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The Pink Samurai

The Pink Samurai

Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16 • Happy Bike to Work Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Bike to Work Day!  I hope it's nice enough outside for you to celebrate!  I, however, work from home and don't have enough room in the house to Tokyo Drift around the living room.  Plus, I think it would freak out the cats.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15 • Happy Pizza Party Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Pizza Party Day!  You guys, this is a big day.  Pizza is pretty much the best food to ever be invented.  Our go-to is always a thin crust with extra cheese and pepperoni.  Perfection!  Is anyone else going to celebrate today?

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 14 • Happy Receptionist Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Receptionist Day!  "Dunder Mifflin, this is Cat."

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 13 • Happy Frog Jumping Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Frog Jumping Day!  Givin' a little love to Keroppi today!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 • Happy International Nurses Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy International Nurses Day!  It's time to celebrate all those incredible care-givers that make our visits to the doctor a little bit better ^_^  I always feel so much better when I've got a good nurse!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11 • Happy Mother's Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Mother's Day!  Sending lots of love to all the mamas out there ^_^

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10 • Happy Belly Dance Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Belly Dance Day!  I think belly dancing neat.

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Fun Stuff • Weaving + Cat Poncho + Blog Life

This week was all about resetting after Re:Make last weekend.  I didn't do a lot of posting beside my daily drawings and really just spent a lot of time cleaning the apartment and organizing my thoughts around my shop.  Spring and Summer are really rough for a scarf business and I've been getting ready to expand my offerings again.  This time reaching back into a familiar wheelhouse that feels a lot more "me" than some of the other ventures I've tried lately.  It's felt pretty great, actually ^_^  But, I'll go into more detail about all that mess later.

Here's some fun stuff I found on the internet this week!
  • I'm a little obsessed with peg boards right now and considering this one is comically large, it's pretty much perfection in my eyes.
  • Rachel can do some magical things with alcohol inks.  These dyed candles that she shared on Poppytalk are super cute and make me want to try out those crazy inks.
  • I've been loving the weavings that another Rachel (so many creative Rachels!) has been posting to instagram and I'm totally down with this super simple DIY to make your own loom.
  • This DIY hanging mirror is so fun!  I would paint it pink. 
  • The folks from A Beautiful Mess have been on a roll this week.  I've been devouring their new Blog Life e-course.  I got their Blog Love e-course about a year ago and it really helped me get this blog together when I decided to get a little more serious with it.  Now all the advice in the new one is really made to take your little space on the internet to a whole new level.  
  • One of their writers also shared a really great post about prime lenses and focal lengths.  If you take photos of anything at all, this post is really helpful.
  • This 2014 company guide for Nintendo is absolutely gorgeous.  I love the history and styling of their early products.  They started out making playing cards!
  • I love this piece about why Brooke Birmingham refused to put a shirt on for Shape magazine.  I was so sucked in to this story.  I cannot tell you how proud I am of women who really speak out against beauty standards.
  • I'm always drawn to bright and airy spaces.  And mid-century everything.  So this dining room looks like heaven.  It could use a little more pink, though :P
  • OMG how cute is this couch?!
  • Decorating a bathroom with thrift store beach and ocean scene painting is such a cool idea.
  • I can't believe how gorgeous this mirror is.

Again, I really just posted some daily holidays this week. There were some really great ones!
And, as always, if you kind of loved this post be sure to check out the others in this series.  I promise there's lots of pink and cats.


Friday, May 09, 2014

Re:Make Re-cap

Re:Make was last weekend and since I totally bugged the crap out of you guys in the weeks leading up, I figured I should share some of my thoughts on the show and post waaaaay too many photos.

As craft shows go, the organizers were really great.  I got all the info I needed in terms of setting up and they created a really intimate space for the show.  Brit+Co provided pipe and fabric backdrops for everyone that made the space really consistent and kept your eyes from wandering up to the massive convention center ceiling.  That being said, there wasn't a lot of promotion or advertising for the show, so the crowd was really sparse.  For me, it wasn't a show for making boats loads of cash (no diving into my silo filled with gold coins, today), but it was amazing for networking with other artists.  I got to see some old friends, meet some new ones and was inspired to make new things.  Also, I had a legitimate reason to wear a fanny pack and that's pretty great.

So here's a massive photo dump of weekend!
Scarves and bows!  I hand stamped these scarves using this technique and couldn't be happier with how they turned out.  The texture is just so cool!  And seriously...who doesn't love an obnoxious bow?  I've been wearing the small pink and teal ones almost everyday.

PS: Andy totally designed and made those peg-board easels just for me!  They fold and fit perfectly in our new car.  I insisted they be painted bright pink, obviously.  
Out of all the new scarves I made for the show, I think I'm most proud of the dip-dyed denim ones.  I just used bleach to create some really fun color-blocking and textures on the denim.  Would you be into a DIY post about it?  It definitely took a lot of trial and error to find the right technique for these lil guys.
I was in awe with all the colors and patterns around the event center for this show.  Brit+Co's branding is super bright and fun, and think they did a great job curating folks that really fit in with their brand.
Happy Cactus was across from my booth and Brannon and I took turns watching each other's booth's when we needed a quick break.  Maker solidarity, you guys!  How adorable is her illustration style, by the way?  Those cacti kill me.
MakeATX, being as awesome as ever.  I love these ladies' sense of humor.  You know, their business cards have a pop-up unicorn on them.  They are true heroes!
See what I mean by bright branding?  This "Re:Charge" space was occupied by mostly boyfriends, husbands and fathers, patiently waiting for their ladies.  Also, I just remembered seeing a lady on the first day that was carrying around a tray of watermelon slices and just chowin' down.  These were like, legit giant slices of a huge watermelon.  Austinites are kind of the best.
Brandie (on the left) and her shop Blue Morpho Apothecary!  We're Team Building chairs for the Austin Craft Riot together this year and I'm getting excited for our next meeting!
I loved the styling of her set up.  A customer stopped by and helped make the best action shot.  I might have told her to reach again so I could get a shot at another angle...perpetual photo director haha!  It's totally normal to tell strangers to pose in photos for you, right?  :/
Oh, Poppy and Fern!  Rachel's work is just stunning and I finally bought a piece on the last day of the show.  She embroiders everything by hand and does it free-style.  No patterns for this lady!  
I mean, really?  They are pretty much the cutest things ever.  I'm hoping to get some custom portraits of Turks, Sprinkles and Mooch eventually.
I think I see Lisa at every craft show in town...she's a seriously busy chick!  Her "make your own nail polish" station is always filled with excited folks.  Someday, I will make the perfect pink polish, and everything will be right with the world.
The Triumphant Betawife!  Lauren is the reason I got into the show, so she's pretty much the best.  She posted that they had extra spots and after I applied, she referred me to the Brit+Co folks ^_^  Thanks, lady!!
She's also brilliant and set up a Star Wars photo booth because the last day of the show was May 4th.  I firmly and vehemently defend this statement, by the way.  I might look jolly in this photo, but it's serious business.  This button was in my shop many moons (that's no moon...) ago and I think it might need to make a comeback!
This is a quick snap of my little haul from the show.  The shirt is from Eleventy-Five.  Jessica was in the booth directly across from me and we spent a lot of time chatting and talking about cats ^_^ The tea towel is from Fair Morning Blue.  Tracy's sweet little girl is learning crochet and was able to tell me which stitch I used for one of my cowls!  And the necklace is Poppy and Fern, of course.  I found the pinkest one she had :P

Not gonna lie, I was a little bummed that I didn't sell much.  But it was a slow show for most sellers and it's not that I'm glad they didn't do well, but I kind of am hahaha!  At least I know folks weren't just avoiding me because I was stinky or something.  I'm definitely looking forward to a better turnout next year.  Plus, I'm always one to look on the bright side and I'm so glad to have been included with such awesome folks and to have been able to hang out with them all weekend!  


May 9 • Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day

• This is part of my Happy Day, daily drawing project!  Check out the first post for more info. •
Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day!  There's got to be some kind of interdimensional portal connected to every dryer ever made.  It's like we're living in an episode of Doctor Who.  (Which would be AWESOME!)

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