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Brooklyn Shout Out

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I want to give a quick shout out to Meg (of Enderby fame) over at the ever-hip, Brooklyn-based style-guide known as Nest for featuring the HappyDashery as a shop of the week. It’s an honor to be included with so many other talented artists and shop owners. I only wish I found out about this feature way back in October!

Enderby Nest is a “Green Guide to Stylish Living and Eclectic Home Decor.” I recently discovered this site and it’s already rather dear to my heart because she’s living in Brooklyn (and we all know I miss brooklyn and heart anything that brings me back to my days there) and promoting and creating green design.

Meg’s designs and daily posts remind you that “style starts at home,” and will be stepping it up a bit this week with the start of her DIY show on Threadbanger. Tomorrow marks the debut episode. Good luck, Meg!

Crafty Weekend with Friend

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Happy Friday everyone! I love the promise of a weekend, don’t you? With crafty projects to do (see below) and our friend Jay coming to stay, this promises to be a good one. Check out Jay’s amazing watercolor work here. I might rename his website “Talent to Spare” if only he would let me. This painting from his Block Island series features the bungalow where Neil and I spent our honeymoon.

Anyway, a piece of random trivia about the Sattin Household… we don’t get sick. Or at least, not often. We’re hearty stock, thank god, but every once in a while a little sniffle takes hold. Hence me sitting here with a box of tissues instead of my usual box of bon-bons. Ha! But really, to underscore just how healthy we tend to be, this same box of tissues was in our kitchen when we bought the house about a year and a half ago. It had already been opened and there’s currently about a third left. Take that, pesky viruses.

Now if I can manage to keep my head off my pillow for the rest of the day, I’m going to be tackling Dash’s birthday banner. I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while. Kind of makes me feel like I’m back in school taking art classes. If only!

The concept is pretty basic. Cutting out circles of paper in two different sizes, gluing them together, and scalloping the edges of the larger, outer circle.

Birthday Banner in Process Here

And you do that fourteen thirteen times. H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y.

Banner avec le scallop!

And then you wish you had sprung for better scissors because, ouch. Did I buy the child-size version or something?

The Aftermath

And then I began the letter transfer process. I bought these Martha Stewart letters at Michael’s and realized once I started that there’s only one “P” in the pack. Martha, what gives? Is that how you get people to buy your premade birthday banner? That’s really low.
So I have to go back to Michael’s to buy ANOTHER package of letters (Martha, you owe me) in order to finish this, but here’s a sneak preview. Note the not-so-straight-lines here. I had a hard time keeping the transfer still.

The Letter H

Next update will show all thirteen letters strung up. And then what? Hmm… I don’t know, it’s a pretty loose birthday theme around these parts. I’m pretty much just going with that aqua/red/white color combo. Which means I get to use my milkglass dishes to serve. Feel free to write in with some ideas. Keep in mind, I only have one week. And a baby who moves around lightening fast.

Have a great weekend!