Archive for January, 2012

free faux letterpress valentine’s printables

are you getting ready for v-day? {no? need a little push in that direction?} how about these adorable free faux-letterpress printables? use them for cards, use them for tags, use them for whatever your heart desires*. personally, i’ll be using them for gift tags, but if you come up with any cute ways to use them, please share! i love to see what you create! {just click on the image for a direct link to the large, downloadable images}

a big heart-y thanks to the amazing graphics fairy, karen, who provided the lovely images. i merely altered them and added the text, letterpress style. if you don’t know karen, you should get over to her blog for some sweet graphics, instant art, and lovely printables for your artwork. seriously, check her out. another thanks to heather at dollar store crafts, who worked some photoshop magic to create some of the steampunk brushes i used above. she inspired me to figure out how to make my very own! {the sewing machine, scooter, compass, and heart are my own, the air balloon and fan are hers. thanks heather!}

*the small print: i’ve created these for your personal use. please don’t sell these in any form, it’s just bad karma. for the details on what kind of license i’ve used for these, click here.

January 31, 2012 at 10:23 am 4 comments

photos from the journey…

last night we went down to the waterfront for a lunar new year carnival. on the way there we spotted some silly little buildings {the artscience museum and the marina bay sands: someone missed the harbor but apparently there’s a giant infinity pool on top so i guess they can be forgiven for their architectural choices}.

once the sun went down, the lights came on and it was much the same as a carnival back home. it had the prerequisite kiddie rides–including some that would never be allowed stateside–cotton candy {called cotton floss here}, and all the light-up, animatronic goodness you could ever want. afterwards we splurged on a kilo {that’s over two pounds} of chili crab, which is messy enough anyway, but downright hysterical when eaten by two westerners with chopsticks.

went for a long solo jungle hike today, and i quickly worked up a nice lather from the combo of heat, humidity, & uphill climb. {but every time my inner princess whined about being too hot or too sweaty or feeling tired, i just told her to shut it and reminded her that i’m way more awesome than that.} and i was rewarded when a troop of long-tailed macaques came across me on the trail. it was sort of magical how they ignored me and let me take photos. they must’ve played for about half an hour all around me before taking off. they were so much fun to watch and so quick that i didn’t get too many photos but i managed to snap these two.

tonight we’re off to a night safari, where i imagine i won’t be able to take too many pictures, what with it being night and all. a good day all around!

January 31, 2012 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

photos from the journey…

despite flying 18 hours {total travel time? over 24 hours house to hotel.} the hubby and i arrived in singapore feeling pretty okay. yesterday {saturday here}, we went to chinatown, where we gawked at cheaply made merch, crashed a traditional wedding {oops} at the sri mariamman temple, and marveled at the 100 buddhas lining the walls at the buddha tooth relic & museum. we rounded out the day with a delicious chinese meal capped off with cold aloe vera for desert.

today, sunday for us, we went to the botanical gardens {amazing! that’s us with a banana tree–all those little tiny green things are baby bananas!} and ate dim sum with friends, where we bravely consumed jellyfish {not bad}, chicken feet {actually quite good} and a number of other delicious things we’ve had before {though never quite as good as this}.

tonight we’re off to the riverfront to get in on some lunar new year action. so far no naps, which i consider a major personal feat. usually jet lag just kills me, but i seem to be hanging in there.

January 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm 1 comment

in other news…

  • gosh it feels like the flurry of pre-christmas activity just ended…and here i am looking for spring shows to be a part of. first up is the penelope lane boutique in los alamitos, ca. there’ll be loads of cool vendors there {just check out their blog!} including yours truly.
  • i’ll be officially putting my shop on vacation mode today as i finish my last minute preparations for heading off to singapore and cambodia. do you ever notice how those “last minute” things take forever?! ugh. but i’m super psyched about my trip.
  • i saw bathing suits and sundresses at target the other day on my way to the travel-sized section for travel-sized goodies {a secret thrill of mine is to have everything in miniature. ocd, i know}. isn’t it still january? just checking.
  • right now i’m really digging valentine’s day cards by the oatmeal and the cute ones over at whit & whistle, especially the bee vomit one. just my kind of sweet, twisted humor.
  • soon i’ll get you some free printables for cards of your own featuring my new photoshop faux letterpress skills and some cute graphics from the graphics fairy. {do you know about her? she’s awesome.}

that’s it for now. wish me luck filling up my small shampoo bottles and keeping my cool on my unbearably long flight. i’m *soooo* gonna need it.

January 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

enter the dragon

fyi: this is my year. i’m kicking ass and taking names.

i’m a dragon. and i will be taking full advantage of this lunar year. {how cool is it that i’ll be in asia during the fifteen day celebration of the new year?! totally unplanned.} but i digress. i have big plans for this year. business and personal plans of epic proportions {like but a lot less gross}.

just so ya know.


{hey, want to get some of these sweet hi-rez digital polaroid frames for your very own? check out fuzzimo. they’ll even show you how to use them in photoshop. oh, and they have other cool stuff, too.}

January 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

this is me. not travelling.

lotus sunrise by trey ratcliff

i never go on trips. except that last summer i went to alaska, next week i’m going to singapore and cambodia, and in two months i’m hiking the grand canyon with my brother. i swear, i never travel.

picture by tommy rhodes {11 year old!}

i remember when we were planning our trip to singapore and cambodia. seems so long ago, but now we’re taking off next week. eek! i haven’t even thought about what to pack. i haven’t put the mail on hold. {though we did find someone to take care of the dogs. priorities, you know?}

prong tree by clip works {on flickr}

i promise you some pictures of my own after i return. i’ll be putting the shops on vacation mode and checking out. not sure what we’ll be doing in singapore, but we’re making a special trip to cambodia to see the beautiful old temples at angkor wat, where all these pictures are from. i have a short and simple wish list:

1. visit the bukit timah nature reserve in singapore {don’t look the monkeys in the eye}. //  2. elephant ride in angkor wat with a visit to the elephant farm. // 3. maybe one of those pedicures where the fishies nibble at your feet. // 4. eat fabulous food. // 5. remember not to jaywalk or spit while in singapore.

January 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm 2 comments

wah! {my brother is gone.}

my partner in crime

my brother left this morning for a backpacking trip after spending over a month at my house. you would think that having an extra person in a tiny house could get on the nerves, but not when he cooks and cleans without being asked. {yes, he’s single.} for example: last night i came home from work to the delicious smells of homemade meatballs cooking in the oven. last week i came home to find that he had vacuumed most of the house {something i had planned on doing}. not man-clean, clean-clean. oh, and he helped us clear out the garage, paint, re-organize, and re-hang the doors. yep. he’s a keeper.

plus, he’s super fun to hang out with.

i’m feeling pretty bummed.

the good news? he and i are joining up in a couple of months for a 100 mile backpacking trip through the grand canyon. he promises not to leave me too far behind.


January 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

thank you

from those of us who make our wares late into the night // from those of us with hot glue gun burns and pricked fingers and hands that otherwise reveal our love of making // from those of us who create in a closet or the corner of a room or quietly while others are sleeping // from those of us who work second {and third} jobs to pay the bills so we can do what we love // from those of us who put our hearts into our craft // from those of us who stay up all night before a craft fair tagging and labeling // from those of us who put our lovelies out there to be judged by total strangers // from those of us who drag heavy tables to set up at craft fairs // from those of us who make things before we know who will want them // from those of us who spend our spare time knitting and beading and sewing and gluing and soldering and all the good stuff:

thank you for letting us do what we love to do.

a big thank you for making 2011 a successful year for dogwood & poppy. whether you bought from me at a craft fair, a home show, or online, thank you, thank you, thank you. without your support it would just be me in my studio. you make it fun. thanks.

graphic found here and modified in photoshop.

January 11, 2012 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

be you

just a little pat on the back for today. a little nudge to remind you that there is a you shaped hole in the universe. go find it and fill it.

this post was inspired by 10 commandments for a good life over at marc and angel: a good read early in the year! want to learn how to do the letterpress effect in photoshop? check out this great tutorial from tut candy.

January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm 1 comment

since we last talked…

since we last talked, it has been full-on crazy town at our house. my mom and brother were/are in town and as fun as it is to see family {no, really, i actually like mine}, it’s also total chaos. add to that the general holiday hubbub and the fact that the hubby and i hemorrhaged so much money it was like suze orman performing surgery, and you get the picture.

lucky sliced his foot good and needed some very expensive stitches. our car got new tires and a load of other stuff. {and as much as i complained about the cost? it’s like driving a new car.} molly got pancreatitis. on new year’s eve.

at one point, we had six adults, one baby, and three dogs in our two bedroom, one bathroom house. inflatable mattresses everywhere! and yes, you heard me, we survived despite having just one toilet {though i spent some anxious moments holding it}. it’s a good thing we all liked each other.

on new year’s day we emptied out our entire messy garage and painted the walls and reorganized. we re-hung the sliding garage doors that were dragging on the ground. it’s as much fun as you’re imagining, but with the satisfaction that comes from doing a job you’ve been putting off since you moved in.

also? i took my laptop back to apple for repairs {yes, again} and they gave me a brand spanking new one. just. like. that. i had my first sale at {not so sweet} sadie. my brother is still here, using his amazing cooking skills to feed us very, very well.

after all the excitement, i could use a little down time. and hopefully soon i’ll be getting more stuff in the shop{s}!

January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

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