Etsy Crush: Einstein

I share a birthday with one of my heroes, Albert Einstein. He was born 107 years before me to the day (132 years ago yesterday). He created profound theories on gravity, cosmology, and light, and of course he is the creator of the theory of relativity, which includes the famous e=mc². He spoke out against racism, believed in humility, and encouraged imagination. Today I dedicate my Etsy Crush post to Einstein and his creative genius.

“Imagination is everything” – a print by the big harumphPRINT - Imagination is everything LINOCUT sea foam green - poster 8x10

Einstein’s handwritten notes, in t-shirt form, by nonfiction teesEinstein Tshirt Relativity handwriting Theory Tee WOMENS Shirt

“To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Einstein rode a bike. Bracelet by dindiSterling silver bangle with bycicle - Keep moving

Field bag to carry inspiration, by Bad Bat DesignsCanvas Field Bag-Albert E

Einstein was famous for his wacky hair…and moustache, by Sarah Elizabeth Designsmustache on a stick - einstein

E=mc² is great for parties – cufflinks by bmusedTheory of Relativity Cufflinks

Have your own mini Einstein from Uneek Doll DesignsAlbert Einstein Scientific Miniature Art Doll

I had to include this awesome button set by the lovely Scientific CultureFamous Scientist Button Set

And finally, a statement for the ages (in a beautiful design) by faroucheyou are here now

25 before 26

I hope you don’t mind my sharing something a little more personal here. Since it’s based on my birthday, I figure it should be life goals, or things I really want to accomplish personally. I’m trying to make them simple to check off (rather than “work on being…”), so it’ll be easy to track my progress 😀

And, without further ado, my list!

  1. Bake a pie from scratch
  2. Start truly planning for a hike on the Appalachian Trail
  3. Embroider a painting (been on my list forever)
  4. Take a weekend away with Alex
  5. Participate in a 5K
  6. Write & send a letter to someone I admire
  7. Get my motorcycle license
  8. Learn to play Go
  9. Stretch & paint a looong canvas
  10. Build a new piece of furniture for our home
  11. Go on a real picnic (must include a basket + blanket!)
  12. Spend a day enjoying all things AUSTIN.
  13. Draw every day for a month (again)
  14. Dedicate a day to rainbows
  15. Finish and share an original comic
  16. Devote a day to spreading kindness to strangers
  17. Host a wine party
  18. Enjoy an evening on the balcony
  19. Be happy with my body
  20. Start an herb garden
  21. Have a photo shoot with friends
  22. Visit a National Monument I haven’t seen before
  23. Try a new sport
  24. See a live musical
  25. Read 25 books

That averages out to just over 2 a month…shouldn’t be too hard, right? I guess I’ll be updating throughout the coming year. Here’s to some fun adventures!

Knitted Wonderland

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 :)

Tara of Fifty AcornsMarci and BridgetVelma Sarah and AJKnitting up our tree!

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 😉

Treehugger

(I’m such a treehugger! ;))

Etsy Crush: For my birthday

Since my birthday is next week (!), my Etsy Crush post this week is a wish list of presents I’d love to receive 😀 There are so many pretty things!!

Yellow + polka dots = one fun clutch by FA2u!Yellow Polka Dots - 8 inches Large Silver Frame Clutch

I love this lavender necklace by LavenderField!Lavender Crochet Necklace

Yaaarrrrrrrn! hehehe… I would rock this temp tattoo by Twinkie Chan!YAAARRRN temporary tattoo

I want to dress in style with a purple wig from Miss Violet Lace!SPRING FEVER SALE Purple Passion // Light Purple // Super Long Straight One Length Wig

I’m also still crushing on terrariums, and I love the yellow pop! By Sea & Asters:Tillandsia and Billy Buttons Part 2

I want this gorgeous skirt by YYStudio, too :)50s Audrey Hepburn Rainbow Red Green Yellow White Cotton Pleated Full Circle Skirt E FREE SHIPPING International

And this adorable “hello” necklace by Joanna Rutter, since I like to greet everyone I see 😀Custom Name Necklace

And I think I’ll take a pair of these satin pumps by La Plume EtherePurple Satin Peacock Pumps .. Size 7 1/2

And finally, I’ll need a place to put the cake 😉 by Aedriel Originals:Mini Cake Stand- Perfect for Cupcakes

Well, looks like I’m all set! Seriously though, my favorites list is getting rather long ♡ Maybe I’ll take a little shopping “trip” for my birthday….;)

You Amaze Me, Thomas Wold

How have a just learned of Thomas Wold? His background in visual arts and furniture design have led him to create colorful, funky, wonderful pieces of furniture-art (I am officially naming a new genre). His pieces are everything from suave to outrageous, and they’re all really cool. Seriously, he has such a cool style!

He manages to combine so many variations in color and texture all into a cohesive design. He does everything from side tables to complete kitchen installations. Each piece fits well into its surroundings, yet stands out as a piece of art. Several of his furniture pieces feature reclaimed or recycled materials, too.

Good Hotel Lobbyrock candy

Plaid Credenza

Mushroom Table

mixed breed media credenza

san rafael kitchen

For your innovative style and cool use of color and material, you amaze me, Thomas Wold.

Check out his stuff: Blog | Portfolio | Store | Tumblr

Quick & Easy Chinese

We got this book from Crate & Barrel last summer, and let me tell you: I LOVE IT.

The recipes are definitely quick & easy. I did have to buy a couple special ingredients, but they weren’t hard to find (I just didn’t usually have them on hand). The directions are clear and concise, and nothing is too complicated. And, of course, a great cookbook comes with great photos! Not every recipe has one, but they don’t need them since most of the dishes are ones you’ve seen before.

My favorite recipe from this book is Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups (although I use faux meat instead of beef). I had the dish once at P.F. Chang’s and was amazed. I’m so happy that I can cook it for myself now! I actually hosted a dinner party using just recipes from this cookbook, and it was a hit. They’re so much fun to make, and easy to modify.

I still have several recipes I want to try out 😀 I know I’ll be using this cookbook for a long time to come!

My NEW LINE!

I set a goal last month to list 10 new items in my shop in the first week of March. I’ve thought a lot about how I want to proceed with my shop, and decided several things. 1: I love art, craft, and design – and want to use all of them. 2: I love several styles and methods for each and I want to use all of them, too. 3: I love interior design!

In conclusion: I’ve started a home dec line 😀

I’ve had so much fun brainstorming, planning, and creating my new line! It allows me to use my background in architecture, art, and design in a new and exciting way. This way I can combine new and old styles, methods, materials, and more into a brand all my own. I’ll be listing all weekend, and I hope you love my new products!

Home Sweet Homei <3 u cross stitch

Komforte Chokolates

Why all the k’s? No idea. But as for French Toast Chockolate – why not sooner?

Komforte Chockolates

I’ve tried hot pepper chocolate and lavender chocolate, but never savory chocolate. Savory flavors + chocolate = genius. Plus, I’m all about adding chocolate to my favorite breakfast foods. And the simple, easy-to-read packaging (in bright, appropriate colors) only increases my interest. On second thought, I think I’ll try all three :)

From across the blogiverse…

As I am exhausting myself at a soccer tournament in New Orleans right now, I thought I could leave you with some fabulous finds from the blogosphere.

Have you noticed that geometrics are totally in right now? I knew that repeating, usually symmetrical geometrics look great on fabric, but I’ve seen crazy assymetrical designs popping up all across Etsy (like this necklace ♡) and Pinterest (like this wall thing) A new fad, perhaps? What do you think? Either way, I like this triangle-themed mobile, spotted over on Smile and Wave. Don’t you want to make one? Project ReStyle: Modern Mobile

I started one of these a while back, but lost motivation. Seeing it again (and accompanied by a tutorial!) makes me want to try again! Weave your own basket out of newspaper with the help of nifty thrifty things:

As a long-time fan of stripes and a new-found lover of crochet, I have to share these crocheted striped hand warmers from the Purl Bee! In case we get another cold snap (hey, it’s possible!), I’ll whip up a pair of these 😀Whit's Knits: Crocheted Striped Hand Warmers

And I must not be quite over Valentine’s Day yet, because I think this simple balsa wood heart on Design*Sponge is just super cute! diy project: scandinavian-inspired wooden heart

And make some adorable kitchen utensil holders with this tutorial from Crafts by Amanda:Make Your Own Kitchen Utensil Holders

Have a fun and crafty Saturday! 😀