Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bunny, Bunny on the Wall

I have been saving up/putting together pictures & frames for a long time now and always planned on doing a wall collage. Well I finally did it!

I've got some french girls in fancy frames, some ceramic bows, a plastic typewriter, a framed "The Shy Little Kitten" children's book, a framed "I love Paris" record, this mixed-media girl you might remember, a vintage bunny head I backed with fabric and attached to the frame, a lovely print I got off Etsy (I need to find the artist's name!) and this ribbon hanger that you also might remember.

I feel like there's a little too much space between these and the bookshelf below them, but that just leaves me some room to add stuff.
So happy to see these all on my wall instead of stuffed in my closet! Click to enlarge, if you please. Since I decided to add the ribbon hanger, I think I need to add something on the right to balance it out.

Here's what I did, in case you feel like doing something similar:
I measured the space on my wall, then measured it out and taped it off on my floor.
I then arranged them, then took a picture from above, rearranged and took another picture, and so on. Looking at them on a camera screen helps to give you a better idea of what it looks like as a whole, from far away.
I went with a somewhat symmetrical arrangement.

Transferring the arrangement to the wall is the tough part. You don't want to start hanging them then realize they're not quite where you want them.
So...I traced each shape in newspaper, cut them out and taped them to the wall.
Once I had this right, it was easy to know exactly where to hang each piece (especially if you're on a ladder and don't have someone to guide you).

I had to move my "love all you can" ribbon sculpture to another wall to make room for the collage..
..but I think it fits much better here and goes nicely with the picture below it.
I noticed that hanging all these things high up, leads the eye upward and emphasizes my high ceiling, making my room seem taller and a bit more spacious.

Here's another project I recently completed:

..A picture hanger mobile. For some reason I've been attracted to these really girly puffy hangers for a year or so and started collecting them. I wasn't sure what to do with them, but I knew I wanted to make something. The idea came to me fairly recently.

I have some fun pins that I used to attach some ribbon to the hangers
I tied the other end of the ribbon to these little clothespins. You can find them at a party supply store in the baby shower section.
I also added my pink donut Justine made me and some other fun things like felt creatures or unused phone charms I had laying around.
Poloroids are nice to hang because you can hang two of them back-to-back on one clothespin and even put little scraps of fabric in between as a sort of little frame. I plan on making some picture ornaments to hang on here soon..
Since I'm free from school this summer, I actually have some time to do all this stuff and I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying it. More projects coming soon!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I used my new typerwriter for this one
Used I photo that I took with my old camera for this one

Lookbook has provided a reason and the little push I needed to try to learn photoshop. Now that I have some of the basics down, I've been having so much fun making flyers.

Here are two of my favorites, and some good events coming up!
The second one is for Dee-Lux; we added our logo and made some posters to hang in the store, which are looking pretty nice.

Monday, June 28, 2010

new additions to the family

Ah! I have so much to update on here!
I thought I'd start with my favorite new thrift store/antique finds from this past month or so.
As you know, I love things.

I found a bike hook, to hang above my closet door. I'm thinking of painting it blue.

A ship! To sail across my globe, atop my desk. I want my desk area to look like a study, with lots of interesting things. If you go on the Indiana Jones ride and walk through the line, sometimes you pass by this little study full of old books and cool stuff. I love it!! One day I'll have a study/art room like that. (ps. that is Buddy Holly in the background..without his glasses)

A birdcage and a tiny wooden typewriter. Not sure what to do with the bird cage yet; and the typewriter is pointless, but adorable. (ps. kitty wine bottles in the background. "we are wine bottttless!")

This wooden "et cetera" cutout, that's now hanging on the inside of my bedroom door. I think it's really cool, but I'm not sure why...

I just got this globe lamp! It's a globe and a lamp! What more can I say..

I hung Ivan's portrait which sort of compliments the red bits in the chair. I'm thinking of hanging this bad kitty/puppy painting somewhere it my room. I found it in my parents' yard sale stuff.
Found this amazing typewriter for $10! It's amazing because it's old, but in mint condition. The ink ribbon is NOT dried out, which is rare for a thrift store typewriter (and I have inspected many of them). It's not electric and it comes with a light carrying case that snaps right on top of it. So it's perfect for quick typing, which is usually all I need anyway for cards n such. And it's baby blue! I'm in ruv.
My mom was getting rid of this vintage cake cover (what do you call those?), but I wanted to keep it, so I needed to find a purpose for it...
...thus, my new jewelry box! I used teacups and saucers to hold bracelets and earrings. (ps. yeah, that is me in the background)
It's a little cluttered, but it works. And it's fun.

The chapstick of the week is actually a lip butter from the Body Shop. It's honestly really strange! Kind of like putting thick lotion on your lips. Hmmm...I have to admit, being the chapstick freak I am, I kind of enjoy a good slather.

I almost forgot to introduce you to my new friend, Minnie! I found her at a thrift store for $11! I didn't know what a nice camera she was when I bought her, but now I know. I was sooo excited when I bought batteries and found that the light meter works! Now I know which shutter speed to use without having to guess.

I recently went to Mexico with my family and Marcio and took a TON of pictures, so those will be my next post! There's just so many of them, I'm not sure what to do. Anyone have any ideas of an efficient way to post them on here? Maybe some sort of slideshow or flikr or something?
Until then...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

love is an open soar

some more photos

trippy triple exposure

Here's some more summer music for you...

I recently discovered this compilation when my coworker, Mayra, brought it into work. It's a compilation of 60s & 70s love songs by DJ Nobody and it's fantastic! If you're into the Pretty Things' psychedlic stuff, Pink Floyd, Margo Guryan, or just cool 60s music, then you will love it. I found a link where you can download it, so I highly recommend that you do so! Click here and enter the password: mixtapebreaks.blogspot
It's broken down into 3 "movements" and the third is my favorite.

I'm definitely due for another chapstick of the week! This week is Paul Frank for Lip Smackers! I received these cuties as a gift from Hanie. One is carrot cake flavor (a little unusual) and the other is a yummy strawberry banana. My favorite part it the keychain that fits on top of the chapstick cap! It's the closest thing to those clip-on lipsmackers keychains that I can't seem to find anymore..

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

this old house

My mom got me into sewing envelopes.
And I happened to find a perfect button waiting for me in front of the sewing machine..

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Antena; if you like: Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian Girls, Os Mutantes

The Black Keys; if you like: good rock 'n roll

Tame Impala; if you like: The Beatles psychedelic stage, The Pretty Things psychedelic stage, Dungen

Bibio; perfect for summer