Colors: A Blue, White and Grey Kitchen

Colors, Design & Designers, Room of Awesome

Architect Liza Breeze was hired to transform a dated townhouse in Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia, and she most definitely delivered. My favorite picture from the project is below:

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Architect Liza Breeze. Styling: Tamara Maynes, photo: Caitlin Mills.

That’s such a LOVELY blue! The lines are a hint too modern for me, but I do love the color combo – blue with a bit of grey in it, white, grey marble plus a dash of black. And a Smeg fridge for the Red Dwarf fans out there… 🙂

Kudos! More photos on Lisa Breeze’s website.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

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

Blue, Turquoise and White Ombre Effect Wall

Colors, House Tours

I was leafing through a home dec magazine looking for something else, when this wall with an ombre mural in blue, turquoise and white caught my eye. It’s from the home of designer Petri Hiltula in Finland.

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Sameli Rantanen / Avotakka magazine, April 2015.

Featured in the Avotakka magazine (April 2015), the wall was designed by Susanna Sivonen. The name of the design is Origami kasvoi taivaalle (‘an origami grew into the sky’). The mural replaces the headboard in the bedroom.

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Sameli Rantanen / Avotakka magazine, April 2015.

Gorgeous. At places the effect almost looks cloud-like due to the shapes in the paint treatment. The wall looks especially good in contrast to the plain white bedding, the original, exposed square log wall and wide plank floors. I think the extra-wide floor moulding is unusual these days, too, which contributes to the charm. Kudos!

I love the sense of blue sky the mural creates; it’s especially nice at the end of winter. I’m hoping spring will come early this year!

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

Latest Sewing Project: Heart Patch

Arts & Crafts, DIY

My latest personal sewing project involves repair. Apparently I have a habit of crossing my legs at exactly the same spot and wearing out the fabric. Since this pair of knit pants is for home use, I didn’t shy away from patching it with a heart cut from an old, ratty t-shirt.

Heart Patch Collage

Repairing is not as exciting as, say, making something useful and beautiful from scratch. However, I’ve truly come to appreciate being able to extend the life of an otherwise perfectly serviceable article with a minor adjustment or addition.

Heart Patch Done

This isn’t the first pair of pants I’ve mended, and I suspect it won’t be the last. 🙂

Random Beauty: Rainbow with Dark Clouds

Random Beauty

As you most likely know, tomorrow is the election day for the 45th President of the United States.

Rainbow w Dark Clouds

This cycle has been not only ugly, it has been vicious. I have thoughts, but since I barely understand the electoral system here, I’ll not embarrass myself publicly. I will be glad that it’ll be over, and that’s a huge understatement!

I do have to say this: NO to racism. NO to sexism and misogyny. NO to homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia.

First Batch of Reflectors Is Now on Etsy

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts, Leveling Up

The first batch of reflectors is now listed in my Etsy shop.

1st Batch of Reflectors

These 2-sided personal safety reflectors are meant for pedestrians. They are designed to attach inside a coat pocket and to hang down at your side when in use. The reflectors come with a safety pin and string for hanging. Like so:

Reflectors in Use Not in Use

The concept is based on the reflectors I wore in my childhood, growing up 2 hours south of the Arctic Circle in Finland. In fact, I still use them – even though Massachusetts isn’t nearly as dark as Finland in winter, here in the south it gets dark year-round. The reflectors increase your visibility so much in low light conditions that I almost feel naked without one. Each of my jackets has its own dedicated reflector, and I keep extras around just in case. (They do occasionally break or get lost.)

Made with polyester felt and reflecting fabric in three silhouettes: heart, minimalistic feather or dragon’s head. Each of the three designs comes in two or three different colors.

Dragons Head Reflector Colors Collage
Feather Reflector Colors Collage
Heart Reflector Colors Collage

Check out Flickr and Twitter for some work-in-progress photos.

It’s exciting to get a new project out into the world! 🙂

A Feathery Sneak Peak

Arts & Crafts, Behind the Scenes, Colors

…of my current project:

Turq Feathers Partly Done

I’m making reflectors; this batch is based on my feather doodles. I’ve already done turquoise and white feather reflectors. I’m still trying to decide whether I’ll make other colors. Any input?

P.S. Other behind-the-scenes photos connected to this project are included in my Flickr (July 2016).

My First Con or Bust Donation

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

This year, I offered something for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for the first time.

SJW Bookmark on Book

It was a unique bookmark made from a prototype to test the font and the placement of letters for the small social justice cross-stitch pieces in my Etsy shop. To my delight, the bookmark got several bids.

Since I know firsthand what it was like being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly, I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. The experience has been thoroughly positive so far.

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

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.

Cap-Inspired Outfit with Bag

Colors, Geek out!, Moodboards

An outfit to go with my latest cross-body bag project:

Cap Inspired Bag Outfit Collage

Converse Star Player Ox shoes in radio blue / white from Amazon

Fendi Unisex FE 1026 317 square plastic eyeglasses in military grey from Overstock

Unisex Cap t-shirt in heather blue by Spicetag on Etsy

I really like the coloring of Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier, but it’s hard to find subtler pieces I’d consider wearing myself. So much of merchandise made on the basis of superheroes or pop culture phenomena consists of cheesy or overly cartoony designs (i.e., the stuff that’s made for little kids).

The references to Cap in this outfit are basically only visible in the blue and grey color combo and a white star on blue. And the geeky glasses. 🙂 Much more my style.

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

Latest Bag Project: For Civil War Opening Night

Arts & Crafts, DIY

I made yet another cross-body bag for myself. (I may have a problem.)

Voila: a recycled shoulder bag with a slight nod towards the star decoration on Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier.

Recycled Prototype Bag

This bag combines pieces from three sources. The outside is made from a piece of fabric that I used as a prototype (to test a combination of pieced work and applique) that I wasn’t using for anything else anymore. Fortunately it was large enough to turn into a bag without any additional work; I merely used iron-on interfacing to add support and squared the piece off to workable dimensions. The grey stripe is made by piecing (like a quilt); the star is pieced from five fabrics and appliqued on top.

The shoulder strap is recycled. It’s from an old bag that I was about to throw out. The fabric pieces of that old bag were in bad shape, but the strap and hardware work just fine, so I ripped off two zippers and two clips in addition to the strap to be re-used in other projects later.

I also lined the bag fully. The lining is newly made, and I used the opportunity to try making pockets with gussets. I made one of the gusseted pockets a perfect fit for my phone.

Perfect Fit

The best of it is that apart from the time put in the bag was completely free. 🙂

All set to see Captain America: Civil War!

A Star Wars Upcycle Project: BB-8 Bag

DIY, Geek out!, Stunt Double

At the end of last year, I wanted to make myself something fun. Since the new Star Wars release date was coming up, that something turned out to be a BB-8 bag.

I used an old pair of pants and various fabric scraps to make it, so the materials were completely free. The bag took me a few nights to make – combining all of those little pieces adds up surprisingly fast. The most time-consuming part for me, though, was deciding on the droid design.

Here’s a quick how-to in pictures:

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1 of 4: Deciding on the droid design and cutting as large piece as possible from one pant leg.
2 of 4: Adding stripes and pieces of fabric to the outside to suggest pieces of the droid.
3 of 4: Making box corners, adding an edge binding strip to the top, and adding an inner pocket.
4 of 4: Finished bag.

Not bad for a little fur ball zero dollars! 🙂 If I were to make another, though, I’d probably try a different droid design and fiddle with the inner pocket so that it has more compartments.