Monday, May 21, 2018

John Just Made Me Cry With A Poem About A Spider

 I mean, maybe it's the wonky hormones, but is it dusty in here?


Maybe I've just been watching too much Lucas the Spider.

Did you see there's a new this week?

When he cuddles the little black cat cut-out.  


Friday, May 18, 2018

Queen Of The Night, (Not) So Still, So Bright

It's a lot of pressure finding the perfect name for a cat, you guys. And while I'm not saying it's perfect, John and I do finally have a name for Kitten.

But first, look at this cuteness:

She's almost comically hard to photograph, between blending in with our dark floors and always being in motion.

Not to mention she thinks my phone is perfect for pouncing.

Here she is enjoying my birthday red panda from readers Pinkie & Anni:

That pretty kitten collar is *still* too big, so after a few pictures I had to take it off again. Maybe once she hits 3 pounds? (She's about 2.4 right now.)

And in case you missed her featurette on Instagram:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How To Resize Thrift Store Frames And Save SO MUCH MONEY

If you collect art like me, then you know custom framing is on par with unicorn blood for pricing. But what else can you do when the thing you want to frame is a funky size? Mats can only get you so far, since it looks weird if the mat is really wide on one side and skinny on the other.

Enter... JOHN.

With a solution.

He even forgoes power tools this time, just to show you this can be done with minimal tools & cheap supplies.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy one of my favorite activities in the whole wide world:  
watching John build stuff.

We've done this for a lot of the frames in our house, which John will show you in the video. Even if your art is a standard size, this way is usually cheaper - especially for big pieces! Keep in mind we often repaint our frames, though, so when you're shopping keep an eye out for ones with good design/structure regardless of the finish. You'll be amazed what a coat of gold or silver paint followed by some quick aging can do.

I hope you guys find this useful! This video was actually a request from one of you readers, so please, keep those suggestions coming. What do you want to see us build, fix, or modify next?

And as always, if you have any questions, hit us up in the comments!

UPDATE: Since it's a FAQ, John's shirt is from Woot. ;)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Jewelry Roundup! Bugs & Books & Beautiful Dinos, OH MY

I haven't gone jewelry shopping in ages, so let's hurt our bank accounts together, shall we?

(Nothing here is sponsored; these are all Etsy finds I dug up on my own, uhthankyouverramuch.)

First, get ready to say "BIRCH, PLEASE," because that's the name of Fran's incredible Etsy shop. Fran uses her original illustrations on laser-cut wood to make statement necklaces like this:

Look how beautiful.

What's really blowing my mind, though, is her layered scarab beetle with iridescent acrylic wings:

 Hang on, you need to see the side-angle close up:


Even the wood has iridescent paint on it! I'm not generally a bug jewelry kind of girl, but this is stunning.

Oh! Then Fran has a Koi fish using gold layered acrylic, which you could swear was real metal:

These are BIG, btw; about 4.5 inches across for the Koi. True statement necklaces!

Promise me you'll go see the rest, because I could put half of Birch, Please in here as my favorites. Prices range between $30 and $50


Next up, Dori of Rainbow Overflow makes the most adorable polymer clay charms, and most only cost between $5 and $7!

Friday, May 11, 2018

WDW's Spring Dapper Day 2018: Sunday at Epcot

Ahhh, you thought I was done with Dapper Day photos, didn't you?


Well, sorry and/or SURPRISE!, 'cuz I still have all of my Epcot photos from Sunday to show you! Although John tells me enough is enough already, so I have to cram everything into this one last post. 

Right. Deep breaths, gang. HERE WE GO.
Lets. Get. DAPPER.

...with the Three Cabelleros!

I love "Donald's" little sombrero. So cute!

That reminds me: I've had several people mention they have a hard time figuring out Disneybounds. Just so you know: it's not just you. Using fashion to represent a character can be super subtle, and I frequently have no idea when I ask for a photo. That's what makes it fun, though: watching for those little hints, then seeing if you've guessed right. (It's perfectly fine to ask; I do it all the time!)

Here come two Disneybounding couples - let's see if you can ID them:

Did you guess?

That's Belle and Beast on the left, and then - a little trickier - Jasmine and Aladdin in their wedding finery on the right.

Of course not all Dappers are Disneybounding. Check out these lovelies in their vintage pastels:

And this gorgeous group:

... and this one!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DIY Rose Box For Mother's Day, Flower Lovers, And/Or People Named Rose

 Here's a fun little craft I made up the other night:



Are you impressed? :D

Ok, not really.

There's a little more to it.


Inside I have my rose petal ring (remember that?) displayed on a rolled up paper scroll - cute, right?

I like the idea of putting rose petal jewelry inside a rose gift box, plus you could write a little note on the scroll.

This was surprisingly fun to make and kind of hard to mess up, which is my favorite sort of craft. Plus it's a perfect box for a Mother's day gift, right? (Sadly last year's Wonder Womb plush will NOT fit... unless you make a mini version, which I would very much like to see. Hint hint.)

SO, who wants to make one?

The box, I mean, not a mini superhero uterus. (Although...)


- This cupcake-shaped paper box from JoAnn's:

Friday, May 4, 2018

WDW's Spring Dapper Day 2018: Saturday Part 2!

Right, Jen, it's crunch time and you still have a loooot of Dapper Day photos to share. So stop talking so much. (Like that's going to happen. :D)

Mouseketeers! Pineapple suit! (And a pineapple purse!)

The first thing I noticed on this next group was her blue Gonzo fascinator - I wish my photo showed it better, because I'm still Kermit-flailing over it:

Yesssss. We need more Muppet 'bounds, you guys. Kermit's rainbow shoes! And Fozzy's polka-dotted neck scarf! Love love love.

I'm a huge fan of all the color-blocking on Dapper Day. So many cheery color combos and dreamy pastels... it's just the most beautiful the parks look all year, gang.

More matching pineapples and a twirling Tinkerbell:

Ooh, you know what else needs to be an everyday thing? Flowers in hair. Like this:

Oh hey, and another pineapple purse! Spring Dapper Day is very fruity. :D

Another genius 'bounding group coming up in 3...2...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WDW's Spring Dapper Day 2018: Saturday at the Magic Kingdom

It's that time again, Dizgeeks! Last weekend was Orlando's own Dapper Day, the fan-run Disney event that invites everyone to dress their best and hit the parks. Vintage fashions and Disneybounding are huge, and every year more and more people join in the fun. In fact, the event has gotten so big that Dapper Day is actually two days, so all weekend the parks are flooded with the most gorgeous dresses, suits, parasols, and hats. (Oooh, the hats, you guys. THE HATS.)

Saturday was Magic Kingdom day, so I spent the afternoon camped out in the main hub area chasing down some of my favorite fashions. It was blazing hot and made me long for air-conditioned convention halls, but I think you're about to agree: WORTH IT.

C'mon, where else can you get a backdrop like that?

Parasols are almost a necessity in the Florida sun - plus they're so stinkin' cute. Can we bring these back for everyday use?

I caught the most fantastic Robin Hood group just as John and I were coming in:

From the left that's Sir Hiss, Prince John, Robin Hood & Little John, and Maid Marion. SO GOOD.

They even had little bags of chocolate gold coins they were handing out, score!

But wait, there's more. I found the group again later, and they'd added this gorgeous Lady Cluck:

See her chicken pin? Also I am completely smitten with her hair. (She did everyone's hair for the group, too! And I think I'm allowed to tell you this: they're all wigs. Shhhh.) 

Check the group's hashtag #GollyWhatADapperDay on IG for more.

An adorable Jessie:

And some stunning Scarlett O'Hara vibes here:

Oof. So pretty it hurts.

I love taking Dapper pics on Main Street; the setting is perfect for all these vintage lovelies: