Feb 20, 2013

Pinterest vs. Tumblr... or not

I have to admit that when I was first introduced to Pinterest, the visual pin board website, I wasn't impressed. Truth be told, I refused to get an account because I was too obsessed with Tumblr at the time and saw my account as my very own custom visual imagery feed. What I didn't realize then was that I could have both - and use them completely differently.

Feb 19, 2013

Craft tattoo round up

Last week I made an appointment to get tattooed by the talented Ashley Love. Her lovely traditional tattoo work has been on my radar for awhile - the first time I looked her up was (in 2011?) when a feisty pink-haired makeup artist working the OCC Cosmetics booth at IMATS NY showed me his tattoos and highly recommended her. I've seen her become more and more popular these days so I'm glad I finally set something up before I just can't get into her busy schedule.

One of the reasons it took me so long to make the appointment in the first place is that I just couldn't decide what I wanted to get done by her so when I contacted her I just gave her a few ideas and she picked out what sounded the most fun to her. I find that's often the best way to get a great looking tattoo; when it's something they're personally stoked on rather than just you.

While I'm not getting a craft tattoo this time around, it is something I plan on getting soon enough so i've been collecting designs and photos as reference material since the idea first came to mind. In my searching for inspiration I have really come across some gems that go beyond the typical ball of yarn, spool or scissor tattoo and It's only fitting that I share some of these craft themed beauties on here...

more after the jump...

Feb 16, 2013

Red velvet cake

So for Valentine's day I decided to make Riki a Red Velvet cake. He loves chocolate and I dislike it so red velvet is always a great in between since it has cocoa but isn't particularly chocolatey tasting. I wanted to make a big statement and i'm pretty sure it worked out that way... the cake is a little too much for us to handle!

Please come over and grab a slice!

Feb 4, 2013

Valentine's day card making extravaganza

This past weekend I made a couple of cards to donate to the Etsy and city meals Special Delivery project. My original idea was to get a bunch of girlfriends together to make a ton but that idea fell apart quickly since it was too last minute (and you know..superbowl/puppybowl plans). I only got a chance to make four cards but it's ok - they were good ones. Riki saw me knee-deep in a sea of paper cutting and craft supplies and he even felt compelled to make one too. The one with the boat was all him.

Feb 2, 2013

Book recommendation

Stitch n' Bitch by Debbie Stoller

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get into (or already into) knitting. It's extremely easy to follow and very entertaining overall. I gifted a copy of this to a friend recently, and she went from only knowing how to knit to purling, making mittens, handwarmers, and working with more complicated stitches that I have yet to even try myself... ( need to get on that.)
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