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!

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….;)

a surprise and a good book

Lego creationCreationary

I threw a surprise Lego party for Alex’s birthday Thursday, and I just have to tell you that it was a hit! Good dinner, great friends, and lots of Legos!! I also decorated his cake with chocolate Lego men. [Here’s how: Buy a Lego minifigure ice cube tray. Melt white chocolate and color it yellow. Fill the mold and wait for it to set. Pop out, and draw faces with black icing gel!] It was awesome. He got lots of Lego gifts and afterward we played Creationary. I love theme parties 😀

In other news, I’m in love with this book:

You may have seen me tweet about it a couple times. I’ve now read it cover to cover! It contains tutorials – some are simple and obvious, some are novel and interesting. It gives many ideas for living sustainably (cheaply, resourcefully) by reusing things in new ways, by creating your own natural products instead of buying chemicals, and by many putting to use things you’d otherwise throw away. And it includes a ton of profiles on art projects and artists who have done all these things! There are chairs made from suitcases, chandeliers from eyeglasses, and speakers from paper cups. There are vintage products made new, packaging made into furniture, and a million other trash-to-treasure stories. I’ve found it to be a great source of inspiration, and I bet you’d like it, too :)