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* encaustic class

Posted on January 10th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Wants.


I signed up for an encaustic workshop at Assemble.  I’ve been interested in encaustics since [goes to search archives] 2004!  In fact, Mark even got me a set of wax+colors for Christmas two years ago after we visited Portland and saw some Amy Ruppels in real life at a small gallery.  I got a hot plate thingy at a thrift store and a book and brushes and boards and everything.  I never actually got up the momentum/nerve to try one, however.  Why?  Who knows.  But I bet that having someone show me how to do it is the jumpstart I need.

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I’ve been wanting to take a class in something lately anyway.  It was either going to be an art class at Assemble or a jewelry class at Danaca.  I can’t seem to justify sewing-type classes to myself, even though I’m sure I would learn a lot and sew more as a result.

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* obligatory 2011 calendars post

Posted on January 9th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts, Wants.


2011 collection of calendars.  Another good year.

Laptop desktop: DigginFood series by Anne Bryant

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Lab computer desktop: a reworked version of my grant planner from last year

Lab: The Paper Thieves screenprint on chipboard, ordered taking advantage of the abundant post holiday sales on Etsy

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Craft room: letterpress calendar from ilee, found at a local craft fair.

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Also this year I’m still using my perpetual calendar from Krank press for gardening and the Amy Marcella calendar from last year as a birthday calendar.  The days of the week are on the Amy Marcella one, but easily ignored.  I see from last year one of my resolutions was to do better at sending birthday cards and presents on time.  I have the same resolution this year :/  At least I just went through and finally wrote all the birthdays on it; that’s a start, right?

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* Sunday thrift

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


Nice scores at the Goodwill this past weekend

Two milky white baking dishs from Glasbake with a pretty green floral design (the pattern might be called Green Daisy, but I couldn’t find anything conclusive).  I’d just been talking to my sister about finding some of these since my mom has a pretty bowl of a different pattern.  I found a shallow square one and then 5 minutes later found its deeper circular match further down the aisle.  Two is a collection, right?  Now I’m on a hunt for more.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until I got home and googled it that I should have also looked for matching lids. (Picture nabbed from a defunct Etsy listing.)

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I also found two amazing ugly-awesome flowered drapes that will no doubt make an appearance in a craft project sooner or later, and a funny orange salad spinner.  Mark almost made me put the salad spinner back since it’s some ancient plastic, but I figure the greens will only be in contact with it for a few minutes, and it will make washing veggies from the garden tons easier and more fun.

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* good morning

Posted on November 27th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


Drinking coffee from a recent find at an estate sale: a set of 10 of these cuties for cheap.

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* I’ll take 30

Posted on November 8th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts, Wants.


Impulse buy of the day: a handful of tiny calendars (like these medium ones but without the sticky back).  I have grand visions of letterpress holiday cards/calendars.

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* new knock knock

Posted on March 19th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts, Wants.


I’m such a sucker for pretty graph paper.  Walking home from lab today, I stopped in to the UW bookstore and couldn’t resist the new Knock Knock line.  Oh boy.  So pretty.

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* 2010 calendar post

Posted on January 13th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Wants.


My awesome calendar collection for this year (2009 collection).  I waited until January to see if any of them would go on sale, so a few of them I don’t have in hand yet.

Amy Marcella (Etsy).  I like the lined design, for keeping track of birthdays.  One of my resolutions is to mark birthdays on time this year.

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This one’s going in my office: Pawling print studio (Etsy)

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Perpetual Pacific Northwest gardening calendar, krank press (Etsy)

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Red Prairie Press, with Dzama-esque artwork by one of my new favorites, Rachel Bone

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And I’m considering getting the Sewing Day-to-Day calendar for my craft room if I can find it on sale somewhere.  Man, I love calendars.

[All pictures taken from their respective creators.]

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* Mrs Eliot Books notebooks

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


I am always on the look out for new graph-paper-related things, and an Etsy search turned up these cool patchwork graph paper notebooks from Mrs Eliot Books.

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And not only that, but you can buy it in a set with a second lace-themed notebook.

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Done and done.

Got them in the mail yesterday, and was slightly disappointed by the quality, though.  The pages look hand cut and are kind of loosely tied into the cover, and it seems a little on the flimsy side.  The patterns are cute, though.

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* house!

Posted on September 30th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Wants.


After >10 years of living the migrant scientist lifestyle + a year of house-shopping, this is ours:

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Expect more home project posts!  And probably more crafting in general since I don’t have to spend every Sunday going to open houses any more.  Well, except now we have to move o_O

It’s got wonderful enormous walls, which is one reason I’ve been collecting art and art ideas.  Also, if you’ve got recommendations for modern home blogs, leave ’em in the comments.

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* orangyporangy opal skirt

Posted on September 26th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


I already have 2 orangyporangy skirts, and now I have 3.  Couldn’t resist the big sale she was having last week and got an opal one in this cute bird pattern.  The part that peeks out the bottom is actually a full slip.

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I love her skirts so much.  They’re the kind of skirts that strangers stop me on the street to compliment.  And they’re super comfortable and well-made.

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