Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sorry for the lack of postage- but work and other ventures have been driving me mad and sapping my creative mojo. However- I'm back now, and ready to turn this blog around!
Let's play catch up for a bit, I'll go first...
I moved into my one bedroom loft apartment over a year ago, and I've been struggling with my living room from the very start. The layout isn't a real issue, it's the decor. There's a fair amount of clutter in there; some cheapies mixed with pricey antiques, all sorts of knicknacks littering every available surface, and I'll be damned if I can settle on a color scheme.
So I've decided to sit down and have a serious talk with my living room. Starting with the Ashley sleeper sofa. I'd get rid of it, but quite frankly, I don't know if I could get it through the door again without doing serious damage to myself or my rented dwelling. So I will simply try to make it look smaller.
"The Disappearing Sofa Trick"
1. Glare at the sofa.
2. Go to local thrift store and purchase 1,000TC king sized flat sheet that is roughly the same color as the wall paint.
3. Apply sheet to sofa, taking care to tuck in the sides.
4. Carefully arrange throw pillows and cat.
Posted by Kim at 2:26 PM
Monday, March 23, 2009
While in Los Angeles I got a chance to look at some of the trends that are prevalent out there.
Jewelry: Chunky, clunky, and the bigger the better. Hippie throwbacks, turquoise, and even shiny yellow gold are being embraced again. Also, giant granny glasses, and Studio 54 meets Golden Girls type clothing. For men and women.
Accessories: Tams have been back for a while, but it was interesting to see the different patterns people were employing. A lot of them looked handmade as well. Hopefully some of my Etsy friends are the ones selling them!
Also there was an accesory trend I could do without- girls wearing tights as pants. Tights are not leggings. Leggins are not trousers. Therefore tights are about 2 degrees away from qualifying as acceptable forms of clothing on their own. Seriously, ladies- I don't want to see that much definition in your ass, I don't care how big or small it is.
In any case, I got a lot out of the trip- relaxation, research, and retail therapy. Good times over all. Check out my store to see some of the vintage earrings I brought back!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A few thoughts to share after 4 days in Los Angeles:
1. I REALLY needed this vacation. I feel so incredibly relaxed, and my vacation is only halfway over.
2. For a city of women with wafer-thin thighs who have all decided to wear tights (not leggings, but the self same tights we all wore as elementary schoolgirls) as one might wear pants- Los Angeles has an amazing array of really quality restaurants. I've had Japanese (on a late night noodle run), traditional English (bangers'n'mash for brunch), Indian (a chicken curry takeaway), Middle Eastern (not sure of the exact area these lads were from, but they know how to cook and season their veggies!), and good ol' fashioned American food on this trip. 3 weeks of hardcore workouts and even harder core dieting have hardened said core, but it's quickly softening thanks to all of the top quality vittles I'm ingesting.
3. It may never rain in southern California, but it's a lot colder here than it is back home in Georgia right now. I did not pack accordingly, thus the reason I'm wearing my dating partner's giant hoodie and a pair of leg warmers at the moment.
4. Unlike LA, Atlanta just doesn't seem to embrace or showcase the international and creative communities. I probably just need to get out in my home city more often. I plan to begin taking more city neighborhood adventures when I get back home.
5. I have a lot of incredibly excellent friends who always make me feel at home in Los Angeles- which is why it's my automatic go-to for a quick and cheap vacation. Thanks guys!!
6. After having lunch with a friend on the Fox lot, I suddenly and desperately wanted to go into the movie making world and leave television news behind. Everything just looked... so cool.3/11/2009
Fox Studio Lot, Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I was going to keep this a secret until the big debut but...
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
So today I opted to blog from my phone rather than from my desk, and the results are below. Like the format? Hate it? Don't care either way? Let me know in the comments section, or at warmandhappy[at]yahoo.com.
Gabcast! Warm and Happy Blog #1
"Looking Beyond Etsy" (as mentioned by @soapdeli)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I made something warm and pretty yesterday (I was distracting myself from sketching for the Spring and Summer collection), and I'll try to remember to post the pattern here when I get around to writing it out.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In honor of the fake, commercial-created and mushiliy stylized holiday, I'm going to show some genuine love for some commercial/stylized ventures today. I tend to fall in and out of love with styles, genres, stores, and items rather quickly- but when I fall... I fall hard.
I have all kinds of plans for modding my old computer, but in the meantime, I'll placate myself by creating an Amelia Earhart costume and a lovely wool vest+pocket watch for my main man.
Business Cards- Every since I was a child, I have seen business cards a bit of a "status symbol". I just loved the idea of deftly reaching into a hidden coat pocket and producing a shiny new card with a flourish. I always imagined the recipient of said card would be bowled over by my professionalism and general coolness.
Then I grew up, got a job in television, and had to give out my cards in order to get reliable news tips.
This took some of the fun out of the mysterious business card. However, I believe I have recaptured that joy thanks to Avery's business card templates, my color photo printer, and 30 minutes of extra time on my hands. I created some awesome cards for Warm&Happy and I carry them with me at all times in a wee holder like the one above from LomahAcres. You'd better believe, when I hand a card over, I do it with a flourish.
Wedding Items- Look, I'm not getting married any time soon. Mommy, I'm sorry. *guilty smile*
However, two of my best friends from my school days ARE getting hitched this summer, and it's causing me to have all kinds of fantasies (for the first time) about the kind of wedding I'd like to have one day. Well specifically, the kind of jewelry and trinkets I'd like to wear on my wedding day. I don't really care much for overly fussy affairs, and would be happy getting hitched on a beach somewhere, but I want to look GOOD for those photos.
I'd also want my husband to feel extra lucky that day.
What are some of your loves and/or obsessions at the moment?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have so many things to talk about, but for now there are three things on my mind:
1. WryandGinger's Suck It Up School of Business: These are probably the most entertaining and helpful selling tools I've come across on the Etsy forums. They're chock full of funny, down to Earth advice that should be required reading for anyone who is throwing a bit of a strop about not selling anything after a few weeks on a massive craft site in saturated market.
Here are links to some of them, print and read whenever you're feeling a bit down- no matter if you're a seller or not!
Lesson 1: OMG Someone Copied Me!
Lesson 2: BWAH! Why isn't anyone buying my stuff?
Lesson 3: I lost my heart...
Lesson 4: Tough Like Rhino Skin
Lesson 5: Hustle, baby, Hustle!
2. I am in LOVE with making jewelry- specifically earrings. There's something incredibly soothing about working with tools and shiny things. I went to the library and scooped up a lot of different books on jewelry making techniques, and I'm pretty excited to move on to creating bracelets- even though I don't really wear them that often. It sounds quite Victorian of me, but I think a woman's wrists are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and feminine- so why not highlight that beauty?
3. I'm very ashamed to admit this, but I really want a Snuggie.
No, I'm not referring to an attractive man who enjoys spooning- I'm referring to a backwards dressing gown/choir robe made of fleece that's being sold for 19.99 on television. It's one of the biggest sellers in the US, and a lot of my friends recieved one for Christmas from well meaning mums. When I first saw the commercial below, I thought it looked incredibly ridiculous.
However, the ultra cold weather, and the desire to have my hands free for crafting makes me desire something along the lines of a Snuggie. So embarrassing.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I did it! I did it! I did it!
I reached my goal of 10 sales. I know it may not sound like much, but I wasn't expecting to reach it that quickly! Thanks to the buyer who purchased the Pretty Birdie Earrings!
In the meantime, I listed a couple of sweet neckwarmers.
I just completed a couple of new items, and wanted to share 'em with you.
This is the Eternal Spring...
...and this is the Cozy in Cream.
The Cozy is particularly versatile, as you can wear it as an earwarmer, a headwarmer, and a neckwarmer.
Why mess up your hair with a lame knit hat this winter?
The Eternal Spring is just beautiful, and is light enough to wear year-round.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A Warm and Happy Myspace Profile:
Various Cool Things:
|Pirated Music Headphones||Fingertips Scarf|
|Blue Rosie||Orange Birdie Earrings|
So those are some of the things I've been working on. Notice the jewelry? I'm trying to branch out a bit. We'll see how long that venture lasts!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
If I had a love in my life, I would tell him I wanted this for Valentine's Day. It's 25.00 and you can find it and other amazing things in WireGirl's store. I think I love the pendant because it's so simple but so graceful looking. It reminds me of the Party Tree in The Shire.
Good gracious, I am a nerd.
I'll stop salivating over jewelry now, and focus on another task at hand- updating WarmandHappy's Myspace site. I know Myspace is pretty dead now and all the cool kids are on Facebook, but until I get more items in my shop (everytime I have more than 14 items, I end up selling a couple) I don't want to move to Facebook just yet.
I'm having trouble finding a background that doesn't look like it was created specifically for an angry 14 year old girl, so I may be working on that profile for a while. If you're still a Myspace user, feel free to add me as a friend. I'm nice. I don't bite. And I can hook you up with warm and happy items.
C'mon, life doesn't get any easier than that.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
From the bastion of all things TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY TRUE AND RESEARCHED*, Wikipedia:
"Type A individuals can be described as impatient, excessively
time-conscious, insecure about their status, highly competitive, hostile and
aggressive, and incapable of relaxation.
They are often high achieving workaholics who multitask, drive
themselves with deadlines, and are unhappy about the smallest of delays.
of these characteristics, Type A individuals are often described as
junkies." Type B individuals, in contrast, are described as patient,
and easy-going. There is also a Type AB mixed profile for
people who cannot be clearly categorized."
Riiight. I'm pretty sure that most people would fall into that Type AB category, really. Anyway, I'm definitely not a Type A.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I just made these- they're pirate themed napkin rings and I think they're really adorable and pretty fierce. I love 'em! I'm thinking of making some red and gold ones (non-pirate like, they'll have jeweled embellishments) a bit later.
It's amazing what one little lifestyle change can do. I quit smoking for good on January 4th, and since then, my creativity and productivity have gone up exponentially! In truth, I was a "light smoker" (less than 5 cigs per day, if that), but I'd been that way for about 3 or 4 years and was ruining my body, and as it turns out- my mental and emotional state had been affected by being shackled to this habit. So now I'm happy and proud of myself, and thus my work has improved. Not braggin', just notin'.
In any case, I went to Big Lots about two weeks ago and stumbled upon this beautiful Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in Spring Desert for just $1.50. Unfortunately, some zealous knitter had cleaned them out of their stock, so I could only get my hands on one measly skein. I considered making something small from this, but I really wanted to do a stitch that shows off the beauty of this yarn. After a couple of days of experimenting on the needles, I eventually turned to loom knitting. I'm going to make a cowl/tube scarf from this stuff, but I've run out of yarn- so I'm letting this one sit around until I can find yarn in that color again. I love looking at it though. It's all Easter-y and fun.
Oh well- it gives me time to choose my Etsian of the Week!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Etsy-wise, I got busy this evening and listed a couple of scarflettes I made during the holiday break. One is a blue version of my popular item "Rosie", and the other is the oft looked at but never purchased "Peasy" in purple. I also decided to experiment with having a proper sale, and knocked 10 bucks off of my labour of love, "Air Envy" and $5.00 off of the "Confetti" scarf.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I did it! I found a sewing machine at my favorite thrift shop- Value Village in Marietta, GA. Unfortunately it is missing its power cord, so my victory may be very short lived if ebay can't bail me out of this. Either way, it was only 15 dollars and it appears to be in pretty good shape.
I also bought a bunch of albums to liven up the look of my "music space" (it's just the area of my apartment where I keep my various instruments and practice/record). Back in college I started my album cover wallpaper plan, and got one entire wall filled- and then had to donate or recycle most of the albums upon moving out because I just didn't have the storage space. So sad. Now I'm re-using that idea, but on a much smaller scale. We'll see how that turns out.
Now off to see if ebay will save me.
UPDATE: Ebay came through! I found a power cord. We're in business!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I haven't posted in several days, and for that I am deeply ashamed. I've been sick with a really nasty and evil cold, and haven't touched a knitting needle or a crochet hook during that time. Ahhhh, the chest congestion.
In any case, I've had some pretty cool ideas for future crafts, and most involve a sewing machine. I ended up returning that horrible "Stitch Sew Quick". It just didn't seem worth it in the end, and I can think of a better use for $15.97.
...like saving up for a proper sewing machine.
Today I felt slightly better, so I went skulking around thrift stores, looking for cheap sewing machines. I found some beautiful antique models (one was only 25 bucks!) but I'm worried about being able to fix it up properly and also being able to work with those old parts. I would love to have a lovely bronze colored Singer sitting on a table in my home- but sadly I just don't have that kind of room in my tiny one bedroom loft, and I don't have the expertise to make the beautiful old machine functional.
So what I need is this:
However, I've made a pact with myself to not make any remotely expensive ($100+) purchases until my credit card is completely paid off, my trip abroad is booked for the Spring, and I've bought a new desktop computer (for music making and minor gaming purposes).
In the meantime, here are a few of the patterns I plan to tackle as soon as I get my machine:
Yoga Pants: this is a pattern for them, but I plan to make my own pattern from tracing my old yoga pants and making a few sizing adjustments.
Computer Keyboard Wallet: This is amazing. It's not a sewing pattern, but I feel I MUST make this for the next geeky man in my life.
Cassette Tape Business Card Holder: I. Love. This. I recently bought a couple of old Berlin tapes off of ebay (I'm a bit young to have a lot of cassettes) and used one to make a faux USB mixtape for my friend. I'll use the other one to hold my etsy cards!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I know, I know. Every year we all make a few (or many) New Year's resolutions and then break them magnificently within a matter of months. Seeing as some shrinks are saying resolutions are actually harmful, I considered skipping that plan this year- but old habits die hard.
My Crafty Resolve:
-Complete one afghan/blanket while reducing yarn stash by at least 1/2 of the massive basket in my living room.
-Buy a sewing machine and make PJ's for friends/buyers out of sweet vintage fabric that's been hiding in my closet for months.
-10 Etsy sales (I know that doesn't seem like much, but given the economy, I'm setting my sights low!)
I think these are all attainable, healthy goals and I'm stoked to begin. I really can't wait to start on the pajama pants! I have some great ideas for the design that could make them both comfy and fashionable.
Because that's how I roll- comfortably and fashionably.