Friday, May 26, 2006

My new crush...

Oh goodness, like I really need another internet addiction. But how could I possibly resit Pandora? Pandora reads my mind, asks me what my favorite music is and plays songs for me that she thinks I should know about and would make me happy. If I don't like it, I just veto it out of my life forever. And I can save multiple playlists, and can select them depending on my mood.

Try it out here!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Is it Friday yet?

Project Status
I'm up to the beginning couple of rows of lace on the Turquoise Tunic. Lace is fun, I've never tried it before. Is that real lace, or is it just lace-ish?

I'm thinking the sweater is looking good, I'm liking my stitches, and i believe the size is going to work. I swatched and swatched for this sweater, for the first time ever, as I've taken a personal vow to be mindful and careful and not rush to finish a project just for the sake of finishing it. I have three sweaters that are ready to be frogged to reclaim the yarn for other projects!

The sock I was complaining about was frogged, and I'm not sure i'll be revisiting it anytime soon. Although I may try again with a simpler pattern—I think I'm not much of a fan of how self-striping yarn looks in 2x2 rib. Anyways, its not on my priority list right now....

I had to look up her name, but yesterday saw one of the contestants from the old America's Next Top Model. Apparently it was April from the Second Season (or "Cycle 2" according to UPN).

Friday, May 12, 2006

design*sponge podcast

I love how every day Design*Sponge posts trickle in through my bloglines, giving be little bits of aesthetic joy throughout the day. Grace Bonney has an amazing knack for sourcing out some of the freshest, hippest, sometimes-obscure-but-always-inspiring new products—Everything from furniture, to letterpress, to jewelry and accessories, to interior design, and everything in between and beyond.

I was so excited in April when the Design*Sponge Podcast launched and I was able to listen to interviews with some of these fantastic indie designers (I'd list them here, but I really think you should go and check out the podcast site and take a look). Many of these designers I've had my eyes on for awhile, and some I've just learned about by subscribing. It's so great to hear from them on everything ranging from inspirations, current trends, how they got started, what's next on the agenda, career/creative advice, etc.

You can subscribe to the Design*Sponge podcast directly through iTunes, or you can listen directly from the Podcast site (link above).

Monday, May 08, 2006

office diy

Last week it was my task to create some artwork for the office at my 9-6 real-person job. The project had been on my radar for months, but had taken a backseat to the other things I’ve been working on recently. We were expecting an important visitor to the office it was time to revisit and hustle to get it done. We didn’t have really have a budget to splurge on purchased artwork, so I ended up doing everything in-house: capturing some video stills from the reels of some companies we’ve worked with, resizing to make them uniform, measuring, and laying out onto letter-sized paper.

The board consists of 93 sheets of heavy paper, printed from the Phaser (j’adore!) and simply taped to the wall. I wanted to buy mats to frame each sheet, but upwards of 100 artwork mats isn’t cheap. Solution? Floral ribbon—our office is right near the wholesale flower district, and 200 yards of black floral ribbon is <$10. Tack it up and it looks just like a frame, and actually I think it unifies the entire wall even better than the mats would since it masks all of the seams. This is a great, inexpensive way to add some art and color to a wall, and I’m thinking of doing a panel for my apartment, just using a bulletin board as the backing and some postcards. Plus, I’d never feel stuck with it – it’s easy to switch out the artwork if I get bored or finicky (which I will)!

Also, check out decor8 for another inexpensive way to display postcards (Isn’t Holly's Lotta Jansdotter postcard collection amazing?!).