Last Weekend to Bid in the Con or Bust 2018 Auction!

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Reminder: this is your last weekend to bid in the Con or Bust 2018 auction! Bidding ends this Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST.

I made this rainbow heart banner specifically for the auction.

Rainbow Banner on Bookcase

Have a look at the 2018 auction info, visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2018 auction tags. (More info on my rainbow banner here.)

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.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of 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. This is my third time donating.

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

Soft Fox Crafts: A Short Roundup

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers

My Internet feeds seem lately to be serving me with foxes left and right. Inspired by this serendipity, here’s a short roundup of soft fox crafts.

There’s so much personality in this Fancy Fox II quilting pattern by Elizabeth Hartman:

Elizabeth Hartman Fancy Fox II

Elizabeth Hartman / Oh, Fransson.

LOVE the fox with glasses!

Felt fox cup cosies made by Jaana at Hattaralandia:

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Jaana at Hattaralandia.

Jaana offers no tutorial, but there’s a second photo in her blog post that shows the fox sleeves spread out for additional details (NB. in Finnish only, and you have to scroll quite far to get to the foxes).

Knitted tea pot cosy pattern by Gina Michele:

GinaMichele Fox Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

Gina Michele.

Looks so comforting, too, besides being full of awesome.

Finally, cute and awesome crochet pattern for fox slipper-socks – complete with a white tail tip!

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Divine Debris / Ravelry.

Crochet pattern by Divine Debris at Ravelry. Is it finally time for me to dig up my crochet hook? (It’s been way too many years…) 🙂

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

My Con or Bust Donation for 2018

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Here is my donation for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for 2018: a rainbow heart banner.

Rainbow Banner

Each heart measures approx. 3” / 7 cm, and there’s one of each color (purple, red, orange, yellow, green and blue). They have vibrant fronts made from a variety of cottons and cotton blends, and the backsides are made from a linen blend in a neutral greyish beige hue.

Rainbow Banner Back Fabric

All fabrics come from my scraps bin, which reduces waste, as does filling the hearts with clippings (thread and small waste fabric).

Rainbow Banner Hexagon

The hearts form an approx. 53” / 135 cm banner with the help of baker’s twine, with loops at both ends for hanging.

Because of the neutral backing, the banner looks best hung against a wall or other flat surface.

Rainbow Banner on Bookcase

However, as I strung it up for photos, I noticed that the hearts have a tendency to swivel, which would make a nice effect if hung somewhere where air currents can gently sway the banner.

Rainbow Banner on Door Frame

Bidding will start next Monday, April 09, 2018. Before that, you can have a look at the 2018 auction info, visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2018 auction tags.

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.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of 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. This is my third time donating.

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

Roundup of Some Black Panther Costume Design Articles

Design & Designers, Geek out!, Movies & TV

Black Panther opens tomorrow! I am so excite! I’ve been looking forward to it since forever. Ok, not forever even if it feels like it; something to the effect of July last year is more like it.

To me, visuals have been one of the most interesting aspects of this installation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are a few of the costume design articles I found most useful.

Discoveries: Event Space Kitchen That Draws the Eye Up

Design & Designers, Room of Awesome

This new-to-me kitchen in Espacio Nueva Carolina, an event space, photography studio and co-working space in Madrid, first caught my eye because of the bold floor and wall tile, but there’s actually much more going on.

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Espacio Nueva Carolina, via Desire to Inspire.

While the colors are not my favorites and the modern lines of the kitchen cabinetry are a little too austere for my taste, the space is really impressive and dramatic. The floor-to-ceiling curtains draw the eye up to the skylight, and the hanging plants draw further attention to the handsome ceiling recess.

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Espacio Nueva Carolina, via Desire to Inspire.

The continuation of the same material from the floor by way of the backsplash all the way to the ceiling makes the feature wall even more effective and reinforces the upwards theme. Very nice.

The space was designed by Sara Uriarte of Cordero Atelier. Found via Desire to Inspire; visit the site for more photos.

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

Possible Presidential Wool Socks?

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials, Thumbs Up

My native Finland is voting for a president this coming Sunday. One of the most quirky newspaper articles leading to the election focused on the candidates’ favorite wool socks.

That’s right – their wool socks.

Helsingin Sanomat (HS), the largest national daily, asked all of the eight candidates to bring in their favorite pair of wool socks to be photographed (note: article in Finnish only). The socks were then arranged into a quiz for readers to try and match each candidate with their socks. And here they are:

Presidentinvaalien lempivillasukat 2018

Outi Pyhäranta / Helsingin Sanomat.

It’s telling that no-one refused to share their favorite socks. Like sauna or certain traditional foods, wool socks are a core part of the Finnish identity. Journalist Marko Junkkari writes that wool socks are a symbol of ordinary, everyday life, which is the image the candidates aspire to portray. If one candidate were to refuse sharing their favourite socks, they might come across too cocky and pompous.

On one hand, I was left wondering how serious the article was, but on the other I do appreciate that Junkkari thought to ask and the candidates all responded. It’s not that I really need to know what kind of socks each candidate is wearing. Rather, knowing that our presidential candidates do wear wool socks and took the request seriously is a nice reminder of our unifying humanity, especially in a small country that’s partially in the Arctic.

Another reason I loved the article is that I do love wool socks! Sock knitting is still very much a living tradition in Finland. In fact, one of the candidates told HS that her mother knitted her socks, and two more said their socks were made by supporters. Another of the three female candidates said she’s favoring a loaner pair.

Oh, Finland – never change! 🙂

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

Close Quarters: Smorgasbord of Colors and Styles

Colors

Color is the calling-card of self-taught interior designer Shauna Glenn. She incorporates lots of colors and styles into her designs.

I’m really intrigued by the dining area rug from her home:

Shauna Glenn Design Dining w Blue Bright Rug

Shauna Glenn Design.

Quite often you see bright colors combined with white, but in this case the background is composed of several shades of greyish blue, which is an enduring favorite of mine. Love the effect!

She says of her approach:

“I love anything and everything home. My style is contemporary meets your grandma’s attic–if your grandma’s attic if [sic] filled with mid-century treasures from far off places. So many different genres are represented in my home: traditional, bohemian, modern, rustic, and mid- century. It’s like a smorgasbord, really. But it totally works! Who says you have to stick with one theme throughout. Let’s be bold! Let’s be brave! Let’s make margaritas and eat cake!
“I don’t know the rules of home design. I haven’t downloaded any How-To books or read Interior Design For Dummies. I just play with color and pattern and different textures and see how it makes the space feel. That’s it. That’s my secret.
“I hope you enjoy what I’ve created here. It’s a joyride I hope never ends.”

Her work really does look joyful, don’t you agree? For instance, this combination of white with red and fuchsia in a bedroom is wonderfully cheerful yet balanced:

Shauna Glenn Design White Red Fuchsia Bedroom

Shauna Glenn Design.

And here is an office space with just the right amount of color pops contrasted with white and black:

Desire to Inspire Shauna Glenn Design Office

Shauna Glenn Design, via Desire to Inspire.

Remember what I said about bright colors often being set on a white background? The rug above is a prime example.

Another fantastic combination of white, red and fuchsia in a bedroom rug, below:

Shauna Glenn Design White Red Fuchsia Rug

Shauna Glenn Design.

The pink ceiling – apart from being lovely in itself – forms a literal counterpart to the rug, while white and grey in the rest of the large textiles stop the combination from being overly saccharine. Very nice.

Found via Desire to Inspire. Visit Shauna Glenn Design for more.

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

Labor Day 2017 Sale!

Ahem Ahem!

Starting today, for a limited time, get 15% off select items at the Playfully Grownup Home shop on Etsy!

PGH Etsy Screencap Labor Day 2017 Promo

Organize for the semester with mini storage cubes, book bags or keychains. Decorate your dorm room with handmade wall art. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or get a jump on holiday gift selecting.

The Playfully Grownup Labor Day 2017 sale runs August 31 – September 04. No order minimums – buy one personal safety reflector, or a pile of book bags, or anything in between. (Sorry, U.S. buyers only due to Etsy’s restrictions.)

Remember to also visit Etsy’s Labor Day Sale page for fantastic deals from more Etsy sellers, for example like The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings inspired engraved door hanger sign by AllyBoosCreations…

Etsy AllyBoosCreations Hobbit LotR Door Sign

The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings inspired door sign by AllyBoosCreations at Etsy.

checkmark stickers by honeyinked…

Etsy honeyinked Checkmark Stickers

Checkmark stickers by honeyinked at Etsy.

rainbow-colored downloadable “You can’t retire from being awesome!” print by FromTheRookery…

Etsy FromTheRookery Nurse Retirement Gift

Nurse retirement gift print by FromTheRookery at Etsy.

…or a rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard:

Etsy GrandmasChalkboard Rainbow Bean Bag Set

Rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard at Etsy.

Looks like there is an incredible selection!

(Note that, as usual, each seller sets their own policies.)