Feast your eyes!  Spring is here, but chilly nights will be with us for a while longer. Warm your noggin with a whimsical Jumbo Jibbles design.  Get your unicorn beanie in black, dark purple, pink and hot pink here.

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Paint Pants and Art Crushes

Do you have a pair of pants or a shirt that you always paint in? Or do you call them messy pants? I have a pair of jeans I wear without fail to my teaching sessions. Working with children (and sometimes acrylics) I’m surprised how few stains are on them. A small, bright red smear on my right hip is the only mark. Do I dare put more on? It seems wrong to do it on purpose– I’d like each spot to have a story.

So it’s a Friday night, and I find myself buying nail polish on Etsy. Did you see this on the front page?

Oh Splat! polish from KBShimmer on Etsy

I grew up in the 80s, so there is something in my inchoate development that is attached to anything splatter painted.  Couldn’t pass it by, really.  And those blots of color got me so excited, I decided to see what other painting accident-inspired stuff there was out there.  I do focus on Etsy*, but tell me in the comments if you’ve got something for the collection!

‘Splat!’ by pinkpicnic


Oh Splat White Glitter Nail …

$8.75

Skinny Silk Ribbon Cord Bund…

$20.00

Samsung Galaxy S3 Case, Mia …

$21.99

Modern Confetti Oil Painting…

$125.00

EC14 – Floating Multi-Colore…

$15.85

Love jewelry / valentines…

$30.00

1980s Paint Splatter Dress, …

$25.00

Two-toned Red & Paint Splatt…

$7.00

BONWIT TELL (Nature’s P…

$200.00

Galaxy Earring – More Color …

$24.00

Colors abstract 11 x 14, ori…

$47.00

Southwest Color Palette Ford…

$35.00

Vintage Postcard. Artist Pal…

$3.25

Dan Bennett Ruby Dawn in Lim…

$9.00

antique french paint set fre…

$44.00

Fiori, Floral Splat Fabric i…

$8.25

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

It’s easy to put this kind of collection together– in my case, memories and emotion help me pick the items because my brain can really start thinking about the Why.  Like looking for a particular color in a game of I Spy.

Mia Christopher (a Bay Area artist) showed some of her work at The Usuals, and I really wanted one of her paint-palette pieces.  She does have a shop on Etsy, and you can get friggin’ iPhone covers with her artwork on this website.  It’s all swirly and colorful, and reminds me of Wayne Thiebaud.  You know, art you want to reach out and scrape at (but don’t!)  She even had some of her work adapted for fabric at Anthropologie!

Mia Love in one of her painting-inspired dresses from Anthropologie. How cool is that? Image from BuySomeDamnArt.com

Sketchbook image from MiaChristopher.com

Mia Christopher work from BuySomeDamnArt.com

Who wants to paint now?

*Let it be known that when I do a treasury, I start on the LAST page of the search.  I know I’d appreciate it if I was back there (I have been!)


Tripping to San Francisco

So you would think that an Arkansas girl living just an hour away from the Big City of San Francisco would find all manner of excuses to get up to the city.  But nooooo, it’s always “too far away” and “I should have fun in San Jose!” and “leave me alone I’m taking a nap” (that’s from my husband).  We really are a lazy bunch here at Jumbo Jibbles, but we got up the gumption to get on a train and visit Fog City last Saturday.  My only to-do was to visit Britex, and once that was done (too rich for my tastes/wallet) we took a bus to the Mission and wandered for HOURS.

Left to right: Me, photobombing hungry dude, Justin, Big Mouth Burger dude

We really had only one agenda: suss out awesome clothing boutiques, especially for handmade dresses or spectacular men’s clothing.  Justin has been loving the Put This On webcast and blog, and wanted to check out a few places mentioned by that particular fashion authority.  This agenda was not adhered to strictly, and I’m afraid I didn’t find the bespoke clothing I was looking for, but Justin found a ridiculous shop selling $1,000 jeans.  I’m not giving up my search, but I’m looking forward to the day I can find a dress made of something other than freezer paper, doesn’t have birds all over it or exposed zippers.

Image from Craftsman and Wolves

Highlights of the trip: Craftsman and Wolves–  we got to this fancy bakery late in the day, so it had the look of high-end boutiques showcasing a single shirt or tie in a large, industrial space.  Only a few croissant and cake slices were left, but we also found a few glass jars of their hand-made fruit jellies (like fancy gum-drops) and store-made granola.  Craftsman and Wolves, to me, sounded like another rich-mans-blue-jeans store, or a nightclub you had to have specific period-garb for.  I’d like to go again earlier in the day when the shelves are stocked.  The jellies were delicious.

http://www.fabric8.com/

Whisky Study by Telopa at Fabric 8 Gallery in San Francisco

Fabric 8 was a gallery and curiosity shop that I may try to sell at (I hope).  It had neat little t-shirts and hipster novelties, but also a winding gallery that ended in a tidy backyard garden.  Even the bathroom had an installation (koi-filled bathtub, which I WISH I’d taken a picture of).  When we went, they were showcasing a number of artists from classic portraits to surreal and somewhat gross oil paintings.  Their next exhibit opens today, called Tight But Loose.  Check it out if you’re up there!

Image from Gravel and Gold

When I read the name Gravel and Gold, for some reason I knew exactly what the shop would be like– except for the boobie pillows.  Mostly barnwood and stolen rocks in decor, this place had an mix of rustic jewelry, printed pillows and books.  The clothing was mostly silkscreened in SF (not just screenprinted tshirts, but actual fabric made into clothing) and was beautiful.  The “boobie” theme was throughout the store, with shirts, pillows and jewelry emblazoned with breasts.  Not in a crude way, just celebratory boobies.  I was tempted by the necklaces, and wish I could find a picture to put here.  Let me tell you, that was a Google image search I cannot unsee.

There was more, oh so much more!  But now it is Saturday morning and I can smell the fake bacon crisping in the pan.  Get off the computer and enjoy yourself today!

 


Ozark Mountain Crafts – 2011 Edition

I took a stroll around our old stomping grounds in Fayetteville, Arkansas while on vacation, and found a lot of new, or improved businesses since we moved this Fall.  It made me happy to see so many new things, and fun things, at that.  Below are pictures from The Mustache, Hand-Held Knitting, Him + Her, BonnerBell, Embree Designs and Stitch Vintage/Handmade.  If you are EVER in Northwest Arkansas, go to Fayetteville, ask someone how to get downtown and take a gander at what they’ve got to offer.  When you get hungry, walk a block to Petra Cafe’s tiny little lunch counter and get the foule platter.  Trust me.