Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This week's featured artist is Himawari Designs!
Senioritis: Name and location please.
Himawari Designs: Jeska (Himawari), southern California.
Senioritis: Ahhh, SoCal, excellent! I envy the fact that you don't have to use a snow shovel very often ;)
Senioritis: Can you tell us a little about yourself Himawari?
Himawari Designs: I'm a 16 year old artist trying to become well known before I get too old! I really want people to see the world as I do and maybe give them some inspiration.
Senioritis: Wow, can't believe you're only 16, I'm not sure I want to hear what your idea of too old is =) The fact that you are 16 and have a shop full of you own work up and running is awesome, great job!
Senioritis: Himawari, how would you describe your style?
Himawari Designs: cute, sexy, elegant, and passionate
Senioritis: Do you have a favorite color?
Himawari Designs: I have three! Pink, blue, and purple!~
Senioritis: Himawari, are you a righty or a lefty?
Himawari Designs: Righty
Senioritis: It continues to surprise me how many artists are rightys. For some reason I thought leftys were supposed to be more creative; guess that's just a myth.
Senioritis: Do you have a favorite quote Himawari?
Himawari Designs: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
Senioritis: Ain't that the truth, great words to keep in mind. I think sometimes we all get a little caught up worrying about what others might think of us when we should just be ourselves and let people see us as we are.
Senioritis: Himawari, if you could have lunch with someone famous, past or present, who would it be?
Himawari Designs: Damon Albarn! His music has inspired me so much throughout the years. I would not be the same person if his music hadn't touched me the way it did. Even though we are artists in different fields he's still me idol.
Senioritis: I'm not too familiar with Damon Albarn's work but I'm excited to give it a listen.
Senioritis: What's your favorite cartoon, from now or when you were a kid?
Himawari Designs: I really love Flapjack and Chowder! I also adore Speed Racer :)
Senioritis: Go Go Speed Racer! I love Speed Racer, Chim-chim is the best ;) On a more melancholy note I'm a pretty big Cartoon Network fan and am somewhat saddened to say that I have not seen Flapjack or Chowder. I will check them out on Cartoon Network's site though.
Senioritis: Himawari, where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
Himawari Designs: I hope to have a little loft in LA and take some collage classes.
Senioritis: Sounds like a good plan to us. Based on your current work and your desire to keep learning we think the future for your artwork is very bright! (anyone else hear The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades playing?)
Senioritis: Are there any websites you'd like to mention?
Himawari Designs: My Etsy shop and my blog.
We'd like to thank Himawari for taking the time to give us some insight into her work and what inspires her. Be sure to check out her esty shop, Himawari Designs and her new Facebook fan page.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
There's nothing like running for a great cause, and the vast numbers of people who show up for each and every race serve as huge inspiration for each other - and for me. Even when I'm running by myself, like I did this morning, I always choose someone on the course to try to beat. People who push themselves make me push myself harder, and I have managed to run some pretty great races, alongside determined, stylish, and talented athletes.
This weekend's post is a call to all of our readers, athletes and non-athletes alike, to check out your local race calendar and find a walk/run for a great cause. Active.com is a terrific place to start. The races are tons of fun, and there's always lots of free stuff - food, drinks, raffles, etc. Plus, you can get a fun race t-shirt!
Friday, March 26, 2010
We came across gufobardo's work a little while back and think her style is just great; to us it seems to be whimsical with a touch of fantasy. Gufobardo offers one of a kind artwork, jewelry, and more. To see more of Stefania's great work pay a visit to gufobardo's Etsy shop or stop by her blog.
From junk food to cupcakes, Ritzee Rebel's work always puts a smile on our face so we felt the need to share with everyone else :) To see more of Ritzee Rebel's cool felt work stop by her Etsy shop or her blog.
What does happen to a dream deferred? This week we are paying tibute to Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes. To see more of our tributes please visit our Etsy shop.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Famous Seniors have smiled upon us once again and we recently found out that we have been nominated for a Sunshine Award ;)
Liza of 41park was kind enough to nominate our blog, thanks again Liza! Liza is an artist and an aspiring jewelry maker. We're sure she wouldn't mind if we all popped by her blog or her Etsy shop to pay a visit ;)
The Rules :
Time to let the sun shine, here's 12 of our favorite blogs:
Cozy Little Cave
Heather King Photography
Jewelry by Tara
Little Miss Momma
Penniless Kid Vintage
Sleepy Robot 13
Stick Figure Mania
Studio M.M.E. Blog
The World In Bricks
These blogs cover all different types of stuff and we find some form of inspiration from all of them; so please take a minute to check them all out, maybe you'll find some new favorites =)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Handmade by Anne Potter - Cool stuff, awesome cause (I give 50% of all proceeds to missions)
Senioritis: We are thrilled to have you as this week's featured artist! Please introduce yourself.
Handmade by Anne Potter: I'm Anne Potter, from Champaign, IL, USA.
Senioritis: Welcome, Anne. Would you please give us a brief bio?
Handmade by Anne Potter: I’m a stay-at-home mom to five kids, ages 14,9,7,2,2. I’m from the Chicago area, and I’ve lived my whole life in sunny Illinois. I also live in a constant state of wanderlust and so many of my pieces are inspired by foreign cultures. I love to travel (when I can), play catch, look for interesting materials and I run (because I love to eat).
Senioritis: We love to play catch (though we New Yorkers say "have a catch") and eat, too! Your world culture-inspired pieces are terrific.
Senioritis: How would you describe your style?
Handmade by Anne Potter: creative, smart, scatter-brained, laffy
Senioritis: Favorite color, please.
Handmade by Anne Potter: Light coral red
Senioritis: Are you a righty or a lefty?
Handmade by Anne Potter: Righty
Senioritis: Do you have a favorite quote?
Handmade by Anne Potter: “You don’t have to be dumb to be happy, but it sure helps.” - My friend Karen’s grandmother, Virgil Leonard
Senioritis: That is a totally fantastic quote, Anne! Your friend Karen's grandmother deserves some major recognition for that.
Senioritis: If you could have lunch with someone famous, past or present, who would it be?
Handmade by Anne Potter: Off the top of my head, Andy Samberg from SNL. I like to be around funny people and he seems to be too silly to have that tortured-soul baggage that some funny people have.
Senioritis: We agree - Andy Samberg seems like a really fun guy to be around. We bet you wouldn't stop laughing throughout the entire lunch.
Senioritis: What's your favorite cartoon (from the present or when you were a kid)?
Handmade by Anne Potter: Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson, where are you?!)
Senioritis: Wow, Calvin and Hobbes has been retired for a while now. What a great comic, though! And actually, we think G (the mad designtist) looked uncannily like Calvin when he was a child.
Senioritis: Anne, where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
Handmade by Anne Potter: Heading a (not-Martha) domestic empire: I have a resourceful approach to making pieces that combines repurposed and secondhand materials with creative technique. I plan to continue teaching creative seminars on this subject. I also plan to write and publish beautiful books (on knitting, quilting, needlepoint and home decor projects) and produce product lines. And I plan to keep selling pieces on etsy because I think it’s a great marketplace.
Senioritis: We think you have a great future, and we look forward to seeing your non-Martha empire take off. Keep creating and promoting great causes!
Senioritis: Before we let you go, is there anyone you'd like to mention?
Handmade by Anne Potter: All my beloved friends and family who have received so many tacky gifts from me in the past. Thanks to your graciousness (and some seriously regretful gifts), I have honed my skills.
We'd like to thank Anne for taking the time to teach us a bit about her handmade world. Be sure to check out her esty shop, Handmade by Anne Potter.
Monday, March 22, 2010
The blog post is all in French so I can't understand a single word but I clicked on the English translator and it's pretty cool that our stuff is appreciated all over the world.
If you do speak/read/know French or can click the translator button, and would like to take a look at the feature here it is. Enjoy!
Jusqu'au lundi prochain (Until next monday)!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I had a very clear idea of what I wanted the shirt to look like from the beginning, so I sketched it out by hand first. But then I heard about this user-friendly t-shirt design website called customink.com. I went to the site and saw this white shirt with the gold sleeves (exactly what I wanted). From there, it was really simple to add the text and graphics.
We don't order the shirts until later this week, so if anyone has suggestions for changing it up at all, feel free to share them. For now, I'm off to go enjoy the rest of this sunny spring day!
Friday, March 19, 2010
We came across Kyuuto Kitsch when searching for ninja items. Not only did we find a ninja but we found ourselves in a world of felt goodness and handmade geekery. To see more of Chloe's sweet work pay a visit to Kyuuto Kitsch's Etsy shop.
In Love And War
In Love And War is the latest in a long line of sweet illustrators that we have stumbled upon. Her mix of original photography with illustration and digital coloring is awesome. To see more of In Love And War's swing by her Etsy shop.
Oompa Loompa doompadee doo, senioritis has a new tribute for you.
This week we are paying tibute to the man who brought us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as many other literary classics, Roald Dahl. To see more of our tributes please visit our Etsy shop.
Oompa Loompa doompadee dee, thanks so much for taking a peek.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Please pay a visit to Dawn Will Break's Etsy shop to check out some cool handmade jewelry and hair accessories.
Thanks again Julie!