Wednesday, November 30, 2011

wardrobe wednesday: a green knit suit


A little sketch of a woman in a cute knit suit I saw last week. I was fascinated by the bright colors and the intricate print. It had black piping along the collar and edges, sort of an almost Asian style to it.

knit suit

Here's a palette of the colors as I remember them:

I have all kinds of ideas about photographing my own wardrobe and uploading it here, but I inevitably hate 98% of the photos I take of myself. So maybe I'll do a sketch from time to time? It occurred to me that I sketch so infrequently now - I need to keep up some practice or I'll get totally rusty...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

typography tuesday: color and site design


Here I am again with a few typography related tidbits...

Found this wonderful site design that was featured on one of my blog subscriptions recently:
It's super-fun to scroll through, I highly recommend investing a few seconds to click over. I loved their choice of fonts, which you can see here. s3
I love imaginative designs like these - what is it about people who just think in a unique way and do something totally different? That inspires me. In a world filled with endless repetition, it's unique things that call out to me.

I also loved the vibrant colors they chose - just a few basic bright shades that are repeated over and over:
Here's another featured "parallax scrolling" site I loved:

Check out the little rocket! :)

Looking at the colors on that site I saw again there's a common theme to site colors I enjoy - again that blue and orange:

Here's another nice site design - I love how clean and stark it is: playlists

And, once more, I notice a familiar color scheme I enjoy: playlists
I'm starting to see how important color is in (at least my) enjoyment of a design - I'm seeing that it's every bit as important as typography and where things are on the page...

And lastly, here's a really nice spot for design inspiration:
I love that she also includes a color palette at the top of each page generated from the posters - so even if the designs don't strike your fancy you can still be inspired by the underlying colors.

Speaking of designs not striking your fancy, I'm very on the fence about my Pinterest account lately - I was super inspired when I first found it, but lately I find it tiresome - there's so much repetition - a lot of people re-pinning Lauren Conrad's hair or the Olsen twins' makeup and baggy sweaters. I really am tired of the past 3 years of fashion and just wish tailoring would come back in style! Do any of you follow anyone interesting on Pinterest? It's just not inspiring me so much right now...

Enough grumbling - hope you enjoyed today and that your Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three Things Thursday: leaves love

three things + palette
   1. Celebrate Color! Napkin Rings by Mollie Johanson
   2. hello harvest by elsie*cake
   3. cross stitch heart by Jessica Decker

Just a few faves and a palette I put together on the theme. I love how fall feels warm and cold, both. These cold mornings have been reminding me of New York - the chill that makes all the warm smells of kitchens and restaurants swim up to your nose in one long, delightful parade.

Sometimes I miss you, New York.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mosaic Monday: more green

Mosaic Monday: more green
    1. castle ruin by mju.tabor, 2. picnic by Daisy Pink Cupcake
    3. uncredited Pinterest fave, 4. bear poster

I have green on the brain lately. It's funny because green is a color I rarely wear and pretty much never craft with - but it's a color I love in nature.

When I was a recent college graduate (many years ago!) I remember striking out to get my first apartment on my own. Aside from the interior being in basic working order, I had only one requirement: I must be able to see green from the window. There's something about trees that make me absolutely calm - I love the sound of wind moving through leaves and the way green looks especially green on a cloudy day wet with drizzle...

Here's a color palette I put together from these pics - predictably of course - I included only a teeny bit of green. :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stitching Saturday: knitting catch-up


I've been knitting pretty steadily lately, even though I haven't been updating you - so here's a catch-up post with accompanying crappy indoor photos. :) Up above you see my baby blanket progress - I've knit at least 12 squares over the past week - I find each square takes me about 30 minutes, start to finish.

Those 5 colors along the bottom I am least sure about - so you see I am dawdling about knitting those up. One of the most frustrating things about putting together colors is the way they change in different light - one combination looks great in the daytime - but not so hot at night, and vice versa.

I might just stick with some variation of only these 4 colors...
quilt progress

Next up is my mom and I's wonky patchwork quilt - as you can see it almost covers the top of my full size bed, so I guess it's small-throw size:

It looks a bit crazy in my room, but it's actually nice and cozy looking when it sits on the living room couch...

Finally, here's the Watson scarf - hooray, I finished!

Not so hooray - look at all those little white yarn ends to weave in - ugh. The blue and brown were time-consuming enough but the white ends are extra hard to weave in - no matter how I do it, it looks wonky and I get really cranky.

Other thing making me cranky - how my bind-off edge (left) looks so much wider than the edge I started the scarf on (right):

ARGH! OH well. If anyone has any end-weaving-in advice it would be much appreciated.

On tap for my knitting mayhem was season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer- which started off slow and a bit dull and repetitive, but ended with a real punch to the gut. The show where Buffy's mom dies? Incredibly well-done, and terribly depressing! And the last episode, where Buffy dies? I'm always surprised at how many really good episodes are hidden in there. I've also been watching Vampire Diaries, season 2, but not with as much relish. It's an ok show, but it's a lot mopier and soap-opera-ish. There's a whole lot more angst and less plot advancement. I finished season 3 of Veronica Mars, and although the last season was the least interesting, I still felt sad to see all the familiar characters go without any resolution. Not a huge fan of the Veronica-starts-the-FBI pilot, but the show as a whole had a lot of potential. Okay, I admit I feel dumb coming clean about my teen-show tv watching, but there's a reason - I'm working on a teen novel. Really - it's research! :)

What have you guys been up to? :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Things Thursday: a little pop of yellow

Three Things Thursday: little pop of yellow
    1. Knitted bow collection now by Tea at Weasel's, 2. fingerless mittens by oneworldmj, 3. StoryBook5 by Mollie Johanson

Lately I've been enjoying the sunshine in the morning since the time change. This time of year I am most grateful I no longer live in NY - because right now I'd be looking forward to the bleak 5-6 months until spring, when it would be dark on my way to work and dark on my way home. That kind of night is a bit glamorous, it's true, but ultimately bleak. I remember sneaking out each day at lunchtime to get a glimpse of bright yellow sun. Now - I have it all winter long. Sigh. I am grateful!

I've still been tweaking my little palette layouts - today I thought I'd do both new:

And old! A strange assortment of colors popped up in the palette generator (below) but there's something about its odd contrasty-ness that I like:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Three Things Thursday: we dream in green

Three Things Thursday: we dream in green
   1. dreamy by achuka, 2. You Are Beautiful! by -tamaratamara-, 3. Luminous Pond by Ole C. Salomonsen

I always wonder how it is that I find hypnotic, beautiful pictures, all on a theme. Is it chance? Or do beautiful images attract each other, like magnets? Either way, I'm glad I stumbled on these on Flickr.

Oh, and thanks for the nice comments on my costume! :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday: Halloween costume


Should it alarm me that most of my costume was easily fished out of my going-out clothes? :) Naturally, I don't wear them often, but I have worn that top and skirt before. :) I searched and searched for black feathers all week, but to no avail. So finally I sewed on a piece from a black tulle boa - in the dark it looked feather-ish enough. My crown was a Disney princess crown I found literally an hour before (crowns also being hard to find) in the toy aisle. I painted it with black and gunmetal gray nail polish. I thought my niece would get upset at me de-girl-ifying such a pretty crown, but she seemed to approve of the process.

Oh, and apologies for the very cropped and small photo - it took a lot of cropping to remove things like other people's pant legs and a coffee table full of drinks and shots - I know those look oh-so-classy. :)

In the end, I edited the makeup I did - I opted out of the white featherish streaks on the eyes and stuck with black and grey instead. I used Too Faced eyeshadow (from the Naked Eye palette) in Stiletto (which is basically black) and Unmentionables (dark shimmery gray) and a little bit of Hard Candy eyeshadow in Black Hole. And lots and lots of black Liquid eyeliner.
eyeshadow eyeshadow

Instead of being completely pasty white (which really looks pretty awful on me) I mixed white costume makeup with a little of my real makeup to make me pale, but not terribly chalky. I used bronzer instead of blush. And instead of that dark dark red on the lips I used a light bronzey-pinkish color that I blended from a few - L'oreal Cashmere being one - and I finished with sparkly lip gloss. I think I looked a lot less sinister, and the fact that I smiled like a goofball in every photo made me more of a cheery swan, but whatever. It was a super fun transformation and I'm happy to say no one mistook me for a KISS fan. ;)

But I did look way creepy in the rearview mirror:

How about you guys? How did your Halloween costumes go? :)