I am a multi media artist from Chicago. From design and woodworking to tedious image slicing and hand painting, each piece is made in my colorfully cozy apartment. With the help of some amazing artists, models and photographers I have a line of greeting cards as well.
Making arts to fill our hearts…
Monthly craft events just for women. A chance for local ladies to network, make new friends and learn a new craft medium. We encourage repurposing, recycling and upcycling in our arts. Crafty Beavers Chicago is continually growing in numbers and creativity as well as in our involvement in our community. We encourage you to begin your own chapter and start crafting for a cause today.
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“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ― Charles Bukowski
WEDDING SEASON IS HERE! IT’S HERE! RIGHT NOW!!! AREN’T YOU SUPER EXCITED?!?!?! YES, your answer should always be yes. I am going to show you a few of my favorite engagement, wedding, bridal shower, personalized gifts, what have you. I lump those all together because I am 34, have been to over 20 weddings in the couple years and yet can’t figure out the damn gift etiquette. (Oh yes, I think have heard of Gogle. oh it’s pronounced Google? Yea, well hmmmm, I’ll have to check that out later.) Of course it would be easier for us to just grab a ________ gift card and throw it in an envelope. Unfortunately for all of you getting married, I am one of those annoying people who prefers not to shop off the registry. TA DA! Yup, I may be the reason you didn’t get the full towel set or that fourth hand mixer (thank goodness). Guys! If you thought Etsy was a “chick thing”, think again. There are some epic gifts for dudes getting hitched as well. Strap yourselves in, here we go! Oh and remember a lot of these come in variety of colors so can customize it for the happy couple.
I think we all get the flutter of nostalgia when we see things from our childhood. For me there are three things that warm me with great emotion. One item is small Irmi lamp fitted with a retro orange lightbulb. It was on the nightstand at my grandparents house in the room that my brother and I shared while visiting. I had spent many a night falling asleep staring into the orange glow. The other is a Black Forest cuckoo clock from my grandparents basement, just at the bottom of the stairs. I had always loved it even though even as a kid I remembered thinking it was kind of old fashioned looking. The third isn’t a visual but a taste, a smell…Jack Daniels. This was not my grandpa’s favorite whisky nor can I even remember it ever being stocked in their bar. Still, whenever I drink that specific brand it takes me back. You see, for me it tastes like how the dusty records in my grandparent’s basement smell. I know it sounds weird but it’s true.
While Irmi lamps are a vintage collectable now, the cuckoo clock has been given new life with the help of a lot of color and sometimes a lack thereof. It’s not often I say I MUST have something but these bad boys have me squealing with excitement at their sight.
Sometimes fashion over function actually makes sense. Especially when it comes to this batch of cuckoo clock art work.
And sometimes fashion is just awesome.
Last week someone I know on Facebook was complaining about a shopper with an Smart Phone using a Link card to buy their groceries. While this does seem a little unusual to me too it made me wonder about something else entirely. I started to think about all the times I myself went to Aldi and peered into someone else’s shopping cart, judging. Truth was, I was also there to buy the cheap crap food that is pretty much the same as regular stores but priced higher. In my cart was chips, pastas, breads, essentially carb heaven. Looking into others baskets and carts I saw groceries one would call “typical” if stereotyping by our class systems. The truth is, most people buy what they can afford, what goes the farthest in your household. Of course healthier foods like fruits and vegetables cost more than a case of Ramen noodles. It may not be the healthiest but at least your family will be fed. Now, those foods ultimately harm your health in the long term. Obesity is on the rise on this Country with no signs of stopping. So again, why do we do it??? Money. This made me again think about my own financial situation and weighed it against my health. One effects the other and vice versa. How can everyone including myself save money while still getting the healthy food we all obviously deserve, our children deserve??? (Hey parents, need a little perspective? watch this TED Talks with Jamie Oliver.)
So What’s The Answer? GROW OUR OWN FOOD! Quit rolling your eyes and hear me out. Let’s talk about urban gardening and indoor gardens. One of these is for you!
Apples Tomatoes Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes Green Onions & Leeks Carrot Tops Pineapple Celery,Romaine Lettuce and Cabbage Avocado Lentils Pumpkin Ginger Garlic Bok Choy Mushroom Lemongrass Basil Onions Beets
I live in an apartment. WHERE THE HELL AM I GOING TO PLANT FOOD??? Good question, you angry city living reader. The answer is…anywhere! Here are a few window/indoor gardening ideas and tutorials for you. You. Are. Welcome.
Don’t forget to Google upside down planters or the more commercial As Seen On TV Topsy Turvy. For info on how to make a window box garden click here for the Vegetable Gardener’s instructions.
The visit the people at Window Farms for instructions on how to make your own. TODAY!
Let this Aussie show you how to make a garden using old plastic bottles. Reuse and recycle my friends. Woohoo!
So, it is not in English but you get the idea. Check out Barreau & Charbonnet. There site will get you inspired to make your own.
HAVE A PATIO/BALCONY/SQUARE PATCH OF CEMENT? That’s good news! You only need a little space or a wall even to make your own garden oasis.
Use one of those old pallets you find all over the city to make a vertical garden.
Rain gutters? What??? That is so easy!
Take a que from these guys and make planter boxes for your patch of land.
GROWING OUTDOORS? Let the professionals do some of the work for you. There is a website that will tell you when you seed, plant and harvest your food specifically for your city. Each area is different due to climate, soil etc and the people at Sprout Robot have your back. Just type in your zip code and let the professionals help that black thumb or yours become green.
HAVE A YARD? You lucky sonofabish! The world is your oyster and you have no reason to not be gardening already. Get to it!
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you got some good ideas on how to make your own urban garden.
Damn the man! Your food is free!