Introducing…

…the one, the only, the amazing, the magnificent, Perseus Theodoros Grammatas! Born 10/11/12 (to two math geeks – pretty apropos!), 7 pounds, 2 ounces. We had a difficult delivery ending in an emergency c-section after the doctors realized he was breech, but ultimately any delivery that ends with a healthy baby and mom is a very successful one! We’re calling him Perry, since that whole name is a little bit of a (fantastic) freight train. We are utterly in love with him. He’s also already exhausting us, of course. As soon as we got home from the hospital I took[…]

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Making the dresser

The big addition to the Moroccan Room before the baby was this dresser/changing table, which I suppose I didn’t exactly make, but I did hack and embellish to a point of unrecognizability. We bought the Tarva at Ikea for the base, and two nice wood planks to make a larger top plus four brackets from Home Depot to build this thing. At home, we laid everything out for painting, filled the original holes for the drawer knobs, and taped off the areas where I wanted a border – basically the edges of the drawers and the two planks for the[…]

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I love lamp

In the midst of creating the Explorer’s Moroccan-ish Nursery, I found some spare time to whip up a lamp for Lefteris’s office. We bought this lampshade at Ikea with this design in mind; then I just got a standard lamp kit from the hardware store, and constructed this from bamboo I had around the house. YES, I said “bamboo I had around the house” – I have several sticks of bamboo around and I’ve been using to for all kinds of things for years, periodically cutting it to size when necessary. I use it for curtain rods a lot –[…]

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Tibetan yak leather saddle bags

I finished a pair of these, and attendant acoutrements, just before Christmas–one for me, and one for John. So far I can’t take it out of the house without getting comments, and I hear he’s had the same experience–so it worked… While walking through Kanze in Kham (Tibet) with John and our friend Sandy, I spied what looked like some sweet leather work in a shop window. We went inside and it was quickly clear that it was some REALLY sweet leather work, and there was plenty more of it; we were in a leatherworking shop, and the owner/craftsman was[…]

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Spats with spikes

I’m slightly obsessed with spats. I made these for Katie for some occasion (Christmas? Birthday?) not too long ago. I’d kind of like to start making (and selling) more. They can be worn around the arch of the foot, or backwards around the ankle.

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What I’m wearing today / Craft time

This outfit is a veritable cornucopia (see? Thanksgiving theme) of things I’ve made, and funny faces. Though you can’t see the other funny faces, I guarantee they were there in the b-roll. Anyhoodle, here’s the list of items in which I am clad: Black and white splatter-paint print pencil skirt, which I made Oatmealy tank Plaid punkified blazer, which I reworked from a conservative one I had Black & brown booties with which I am strangely preoccupied Leather & stone necklace from a street vendor on the St. Charles Bridge in Prague Big ring, which I made from accoutrements (French[…]

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What I’m wearing today

Today’s magic outfit includes this skirt that I made. It’s a copy of a pencil skirt I happen to love. I’ve had it in mind to do a pencil skirt in this fabric for a while and finally got around to it this weekend. In toto, this outfit includes: Splatter-paint-look pencil skirt, made by yours truly Fancy new shoes, which are my new favorites (don’t mention this to the other shoes) Drapey black top Silver nonspecific-predatory-cat ring with green sparkly eyes (a.k.a. tackiest ring ever) White enamel ring from a Marimekko boutique in Seattle 70’s-lamp-style owl necklace Also about the[…]

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