Cozy Christmas Gifts

Recently my to-go mug unfortunately shattered. I have a thing for reducing, reusing, and recycling; which you may already be aware of. This put me in a dilemma when I next wanted to take some tea to go and was planning on later grabbing a coffee. I had recently made a jar from Trader Joe’s reusable, and thought “hey this will work.” After figuring out that you must but a cozy around the scolding hot glass, it ended up being perfect for my clumsy self- the lid screws on quite securely. I used the cuff of a recent sweater I had crafted for the cozy. This all lead me to think, if I enjoy this so much maybe some of my friends would as well - hence my christmas gifts for 2012. Purchasing some jars, and using tons of the scraps of fabric and left over cuffs from my husband’s button-ups I had altered because I knew an opportunity like this would arise, I set to whipping up my gifts.

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I used some Chalkboard spray paint on the lids to enable easy marking of the jar 

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Reused the tags from my husbands many great Apolis pieces, covering them in wood-like drawer lining (it is easily sticky) 

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Apparently I was not the only one who saw a need and found enjoyment in this idea. Freakers was started in 2011 and is full of fun - so if your looking for one you can but them here, or make your own. 

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Fair Isle Holiday Sweater

My loving husband is a very particular man with precise taste. This is something that attracted me to him and keeps me continually interested. However, this does make for some trouble when trying to come to a decision on purchasing clothing and home goods. He loves Fair Isle sweaters, and recently purchased a superb one for himself. I started to want one for my collection as well. I am one to love color, Daniel not quite as enthusiastically. When I saw this mens wool blend Fair Isle sweater at H&M, and we both agreed it was lovely, I had to get it. The only problem was that it is a mens sweater. I love to recreate, and tend to hoard with hopes of using quality fabrics in later creations. My mother purchased this beautiful red wool dress in the 80’s for my grandma at a Saks Fifth Ave basement sale in San Francisco - originally $1500, hers for a mere $100. The style is a bit too dated for my look, but the fabric was just too good to let go of. I envisioned the red and tan mixing well with denim, sort of a camp feel. Goodwill never fails me and I found a very large denim dress - perfect for the snippets I needed. 

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After a bit of cutting and sewing and a spot of tea, I have my yearly holiday sweater to keep me cozy for all the cheering events.

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Motorola’s Populuxe Places

Populuxe is a word designed by Thomas Hine to describe a movement out of the post war prosperity from 1954-1964. It convey’s the idea of popular luxury for the masses with a nod to pop art and the space age becoming a part of a culture aiming to cultivate a present feeling of futuristic luxuries that everyone could enjoy.

Motorola commissioned an add campaign during this material golden age that would appeal to what advertisers started calling the “mass market.” They produced a series of adds commissioning artist Charles Shridde that represented their products in environments that drew inspiration form the promising American future.

Brian Merchant from the Utopianist Blog says “Motorola’s vision for utopian home life seems built on these premises — massive, open spaces for you and your family, a preserved green environment observable from right outside your window, and, of course, the prominent display of the latest and best electronic media devices”  

In contrast to so much of the plastic and prefab we saw come to life during these two past decades, I love to see that the artist was hopeful of a future for all that merged practical living alongside amazing electronics, with a strong presence of our created natural surroundings. We are close and yet so far  - if only I could be presently enjoying my movie while living under the ocean, in the woods, or over a stream. To bring a little bit of this hopeful reality into our little Bungalow, we enlarged one of Shridde’s pieces and mounted it in our living room. 

(Source: Flickr / x-ray_delta_one)

Promise I found this post logo design. How lovely is it! 1938 - 8 is my favorite number.

Promise I found this post logo design. How lovely is it! 1938 - 8 is my favorite number.

Traveling Textile Inspired Tops

I sometimes seem to hold onto collections of things forever- one of those would be my toob tops that for years were the perfect layering piece but have recently become to fussy for my current taste. However they are still sturdy as ever. I also have a collection of vintage scarfs that are just two pretty to keep continually existing in the shadows of my closet. I decided to marry the two together. Each of these scarfs reminds me of different beautiful scenes from my travels. My end result is a collection of supportive halter tops that remind me to keep adventuring and that pair perfectly with full skirts and sandals for the upcoming summer.

East meets West, Budapest Hungary

Geometric shapes, Auckland New Zealand

Venetian masquerade balls, Venice Italy

Sunset over bridges, Florence Italy

Blue evening skies and square green hedges, Versailles France

Circus stripes at the Bazaar, St. Petersburg Russia