Do you have a green thumb? I kinda sorta do. Or used to I should say. My childhood home in Connecticut had a HUGE yard (an essential part of any childhood). I remember afternoons spent in the garden with my mom. We weeded. We planted. We watered. We had a flower garden and we had a vegetable garden, though the latter only sprouted us a few cucumbers and tomatoes before the deer came and ate our crops. Now that we don’t have a backyard, the only thing we grow are herbs (which is still cool. I love fresh herbs).
“The Planthunter is an Australian online magazine devoted to celebrating plants and the varied ways humans interact with them. Plants have been inspiring, feeding, sustaining and soothing humans for aeons. The Planthunter documents and celebrates these connections.”
Their first issue is themed ‘Death’ (sorry plant-lovers; a bit morbid I’m afraid) and my favorite series is Fractured Flora by Anna Thomas.
When my grandma visited a few months ago, we all took a trip to Sonoma. We stopped off at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and took pictures together while we were there because why not? The setting is so idyllic. I felt like I was in the Italian countryside. Not a bad feeling to have, eh eh?
Hi everyone! Dani here from High Walls with a DIY Craft project for all of you nature lovers out there!
Maybe it’s Autumn where you are and the trees and leaves are in lovely warm hues. Perhaps, like for me, it’s Summer and everything is green and bright. Even if it’s already coming into winter in your part of the world, you can use this wonderfully simple DIY project to bring a little bit of the outdoors in! Collect some pretty leaves and twigs from around your garden or neighborhood and you can put together these pretty little candle holders to decorate your home.
Leaves in various shapes and sizes
Small Glass tumblers
Double Sided Tape
Tea Light Candles
1. Collect some leaves/branches from the garden to use. You want leaves that are as tall as your glass and preferably thinner so that they can wrap around the glass without breaking. Separate the leaves from the branches and sort into groups. I used three different sets of leaves – tall stems to use as a base, small long leaves and pretty seeded ‘flower’s as decoration.
2. Run a line of double sided tape around the outside of glass about 1/3 of the way down and just about the base of the glass.
3. Starting from one side, press the first base leaf onto the tape. Repeat with another leaf, overlapping the first. Continue all the way around the glass until you have covered the surface completely. It doesn’t matter if you can see the glass through the leaves.
4. Take a length of twine or string that is at least twice as long as the diameter of the glass. Leaving around 2 in (5 cm) at the end, use your thumb to anchor the string and start to layer the decoration leaves upon the base row, using the string the anchor the new leaves. Continue around the glass until you are back at the beginning. This can be a little fiddly, so feel free to use a table to steady your hand.
5. Tie off the twine (using the 2 in end you left in the previous step) and adjust any of the leaves that may have slipped in the process. Wrap the rest of the twine around the glass and tuck into the other row of twine.
6. Place a single tea light candle into each glass and light up to admire the pretty dappled light that flickers from between the leaves.
What’s great about this project is that it’s temporary. Your leaves will eventually break down and when they do, you can easily remove the string and tape and reclaim your glass tumblers to use as drinking glasses again.
November’s Career Day speaker is Katie Evans. Katie is a Brooklyn-based artist working in web, print, products, visual, and social media. In case you missed her introduction last week, read more about her info here.
Hi Drifter & the Gypsy readers. Here are the responses. Thanks for including me! - Katie
How has being a multifaceted artist benefited you?
I never planned on wearing a variety of hats but I’m so glad it happened. Since I work in so many channels (print, visual, digital, and social) I’m able to think and work 360 which makes me a more valuable asset on a team. Eventually I would like to just concentrate on perfecting one area but for now I’m still learning a lot so I’m keeping all doors open.
How do you enjoy working for big companies like Gap and Kate Spade? Do you feel like your identity still shines through when you design for companies other than your own?
I’ve worked for big and small teams but so far the smaller ones have been the most rewarding. Our team at Kate Spade was really small so I was able to work on a wide range of projects which helped me become multifaceted. I learned pretty quickly what path I wanted to take and which ones I wasn’t feeling. Gap is gigantic. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how big we are. The bonus of being big is that your teams are bigger so you can accomplish more faster and sometimes at a bigger scale. I think that’s pretty cool. They both have their positives and negatives.
I don’t feel like my identity shines through in my corporate work but that’s okay. It’s not about me, it’s about the brand. That’s another reason why I started freelancing so that I could produce work the way I wanted to and develop my own style.
I love camping because it usually entails spending a weekend with friends, or my boyfriend, chatting around the fire and roasting marshmallows, hiking, and swimming. I also like that it’s forced time away from technology and I get to spend more time reading or working in my sketchbook instead.
What about you, would you rather spend your vacation time outdoors or do you prefer the comforts of a hotel? - Emily
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Find my response in the comments section of this post – Micaela