November 13, 2009

Polaroid Kittens!

When polaroids meet kittens, magic happens. We spent last weekend with some of my dearest friends, Jae and Ryane, in our old neighborhood in the East Bay. We celebrated a birthday, made amazing glitter art, dreamed about owning our own gallery, and most of all, played with kittens! I don't think there are many things I'd rather do than than the above mentioned meanderings.

Elli and Lola are the muse - two sister kittens lovingly adopted and completely adored by my amazing friends. Shake It Photo is the iPhone application I used to get these faux polaroids. Apparently I'm completely out of the loop on the application because Jae just informed me of its greatness while we were there. I obviously couldn't stop using it.

Oh, and sorry about the blogging hiatus, I've been making a lot of new stuff and it has taken up a lot of computer time. Hopefully I'll have it up in my shop soon!






September 11, 2009

New Onesie Extravaganza

I don't know if any of you remember when I was making these onesie's. I haven't made them in a while, but I was inspired to start up again when I saw this made by one of my friends, Alisa. She makes adorable things so check out her etsy site and read her blog here.


Here's the onesie's I made and sold a while ago

And here's the one's I am working on now!
They're not up yet, but they will be soon. I plan on making a few more letters before I post 'em.

And here's the contents of a little custom piece I'm making for a lovely lady named Chelsea, who saw the hat I made for Miriam.


If you didn't see the hat for Miriam, here's a glimpse

If you are interested in any of the pieces I've made above, feel free to contact me here on the blog or on my etsy site. I love making custom pieces.

September 7, 2009

Santa Cruz in the Summer

I realize that it is basically the end of summer, but I just wanted to post these last few pictures of one of my favorite summer things. Santa Cruz farmer's market. This market is probably the best one I've ever been to. It's huge, filled with yummy things, and really friendly people. Here's a little taste of the experience.




August 28, 2009

We Heart Lauren



Because there was such a huge response on this blog to my posts about Lauren, a couple of us from Berkeley have started a new blog just for Lauren. It's still under construction, and there aren't any posts yet, but I figured I'd let you all know so that you can go on over and post things yourselves. The only thing is that you need to e-mail me your e-mail address so I can add you as an author. Send it to folaurenkrikorian@gmail.com. And here's the site.

We will be using this site as a tribute site for her as well as a place for updates on her memorial service here in the Bay Area so please keep checking back!

Thank you all again for sharing your wonderful words about Lauren, it has been a great encouragement to me as well as many others.

August 26, 2009

Lauren's Art

I found some of these images from a website that Lauren had to create for a class. As you will see, she was incredibly talented and made the most beautiful things. You can go to her site if you'd like.
And keep in mind that some of these sculptures were just the beginning of pieces that were in gallery shows. Sorry I don't have any of those images yet! If you have them, you can e-mail them to me and I will post them here.
mduvardo@berkeley.edu





She also loved cupcakes. On her site this image is listed as "other creations."


August 25, 2009

Beautiful Lauren.

I know most of you had never met this person, but I need to write about her because whether you knew her or not, the world needs to know when someone amazing has left it.

We lost one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. Lauren Krikorian was in Honor's studio with me at Berkeley and she was tragically killed in a car accident this past weekend. The shock and tragedy is overwhelming. In the words of one of our fellow professor's, "At the center of her soul was a great human spirit, only just emerging."
She had an immense impact on everyone she came in contact with and her laughter consistently filled our hearts. Lauren, your spirit will continue to shine on this earth even though your body is gone.

Goodbye dear friend. We miss you.



August 22, 2009

Stripe.

Last weekend, Michael and I took a little trip down to Santa Cruz - where we first met and where we've continually spent many-a-summer - to visit some friends and to see A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. While we were there, a couple of my dearest friends, Annie and Venessa (from hopevenessa) insisted that we stop at a new little shop called Stripe. They relayed to me that they had really cute things - some old, some new, some modern, and some vintage. As soon as I walked in, I was so so happy that I had remembered my camera because I just knew I had to blog about it. It is one of those shops where I had to go really slow, looking at every little item and making sure I took in every aspect of it's display and design. I loved it, and I'm sure you will to! Here's some pictures, and if you're ever in the area you should definitely stop in!

They also have an etsy site!









August 21, 2009

Found it!

Of course it was at Style Me Pretty. Click on the link for the full post and more images of this adorable wedding.

Here's a closer image.

August 18, 2009

I have an excess of mica flake from the sculpture I made a month ago (about 100 pounds of it!) and I've been trying to figure out what to do with all of it. I figured I'd try and sell some of it on etsy as supplies for craft projects and whatnot. So here's what I did to make it more attractive...a little bit of baker's twine and some fabric go a long way folks!









Also, wouldn't these jars of mica be so cute to give to guests to throw (not the jars but the mica inside)† as the bride and groom leave for the honeymoon? Mica is totally natural and easy to clean up and it's just so so pretty in the sun or under lights! I thought so.

August 4, 2009

Makin' Jam!

This past weekend we made a couple kinds of jam. Michael had tried it once before and made a strawberry vanilla jam and it turned out so good. We went to our farmer's market and bought plums and nectarines to try out two different jam recipes - honey brandied nectarine and classic plum. Here's a bit of the process and final product.

I made labels and tide a bow around three of them to give as a wedding present to my dear friend Krista. We'll be at the wedding this coming Sunday. I'll have pictures soon after because it's going to be an adorable wedding with lots of hand-made details.