Sunday, January 27, 2008

Two new bags!

Woooo Hooooo! Two new bags added.

Meet Anna:

and Mary Kate:


Thursday, January 24, 2008

As promised...

I'm finally biting the bullet and uploading my pocketbooks. I've decided to call them pocketbooks instead of handbags because a.) I think pocketbook is a fun word to say and b.) "handbags" keep reminding me of "funbags."

Now that I think of it, I should really change the name of them to
The Sparkletree Funbag Collection.


Anyway. As I mentioned, I'm naming each bag after one of my ladyfriends.
So, I would like to introduce you to the
funbag versions of Nikkol:

and Bev:

With each listing, I'm including a little description, a vague "
where are they now" and a fun fact about out friendship. I have to say that for the first time, I actually enjoyed making a listing. Usually, its just a necessary evil.

I was thinking of doing a little questionnaire each lady to fill out instead of the stuff I put up there. Take a look and let me know what you think would be more interesting.

Two more to come this week!!!

Also - playing a show at The Goldhawk tonight!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oh no...

I have really horrible pain in my hands the past few days. I woke up with swollen fingers yesterday and my wrists have a dull ache today. I'm going to give it a couple more days and then I suppose I'll get it checked out. This is stinkarella considering if I'm not at the computer, I'm crocheting... if I'm not crocheting, I'm playing the guitar... or the piano... or pointing at things.

I've been promising to put up pics of the handbags. I will have them up this week. I want to have a bunch to put up at the same time. I'm really psyched about how they are coming along.

Playing a show in Hobokey this Thursday. If you're in the area, come out!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

40 things you were dying to know about me...

Meme a la Natasha.

1. What is your occupation?
Paper pusher by day, Student by evening, Rocker of music and/ or crafts by night.

2. What color are your socks right now?
Black wool tights.

3. What are you listening to right now?
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings (ammmmaaaaaaaaziiiiinnnngggg) Thanks, Josh.

4. What was the last thing that you ate?
Cinnamon Roll flavored instant

5. Can you drive a stick shift?
No. My boyfriend keeps threatening to teach me though.

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
Some dude... I'm at work.

9. How old are you today?
30 years, 3 months, 21 days (dork)

10. Favorite drink?
English Breakfast Tea with skim milk or red wine.

11. What is your favorite sport to watch?

12. Have you ever dyed your hair?
For about 10 years straight...
red, orange, purple, pink, black, brown, bleached. I'm finally back to my natural color this past year. I'm surprised I'm still relatively blonde.

13. Pets?
Mousey the cat, Pepe the chinchilla and our newest addition - Poochie the dog.

14. Favorite food?
Probably a bagel with cream cheese.... and
barbecue chips on the side.
I wonder why I gained so much weight last year...

15. Last movie you watched?
Superbad. It was... super bad.

16. Favorite Day of the year?
Christmas Eve.

17. What do you do to vent anger?
I would like to say that I go for a walk or work on a project... but mostly, I just yell
inappropriately or sulk. That should probably change, no?

18. What was your favorite toy as a child?
My fashion plates probably... or the Barbie head.

19. What is your favorite season?
Spreeeeeeng. I also like Fall, but get the feeling of impending doom halfway through it.

20. Hugs or kisses?
Yes please.

21. Cherry or Blueberry?
Gross. Although I love blueberry scented things. I have a blueberry scented candle on my desk right now.

26. When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday... in the car... then at work... then I was watching a Cold Case marathon and I sobbed at the end of all of them. I'm guessing this is all hormonal.

27. What is on the floor of your closet?
Shoes. Ohmygod.

30. Favorite smells?
YES! The laundry vent! And the morning. I love the smell in the morning when we are all waking up and smell like sleep. It's so nice.
That's kind of weird, isn't it.

31. Who inspires you?
My friends who are motivated and creative and classy and beautiful. My parents who are warm and comfortable and funny and kind. My boyfriend who is stubborn and uncompromising and doing exactly what he wants to do... and his support in pushing me to do the same.

32. What are you afraid of?
Failure... and success.

36. Number of keys on your key ring?

37. How many years at your current job?
1 1/2 about.

38. Favorite day of the week?

Saturday. Hands down!

40. Do you think you're funny?
I do... I find myself very entertaining... Can I admit that? I just did.
So, the Anna handbag is basically finished... although I'm not 100% sold on the handle/ strap. I may need to re-do it. I'm really happy about the colors on this one - very earthy tones!

So "where are the pictures", you ask?

They're coming.
I want to put them up a few at a time. Once I settle this handle/ strap issue and needle felt the design, I'll put all three up. I have two more designs in my head. I'm going to get started on them tonight!


School starts next week.

Also... the Borders by me is closing so there are MAD discounts over there. I'm sure I will buy out half the store over the course of the next week. While I was there, they were playing last year's Rilo Kiley which, for some reason, I forgot to buy. So I got it yesterday and I have to admit that it's really fun to listen to!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I am continuing to plow through more handbags! I'm really excited about how they are coming along. I've decided that I'm going to name each bag after my lovely ladyfriends. This is going to be really fun because I'm taking into account colors and things that remind me of them!


I've completed the "
Nikkol" and the "Mary Kate."

More to come!!!!!

Agh! I can't even contain myself! I love this project.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

As I've mentioned in the past... I'm sort of re-thinking the Art Therapy stuff.
I'm so obsessed with crafting and making and things of this nature that I'm starting to consider either applying to FIT or something of the like.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The folks at EtsyNJ posted about a cool challenge/ blog called Create-A-Day in which you... well... create one item a day! I think that's really a great approach for the new year! So, in the spirit of create-a-day, I'm going to have a daily section chronicling what I'm working on. I'm not going to push myself to complete an item every day... but I at least want to be sure that I make some creative progress.


Last night, I recorded acoustic tracks for two songs. Playing the guitar still freaks me out.

Tonight... hmmm... tonight I shall crochet. I would like company though.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Hey Tiger Stickers...

New Hey Tiger Stickers...
Originally uploaded by sparkletrash
Just ordered a lot of 500 Hey Tiger stickers.
FREE AT SHOWS... so, come and get them!

Stuff to NOT think about...

I'm getting a little nervous because I have a constant dull ache in my right wrist... my crocheting wrist... I'm not going to think about it. The crappy thing is that I'm about 3/4 finished with my handbag and I had to stop last night because it hurt. I'll take a couple days off, I guess.
So frustrating.

Anyhoo... I got my little "crochet geek" decal and it's way cute. I think the shirt is coming today!

My band is doing some more recording tonight so we can hopefully get moving on releasing the EP by the spring time. We applied for SXSW... which is in March, so in the event that we get in, it would be nice to have some music to hand out. Again... I don't even know what to think about that either. It's in the hands of fate, now. No use dwelling on it.

Also, I just got confirmation that my Final Audit is being processed at school. More stuff out of my hands.

So, with empty hands, I bid you adieu.

Monday, January 7, 2008

I'm still moving along on the purse... I will most likely finish it tonight.

Also, I went on a bit of an Etsy shopping spree over the past few dasy and I'm pretty sure that I will have my some goodies either today or tomorrow. I love coming home to packages in the mail! It's like Christmas.

I ordered this awesome shirt from TrashedClothing (a fellow EtsyNJ Member), this awesome sticker for my car from Holly and this awesome nose ring from GypsieLane.

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited.
I think that's all for now...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I really need to step it up with my posts.
I guess I'm kind of pre-occupied with all of this puppy business.
I'm pleased to report, however that we seem to be reaching a comfortable point. Maybe that's just because I've been home all weekend. I don't know. I think that the cat, Mousey calms Poochie down a bit. I left them both in the kitchen last night while I went to a friend's in Brooklyn and I came back to a fairly peaceful household.

Other than that, I've started up on my next felted hand-bag. I'm doing a deep purple blend... not sure what the applique is going to be yet. I bought some new loose wool in several bright colors, so I have a nice pallette to choose from. Thank you, Mom for the gift certificate to AC Moore... my favorite place on earth.

So, as for school... I'm really re-thinking the whole Art Therapy thing. One of my teachers last semester kept driving home to us that we should not enter into any Masters program that we are not PASSIONATE about. While I'm passionate about the art side, I'm not certain that I'm passionate about the therapy side any more.

I'm thinking that until I decide, I should just finish up my BA in Psych (since I have like 4 classes left) and then worry about Masters. I was trying to piggy-back some art courses into my curriculum at MSU, but there is no studio arts minor... so unless I'm 100% sure about graduate school, I could be wasting lots of time and money.

But then what? Do I go back and get a BFA? Do I need to?
I just want to create things. That brings me the most joy in life. I suppose I just have to figure out how to pay the rent doing so.


Lots to think about and I would love any advice you have to offer.

PS - Both shows went really well last week. Southpaw is awesome and Maxwell's is always fun. Next stop, The Goldhawk on January 24th.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Puppy woes...

Things are going a little slow in the training department with my fine-furry friend. He seems to have MAJOR separation anxiety... which kept us up literally ALL night while he was supposed to be sleeping in his crate. I gave up on sleeping at about 7:45 am and took him out for a brisk walk.

We both promptly fell asleep in front of the television when we returned. This, of course, caused me to be late for work.

He's totally calm and content if we're in his sight... but the second he can't see us, he really spazzes out! I've signed him up for a 6 week training course beginning on the 19th. I really hope this works because I do like sleeping at night.

We're also having some housebreaking issues with him. He seems to go when and where he pleases even though we have been taking him out regularly. The unfortunate thing is, he does not seem to like any of the treats I bought for him... so positive re-enforcement is a bit of a challenge.


Lots going on this week... my band is playing two shows - one in Brooklyn and one in Hoboken - on Thursday and Friday.

I'm hoping to complete another handbag by this weekend as well... and catch up on my sleep.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Handbag I made!
Originally uploaded by sparkletrash
I'm sort of proud of myself... I completed my very first felted item today!

I referred to a handbag pattern from the Stitch 'N Bitch crochet book for the basic shape. I then felted the purse and needle-felted my own bluebird design into it.
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I've given it to my boyfriend's sister as a late-Christmas gift. I'm hoping that it holds up!