I found this bench on one of my lunchtime walks around South Lamar. It’s a regular ol’ bus stop bench that has been redone with electrical tape. Isn’t it amazing what a good eye and some tape can accomplish? Suddenly a boring city bench is colorful and fun!
This little work of graffiti brightens my
Friday was the official installation day for A Knitted Wonderland at the Blanton Museum of Art! It was amazing to see so many volunteers in the Faulkner Plaza sewing beautifully knit creations to 99 trees. It got a lot of attention from passers-by on the University of Texas campus, and it was wonderful to see so many people smiling because of our work (play)!
I’m so glad I got to team up with Velma and Sarah to work on a tree together. We also got to help with several other Etsy Austin members and friends – Bridget, Tara, and Marci were all there
Several of my other friends and family have gone by to check it out, too. It’s so pretty seeing all the trees together! The exhibit will be open until March 18, so go check it out if you’re in Austin 😉
(I’m such a treehugger! ;))
Graham Francoise is a local illustrator and painter here in Austin, Texas. His work is dreamy and introspective, somewhat sad yet filled with hope. His characters are beautiful, innocent, and instantly recognizable. Each painting somehow expresses an entire story, one that immediately compels you to know more; they draw you in. There is a sense of longing there, but they are very peaceful. The frequently muted colors and touches of nature in his works, and of course the tranquil expressions on the characters’ faces, give me a feeling of calm.
For making such beauty, you amaze me, Graham Fracoise.
Please visit his website and shop to view more of his work
Along with a couple hundred other volunteers, I am knitting orange, pink, turquoise, and olive yarn to cover 99 trees in the Blanton Art Museum plaza. The project is coordinated by Magda Sayeg, renowned yarn-bomber/textile artist. The exhibit will open in March for Expolore UT, where tons of little kids get to play on campus and learn all about the University of Texas (my alma mater). It’s going to be so neat to see it all put together! It will really be a knitted wonderland of such happy colors 😀
Every tree has to be striped with the required colors (although not necessarily all four), and we chose to divide ours up and stripe them however we wish. My stripes are all varying sizes with no color order. I love the randomness! I began knitting my 2.5 foot section for the tree sponsored by Velma, Lisa, and me a couple weeks ago. I was so excited that I’ve already finished….woops! I’m really looking forward to getting together with the girls and knitting our creations onto our tree. Don’t worry, I’ll take lots of photos 😉
And of course I’m already finding other uses for my leftover yarn…;D
It fits perfectly into my latest brainstorm! Oh, it’ll be great when I can show it all 😀
I always get really shy around groups of girls. I don’t know why, but I’m generally more comfortable with guys. Not to say I don’t have some wonderful girl friends I just find myself more at ease getting to know men than women. I was ridiculously nervous going to my first Etsy Austin meeting last December. I kept thinking, What if no one likes me? So like a middle schooler. But last night I walked into the monthly Etsy Austin meeting and was met by a room full of friends. I’m still a little shy, but I don’t think anyone would know it. It’s been a blast getting to know these talented ladies this year! Meetings, events, Stitch ‘n’ Bitches…they’ve all been really fun And now I get to look forward to Craft Riot with them all!
As you know, I just completed my first and second markets, and they were really fun! Etsy Austin’s Craft Riot will be a much bigger event. Two days, over 40 local vendors, all handmade goods – and tons of friends! It’s just over a month away, and I have a lot to get done. The first 25 people through the door each day will get goody bags packed with fun stuff from each vendor. I’ve got 50 little gifts to make! Plus lots of huggles, cowls, and art to stock up on And of course some new, not-in-the-shop surprises 😉
I am so excited!!
Yesterday we (hubby and friends) spent all afternoon at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. It’s fed from natural springs and is 3 acres large. It’s also an average of 68° (read: COLD). The only way we could get in was by jumping!
After a couple minutes we could feel our arms and legs again. We swam up and down the length of the pool, trying to avoid the grass and algae. So much fun! I can’t believe that in 5 years of living in Austin this was my first time to swim at Barton Springs. It definitely won’t be the last!
I think I’ll go during the next full moon – everyone howls at the moon! I think that’s an experience worth braving the cold water for I also still need to see the Barton Springs Salamander! It’s endangered and only lives in Barton Springs and surrounding area. Neat 😀
For your beautiful and fun environment, you amaze me, Barton Springs!
Pentagram is a design firm with offices in London, Berlin, New York, and AUSTIN! Their office is actually right next door to my father-in-law’s (I believe they helped design his logo). But that’s not why they amaze me. They amaze me because they make beautiful designs!
They create products, identities, and packaging…
They offer signage, architecture, and interiors…
And they design print, publications, and books!
(You may note that the last one is published by Phaidon ♡ Also, all photos from Phaidon’s website)
And they are all beautiful. One day I’d like to be as talented as they. And that is why you amaze me, Pentagram!
This week I want to feature some members of Team Etsy Austin! These are a wonderful group of people, and I couldn’t be happier that I joined the team last year. Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” which means “Support local businesses!” So if you’re local, you should definitely give these ladies a look! You can find them on Etsy, or at many markets and locations around town Without further ado, here are some colorful creations of my fellow Austinites!