I'm hosting a giveaway on instagram! If you are on IG, simply follow me @GrayDayStudio and then share this image and tag it with and then include which set you would like with the tag you will receive a total of four cards (so doubles of the bears and an extra of the quotes!) there will be four winners chosen on Friday! (Sorry only open to US and Canada residents) I'll share individual images of each set soon, so more image sharing options! Spread the word and have fun!
Monday, February 3, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Happy Thursday, and Happy Links and Such!
art of decaying billboards
Love this silk dress
Awesome resume design and layout
Modern dog dens
fancy and elegant external hard drive
This lamp for our entryway table?
Knit these tee-pee pillows
For the kids: DIY inventor's box
24 smart organizing ideas for the kitchen
setting family goals for the new year
MAKE: a pom pom town set
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I've picked up the paint brushes once again and I can't tell you how exciting it is! I intend to focus on florals and landscapes for the time being, starting with watercolor and moving towards oil. Above are four new watercolor and gouache paintings that measure 22x30" and are available in my etsy shop! I wanted to offer customers affordable large original paintings that will really make a statement in any space. I'm thrilled to be reunited with one of my favorite pastimes... I plan to blog more in depth about this return to painting with the motherhood occupying my subconscious.... nothing weird, just an interesting new perspective. ;)
I will continue to list new work as they dry. Stay tuned and follow me on twitter for shop updates!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Well, We've been busy around these parts with Christmasy activities and the like, so I regret that I haven't shared our advent calendar until now! First I'd like to explain that this Christmas is special in many ways. This is a Christmas of many firsts- our first as a family of four seems to be the biggest one. And really it's the first big Christmas where we can actually decorate! Last year we went to Alaska for Christmas so we opted for a potted tree that would be okay with our absence and then the Christmases before that we were living at my folk's house and then before that we were in Maine for two Christmases and I never had all of my Christmas loot with us. So it's really been since 2008 (our first Christmas as newlyweds) that we've done it up and with a 3 year old in the house, there is reason to REALLY do it up!
SO, as to the advent calendar. I ruminated (a bit too much probably) about what type of advent calendar to have (see my board here). But I decided on the bag option to allow for a little wiggle room should our schedules turn upside down and we have to move some activities around. Another perk of the bags is that they are reusable and I can use them year after year (until they are teenagers- sniff).
I bought plain 5x8 bags here. And I was happy I found bags that had a sturdy drawstring. (some have these thin whimpy ones that are fine for little giftbags but not for something like this). THEN I traced numbers on all 25 bags with my stencils and painted them using gold silkscreen ink that is intended for fabric. (Heat treated them with an iron later)
For the rope I braided a combination of red, white, heather, and sparkling red yarn together and then hung it from the fireplace. (It has since moved to a doorway to accommodate fires.)
In the bags are little pieces of paper that have a drawing and the description of the activity, craft, or event we will do that day. I've already had to switch some of the contents around to other days due to scheduling conflicts, or today's snow day etc. So happy I went for the bags!
Here are a few of our activities so far!
Day 1: we got out the felt Christmas tree from last year, hung it, made new felt ornaments and decorated the tree and then refused to take a nice picture! hahaha
Day 3 was "A Snowy Day", Day 4 a little penguin Tattly tattoo, Day 5 Make a Joy decoration for the tree.
Day 7: Make pom pom angels for the tree. Our daughter's is the rad pink one with the all gray body! nice contrast ;)
Day 8: Get the tree!
Day 10: make a pom pom snowman and hang it on the tree. Our daughter actually made a pom pom (the bottom one)! I'm very proud of her and it was so fun to watch her understand the concept and then how proud she was and of course here she is explaining it to me! It helped that I got it started for her and gave her pieces of yarn that were pre cut and not attached to the entire big ball of yarn. So cute!
Originally the two pom pom crafts were more spread out, but since we had a snow day today I had to flip some bags this morning to accommodate the need for an activity on a day when she was just going to have a little trinket before heading off to school.
So there you have it!
I'll be sure to check back in with more advent activities and such as we approach Christmas!
at 8:44 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Happy Thursday! (hooray I wrote a blog post!) have a good one!
portrait of motherhood
How to Identify the one thing you were born to do
$300 underground greenhouse for year round gardening
Amazing Photos of Snowflakes up close
Cookie chemistry: how to engineer your perfect cookie
this dog can stack anything on his head!
custom pet necklace
make a stuffed reindeer
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
All right, let's do this, I want to talk about clothing, about curating a simple yet timeless wardrobe. I've been wanting to elaborate on this theme over the past 3 or so years. My second stint with maternity clothes put this topic on the back burner so to speak... but now I'm ready to discuss the need for a Curated Wardrobe with a more in-depth evaluation where I provide resources and helpful tips. So here we go! (I'll try and break it down into bullet points to keep it short-ish and straight forward.)
* Check out "The 7 Most Baffling Things about Woman's Clothing" (sent to me by my sister-in-law) this article really sums up the need to seek out clothing that most readily available stores just don't offer. The Majority of Women's fashion is made with thin material, or not enough of it, hence we have to "layer" and are always cold. (I could go on but the article does a nice job!)
* THEN Get the book "Parisian chic" Even if you dislike the French hype, this book really lays out the key principles about having an edited and limited wardrobe. In her book, Sophie speaks about how a small wardrobe can still be versatile and fun as you mix opposites together- Imagine loafers with a skirt instead of a more typical ballet flat. Essentially, this book is what pushed me forward in a more practical sense towards this need to pair down my wardrobe, etc.
My main objective is to start investing in "Pieces" that will wear well for MANY years to come. Thus they need to be:
~ Well Made
~ and Classic enough to not fall out of style too quickly.
What I love about curating a wardrobe, is that I've become much more discerning. For example I have a black cardigan on my wardrobe shopping list, along with a pair of oxfords or loafers and I've been on the look out for those two pieces for the past two years. I wont settle for something that isn't perfect, that wont stand the test of time. Thus I'm still on the hunt. Luckily recently I've found a few contenders, just need to raise the funds. AND with my limited wardrobe check list, this keeps me from shopping for anything else that isn't on my list! PLUS the bigger take away, is that with a focused approach to knowing my style, and the few pieces I actually need- comes a greater satisfaction with my wardrobe. I am literally satisfied and don't have to go back for seconds on dessert, so to speak. In the end it's better for my budget and for the environment, by allowing me to consume less stuff.
I'm sure I've said this before, but there is also a handmade/ get to know who made it- personal aspect to consumerism that is coming back into favor. We are more willing to invest in our wardrobe when we meet the designers, know their story, and know how the clothing was made (be it fair working conditions or a new discovered craft of weaving, etc). Thus here are some links that offer well made clothing that fills this criteria of investing in pieces.
Mill Mercantile: Seeks to offer Women the same craftsmanship and quality that is typically reserved for menswear! (I love everything on their site, it's pricy but if you think of these pieces as a cost per wear piece then in the long run you have a sound investment.)
Everlane: I have one of their silk shirts, and would love many more plus their cardigans look like they would actually keep one warm!!!
Makers Workshop: A blog turned virtual shop that features Made in America goods my enthusiastic craftspeople
Of a Kind: is another site that strives to bring budding designers to the public
Curator SF: is a clothing line made in California. I have two pieces from them and I adore them. I have my eye on their black skirt too!
Fischer: is another clothing line that offers made in the US pieces that are versatile enough to wear from season to season and age well with time.
Colenimo: is similar to those offered above, but it's based in the U.K. and makes everything in the U.K.
Well those are the links I have to share for now. I'll do a follow up post with more links at a future date! Please share an link you might have as well.
thanks for reading!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Happy Thursday! Here is my weekly Links and Such post. Enjoy ; )
remember to put on your own oxygen mask first
the lost apple project
adorable ice cream truck
buy your own "glamping Tent"
The Passion of Parenting
bookmark this for a snow day- shows and movies you can stream based on children's books
String lights for my studio?
another cute dog bed as side table
love these mugs
and this knotted bowl
images of female athletes
top places to see Holiday lights in and around PHILLY