home decor

MIA – Grad School Take Over

Hello all! My apologies for being MIA – I have started grad school this fall… and reading has taken over my life. I’ll be taking a break from posting! But I thought I would share this great link my friend sent me about Anthropologie… (Anthro, I love you and your magical smelling candles that I can’t afford and your artful staging – but this is very funny).

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“Here’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).”

Soooo true, I know I would love to live in magical loft with velvet furniture covered with mixed upholestery and tiny dogs…

To read more of “Let’s Make fun of: Anthropologie Furniture” – click here.

Pineapples are the New Bird

Put a bird pineapple on it – I’m calling it guys – pineapples are now trending. As I mentioned before – I caught the ‘Pineapples-are-so-cute-Everything-I-buy-should-be-pinapple-related’ disease in this post. Check out these pineapple pins decor that is confirming the trend.

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I really love those Brass Pineapples – but looking at them on Etsy, they are a little pricy, ranging from $90 – 189! But I found this cute trivet for $13

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And this …
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FREE DIY pineapple wrapping paper from Whismeybox (you could frame it, or print it on larger paper and use it as shelf lining, things could get wild). Click here for PDF. Also little Pineapple updated in my own home – here is where my brass beauties are rocking now.
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Etsy Cruising | Vintage Baby!

One of my favorite things to do is obviously buy items for my home. But after my Brimfield trip – I need to cool it for awhile, so instead I made an Etsy treasury list so all of you can buy cool vintage items for your own homes… Check it out! (click the picture for full list).

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I think my favorite item has got to be the ‘swiss army blankets’ for $56 that seems like a pretty good deal!

May Brimfield Loot

Check it out guys! My brimfield loot have made a new home..

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I picked up: Vintage dog art and some more sexy grandma goodies… for my lounge area – plus a butterfly chair frame! Now I just need to find a leather seat cover for it.

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But my favorite thing, is this print from an old ad proof:
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I ended up getting two, one with this orange and mint drink and these kickass bananas.
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Bruin approves of everything:

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May #Brimfield Adventure

Brimfield was awesome – sun’s out guns antiques out! This year my Mom, Sister and broski-in-law took on the Brimfield traditions…

1. Drive to Brimfield and eat McDonalds, (its what the antiques want).
2. Go to parking lot – give the parking guy with the amazing pony tail $5 – treat your Mom to parking because you’re a baller and actually have $5 in your wallet.
3. Start at the white tent that always has those purple glass bottles
4. Grab a lemonade and a huge-ass cookie when you’re feeling cranky towards the center of the fields.
5. Buy the coolest stuff you can find!
6. Then on the way home, drive to small grocery store and buy their amazing cupcakes and eat them like you’ve never seen food before (although this year we missed out on the cupcakes – we will just have to eat more in July)!!

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Want to see more? Check out the #brimfield on instagram – amazing stuff people found! I’ll share more on what I found later!

Q & A with Silver Lining Ceramics

If you have scrolled through Etsy in the last week, then you have noticed the fabulous creations from Silver Lining Ceramics. Katie Marks, the creator had the honor of being one of Etsy’s featured shops. I decided to reach out to Katie and find out more about her amazing work!
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I love how your mentioned in your about page that living in Seattle has been an influence on your pieces. What inspired you to create the gem growing series? I was playing with this idea for a crystal series for quite a long time in my head while I was working on my other items. Since quarts crystals are made of the same stuff I use in my glazes I began thinking about how silica and feldspar would react given enough time and heat and pressure in nature.
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When I fire my glazes they melt and turn into a solid glassy surface. I thought it would be fun to use MY hands to create crystals. I love the idea that I am using the same materials that would occur naturally and forming them in new ways to express myself as a human. I am mirroring a natural process and bringing a little bit of me into it as well.

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Those pops of gold really bring your work to the next level, have you always been using accent colors in your work? Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say! I haven’t always done anything haha I just started making work I felt proud of last year and I am still very much learning as I go and trying new things. I like to use color in a way that compliments the forms and carvings and illustrations that I spend so much time on while the clay is wet. I love the way the gold looks so I keep exploring new ways to use it. I have a few new glazes I am working on and look forward to using as accents in my work in the future along with the gold.

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And how exactly do you add the gold luster? Is that after the glazing process? Yep! The gold luster is fired on for a 3rd firing after they come out of the glaze firing. You paint right on top of the glaze where you want to add gold and then fire to cone 018. its really that simple! It smells horrible, the fumes it gives off while firing are highly toxic and it costs about $45 for a teeny tiny bottle but the results are so amazing I can’t stop using it! If you are going to try it out (and I recommend you do) wear a gas mask and try to paint it on outside or in a very well ventilated area. After it is fired it is totally safe! All the toxins that are used to make gold ‘brushable’ burn out when you fire it so no worries!

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What really first drew me to your shop (besides that it was featured – congrats!!) were those little cats! Growing up I had an obsession with tiny porcelain animals – have you always made these figurines as well? Funny you should ask this! in short YES I have made so many tiny animals in my life! I made things out of polymer clay from are 4-18. Instead of getting a job as a teenager I made highly intricate polymer clay fairies that I sold on ebay before etsy was around.These little porcelain kitties in my shop were kind of an accident. Sometimes while in the studio Ill just be chatting away with my mentor about life, the universe, and everything and I’ll have a small chunk of clay in my hands and I just mess around with it mindlessly and something cute happens haha.

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I made the first little kitty this way and posted a photo on my personal facebook page and the response was so unexpected I decided to make more 🙂 I still have the very first one though!etsy-blog-featured-shop-silver-lining-ceramics-final
And have you ever made a custom order and fell in love with the piece and decided to keep it?! I feel like I would if things I made looked like your work!! Out of the hundreds of pieces I have made in the last 2 years I think I only have 3 pieces that I intentionally kept for my self.Two especially nice mugs and a 12″ tall vase that is highly carved and the glaze dripped like a waterfall perfectly and I love putting sunflowers in it. It is my favorite piece Ive ever made so I kept it 🙂 Its funny as soon as I make something I am just happy that I got it out of my head and I want it to go live somewhere else haha. sometimes I hold on to pieces for a while and stare at them until they get boring or all I see is flaws and then I have to make it go away. There was a sugar bowl with a spoon that I almost kept once but I know the person who bought it loves it so that makes me happy too. I just know I can always re-make something so I dont feel the need to keep many of them. Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 12.19.20 PM

 

Thanks Katie for sharing your story and your work! If you want to see more check out Silver Lining Ceramics page on Esty.