Sunday, September 30, 2012

Domestic Project

Today was my first Sunday in a long while where I had absolutely nothing to do. So I decided to make curtains for the bedroom.

Our bedroom had curtains when we moved in but they were just your basic off-white color and, since we haven't hung a lot of artwork in the room yet, I felt like we needed to add some color and spice things up.

This wild fabric came from Ikea. It was from a set of ready-to-go curtains but, since we have 2 long windows and 1 short one in the bedroom (and kittens that like to climb curtains), I customized them a bit. 

I cut the curtains shorter so they wouldn't be floor length, and wouldn't collect so much dust. Then I ironed, and hemmed them on my sewing machine. Out of the scraps I was able to make another 2 short curtains for the window over the bed. The measuring was the hardest part, we don't have any table or floor space in the apartment large enough to spread out the curtains so I had to use 2 rulers and do it out on the back deck!

Ready to iron

TA DAA! Here are the 'after' shots of the bedroom:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Journaling Care Package

Things have been crazy this month, especially because this past weekend my job held its biggest event of the year, where we print large scale lino cuts in the street. Fun as it was, now that the event is finished, I'm able to leave work on time and focus on making things of my own. My first finished project is this little care package, made for my summer cat sitter. The package contains a journal and two notebooks made from paper scraps. She's an avid journaler and list maker so I thought this would be just thing to get her second year of college started off right.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Artist Blues

I've been away from my blog for a little while, work is busy and it was my partner's (and then my) birthday. Anyway, here's the first little book review I have of SF ZineFest finds.

It's called Book Artist Blues and it's made by Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press. It's a charming little guy made out of a single sheet of paper, containing a few anecdotes about peoples' difficulty understanding book art and its value. I know I related to it because I am a book artist, but I think any artist or maker would be able to find something they can identify with in here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I have a very busy work week this week and I am waiting for things to slow down, waiting until I can focus on my own work and do my own thing. The above image is of lights strewn inside the A.C.T. Theatre for Humor Abuse. I snapped this photo while waiting for the play to begin.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Views from SF ZineFest 2012

I had the honor of spending this weekend vending at the SF ZineFest. It was great, as usual, my fellow vendors were friendly and the visitors were wonderful. 

This year I had a full table, with a lot more items to sell, and I also lead a workshop so, I was pretty busy and hardly had a chance to leave my table. Here are some shots of the views I had from behind my table.

Of course, what I saw most was my own table and wares. I used some old books to display items this time around.

Vending to my left was Annie Yu of Curbside Treasure. I love Annie, and she makes great stationary sets and zines. Her bubbly personality makes her a great co-vendor throughout the long days.

Just across the aisle was Monstark. Their monster images are a bit disturbing while also being well executed and fun. Their wolf head was also a great conversation starter.

Of course, how could I could home without getting some zines for myself? I got a pretty large stack, stay tuned this month as I read through them all and review them.