This month's Better Homes and Gardens had a couple of features that I really liked, including an article about the fabric design company Galbraith & Paul. I'm sure that it's already been blogged about but, G&P is a husband and wife design team based in Philadelphia that produces hand blocked fabric printed on linen, silk and velvet. They do a modern spin on traditional Indian wood block printing by glueing hand cut foam shapes onto acrylic boards. I love this photo (sorry about the quality), and that comes pretty close to a dream job for me.
BH&G also had an article on decorating kids rooms. How cool is this tree? According to the article it's just craft paper applied onto the wall with double stick tape.
Added: There's no pattern for it in the magazine, and although they direct you to their website (which is pop-up city) I was unable to find it.
And speaking of kid's rooms, G&P products are only available through Room and Board, and while clicking through the Room and Board site, I found this (not made by G&P). The bunny in the car just kills me.
Better Homes and Gardens may not be the hippest magazine, but they always have a lot of nice finds.
1. The cutest doorstop ever. Thank you dollar store!
2. More dollar store love. These are supposed to be strung up into 70's style beaded curtains, but I think I'll make some mobiles out of them.
3. Flew in from Japan. My Mother-in-law just returned from Japan with a bag of these chickees. So simple and cute. I'm going to have to make a batch, and I think the recipe I used for these would be perfect for it.
4. Bird gone bad. This birdie was inspired by one I saw on a zakka site (sorry I can't find the link). It seemed simple enough, two side panels and a bottom panel, so I drafted a pattern and sewed him up last night.
It seemed like he came out okay, except for one little problem, his tummy is AWOL. He could be the spokesbird for botched bird belly liposuction. Back to the drawing board for you.
5. Bad bird story. Do you know the "Kookaburra song"? It's one of those songs I learned as a child, but never gave much thought to what it was about. I sing it to Buddy all the time and when he first asked me what a kookaburra was, without hesitation I replied, "it's a magical, mystical creature that eats gumdrops". That's right, not a bird, but a magical, mystical creature. The only thing that cued me in after 30+ years was Carolyn's recent trip to Australia. If you've ever been badly mistaken about something from your childhood, you really should listen to this.
Last month I got the chance to see a quilt exhibit from Japan at the Hawaii Convention Center called "Island Paradise Partnership Quilts". The quilts were the result of a TV show broadcast in Japan called "How to Make a Hawaiian Quilt". After the show aired, quilters from all over Japan, who also love Hawaii, submitted blocks featuring traditional Hawaiian applique quilting and other appliqued images of Hawaii. Within a couple of months of the show air date, 9094 - 8"x8" squares were submitted and sewed into 76 quilts.
Being born and raised in Hawaii, I was touched by the sheer number of quilts in the display and how each block conveyed such a great love and appreciation for the islands. And I feel a bit ashamed of the Hawaiian quilt pillow top that has been sitting unfinished in my closet for more years than I care to admit. Here's some photos from the exhibit, sorry the pics aren't better, there's no natural lighting at the convention center.
Thanks everyone for your concern about the accident, our car and wall suffered some major damage, but it can be fixed and we're so thankful that no one was seriously hurt.
I was a teenager once, and I remember how hard it could be sometimes. Trying to juggle school, dating, and your parents can be overwhelming at times. But the next time you get behind the wheel of a car (and I have a feeling it will be a long long time from now) make sure you do a couple of things first okay?
Sleep is good. I admit, I don't get as much as I should, but I get enough so that I would never fall asleep behind the wheel. Because you did dude, and that's bad. And falling asleep at 9:30 in the morning? Would it have killed you to take a little nap before you drove home, because you almost killed yourself.
I'm glad you're okay, and I wasn't terribly found of that stone wall. Although it was kind of a bummer when the wall exploded after you drove into it causing rocks to rain on our parked car. And I suppose that stopping your car by crashing into ours was the best you could do given the circumstances. But when you told Mr. T that you didn't even have a drivers license, now that was disappointing.
And for future reference, when you get into an accident you really shouldn't ask for a ride home even if it's just a couple blocks up the street. Leaving the scene of an accident is never a good idea. It's always best to stay put until the cops get there. Your dad looked pretty mad when he showed up. I guess you forgot to tell him you had borrowed the car?
Mr. T said you seemed like a nice enough kid and I hope your dad has calmed down by now. But please don't do something this foolish again. I know you probably think Friday was the worst day of your life but really it was probably your luckiest.
I mentioned these to Mr. T the other week (after spotting them on Ljc'sflickr page) and yesterday he surprised me with them! They're called Cubees and when you press a button on the top of one it opens and closes its face flap in time to a song. AND if you stack them, the ones below sing back up!
But where are the babies? Mine didn't come with any and I kept repeating it over and over. Poor Mr. T, I must have sounded so ungrateful. Seriously, where are the babies?
(Added: If you're on Oahu and interested in some Cubees of your own, Mr. T got them at Toys n Joys. And if you're not on Oahu you can order it from Urban Outfitters found via Natalie and they sell them with the babies included.)
Okay, I hope you all won't be too disappointed with my little experiment. I regret not thinking it through a little more first and I wonder if it even counts as an experiment.
Anyway, this is how the whole thing started. I visited Buddy's preschool last week and when I arrived they were doing worksheets. They've been learning about the meaning of a number and that day they were working on the number 14 and their assignment was to draw 14 of something so that they could understand what the number 14 represented. They were all concentrating really hard to draw 14 things. Buddy was doing 14 bunnies, I saw others doing 14 monsters, 14 princesses, 14 fish.
The next day at lunch I was telling my co-workers that I thought it seemed like it was asking a lot to make a 4-year old draw 14 things. And two of my co-workers (who are both engineers) chimed in with, "Why? It's easy, just draw 14 circles, or 14 lines, or 14 letters."
That would have never occurred to me, and none of the kids I saw drew anything like that either. And the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if crafty/creative types would be more inclined to actually draw something instead of treating it as an exercise to be completed as simply and quickly as possible.
And since this is a craft blog, I thought I'd pose the question here. In retrospect I think I should've set a time limit and asked for a larger number of items. I decided to go with 7 instead of 14 because I thought 14 would have discouraged people from doing it at all.
So, I think I proved my theory right (sort of), although I would probably need to pose it to non-crafters as well for a fair sampling. And it was really interesting reading what kinds of things people drew. Also, I regret not asking for links to your drawings because I loved seeing what some of you came up with. And Laurie actually drew 7 circles, but she colored them in. :)
As a thank you to everyone for participating I thought I'd offer a prize so I randomly drew a name and pulled Stephanie of half baked.
Draw 7 of something, anything, it doesn't matter what, they can all be the same or all different. Take as much or as little time as you like and then leave a comment of what you drew. I'll explain later.
Tonight we had the last of my month long birthday dinners at a place that's quickly become one of my favorite restaurants. Panya Bistro is a bakery/restaurant/bar at the Ala Moana Shopping Center that offers an eclectic mix of American, Japanese, Chinese, local and South East Asian food. I googled it and was surprised to read that it's the place where all the "hip, young, beautiful" people hang out. Most of the places we eat at are where the "tired, crayon-toting, mac cheese-eating" people hang out, but they let us in anyway.
My favorite dish at Panya is the Laksa, a super ono Malaysian noodle dish. It has two different types of noodles, shrimp, fish cake, aburage (fried tofu), bean sprouts, and corn in a spicy broth. I'm not sure what's in the broth, but it tasted like a delicate blend of coconut milk, lemon grass and chili pepper oil. Yum!