Posts Tagged ‘blue’

Emily Miller of Trends on Trends

September 10, 2014

Emily is one of the talented ladies behind the gorgeous website, Trends on Trends.

This portrait was for the occasion of her most recent birthday. :)

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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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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.

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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flower paintings

July 7, 2012

I got a commission to paint to two of my flower pictures for a kid’s room.

cropped sweater conversion

October 11, 2011

Time to take a quick break from all the wedding business…

My cropped sweater lost a button so I decided to resurrect it as a wrap sweater. Here’s what it kind of looked like before the transformation.

I snipped off the remaining buttons, folded in the whole opening from buttons-to-neckline-to-button-holes and hemmed it to disguise its former life as a button-up sweater. Then I set to stitching on the ribbons.

Working without a pattern meant I pretty much just had to eyeball everything and try it on a lot during the process. After the ribbons were on I made a giant button-hole where I wanted to the bow, for the short ribbon to come through.

My machine has a button-hole setting which I managed to use about 50% correctly. Fortunately, it worked out even if it’s not the neatest.

The ribbon wraps around the back and…

… tada! Cropped wrap sweater!

While I had the sewing machine out I also recycled an old pair of jeans and made this denim skirt.

new couch cushions

May 5, 2011

look at these ugly cushions

After Mike and I inherited this couch from a friend (funny story, this is actually the couch we ‘lived’ on when we first moved here), I decided it needed to be comfier. The $45 per pillow prices tags at establishments such as Bend-You-Over-A-Crate-And-Barrel did not appeal to me in the least so I bought pillow inserts with the intention of sewing the pillowcases myself. The fact that I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time did nothing to deter me.

About a year later I bought material and ribbons to make the project and again, the lack of a sewing machine deterred me not at all.

About a year after that….¬†I bought a sewing machine.

I didn’t use a pattern and I’d mostly guessed at the yardage when buying the fabric so I had to do a little McGuyvering to figure it out. I planned for the ¬†back to have an overlap and then tie shut, as you can see above. Mostly, this was to keep the cover removable for washing and avoid having to sew button holes.

this is what it looks like with a pillow in it

The tied back also downplays the fact that the pillowcases could accommodate a pillow that’s a couple inches bigger. I like to think of it as growing room, rather than poor measuring…

The finished product is quite lovely though!

I’m very happy with how it turned out!

i also make presentations

January 3, 2011

I wrote this Powerpoint.

So here’s the story, stay with me, it’s complicated.

I put this presentation together for¬†Nerd Nite,¬†a monthly event that features drinking, science and general nerdery. There are 3 formal lectures that last about 20 minutes each and are given on topics ¬†that are often hilarious and backed up by facts from the presenter’s experience in the field that they work.

I’ve seen presentations run the gamut from jewish gangsters to how rabies could mutate into the zombie virus, obesity and the history of the game Scrabble. Clearly, it is very diverse and entertaining.

So…I work for¬†Surprise Industries as a Special Project Manager and one of my regular responsibilities is putting a surprise presentation together for Nerd Nite. This means that I write the presentation, then select a volunteer to get up on stage and give it without ever having seen it before.

Dan is the presenter in this video. To his credit, he didn’t volunteer but he was still a champ about having it sprung on him. Check out some of his (comedy) writing here.

If you or anyone you know would like to give a surprise presentation at Nerd Nite, please don’t hesitate to contact me: cat at surpriseindustries dot com

flowerpot pen holder

September 5, 2010


Instead of scrounging for wide-mouthed jars to hold my ever-growing collection of pens, I decided to make something more fun and colorful!

All it takes is a flowerpot (I painted mine blue), dried beans and a piece of tape.

When you get started, don’t forget to put tape in the bottom so the beans don’t fall out when you pick it up! Pour the beans into the pot but¬†don’t fill it all the way to the brim as the level of the beans rises with every pen that’s put in.

leave at least an inch between the beans and the top of the pot

I left about an inch and half because I have a lot of pens.

Then fill it up and et voilà, you have a pretty pen pot for your desk!

my slightly messy workspace

I also used this flowerpot for holding knives in our kitchen before we got our magnetic strip. It’s a multitasker!

as luck would have it

September 3, 2010

I’ve shied away from handmade gift certificates in my adult years. As a kid I used them as a quick fall-back present for family members when I hadn’t been on the ball and put more thought into a gift.

Not to say that they can’t be a wonderful gift, in fact, they’re more personal than something store-bought. I suspect it was my association with that ‘oh shit’ moment that turned me off to them.

That said, Mike and I recently faced a gift-giving dilemma¬†that a handmade gift certificate solved! I’d asked our friend Marc (the birthday boy) the name of his favorite brunch place in the city but when we got there, no gift certificates!

After getting the news, we stalked out to the street corner to hem and haw with our chins in our hands, mulling over our options. That was, until Mike reminded me that handmade GC’s ARE pretty rad. I then decided to record the saga on the gift itself.

click to see full size!

(The text says, ‘Hey, did you know… that Kate’s Joint, does NOT sell gift certificates? Neither did we!!)

I’m pretty pleased with how the monochrome turned out. Kind of wishing I hadn’t forgotten the syrup on the pancakes though!

Coincidentally, Marc’s birthday was on Friday the 13th AND at a tattoo parlor ¬†so I also walked away with this little gem. It was put on me by Andy Perez.

I’ve always wanted a skeleton key and ~tattoo lore~ says it’s lucky to get a 13 tattooed on Friday the 13th. Maybe now I’ll have good luck getting into and out of situations.

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