Friday, December 25, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Map Ornaments: A Tutorial

Every year I like to make an ornament (or 2) for my Christmas tree. This year, since I've been really into cartography and maps, I made two ornaments using maps. Not only did they turn out awesome but they really fit with the sort of travel/global theme of my tree. I made two, one with a map of my home town and the other from a map of the town where my husband is from--though you could use any map, really. Now I want to do a whole series of everyplace we've lived!

First, I got plain round ornaments at my local craft store. Then, I sent away for state maps from the states were my husband and I are from.

When they arrived, I cut them into thin strips and pieced the map back together on the ornament (I had to cut them into strips so they would lay nicely on the round ornament). I used Modge-Podge and glue to adhere the map-strips I glued the strips from the top of the ornament all the way around until both ends met.

After it was covered by the map, I glued a little sequin to mark the town or street that was most important. I also added a thin dusting a glitter to add some holiday sparkle (and because I'm partial to glitter). I also sprayed the ornaments with a clear gloss to add shine and protection.

I love these because they include my love of maps and travel and are also really personal (can you say that about the generic tube of glass bulbs you got at Target?)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Totally Awesome Paper Sculpture Kit!!!

Need a gift idea for the crafty-kid in your life? My friend, Christine of The Firefly Jar blog came up with this totally awesome (and inexpensively fun) idea: The Totally Awesome Paper Sculpture Kit!!!

You could make this with your child or for her/him. Paper Sculpture is a great activity for kids. It "gives children the opportunity to problem solve and create 3-d forms by using staples and tape (which the the kids "totally" love)." There are no lines to color in or models to follow, it's all up to the child's imagination. This homemade kit contains a variety of colored card stock, tape, scissors, a stapler and staples, and some fun little extras like pipe cleaners and puff balls.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this project is the "totally radical" box design, inspired by those "run and tell your mom to buy you this awesome and expensive piece of plastic" Saturday morning cartoon commercials.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Holiday Shopping:

Getting ready for the holidays? I am!
Here is a little something that may help you with your holiday shopping: 20% off! use code 09HOLIDAY at checkout from Pinkbird Creations and you will save 20%! WooHoo!

There are also quite a few items on clearance right now which you can check out HERE. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

First Snowfall....

Today I did a little Christmas shopping...had my iPod full of holiday songs, was uber-friendly to every store clerk, and watched our first snowfall this season while drinking some yummy hot chocolate. Winter's coming!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday...



(Don't fight the crowds at the mall...just sit back, relax...and shop online at www.pinkbird.net)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Much Gratitude:

Today I am giving thanks and acknowledgment to the Universe for all the wonderfulness (and even for the not-so-wonderfulness) in my life. I am full of gratitude. I realize how lucky I am...I have the best people in my life, the greatest most supportive friends and family...and thank you, for reading this, shopping at my store, for supporting me. It means so much to me. Thank you! Thank you! I wish you a wonderful day full of light and love...

Namaste,
and let the eating commence--(I've got a Tofurkey in the oven!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Means of Escape...




These are the latest works for my Digital Art Class...I chose to do a series about alternate forms of transportation/travel, or means of escape (from reality). They are all works in progress...the semester is almost over--perhaps I've been wanting to escape from this reality?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Don't Slip....

Yesterday, I got some inexpensive fleece-y slippers. They are so warm and soft, but have zero traction; so, I busted out some long-lost puff paint and added my own slip-proof grips. I just painted "don't" on one and "slip" on the other (though you could do anything). I also added little dots on the heels. Presto! Cute slippers with some surprising traction; this would also be great for children's socks.
(p.s. nevermind the bad photos, I used my phone for these).

Saturday, November 14, 2009

awesome!

Having an icky day? This blog may help you snap out of it--or at least see the joy and beauty in the little things in life. Check out 1000 Awesome Things....and create a great day!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Falling Prices (?!?!)

Fall here on the East Coast is amazing...It's probably the best season here and by far the most beautiful out of any place I have lived (so far...).

In honor of the changing seasons, I have marked down LOTS of jewelry and accessories in the PinkBird Creations shop. Happy Falling!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Like a Dream....



During critique my (eccentric) art instructor said these works* (there are actually 5 in the series) where "like a dream..." He then went on to say, "Art is the space for your imagination...run....run wild in it." Well, I've got my running shoes on, and I'm off...

(*Series done by me for a digital art course).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happiness....

My Little Sister got engaged today! Woo! Congrats you love birds!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

In Progress:

The semester is in full swing...I'm writing papers about Modern Art...I've got woodland creatures on the brain (don't ask.) ...and I'm working on a 5 piece digital art series....here is one of the in-progress works:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thanks, Zen Calendar...

How many cares one loses
when one decides not to be something
but to be someone
- Coco Chanel


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

in process....

I just feel that I'm in tune with the right vibrations in the universe
when I'm in the process of working.
I always felt right when I was right here.
-Louise Nevelson

Monday, August 31, 2009

Virgin FreeFest


Public Enemy


The National

WeezerGirl Talk

Franz Ferdinand
The price (free!) wasn't the best part of the festival (although it certainly didn't hurt). Despite arriving late--because traffic and parking were crazy and missing 2 acts I really wanted to see-St. Vincent and Mates of State, we had an awesome time! The fest had free shuttles to far away parking (which was also free), all kinds of free give-aways and a really chill yet ready to party vibe. Plus, being at the cozy and arty Merriweather Post Pavilion helped too. There was plenty of shade and space to relax--much in earshot of one of the 3 stages. I was able to catch at least some of every band I wanted to see and every set was awesome!

I still can't believe it was free! I mean, over 20 acts, 11+ hours of music, heaps of crazy festival stuff (like contests, karaoke, a fortune teller, booths for all kinds of causes, funky boutiques, Richard Branson and other celebs serving drinks, skydivers, and all kinds of social awareness!). It was, for me at least, a crazy dance party all day long--just what I needed as the Summer of Awesome is winding down!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Key...

At a Phish show at Merriweather Post Pavilion I noticed this handy emergency exit. I wonder who has the key:


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A List or A-List:

I have been busy...actually, to be honest I have been a lovely swirling mess of extremely busy and extremely lazy. So, here, in my favorite format--the list--is a brief recap:

...I have been celebrating the Summer of Awesome 2009. I hope you are too...

...We now have three lovely bird paintings above our couch. The Guy's grandmother painted them...they need new frames, though the gaudy gold does seem to fit with the design mash-up that is our living space.

...I have been enjoying sunny (and hot and humid) walks to the post office and the farmers market a few times a week.

...I saw "Inglourious Basterds," I'm not a fan of violence and blood but I still liked the movie, admittedly though, the highlight came before the movie started--the theater was packed and 3 cops showed up, walked up the aisle to some big guy with a purse, not sure what they said, but he shouted and then got arrested. Bootlegging? I dunno.

...Went to visit my sister and we took her boat out only to have it mysteriously breakdown...we got towed to shore in the middle of nowhere and hung out on a beach while her guy hitched a ride back to his truck then came back for us and the boat. We didn't get to wake-board but it was still fabulous!

...I got to visit a Caterpillar plant (as in Caterpillar Construction), it was like living "How it's Made!"

...Riding around on an adult tricycle may have been one of the highlights of my summer...now I have to find one on Craigslist or Freecycle so I can ride it whenever I want.

...I've realized more people need to carry Pictionary around with them and preferably a large laminated sheet of poster-board and dry erase pens to go with it.

...History of Modern Art may actually be a pretty awesome class this semester.

...You may be drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon, but I have been enjoying some Belgian white beers (I'm drinking a Hoegaargen as I type).

...I'm working on scanning old photos so I can have digital versions of all those great memories...

...I need to get a new Passport but don't want to give up my old one. Apparently they send it back to you after you renew. Yay!

...Wish I could get enough of Good Old War but I can't...

...Volunteered at a Paul McCartney show and got to be backstage most of the show...even got to see sound check. And, when I wasn't backstage I was in the front of the stage!

...Sweetest thing to happen all Summer? Someone I had never met bought me beads from Bead for Life (wonderful cause)...of course I had to make a bunch of jewelry with them...including a lovely necklace for her.

...Saw a strange Phish show at Merriweather Post Pavilion but had a good time nonetheless. I'm still not sure why/how it was different from other shows...was it the crowd? Was it the music? Who was vibe-ing of off who?

...Have spent waaaay too much time trying to find decent/useful apps for my iPhone. (And, so far I have tons of photo-editing apps!)

...Day dreaming about moving...not sure where too (though Hawaii and Europe are on the list!)

...I wish I were taking more studio art classes this semester. As much as I enjoy Graphic Design classes, I wanna get messy!

...Secretly, (and embarrassingly) I actually kinda like that new-ish Green Day song, "21 Guns," that faux beautiful voice is what gets me., it's catchy and poppy. It's a guilty pleasure.

...I've been listening to Obadiah Parker’s version of "Hey Ya" too much.

...We bought a case of Kinder Surprise Eggs while in Vancouver. Yum!

...School starts today, so I have a sneaking suspicion I will be in hermit mode for awhile. So, until next time, Create a beautiful day!