Printing with stamps 

What a great idea I had, print a flower on some silk... but alas, it was not so successful.

I will share my lack of success with you and if anyone has any tips, please feel free to comment.

The fabric:

The medium:

I have had this stuff in my stash since college. A tiny bit goes along way and it looks really shiny and bronzy when dry.

the fabric all ironed out:

I put some of the paint on cotton batting to make a temporary stamp pad (I could swear I saw this on the small object, but can't find it anywhere on her site) UPDATE - I FOUND THE TUTE Jezzeblog

Ink/paint all soaked into the batting:

Here are the final results - really disappointing....

the best one

the worst one

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web site wandering 

Just got up from a nap and wandered the web a bit...

Model Elyse Sewell has a Live journal and she's blogging from all over the world with some really cool photos. She's kinda of raunchy and I started to skip the actual text and just look at the pictures after awhile. Her photos of Hong Kong are really cool.

Have a look.

I'm so glad I never went into modeling - I like to eat too much :)

found at the tiny little girl... via some one on Maquette.

and how cool would a crafty tour of England be? Awesome and someone has done it. Check out the Great British Craft Tour here.

and via some one in Maquette's blog roll.... Nod Young - really cool artist.

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Doodling with string 

I whipped this up on a whim and ended up swapping it on craftster. I love it but it would never get worn. I think it's better to trade with someone else who WILL wear it.

what do you think?
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Kirin Notebook 

Have I mentioned that I love Kirin Notebook and her fabric before?

She's posted a great article on the tips to starting a small craft business on her site here.

I apparently am on my way with all items down to #5 covered - then it gets a little wonky. :) I still have 6, 7, 8 and 10 to go...
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I'm not much of an interior design person - my place is how my place is. While I dream a beautiful minimalistic place with blond maple floors, the reality is that I'm too clutter and pack rat oriented to have that sort of space to live in.

I still love to look at the home decor sites and decor8 is no exception.

I was very happy to stumble across an entry in the archives about turning patterns into products. It's got a lot of information and a few popular designers as well as agents piped in to add in their own information.

check out the post here.
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lunch time drawing 

I plunked my rear end down in a park a few blocks from the office the other day hoping to do some quick sketches of the squirrels getting ready for winter. None of the would hold still long enough for me to get a good sketch started so I picked a more suitable model...

I took the photo using the camera on my new G1 (wish it wasn't soooo blue - that paper is bright white!)
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Anna Maria and a recipe 

So apparently Anna Maria is a big soup gal and is hosting a give away in exchange for recipes.

Mind you I am not a cook, but this is one of the few recipes I have in my tiny arsenal of food...

Here's my only soup recipe....

Simple Black Bean Soup (fancy name, I know):

one can whole black beans
one can refried black beans
one can of corn
one can of rotel tomatoes

- Dump all the cans into one pot, juice and all.
- Stir until the ingredients are mixed - refried beans should be smoothed out and not clumped together.
- Add a little milk to smooth out the mix more (it should be a very dark purple color).
- Add salt to your liking

Cook over medium flame in a large pot until ingredients are thoroughly cooked. (you should bring the mix to a boil at least once, but the mix should mostly simmer)

Serve with tortillas and a sprinkle of grated cheese on top

Freeze remaining in separate serving containers appropriate for the microwave. I usually get about 4 large sized bowls with this recipe. I like to make a big batch, freeze it and take to work for lunch.

Since it is wide open to additions, I'll sometimes put corn tortillas in the soup or other vegetables.

Perfect recipe for non-foody types like me. I would love to post some photos of a gorgeous pot of purple soup, but alas - I have not made this recipe in YEARS.

Pop over to Ana Maria Horner's site to enter your favorite recipe.
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G1 is here 

I finally have a G1! I'm really excited to see how this goes. I'll post a more detailed review, etc. right now I'm trying to kill my battery for it's first charge by playing "Bubble Wrap." Bubble Wrap is exactly what it sounds like - pictures of bubble wrap that you can click to get that weird popping satisfaction. Clicking causes the image to change to a "popped" image, vibrate the phone, and emit a sound similar to the real thing.
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Garland Coo 

Oh my - found an AWESOME clothing company - it's a futuristic version of 20's fashion. LOVE IT!

Garland Coo

their most recent collection is here...

found via the shiny squirrel via Maquette
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YEAH!! the pattern I've been trying to get to work for weeks finally got sorted out. YEAH!!

take a peek:

It's simple and NOT colored at all - I just wanted to see if the repeat would work with these shapes.

Comments, Suggestions?

Editing to add some info for the commenters...

I'm planning on doing 2 color sets, one in greens and another in blue. Also contemplating on in sandy colors as well.
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