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.

Wall Art: All We Have to Decide Is What to Do with the Time That Is Given to Us

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, DIY

Kristine at The Painted Hive made large-scale book quote printables available for free. Among the five options there’s one of genre interest, too:

The Painted Hive Kristine Tolkien All We Have to Do

Kristine at The Painted Hive (selection).

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Thank you for sharing these fantastic wall art pieces, Kristine!

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.

Spotted Online: Life-Sized Boba Fett Wall Decal

Movies & TV, Room of Awesome, Stunt Double

I had to share this in honor of the U.S. opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nicole Balch used a life-sized Boba Fett wall decal to finish off her son’s Star Wars -themed room, and the results are fantastic.

Nicole Balch Making It Lovely Sons SW Room

Nicole Balch at Making It Lovely.

Kudos! Visit Nicole’s blog for the full details.

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

Close Quarters: Celestial Bookstore Ceilings

Colors, Design & Designers, Room of Awesome

Twitter has certainly delivered its share of beauty to my door this week. First, through Atlas Obscura, I found this breathtaking bookstore interior:

 

The store is called Albertine and it’s in Upper East Side on Manhattan, New York, NY. Here is a view of the celestial diagram from directly underneath:

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Albertine bookstore by Bartelstone; via Atlas Obscura.

(Visit the Atlas Obscura’s website for more photos!)

Then, quite by accident, I ran into a beautiful star-embroidered dress on the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Twitter account:

The dress almost looks like it was designed to complement the room. Also, it seems to be from the same period as the Valentino fall winter 2015-2016 collection that I blogged about. The colorways and the simple lines are certainly similar.

Thank you, serendipity, for delivering to me this gorgeous pairing!

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

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.

Online Finds: Trappist-1 Illustrations

Bits in Spaaace!, Design & Designers, Geek out!

A NASA Tumblr post about the newly found exoplanets in the Trappist-1 system included fantastic artist’s renderings of what the system and the planets might look like.

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NASA on Tumblr.

“The planets also are very close to each other. How close? Well, if a person was standing on one of the planet’s surface, they could gaze up and potentially see geological features or clouds of neighboring worlds, which would sometimes appear larger than the moon in Earth’s sky.”

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Planet

NASA on Tumblr.

One is even a retro-style travel poster! (See other NASA retro travel posters here.)

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Poster

NASA on Tumblr.

Love ’em! Find more at NASA on Tumblr!

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

Familiar Name in DIY Glitter Wall Art

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Stunt Double

For me it’s rare to see my name anywhere public, because even in Finland it’s not a common one. No surprise, then, that my eye got caught by this DIY nursery glitter wall art project by a fellow Finn:

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Jutta Rikola at Kootut murut.

From a tutorial by Jutta Rikola at Kootut murut.

Great project, plus some nostalgia for me, looking at the Finnish children’s books on the shelf.

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…

Woolly Thoughts Pillow Puzzle Combo

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.