Discoveries: FUJITAMIHO Lace Accessories

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Miho Fujita creates delicate jewelry and accessories out of crocheted lace under the label fujitamiho. If that sounds hopelessly old-fashioned, you’re in for a treat: the end result is about as far as you can get.

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Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The accessories are made to look like leaves, berries, clusters of mushrooms and other natural elements.

Fujitamiho Instagram Fern Earrings

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

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Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The crochet is incredibly tiny and delicate, and the shapes are as marvellous as only a close attention to detail can produce. Some of the jewelry looks almost modern and minimalistic. The pale, natural colors certainly speak to my Nordic sensibilities. 🙂

Found via Colossal. If you read Japanese, you can browse her online shop.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Now on Etsy: More Mini Storage Bins

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts

So far I’ve made two batches of storage bins for my shop this spring. First, there are sets of 6 mini cubes in rainbow colors:

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Second, I used up a variety of remnants and scraps to make a hodgepodge of low bins and cubes:

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Find them in the Playfully Grownup Home shop > Store Me section.

New Art: To Live by Likhain

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Thumbs Up

I’ve been waiting for an envelope for almost two weeks, and finally, finally, it arrived!

To Live by Likhain Unpacked

This gorgeous print is by Filipina artist likhain. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to get it.

Likhain says they made this piece in response to the question “What do you really want?” and the calligraphy in the background reads:

“to survive. to grow. to study without being bullied. to work without being under threat. to walk around and not be harmed. to meet people and not encounter abuse. to take public transport and not be harassed. to hold each other’s hands. to marry. to raise our families. to build our homes. to be safe. to know peace. to access care when we’re sick. to help when we can. to have help when we need it. to contribute to our communities. to be equal under the law. to belong. to sing. to dance. to create. to speak our truth. to be happy. to love.”

I will frame it as a present for a loved one.

(In case you’re interested in buying a copy, here’s my experience: The print itself is beautiful, and came very well packaged / protected. However, the delivery company that InPrnt used, DHL, was annoyingly slow. It took them 11 days to get the envelope from Florida to Massachusetts, where USPS took over and end-delivered my envelope in one additional day. I’d have no qualms about bying again quality-wise, but if delivery time was an issue I might consider something else.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

News Hiatus & Minimal Social Media

Ahem Ahem!

Since there will be a lot on my plate this summer, I’ve decided to go on a news diet for a week or two.

I will check in at least once a day for messages, though, so no worries – I will remain in touch, if just a little slower.

Layers of Clouds North of Boston 2008

I will continue to read my two-Finnish-news-sites-with-breakfast dose, but I won’t go out of my way to read any more than that. I’m sure some of it will leak in regardless; the point is to get my work brain back in balance.

So, with that in mind, I’ll probably be posting short, photo-heavy posts here, and probably won’t hang around on Twitter or other social media.

In the meantime, I hope your June has started well!

Thank You to Con or Bust 2017 Auction Bidders!

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

This year was my second year offering something for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction.

Both Sleep Masks

To my delight, both of my sleep masks were bid on, and they’re now in the mail to their new homes.

A sincere thank you to everyone who bid, and congrats to the winners!

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Cute and Awesome Fox Slipper-Socks

Arts & Crafts, Inspiration

These fox slipper-socks are so cute and awesome – complete with a white “tail” tip!

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Amber at Divine Debris; via Ravelry.

Pattern and photos by Amber at Divine Debris; via Ravelry.

Is it finally time for me to dig up my crochet hook? (It’s probably been **cough cough** 25 years or more at this point… Actually, only(!) five or so. 🙂 Anyway.) I have some greyish blue yarn stashed away that might make a great silver fox variant.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cell Phone with Jesus Rays

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!, My Spaces

Some time ago, I drew a simple cartoony sun with a smiley face for A Thing. It sat for a long time on my desk, covered by whatever I was working for afterwards, until I cleaned my office. The other day I happened to set down my phone on top of the sun just in the right spot to make the phone have jesus rays. 🙂

Cell Phone Sun

And, being a linguist and a non-native English-speaker, I had to check whether there are any other terms for the phenomenon, since jesus rays is the only phrase I know. Apparently jesus rays are more scientifically known as crepuscular rays. Crepuscular (from Lat. crepusculum ‘twilight’) is a reference to twilight hours when these rays often occur.

The intriguing thing is that there are also anticrepuscular rays or rays that seem to converge from an antisolar point, for example the horizon opposite a sunset.

Isn’t the world just amazing?

 

 

“Take Care of Yourself Today”

After Hours, Thumbs Up

This weekend, I’m going to live by the words of a wise young woman:

Tumblr Chibird Take Care Today Future You Appreciates

Jackie a.k.a. Chibird on Tumblr.

“Take care of yourself today. Future you appreciates it.” Illustration by Jackie a.k.a. Chibird on Tumblr.

This spring has been tough on my allergies. This week started rainy for some welcome respite, but yesterday and today it’s been sunny and hot, with temperatures in the 80s to low 90s / 28-33 degrees Celcius. Predictably, the resulting pollen explosion has knocked me almost out of commission despite immunotherapy and medications. I’ve had to switch from sewing to paperwork only because the added load from textile dust was just too much.

Hope you’ll have a relaxing weekend!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.