Archive for the ‘majestic domestic’ Category

Spring DIY dye project

April 24, 2014

If you follow my Instagram feed you saw that the other day I broke out the RIT dye to spruce up a white slipcover and some blah pillowcases within my immediate craft trajectory.

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Dyeing some pillowcases #DIY #spring #project

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I dyed the pillowcases orange and then dip-dyed them and the slipcover with a deeper orange.

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Part 2 #dyeimg #diy #project

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I’m so pleased with how everything turned out, especially the pillowcases. Maybe it’s just Spring enacting it’s magic on me but the combination of oranges and our blue bedspread feels tropical and that makes me happy.




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quilt art

August 12, 2013

Continuing on in sewing-related posts, check out this amazing quilt!!


You see what she did there? This quilt was handmade by one of my dearest friends, Chelsea, as a gift and she surreptitiously included one of my paintings into her design!

Here are some close-ups.




I love the texture. This is a sturdy quilt!


I am honored to the the recipient of a gift such as this. The (wo)man hours alone are staggering. You can follow Chelsea’s other quilting projects on her blog, The Bumbling Quilter. She and her husband also keep bees, get it?

Recent posts of mine on the Surprise Industries blog:

Surprise in Design: Mirrors

It’s Not a Party Until Someone Splits Their Pants

Surprising First Memories

Surprise in Design: Wordlessness

Surprise in Photography: Levitation

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sewing projects galore!

July 30, 2013

Hey friends, what did you do over the weekend? I am pleased to say that I managed to put down 3 separate sewing projects. Does that make me the evil veterinarian of projects? It’s worth considering…

Anyhow, here we go. First up is a new beach umbrella holder!


It was just two summers ago that after being trapped on a beach for a whole day without an umbrella that I said EFF THAT as I left, beet-red, and swore I’d never go to the beach again without one (lesson also learned in regards to shoddily applied sunscreen). Evidence:


when i burn my bits, i only burn the OUCHIEST bits

I made good on this promise to myself by buying the biggest, BRIGHTEST rainbow umbrella I could find and have toted it with me on every successive beach trip so that I can hide under it like a little turtle and only expose my vampire-like pallor to the sun during the briefest of jaunts into the surf.

Consequently, the little plastic bag that it came in has not survived well and is now about as effective for umbrella carrying as those self-adhesive, strap-less bras are for holding actual boobs. It works great until you stop paying attention and then your shit is all over the place.

Thusly, when one of my clients replaced a couch slip cover, I got my hands on some white canvas and I set about to making a new one. Here are some process pics.

I do love fabric that rips in a neat line.



The bottom of the bag before I mitered the corners. I have no idea if that’s the technical term for what I did, but I did it.




BOOM. Bag has a fancy bottom that feels sturdier.


Thar she blows. The bag is a success but it is BORING and is going to show dirt in a nanosecond.


I definitely didn’t want the bottom of the bag to be white, so I painted it and a few more contrast stripes for fun.


And the finished project again. Pretty snazzy!


Next up, a sewing post to brag about a wonderful project by one of my best friends!

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big painting project

June 12, 2013

I just completed a big painting project. I painted a wall in our living room red!

Here’s the before:


haha, i caught my dude taking a nap!

And here is after:


The color is “neon red” by Benjamin Moore. How’s that for a jolt of color?

My lack of recent updates can be attributed to a number of exciting things that I’ll be able to show you soon. Stay tuned!

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completed embroidery project

April 15, 2013

This weekend I had time to finish the embroidery project that I started last month. I still need to frame it, but here it is on the hoop!


Here are a few detail shots of the stitches.




I don’t think I’ll be giving up my pen for a needle but as far as embroidery as a form of illustration goes, I like it.

I really, really like it.

embroidery project progress

March 25, 2013

This weekend I took an intro embroidery class at 3rd Ward here in Brooklyn. It was nice and small and taught by the creative, Iviva Olenick.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little hungover and not sure how well that would bode with embroidery, but as it turns out, embroidery is a great way to spend an afternoon if you’re in that condition. Win!

Iviva taught us 4 basic stitches and then gave us a couple of hours of studio time to start a project with her guidance.

Here is my sampler.


I’m still working on my project but here is a small sneak peek.


I can’t show you the whole thing yet because it’s a surprise for my dude but stay tuned!

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blue pill wall art…

February 5, 2013

…but before that, an announcement: It’s official, my Etsy store is up and running!

I’m selling the same two cards from the Prints and Cards page plus a new 4-pack of hand-lettered thank you notecards!

OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming, I finished one of the two calcium pill projects!


I hung it above a piece by my talented friend, Desi Gunz.


And of course I wanted to paint ALL THE THINGS when I had the spray can out, which is how this blue pumpkin happened…


Cute, non?

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wishbone talisman

February 1, 2013

Here’s the beginning of a little project. My husband and I only recently tackled the challenge of learning how to roast a chicken. I feel like we are a little late to the game here, but it still felt like we’d accomplished an “adult thing” so I saved the wishbone for the sake of nostalgia. My plan is to dress it up √°la Alisa Burke’s Altered Driftwood.


Check this space for the result in the near future!

I also write for the Surprise Industries blog, here are my most recent posts:

Surprise in Design: Wallpaper

Surprise in Design: Cereal Bowls

Surprise in Design: Jacuzzi Boat

Surprise in Design: Patched Knees

Guide Animals

Surprise in Design: Summer Shade

calcium pill wall art

November 29, 2012

Here’s a status update on a sort of weird project that I’ve undertaken.

My gigantic Costco jar of calcium supplements recently expired…


… so of course I decided to make an art project out of them. Right? Like normal humans do.


Once I’ve got them all glued down I’m going to paint it and see how it looks. Stay tuned for the final product.

easy sparkly ornaments

November 25, 2012

While wandering the internet, I recently saw an image of glass ball ornaments that had been filled with shredded antique book pages and thought to myself, “my, that’s clever”.

Then I realized that I still have THIS kicking around!


Feeling the Christmas decorating spirit, I immediately jumped on and ordered some glass balls.


They arrived quickly and intact, and I got to work stuffing them with shiny paper shreds.

Then I strung them up on some twine, promptly breaking one in the process.


Careful with those glass balls, they are fragile.

Here is another fun and easy project by Alisa Burke that you can make with glass ball ornaments.

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