make time to make.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
8. O Brother Where Art Thou?
7. Napoleon Dynamite
6. The School of Rock
3. Royal Tennenbaums
2. Lord of the Rings Triology (okay that's technically 3 movies)
1. Almost Famous
And my favorite scene from my favorite movie of the decade!
As for the year, I loved 500 Days of Summer, Star Trek, Whip It and Up. The movies I enjoy most are the ones that make me laugh and cry and all of these did it for me.
What are your favorites?
Monday, December 28, 2009
I do want to share one fun bit of news with you. I'm featured along with 2 other local artists in an article called "crafting a business on etsy" in January's issue of Wisconsin Woman magazine. You can read it online HERE (link will be on the left of their home page) or pick it up at several local grocery stores/gas stations/libraries in the Madison area. Very fun!
Well, I am off for a night of chutes & ladders and brownies & ice cream. Enjoy your week!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
1. The Cupcake Mirror Includes organza carrying bag. $7
2. Cherry Vanilla Cupcake T-Shirt printed on Organic Alternative Apparel. $21
3. The Cupcake Tote includes 3 removable "cherry" buttons! $15
If you're in the U.S. there is still time to order in time for Christmas. We're upgrading to priority mail on all orders over $15 through 12/21! And if you're in the Madison, Wisconsin area we are happy to meet you right up until 12/24 locally to pick up orders. Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Smoking Gandalf Gocco Print. This is printed on an original page from a vintage copy of Fellowship of the Ring!
Star Trek Magnet featuring Spock. One of a kind, made from recycled comic book page!
Robot Party T-shirt. Boys like robots. It's not an opinion.
Star Wars pins and magnets made from old comic books. Great stocking stuffer for your boyfriend or your son!
VIVA LA VINYL t-shirt for the guy who appreciates is LPs more than is MP3 player.
Friday, December 11, 2009
On Saturday December 12 from 10am-5pm, Buy Handmade for the Holidays at PointyKitty Studios on the northeast side of Madison where more than a dozen Wisconsin artists will be showcasing their handmade goodies. We'll be there with lots of fun items and will be having a $2 card sale as well. ALL of our screen printed and one of a kind cards will be just $2/each! Click the link above for more details on the show!
Saturday night don't miss the Found Footage Festival at the Orpheum. It's a super fun event showcasing clips of found video footage. I went to this event several years back and it was a blast. HILARIOUS and awesome. DO NOT MISS. December 12 at 7pm and 9pm.
And if you're feeling crafty stop by Anthology on State Street for a craftivity! They have several different craft projects you can drop in and enjoy and they change up the activities almost weekly. This week you can stop in to make your own stamped charm necklace or paper stars. Click above to learn more! I was in with a group of friends to make stamped pendants last night and had a great time! Take a break while you're out shopping this weekend and make time to make!
Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Our Star Wars magnet and pin sets made from vintage comics have been popular this year and we have lots of other items - mirrors, magnets, clothing in baby through adult sizes and more - that would make unique gifts or stocking stuffers! Please stop by the shop here or click on items below to be directed to our etsy shop. Chad also has some great gift items in his shop including a really awesome LOTR Gandalf gocco print. Check it out!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Our next show will be on December 12 at PointyKitty Studios on the northeast side of Madison. The show is called Buy Handmade for the Holidays and features more than a dozen artists. If you're in the Madison area please stop by!
I have been under the weather this week and haven't had time to do much of anything. I am focusing on keeping up with orders in my etsy shop but hope to make at least a few new things before next week's show. Our womens' owls in love & raining in my heart shirts were popular at the craftacular and I wish I had time to make more of those! I might just have to wait until after the holidays, though. Boo!
Hope you are having a magical holiday season! Enjoy the snow!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Somewhere between last year's winter shows and this year's summer shows I managed to lose my banner. It was simple but functional and I liked it. But it's gone. I have been thinking about what I would like for a new banner and shopping around a little considering having one made. But of course now it's late November and I have 2 upcoming shows. I would rather not have NO banner for my show this weekend. So the kids helped me whip up a new, simple banner yesterday.
It turned out lovely. Lars helped me cut the pieces. It was the most mellow thing we did all weekend.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Originally uploaded by space oddities
I've been having fun finding pretty images to fill these huge, pretty bezels with. I am hoping to have a few pendants for necklaces ready and listed in my etsy shop soon but also decided to use some of the bezels to make Christmas ornaments. I finished this set last night. The images are from a 1970s childrens' magazine. So perfect for the holidays!
It's a lovely day in Wisconsin. I have a lot of busywork and things around the house to accomplish this morning but I am determined to enjoy the weather outside with the kids this afternoon. Hope you can, too! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Originally uploaded by space oddities
Chad took the kids to visit his parents this weekend so I got lots of crafting done! I made and packaged lots and lots of magnet sets and mirrors, screen-printed onesies and started playing with new pendants. My sweet father visited and insisted on helping me out a little which was so nice. We managed to also find time for Indian buffet and and a movie. Not bad for one weekend!
The cards you see here are also new, but not quite as new as the other new stuff. They are old-new. I made them a couple of weeks ago but wanted to share.
Are you enjoying autumn? It makes me so happy.
Enjoy your Halloween!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Originally uploaded by space oddities
It's almost Craftacular time! Chad and I are excited to be sponsoring this awesome event again this year. It's organized by Laura & Sachi from Anthology and Naomi & Jerome of Glitter Workshop and it's an event worth marking your calendar for! Over 60 artists and crafters will be selling their unique crafty wares all in one place on November 28. You can find more info here.
Chad and I created the postcard design for the show. Last year we made the forest critters cutting out snowflakes. This year they are giving knitting a try. This is one bunch of crafty forest friends! We're still working on some details but the postcards and posters will be finished and printed soon.
If you're in the Madison area please mark your calendar for this event and spread the word!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Speaking of birthdays...Lars turned five last week. He had a nice party with friends and family. Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes and gifts. Lars keeps talking about this birthday and how he had SO much fun and it makes him SO HAPPY. I love it. This photo shows him blowing out candles on the teeny tiny birthday cake he made himself in his brand new easy bake oven from grandma and grandpa.
It's been another busy week. I'm trying to get my craft area organized and get some etsy orders and consignment packages sent off so I can get to making some new things. I'm also working on the poster for the Holiday Craftacular in Madison. It's almost done! I'll show you when it's ready!
One more fun thing: our Raining in my Heart print was featured on the Save Gocco blog last week. How cool is that!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It was the first weekend in awhile that I've had very little on my agenda and it was SO nice. I relaxed at home, took the kids to the park, went berry picking with Chad and the kids and their cousins and even squeezed in a movie at the theater (go see 500 Days of Summer, it's beautiful!)
This week I'm working on posting some new things to the etsy shop. I have some fun mirrors, cards and more to add to the shop but it's a little slow going getting photos ready. I love the vintage camera mirrors and magnets I've been making. Aren't old cameras the best? I'll have to scope out more vintage national geographics soon!
I'm also planning a birthday party for Lars this weekend. He's turning five! We're having a kite flying party at the park. Time to find a cake recipe!
Hope your week is most excellent
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Chad and I had a lovely weekend in Chicago at the Renegade Craft Fair! We had a successful show, beautiful weather and got to meet so many awesome people. We shared a booth with Daniele and Bryon from My Lavaliere. They were fantastic and friendly - we couldn't have asked for more awesome people to share a tent with.
Unfortunately I didn't get a great shot of our booth. I got a couple of quick shots just before my camera battery died. You're not missing anything though - it was not so great! This is the second outdoor show I've ever done and also the first time that we've had a large amount of clothing to show. We were just not prepared and didn't have the time to do a mock set-up before the show. The first day we had our display all wrong - we set it up to basically make it impossible for anyone to get inside our booth. Long story - but we fixed it before the show started on Sunday and it made a big difference. Our sales on Sunday far exceeded Saturday. It's crazy how much difference a display can make!
We made time to check out some of the other vendors and even dropped by the etsy booth - Chad had someone snap his photo with Matt Stinchcomb and also got to chat with several other vendors. You can read more about it and see some photos at his blog.
In the end we had a great show and even made out with lots of awesome handmade goodness! I found some super cute clothes for both of my kiddos from Charlie and Sarah and bought myself a hoodie from them as well. I also got a couple of gorgeous headbands from My Lavaliere. Here I am modeling some of my renegade loot! Chad also got some great t-shirts and art prints. So many great things to choose from!
I'm excited to have a weekend at home without too much on my agenda. We need to get caught up with things around our house and plan a birthday party for Lars. He'll be 5 next week!
In the coming weeks I also plan to get my etsy shop ready for the holidays and get my ducks in a row so I'm ready for winter shows. I'll also be working with the ladies at Anthology and Naomi from Glitter Workshop to design a poster for the Holiday Craftacular. I guess I should chill out this weekend while I can because this little bit of downtime won't last long!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
rare bird finds featured our new robot bibs last week! Very fun. It's a fantastic blog and we're thrilled that they noticed one of our items!
We've had a few obscenely late nights but I think we'll be ready for Renegade! Well, as ready as is possible when you work full time, have two children under five and craft late at night until you're delirious. Chad and I are totally excited to show our work, meet lots of awesome people and hopefully even SHOP.
I'm kind of sad that we won't be making it to Chicago in time for the Thursday night etsy meet up but there is just not enough time. Luckily our booth at renegade is super close to etsy so we can walk over and bug them lots.
That's all I've got for now. My attention span is very short when I am on this self-induced sleep deprivation schedule.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sweet smoky fresh air crackle burn slick summer sandals liquor kid candy cotton hang on let go swim in a sea of swill soft sordid apples black blue-black wasted gone never drink turpentine club cat cool mellow minded made mush swallow sin child clay orange pink blinded by the light star studded laser looker nevermind the snow slide speckled square bore aviator navigator hot car junk van plush popcorn satin lavendar licorice baby breath lemonade sleepy eyes handmade cloudy sweeping soothing unshaven wrapped warped sunny sweater thrift race sweaty sleazy going gone dusty broken branded red vodka martini madness mambo master dreaming transmit end transmission acid trap trip seeking Saturday endless faster go like hell icy inside karate mute corded texture curtain coins inspire love fame friend sparkle possibility patience power optimism smile smack swift sour sentence magical miracle kitty blackula chocolate crayons pineapple martini blast noise liquor swallow dove raspberry twist and shout cocoa sunshine quicksand clouds candyapples can you feel the love in this room sideburns pants sideburns pants sideburns pants if you shave again i’ll die tattooed neck happy eyes pink sunrise bulldozer crane flashing lights flashy nights smooth talker despair graceland wasteland
It hadn't been opened since 2002. I had forgotten until now but I used to get in a mood and just write and write words (and later type words) like crazy in a delirious stream of consciousness, hoping to find something poetic in the mix. It was my writing equivalent of craft therapy.
Reading this now makes me smile. I especially like the line "sideburns pants sideburns pants if you shave again I'll die."
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We have been busy this weekend preparing for our next show. We hope you can make it to Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago next weekend - September 12 & 13 on Division St. I'm sharing a booth with My Lavaliere who makes gorgeous jewelry. There will be nearly 300 vendors, food, music and crafty activities. If you're in the Chicago area please stop by to say hello to Chad and I! We will be giving away a limited amount of goodies bags at our booth from some Madison area artists, crafters and more for the early birds!
Before I go back to packaging mirrors I'm going to share our newest shirt with you. We printed our raining in my heart
design on slate blue organic cotton tees and I like how they turned out. I decided to add a sprinkle of hearts on one sleeve just for fun. My friend Jessi thought a big heart or a sprinkle of hearts on just one sleeve would be cute and after testing it out a little I thought that the smattering was the most flattering.
Have a lovely holiday weekend! We'll be at home crafting and just maybe maybe we'll make it to the drive-in.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I also printed some shirts today. I printed a new cupcake shirt and I am happy with the end result. I mixed pink and white ink to make a 'cherry vanilla' cupcake on these soft chocolate brown shirts. I also printed a small batch of owls in love tees - an oldie but a goodie!
More printing is in store tonight! I am hoping to get started with the 'raining in my heart' design but I am having a hard time deciding what colors to use and how to place the images. I may have to wait until it's late and I'm delirious to make a decision.
Wish me luck.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I'll be contacting everyone today to find out where to send your "An American Exchange Student in Paris" shirt. Enjoy!
Thanks to everyone who commented!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
t-shirts to print on tonight. I have been looking for a company to buy my shirts from for a long time and finally decided to go with them. I am very happy with the quality (100% organic cotton, so nice and soft!) and I'm excited to get printing! But not tonight. I must get some sleep!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Love robots? Love screwed up Engrish-French? Then you'll love this shirt!
We have a limited number of robot t-shirts that we are giving away for absolutely FREE. Just leave a comment on this post and make sure there is some sort of obvious way for me to contact you if you are a winner.
We will choose 5-10 winners randomly on Tuesday September 1st at noon. Winners will have a choice in t-shirt size (some kid sizes available, too!) based on availability.
Please share this giveaway on your blog, twitter, facebook, or anywhere else where you have friends who like fun stuff for free! And visit our etsy shop for more fun t-shirt designs and other goodies.
Thanks for playing!
Monday, August 24, 2009
I had a custom stamp made to use for the back of cards and for some packaging. I love how it turned out! A big thank you to Tickled Pink Paper & Ink on etsy!
Okay, are these shirts the cutest thing ever or what? One of my favorite etsy sellers, heatherjeany has started to print some of her designs on kid shirts. I love all of the designs so I decided to let my kids pick out which one they wanted instead of choosing for them. LOVE these shirts!
In other news, we have been gearing up for Renegade! Did I mention that we will be vending at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago in September?! Very fun! We are working on making lots of new goodies. I'm not sure how much can be accomplished in the next few weeks but we are hoping to bust out one or two new designs before the show. More on that soon!
Busy busy busy lately! Today is Chad's birthday so we are off for a fun night out in just a bit.
Have a lovely week!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I made this card with it right away.
And I'm not giving up yet! My goal is to create at least 3 or 4 pretty bird stamps so I have a fun variety for my cards and other projects. This is a very slow process for me. My guess is that as soon as I finish my last stamp I will magically find the stamps that were missing in the first place.
That is how it works, I guess.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Aside from the very sweet frosting, the mint cookie cupcake experiment turned out okay! I left half of them unfrosted and tried one with ice cream earlier. YUM.
My husband's birthday is in 2 weeks and I'm thinking about making some sort of key lime cake or cupcake. He loves key lime pie but I kind of want to mix it up a little. Does anyone have recipe suggestions?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Back from a family mini-vacation in the twin cities!
I have to say that I love Minneapolis/Saint Paul more every time we visit. There are so many fantastic people, so many awesome shops and restaurants, and lots and lots of great things to keep the kids busy.
We had lots of fantastic meals in Mpls but my favorite requires me to admit that I allowed my kids to eat cupcakes for breakfast. Yes. It's true. We had bananas and coffee before the cupcakes but the cupcakes were the main course. We started our Saturday at Mitrebox, a lovely framing shop with an amazing card selection, for CUPCAKE SATURDAY which features amazing fresh baked cupcakes by the lovely Sheela of miel y leche. The four of us walked through the pouring rain to get our cupcakes and it was absolutely worth it. We tried all three flavors that were offered -- vegan peach with mint, buttercream
limoncello, and chocolate curry with lemongrass coconut buttercream. All three were divine but my favorite was the chocolate curry. The flavor combination was perfect and the frosting was to die for. If you're in the Minneapolis check out miel y leche! Quick!
We also made visits to lots of our favorite shops and went to a few new ones. After many stops we managed to find the perfect cherry pitter, lots of great used books, new bed sheets, and an amazing print by Adam Turman among other goodies.
Our last shopping stop before we started to wind down to leave town was i like you in Minneapolis. It's an lovely handmade boutique that has the feel of a playground (including astroturf and oversized swing!) and is filled with gorgeous handmade pretties. Such an inspiring shop! I'm excited to say that select Space Oddities gocco prints are now available at i like you and you'll be able to find more of our goodies there in the future.
Other highlights of the weekend include rock out session with our friends Kelly and Greg (can you believe that Lars was rocking out until one in the morning? he even sang blitzkrieg bop!), a fun trip to the aquarium in the mall of America, and a great hangout brunch with Sheela.
Well, I'm off to make MORE cupcakes! This time for the birthday girl, Jette, who is turning 3 tomorrow. I have half a package of mint oreos leftover so I am going to try to whip up something acceptable. I'll report back to let you know how that goes.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Is it really August? I've found myself racing to do all of the last gasp of summer things I can handle these past few weeks. We finally made it to the drive-in. We went to the last night of Concerts of the Square downtown Madison. Family reunion. Roasting marshmallows by the campfire...
I'm hoping I can squeeze in a few more fun things.
This is supposed to be my summer of rock.
Perhaps it'll be autumn of rock.
When did time start to fly like this? I am getting old.
P.S. We'll be in Minneapolis this weekend. What are your favorite restaurants and shops in the area?
Friday, July 17, 2009
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New pocket mirrors!
Fancy. Hot. All That....
Sachi from Anthology encouraged me to make mirrors with silly "affirmation" type messages quite awhile back. I thought it was a fun idea but hadn't gotten around to it. I got inspired tonight and went crazy making mirror after mirror. Once I started I couldn't stop. I love how they turned out!
I'll be adding some of these to my etsy shop soon. The rest will be sent off for consignment.
Have a great weekend! We spent our Friday night at the fair. It was so lovely...cotton candy, pony rides, ferris wheel. It doesn't get better than that.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The rest of the week I plan to spend getting a few things ready for a trunk show on Saturday. I'll be at the Frequency (121 W. Main St in Madison) with other etsy artists and crafters from 12-5. It's a great weekend for it since Art Fair on the Square is happening at the same time. If you're in the area, come down and do both! Hope to see you there.
After the trunk show Chad and I are doing dinner and going to see Frank Black. It's my special birthday thing…I am turning 31 on Monday.
So there you have it. Summer is busy. Good busy. And I love it.
Monday, June 29, 2009
2 Tbsp butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
lemon juice and powdered sugar
3. beat eggs slightly in medium bowl w/ wire whisk. Beat in remaining ingredients except lemon juice/powdered sugar.
4. Pour batter over apples. Bake 30-35 minutes. Immediately loosen edge of pancake and turn upside down onto heatproof serving plate.
Serve immediately sprinkled with lemon juice and powdered sugar if desired.
---or omit step 2 and cut baking time by 5-10 minutes to make this without apples
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
raining in my heart print on maple wood veneer
Originally uploaded by space oddities
I decided to experiment with printing on wood veneer last night. I stopped by a specialty wood store and found this pretty maple wood veneer and then gocco printed Chad's "raining in my heart" illustration on it. The prints turned out really crisp. We already have one sitting on our mantle and it's so pretty.
While I was at the wood store I was also convinced to take a class to learn how to build an acoustic guitar (it didn't take much convincing.) I have no idea when I will have the time or money to do this but it is officially on my list of things to learn!