Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

(Nuclear) Wessels - Kiki de Montparnasse

Image by Jonathan Adler

Not all of Jonathan Adler's work appeals to me but this always has.
So very Artemis of Ephesus.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Quilt CPR

Should all come to nought: Laura Jo

Friday, March 19, 2010


Image by Human Gear
They stick on the wall.
They self-label.
They're not too big to fly.
They fit well in a Ziploc pouch.
And you can get them in orange!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Image by Derwentwater

I was familiar with blackwork thanks to my Tudor/Elizabethan fad days back in high school. Interest was recently rekindled when I stumbled upon the biscornu, which seems a very good candidate medium for it.

100 Blackwork Charts by Lynn Skinner is in the mail.
I found this book on the website of Leon Conrad. His designs seem to be the most beautiful contemporary but traditional ones to be found. I would love to try one of his kits sometime but I would like to incorporate it into something practical like a cushion or, ahem, a biscornu.

Blackwork Embroidery Archives
Leon Conrad Designs

Biscornu (Pin Cushion)

Biscornus are just lovely enough and diverse enough to garner their own post.

Techniques at:
Byrds Nest
Finishing School
Pretty Impressive Stuff
Own Two Hands
Annette's Acre

Stitch Diagrams of interest:
Bulgarian Design (this one is everywhere but very pretty)
The Floss Box
Beautiful Pysanky Pattern by Own Two Hands Supplies
Links to more free diagrams

Colourful inspiration by Pelin Tezer

But what I really want to do is make one with some good ol', authentic blackwork on it!


Image by Boon

UPDATE: It's wicked good!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Flexible Interlocking Tiles by Coco Knits and at KnitPicks
EZ Blocking Boards, Large Format Bi-fold Format
Wondermat, a thrifty alternative

Bareable Bentos

Photo from Oliebollen

Finally found one of these Shinzi Katoh bentos!
Sam needs to start taking fingerfoods to school for snacks. I want to plant the bento seed earlier, for him and for me.

It is really difficult to find a small bento with compartments. It is even harder to find one that is not overly cutesy-wutsey. The idea of three rabbits on a road trip makes me laugh (Look out Jack Kerou-rabbit!).

Good online bento retailers:
Superbuzzy (Be sure to check out her "Drink Much Like An Elephant" offering!)
Amazon (really!)
I Love Obento
Bento Crazy
From Japan With Love
Casa Bento

And, of course, Biggie's Blog for more sources and information

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Ponoko - Design a product, get an instant online price,
then click to get it made

Spoonflower - Custom Fabric Printing