Sunday, March 27, 2011

Other Art: March (Alphabet Edition)

So, I have a thing for alphabets. I enjoy foreign alphabets and think they can almost be considered works of art. Clearly, I love the Armenian alphabet, so this shouldn't be a complete surprise.

This month, I have two pieces of alphabet art to show! The first is a print of the Arabic alphabet. I got this one from Waafia on Etsy, but their store seems to be on vacation right now. I love the colors of this one. From what I remember, they had lots of color combos.


This (English alphabet!) Scrabble poster was purchased for Rick at Renegade. He loves Scrabble and when I saw it, I knew I had to get it for him. I really like the fact that there is white space at the bottom. It really balances the whole thing out. I am not 100% sure who I bought this from, and there is no store name anywhere on the poster, but I think it was from Pop + Shorty. But since it was never on their website (as far as I can remember) I can't check. Oh well. Let me know if I'm wrong!


Do you have any alphabet art in your house?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Valentine's Day

I realize I am a bit late posting about February 14th, but I just got my photos developed and I wanted to share some. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday and Rick planned an awesome evening. We ended up at the arcade, to play skee ball, one of my favorite activities ever.

I almost think Rick takes better pictures than me. Almost.

Rick in action!

To share a bit of Valentine's cheer at work, I crocheted these heart garlands to hang in my cube. I had pink crochet thread, but I also bought red, and made two different lengths and hung them together. Now, they are hanging over my bed. 

They go perfect with my pink walls! 


I had a lot of people who didn't realize they were crocheted until they got up real close to them. They did turn out quite tiny. They're at home now, because I made a string of little pennants. They're adorable, and in spring colors. I'll have to share those later. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Armenian Lace

My recent obsession of Armenian lace is partially what fueled the redesign of this blog. (I also wanted to reflect the change in subject matter, as well.) The images above and to the side of the lace designs are stamped from stamps I carved, with the designs coming straight out of an Armenian lace book.

For a while, I was under the impression that the images of Armenian lace doilies that I had seen were crocheted. I suppose this was partially fueled by the fact that my Armenian great-grandmother crocheted and I didn't know any better. When I started up my Etsy store, I became more interested in the designs and images of the doilies, and I wanted to learn more.

I bought this out of print book after some research.


I read in a few different places that it had the best images of examples of doilies. After receiving it, I definitely have to agree. Photos like the one below show the intricacies and detail in each doily.


I was also able to use the sketches of designs to create my stamps:




After reading a bit, I discovered that Armenian lace isn't crocheted, but knotted thread! I've yet to work up the courage to actually try to create some, though I have purchased some more instructional books. (Armenian lace is also known as knotted lace, and there is a more recent how to book with some more modern and clearer instructions.) In the meantime, I'll have to stick to carving stamps!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More cameras

I mentioned my purchase of the Holga, which I ended up taking home over Christmas. I showed it to my dad who then pulled out some film cameras he had and offered them to me. One was his, and one was his mom's which he had bought her.


He asked me, if you wanted old cameras, why didn't you just say anything? So I ended up with two awesome old SLR cameras. My dad pointed out that they had been bought before I was born- so that makes them at least 24 years old. This Nikon was his. I'll save the other one for another post.


And my dad, being the saver that he is, still had the receipt from when he bought it!


I also used this one when we went to Florida for Christmas break. This is a picture of Rick reloading my Holga (something I have not gotten the hang of yet). One of the coolest things about the Nikon is that since I now have a Nikon DSLR, I can use the old lenses on the new camera. Of course, everything is all manual, but it makes for some cool pictures. I'll have to share some later.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Originality

At this point in the wedding planning (still about 20 months out) I'm aware that I will have no original ideas, but imagine my surprise when I opened this month's issue of Brides magazine and there is my color scheme! 


But at least I'm validated in how pretty it is. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Birthday

It was my birthday yesterday, and today, I was excited to receive a birthday present in the mail from Sarah Marguerite


She sent me these delightful coasters from Uncommon, which I have been in love with ever since I saw them at Renegade Craft Fair this past summer in Chicago (I have a thing for doilies).  


I can't wait to use them!