Archive for January, 2010

handmade envelopes

I had wanted to make some envelopes around Christmas time, to give to friends and family, but I never got around to it. It was not long after, that Julia posted about some envelopes she had made from old magazines, which was excellent inspiration and I really loved how hers turned out. She even posted a tutorial here. A couple weeks ago I was cleaning out our magazine basket in the bathroom and finally gave it a go. I didn’t use any templates, just chose some colors/images/type that appealed to my eye, and got started. They are all different sizes and shape, and I found it’s fun to have a varied selection, as sometimes you just want to include a small note and other times a longer letter…

Pictured is the first of several batches I made (these were made from a toast catalog), and the only batch I rememembered to photograph. I constructed some with a glue stick and others with machine stitching. The flap took all different shapes, and I also found I liked the look of a rough torn edge. Before sending them off with orders, I closed the flap with a piece of washi paper tape. Simple as can be and a great, fun way to re-use magazines and catalogs that you are finished with!

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subtlety and contrast

This January light…

…where shadows are softer.

…and the sun shines brighter

…and the darker days make everything appear so soft.

I’ve been soaking up this seasonal shift of light.

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the poppies

Hi there! Well, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this evening, that infusion has been nominated for Favorite Handmade Accessories over at PoppyTalk. If you love infusion, and you feel so inclined, head on over there and vote for us! ´╗┐(And thanks to Kitty and Julie!).

And, just to make it even easier, infusion shows up at the bottom of the list, rather than alphabetized with the rest of them (why? I don’t know, but it does make it easy!).
Have a fantastic Saturday night xo

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help for haiti

Over the last couple of years I have been repeatedly amazed at this tight knit, very supportive and very alive handmade community I’ve found myself in. The outpouring of help and support for this situation in Haiti is perhaps one of the most poignant examples I have witnessed yet. It may be small, compared to the magnitude of what these people are up against, but it is somehow renewing to see people helping people so wholeheartedly. Blogs are buzzing with ways to help, etsy shops are donating portions of sales, and shops have even opened with their sole purpose of existence to raise money for the people in Haiti. THIS shop really blows me away. Over 1,000 sales in a week and with over 700 items available right now, all by donation from crafters, and with 100% of the proceeds going to Haiti relief.

I have been trying to keep up with what’s happening and what has evolved, without getting too immersed in the news. The situation that some of these people are dealing with right now is devastating beyond many of our wildest imaginations. I have also read some pretty amazing stories of survival… the kind that make you question life and death and everything in between, and what the heck it’s even all about. Here are some Survivor’s Stories I found on the BBC yesterday, for any of you who might be interested.

I have been donating 15% of my shop sales to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund for the last week, and will continue to do so. If you feel moved to help in some small or large way, there are so many ways to do so, from donating a handmade item to the shop mentioned above, to purchasing an item from one of the many shops donating a portion of proceeds, to donating directly to Red Cross.

All images property of the BBC.

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modern rustic

A new take on the log cabin… This simple, rustic recording studio has been designed to look like a stack of wood. When the shutters are closed, you almost wouldn’t know that it wasn’t. And what makes this even more innovative – the whole thing is on wheels so it can be easily moved. Imagine seeing this go by while cruising down the highway?

via trendir

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My entry into the new year was fairly uneventful, in a way that seemed just right. We spent the whole of new year’s eve day rearranging our house and doing some needed deeper cleaning. It was fun and satisfying and really brought me back into being an active and present part of my home life again (as opposed to being a sewing robot). We had meant to go to a party, but by the time evening rolled around we were pretty enrolled in our project. It seemed totally perfect waking up on new year’s day to a fresh house and feeling freshly inspired.

This year I didn’t make a list of resolutions (although I don’t usually do this any year), but I did make one. I resolve to bring a balance back to my life; a balance between work and play (and rest), time and money, computing and real life… We have started setting some time aside every morning, to just ‘tune in’ – be still, clear out extra noise, set new intentions, clarify our direction, and just generally take some time outside of the demands of the day-to-day, to check in. We used to do this on a regular basis. It was just built in and part of things. There is a really awesome momentum that builds when you do this consistently, over a length of time. It’s awesome (yes, I said it again!). I highly recommend giving it a try.

I have a lot of ideas for infusion this year, which I’m feeling really excited about. I’ve been making lists and sketching designs, and I’ve already started putting a few of these ideas in motion. I look forward to sharing┬á in new, creative ways as well, so we’ll see what comes of that.

Even though in some ways, January 1st is just another day, it can be helpful to have a symbolic new beginning to set needed changes in motion. If anyone feels to share, I’d love to hear any of the things you resolve to do or change this year (or day, week, or even decade).

And speaking of new, those chocolate plaid house shoes should be appearing in the shop any day now and those baby tears, wow, they are in a new found state of vegetative bliss.

See you soon. xo

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