I didn't even know about this! I mean, I knew that Tim from HelloIndie had written to me a bit ago, but to be honest I had kinda forgotten about the write up.
But how cute + wonderful everything looks! Hurrah!
I didn't even know about this! I mean, I knew that Tim from HelloIndie had written to me a bit ago, but to be honest I had kinda forgotten about the write up.
But how cute + wonderful everything looks! Hurrah!
These beauties are now for sale in the Black Apple shop, here. They're
hand-cut silhouettes of my bird's nest hair girl, and they very nearly gave
me carpal tunnel syndrome yesterday! But they're lovely and definently worth it.
The green gal has sold, but the
rest are available (for the time being!)
Whew! All four sold today. Maybe another batch will turn up soon :)
I've had a very blissful weekend so far, which started with a fun movie date with
my friend Jenny on Friday. We went to see "American Dreamz", which was pretty funny. Anyone who has ever seen even one set of preliminary auditions for American Idol would appreciate the satire. Not great, but kinda fun entertainment.
I find it hilarious, personally, how my standards for movies I'd like to see tend to plummet the closer we get to summer, and the further we are from the "golden months" of movies (october-december).
This weekend, I truly was up for going to see "Friends With Money" (featuring all of the aging, quirky looking ladies of hollywood...Catherine Keener, Francis Mcdormand, Joan Cusack and (the exception, I suppose) Jennifer Aniston). I was also up for "Silent Hill" (cough of embarrassment). I cannot wait until Art School Confidential & The Notorious Bettie Page come out...then I won't have to be embarrassed (for about a weekend)!
I also went to Borders for my monthly magazine binge (it's my only real vice). Holy Smokes, has anyone seen the newest issue of Selvedge? It is so incredible. So incredible in fact, it deserves a blog of it's own.
I did buy the new Giant Robot, though, and I am a little smitten with the work of the cover artist, Jeana Sohn. You can see the great cover here , and her website proper is here .
The interview is kind of a bore, but the work is great. The low point is the uninspired way in which she tells of how she "got her style/aesthetic" so to speak, which was that she went to see a show at Giant Robot (ironic) 2 years ago and liked that (dare I say trendy?) superflat-illustrationy-Mary Blairish stuff (ie, Seonna Hong who I love) that so many folks do these days, and decided to parrot it. This girl's visual sources are her contemporaries, other "flat" painters, not the actual 40's, 50's and 60's children's book illustrations and films that really created & popularized this look. As someone who has always been inspired more by fashion/textiles, music and film than by painters, illustrators, or photographers (my own mediums), I don't really understand people who take all of their visual cues from a contemporary who's doing something just like them, and in the same medium. I don't mean to be hard on this person, her work is lovely, it just loses a little bit of...something...for me when I think about people's work being so trendy. Like, mexican wrestlers are the new bigfoot are the new deer...(if you get my drift).
The high point, however, is when she tells the stories that are actually straight from her childhood. The best is one in which her father killed a crow, and brought it into the house. Their house was immediately surrounded by throngs of other crows, who knew what was inside (She speculated that maybe he was the king). The murder of crows went away when the dead crow was buried elsewhere. A great story. I hope so much that it's true!
Last night was paper cutting, fun sushi dinner with Clint at our usual Saturday date-night place, and then chai and lots of magazine reading (and a great conversation about Hello Kitty and handwriting tablets at the coffee shop with my friend Mary + her boyfriend + Clint).
I have high hopes for the rest of today, so I better unplug myself from the internet now!
The view from where I stood yesterday was too good
not to share.
So, the snips and snails...well, that's all about Mrs. Suzanna Snail right here (created in the same movie watching frenzy as all of the other little cuties from yesterday). She just needed a little cape, a riding cape to be precise. Clint suggested a cape, and I think he was thinking more Superman...but with me, you ask for superhero, you get Jo March.
So I think it's mostly pictures today. Not too many words to say...
ooh! Except that my blogging is coming to you directly from my new, new-smelling computer!
Hooray! Double hooray!
I've been running on the dreaded "Windows ME" for the last 5 years, every day fearing
the destruction of my un-backed-up everything. So here we are. It's super fast and super...works. Which is astonishing enough!
I think I'll be back with another installment of "People that I want to Marry" later today....Just a feeling.
The postcard sets are up in the shop, now! They're my "featured items" of the day.
I just gotta add this in. My new computer (hooray!) just came via UPS. And you know what I realized? My UPS man looks exactly like John Doe. The singer from X. Exactly. Except for maybe more handsome...in that vaguely alchoholic way.
I spent yesterday being a total lazy layabout with my sweetie, which entails lots of movie watching, which equals little projects that can be done in front of the television. I paint alot while we watch movies (a habit that sometimes can be annoying, I know, especially when it comes to foreign films...Clint says "If you can't even listen to the movie (as I can with movies in English) why are we even watching?!" In my defense I have my methods of knowing what's going on in the movie. I look up sometimes.
Anyway, the whole rigamarole about my movie watching rituals was to bring us to several actual points. One is: The Godfather Pt. Three is not that bad. After being told by every film-god-fearing movie buff that it is terrible, it was actually pretty good. It's only bad in contrast to the "eerie perfection" (-boyfriend) of the first two. And Sophia Coppola is an unbelievably bad actress. Everytime she came on the scene and had even the silghtest bit of dialogue, I was chanting "shut up-shut up-shut-up". I think it's her voice. It's a good thing for many reasons that she became a director....though, am I the only smarty pants girl (or boy) in the room who never really saw what the B.F.D. was about The Virgin Suicides? I really liked Lost In Translation, though, so it's all apples and oranges I suppose.
The other point (point two?) is my little felty hand stitched friends that were made yesterday.
Some of these guys are off to live in the The Little Moth shop, and a few are staying right here.
Oh, before I completely get off the subject of films for today, we also watched Broadcast News , which was great. A borderline romantic comedy about people with principals that are important to them! It's so rare that I see a movie, especially one from this unfortunate genre, that makes me feel like less of an alien. I love Holly Hunter something fierce...mostly because of The Piano , one of my favorite movies, but also because of her dexterity and realness (real in a witty, clever way, not a depressing way).
New postcards for the shop arrived yesterday, and now they're all packaged up pretty in sets of 10 with 10 envelopes a piece. As mentioned a week or so ago, I chose "A Good Egg is Hard to Find", "Curious Birdplane" and a combination pack of "Snail Rider" + "Red Fawn Rider" (5 of each image). These cuties will be in the shop later today to meet all your correspondance needs.
Also, I finished a new painting last night, and here she is to meet you:
She's got a typewriter dress, people, a dress that's a typewriter. I'm telling you this idea had been swimming around and around in my head ever since I drew my little telephone girl.
She is quite a lovely lady. (I forgot to add earlier that she sold while I was asleep to the dear Leisl, who is becoming one of my best customers! Thanks, Leisl!)
Ok, well I'm off to watch the Godfather 3 (I had never seen 1 or 2 until last night, when a wave of guilt and alienation washed over me for not having watched them, as they are A.) Mega Famous and B.) My mother's favorite movies.
Two things were done this afternoon. Well not done entirely this afternoon, but finished this afternoon. One is the thrifted dresser spoken of...oh...a few days ago. It is now complete, and will from now on be referred to as "My Favorite Dresser Ever".
I painted it with a very pretty interior satin finish paint from Lowe's called "Well Water"...that's some very vivid water you've got there in your well, Mr. Lowe(s). The little floral design down there at the bottom (difficult to see) is actually wrapping paper that I decoupaged. The whole darn thing didn't really stand a chance until I added these babies, though. The knobs. These lovely, lovely knobs.
These are the prettiest drawer pulls that a girl could ever hope for! And it only made sense, since the dresser itself cost a mere 5 clams, to spend...oh, 14 times that on knobs.
To appease Clint, I did look at the hardware store but all had to offer was boring boring boring and then some ugly copper-look seahorses. No thanks. So I got them from here. Big suprise :)
I also beat it up a bit about the edges (with sandpaper) to make sure those knobs didn't make it too prissy. And because I like for things to look comfy and worn in when it comes to dressers and the like.
And the tote is super cute, too...and is in the Little Moth shop now. But it is totally eclipsed by the dresser! Exciting stuff up tomorrow...new card sets for the shop! Hurrah!
3 Black Apple Samplers
available in the shop! Here.
Hooray for suprises! But no more for this week...more next Tuesday!
Those frisky paper bag girls...they're at it again!
They live here .
I love paper lunch bags, more than I can say. It's one of those irrationally strong object-loves.
Their dresses are fashioned from these incredible vintage paper placemats that were scored on Saturday at my favorite thrift store!
It was about time that I finally got around to trying my hand at the Freezer Paper Magic that has been sweeping the crafty-blog-ladies lately. This stuff is amazing! Freezer paper, what a suprise. If you want to stencil on clothes, I dare say this is probably the best method you could possibly hope for (at least the best cheap-y, attainable method).
What we have here are a lovely gramaphone reconstruct, a bird's nest hair silhouette tee, and a great stripey vintage vest with a rabbit + hedgehog friend meeting.
They'll be listed in the Little Moth shop for sale this afternoon (that is, unless, I decide to keep one or all of them !) so you can look there for some detail shots if you'd like to! I hope everyone had + is having a lovely weekend...I'm off to make a $5 thrifted dresser beautiful (probably tomorrow's post!)
Hooray, Hooray! I finally finished putting together the "starter playset" of the Black Apple Paper Dolls!
There are 3 Dolls (Charlotte, Gretchen, and Stella) 3 Dresses, 2 Play outfits, 1 Pirate outfit (obviously), 1 Kitty Hat (again, obviously), 2 Pairs of Boots (Cowboy & Combat), and 1 striped scarf! Whew! These were quite an undertaking...more than they seem to be, I'm sure. They'll be available into the shop this afternoon.
I'm about to go put them into the shop...oh, but I must say a word about something totally unrelated, which is icing. Sarah mentioned the buttercream recipe used to ice her birthday cupcakes, so last night when I decided to bake some "cheering-up-the-evening" cupcakes, I tracked down that recipe. And holy smokes it is incredible. The icing itself is so good that it made me put too much on the indivicual cupcakes, and sent me at least into an almost coma. And it's very very simple...you will never have to rely on the wierd, waxy canned stuff again. And neither will I! Here is the where the oh so simple genius recipe is found.
I just ordered a bunch of new stuff for the store, and I am really excited about all of it. There will be 3 new postcard sets (2 with single images, and 1 with 2 images included) I decided on Curious Birdplane , A Good Egg is Hard to Find , and Snail Rider Pinup + Red Fawn Rider as a set.
Aaaand, I'm even more exited about the totebags I just sent off an order for! Your hint is this lovely little dunce to the left. I drew her way back in October, when I was New Yorking it with Sarah for the month, and I knew she was destined for greatness. She's being printed on sturdy canvas totes, which I think I'll line myself with lots of different cotton prints! Ooooh I'm excited! I wanted to go with a really minimal (for me) design, partially because I've become so in love with my Antler Girl Tote from I'm Smitten....it's so simple, yet has this wierd elegance to it. My mom is in love, too...she's getting one for Mother's day!
I had a series of panicked dreams last night about my move to Broolyn in June (if you didn't already know about my relocation, I'm sorry you're discovering it in such a roundabout way!). They were nonsensical and disoriented, as all dreams are, but I woke up feeling for the first time scared and strange about it. Then, as the fates would have it, my dear friend Elizabeth emailed to tell me that she has procured an internship in New York for the summer! Such blissful news. Our talk of a commune (mine/hers/sarah's) will become reality for at least a few wonderful months! So that helped ease most of my wierd unnamed worries. Thanks, Liz. Thanks, Dunce Cap Girl. Also, thanks to all of the sweet crafty ladies who have been linking me and my baby-blog here! This community is both so addictive, but so supportive and self-sustaining. Amazing.
It's a really gross day outside today...I mean so gross that when I woke up, it didn't register to me that it could possibly be the daytime! I hate the days where the sun doesn't every come out, it makes me feel like the day isn't actually happening. It's a non-day.
On a happier note, I made these three cheerful little reconstructs and added them to the Little Moth store, and I really like them a whole lot. I'm totally jealous, however, of Small Object Sarah's INCREDIBLE shirt here. I need that shirt in my life! I need more silhouettes in my life, at the very least. Blouses are super intmidating to make to me for some reason...that's why I stick with the stretchy, forgiving knits :)
I drew these two little cuties last night...the Milk
dress girl already sold, but the yellow one ("The Acorn that Got Away") is still available. And I have prints of the Milk dress girl available here.
Happy drizzle, everybody!
Okay, when I decided that I really needed to make a space where I could wax on and on about famous (and sometimes not-so-famous) people that I want to marry, it's no suprise that Clive came to mind. I love that he's a bit of a return to the 40's + 50's version of the leading man, in that he's incredibly handsome, but also a bit of a rake and more than a little rough around the edges. "Closer" has become a movie that I really love, and I think that he and Natalie Portman are both superstars in it. I think that his Dwight in "Sin City" is what actually made me buy the red converse sneakers that I just ordered. The new Clive Owen Joint (I mean Spike Lee joint) The Inside Man is great, too...I keep trying to sell my parents on it! Go see it, you will like it. The only drawback is how much screentime is spent with Clive's face covered by a robber-mask. He's also good in Gosford Park & Croupier (both good movies!)
He's British and he's got the best voice since Alan Rickman...Let's here it for Clive, also known as my husband.
This little one is who I was working on the last few nights, a Wolfbaby, which were invented by me and my friend Brittney in HS Economics class. The Wolfbabies became a rather elaborate club...or maybe it was more of a gang...
Anyway, we were pretty ferocious. And I'm sure that I still am, considering all of the trouble I get into.
While painting, I watched this incredible documentary that was actually suplementary material to the Criterion release of Orson Welles' "F for Fake" about the famous/infamous art forger, Elmyr De Hory. It's totally fascintating, and while I of course thought "what a jerk this art forger is", in a way, I was a little bit dazzled and thought it was secretly a little cool. I know I'm a bad person. I always want the bad guy to win. Or at least not be killed or reduced to a pathetic state by the end of the movie ("Training Day", this means you).
I have a little bit of a bone to pick, though, which I thought I'd share with you crafty and sassy and sweet people that might be reading, which is: Why is it that there is all of this beautiful, quirky, incredible DIY clothing that is cropping up everywhere (Supayana , AntiFactory , etc.) but it seems that it is some kind of unspoken rule to only make Smalls and then maybe Small/Mediums. I know that the Supayana super-girl has a note on her site that bigger sizes are coming soon, so that is great news (I am completely smitten) but why does this seem to be total norm all across the board? I am not a big person, persay, but I wear about a 12 dress, and usually a medium top and I feel totally wierd and alienated by this whole size issue...I can only imagine what a fully plus-sized girl would feel: totally left out. Any ideas about this? Am I overlooking something?
In other Black Apple news, I just posted the second (and last) Sampler of this week to the shop...I'm so happy that everyone seems to really dig the whole element of suprise! Hooray :)
These little gals were posted to the shop last night...The little Goat girl already sold, but hedgehog friend is up for grabs still! I'm also experimenting with some kinda minimal wall-hanging style collage pieces, so one of those has also been added to the store.
I hope everyone had a nice Sunday/Easter. Mine was very relaxing and fun and I took a very tiring walk up and down the small mountain with my mom and ate some of the adorable coconut cake that she makes with a lamb mold.
How cute are hedgehogs? The answer is VERY! It's such tragic irony that if you had one as a pet, you would be unable to, ahem, pet it. Well, maybe your love would just have to involve some heavy duty gloves.
I'm in the midst of trying to select some images to be the new postcard sets for the shop...it is not fun. Seriously, it's so hard for me to be objective about my little gals! I took a vote on the Etsy forums, so I'm pretty sure that A Good Egg is Hard to Find is going to be one, but I'm at a loss as to the others!
Ok, off for a walk in the nice breezy spring.
Happy Easter, everyone!
In celebration, I bring you the incredible polka-dot-eared bunny that was spoken of a few days ago, created by the amazing Stephanie .
The detail on this creature is just incredible...sorry that the photo
looks as if he is being ejected from the bottom of a spaceship!
I'm so happy because today I get to go up to the mountains and see my family. They're not "mountain people"...well...my stepfather is, but not the kind that eats cousins. But they are some of my very favorite people. Especially mi mama, who is recieving a pretty great Easter present from yours truly (which will be revealed soon, maybe, possibly) It's a lovely mama duck with 4 little chick babies. Anyway, so I'm really happy about seeing those guys and dying eggs and whatnot.
And that brings us to the doomed writer portion of our post, which is not very Easterish at all, but I really like this painting (done on a vintage book cover that was sent to me by the sweet Nico of It's Your Life just this afternoon!)
As promised, we follow up little Anais with Virgina Woolf, another from the lady writer series...and she is really important to me. Really. I'd like to dedicate her to my darling platonic soulmate, Sarah, because she sat in the theater and cried with me for 10 minutes after The Hours ended. So here she is...it's kind of a black-apple-ification of that very famous photo of her. The book cover is mounted to a stretched canvas, which is painted a very becoming ochre.
But! No watery deaths today! Only hysterically funny microwave deaths for all the marshmallow Peeps I'm about to recieve!
This little guy was in Clint's easter basket today... (early, I know, I have premature present-ulation issues).
He's a little felty, 8" tall version of Clint's ahem "self-portrait" that features prominently in his weekly comic, The Flickskinny.
He's a little silly, I know, and I also didn't make a felty version of his cohort, Jeremy (your birthday is coming, buster!), but Clint & I both love the wierd little guy.
PS: Clint is much cuter in real life. And taller. I promise!
This is who I spent the better part of last evening with, just hanging out and watching "The Hudsucker Proxy" (a movie which I, and they, had never seen before). I liked it quite a bit, but had a hard time dealing with Jennifer Jason Leigh's wierd Katherine Hepburn impression. Today a lovely package from Stephanie of Little Birds containing one of her beautiful linen bunnies (still un-named) and another cutie pie thing that I will show to you tomorrow!
Also this is really my last night at the Vis, so if you wanna come down and get the friend discount, this may be your last night to do it !
John Rice observed "Hey, you'll never have to appologize to a (dumb) stranger again"...but I have a feeling that will be happening forever, somehow.
Happy Friday, Folks! Adios, Video Store!
Today somebody made pancakes for me...that's right: Breakfast in Bed! Since that is the first time that has happened in my 23 years, I'd like to christen this day "B.I.B." day.
The other eventful thing to announce is the lovely Penelope Plumhead, who was created this afternoon. I was really careful with her, and I think I've finally solved the problem that Clint refers to as "floppy head", which has been plaguing all of my dollmaking thus far.
I'm pretty in love.
She's very plump, and I am so happy that her rosy cheeks worked out (I never know if that's too sweetie-sweet, you know?)
Also, her shoes are a triumph. They even have little button closures on the sides!
Now Penelope's all ready for the shop! Happy Thursday, my dears!
I was obsessing over all of Hillary's Wee Wonderful archives on Flickr all morning...She's the queen of soft things!
I had a pretty big Etsy day today, and didn't have to do anything unfun...I feel really gross and a little down, though. My sinuses have declared war, big time. And we had internet nonsense today.
Although, somebody did come to cheer me up:
Isn't that the greatest? I emailed Amy from Angry Chicken when I saw the version 1.0 of this little guy, because it seemed too perfect for her. When the second one popped up, I snatched it up real quick like! So here he is. My perfect little chicken child. The talented craftista that made him can be found at Pollyfusia . She has all sorts of lovely glass oddities.
I'm having a quiet, organizational day today. If you're lucky I might post photos of my new lovely fabric organization drawer system....it's pretty spectacular.
One thing that I really love about certain babies is the skeptical look on their small faces. Sometimes this translates as dissaproval, but I think it's really hilarious and wonderful and reminds me that we aren't born cutting everybody as much slack as we (or most of us) eventually will as grown up people.
That's why I like to employ this same look from time to time on my own wee girls.
<----The new Snail Friend Girl being a perfect example.
PS: Tonight is my second-to-last night at the Vis....only a few more days of having a pick shelf. And of ridiculous, horrible people. And of the 5% good eggs that I will miss terribly.
and I have to say that she's so blasted adorable and empathetic, I'm a little sad that she's already gone. You will be missed, my little scandalous authoress..
Speaking of which, what do you guys think of an authoress series? I'm thinking maybe the "greatest hits" of the 20's-40's (V. Woolf, obviously would be next).
Anyway, in other, more ridiculous news, we saw "Slither" , the creepy-crawly movie last night. It was really funny but also was really bothering my texture-phobia.
To offset the silliness, I came home and watched the very long, but very wonderful film by Jane Campion An Angel at My Table . Clint told me that it was an ugly movie, but I said "pish-posh, she wouldn't go from making some plain, ugly movie in 1990, to making possibly the most beautiful movie ever made (the Piano, by the way) a few years later". And I was right...it was beautiful. But not in a stylish way,in that lush way that Jane Campion specializes in.