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Project Roundup: DIY Cacti

by Kate on April 17, 2015

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My love of trompe l’oeil objects runs deep. I cannot tell you how exciting it was for me as kid to visit the Boston Children’s Museum and peek in the cubby holes at little Colonial dioramas starring tiny costumed mice, and fake food, all fake food, was just the BEST thing I had ever seen. This is something all kids love I imagine, and sticks with us forever. Have you ever met an adult who didn’t delight, even just a tiny bit, in seeing objects recreated out of other materials?

Fake plants also hold a special place in my heart, right up there with fake food. Longtime readers of this blog may remember I wrote about indestructible plants a few years ago, but there have been so many amazing fake cacti projects as of late, I couldn’t resist sharing more. What I love most about these objects is that they are simple and inexpensive, and they reuse materials to create something fun and beautiful. Making these as gifts, or just as little pick-me-ups, would do the mind and body good. I’m going to try one this weekend. I hope you join me!

{ Image above: These adorable card cacti made by Catherine at Little Glowing Lights, using the tutorial in Beci Orpin’s book Home }

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 { Colorful paper cacti you can make in a minute: The Port-a-Plant from Chronicle Books }

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{ Learn how to make a clever abstract version of faux cacti on The Jungalow }

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 { A painted rock garden would be a great version to make with kids, but is also a perfect solo craft. }

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 { You can’t go wrong with a cushy cactus! I love this little pincushion version from Anna Evers }

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{ Need a fun home project for spring? Cover your couch with these cactus pillows from Everything Emily. }

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Eradura

by Joanna on April 16, 2015

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I recently moved into an old loft in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, complete with exposed brick walls. As I decorate the space, I have this stronger and stronger urge to switch things up and move on from the gallery wall. I crave a mix of art, with touches of the old school. These hand-embroidered, felt pieces by Etsy artist Eradura would be absolutely perfect.

The subject matter is inspired by the Southwest and “all wandering and worrying” shopkeeper and maker Erika Duran has done. Most of her designs are made of felted wool with touches of dense hand embroidery. For a sneak peek of items to come, as well as her making process, be sure to follow Eradura on Instagram.

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 { Images via Eradura }

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Write_On!

by Kate on April 8, 2015

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In our minds, whatever print publications and hand-written letters may lack in digital instantaneousness, they more than make up for in their real-time, tactile, text-in-hand joy. So I hope it comes as no surprise that we here at Anthology are enthusiastic supporters of Write_On: a campaign to promote joy, creativity, and connection through hand-written correspondence.

Write_On was launched in April 2014, when Egg Press founder Tess Darrow teamed up with Eunice and Sabrina of Hello! Lucky to create correspondence kits and encourage their friends and family to write 30 letters in 30 days to celebrate National Letter-Writing Month.  The campaign was a huge success. They gave away more than 2,000 kits and received thousands of written letters, shoutouts, and images. 

This year, they’ve created a website hub for the campaign, where people can order letter-writing kits and find letter-writing ideas all year long. They’ve also partnered with great brands like Paper Source, Sakura, and independent boutiques nationwide. Click here to grab a kit, scout some inspiration, and get writing!  

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Lena Wolff x Erica Tanov Fabric

by Anh-Minh on February 26, 2015

ericatanov_openerIn our 4+ years of producing Anthology, designer Erica Tanov‘s home remains one of my all-time favorites. We featured it waaay back in Issue No. 8, and then posted some outtakes from our shoot. (The image above, taken by Kelly Ishikawa, is from the published story.)

I’ve been familiar with Erica, her work, and her Bay Area shops for years—I remember working on Fourth Street in Berkeley when I was in grad school and popping into the outpost there during my lunch breaks and just marveling at all of the beautiful things she purveyed. Right now, I’m coveting the fabrics in her collaboration with artist Lena Wolff.

My mom taught me how to sew when I was a kid, and it’s one of the crafts that I’d like to take up again. And this line of graphic fabrics just might be what finally motivates me to bust out the (no doubt dusty) sewing machine!

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{ Top image by Kelly Ishikawa for Anthology. Remaining images via Erica Tanov. }

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My husband and I love old cars. He once restored a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, and we can’t seem to let go of our 1985 Toyota pickup truck. So of course I was drawn to the Half Hitch Goods space at last week’s West Coast Craft show. Owner and curator Carrie Caillouette created a boutique on wheels—which she calls her Rolling Shoppe—out of her Volkswagen Vanagon T3. Inspired by the process of gifting, Half Hitch Goods offers heirloom treasures that are one-of-a-kind and handmade by artisans.

The truck may look small, but it is able to carry a lot of merchandise, so you’ll be able to find gifts for the easiest to the pickiest. The Half Hitch Goods Rolling Shoppe is usually set up around the San Francisco area, and you can keep track of where it will be here. For those of you outside of the Bay Area, fortunately, there’s also an online shop.

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{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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