ripple yarn project

Earlier this summer, I signed up to be one of the 57 artists in the Ripple Yarn Project.  The project was created by two local artists, Adria Arch and Cecily Miller, and the installation is along the Minuteman bikeway in Arlington Center.  We were assigned specific measurements to knit or crochet a piece to cover a portion of a tree using a bright and bold color palette, but were [almost] totally free to do whatever design we wanted.  The exhibit will be up for six months.

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mr sushi (arlington)

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I love impromptu lunch dates.  I especially love impromptu lunch dates with a good friend and sushi.  Mr. Sushi is one of my favorite places in town to lunch because they have consistently good sushi and because they’re very kid friendly.  On this particular visit I got the tekkadon (tuna over sushi rice) dish and it was both beautiful and delicious.  Oh and who could resist taking a photo of those two adorable jumping bunnies!

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a week of new designs – day 7

And the final peek at some new designs that will be available this weekend is this simple birthday card complete with a reusable bird clip.

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That wraps up the week of new designs – thanks for following along!  All of the designs are available online and will also be available at the Arlington Open Studios event this weekend.  I’ll be in the gym on the second floor from 12 to 5 pm both days.  Stop by and say hello if you are in the area!

a week of new designs – day 4

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This design is the first time I’ve played with layering scalloped paper.  I like the effect and it’s a great way to add depth without making the card too heavy.  The “thank you” was die cut out of white cardstock and I like how it stands out from the background paper.

Some customers have brought up concern about the darker card bases that I use.  Rest assured that there is a piece of lighter paper inside these cards so that you can write your message without having to invest in a white pen (although, those *are* quite cool and one of my favorite writing utensils these days).

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a week of new designs – day 2

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A colorful and shimmery display of ginko leaves on this Happy Thanksgiving card.

[Ginko leaf image is by Paper Source.  The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey Ink.]

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a week of new designs – day 1

Exactly one week from today I’ll be standing at a table while greeting passersby at the Arlington Open Studios event.  That means it’s down to the wire this week for me to create new card designs.  This week’s posts will be a different design featured each day to give you a sneak peek at what I’ll have available at AOS next weekend – hope to see you there!

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This one is a super simple and clean design with a straight forward message: wishing you a very happy birthday.  I love the pop of color from the mixed patterned paper and have really been digging the white-on-white look.

[The stamped sentiment and die-cut birthday word are by Papertrey Ink.]

hello, october

I inadvertently took a break from blogging in August and September … but hello, October!

My first post for this month will be like a warning that if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by new greeting card designs over the next couple of weeks.  I’m prepping inventory for two upcoming shows (details on the right of my home page – click for more info): the Arlington Open Studios in October and a Holiday Craft Market in November.  Here are some of my latest creations to show what I’ve been up to at the wee hours of the night (errr, morning … whatever):

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I’m learning that with a toddler, that means super late nights and less productivity than I’m used to.  I’m also learning that her little friends have 2nd birthdays coming up everywhere, so I’ve been trying to come up with more “kid friendly” designs.  I made this one for her little buddy, James.

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upcoming event :: arlington alive on 7/13

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The town of Arlington, Massachusetts will come alive this Saturday, July 13th for their first ever summer block party.  Think of it as Arlington’s stab at an Art Beat  festival (which happens to be the following weekend) where different restaurants and local vendors will have tables set up outside in Broadway Plaza complete with live music and a variety of activities for adults and kids.  It’s from 12 to 5 pm and you can find all the details here.

Come over to Arlington Centered during the festivities — keyword: AIR CONDITIONING!  I’ll be set up in the back of the store along with a couple of other local artists selling our handmade wares.  I have a few new card designs (including this one above) and hand-embroidered things to show you, and my friends have some pretty neat stuff too.  Jen of Just Enough Nonsense, Ansis Purins – the creator of Zombre, and Danielle of NanNan Moon will be there too.  And if you can score one, Arlington Centered will be handing out coupons for 10% off your purchases during the festivities that day!

The store is at 487 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center and right along the 77 MBTA bus line.  And our plan is to have some cupcakes to hand out too!  🙂

 

 

greeting cards :: 4 new designs

I’ll be at the Arlington Open Studios event this Sunday (10/14) so I’ve been busy trying to come up with new greeting card designs.  Here are just four that I’ve created over the past month or so, and I couldn’t have done it without my dear husband’s help and support!  I am lucky to have him at home watching our little one and allowing me time to get away to be creative.

I hope you can stop by to check them out at the show — they always looks much better in person!  🙂

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toraya (arlington)

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So to take the beat back up after last night’s post (a bit of a downer I know, I’m sorry!) let’s talk about good sushi.  (I should have also mentioned in last night’s post that I have not been able to hear very well out of my left year for the past two weeks now, and I’m also quite sick with some sort of bug and the worst migraines …)

I’ve been wanting to check out Toraya, a little Japanese restaurant on Mass Ave in Arlington, for a long while now.   When I say little, I mean little!  They have a few tables along one side of the restaurant and sushi bar seating, but no room for much else.  I had read online that one of the biggest complaints about this place was their lack of a waiting space.  But seriously?  If that is all you have to complain about then let’s go!

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