I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not, but one of my goals over the next year (or three) is to slowly (but surely!) make a blanket for all of my favorite people in life. It might be a quilt, or a crocheted piece or MAYBE a knitted blanket (I have to REALLY like you to spend that much time on a blanket)… but this is my goal. Blankets are comforting and time consuming, but they’re a fun challenge.
This blanket was made for my good friend Brianna (you can read about some of my adventures with Bri here and here). We’ve been buddies since high school and she is basically the Ron Swanson to my Leslie Knope. We are pretty opposite, but at the same time have SO MUCH in common. It’s a great friendship. Having said that, I wanted to make her a rad blanket that would compliment the decor in her house and be a fun enough keep my interest whilst crocheting it for hours (upon hours, upon hours). Also, Bri’s mom is an avid sewer and quilter, so I had a lot to live up to as far as decorative blankets go in that house! (Bri’s mom – your quilts can never be topped!)
Ok, I’ll stop sucking up now. I found the pattern for this blanket in this book. The square crochets up pretty quickly, which was great. It helped that I was using 5 different colors for this blanket, so my eyes never got bored looking at the same color. This is important! When I get bored during a project, I lose motivation to finish it and then it’ll sit around for a few months. No bueno!
This blanket took about 2 months. I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t feel so intimidated/lazy about sewing the squares together. Eventually, the work got done (with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on in the background, of course).
I’m really happy with the outcome of this blanket. The colors are very vintage, but the pattern feels updated. This is another blanket that I thought about keeping (much like this one).
Are you working on a blanket project? Have you made blankets (knit, crochet, quilted) in the past? What was your biggest challenge? My next blanket is going to be a quilt… so keep your eyes peeled for that post in about… oh, 2 to 3 months. (wink)
Sorry for my radio silence the last two months. I was doing so well with blogging in February and I totally dropped the ball… and for very good reasons!
1.) March was my birthday month, so I was a very busy gal… you know, celebrating life and whatnot. And making my friends (I wish my SoCal friends could have teleported to celebrate as well!) watch my favorite movies from childhood at my themed slumber party, “Welcome to 1993.” We watched Free Willy (well, it was on in the background whilst Jello shots were being consumed), The Babysitter’s Club, Moonwalker, and Jurassic Park. I also made goodie bags, which was probably my favorite part of my birthday slumber party.
2.) I moved! My beloved roommate and I parted ways after 3.5 fun years of sharing living quarters (and 2 years prior to that back in college). Needless to say, I miss my roomie, but I am loving living alone, and my new neighborhood. While I don’t have any blog-ready interior photos quite yet, I will share one of the chairs I have my eye on from EQ3 in Oakland. I LOVE EQ3!
So now that I am comfortably settled into my new age (29) and my new place, I will be updating more regularly. Or, one would hope. I hope everyone is having a lovely spring, wherever you may be.
Kirkham & Funston, where our Inner Sunset journey begins
This past Christmas I decided to splurge a little on myself and bought a DSLR camera. (Which means that my posts will be a lot more photo heavy from now on!) I did some research and asked around to get recommendations for a body and lens that would best suit a beginner. My friends unanimously recommended a 50mm lens, and for the camera body, I decided to go with a Canon 30D.
My sisters are photographers, so I was lucky to have them around during the holidays to answer all of my questions (I had a lot, and still have a lot). My sister let me borrow this book, which was a fantastic introduction to the world of understanding aperture, ISO and exposure.
A good friend of mine also jumped into DSLR photography last year, so we spent a day together about a month ago exploring her neighborhood (the Inner Sunset) and taking some photos.
Kate leads the way on our trek up Mt. Sutro
The view from about halfway up Mt. Sutro
It was a very cloudy day, which (for me especially) was quite a challenge. As dark as it seemed to be outside, a lot of my photos were overexposed. But luckily a few came out ok too.
Golden Gate Bridge in the distance
I hope that my photos only get better from here. One thing I know about myself is that I’m not the biggest fan of hiking, but taking my camera outside on that day in the Inner Sunset and (gasp) hiking up Mt. Sutro didn’t feel like exercise at all. It felt like work, for sure, (I totally tripped over a tree branch at one point) but I think the photo-taking distracted from the idea that we were hiking. Basically, I think this is a great new way to trick myself into getting out of the house and getting some Vitamin D and endorphins.
I typically don’t post “life coach-y” things on my blog (at least I don’t think I do…), but lately I’ve become a fan of Marie Forleo’s YouTube Channel and blog. She’s a savvy (and charming) businesswoman who answers her readers’ questions and often has guests on her program to help give advice.
One of those guests (who is probably my favorite to date) is Dr. Cathy Collaut. 1.) Her advice is totally on point and reminds me a little of a book I read that explains the idea of the “upper limit problem” (although she doesn’t explicitly address this in this video), 2.) while her advice may start to sound a little new age-y from time to time, she uses science to back up her arguments, which I appreciate, and 3.) her outfit is super cute.
So, give it a watch, enjoy, and I hope it inspires you to negotiate with your subconcious. Right now, my subconcious wants to go back to sleep, but hopefully this Earl Grey will convince it otherwise… any minute now…
2012 felt like the year of the blankets for me. I made four total! (Including this one.) This particular blanket is one of my favorites I’ve made to date. I found the pattern for this beauty over on Etsy. The pattern makes a crib-sized blanket, but since this was for my adult-sized friend, I doubled the pattern length-wise. I don’t remember exactly how long my chain was, but it worked out!
When ordering yarn for blanket projects, I almost always go with Vanna’s Choice because 1.) the yarn is really soft, 2.) the line has a large color selection, and 3.) it’s affordable (about $3/skein). This project called for about 12 skeins of yarn total.
My friend’s sense of style is very specific and always ahead of current trends, so I wanted to use colors and a pattern that would look chic FOREVER – I knew I wanted to use black and white. I thought a pop of color would be fun, so I gave her the choice of lime green or bright yellow, and I’m so happy she went with yellow. I think this blanket would look great with any pop of color (mint would look really great as well).
I’m not gonna lie… when I finished this blanket (which took about 3 months — I ended up having to give it to her as a Christmas gift!), I secretly wanted to keep it. This probably means I need to make one for myself soon. One can never have too many handmade blankets, amirite?
A few months ago, my good friend Katrina asked me to design the program for her wedding. I had so much fun designing a customized map for another friend’s wedding back in June, so I jumped at the chance to contribute to Josh and Katrina’s special day.
Josh and Katrina tied the knot at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, designed by Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son). Considering the minimalist architecture of Wayfarer’s Chapel, and how it allows for the surrounding nature to take the starring role when you’re inside, I wanted the program’s design to function similarly. Finding an elegant, simple way to present the information was my challenge. Katrina provided me with a lot of inspiring designs that she liked, so that helped solidify my understanding of what they were looking for.
To my delight, Katrina and Josh chose my favorite of the design options I presented to them, and after a few rounds of edits, I’m really happy with the way it turned out!
One of my goals for 2013 (which I will post more about soon!) is to watch at least one movie that was made before 1980 every week. I’m pleasantly surprised to have discovered that watching one a week has lead to, well, watching more than one movie a week. I recently cancelled my Netflix subscription so I could instead either borrow movies or rediscover ones I already own, and most importantly, to support my local independent video store Video Wave, which I have already visited more times this month than all of last year. I love that place!
Today I wanted to shed a little blog light on kind of a kooky film that I actually watched when I was at home for the holidays via Roku (I think it was streaming for free on Amazon with my sister’s Amazon Prime membership) — The Long, Long Trailer (1953). My mom loves everything Lucille Ball, so she talked me into watching this silly comedy about Tacy and Nicky (ahem, Lucy and Ricky, essentially), who decide that instead of buying a traditional home it would be more cost effective to purchase an oh-so-chic trailer. Hilarity ensues.
My takeaway from this film: 1.) I forgot how much I love Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s dynamic. They have undeniable comedic chemistry and the movie is really funny. 2.) I WANT ALL OF TACY’S OUTFITS! Credit goes to costume designer Helen Rose who was also responsible for costuming memorable films such as On the Town (1949), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), and Silk Stockings (1957) (amongst many, many more) and won two Oscars for her costume work.
I threw this last photo in for fun. Isn’t Lucille Ball just an absolute beauty?
I spotted this over on Megan Allan Cole’s blog this morning and it made me really happy. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of blogs and Pinterest boards full of inspiring images and neat ideas/arrangements/color palettes to really stop and just enjoy what already exists — instead of curating your space, cultivating a feeling and perhaps just noticing what you’ve already built and appreciating that.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the most productive over the weekend. I have more energy, more access to sunlight (on the rare occasion that the sun decides to peak out through the ever-present San Francisco fog), and usually get more sleep (yes, I’m 28 and still like to sleep in until 10am. Don’t hate.).
Here are some of my goals for this weekend, the last few days of 2012:
Clean my apartment – I was out of town for about a week and it needs a good scrub down. The thing about cleaning aside from it being annoying is that it is also time consuming. BUT, it is also exercise. AND, it would be really nice to start the new year with a clean apartment. This is really important in some cultures.
Finish reading for Book Club – My good friend started a book club. My good friend lives in Long Beach. Normally that would be a problem, since I live too far away to attend meetings, but thanks to modern technology (i.e. Skype) I can attend said meetings! This month’s selection is Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. I’ve seen the film 3 or so times and loved it. I’m about 40% through the book and am loving it even more than the film. (Although I’m imagining Frith as Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey. But whatever — it’s my brain, I can imagine whomever I please!) My goal is to finish this bad boy by Sunday night.
Upload Photos from my DSLR – About a month ago I bought a Canon 30D DSLR and a 50mm lens. I also bought this sexy camera strap at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles (except mine is mustard). My sisters are photographers, so I took advantage of their knowledge when I was at home last week to finally learn the basics. I took about 200 photos and can’t wait to get them into Adobe Lightroom (and learn how to use that!). A lot of learning happening this month.
Finish my Online Portfolio – ‘Nuff said. I just need to get everything loaded to my Cargo Collective page and I’m sure I’ll make an announcement here and EVERYWHERE via social media. Because that’s how I roll. For now I’m happy to finally have a PDF of some of my work available.
I think this weekend will be cold and rainy in these parts, so staying indoors to accomplish all of these things shouldn’t be too difficult. Hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy the remainder of 2012, and make the most of it!
Since 2012 will soon be coming to a close, I thought I’d update my portfolio. So, here it is! Feel free to click on the iMac below to take a peak at a PDF of my 2012 portfolio, or hop on over to my Portfolio page.
My online portfolio is currently under construction, but should be up by the end of this week. It’ll be a more comprehensive look at the work I’ve done over the past 6 years. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below or contact me if you have any questions!