“Stop saying Yes to shit you hate”

Inspiration, This Is Important, Thumbs Up

A little bit like Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, part of my adulthood has definitely involved un-learning the supposed “need” to accept unacceptable things and to learn to say No when needed. Jessica at Femme Fraîche puts it more succinctly:

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Jessica at Femme Fraîche.

“Stop saying Yes to shit you hate.”

Hear, hear! While taking on projects that are a stretch can help you grow, shit you hate should be on a permanent No list. Don’t you agree?

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

 

 

Close Quarters: Oval Rainbow Rug and More

Colors, Design & Designers

French home decor magazine Marie Claire Maison toured jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. The rainbow rug in this sitting room is an interesting take – and certainly catches your eye, even with so much color elsewhere in the room:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

While there are pieces of furniture with very modern lines, they go quite well together with the ornate stained glass windows, moldings and laurel and vine motifs on the painted ceiling.

There are also rooms where a single color dominates, for example in this aptly-named Sunshine room…

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

…with plenty of playful details:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

I really admire Ms. Azagury-Partridge’s skill in pulling together such different elements into a cohesive whole. Visit Marie Claire Maison‘s article for more!

Found via Making It Lovely.

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

Online Finds: Useless Worries – Useful Worries

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, Inspiration, Thumbs Up

I used my midsummer break to catch up on my Internet reading (among other things). It included a feature on Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann, who paints fictional self-help titles on the covers of books and other items.

This photo with a pair of books, one very thick and the other very thin, especially spoke to me:

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Johan Deckmann on Instagram.

The large book is marked with “Useless worries” while the small says “Useful worries.” Such a spot-on visualisation!

The fact is, I am a worrier, and not likely to change much. However, If I could teach myself to let go of the mountain of useless worries and focus on worrying about the problems worth worrying, that would be a step for the better. 🙂

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.

“Take Care of Yourself Today”

After Hours, Thumbs Up

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

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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.

Quotes: Today’s Young People Are Proud to Be Smart and Curious

Inspiration, Thumbs Up

“What’s remarkable is the way ‘nerd’ is such a badge of honor now. Growing up, I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid who read Spider-Man comics and learned how to do the Vulcan salute, but it wasn’t like it is today. I get the sense that today’s young people are proud to be smart and curious, to design new things, and tackle big problems in unexpected ways. I think America’s a nerdier country than it was when I was a kid—and that’s a good thing!”

– President Barack Obama

Smart and curious people designing new things and tackling big problems is exactly what’s needed at the moment. Proud of my fellow geeks and nerds!

Ransom, Cliff. “President Barack Obama on How to Win the Future: Questions and Answers with Popular Science.” Popular Science

Close Quarters: Colorful Kitchen Backsplash from Unique Tiles

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, House Tours, Room of Awesome

Oh, this is brilliant! The ceramic backsplash built from hexagonal tiles is from the home of Finnish ceramic artist Heini Riitahuhta and of her own making from beginning to end.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

The backsplash took 343 unique tiles (plus scraps for the edges). They are mostly prototypes and other test pieces for techniques or colors from Riitahuhta’s past works.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

Via Gloria.

It’s not quite a pure ombre, but there’s enough of a graduating effect from one hue to another to be arresting and interesting. Love it!

Although, if I’m entirely honest, I’d never want this exact backsplash in my kitchen because I really hate cleaning grout. It would probably be easy to achieve a similar effect with a stencil and paint, though; no grout lines involved. 🙂

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

Discoveries: Woolly Thoughts – Knits with a Mathematical Twist

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Geek out!, Inspiration

Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer are two mathekniticians – maths people who not only knit and crochet, but present mathematical ideas through their yarn craft. And it’s fascinating!

They make afghans, wall hangings, tabletops(!), cushions, shawls, toilet-roll covers, puppets, sweaters, hats and so much more. Some of my favorites include these pillows and puzzles, for example…

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Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer at Woolly Thoughts. Clockwise from top right: Tangram pillow, three Hexaflexacube pillows (in pink, green and orange), and Diabolical Cube puzzle.

…and the square root afghan:

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Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer at Woolly Thoughts.

Their conjoined Möbius hat and the penrose table are also really, really awesome and neat; please have a look. Also visit the Woolly Thoughts website or design collection at Ravelry!

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

Online Finds: Scandinavian-Style Fuse Bead Xmas Ornaments

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Bea at Sew and So Ideas shared a fuse beads tutorial for making traditional Scandinavian-style Christmas tree ornaments:

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Bea at Sew and So Ideas.

Lovely! The combination of red and white (or sometimes red and grey, at least in Finland) and the embroidered details definitely remind me of the Nordic countries.

As it so happens, I’m sharing a related printable freebie tomorrow. 🙂

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

Discoveries: Take Back Halloween!

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Stunt Double, Thumbs Up

Take Back Halloween is a costume guide for women. In their words:

“We’re a resource guide: we come up with the costume designs, explain what you’ll need to pull off the look, and provide links to where you can buy the various components. […]

“We love Halloween. We really love Halloween. We think it’s cool that there’s one day a year when people can dress up as anything they want. What we don’t think is cool is that increasingly women are only supposed to dress up as one thing: “Sexy _____” (fill in the blank). Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cowgirl, Sexy whatever. […]

“There’s nothing wrong with sexy (for adults), and if you want to go that route, fine. Have fun! We just want there to be other options as well.”

I couldn’t agree more – options are always good, since we’re not made in one single mold. And they run a costume contest!

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Take Back Halloween!

What we’re looking for: costumes that fit into our own costume categories here on the website. That means a goddess or mythological figure, a great queen, a notable historical person, or a glamorous star.”

Make sure to have a look at the previous winners – they are awesome!

What interests me in all this are the historical women (queens, notable women) and goddesses or mythological characters. Even browsing quickly, they seem to have a variety of options.

Take Back Halloween is the first venture from the Real History Project, which was conceived in 2010 by Suzanne Scoggins.

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