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Year-End Wrap-Up

3 Jan

December! This time of the year’s usually a-flurried with activity. On top of all the holi-daze madness during the month, I tried to do a couple of big projects, but failed. I did get to work on a couple of other fun things though (I’ll share later), and I also made a bunch of random little stuff.

Like this cute crocheted poinsettia! I chose bright-colored yarn to add to the holiday festive-ness.

I used two corsage pins and pinned it to a sweater, and wore it to a few holiday parties. Surprisingly, I don’t have any photos of me wearing it. But take my word for it, it made a lovely-sized corsage. It’s about as big as a small apple. I liked this little guy so much that I made a second one to give as a gift.

Here’s a little crocheted sushi roll I made as a gift.

The extra yarn in back was so I could attach it to something else. I was confused by the directions in the pattern, so I tried to follow the photo that was provided. I don’t think I did it quite right. But this was such a great, simple way to make a little crocheted sushi, and I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these in the future!

This crocheted frame is so darling, and simple to make!

Made this as a host/ess gift for a friends’ holiday party. I originally thought this was going to be small enough for a tree ornament, but it ended up making a pretty good-sized frame. My friends put it on their tree anyways. 🙂

I hot-glued some felt on to the back, but left an open space to slide in a photo. And I made a little loop so it can easily be hung up on the wall.

I actually made this little crocheted mistletoe last year (okay, technically, two years ago now), but it’s so cute that I have to share!

I call her Misty. Maybe I’ll make her some friends this year.

I made this gigantic glittery corsage to wear at a party. The night before, I realized I didn’t have a fun accessory to wear (this was before the crocheted poinsettia), so I rung up my neighbor and doubtfully asked, “Do you happen to have a glittery fabulous fake bouquet of poinsettias that you’re not using?” Oh Gwen, how I will never doubt you again!

There’s actually a photo of me wearing this, but despite its rather large size, you can’t really see it. It’s about the size of a large glittery orange, and I pinned it to a black dress.

Speaking of glitter, a friend threw an ugly sweater party, and I felt challenged to make this.

Front and back views. Sequins and glitter all over the place!

And trailing glitter all over my friend’s house wasn’t a very good present by itself, so I also made a matching ornament to commemorate the occasion.

Front and back views. I found this heart-shaped ornament at Target for pretty cheap, then I outfitted it with glitter and sequins.

My new year’s resolution is to take better photos. Perhaps, I dunno, upgrade to better lighting than what my window sill or living room floor can provide. To get me started, I made a little macro light tent! Found this dandy how-to from Strobist via Jen Kiaba: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html:

Functional, inexpensive, and using recycled materials that I already had at home. Can’t wait to try out this bad boy! Though perhaps my first goal of the new year should be to get the Christmas decorations off the dining room table and in to storage. And also to put away my laundry.

Also, check out what Santa Tim got me for Christmas:

(I’m SEW excited!!!!!!!!!)

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Homestead: Deck the Halls…

19 Dec

Christmas is a week away! My brain is still running on July time. Well, as I attempt to get my act together, I’ll try to post a little holiday cheer every day this week. I’ll start with my Christmas wreath!

I’m a big fan of funky wreaths. This year, we picked up an undecorated one at Russo’s Market, and due to time and $$ constraints, I wanted to decorate it using materials we already had in the house. I did a bit of online searching for some ideas, and I stumbled upon this gorgeous and fun wreath on the Good Housekeeping website: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/christmas-door-decorating-ideas#slide-2.

I love the insane amount of ornaments and that there’s only a few branches of wreath poking out. But even though I thought I had a lot of ornaments, well I didn’t have nearly enough to get this look. But I think our version still came out cool!

Fun, colorful wreath! (c) Tim Gardiner

Okay, even without the Hipsta-ness, it’s still pretty colorful.

Side view, no filters. (c) Tim Gardiner

Props go to Tim, because even though I caught the inspiration bug on this one, I didn’t have the physical strength to twist all that floral wire to get the ornaments to stay on. Dude, thank you for being a stud and for always being comfortable with helping me on my grandiose craft projects!!

Homestead: More Paper Craft Fun!

2 Feb

Did these two fun paper crafts from Paper Foldables!

Atari 2600 Business Card Holder:

This is pretty ingenious!

I made this for Tim. Now he just needs actual business cards… (I used my own in this pic.)

Accordion Calendar 2010:

An accordion…

…with an accordion-fold calendar inside!

An accordion fold inside of an accordion… I love it!!

Even the calendar design is a-dor-a-ble!

I made these little by little at work, whenever I needed an “I will go mental if I have to stare at this project on my computer screen for one minute longer” break. Looking at these pics make me realize how crap my craft skillz are getting. But it’s also because I used an inkjet printer on heavy cardstock… Will some day figure out a way to make a really clean-looking paper craft!

And speaking of “really clean-looking paper craft”, my friend Elissa shared this link with me. It’s a die-cut paper toy, you just have to glue it together! How cool is that??

Homestead: SKETCHBOOK Part 2

22 Oct

The previous post was written over two years ago. What does this mean? It means that those are still currently some of my latest sketchbook pages! Because I have so much awesome stuff collected that I get overwhelmed and don’t know what to do with it all.

Sometimes I’ll put things I really like up on the wall.

For example, heres a pic of part of my cube at work. I like being surrounded with images and designs that I think are great and inspiring and fun(ny). Also, somehow visual clutter helps me to better concentrate.

For example, here's a pic of my cube at work. I like being surrounded with images and designs that I think are great and inspiring and fun(ny). Also, somehow, visual clutter helps me to better concentrate.

Heres my work space at home. Lots of stuff up on the walls here, too (you should see the rest of the apartment...). Look past the non-wall clutter; Im in the middle of reorganizing...

Here's my work space at home. Lots of stuff up on the walls here, too (you should see the rest of the apartment...). Look past the non-wall clutter; I'm in the middle of reorganizing... And yes, that is a lightsaber on my window sill!

If it’s not on a wall or given to someone else that I think will enjoy it, it currently resides in a drawer in a closet.

Here is said drawer, out getting some fresh air.

Here is said drawer, out getting some fresh air.

This is what it looks like dumped out on the floor.

What it looks like dumped out on the floor.

I tried to sort through it, but i got overwhelmed and gave up. Started making small, categorized piles though!

I tried to sort through it, but I got overwhelmed and gave up. Started making small, categorized piles though!

Heres a small sample of packaging I like that Ive collected.

I'll show some to you! Here's a small sample of packaging I like that I've collected.

Some wrapping paper that Ive collected. Yup, Im one of those. Mostly not to reuse it (believe me, I have two bags full of gift wrap/tags/tissue paper/ribbons/you name it, featuring recycled materials too), but because I think its really cute/cool and I like looking at it. By the way, the black wrapping paper with the little white faces down on the right is something that my sister Liz (of rippin-kitten.com fame!) made for me one year!

Some wrapping paper that I've collected. Yup, I'm one of those people. Mostly not to reuse it (though believe me, I have two bags full of gift wrap/tags/tissue paper/ribbons/you name it, featuring recycled materials as well), but because I think it's really cute/cool and I like looking at it. By the way, the black wrapping paper with the little white faces down on the right is something that my sister Liz (of rippin-kitten.com fame!) made for me one year! So cute and amazing!

Some work done by other people that I like.

Some illustration/design/art work that I like.

Some things that I probably should have never collected. Including: a paper towel, a tissue (not used!) that has cute monkeys on it, a chocolate snowman wrapper, a haw flakes wrapper, an empty sugar packet, and a non-empty sugar packet.

Some things that I liked the look of, but probably should have never collected. Including: a paper towel, a tissue (not used!) that has cute monkeys on it, a chocolate snowman wrapper, a haw flakes wrapper, an empty sugar packet, and a non-empty sugar packet.

Some things that Ive had for a long time.

Some things that I've had for a long time. (Why do I have a photocopy of me with my arms cut of??)

Actual sketches! I also keep old ideas for projects that didn;t work out but Id like to revisit one day, and unused printouts of work in the early stages that I liked or thought was cool.

Actual sketches! I also keep old ideas for projects that didn't work out but I'd like to revisit one day, and unused printouts of work in the early stages that I liked or thought was cool.

Lots of sticky notes and things written on little pieces of paper.

Lots of sticky notes and things written on little pieces of paper.

Some other categories that I could make with the rest of this stuff:

– stickers

– design and production information/cheat sheets

– note cards that were sent to not me, but I liked them so I rescued them from the trash/recycling

– ads

– paint/color chips/samples (I think this will be it’s own post someday)

– doodles/drawings that people made for me

– stationery

So what on earth should I do with all of this?? I’d probably be a lot less anxious person if I didn’t hold on to so much stuff. Being able to purge unnecessary things from one’s life and to live minimally is a concept that attracts me to no end. But what do you do when you’re obsessive about objects and visual stimulation and ideas? How do I better store and present this information for it to be a useful and effective tool, rather than just a pile that I continually add to and fret about? Visual experience and concepts and objects help inform my work as a designer and artist, but I think I’m at the point beyond taping things in to sketchbooks.

Homestead: SKETCHBOOK Part 1

22 Oct

I originally posted this on my MySpace blog a while ago (Saturday, June 02, 2007). Reposting here for your enjoyment, and to kind of explain the next post!

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In my last entry (** Ignore that! -CK **) I mentioned that I never have time to draw. It’s still true, but I remembered what I do have time to do. SKETCHBOOKS!! Cyrus Highsmith (my independent Type Design teacher) loves sketchbooks, and, since he’s kind of famous and awesome, I thought I’d give them a whirl.

My sketchbooks turned out to be more of a collection of things that I, uh, collect. I collect things that I think are visually interesting or funny or weird or stuff that I just like. Realizing I needed a place for all this random inspiration, I started taping this stuff into my sketchbooks.

So really my Sketchbooks are Things That Inspire Me Plus Some Ideas That I Have.

Here are some pages from my first, and most complete, sketchbook!

This 6 x 8.5 sketchbook is a graduation gift from Kai Yee! The cover now features a partial baby-in-a-grape-costume (yikes!!) and some skinny black tape that I use to tape back pages.

This 6" x 8.5" sketchbook is a graduation gift from Kai Yee! The cover now features a partial baby-in-a-grape-costume (yikes!!) and some skinny black tape that I use to tape back pages.

Inside Cover.

Inside Cover.

Taking notes, writing down ideas, and client sketches.

Taking notes, writing down ideas, and client sketches.

Personal Design/Presentation ideas.

Personal Design/Presentation ideas.

Obligatory Adam Ant page.

Obligatory Adam Ant page.

Notes on a lecture by Linda Norren on Ed Ruscha; crazy clippings from a Security Guard stuff catalog.

Notes on a lecture by Linda Norren on Ed Ruscha; crazy clippings from a Security Guard stuff catalog.

I love stickers!

I love stickers!

I love stickers and Christmas!

I love stickers and Christmas!

I love Christmas and gambling!

I love Christmas and gambling!

I love packaging!

I love packaging!

Drawing, stickers, an old greeting card.

Drawing, stickers, an old greeting card.

Playing around with materials for self-promo stuff (Senior Jury/Portfolio class at AIB).

Playing around with materials for self-promo stuff (Senior Jury/Portfolio class at AIB).

Inside Back Cover: more self-promo experiments, and Preppy Party costume idea.

Inside Back Cover: more self-promo experiments, and Preppy Party costume idea.