Mother’s Day is coming up right around the corner so I thought I would share with you all a list of some ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. And just because it’s too late to order anything online without paying super expensive shipping for the occasion you can always go to a store and pick something up!
It’s that time again when the cleaning, redecorating and arranging bug comes to bite everyone. I still cannot believe that I still have so much bare space on my walls, but since I do that means that it is the perfect time to make a new wall hanging. This one is super easy and won’t take long at all.
How long has it been since you read a good book? I know I haven’t picked one up in ages. As a kid I used to read all of the time, and as an adult I found it not only hard to find the time to read, but it was also hard to figure out what I wanted to read. I would also pick books based on their covers and then ultimately fall asleep reading a boring book. In order to try to solve that problem I thought it would be a good idea to try the Book of the Month Club! It’s an online subscription service that takes the pressure out of trying to figure out what to read next, and delivers hard cover books right to your door. AND in hopes of keeping accountable in my reading I thought I could share some of my thoughts on here with you all.
If for some reason you are reading this and don’t notice anything different then let me just tell you this exciting news now; URK-ART HAS HAD A SITE UPDATE! I am so so beyond excited to finally share what I have been working on the past few weeks with you all, and here it is in a sparkling new website.
When you think of Valentine’s Day you think chocolate, flowers, and conversation heart candy…obviously. But other than being cute and great to pass out in grade school do conversation hearts actually have any uses? I mean are there people who still eat these things? Since I don’t, I thought it would be fun to turn a few heart shaped candies into some really cute rings to wear this week!
There is nothing more relaxing than a good embroidery session, and I felt it was time to take it up a notch. I have never embroidered anything other than fabric before and thought it would be good to give some photos a try. To get started I printed out some black and white headshots of myself that I thought would be fun to add a little something extra to. I ended up printing them pretty small (4×6) since I have never done this before. The small size made embroidering the entire photo more manageable as I was experimenting with a new process. It was really cool to be able to add different colors and textures onto the photo using the thread.
Do you ever have a project you have been meaning to get around to, but can never find the time? I felt that way about these throw pillows. I had been meaning to make a pair of pillows for my sofa since I moved into my apartment last summer, but there never seemed to be time to get it done. Plus the thought of dying indoors was a little intimidating to me. I even had all of the supplies waiting and ready to go, but for a long time it was just an idea. Well I was finally feeling inspired to try a dye technique I have been wanting to do for a while now, and now my living room is so much happier. Ice-dying is a really cool way to let powdered dye drip and melt into awesome faded designs, AND it is the perfect DIY dye to do indoors.
I don’t know about you all but I have been OBSESSED with making wall hangings lately. If you got a chance to see my MACRAME PHOTO WALL HANGING last month then this project will look very familiar. I had a few remaining photos left from my set of 25 squares from PARABO PRESS and still had plenty of wall space.
HELLO NERDS… and other readers of the fabulous Urk-Art Blog.
Sarah and I met our freshmen year of college through the Penn State Graphic Design program. We bonded over our shared appreciation for all things “nerdy” and it definitely got us through the more difficult weeks of school.
Our late nights were complemented with marathons of X-Files and Star Trek episodes. Our days off with Lord of the Rings. For my senior magazine, I recreated the world of Gotham and she was my first choice for Barbara Gordon. We spent so much time surrounded by these different universes that we basically Pavlov-ed ourselves to only function creatively when it had something to do with Sci-Fi or Fantasy and consequently when a TV was on the background.
So, when Sarah reached out to me to guest blog on her site, it took me about three seconds to figure out what to write about. May you enjoy the below ramblings that were squeezed from my mind grapes.