Sep 21, 2012
Happy Friday everyone! Here are some links for your weekend.
EYECANDY • Loving this font from You Work for Them
EYECANDY • Invisible Creature's work for Target's Halloween Line
MUSIC • The most beautiful sounding thing you've ever heard
JUST FOR FUN • My cat is a dick
WEEKEND PROJECT • DIY Fringe tank top
ETSY • Cute Etsy store
SHOPPING • Neiman Marcus and Target are teaming up Dec 1
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
So those of you that know the type of music I listen to wouldn't describe it as "country." Folk, yes. Many of them have country roots or sounds. But theres something about the Zac Brown band I just can't get enough of. Probably the only true country band I can say I like. So me and my friends packed up some food, beers and headed down to the Comcast Center last night to see them. thier songs are a blast and yes; some truly heartbreaking. But they had so much energy. Covering songs all the way from the Charlie Daniels band to Nirvana; we certainly left very happy.
I was hoping people would be dressed up a little more country; but I have a feeling many of them were like us; not so much into the genre but into the band. So great show & great company! Also, it's inspired me to do a country print. So get ready...yee-haw!
Sep 6, 2012
Sep 4, 2012
Sep 3, 2012
Congrats Ladies!!! I'll e-mail you for your address and send you the matching wallpaper.
Aug 26, 2012
Happy Friday and end of summer! So thanks to the kind folks over at GelaSkins I was able to custom make some of my designs into iPhone 4 cases. So lucky for you guys, I've decided to give them away! They even come with matching wallpaper :)
One of the designs is 80's; the other is Paris.
So here are the rules:
You have until 5pm MONDAY ( September 3, 2012 ) to enter. US Residents only please.
To be entered to win you'll need to do one of these things:
1. Comment on this blog entry and answer the following question:
What was your favorite summer 2012 moment?
2. Follow me on twitter (@flwrsinmay) and tweet about this giveaway. (be sure to include @flwrsinmay so i know)
3. "Like" my Facebook page and share the post with your friends.
Good luck! Winners will be announced Tuesday.
Aug 22, 2012
So a couple weeks ago, I got the chance to head down to Union Square in Somerville to check out the inner workings of Union Press. It's this super cool letterpress shop with an old, large collection of type families, almost all of which are original full sets.
Eli, the founder of Union Press grew his love for letterpress when he interned at Hatch Show Press in Nashville, Tennessee. From his experiences there, Union Press was founded. He was kind enough to give me a quick demo of how to set type, ink the press and run a print. I'm a type lover anyways, but it makes you really appreciate the beauty of letters when you have to hand-kern and set them.
Union Press is most known for their posters in and around Somerville. But they've also done their fair share of invitations. So i snapped some photos, got a quick tour and saw some pretty gorgeous posters. I even puchased the "Please Save the World" poster to hang in my new apartment.
So check out my Q&A and get to MagPie in Davis if you want to but some of thier posters.
Flowers in May: What's in your iPod?
Union Press: No iPod, but plenty of tunes; The Lovin' Spoonful, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, and Neil Young.
FIM: What's one item you simply can't live without?
UP: My exact-o knife, so versatile.
FIM: What's inspiring you lately?
UP: These days I've really been into hand painted signs, the work of Ed Ruscha, and the type and letterforms I encounter on a day to day basis, also the sky at pivotal times during the day.
FIM: You love creating posters. Name one client you would love to create a poster for.
UP: I think you always dream of printing posters for your favorite band or musician, but I love printing posters for anyone who loves Union Press' work. If I had to choose one it would be Wilco. A beer label would be pretty great also.
FIM: Where would we find you on a Friday night?
UP: I spend Saturdays working on a farm, so you'll find me in bed early, but not before a home cooked meal and a beer on my back porch.
FIM: What other artists/crafters/bloggers are you following?
UP: I pay a good deal of attention to other letterpress printers and printmakers. Some of my favorites are Brad Vetter, Isle of Printing, Firecracker press, and Hatch Show Print of course.
FIM: What's the best piece of advice you've received?
UP: Always look for the obvious.
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
So a lot of people have asked how to make those tissue paper flowers that I hang in my tent for craft fairs. Well there are lots of online tutorials, but I figured I'd post it myself. They are REALLY easy. And tissue paper is really forgiving, so they are hard to mess up. Follow my step by step guide.
You'll need: Fishing wire (or string). I like to use fishing wire becasue it looks like thet are floating; scissors and your choice of tissue paper. You'll need at least 2 sheets. The more sheets you use, the fuller your flower will be.
STEP 1: Lay out your tissue paper flat and fold in half. Should be about where the fold was from being in the package. Cut along the fold so you have seperate pieces.
STEP 2: Fold up the edge about one inch, flip the sheets over and do the same on the other side. Repeat this until you have an accordian.
STEP 3: This is what your accordian should look like. It's ok if there is extra hanging off, you can just cut this off.
STEP 4: Fold the accordian in half.
STEP 5: Cut a piece of your fishing wire and tie it around that center fold. Cut it long enough so that you can hang it. Don't tie it too tight or you will have trouble opening the flower later.
STEP 6: Cut the ends to look like a traingle. You can do rounded ends too if you prefer.
STEP 7: Open the accordian like a fan. Then take each layer of tissue and bring it towards the center. Try to do it gently. The good thing about tissue flowers is you can't see the mistakes so don't worry if you tear the paper; you can easily cover it up. I like to alternate between each side. Then you can shape the flower and fluff it up.
And you're done! Hang your flowers above a table, decorate a room or use them to decorate for your next party.
Aug 13, 2012
Here's What I've Been up to the past couple weeks:
Visitng my friends at Union Press, Making stickers for my brother's nband, making new prints, doing fairs, moving to a new apartment and hanging with my friends in Vermont.
Aug 6, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Happy Friday everyone! Well I'm headed to the White Mountains despite the rain. But here are some links to get you through this rainy weekend. Hope some of you are catching the 2012 Olympics.
Enjoy! See you Monday
• A look in side Rachel Castle's studio (via Design*Sponge)
• Caolina Peach Sangria recipe
• Celebrities Read Mean Tweets via Jimmy Kimmel
• Germany's Lego Bridge
• The 2012 Olympic Schedule
Jul 24, 2012
1. Yellow Stripe Tank Dress
2. Space Invader Drink Markers
3. Flamingo Pink Pyrex Dishes by The Retro Studio
4. Rock the Casbah clutch
5. Rockin' in Rio Travel Palette
6. Leather Bag by Stella and Lori
7. Mini Gold Bow Ring
8. Cloud mobile by The Butter Flying
9. Happy Tumbler
10. Balooning Screenprint by roddy & ginger
So I got the opportunity to work on this fantastic custom print for Jess & Kate. Coming up to their one year wedding anniversary, I created this print that will fit perfectly with their style. Their 2 Boston terriers, their love of coffee, crafts, traveling and cooking! I was thrilled when they asked me to do this and couldn't be more happy with the outcome.
Jul 23, 2012
So much has been going on lately. I've had a tough time keeping up with blogging. But here's what I've been up to for those of you who have missed it.
Also this week: lots of new items in the shop! stay tuned...
Newlyweds card // New business cards // making craft fair bins
Birthday card // new banner // making buttons
craft fairs // new magnet pacakging // custom work