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November 13, 2009

I apparently need to see the show “Community” – watch this clip

I spend a lot of time in the library and could really use some study raps like this. Study ladies, if you read this, can somebody give me a beat?


November 13, 2009

Classwork has put a significant delay on the opening of my shop, as well as plans for home DIYs, but with 30 days until my graduation, I can handle it! I’m actually trying to hold off on home improvements until things quiet down a bit. My current roommate is moving into a place w/cheaper rent so she can save to go back to school, I’ll be moving into her room (with attached craft room for Etsy!), and the new roommate will take my room. It’s hard to put time into a place that I don’t own, so, like many renters, I’m trying to collect ideas for portable DIYs. I will say that my leasing company understands that by painting and updating my place I’m increasing its value, so I’m reimbursed for materials.

A few fall-themed ideas to share:

(Click the photos to see the origin site)

1. Vividly colored plates

Bright dishes, pots, and pans like these from Lorena Barrezueta remind me of my Great-aunt. My family and a group of lifelong friends usually gather at my her house in Cleveland for Thanksgiving where the focus is FOOD. I usually eat in shifts, alternating between eating huge portions and napping. Before leaving I, my siblings, and my dad squeeze out the door for a walk to the train tracks, and hopefully it’s snowing. My gymnast sister always wins the contest to see who can balance on the tracks for the most heel-to-toe steps.

2a. Nature

Nothing’s easier than sticking some pine cones in a bowl, but it looks classy. A fellow Apartment Therapy fan submitted this idea. Gives me an excuse to go to the park… Plus it looks better than potpourri, of which I am not a big fan.

2b. Fake Nature

Not so into parks, walking, fresh air, tree sap or organic items in your home (I’m joking, maybe you want something more permanent)? Try these ceramic pine cones from Coe and Waito. Check out the site for ceramic acorns too! It would also be nice to spray a little sealant and then some white/sparkly/metallic paint on pine cones. At least I imagine that would work, I would probably be lazy and skip the sealant.

3. Candles + DIY

I love candles and old-timey things like cross-stitch, so a candle like these will probably end up in my house as soon as I find time to stencil tiny, tiny lines on a glass cup. Click the photo for Martha Stewart’s how-to on the matter- she has a template.

4. Non-Cheesy Centerpiece

I want to use artichokes for flowers as often as possible, so I like the idea of immortal artichokes from Pottery Barn. $24 for 5? Seems a little much for my broke ass… but I’ve spent far more on things far less lovely. This is turning into a lot of negativity about these artichokes, but that box is a little too much forced rustic-icity (new word) for me. I’d probably opt for glass…

5. “Vintage” teal

A fellow Young House Love blog reader wrote to them that she hates the color of her walls in this room, but I love them! I wish she would post the paint color and type. I’ll go ahead and say that I’m not into the blinding golden yellow walls and bright purple furniture predicted to be the “big trends” for fall decor (via Washington Post). This room would be a dream craft room color, especially coupled with those built-ins. Do you know how amazing my house would be if I owned it (and was obscenely rich)?

Time to get back to the books! Please post your holiday decor ideas!

Post-thrifting coma

November 7, 2009

A very full morning of flea marketing, punctuated by doritos and coffee, followed by an afternoon of vintage & misc. stores has me worn out & not wanting to drive back to Richmond tonight! Found it hard to confidently spend money without a running store, but at least I’m doing good pricing research. Will post photos of purchased wares when not posting from my tappitytap iPod touch!
Glad for a soon-to-be scarfed down dinner at some friends’ house: mock chicken & veggie pot pie. Glad also that one of our hosts has an art degree and has offered great advice in my latest interests, paper-making & book-binding! Craft dates soon to come!
May try to sneak in a nap…



November 7, 2009

dance party while doing laundry

First Friday resulted in more claustrophobia than inspiration, but it was good to see some friends and hang. Now, for some Toni Morrison, switching clothes from washer to dryer, and sleep.


November 7, 2009

If you know me, you know that I love making lists and organizing. Not cleaning, organizing. And not always my belongings, because I am familiar with them and tired of seeing them strewn on my floor and other horizontal surfaces, so they become less interesting. Craft things, however, are always fun to organize. And Target offers some fantastic plastic bins.

plastic bins

After a week of intense listing, I have written down all things I hope to find in bulk (for cheap!) at the flea markets and thrift stores tomorrow.  Tonight is supposed to include putting things I already own in these new and sassy bins, as well as taking inventory of what I already have and of what I do not need more (if it’s possible to have enough stuff).  First, a trip to the First Friday art walk for socialization inspiration, then Noodle chores.

Tomorrow my wonderfully Etsy-supportive boyfriend and I will wake entirely too early for a Saturday to drive to Raleigh for its remarkable thrifty opportunities and some time with NC friends.  Very glad we took my car to the shop yesterday because I was riding around on a flat tire like an idiot!

<rant> Dear readers, if there are any, hear (see?) this: Do not buy a car with low-profile tires! In addition to every cop believing you are about to drift and race “2 Fast 2 Furious” style, the tires are expensive, hardly stocked, and do not look different whether properly full of air or holding a measly 10 lbs. </rant>

Have any “I’m car-stupid too!” stories?  Want to share your craft (dis)organization methods?  I’d love empathy and motivation.

Happy Friday!


November 6, 2009

this blog will chronicle my craft research and progress, as well as inspiration and any other random thoughts or interesting bits of internet.

i will be selling craftygoods in the wonderful world of etsy through my NoodleStudios shop, so i’ll kick things off with a spaghetti chrysler building:


(click the photo for its origin site)