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End of the month – Last day of January 2013

January 31, 2013
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I found this cute blue (arrow/feather…?) pattern accordion file/folder in the dollar section at Target (that section is dangerous).  I’m using it to keep all of my receipts for this year.  Last year I made the mistake of throwing misc receipts out just because I thought I didn’t need them (and I didn’t have anywhere to put them in my already messy room), but I think it’s always a good idea to store them just incase for filing taxes.  This folder also adds a nice pop of color on my table.

I’ve also begun to fill out and use this calendar planner for the month of February (and end of Jan) because a bunch of projects and deadlines are happening within these next two weeks.  I always seem to start, but never see these calendars to the end.  Anyway, I know I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit and haven’t been posting my 365 Photo Challenge photos, but for busy weeks like this you can find my photo updates on my Instagram!

Weekly Findings #1

January 26, 2013
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I’m starting a new series called Weekly Findings, where once a week I’ll be posting things I find, whether that be images, resources, links, or articles that I like, love, am inspired by, or find funny/cute.  Sort of like a weekly round up of pretty things to look at and interesting things to read.  Here goes my first one:

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Progress, not perfection.

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uploaded-file-35532Yesterday I had to bare the cold weather when I went to Dana Tanamachi‘s talk at Parsons that AIGA hosted.  I haven’t been back at Parsons since graduation and it was one of the best reasons to be back.  I don’t remember the first time I saw her work that completely mesmerized me, but I was hooked instantly.  I’ve always been a sucker for hand lettering work. I would kill to have any ounce of that kind of talent and patience.  I blame my lack of patience for being able to go into that field of work.  I also have horrible handwriting, so I think I’m all out of luck in that department.  Anyway, hearing about anyone’s process I think is inspiring and her’s included, she mentioned a book that my sister actually recommended me read a few months back, which was Quitter by Jon Acuff.  To be honest I only read through the first couple of chapters and I never finished (haha), but I do think it’s a really helpful book for people at a crossroads between their day job and their dream job.  I agree to staying at your day job while doing things that you love on the side, however, if your day job is burning you out then I think it’s at your best interest to leave.  Once you feel burnt out you have no energy to be creative or feel inspired, honestly you just want to go home and sleep.  I guess I speak from my own personal experience.  Everyone’s different.

Dana spoke about anonymity and how you can use that to grow, make mistakes, and learn without the pressures that comes with being in the spotlight.  I guess I never thought of it that way and now I realize it’s so important to focus on the positives while growing in your creative practice, and anonymity isn’t such a bad thing.  Towards the end of her talk she did a brief QA with the audience and something  she said that really stuck with me, which I think is relevant for everyone in any field, was:

Progress, not perfection.

Keeping chugging along, you’ll get there as long as you keep going.

* Image above is of alphabet paperweights by Dana Tanamachi with West Elm.

Bearing the cold weather

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It’s been freezing here in NY and it’s supposed to snow soon.  I hope the weather where you are is the complete opposite, it’s not enjoyable having your face, toes, and fingers feel like icicles the moment you step out the door.

Polka Dot Pillow Case

January 23, 2013
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Did a trial run with a DIY polka dot pillow case and it didn’t turn out exactly as I hoped.  The ink and material I used didn’t work well together and all my process photos I shot were too dark.  Ah well, until next time folks!

Etsy Finds: Polka Dot Pillows

January 21, 2013
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I’ve been looking for a body pillow (or any long pillow) to use as a head rest ever since I got rid of my headboard and I haven’t found any pillow covers I liked, so I decided I will just make it myself.  I plan on using this same technique I used for my DIY polka dot box pattern onto fabric, easy peasy.  If you’re also thinking of stamping onto fabric I found this nifty post showing comparisons of different stamp pad inks on fabric.  I personally use ColorBox and it has never failed when I use it for stamping.  I’m still deciding on what color fabric to use, how big/small I want to make the polka dots, and if I want the two sides to be different (polka dots on one side and a solid color on the other).  In the meantime here are some polka dot pillows I found on Etsy that I love:

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1. Throw pillow case, svetastyle, $25
2. Vintage red polka dot case, fallaloft, $24
3. Dots pillow, Kissenstudio, $14
4. Linen pillow cover, pillowlink, $24