Friday, November 27, 2015

black friday sale

Now through Monday, take 25% off any order of $15+ with the code "MISTLETOE" Also, if US customers spend over $25 (after discount) they'll receive free shipping, and International customers spending over $120 (after discount) will also receive free shipping.

I won't be doing any other discounts for the rest of the year after this, so now is the time to order! Also please keep in mind that all of my items are handmade to order and ship in about 7 business days so if you need something for Christmas (or if you're asking someone to buy you something for Christmas) the sooner the better! You can view all of my Christmas shipping deadlines right here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas ornament brooches!

These are probably my favorite new thing I've made all year long! I'm so excited about them! They're inspired by my Grandmom's vintage ornament collection. She passed down some of her collection to my mom when my parents got married, and every year I get so nervous hanging the "special" delicate ornaments on the tree. They're my favorites -- so beautiful and unique, each one with its own patina and signs of wear from Christmases gone by.

I picked four of my favorites and drew them for this brooch collection. These brooches are laser-cut from two layers of birch wood. Then I add a layer of glittery flocking powder which creates a sparkly, soft, fuzzy texture. It's almost impossible to really capture the velvety appearance of the flocking but trust me, it's beautiful!

So much love went into these, and they're so special to me because they remind me of my own family Christmases, my Grandmom, and every single time that my mom, my brother and I put on festive tunes and decorated the tree together when I was growing up :)

They're available in my shop right here. Please keep in mind they're made to order so if you want one to wear for Christmas don't wait too long to order!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pocket mirrors!

Yet another example of a product that's been ready to go for months, just waiting for me to photograph and list on the website (I'm not even kidding, I posted a sneak peek on instagram 20 weeks ago!) but pocket mirrors are finally here!

I'm starting off with a little over 20 designs and if they go over well I'll be adding more in the future. I started with some of my personal favorites & best sellers. It's a pretty even assortment of Sweet & Lovely, Flapper Doodle movie artwork and one Puns Intended design. They're all available right here!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

CMYK Best Friend necklace set

I've had about 3 dozen sets of these ready and painted since JUNE. Shooting the video for this GIF and uploading the product to my shop has literally been on my to-do list for over four months, eek!

They are finally in the shop now, right here. The set includes three necklaces that form a CMYK color model (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) when they're together or serve as pretty abstract geometric forms when worn alone. Perfect for sets of three best friends or anyone who has a soft spot for graphic design :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Animated blog header

I've been wanting to change up my blog header on Silents and Talkies for a while. For a few years I've had a still of Monica Vitti from Modesty Blaise, which I loved, but it was time for something new. Still Monica Vitti, though, haha.

When I started this I wasn't actually sure if animated gifs were even possible for headers on Blogger, so I uploaded a tester gif and tried it out on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. They all worked so I took the plunge and started hours, and hours, and hours of work on this. If you're interested in knowing a bit about the process, keep reading! :)

I knew that I wanted to use video from L'Avventura, so I found the clip that I wanted from the DVD, ripped it to my computer, and then narrowed it down to a fraction of a second in Quicktime. Then I imported the video frames as layers in a Photoshop document. Then I used this tutorial for creating a cinemagraph, which is basically an animated gif in which only one part of the image is moving. Monica Vitti turns her head slightly in the clip that I chose, so I masked off everything except for her hair. I had to use the puppet warp tool to make sure that her ear and hairline were lining up in each frame, and then I used my tablet to carefully erase the background.

This is one of those rare instances where the finished product came out even better than I imagined! I'm so happy with it!

Monday, November 9, 2015

New brooch designs inspired by The Nanny and The Craft

Three new brooch designs! The first one, above, is from The Craft and the other two are inspired by The Nanny. They're all available in my shop here.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Last call for postcards!

Today is the last day to get a postcard! Just place an order at before midnight EST and use code "SHIPAHOY" to get 15% off and a hand-written postcard! The discount will still be active through 11/7, and the postcard offer only applies to US customers.