Archive for October, 2010


Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Dexter on Showtime is by far one of my favorite shows. I love that the show has the ability to make the audience relate to and feel compassionate for a serial killer. Ty Mattson created a great poster series inspired by the show—one poster for each season. (Season 4 was my favorite season and favorite poster!) Prints will be available soon on the Showtime website.

via designworklife

girl crush: carey mulligan

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Isn’t she just stunning? Such a classic, timeless beauty…I’m about this close to chopping my hair off because of her.

images from Vogue US October 2010 by Peter Lindbergh via here

spool no.72

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

New to me (thanks Hadiya,) Spool no.72 has a gorgeous selection of bohemian clothing and accessories inspired by rural American lifestyle and the prints and patina of the past. Effortless-looking style.

shown above: vintage lineman’s bag / still valley dress


Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Exquisite design by Ptarmak

via Graphic-Exchange

10 movie posters inspired by men’s style

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Moxy Creative presents Dress the Part, a series of 10 redesigned movie posters inspired by men’s style. The collection includes American Psycho, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dumb and Dumber, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Shaun of the Dead, Superman, The Shining, The Usual Suspects, Top Gun and Wall Street. See all the prints here. Purchase individual prints here.

via Spoke Fiend and EveryGuyed

apples & pumpkins

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Over the weekend me and my sister went apple picking in Northern Virginia. Since then we’ve been busy baking three apple pies, two apple crisps, apple bread and apple muffins. AND we still have apples left. We couldn’t believe that all the apples were only $8! Don’t worry we aren’t going to eat all of these baked goodies by ourselves, most of them will be frozen to take home for Thanksgiving.

We also stopped at a farm stand and picked out some pumpkins for carving once it gets closer to Halloween.

diy vintage suitcase pet bed

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I’ve been wanting to make a vintage suitcase pet bed ever since seeing this post on modern cat. It took me a while to find the right suitcase, but other than that it was a very simple and quick assembly which only took me a couple hours in front of the tv to make the base and then a quick half an hour at the sewing machine to make the cushion. My cats seem to like it and regardless I think it looks nice even if they decide that they don’t want to use it. My cat Annie Oakley is the one featured above.


• Vintage Suitcase

5″ Round Taper Table Legs (4 total)

Angle Top Plate (4 total)

• Additional screws (The screws that came with the angle top plate were too long and poking through the suitcase, so I had to get shorter screws at the hardware store.)

• Craft glue

• Paint and paintbrush

• fabric and fill

• tools: screwdriver, hammer

1. To start I separated the lid from the base of the suitcase by removing the pin from the hinges. I used a hammer and nail to force the pin out and then removed it the rest of the way with pliers.

2. Carefully cut the fabric that connects the lid to the base of the suitcase and fold it down into the base. I used craft glue to keep the extra fabric in place.

3. Next I attached the angle plates to the bottom of the suitcase, one in each corner. Like I mentioned in the supplies, the screws that came with the plates were too long so I had to get much shorter ones at the hardware store. The legs screw right into the base.

4. I painted the legs to match my fabric and then screwed them into the plates to dry. 2 coats total and I taped off the brass on the legs for a clean edge.

5. I made a simple custom cushion, but in hindsight I think I could’ve purchased a regular pillow and made a case for it.

I’m really happy with the results. I love having a unique pet bed that is also eco-friendly. Hopefully my cats enjoy it too!

crafty bastards recap 2

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

RAR RAR press has been one of the vendors I always look forward to every year at Crafty Bastards. She creates really bold (to say the least) letterpress postcards and posters.

The handmade leather accessories from Eve VanDalsen were absolutely stunning!

Power + Light Press had gorgeous and clever letterpress goodies.

My favorite vendor this year was Peg and Awl. They really designed every inch of their booth to suit their items made from reclaimed materials; book necklaces, bookends, picture frames, candle holders, etc. Great stuff.

An awesome Crafty Bastards…hopefully next year I’ll be amongst these guys with my very own booth!

crafty bastards recap 1

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Overall it was a great Crafty Bastards this year. I felt like there were a lot of new vendors and a wide variety of products in comparison to the past couple years. I walked away with quite a few goodies, mostly gifts but a couple things for myself. Over the next couple of days I’m going to do a recap of my favorite vendors.

Fuzzy Ink was the first booth to catch my eye at the show. I know some people are already sick of mustaches but not me. They offered a wide range of tshirts with very original mustache illustrations and some plush mustaches as well. Check out their online shop.

Illustrators Jen Skelley (top image) and Nate Duval (second image) really caught my eye with their booth full of beautiful and unique prints. I was very close to purchasing a print from them, but couldn’t decide on one!

Tugboat Printshop‘s woodblock prints blew my mind. The illustrations were gorgeous and super detailed. I’m in awe of their wood carving skills. See details of their process here.

Ok, that’s all for today. I’ll share the rest of my favorite vendors tomorrow.

one year

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The husband and wife design team from Eight Hour Day have decided to take a remarkable journey across the US for the next year. They will be starting their adventure in Seattle and then off to 10 different cities; about a month in each. (See their route above.) I can’t imagine how amazing and inspiring it will be for them to discover a new city every month.

More details here. Make sure to follow their blog to get their travel updates.

And, definitely check out their awesome portfolio too, if you aren’t already familiar with their stuff.