Monday, July 26, 2010

Random Love

Some things that I am loving right now:

1. Remember friendship bracelets? Apparently they are back in style, only now as necklaces and belts.
I love textile jewelry, so I'm digging these. Especially because of all of the bright colors.
Just in case your summer camp memories are as hazy as mine are, here is a wonderful tutorial from

2.  An orange hippo pillow! This is Felicia the Hippo, and she is adorable. Do you think she's DIYable?

3. I love notebooks. I love journals. I love sketchbooks. There is just something about a brand new, blank book that makes me feel like the world is full of possibilities.
That's probably why I love this hand-stitched book tutorial from Jen and Jake so much. If your birthday is coming up soon, you can probably expect one of these as a gift from me.

4.  A shadow puppet theater. A homemade one, none-the-less. And a tutorial. Anicka would LOVE this.

5.  Blank nesting dolls! How fun would be to paint a custom set of nesting dolls?

I can sense some projects brewing...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Yes. THIS is where I want to be. Right now. 

Oh, Miami.
Sometimes (every now and then) I miss you.

Photo found here.
I DO have my own photos of South Beach. But they are on a DVD, in a box, in my closet.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

I love these posters.

I need to get one and put it up in my living room. Because I have been having TOO MUCH anxiety lately. Much too much. For no apparent reason, either. Ridiculous, I know.

I also love the spoof posters.

Another one that I like that I can't seem to find an image for is 'Just in Case - Carry Mace'.
This is funny stuff, people.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

You see, here is what bothers me...

Disclaimer: I am not trying to piss anyone off by posting this. I am not trying to make fun of anyone. I am not trying to be rude or insulting. I am stating my opinion. If you have a different opinion, feel free to voice it in the comments, as long as you play nice.

So. I have a problem with that one particular vampire franchise that just released a new movie. (I am trying my damnedest to avoid the name, because I do not particularly want to be spammed by anonymous haters after this post.)

My problem is that it makes people crazy. People who are normally quite reasonable, even.

I've heard men complain about how these movies make the women in their lives go absolutely bonkers.  "These movies are like porn for women," said one of them.
I have had many a girl friend tell me that they don't watch the movies because of the storyline, but because of the hard bodies. I have heard happily married women gush over the shirtless male actors. This bothers me!

And here is why:
If my husband was to sit in a theater and wolf-whistle and cat-call whenever a beautiful, half-dressed woman appeared on the screen, I would be insulted. NOT only because it would make me feel unsure about my own value in his eyes (and yes, I admit that I am insecure enough to feel this way) but because I think that this sort of behavior devalues and objectifies women, and is insulting to our gender as a whole. I am not flattered when a random stranger whistles at me. I am offended. My body is not an object for you to approve or disapprove of.
Am I alone in this? I don't know.
But, the point is that the same thing applies to our treatment of men. Why should we demand respect from our men, if we don't respect them in return?

Something to think about:
It is one thing to say "Hey, I think that person is attractive." It is quite another to swoon and shriek and yell "Edward is sooooo sexy! Woooooo baby!"

Now. I know that this doesn't apply to everyone. Some of you get absolutely no thrill from Edward and Jacob, and just enjoy the vampire and werewolf bits of the movie. And some of you might have no problem with your husband/wife admiring other women/men. I know many couples are fine with the 'look, don't touch' philosophy. To each their own. But... I felt like I had to get my opinion out there.