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i admit i have had a lack of affinity for the blog lately. sometimes i want to give it up, and then sometimes i become filled with inspiration and motivation.  perhaps the job i did last week in denver stripped a bit of inspiration from me, but has allowed me to regain some ideas of where i would like the blog to flow to. i am hoping to simplify my content finding more of a cohesive flow, though it seems i am constantly saying something like that.  i have always had a hard time with simplicity. by character and by the way i surround myself.  i am always longing for a more simple home, simple decoration (more storage could cure that), more simple ideas and motivations in life, simple relationships….as if this will solve life’s problems or perhaps just take the pressure off my lack of motivation to clean. less stuff, less mess?

even though everything is made in china, i can’t help but to love hobby lobby. a few weeks ago i was roaming the aisles looking for a way to make some stained glass, but instead i found these octagon mirrors. i love the clean and simple lines of geometry…how those lines come together perfectly and with ease. i always liked math in school, there was an answer at the end. i never understood that infinity part, it left me uneasy.

i turned the two mirrors with holes into a wall hanging using white deerskin, a few beads, and some feathers. you can find deerskin and feathers at your local craft store, though i used the supplies i use for the sun and glory line. i find these from native american trading posts and you can too online. for fun, i also made a design on a flat mirror (with no hole) using it as either a jewelry display on placing a plant on top!

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jan, of poppytalk, did a post today about my house and home!  i couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be a part of such a renowned publication on the web. i have been fan of poppytalk for such  long time now, gathering much inspiration and frankly, motivation.  the blog features many talented crafters and designers from around the globe, showcasing stunning images, DIY’s and weekend projects, crafter round-ups, and dispatches from around the world.   i did a tutorial post for them a while back on african mud cloth’s, and was thrilled then too!!!  i always thought it was so kind for jan to remember me and to keep in touch. i can only imagine she gets a whole lot of emails and submissions! thanks jan for that, and for the feature today. a nice tribute to possibly my favorite home i have ever lived in! i’m gonna miss this place!




after my last post of ranting…i am back to positive posting!  it is labor day and i plan on laboring away at some sun and glory projects.  i have been anxious to get working again on making necklaces ( with a few orders to get out), working on the online shop, photos, more art rock, and even working on some hand drawn cards. for now, here is a sneak peek at the photo shoot my friend laura and i did in colorado a few weeks back.


this past weekend we did our last craft fair, renegade.  i have to say this may have been my favorite of all of them.  maybe because my expectations were low…maybe because i was glad it was the last one…maybe because it was outside.  the shoppers were full of compliments and it was just all around a fun day, not to mention how much i love eating at all the food trucks!  the co-founder of renegade, susie, even came to our booth with her husband and bought some stuff from marianne and sean and she bought one of my driftwood pieces. we talked about the midwest and escaping the city life.  always a compliment when the people that run the show notice your stuff and take the time to chat.

each show has been different. at unique LA people bought the earrings, at patchwork people bought nothing, at renegade people were really into the necklaces and my little trinket art. the last photo is of a custom order i did for a customer from unique LA…and i got another one off of that at renegade! marianne and i finally did a trade and i scored an awesome terrarium (pictured above) and some sweet air plants, like one of those really big babies!

next week, i am off to colorado for “research” on my next move in life. i have a photo shoot planned for the necklaces while i am there and am super excited! stay tuned!

my friends seem to have become such an important part of my blog over the last few months! stacy and allan were kind enough to let me come into their humble abode and photograph it for the second edition of curiosity spaces.

stacy is an artist and a writer, while allan is a comedian, actor, and writer…they live in Hollywood, CA.i spent the afternoon sipping on coffee and taking photos, wylie and steven played, and stacy shared stories behind all the different art, knick knacks, and even the rituals she has before starting a piece. i remember before i ever even met stacy, my friend kate brought me to her house to feed her cat. i was in awe of her art and i felt i wanted to know this person. really, i was kind of jealous of how talented she was. in a good way.  the first time we did meet… we bonded with creativity, sensitivity, and our similar experiences of moving to alabama in our adolescence.  i love her genuine nature, empathy, intelligence, and talent. we always have these deep hearted conversations about life, art, family, and love and always leave each other with a little bit of a kick in our step!

i have been to their house lots, but i have never REALLY looked at the little things floating around in stacy’s studio.  i love how organized her inspiration wall is, the paint chips she has selvaged in a tin lid, how beautiful paint can be in a smuckers jar.  she has many things inspired by her late father and his work as a scientist or his stamp collection or the photo of him with his mentor.  it made me feel like he was always with her in that room. i have no doubt he is.  i love the hair in jars and the homemade cat bed made from cardboard– and her drawing from the artist don nace, poem from friend britta kallevang, postcard from gordon lish, paintings by her dear friends amanda faulkner-barrett and kate purdy, and how proud and inspired they all make her.  i love the huge homemade pillow on their bed and the random 1980’s magazine photo of a family.   i couldn’t narrow the photos down. i never can.  a few months ago, their bedroom ceiling caved in so they had to move their bed into the dining room. the bed ended up staying and they each took a bedroom for a studio. allan has a few photos in the post as well.

there were so many unique and interesting pieces and if i asked, each one had a story behind it. curiosity. not just to me, but to stacy. i like it when people are proud of the things in their house because of the story. maybe someone gave it to you,maybe someone made it for you. maybe the story behind how you acquired it brings back memories, makes you smile, or maybe it even makes you sad. maybe it just makes you feel something. a home is a personal and intimate experience.  it is the place you feel the most comfortable to be yourself…it is safe, at least it should be. photographing stacy’s home and especially studio, felt as though it was her safe place. a place for herself to cherish, inspire, and create.  the process inspired me and provoked my own thoughts realizing that home is where i am the most uninhibited in my own abilities. it allows me to even write this post, afraid of no judgement.

stacy has recently started her blog, revisinglonliness. she looks for art everyday and documents beautiful words that sink right down to your soul.  i highly suggest you follow it! she has also done a lovely post about her experience of having someone photograph her house.  they kind of go hand in hand now!

Stacy Elaine Dacheux spent half her childhood outside Boston, getting beat on by tough girls. The other half was spent outside Birmingham, getting beat on by Southern Baptists. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she gets beat on by life. As a visual artist, she translates handwritten letters into abstract paintings, a collection of which will be traveling to Massachusetts in September. She was a finalist for the Italo Calvino Prize in fiction and an article she co-wrote was noted in The New Yorker‘s “Book Bench.” Past publications include: BUST Magazine, Flavorpill Productions, and Artillery: Killer Text on Art.

man, what a weekend! that fresssssh, high altitude air surely makes a mark every time…and i think that mark is getting deeper and deeper. i might just explode if i don’t let that mark heal…by moving. shall i even say, i feel closer to leaving this land of angels? because next week i might be right back where i was last week. oh, geez. i sure wear myself out.

but let’s talk about how awesome the weekend really was!! old friends, new friends, landscape, and relaxation. we were somewhere between buena vista and salida, colorado. an area known as the “banana belt” due to mild winters. a high mountain desert with mild temperatures…does it get much better than that? i have to admit, after my last trip through washington and oregon, i missed the desert. i love a good lush forrest, but there is something about an open desert landscape: the sunshine, the air, and being able to see for miles. this was kind of like the best combo.

we stayed at mt princeton resort, but spent most of our time at laura and burke’s cabin down the street. equipped with their own hot spring, a creek, and a constant party! sometimes i felt as though time was standing still…slowly passing along to take in the smallest of moments. there was so much laughter, silliness, and smiles.

laura and burke had such a smooth set up.  normally everyone is running around,i’ll just say it, like assholes. luckily, they were able to set up the day before. so, we helped decorate and ice cupcakes in between dips in the hot spring, beers, and silliness.

laura and burke were actually married already and this was the party to celebrate. the  decorations were so intimate and creative. i wouldn’t expect any less from laura.

each guest received a corsage(ladies) and a pendant (dudes) handmade by miss laura. not to mention the lovely little gifts of jewelry she made us as well. we were spoiled.  if you haven’t already figured it out, LURKE is a combo of their names, laura and burke. so, we also all got a lurke pin. the tables were decorated with doilies, succulents, candles, and trinkets. colorful flag banners, paper lanterns, and tissue poms filled the room with color. i was severely admiring the vintage and colorful dessert table, not to mention the 20 cupcakes i may have consumed.  laura’s mom was the cutest with her frilly socks and crochet gloves.

but the cutest of all…laura and burke. love is the bestest !!! and so are my friends!


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unique LA was a success!!! we had such a great time and i have to say that i learned a whole hell of a lot! there were a whole lot of highlights for me, but i think the biggest stand out moment was when sonja, the creator and founder of unique LA, purchased one of my necklaces and wore it the whole day!  i couldn’t have asked for a better compliment! thank you, sonja!

i have lots of photos to share of the booth.  marianne, sean, and i cohesively and smoothly created a booth trying to be as frugal as possible, only purchasing a few key pieces and then using things from around each of our houses. i am including some ideas as well for booth set ups. as newbies at our first craft fair we were’t sure what to expect with the setup. so, we both searched the internet for ideas, but it was hard to find. we thought why not help out others, if they want it or need it, with our trials and tribulations of a booth set up.

we wanted to do something for the backdrop as opposed to the white plexi walls.  i found some thin brown paper at a local hardware store and with some poster tape it laid very nicely. we thought about using the big rolls of brown paper….but it can sometimes buckle and we wanted something that looked neat.  although, our neighbors had a nice paper wall set up using the big sheets, but they have been doing this a while! i still really like the way ours turned out!
and look, there is donna g! she came to help me set up.  she was a great merchandiser!

i have to say, i think the booth turned out pretty darn good. we all love merchandising though and have all worked retail…so, it was a no brainer in a way. i have to say there are a few things i would change about mine. it started to become a bit cluttered and there was a lot to look at (a general theme in my life). i would probably do a different tablecloth next time, something more simple… and possibly move the sign.  i played around with the merchandising throughout the event to see how people responded. making it a bit more simple seemed to draw a few more people in and when i featured different items on the wood on the table, it was picked up much more often!

i tried spreading out the necklaces or doing more simple pieces in-between.

we decided to do one joint wall in the back to tie our two booths together and then we would take either side for our own shops.  marianne came up with the idea to do the ladder and the shelves. i pitched in the idea to do cinder blocks as a base for the bottom shelf.  marianne and sean bought 3 blocks and 4 bricks. the bricks are layered between the cinder blocks, if you look closely.

i found all these sticks in my brothers backyard that i really wanted to use to hang necklaces from.  i attached a nail (per sean’s brilliant idea)to one side and wrapped twine around the nail and ladder to secure it. the other side was strung from a door hook from home depot.

sean came up with the idea to secure the top shelf in place with rope. brilliant! they also had a lot of hanging terrariums to hang and they came up with this brilliant chicken wire and rope display. the globes hang from s hooks!

now…let’s break it up by our sides.  marianne and i hit up a vintage furniture dealer downtown to buy some crates. i took this old drawer and added some small eyelet hooks so i could hang necklaces from s hooks.

i also did two slabs of cheap wood from the local hardware store that were already cut. i stained them and added some hefty nails to hang necklaces from.

i made signs by staining almost paper thin wood and using recycled brown paper. i burned the edges of the paper.

earrings and keychains hung from vases i had at my house.

i found the pyramid display case on ebay. i added in pieces of fern for some green and earth.

my sister in law made me this wood art that sits on an old rake. i used the rake part to hang the more delicate jewelry from. the mirror i bought at a vintage store in highland park.

now, let’s go over to marianne and sean’s side. they rocked it! people loved the terrariums and ate them up! be sure to check out marianne’s blog and her online store. if you want to make your own terrariums she sells supplies!!

i LOVED their side! it looked so pretty, and like a real store! they did such a great job merchandising and the neon pods gave such a perfect pop of color! people would b-line it for the booth…no joke!

i think our sides meshed together really well!  although, i have to say we had a totally different customer. i wasn’t sure what to expect, but now i do! it was fun to watch this and figure it all out as it went along.  we made some really great connections and have some fun things planned for the future. two more shows this summer, patchwork june 10 and renegade july 28-29.

we also have a little secret brewing…

lots of necklaces being made these days to get ready for unique la may 12 and 13! i am nervous and anxious to see how these little guys do at the craft fair! we have been working hard on our booth concept too! sooo much to do in the next week and a half! check out my booth partner, marianne…and her bf sean, over at bird and feather and her blog smitten living!

i have been expanding the line with earrings, keychains, and  a brand new line of simple necklaces. a nautical/knot theme is brewing as well(for next time). also, working on some rock and driftwood art and trying to work in some wall hangings. check out my rock drawings on apartment therapy from a few years ago.

i could get use to making stuff for a living.

if you are a design blog junkie like me, then you have probably seen the paint dipped craze taking over the DIY scene.  in my defense of being late on this, i did this DIY like two months ago. ( i clearly prefer to be a leader, not a follower…it’s the aries in me). i just had to do that last shot to secure the post, and it just sat on my list of things to do, for two months.

since i put the effort in, i thought i would still share the post.  i had some wood spoons left over from my friend donna’s party back in could also use plastic spoons or even silverware to add a trendy touch to your cutlery.  i took a little spin and double dipped the spoons.

you need:

2 paint colors

possible bowls for paint

spoons/cutlery/or anything else you can think of to dip paint

egg carton/paper/paper towel for drying and cleaning

i think this needs clearly little instruction. except if you want more of  a swirl look to dip the gold while the white is still wet. for the drip, set the spoon upright to dry, like i did in the egg carton.

use the spoons for parties… or to eat your pudding!

i have lived in my house for over a year and a half…and until about a week ago i didn’t have a curtain for my bathroom. the space was often covered up by a piece of fabric … or a towel. ha! how horrible. i just couldn’t find a curtain i was okay with and i always wanted to try and make something. i just kept procrastinating and procrastinating…and finally more procrastinating. every time i went into the bathroom, it drove me nuts, but yet i continued to let it sit on my list of things to do, always putting other tasks first, like making cupcakes.

a few months back i did a shoot in this old supposedly haunted house, paramour mansion, in the neighborhood of silver lake here in los angeles. they had wardrobe set up in the basement near what was once the kitchen, where servants made the meals. first of all, this house was insane!!!! i have never been in anything like it. i wanted every single piece of furniture. the lady who owns the house collects things… and i mean she really collects things. it was better than any museum i have ever been to. but the one thing that caught my eye, possibly because it was the one thing i could try and recreate at home, were the beads hanging in the window above the kitchen sink. i loved the simplicity of it and the colors. it didn’t do much for blocking anyone from seeing inside, but it was lovely.

i decided i wanted to try and do this in my house somewhere. yes, the bathroom. it would be perfect for the bathroom. i went bead shopping and well, all those beautiful strands of beads were just out of my price range at the time. $10-20 on a strand of beads and 40 strands later, it ain’t cheap! so, i settled for a bunch of cheap wooden beads.  when i got home and started stranding them, i didn’t have enough to cover the window …so that no one could see inside.

i found this photo on tumblr…another lovely idea.

 i also tried ombre dying muslin and then ripping it into small strands to create a fringe curtain. this however, again was not enough. i was going to make a second piece, but  in between that idea i had already bought the beads. so, i decide to combine the two ideas. ripping strands of fabric and adding beads in for flare! it definitely looks homemade, but its cute. when i go into the bathroom i now have a sense of relief that something hangs in the window!

what you need:



muslin (according to the measurements of your window!)


curtain rod

string your beads

cut your strips of fabric into the size you like. i did inch strips. if you make a little snip in the fabric, it will then easily rip. there will be lots of strings roaming around. if this annoys you then cut the whole way down. i like the fringy look, though!

tie your strands of fabric around the curtain rod. you need to measure the length of your window and this will determine where you need to tie the knot. i left about 8 -10 inches that kind of act like a valance!

now add your strands of beads in a pattern you desire! and hang your curtain!!


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