Thursday, May 31, 2007

Klaus Haapaniemi

Phew! I feel like this week has just flown by and I have nothing to show for it! Except for this blue and purple bruise on my hand. It's a little reminder of the iv from my hospital trip last weekend. Note to self: if you have a peanut allergy, you should probably NOT eat at Thai restaurants. I keep forgetting that I'm from Nordic origins and that I shouldn't be eating exotic foods. But they're just so darn tasty!

Speaking of Nordic origins, and blue and purple; Irene over at Bloesem posted about the new Taika range at Iittala designed by Klaus Haapaniemi. The Iittala website gives a brief introduction to Klaus here.
I so want to eat breakfast off these plates every day!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Pagan Poetry

Growing up in a small town had both benefits and drawbacks. In highschool, I was part of the weird art-kid scene. I was "different" and everyone knew it. But it was the nineties and it somehow became kind of fashionable to be a weirdo. This was the era of "alternative" music. This was the era of grunge and alt-dance. This was the era of Bjork!

I've loved Bjork since the first time I saw her in the Sugarcubes video for Hit. "Accidentally, you seduced me. I'm in love again." So as teens see, teens do. I started wearing my hair in the signature Bjork double bun style and I wore my nightdresses during the day. I wouldn't say that I was completely obsessed; but I do credit her with shaping my style as a teen.

I've wanted to see her forever, but hadn't had the chance until this Wednesday past. I sacrificed good photos for good sound and I don't regret that at all. I just wish that I had the power of teleportation so that I could have zoomed in close to get a shot of her dancing in her tasselled head dress!

So what does one do when they can't get close up shots of Bjork? That's right. You take photos of the lazer light show!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Alice Stevenson

Every time I see someone posting about Alice Stevenson my heart skips a beat. It's true!

I met Alice on that fabulous networking site Myspace a couple of years ago. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon her, but was instantly charmed by her beautiful illustrations. After exchanging a few notes I was also charmed to the point of smitten by the girl herself. Soon we began an overseas mail art project, that apparently was doomed to be a backburner project as we got busy doing other things. I hope we do something with it because it was a great idea!

So this morning as I was checking the usual suspects, I was pleased as punch to see that printpattern had posted about her gift wrap and card line for art angels! Sometimes I really wish I lived in the UK.

I'm waiting for textiles Alice... and so are my poor old sad chairs.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Do You Even Know Me

I was asked to take photos for my friend's yard sale the other night. It was already dark out so I photographed bikes in the porch, and cabinets in the hallway, and spotlit fabric piles within trunks in the livingroom. It was some of my best work.

On my way to photograph the trunks of fabric I was distracted by a slump of curly blond hair tossed to the side of a nearby chair. I asked fecetiously if I should photograph it for the sale. Gross. But was then convinced that I should try it on. I had nearly finished my Pepsi Slurpee vodka drink ((750ml!)I know. Gross. But Pepsi was the only drinkable option), so it wasn't that hard to convince me. Plus, who doesn't like trying on strange abandonned hairpieces?!

Look at how good I look! Some people say I'm taking the "granny chic" thing too far. But my response to that is; how can you possibly go too far with such a classic look?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mandana Bandana

Mandana Bandana was the new kid in town. His parents fled from their homeland as they were wanted in a series of drug and arms related "incidents". These "incidents" were never spoke of in Mandana's presence, only whispered about behind closed doors when they believed Mandana to be asleep or not listening.

And so now they were here. In suburbia.

Mandana was different from the other kids at school. He had an accent and he dressed differently. He always wore coordinating headbands (bandanas of course) to match his outfits. He knew the importance of style. He knew that money made the world go around. So he looked "money".

Monday, May 14, 2007

I love Ikea

The new Ikea ad campaign for Be Brave, Not Beige is so good! You can look into people's windows and see what kind of lives they lead. It revolves around the theory that you are the colour you surround yourself with. I have to agree. I mean, beige window no.1 is exactly the reason why my sock drawer looks like this:

Colour window no.1 is my favourite by far!
Check it out at the US Ikea site and click on BE BRAVE NOT BEIGE daisy print at the top of the page. It is so worth it!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Buy Handmade!

I've officially launched my Etsy shop today. I did it quietly, with only one post. I just want to dip my feet in the water and test it out. By tomorrow though, I'll probably want to post another dozen items at least. It's really FUN!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Sometimes The Big Stuff Comes To Town

I met Jarvis Cocker. He is surprisingly laid back for a superstar of his calibur. I, on the other hand, turned into a giggling schoolgirl. I managed to squeeze out a "nice to meet you" between huge face engulfing grins and fits of giggles. I thought I could handle it. I mean, if there's one thing the tabloids have taught me, it's that celebrities are people too. Jarvis Cocker is still a superstar.

Oh Jarvis! I swooned in your presence.