I found a link to this cool site and haven't been able to pull myself away since. I'm impressed by all the tools and options on it and the ability to order the layer of images and draw. Here is my first attempt.
A little silly but I look forward to losing more hours to mashing images together in cyber space.
I found some awesome DIY/Knitting magazines from the 1960's and saw some cool round satin ornaments. I guess it was all the rage decorate the styrofoam balls with beads, sequins, ribbon... basically anything shiney. I decided I was going to try and recreate one of my own so I kept my eye out for those satin wrapped styrofoam balls of the past on my last thrift store trip.
I think I stumbled on something much cooler than what would have been my self-designed sequined ornaments. I'm not going to alter these one bit just use them to decorate our house a little for the holidays.
I found this in the bar parking lot yesterday. I don't typically pick up trash from the ground but I was slightly buzzed and I was thinking I was going to find some kid's homework on the college-ruled loose leaf. I was so psyched that I picked it up after reading just the first line. I submitted it to Found Magazine, maybe I will get lucky.
I drove up to the mountains with some friends last weekend and we hiked around the Echo Lake area. It was definitely late fall up there but it was perfect for getting one last hike in for the season. Now it's time to start thinking about skiing...
We had some good friends visit from New Mexico this weekend. On Saturday the girls left the guys in the record store and went hunting. We stepped into some really great thrift stores on Colfax that had some unbeatable deals. Here's a little snippet of my finds.
The colors and and objects just all go together so well that I feel like the best word for it is Yummy (even if that word makes me twitch a little bit).
In the bottom left picture there is a picture in the background of a huge crowd of people fleeing something, I got that picture out of a Horizon book that I found while scavenging. The fuzzy white background is a cool sweater I found at an ARC store and the vintage Douglas coffee decanter in the side of the top right picture is my favorite find of the day.
Now I need a project that I can incorporate a million little birds, especially before my little kitty starts sneaking away with them.
I stumbled across a really awesome art supply store, Meininger's, here in Denver on the net a couple days ago and decided to make it a Labor Day weekend mission to check it out. I was really impressed and pleased with what I found. I came across it online when I was searching for some screen printing supplies that are hard to find in most art supply stores. In the printing section I found all but one thing I needed and on top of that the employees were so helpful and knowledgeable that I almost felt spoiled. I highly recommend this store to any person with the slightest bit of creativity.
Then just right down the road there is another great store called Fancy Tiger. I read about it in this Denver Design Guide on Design Sponge (one of my favorite blogs to stoke the creative thoughts during the slower times at work) before we moved but never popped in until today. It was geared more towards knitters and sewers so my sister would love it but all the fabrics they had in there were so unique and inspiring that I was tempted to pull out my sewing machine.
Ultimately though, I got super-excited by these awesome needle felting kits they had. But that will have to be a project for another day. One thing at a time...
In addition to all the cool craftiness on Broadway there are a whole lotta bars (sporting neat screen printed posters for shows), bookstores, and head shops with exception of my d.i.y. abilities I almost didn't feel hip enough to be there.
I found these awesome avocado-green napkins during one of my thrift store trips and decided to "upcycle" them and embellish them with this screen printed image. They turned out fairly well for my first time printing on fabric. I'm hooked! I went in search of more napkins to print on today and found a huge selection. I had to hold back from getting them all, but I figured there will always be more napkins. I also found a couple tea towels that I look forward to designing a print for. Any suggestions?
Our good friends got married this past weekend and M and I decided to make them some screen printed cards to commemorate the date. We were thinking they'd serve as announcements for the people who couldn't make it or thank you notes.
This was my first real screen printing project and I really like the result. It helped give lots of ideas for our upcoming wedding. I particularly like the cards printed in two colors giving a 3-D effect. Printing with two colors was M's idea. The font used and the composition in general was inspired by letterpress and wood type.
I have finally broken into the world of screen printing. I had the supplies and ideas for more than a year now but just never got on it... 'til now.
It took a few tries to get a good screen but luckily I had screens and chemicals that allowed me to wash out a couple bad screens.
Here is a picture of one of the okay screens and a print from it.
This can be a card or postcard created to accompany any etsy sale, swap, or general correspondence. The font I chose is a little hard to read so it may be back to the drawing board. I have another project that turned out pretty darn good but I will wait until after this weekend to post it.
Apparently we arrived in Denver just in time for some fickle weather. First a record was broken and far surpassed for the number of consecutive days above ninety degrees in the Denver area and then within days the temperature dropped to below sixty. What the hell... I can see my breath!!!
It has been raining for almost two days straight and our "backyard" is a river. Check it out. In the middle of the new pond, where the No Swimming sign is located, is where the actual pond exists and is just beyond where the sidewalk is supposed to be. I'm glad our condo is on the third floor and at least the ducks are enjoying their new real estate.
It was high time that I aligned all of my online identities and to fully give my sister the Hot Cakes name so I have changed the name of this blog, opened a new Etsy shop, and changed my user name of Flickr.
The idea behind a.m. designs is that I do all of my best crafting and thinking in the morning when the day still has so much potential. The name also contains my initials, not so clever but it is cleaner. Aside from that I was getting lots of hits on my site for people looking up recipes for panqueques, I sure had a strong international showing. Here are some of the new graphics I created for the name change. I got the fonts for the first one off of dafont, a cool site I was referred to by spit and image.
And this logo for a separate shop on Etsy for Vintage Wares.
I found a really awesome teachers workbook called America! America! from the seventies at the thrift store. For some reason the worksheets are printed with wax for carbon copies or something on the back so it makes the pages look totally cool.
Here are the Chapter collages I put together from it. I am thinking about posting them on my new Etsy shop.
A New Lifestyle
Struggling for the Dream
A Time of Isolation
These are inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise combined with another thrift store find, a Time-Life Book called This Fabulous Century 1920-1930.
Yikes!! Went camping and woke up to a five a.m. nightmare of a bear chomping down on my breakfast outside the tent. We put away all our dry foods but totally forgot to put away the cooler before bed. Lesson learned...
Finally, last night M & I completed the majority of our invitations with one last step left, to send them out. Here's a little sneak peak.All the components of the invitation were done by me through Photoshop. The zine images were collaged on paper and then scanned in with text added and the image on the invitation was from a greeting card that I had made for valentine's day this year. I am pretty happy with the finished product even though it has taken a while with lots of questions as to how the wedding planning is going.
Today Owsley, M, & I went up to the mountains, a much needed escape from the ninety-plus degree weather. When we got out at Guanella Pass we were almost too cold, thank goodness for the old Isotopes hoodie. There is nothing I could wish for more than sweater weather and mind-blowing scenery. Here are some shots of the loveliness only a short and scenic hour away from our home.I love NM's juxtaposition of the mountains and the redness of the mesas but I am discovering the Rockies here in Colorado offer a whole different experience. Above the tree-line expansiveness feels so inviting and I feel nothing short of in love every time we visit them.
I just finished uploading onto Flickr the ATC's for this Birds ATC Swap on Swap-bot. It's the first swap I have participated in since April and these are also the first ATC's I've made in even longer than that.
"They seem to thrive in places where other birds find it hard to hold their own."
"There is nothing outstanding about pert, gray woodland bird except its crest."
The cold hard facts about these birds make me laugh. The paper that these were created on are left over from our wedding invitations we printed, I'm glad to be getting multiple uses out of them.
About a week ago I came by this sweet slide viewer/t.v.-looking thing only to find out that it doesn't view my kind of slides. I have a pretty good collection of thirty-five millimeters from my grandparents, I thought I could view pictures of my family on t.v. ! ... no luck. Coincidentally there are slides of M's dental work that I framed right above the "tasco" that maybe it will display. There's nothing like studying dental work.
In it's place I used the available resources (window, metal clips, wire, and suction cups) and fashioned a smaller slideshow. With hundreds of slides it will be easy to make this a revolving trip down memory lane.I like the hue differences between the slides, one magenta, one cyan, I think I need to find some yellow ones now.
"Brave Steve Swimming"
This one is a picture of my dad in July of 'sixty-six.
This Sunday morning I was in serious need of a good breakfast burrito and thanks to google we found an awesome place for all of our breakfast needs, Sams No. 3. It was important to establish a reliable breakfast place in our new surroundings so now we can mark that off our To Do list. After polishing off breakfast and a good portion of Saturday night's hangover we decided to go exploring. We found two amazing places in the same shopping area both seeming like they did not belong there. Really it seemed like nothing had flourished there in a while.
First we spotted Hampden Street Antique Market. The second we stepped into the store it was almost overwhelming but such a welcome surprise since we've been developing the taste for hunting for vintage awesomeness. These for example found at the arc thrift store on Mississippi and Sable-It's hard to resist the somewhat hideous, yet rich, colors of the 50's, 60's and 70's... add rust and classic type to it and Hot Damn!! ... even if it is a vacuum cleaner....and back to the original topic, here is one of the gems at the antique store but we just couldn't justify hanging it in our closet even at the reasonable price of fifteen big ones so we left it for some other lucky hunter, maybe someone a little more in need of a gas mask? And then a few doors down, as well as centuries into the modern era, we found the largest store I have ever been inside of... no not super wal-mart... it was a showroom for Scandinavian Designs. There was so much awesome furniture under one roof that it made me pine for riches, but surprisingly their prices were reasonable so maybe just moderate success will suffice. Here's M test driving one of the living room sets. There's nothing like a shiny cherry-red living room ensemble.
In Other News
when we got home we found that the kitty has finally found the best perching spot for her favorite position, the Beached Whale. and poor Owsley still has Floppy Ear Syndrome more commonly referred to as an aural hematoma. We've been told if left alone it will go away eventually but leaving "cauliflower ear" in it's wake. Poor pup... but in the interim there is the added bonus of him being even more cute than before, if possible.
It's been a while since I have blogged and that is mostly because M & I decided to pick up house and move in the last couple of months. There is nothing like going through every single one of your possessions and deciding it's level of importance in your life... and then hauling it four-hundred miles and three flights of stairs. I really hate stairs. It's been one week about and I am still getting over the stairs. Soon though.
Although we have planted ourselves willingly in the middle of six other households I feel a surprising amount of privacy and space. Privacy in anonymity maybe? Anyhow, each of the neighbors have their "things" but oddly none of them are invasive, thanks to a good architect.
Anyhow, as proved in the last post, I don't have many images of my experience yet but here's at least one from the 3rd floor area of Coors Feild from last Saturday's game. Thank goodness for King Super's $10 tickets.
I created this latest series of postcards for a handmade postcard swap on swap-bot. I have to turn around and send it tomorrow and wish I could hang on to it a little longer. I think I will try to work in the punch pattern into some future postcards. The next swap on the list is called I Love to Read Books. I look forward to trying to capture some of the wisdom that is found in Siddartha by Herman Hesse. I picked it up the book this morning and am nearly through it this evening, it is really ringing true.
I made my first inchie today inspired by a cool postcard I got in a swap recently. The idea of making a one x one piece always seemed interesting because I love how just a little can go a long way. I drew a similar spaceman for Mig's valentine but that will remain out of the blog world.
I didn't get enough of the thrift store love on Friday so I went to a different one on Saturday. I found some glass containers and sweet old bowls with cool patterns on them. Conveniently a great green house is located around the corner so I picked up some charmingly petite succulents. I combined the two purchases to form a loose prototype for M & I's wedding decore in Oct. I hope to collect enough plants in between now and then and find glass globes of every size to plant them in.
This is about stuff that makes me happy and its main purpose is to serve as a digital journal to log life's merriments. Posts include handmade originals, interesting found objects, and vignettes giving a glimpse into my life. Both handmade originals and found vintage wares are sometimes sold at my Etsy shop.
• 6:45 p.m. — A State Road 233 caller said his girlfriend was beating him because he was supposed to ask his mother for money but didn’t. He told the police his girlfriend was mad because she needed a fix, and wanted him to steal money from his mother’s piggy bank. 911 dispatchers could hear the woman in the background telling the caller he was irresponsible, good for nothing and nothing but a pothead. The man left and no report was taken.
1:33 p.m. — A caller said a man was asleep in a car on Bond Street, but he was stepping on the accelerator while Chihuahuas escaped from his car. Police found the intoxicated man running around Vietnam Veterans Park chasing his Chihuahuas; a sober driver picked him up.
2:32 p.m. — A North Riverside Drive man called 911 and said "pill" and "need to go to hospital." Police determined he was okay but wanted an escort to the hospital to drop off paperwork for his doctor because he didn't want to walk in the snow. An officer gave him a ride.
2/13/2008 1:40 p.m. — A caller said she wanted to make an appointment with her doctor in Santa Fe. Dispatchers advised her that 911 is for emergencies, not to schedule appointments.
9:15 a.m. — A caller said a man was hitting a woman in the parking lot of Citi Financial. Police contacted the woman, who said the man was going to give her a hug, and she pushed him away because they had broken up. No report was needed.
3:19 a.m. — An anonymous Roman Drive caller said she had been hearing loud noises coming from her neighbor's house for about an hour. Police found the house in question, and determined the man who lived there was hearing impaired and had been praying loudly.
1/3/2008 Starting the New Year off right...
1:44 p.m. — A Century Bank caller said someone was trying to deposit bad checks; a man accompanying the person accused of fraud fled on foot and hid in a weed patch. Police noted in dispatch logs that "we know who the subject is that is hiding and he really isn't involved, so he can get full of stickers." The other subject was taken into custody.
12/13/07 "man down"
10:15 a.m. — A Giant gas station employee said a man had been in the bathroom for half an hour and was now yelling. An officer was en route to the call but got diverted to a "man down" on the way there. The employee called again and said, "he did whatever he needed to in the bathroom and left. Thanks a lot for nothing." Police contacted the bathroom monopolizer at Fairview Cafe and noted he was "a little loud" but not disorderly or intoxicated.
"6:47 p.m. — A caller requested welfare checks be done on a household where knives were present. When the officer arrived the two household members told him to have the complainant stop calling because that was what they were arguing about."
11/16/07 A Disagreement About Going to Bed
8:48 p.m. — A caller requested welfare checks be done on residents of a Sandy Drive house. Police determined that the residents were having a disagreement about going to bed — one wanted to and the other didn't. No report was taken