Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Texas Chair Project

Dad is here for Thanksgiving (yeah Dad!) and we went to the Austin Museum of Art today. Such a nice little museum. Great exhibit called the Texas Chair project. Couldn't find many good images of the chairs, but the premise is really cool.
Two years ago, Austin artist Damian Priour made 100 little limestone-and-glass chairs and then sent requests to a bunch of artists asking that they each make a miniature chair using any materials. The materials ranged from metal to wood to plastic and they were all really unique. Such a great thing to see how people interpret an every day item as a work of art. Wish I could find more images online...

My two favorites were a chair that was made out of a pile of sawdust (chair was 'drawn' flat on the ground out of loose sawdust) and a chair that was made of rusty nails bent into a really beautiful shape.

This piece was really sweet. And I found an image!

Chair by EM Studio Glass

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The fabric is officially for sale!

Finally got photos of the fabric that I'm happy with. So, the fabric is officially for sale. :)

Here's the links to the fabrics on Etsy:

Oh So Fancy Armchair

So Comfy Sofa

Birdies on Chairs

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Things you've done

I saw this on Red Fish Circle's blog. It's quite entertaining. And very cool to think back on some amazing things I've gotten to do. But of course, there are still so many things I'd like to do!

Just cut and paste and bold the things you have done.

A few I would add to their list...
-Visit Bhutan during one of the beautiful festivals
-Learn to scuba dive
-Learn to sail and then head to the Greek Islands!
-Have a family
-Learn another language (I know Spanish and a tiny, tiny bit of French)

And on this list I still want to visit ALL the travel related spots.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (Off of a bridge in New Zealand. Super scary but super fun.)
12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (For Alison: Hello Madam!)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung karoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (Does stalking George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading count?)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies (But I have eaten quite a few!)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Visitors from all over the world

I'm still amazed when I look at the blog stats to see how many people are coming to see what I'm up to. And you're coming from everywhere! I just love the world of blogs...

Well folks, it's been exactly 4 months since my last day of work in advertising! (Happy dance!)

A week after resigning from my job, I packed up the apartment, dragged the dog and the cat across the country and arrived here in Austin. It's been so wonderful to have this opportunity to explore my creativity and start this business. And I'm so glad I gave myself the huge gift of being able to do it.

But there are days that I really miss Brooklyn and my friends on the east coast! Go take a stroll on the promenade for me. And eat a huge piece of lasagna at Noodle Pudding. (I swear he puts crack or something in that lasagna. I am still craving it on a near daily basis.) Lasagna withdrawl aside, it does feel really great to be back here in Austin with my mom, my old friends and so many new ones. So I guess that's my long winded way of saying thanks again to everyone for your ongoing support!

Stay tuned, I've got some really exciting stuff in the wings...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Long overdue post

Sorry I've been so long without a post. I've been super busy so here's a quick update.

NEW Spoonflower fabric! What do you think? I am finally going to get all 3 of the fabrics up on Etsy for sale this weekend. FINALLY! Not sure what has been taking me so long on that...hmmm....

Have also been busy sewing pockets for the kitchen aprons. Friends of mine will probably recognize this style from your holiday gifts a few years ago!...Don't you just love the pom poms? They tie around the waist and are knee length. Like barista aprons but with sass. I've been calling them the Saute, Bake and Play aprons. ;)

This was the enormous pile of fabric for the fabric covered books. I nearly sold out of them at the last 2 shows so had to replentish the supply. Finally got to the bottom of the piletoday and finished them! 50 books ready to go to new homes now! Yahoo! I think I will take a break from book sewing for a while. I think that's called "book burnout".

AND I just mailed off my submission application to have one of my quilts (made it a few years ago) included in a book (about quilts surprisingly enough...) Here's two quick pics. I just love this one. I should get pictures of my other quilts up on the blog too...

I'm ridiculously happy and so glad to have made the leap and gotten off the corporate hamster wheel. I'm the poorest I've been in a long time, but also the happiest. Whoo hoo happiness!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008