Monday, May 13, 2013

The Paper Moon

There is this cute little cafe in Baltimore Md called the paper moon. The food is great - it has a lot of different types of food. I personally love the bbq shrimp quesadilla and the captain crunch milk shake ( pictured below ). They are known for their food too - they were on the food networks diners drive ins and dives. But in case you don't like food for some reason - you should go just for the decor. I added a few photos to show you. Its located in the art district of baltimore - its right down the road from the baltimore art museum. The place may seem over the top or even scary - but its not - its just very colorful.    


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wooden Fabric / Elisa Strozyk

I came across this artist - Elisa Strozyk- She does some great things with wood. I would love to see more on her process. I know right now geoshapes are really in- and its coming into art as well. 

This is from the artist site talking about her pieces -
""Wooden Textiles" convey a new tactile experience. We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don't experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
"Wooden Textiles" is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.
The processes to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility. There are various possible applications, for example as floorings, curtains, drapes, plaids, upholstery or parts of furniture.?

 I personally love the look of this stuff. Its very tactile and even thought it is wood it looks like it could be soft. If you get a chance, look her up - she does many other things as well. 

Vintage Book Week Posters

My sisters birthday was over the weekend. I had scored a vintage 60's book week poster. She really loved it. We started looking into others as well. So I am sharing with you my favorite book week / library fun here. I will try to get as much info on the ones that I share - if you happen to know anything about them - please feel free to share

These great vintage set of 4 Modernist posters were designed by Arlington Gregg circa 1936-40 as part of the WPA Illinois Art Project - Be Kind To Books. 

The set is filled with gems with slogans like ”What’s Your Future? Find it in Books!” (a layered statement, to be sure) and “An Elephant Never Forgets… But If You Do, Visit Your School Library!” and charming retro design, so obviously we’re all over it. I am not sure of the age of these but I would guess they are from the 50's 

This one is more like the one I found for my sister. Its about book week in the 60's 
 This image I just liked. Looks like it was a poster for the chicago library. This may have even been something from there information station - for new comers. 
An original Disney 1939 poster for Children’s Book Week brought a hammer price of $799.50 (including buyer’s premium) during National Book Auctions’ Jan. 29, 2012 sale.

Paul Rand book week posters - Thats all the info I could find on these. These were more like what I gave my sister. She ended up sending these to me in a e-mail asking if I find them to  buy them for her . From her gift I have had alot of  fun learning about these types of posters. People really seem to be into them.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween in the store

It's fall time - so that means Halloween ! These are a few of the new things in the shop for this time of the year. All of these are pins - some made out of felt, others made from woodcuts. 
If you want any check out the store - 

Carnival Wheel love

So since my husband and I have bought our home, I've been looking for some really fun ways to doll it up. Through all of this, I have found that I have a very collected/ Bohemian sense of style  I also love jewel tones and black and white. Through my search for things to jazz up my wall I've come to love these carnival wheels I see for sale. However I can't afford the price tag ( normally around $1000 ) so I am in the starting stages of making my own. In this I've research the " look" of these things. Here is a collection of my favorites. 


A lot of these have the same feel to them. Each as something I love about them. Weather the font, simpleness, they crazy cuttings, or the color. This will be a challenge to take on but I have a pretty good idea on how to go about it. I plan on sharing all my steps on here with you. Stay tuned.