My littlest sister, Fiona, is in her first semester at college about three hours north of DC. She turned 18 on Thursday so this weekend Dave and I and the schnauzer headed north to Pennsylvania. We ate tapas and did the mandatory grocery trip to buy the student granola and tea. It's not much farther north but there is no trace of summer left up there, it's well and truly fall. Crispy leaves and cool breezes. I bought a pumpkin and some mums to bring home with me. It's fall guys, well and truly.
A friend of mine recently ordered a fox in a jacket and tie with a satchel and she asked me to put a ribbon or bit of string so she could use it as a Christmas ornament. It looks super rad and I can't wait to see how it looks on a tree. I guess it's getting to be that kind of year.
If you order any small M&B animal and you'd like me to make it into a Christmas ornament just send me a note and I'll add the string to ornament-ify it.
Two little munchkins and their animals. Coordinating outfits on baby and fox, tutus all round on on fox and ballerina.
Today through Friday use the code FALL14 for 10% off the entire shop. Happy shopping, happy fall!
I am painting foxes and bears and rabbits and badgers like a mad woman. Keep an eye out for some fun new projects coming soon. Look for badgers in hats and rabbits with glasses. It's going to be a thing.
Living in DC we go to a lot of museums, a brother or sister or friend is almost always visiting and we walk down to the National Museum of the American Indian for their unbelievable cafe or the Air and Space Museum because everyone wants to see a space ship. My favourite exhibit in the city is definitely the gem exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Aside from the Hope Diamond (THE HOPE DIAMOND) and the Harry Winston jewelry there is the Gem Gallery and all the rocks, gems, minerals and meteorites you could possibly want. After wandering the exhibit I always want to bring home ALL THE THINGS in the gift shop and end up putting pyrite in my terrarium or slices of agate in my jewelry box just to look at. After coming across Leif's gorgeous Gemstone Magnet Set I thought that perhaps the chunks of rock around my apartment could be put to similar use. If you don't happen to have a random collection of pretty rock bits around your apartment Bliss Crystals on Etsy has loads of amazing sparklers and Karma Bead Supply have everything you need.
I had a bit of a hard time because the glue doesn't get tacky quickly so unless you are lying on the magnet on a perfectly flat surface it will slide off so I used napkins to wedge things around so they lay perfect flat and then put a tiny bit of glue on the rock and a tiny bit on the magnet. The magnets are super tiny but strong and one kept the agate and smaller rocks on the fridge but the huge chunk of pyrite needed three and an unreasonable amount of unsightly glue because it wasn't a flat surface . They are apparently super strong little magnets and according to the amazon reviews should be kept away from pets because they are super dangerous if consumed or something, so be aware of that. I let mine dry over night and then went crazy pants on my fridge. Now I want to attach ALL the things to magnets and my fridge, possibly small dinosaurs, and almost certainly sheep and llamas.....
The entire city is blooming.
This summer I'm going to be selling at District Flea. It's the first time I've done a craft fair and after this fall's soft launch (this? what we're doing right now? launching softly), I haven't built up enough inventory for a huge 10x10 space I'll have at the Flea. So I'm sewing and painting and coming up with new products and other fun things to try to make McIntosh & Burke a brand big enough for a hard launch in 2015. So pardon the radio silence and all the Instagrams of smoking bears as I stock pile foxes and badgers. And if you're in DC this summer and want to hang out I'll be posting my Flea dates soon.
We had a snow day, a half day, and a weekend all in a row. The blog suffered but I wanted to catch you up in one quick post. Clockwise from the terrarium:
1. My little sister and I made terrariums (another item crossed off my 30 by 30 list). We got our asymmetrical fishbowls and charcoal at Petsmart and everything else at Home Depot. They took no time but we both went running to our mother at a certain point because the cacti kept pricking us and we needed an adult. So far they are still alive.
2. We don't have a car in Washington right now and our vet is out near my parents’ house in Pennsylvania so the pets went to spend a week with my parents which is both sad because there is no one SO happy to see me when I come home from work first and also incredibly luxurious to not have to go for that last 11 pm walk.
3. I made a custom rabbit in a school uniform with a plaid skirt, navy blazer and a backpack. And she is UNREASONABLY cute.
4. Last year while Christmas shopping, I went mental over these Minimergency Kits. The little kits were so cute but didn't really have exactly what I wanted. I came across a bunch of DIY kits but nothing really caught my eye. Right before Christmas I was at Target buying an insane amount of candles that smell like Christmas Trees and I came upon these tiny little pouches for a buck each. I thought they would be perfect for corralling ibuprofen and bobby pins and chap sticks. I made one for each of my sisters and my mother and could pick things they actually might need instead of a generic lady kit. This weekend I stuffed them and wrapped them and gave them away. I included tiny emery boards and breath strips and stain remover and pain killers and a bunch of other things I wish I had in my purse all the time.
5. I made the teeniest tiniest knit tie (does one stitch wide count?) for a mini badger. Coming to the shop this week.
6. For Valentines I got a mug with Hilary Clinton on her phone. I gave my husband this card. Ladies on their phones feature prominently in our lives.