Monday, October 30, 2006

Sneak Peak

What is this you ask? We've got something big brewing here at the casa de cuatro manos ociosas. (Any spanish speakers out there feel free to correct my junior high spanish.) This is but a glimpse of a super-terrific top-secret project we're working on....keep checking back and we'll spill the beans as soon as we can.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Trick or Treat

This is what halloween costumes looked like in the early 1970s in Trenton, New Jersey. They were homemade and they were FABULOUS! Thanks to our very crafty parents of course. That's me on the left as a cigar/cigarette girl.....uh what? I know, I know, sounds weird to me too but Robin pointed out that maybe it was more "kitschy" back then. All I know is I got to stock that cigarette tray with bubble gum cigars and candy cigarettes and a nice little sugar buzz trumps all when you're a kid. (Actually it still does.) That's our brother Steven in the middle (yes, *that* Steven) and he's dressed up as a boat-racer, complete with cardboard boat. Boat racing was very popular back east at that time and our Dad was really into it. He even built his own wooden boat completely from scratch. Hence, the boat-racer costume. That's Robin on the right and trust me when I tell you this is the only time we will ever see her as a blonde. And it's a little weird. Cute, but not "her" at all. I'm not sure why she couldn't have been a brunette Little Red but I guess donning the wig made it seem more like a costume. I always loved that little red cape.
So the ulterior motive for this post is Craft's Halloween Trick or Treat contest. You should check it out, there's still time to enter. Have I mentioned how much I love that magazine?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The New Phone Books Are Here!

Craft magazine is out and it's bee-you-tee-ful! It's jam-packed with cool projects and interesting articles, all wrapped up in a nice clean design. It is a little pricey from the newstand ($14.99) so it's a much better deal to subscribe. (Don't forget, if you're an Etsy seller you can get 5 issues for the price of 4.) And, if you think about it, since it's quarterly the cost-per-month price is about the same as other magazines. I scanned in some pages showing the great coverage for Etsy and Etsy sellers, just in case you haven't seen it yet. And, for fellow SoCal locals, you won't want to miss the launch party this Saturday, October 28, 11 am to 3 pm.

Things are going to start happening to me now.
-Navin R. Johnson

Chlorophyll Printing

Found the artwork of Binh Danh over at Boing Boing this morning. Simply amazing! I'm actually surprised someone hasn't thought of this before. He uses the process of photosynthesis in leaves to create photographic prints. I will definitely need to try this for myself because the possibilities are mind boggling. (I love anything that involves photography and have a great collection of old family negatives. Being able to "print" photos onto leaves would be so cool!) He puts the leaf into a little bag of water to keep it alive, lays it flat onto a board with a negative and a piece of glass on top and "bakes" it in the sun. Here is the link to a gallery of his work, an article with him from two years ago, and an article about a similar process. All of these links are from Boing Boing.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Have You Seen the Wonder That is Posy Press?

The lovely Amy from Posy Press was our very first commenter to the blog! Thanks Amy! If you haven't heard of Posy Press yet, or seen Amy's work you don't know what you've been missing. She is a dedicated blogger (my role model for frequency and quality of postings!) and has the most beautiful designs in her shop.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Bazaar Bizarre Blogger

The BazBizBlog has officially launched! Greg Der Ananian, founder of everyone's favorite multi-city punk rock craft show, and author of the book by the same name, is blogging about all kinds of interesting stuff. You really need to go check it out for yourself.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Bazaar Bizarre Los Angeles which is being held on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at the Shrine Expo Center. And if you're local, and can help us put on this really big show, we can always use volunteers. Email me if you're interested! You'll be our BFF.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Halloween or Day of the Dead Accoutrements

Two of our idle hands have been busy in the mad scientist lab cooking up some scary stuff just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations. These little cuties are jingle bells!

Monday, October 02, 2006