fab find: 1950s metal chair

welcome to the first installment of “fab finds,” a segment that features an interesting, cool or downright weird item that i came across and couldn’t pass up.

this debut post features—what else?—a chair! a 1950s vintage metal wrap-around chair. this one is a bit beat up, but i’ve been seeking one of these mid-century lawn chairs since i saw a pair of red ones outside red rooster in missoula nearly a decade ago. (i also saw a pair of pink ones at the brooklyn flea market, but they had already been restored and i like my chairs rusty and old looking—don’t you?)

1950s metal chair

when i have a deck again i’m going to populate it with all different chairs. i think that will look fab!

if i do restore it, i’m not sure what paint color to use—maybe aqua or white. ideas welcome.

valentine’s day cupcakes for your sweetheart

recently i was daydreaming about frosting and how beautiful it is when the food coloring is mixing in, before it’s fully incorporated. i wanted to try to recreate that as a finished look. so i made some valentine-themed cupcakes to bring to a dinner party. this year i have been into sweethearts as a source of creative inspiration. {READ MORE}

diy valentine’s day sweetheart wreath

i never thought of myself as a wreath person. but i just can’t resist exploring all those wreath ideas floating around, and now this blog is dangerously close to becoming a wreath making how-to. maybe i can make 13 wreaths in 2013. or 39 wreaths in my 39th year. ouch! that second one hurts a {READ MORE}

v day inspiration

well hello there! long time no see. even with my 13 ways to get creative in 2013, i’m feeling a leetle unmotivated lately. looking for inspiration… this happy diagonal pattern from my shiny new kate spade bag fires me up: with valentine’s day in the offing, i’ve been searching for love-related materials to get my {READ MORE}

13 ways to kick start creativity in 2013

it’s hard to feel inspired after the holidays. for two weeks after xmas, i couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, had trouble focusing on work assignments and basically felt lazy. here are 13 ways to get those creative juices flowing in the new year: 1. organize your work space. i always start with this {READ MORE}

calendar give-away

it’s happened—another year gone. looking ahead at 2013 i see sunshine and smiles. optimism. and calendars! simply “like” treasure seeking on facebook and you will be entered to win one of these vibrant, detailed 2013 “resilience” calendars with images of nature and warmth by artist claire emery (and designed by me). good luck! beloew are images for {READ MORE}

wrap it up

all the cheap, thin wrapping paper out there makes me sad. the patterns don’t repeat cleanly, it tears when you try to cut it, and you can see the gift through the paper. enough already! this year, i ordered a huge roll of kraft paper (i heart kraft paper, for realz). then, i stamped messages {READ MORE}

calendar swap

this year i participated in a calendar swap organized by design crush + greedy girl wherein two people who have never met exchange calendars. brilliant and fun! i sent this calendar to my swapmate: the 2013 “resilience” wall calendar features vibrant woodcut artwork by my friend claire emery (designed by me!). this calendar is for sale on {READ MORE}

orange pomanders

you might be asking, “what is a pomander?” a pomander is an orange that is studded with cloves. you can tie a ribbon around the pomander and hang it or place several in a bowl to make a fragrant centerpiece for the table. very festive! once a pomander has dried, you may put it in {READ MORE}

holiday tea time

tea and tea accessories make splendid holiday gifts. tea is a pick-me-up and a hand warmer on cold winter days. and the few minutes it takes to brew a cup give you a break from work to read the headlines or peruse your instagram feed. some say tea tastes best when sipped from fine china. {READ MORE}