From the files of "awesome projects that I totally think I'm going to have time for now that I'm funemployed, but lets face it, I'll probably blow my days eating boxed mac n cheese and watching Law & Order reruns," we have the following DIY:
The very creative and resourceful blogger Sabbespot created this amazing chevron wall by using contact paper! I am about 500% positive that I have neither the spacial intelligence nor the patience to pull this off, but if someone would like to give me a mighty awesome surprise, I would lurv a wall of this behind the couch in our living room. Just sayin.
The complete lack of Nana Banana posts can only mean one thing: That I've been working my little tuchas off. Right? Wrong! I've been eating bon bons and working on my Elvis crossstitch (btdubs - Happy Belated, Mr. Presley). But now, I'm cracking the whip, on myself. Ouch.
First order of business? The workspace. Currently our spare room/office space/place for friends in transit to leave crap until they get new apartments looks something like this:
See, that's me, in the middle, looking frustrated. Except I'm wearing PJ pants and an old Rilo Kiley tee, likely with a coffee stain on the front. This is not good for the productivity. In an alternate universe where I can blow a few thousand sprucing up the space, I'd like it to look like this:
I like the white-on-white furniture, the spare simplicity of it. Right now I have a great Bertoia-style vintage chair that needs a fresh coat of white paint and a new cushion (I'm hoping to recover it in a kanga that I brought back from Tanzania). The second major order of business would be a desk. I like the idea of using a Saarinen dining table (or the Ikea Docksta knockoff) so that I can spread out, have fellow freelancers over for work parties, etc. But I wonder if that's impractical due to the lack of storage. My dreamworld alternative would be this little number from a shop in Paris.
Yes, you're seeing that correctly. It's a desk made entirely from lucite. Just wow.
However, I have yet to win Mega Millions. So I'm toying with these (also still totally out of the freelancer budget I have for this project). What do you think?
Wow! My last day is tomorrow! That totally snuck up on me. I will try to report back tomorrow on my last meal (Conde cafeteria stirfry, of course). But for today's second-to-last countdown-to-funemployment, I wanted to share my new business cards! I really appreciate all of your help and advice. Here's what I went with:
My very talented friend Karin Satrom did the design, and the fine folks at The Mandate Press
printed 'em. You can't tell from the pictures but it's thinly edged in
hot pink. I heart them. And they were a total steal as far as
letterpress goes ($95 for 250 cards).
So about that last post. I was just joshing you, kids. My friends and family were more thoughtful and generous than I could even handle this year (and every year, for that matter). The best gift of all though was the sense of security that their presence brought in the face of 2010's horizon of uncertainty.
And in that spirit, I'd like to share a few of the things given and received around my house this year.
Gift 1: Reclaimed vintage cake plate
My sister inherited my Mom's gift for baking. We're talking pumpkin whoopee pies, bacon-pretzel-chocolate cupcakes, Nutella poundcake. The works. When I found this cake stand back in September, I ordered it right away. It just seemed so her -- homey and creative and cheerful and ready to take on an entire tray of warm chocolate chip cookies. This particular one was just right because it was made with a New York souvenir plate from the 60s. Stylegarden has similar offerings available in her etsy shop for only $32. My current favorite is the sunny Hawaii stand:
Gift 2: Handmade quilt
Every year, after Christmas Eve mass, Dorito salad with my cousins, and a rowdy drive home, my Mom distributes the annual Christmas PJs. This year, my sister decided to give back by piecing years and years of pajamas together into a quilt for my parents. She worked tirelessly, and it's just such a special way to display so many good memories.
Gift 3: Unicorn Rock
My friend Wes Burdine let us all benefit from his family's handmade gift exchange by passing along copies of the children's album he wrote and recorded for his niece. There are unicorns, there is a bug that sings like Tom Waits, there is an imaginary brass band. It is more amazing than a one-horned mythical creature. Behold:
Forgive the crappy picture, but my G10 is in the shop, and all I have is my iPhone. Anyway, I spent Christmas day chatting with my grandmother about the 40s, how she met my grandfather, and elbow length gloves. It turns out we're the same size, so she went to her drawer and gave me these beautiful gloves as well as a soft mink collar. Speechless. Also fun: a YSL eye shadow set made to look like a vintage luggage tag (thanks Colleen #2!), and a glass CB2 globe that I've used to display feathers I collected in Africa. These are a few of my (new) favorite things.
Gift 5: Graceland Blue Christmas Champagne
This might be the best present I've ever received. Sister, you are the best.
This year, severe procrastinatory impulses led me to blow off writing assignments in favor of holiday craft projects. We constructed paper chains out of old magazines and made an (almost-completed) garland of mini purple tissue paper flowers. I used some feathers collected in Tanzania to make simple glass ornaments (thank you CB2). But by far my favorite Christmas activity is making snowflakes. I approach obsessive-compulsive heights of exactitude, we're talking Edward Scissorhands here, kids. For those of you that want the look with less work, check out this DIY project made with vintage doilies from one of my favorite blogs, Dos Family. Purty, right? Sigh. I'm all reindeers and marshmallows this year kids. I mean, I am just all up in the Christmas spirit.
We're coming into the home stretch kids. Time to buy, buy, buy before you board those buses and planes for your holiday homecomings. I have one more roundup of awesome stuff to spend the rest of your cash on. These are the things that I'm praying go on after-Christmas firesale, so I can blow my dough and head into 2010 all fancy-style.
I judge books by their covers. And this has an awesome one. Alas, it's out of print and only available used. Must be snatched up before it goes to that great publishing house in the sky ($59.43).
It's funny, because I do, indeed, take the biscuit. I would like to peruse my pretty Africa book, while sipping hazelnut coffee out of this baby. And then a plate of Arcade biscuits and gravy would be magically teleported from Memphis and I could die a happy person. Help my dream come true ($38 for the mug, teleportation extra).
I am a firm believer in the maxim that the best gifts are those that you'd never buy yourself. Like, say, graphic printed stirrup woolen thigh-highs...for $110. They're pricey but they're amazing, and how great would they look when I'm all cozy with my biscuit mug and my teleported Arcade breakfast and Elvis shows up to croon a little "In the Ghetto," while I contemplate my dire financial straits? I mean, a girl's gotta look her best in a situation like that.
So after Elvis and I finish breakfast, he invites his friend Dolly, who arrives in her magical butterfly tourbus to pour me a cup of ambition. We sit around and customize these necklaces ($85) with hot pink thread and then do a dance number with lots of hair flips and jazz hands.
Ok, ok. If I'm not gonna have Dolly and The King to guide me through the stormy months ahead, I'll have to stay calm and rely on myself. TCB and all that business. I think one of these yoga mats would help me keep things in perspective ($45).
What do you think kids? What's left of your holiday wishlists? Hmmm???