Invitation Creation

July 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

Despite my earlier paralysis when attempting to design our invitations, Cesar and I successfully mailed out our 100% handcrafted invitations last week.  My dad’s response was “You bought the cards, right?  You didn’t sew them all yourself, did you?”

Aha, for the first time ever, I was one step ahead in documenting my creations.  I have proof that I touched, cut, sewed, sealed and addressed every invitation with my own two hands.  At the risk of committing some kind of social faux pas by revealing the invitations to the masses who may not receive one in the mail, I feel a great sense of accomplishment in creating both the invitations and this short video and I would like to share the process with you.  Please enjoy!

More Style Appreciation

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Eleven weeks out from the wedding, I’m working hard on invitations and having nightly dreams about day-of dilemmas.  The two most recent dreams: 1) just before the ceremony I remember suddenly that I was married once before (not true for anyone who’s unsure) and forgot to tell anybody, 2) just after the ceremony I realize we never picked up the marriage license and our marriage is not yet official.  There was also the day-before-wedding-realization-that-nothing-has-been-planed dream and the forgot-all-the-flowers-I-spent-a-year-making dream.

Of course my conscious brain knows that on the day of the wedding, we will undoubtedly forget something, many things won’t go as planned, and it won’t matter one iota.  But you try telling my unconscious brain and I’m sure it will mouth off to you and pout in the corner.  I know because I’ve tried and this is the response I’ve gotten.

The good news is that regardless of the imaginary roadblocks in these dream scenarios, the rest of the wedding always looks great.  Also dreamy?  These wedding snapshots from around the web:

photo by Arrow & Apple

photo by Jagger Photography

photos by Kate Headley

The Final Sixth

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cesar and I are about to enter into our last three months of engaged life, which means it’s time to buckle down and get the last few projects under way.  Time for the real art to happen.  One element we can check off the list is engagement photos.  Perhaps they should have been taken in any one of the previous fourteen months since the proposal, but we like to buck convention.  So Friday afternoon, we threw on a pair of plastic animal masks (the two most expressive I could find at Halloween Adventure) and took a stroll around Williamsburg with Liesl from Photo Pink.  We had a blast and even got to see a Sneak Peek of the shoot before the clock struck midnight.  It is going to be hard to wait patiently until we can see what else she captured, but I have a feeling it will be beyond worth it!

Next on the list: homemade invitations.  The mock-up has been ready for months, whispering gently but persistently to me in my sleep: “We’re ready to be made … Stop taking on more work and pay attention to us, please …”  Time to heed the mock-up.

Bouquet Replay

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

I spent the last two months making boat sails and fairy wings, but it’s time to get back to the origami game.  For a year I have saved books, magazines, and other paper goods intending to crease, curl, and wire them into more bouquets.  And this week I’ve finally had the time to do just that.  You can find three new colorful bouquets in my Etsy shop in addition to the original book page version.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Destination Collage

Rustic Collage

Citrus Collage

Head over to the shop and get them while you can!  These goods cannot be duplicated!  They are made from recycled magazines and seasonal catalogs that I will not get my hands on again.

My feet will miss Finland

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

During our week in Helsinki, we largely experienced an area akin to 5th Avenue: the Esplinade.  A stretch of luxury shopping with a grassy center, the Esplinade is flanked by a second block of slightly more affordable shopping.  This is where I did most of my perusing and where I discovered my love for Finnish shoe departments.  Two things stood out to me about these departments.  1) Each shoe style is displayed with all the sizes lined up on the shelf and there are no boxes to be seen, giving a clean and regimented appearance and making the shoes more readily accessible to eager shoppers.  2) The style  and aesthetic I found popping up repeatedly from store to store and across brands appeals to me far more than most brands available in the States.  A little more whimsical and quirky with pops of color that are a little hard to find right now amidst the current nude and neutral trends.  Shoe departments of Finland, I will miss you dearly.

Shoes 1,2 and 4 are Vagabond.  #3 is Dinsko.  If anybody knows of these ladies’ availability Stateside, I would love to be clued in!  I would have purchased more in Helsinki, but my wallet could only take so much, given the weakness of the dollar these days.

Mika Viikko! (What a Week!)

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

The McCabe-Arredondo-B.Chomper household is back together in Bushwick.  If you were unaware that we were apart, I must not have told you that Cesar and I spent my birthday week in Helsinki while Brutus lived it up at doggie daycare in Williamsburg.

The big joke around the house regarding this trip has been that Cesar and I will have both spent our most recent birthdays working in Finland on a Hashimoto installation.  But being the lucky gal that I am, the installation was finished ahead of schedule this time around, and I got to enjoy my day with my wonderful dude and a room full of art collectors.  My workload on this project was also infinitely lighter than Cesar’s was last September and I feel privileged to say I got to help out.

In fact, the entire Helsinki experience was a privilege!  The most incredible and far-fetched highlights included attending a cocktail party in a house filled with priceless art and famously designed Finnish home goods (and later seeing the same furniture and glassware on display in the Finnish design museum), eating raspberry macarons, drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne like it’s no big thing, and meeting the CEO of Marimekko.  I spent a lot of time sneaking iphone photos of the extravagancies I came across.  Here are just a few of them:

huge series of hummingbird paintings filling a two story wall

scrumptious cocktail foods: tandoori chicken in yogurt, gazpacho, shrimp and sushi cups, the list goes on

beautiful desserts!

heaven is a raspberry macaron

current Marimekko collection on display at the Design Museum

80s Marimekko and vintage prints in the background

more from the Finnish Design Museum

The glowing orb in the center of that last photo is a chair that is near and dear to my heart (it is not actually glowing, but the iphone interpreted the spotlight’s reflection that way).  The Bear Valley Public Library had a handful of these chairs in the children’s section when I was very young.  I loved sitting, rocking, and spinning in one of those orange chairs and pretending it was a giant M&M.  If I had known they were of a design that would later be found in museums, I would have begged to buy one from the library when it underwent a renovation in the mid to late 90s, after which my M&M chairs disappeared.

The last noteworthy experience was being waved to vigorously through a window by a Finnish woman who clearly thought she knew me.  The recognition in her eyes was unmistakeable, until I walked into the cafe where she was sitting and she realized her mistake, turning away quickly with embarrassment.  I mention this because it means I have a doppelganger roaming the streets of Helsinki.  So if you travel there, and think you see me, don’t wave to me too eagerly because you will likely be greeted by a befuddled expression.

More manicure miracles

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

You may recall my discovery of Sephora’s nail films a few months ago. Well recently I’ve been eying a similar product from Sally Hansen. Here are the results, though on slightly stubby nails. (I’ve been working with my hands a lot recently which has caused some breakage.)

The color is called "Raise a Glass"

The packaging

There are a few differences between these and Sephora’s films.  These are essentially stretchy, tacky, oblong pieces of nearly dry nail polish, whereas the films were like mylar with an adhesive backing.  These even look and smell like polish and are removed with polish remover.  Therefore they are thinner and will not split into multiple layers that will peel apart in a couple days.  The package claims these will last up to 10 days.  I’ll get back to you on that.  At $9.95, they are a more economical option and I like that they come with a combination file and buffer as well as a cuticle stick.  More bang for your buck.  The strips also come in a wider range of colors and patterns than Sephora’s films.  The only area in which these are slightly inferior to Sephora’s product is in application.  It’s a little tricky to get them placed correctly.  And the first two that I applied ended up with a few air bubbles trapped under the strip.  But with a little practice, I’ll get it down.  The next color I want to try is a multi-colored glitter called “Frock Star.”

Good product, Sally.