some style. I think her designs completely capture a modern and chic aesthetic in wedding invitations.

Find out more about Paper Olive Invitations at these links:

Wedding Invitations - Paper Olive
Paper Olive Blog - Paper Martini
Become a fan on FaceBook

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New Shirt, New Machine 

Since the official death of my machine - I have gone out and made another purchase... I have a new Singer Tradition purchased from Target.

I haven't done much with it yet, but I have started a new shirt. I used the drape top pattern from Stitch Lounge. Some one needs to tell Stitch Lounge to get a new site and a better search engine optimization person. It took me TWO HOURS on google to find the pattern. I just gave them three directly referenced links so hopefully it will be easier for the next girl to find.

Here's my progress so far:

I got everything cut out and the inside seams complete - now I just need to hem it!

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wrist cuff embroidery 

I don't know how I always seem to post around lunch time, but I do...

any way - here is the latest piece I've made:

worked on it 10 minutes here and there over a month or so. I was inspired to finally get over my irrational fear of french knots and go hog wild. As you can see I now have the trick to the knot down. This was the first really successful attempt at the french knot! YEAH!
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cool new tools 

Heather Bailey did her March of the Tools series again this year - my favorite one mentioned is the Color Munki. really really want one of these.

True Up has an article on using Pantone swatch books to match colors in fabrics[/url]. They mention at least one site that lists Pantone colors in conjunction with fabrics.

oddly enough, Boing Boing Gadgets has a tutorial for creating your own letter press. Not sure how viable it is, but could be cool.

Make your own crocheted bike seat cover with the translated pattern from Carina's Crafty Blog.

Anyone in LA want 2 TV's and 2 monitors for free? email me via the "contact me" link at the top. TV's are completely functional. large CRT monitor has a gun going out and I have no idea what's wrong with the other one except that it is showing signs of going completely dark. Could be used for art projects maybe?

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sewing machine is officially dead  

yeah - I left it sitting for a long time after the last debacle because I was so put off. I just got around to digging through internet archives last night to find instructions on fixing it.

I went through them all and tried every known suggestion. the needle is not hitting the bobbin chase any more, but not it won't pick up the bobbin thread and makes a "chunk" noise when I start sewing.

ARGH! oh well - I officially am putting the machine back in the box and am sending it to salvation army along with the monitors that need to be picked up.

poor little machine, I'm sorry you are sick and I can't fix you, but it would cost as much to buy a new one as it would to fix your problems.

pictures of the inside:

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workie work work 

I am swamped at the office - so much so that I am completely left without the time or desire to do anything but veg. It's good - I have a really really big project I'm working on. (yeah)

PLUS - I had a wisdom tooth pulled on Friday and it's KILLING me still (on Wednesday). I swear I would be billionaire if I got paid to complain.

Here are a few cool things I've found in what little surfing I've done in the past few days: has a cool article about repeat patterns in illustrator. most of it I had already learned but they had a few cool tricks :)

Lovely cherry Blossom pics from Please Sir

Treasuring's article on personal art style

Vintage Button Desktop Wallpaper

My favorite author's executor is ill - go here to find out more. Philip K Dick is one of my all time favorite authors.
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