Sunday, March 29, 2009

get the look... etsy style

Well kids, today just got a whole lot better than yesterday!

For someone who was told just days ago... hours ago even, that her amateur merchandising skills left much to be desired, the good folks at Etsy pulled through and posted a little feature on their blog, the storque, about how to get the look of my playful parlor! There's a link to more detailed photos (some that didn't appear on my blog) here.

Thanks Christine and Alison! You guys made my day; my week; possibly my month! Maybe even my year!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

whistle while you work

I've added two more pairs of vintage shoes to the shop as well as restocked a whole bunch of sold out earrings! I'm trying to catch up with my ever growing list of earrings to make, and I'm happy to say that I made a pretty big dent in my "to make" list!

I was planning on photographing some new styles of earrings and maybe some vintage today too, but I found out that I was scheduled to work a half hour after I was supposed to be there, so I went to work instead of... working. At home. I also got into a fight with my boss. It was a *great* day! Tomorrow will be better!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

tender tootsies

I've added a few pairs of super discount shoes for someone with tiny toes at my etsy shop!

Monday, March 23, 2009

stay gold

jeans: cheap monday (stolen from shane)
linen button up: thrifted
belt: thrifted
oxfords: thrifted
argyle socks: really old
cocktail hat: etsy

It's funny how things get stuck in your head sometimes and seem to influence every aesthetic choice that you make. The other day Shane and I visited an antique shop that for some reason neither of us had gone into before, even though it's just up the street from our place. I was drawn in by the Easter window display with the taxidermy rabbit wearing glasses and complete with bunny-sized extra-mini gladstone bag!

Inside were three rooms filled to the rafters with treasures new and old!

I photographed most of the taxidermy to add to my files, and admired all the weird little things that were piled all over the place.

On the way out I spotted a huge lion's head placed atop a small loft area looking out onto the store, keeping watch. It wasn't taxidermy, but some sort of faux taxidermy or just giant puppet of some sort. I was smitten! I would love to have him watch over my home, but I know he would cost way too much! I am content to have the memory of him inspire my outfits for the next few days at least.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

splish splash

I was takin' a bath... oh, hello there. Welcome to my bathroom tour.

Our apartment is basically a long rectangle that consists mainly of hallway. On one end of our long hallway is the living room, on the other is the bathroom. Off of the main hallway, there's a funny little mini hallway leading into the bathroom. Being a maximalist, I have used this space to it's full advantage! On one side is a collection of things with a mostly nautical theme, including some old ships placed on limited edition 1974 reissue Koziol shelves, a velvet painting of a ship, a Justin Richel print and a Julie Knoblock print. On the other is the requisite "for like ever" poster from village.

Once over the threshold of the bathroom, there is still more hallway! This is a photograph of some garden gnomes by my friend Todd Duym. It was love at first sight for me and this photograph! Todd's pretty easy on the eyes too.

More Tord Boontje! This time shiny silvery metal garland goodness! That man can do no wrong!

The bathroom is small (which I think is ideal), and our windows are very large, so essentially one wall IS a window! I dressed this one up in Emma Jeffs' Otto window film. My dear friend Alice brought this for me from England last year! I still have my Amy Earles Valentines lady up, and I think she's staying up forever!

This series of photos was taken by my friend Randy Kramer. We liked them so much that we used them for the love and mathematics ep artwork. I did some illustrations that continued the narrative of the photo series for the inside sleeve and cd artwork.

I need my bathrooms to be clean and fresh. This is always the first room that I paint. It's the room that starts your day and ends your day, everyday, so I like for it to be calming and inspiring. I almost always use mistints and sometimes mix several together to get a specific colour. I mixed white and ivory to get a nice warm white for the walls, and painted the ceiling in a colour that I like to call "electric mint"! I have a very organic way of decorating. I usually use some element of the room as a jumping off point, and in this case it was the tiles in the tub surround!

1950s shift dress: thrifted 12 years ago!
tights: store in fan tan alley
boots: browns
1960s enamel brooch: thrifted

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

come into my parlor

Every time I do a wardrobe remix post, I have to rearrange my furniture so I can get a head to toe shot with an uncluttered background. Megan and Ambika have expressed their curiosity regarding my home decor, so I decided that the best way for me to show off my cluttered little apartment would be to revisit the Hinterland Who's Who idea and camouflage myself in my natural habitat. One. Room. At. A. Time.

The green and yellow floral cluster hanging from the ceiling is Tord Boontje's Midsummer Light. I adore this design and own several! The velvet victorian style love seat and chair came out west with me from Ontario six years ago. The brocade victorian chair was found a few years back at the Salvation Army near my work; it's such a perfect match with the velvet chair. One of Dawn's Jack Rabbit Love Creatures lives on the brocade chair. He occasionally hops to another chair, but he's mostly here. I found the coffee table at the Salvation Army near my work for fifteen dollars! It has tiny brass claw feet! The book case is from the late 1800s, and we're babysitting it for Shane's sister while she's in Toronto... oh wait! She came back almost two years ago... and we still have it. I guess it belongs to us now!

The landscape, that you're all familiar with, was found in the scary basement of my neighborhood Salvation Army. When I bought it there was a hole in it, the stretcher was broken in two places and someone had drawn a UFO in the top left corner (I still had to talk them down to a reasonable price). I fixed it up and found a frame that fit it perfectly the next day!

More old furniture! The chairs used to be that hideous brown with speckles that was popular in the late 1970s before I redid them... oh wait! There's some right there, under the TV! I'll probably end up painting the end tables at some point. We even have a matching coffee table that I am dying to repurpose! Right now it's just taking up space. I don't know if you noticed the sponge painting behind the TV. It came with the apartment. We were told that we were not allowed to paint, but I cannot live in a space with "apartment beige" walls so I painted the one wall and hoped for the best. Luckily we didn't get in trouble for it (it's a heritage colour!)... I'm still hiding the bedroom paint! Anyhow, I bought wallpaper for that wall, but then couldn't figure out how to make it temporary. They need to make post-it glue for apartment wallpaper! I will eventually get around to doing this, but until then it's little sponge painted clouds.

I collect many things, including animal theme ceramics (mostly Japanese from the 1950s) and they're scattered around the apartment, but most reside here.

This is how small my living room is. I can fit the entire thing in one photograph. I'm not using any trick photography or wide angle lenses here. It is THAT small. It's cozy and perfect, but I think we could use a bit more storage for our books and stacks of dvds... the piles are kind of ridiculous at this point! I'm waiting for the perfect shelf to come along.

sweater: thrifted
sleeveless blouse: thrifted
skirt: thrifted
black tights: the bay
turquoise over the knee fishnets: I'm not sure
shoes: camper

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

sheriff harry s. truman

One of the girls at work has been geeking out with me about Twin Peaks. I love her for it, but I think she and her brother have gotten a wee bit psycho-obsessed with it. They're making charts and eating nothing but donuts and coffee... damn fine coffee! They've even gone so far as to stack the donuts on the table Twin Peaks style! She introduced me to Twin Bricks, the all lego version of Twin Peaks; which is hilarious because the voices are just so accurate in a really caricaturized and unflattering way. Every day that I work with her there is another Twin Peaks discussion, and yesterday's was about how Sheriff Harry S. Truman is such a putz! This is my homage to Harry.

swiss dot shirt: the gap circa 2000 dyed by me
cardigan: thrifted
skinny jeans: seduction
plaid jacket: thrifted
hot pink plaid socks: I don't know; maybe a gift?
doc martens: etsy
fedora: stolen from Shane