Archive for October, 2008


This is how my blog is feeling.
I’ll be back, though. It will just have to be after I get back from WASHINGTON!!! I am going to visit some of my favorite people and just wander around. Unfortunately I will be wandering sans camera because it died on me. Forever. Kaput.
See you in early November!


October 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm 3 comments

just ducky

This little dude is a plaster duck that used to hang in my grammy’s bathroom.  Somehow I ended up with the set (1 big mama duck and 3 little guys), but this is the only one I still have.  Argh!  I took the picture in late afternoon sunlight and left it with this warm, blurry, 70s look because it makes me nostalgic.

And since I am having a lazy Friday night I have decided to hold off on another long, picture-heavy post which means the napkin corset set will have to wait until Sunday most likely.

Have a sweet weekend.

October 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm 4 comments


Now to share another item I sent to Kat for her birthday: an eco-friendly (recycled), homemade stationery and envelope set!

First I took an 11×17 piece of thin cardboard (recycled from the trash at work–thank you Sheasy!) and folded it in half. Glue a cut-out POW! saved from some box or other, and you automatically have a stationery folder:

Next I created interior pockets out of purple cardstock, trimmed with zig-zag scissors to hold the goodies:

The envelopes (on the left) are made from thick magazine covers and ads since that gives them more oomph when going through the glorious mail system. Here are 3 of them:

I ran a strip of mono-adhesive along the flaps and left the backing paper on so all she has to do is pull that off to seal them. It wasn’t too hard to figure out the dimensions and I have a PDF coming soon that explains how I make my envelopes!

The stationery itself consisted of adding magazine cut-outs of random objects to the corners of the paper:

As for the stamp in the upper right corner, I carved that out of some rubber (?) that I had from high school. [I wrote a quick set of instructions for making your own here.] And since I won’t have reason to stamp Kat’s name on other items regularly I figured I would toss that into the gift package with the new purple stamp pad:

If anyone out there makes a reclaimed stationery set, be sure to leave a link in the comments.

Now, stay tuned for the napkin-corset tutorial tomorrow!

October 9, 2008 at 8:49 pm 2 comments


I am SO, SO excited to finally be able to post this picture. This is a tie-cuff that I made for Kat’s birthday quite a while ago, but was waiting to complete the rest of the gift package. (Kat is my oldest brother’s girlfriend, but I hate to say that because she has become a great, supportive friend as well and it just sounds weird giving her a title.)

This cuff comes from my growing stash of fantastically cheesy 1970’s men’s ties and the most fantastical of them all is a very rare pink and purple paisley masterpiece. Here is a better idea of the pattern & color:

Crazy, huh? But in a really great way, especially when you think about the dapper gentleman who bought this originally. To what grand occasion did he wear it? Did he get compliments on it? Did he have a matching pink disco suit?

Anyway, I used the end of this lovely tie to create a cuff and embellished with vintage buttons. Then I painted an extra cardboard box from my wedding invitations a midnight blue and glued on a magazine cut-out of a couple in lederhosen:

I lovingly placed the tie-cuff inside with a note about washing and sizing:

I just got a voice message from her that she LOVED her gift and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  There were a few other items in the package that I am equally proud of so I will be sharing those in the next few days, including a tutorial about lingerie for your linens (napkin corsets!).

So, while I don’t adhere to calendars when it comes to gift-giving, Happy Birthday dear Kat!

October 8, 2008 at 9:39 pm 6 comments

old timey newness

It’s not my birthday today (my unbirthday!), but I just had to share this great card that Kat made for me.  She embroidered these pieces of a vintage Arm & Hammer box onto a card and filled in the mysteriously missing middle section.  So festive, and I love the pink cake and salsa stain!

What the heck is this dude eating?

October 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm 3 comments

Flickr favorites

1. ranunculus.. yellow, 2. less, 3. closer*look, 4. Untitled, 5. Wisps of Light, 6. sun necklace, 7. Necklace, 8. bewinged, 9. Terrarium Flowers, 10. time to grow close up, 11. lily of the valley, 12. *, 13. bijoux2

I don’t visit Flickr nearly as often as I would like because I am afraid I will get sucked in to looking at all the amazing stuff for hours and hours on end and never eat or cut my toenails or vacuum the corners. So my collection of favorites is very small, but I love to curate* these mosaics from them.

[* “Curate” is one of my new favorite words to overuse along with “peppy.” Hey–at least I have almost kicked the habit of saying “Holy Cow.” Really–where did that come from? Who says Holy Cow?!?]

October 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm 3 comments


I think my blog is trying to tell me something when I have to re-enter my password because I have been gone so long that it refuses to recognize me.  But, it’s me!  Your old pal, Tanya!  Let me in so I can write something.

And on the theme of being gone… my friend Sheasy jumped at the chance to nab a fantastic job, even though it is several states away.  She made it safe and sound last night and by all accounts is off to a great start.  (The pic above is from our cowboy-themed potluck on her last day at work.)  I cropped out most of  the black-eyed peas because as delicious as they were, I can only bear to show a tiny sliver of shiny, fluorescent-lit beans.  There is a fine line before it turns from a “funny, slightly ironic” picture to a “gross internet food” picture.

October 1, 2008 at 11:41 pm 2 comments

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