Monday, February 28, 2011

virtual hollywood hair

 me with starlet hair: 
ashley olsen :: katie holmes :: jessica alba
christina hendricks :: anna paquin :: heidi klum
jennifer lopez :: zooey deschanel :: reese witherspoon
lady gaga :: sarah jessica parker :: jessica biel


happy new week, cutiepies!

{warning: lots of good time-wasting fun ahead!}

well the oscars red carpet may have come & gone, but let's enjoy some glamour & fun ourselves, nicies!

how about this superfun virtual hollywood hair makeover ....
now ... i  don't even blow-dry my hair, let alone spend 3 hours on it, so i thought this an especially hilarious & fun excercise - cause hey - who doesn't want to try on zooey dechanel, christina hendricks, or claire danes well-coiffed hair for a minute?

granted, some looks fair better than others (alas... the lady gaga pink - not so much me, i'm afraid!) 

pop on over to, just upload a photo (the one i had had too much hair showing, but you get the idea - here's the original) and play away!

try it and send us a link below to it! 
we wanna see!

and then remember how gorgeous you already are.
but it's fun to play dressup nonetheless, right?

tried any fun daring hairdos lately? 

you're always beautiful to me, sweeties!
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Friday, February 25, 2011

the art of the movie poster

some like it hot :: handz

inception :: swelser
little miss sunshine :: abstract by john taylor :: original by blt + associates


happy friday, lovelies!
what a week it's been!
and now... it's oscar weekend. yippee!

loving all these fab re-take movie designs : 
great art inspired by great films.

AND ...
check out this superdooper fun site *film the blanks* where artist john taylor abstracts classic movie posters. brilliant! you can play along & guess {sometimes offering fun prizes, too!}  love it.

so see you sunday on the red carpet looking fabulous & glamourous with your celebrity dates.
{i'll be the starlet with a beau on each arm: 
colin & george are all mine, nicies!}

who do you hope will WIN an oscar this year?

west side story :: abstract by john taylor :: original by saul bass
the sound of music :: abstract by john taylor :: original  by howard terpning
rain man :: monster gallery

best in show :: claudia varosio

once :: svanelli

harry potter :: the art of adam juresko

singin' in the rain :: the art of adam juresko

les parapluies de cherbourg :: funny face art

the empire strikes back :: handz

ghostbusters :: spacesick

objectified :: build :: via grain edit
the shining :: tes one :: via grain edit
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

the handmade olympics celebration!

congrats card by hillarybird


cue the national anthems!
ready your handmade banners!
get out those cameras!
here come our medalists!

welcome to the 2011 handmade olympics medal party celebrations!!

so glad you could all attend! what a fabulous month and a half of handmaking amazingness it's been!

while you're taking your seats... i've just a few words i'd like to share!
(what olympic event would be complete without a speech?!)

cheers to everyone who nominated, cheered on and encouraged others in handmaking, as part of the 2nd annual *handmade olympics!*

over 12000 individual votes were cast (i *think* that might be more then voted in our last election! :) {you nicies should run for office the way you've inspired grassroots cheering like this! amazing!}

and how fun is that our medalists are from all around the world!? i love the global spirit of handmaking!

ah, how i LOVE the handmade community! your enthusiasm was inspiring! the events were created in the hopes of celebrating handmade, and what a celebration you all helped to create!

congrats to ALL of the fabulous nominees, the amazing folks shortlisted for each event, and now, to our medalists!

thanks to everyone who played.
hope it encouraged you, at the very least, to get your wonderful work out there, and to cheer on others in our lovely handmaking village! whether you played, voted, created or cheered, i think we all play a great part in building our amazing handmaking community, together!

indeed, most of all, let's take a cue from those *other* olympic athletic competitors to achieve our own handmaking bests... dream big, weather the ups & downs, keep trying, surround yourself with great, encouraging folks, and most of all... believe in your self, your creations, and your fabulous work!

without further ado... as nominated by YOU, shortlisted by our fabulous judges, and voted on by YOU, our medallists (whose prizes total over $2000 worth of handmade & vintage goodness) in the 2011 handmade olympics ARE.....




gold :: dottie angel blog
silver :: tiny happy blog
bronze :: civilized


gold :: made
silver :: how about orange
bronze :: heartmade



in the event of two nominees coming within one vote of each other, i awarded a tie. ;) i look forward to featuring some of our fabulous medalists in the upcoming months. and i especially look forward to continuing to cheer on the handmade community!

personally, i've found myself a whole bevy of amazing new artists to adore, and happily rediscovered many faves! and thanks to the many of you who have told me you've loved them, too!

so cue the video montage
grab a beverage (i'm on my 4th coffee!)
take a visit through the medallists fabulous work, meet some new handmaking friends,
and enjoy the celebrations!
thanks, nicies!
what a fabulous party it's been!

thanks again to our sponsors: 

see you next year, superstars!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

the countdown











10.... 9.... 8 .... 7 .....
let the countdown begin, cuties!

in 10 hours the *handmade olympics* voting CLOSES for another year!
so hurry on over and VOTE in each of the 8 events  
before 5pm EST.

{ + hope you're lovin' all these great handmade & vintage numbers! fabulous, eh?} 
tune in tomorrow for the fabulous medal ceremony!

6.... 5.... 4.... 3.... 2.... 1....
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

with thanks

you're the best letterpress card by SteelPetalPress

oh lovelies!
thanks for being so gosh-darn great.

i have a bunch of overdue thanks to send out today.
first off... 
thanks to all of you. all of you who kindly read the blog, leave fun comments, play along and inspire me with your wise ideas and encouragements! you're the best, nicies!

sometime last week i hit 2000 google friend followers on the blog. woohoo! along with all you lovely *rss*feed-ers, email subscribers & other followers - that's such a thrilling #! thanks ever-so-much sweeties! it's a joy to know you're all here with me on the blog each day!


next up ... i'd like to say a BIG thanks to all of those nicies who feature my works so kindly in their beautiful treasuries on etsy! i very much appreciate you including my goodies! i think that is no doubt one of the most important/lucky things that has helped my business to grow to where it is today. i'm so thankful for that!

and a special shout out to those seen here below, who included me in treasuries that went to the front page on Etsy way way back in november (i somehow missed thanking you all!)  many thanks to:


thirdly (not a word, right? no worries!) .... thanks to the dear lovelies around the blogosphere:  i kinda don't know where to begin with all the thanks for the literally hundred-or-so  kind blog features of my rikrak eco stockings this past autumn & winter. to each of you who so kindly wrote about, blogged about, featured my work ... eternal thanks. it was an AMAZINGLY successful season of production and so much of that is due to the generosity of kind folks sharing my work with the world. so to the big sites, the growing blogs, the brand new nicies: many many thanks. the handmade community and our ability to cheer on one another is a fabulous thing indeed!

thanks to this dear handful 
who come to mind right away:  

apartment therapy 
apartment therapy again {so many thanks!}

hello craft
dog milk
sweet story press
interior life
handmade spark
sandy alamode
domestic ease
in honor of design
blomma finds
try handmade 
calico & co 
hoot design

kindly guest blog spot on the wonderful *oh my handmade* blog
{featuring editor jessika's fun *handmade olympic* pics!}

fourth ---> many thanks to you nicies out there for your lovely blog honours! it means the world to me! in the past few weeks i received 3 kind *stylish blogger* awards! many many thanks.

a special thanks to the lovely lovely vaida of VArt {such a lovely blog + i'm such a huge fan of her gorgeous handmade shop } ...
to the lovely domestic but not martha blog { so full of great energy & such vibrant blogger! }

and to the warm & wonderful creations by eve blog. {you're such a sweetie!}

i have to be honest ... i'm really bad at the next part : passing the baton ...

so ... since i'm so behind with these thanks , i thought i'd put the call out to all of you!

part of the award is sharing 7 things about me... so
you can read about 10 of my favourite things here. and i'll toss YOU the baton!

i thought it  would be fun to offer EACH of you a chance to share YOUR 10 favourite things OR 7 things about you, in keeping with the hopes of the award!

do a post (maybe you've already done one!) or link to a photo of something that's your favourite, LINK below and we'll all go visit!

can't wait to see yours!

and last but not least ... many thanks to all of you personal cheerleaders out there! as you might recall.. it's been a tough time of it of late in the rikrak family. i really appreciate your kind cheers & hugs. it was especially warming to get word from the lovely anna of *in honor of design* that she'd nominated my blog for *favorite handmade blog* in * the lovelies.* this really thrills me, nicey. thank you so much, anna. you really made my day.

and thanks to everyone who's taken a second to vote! it's really an honour just to be nominated! (but i do adore reading all of your kind voting comments! many thanks}

The Lovelies

{you can vote here!}


sorry it's so belated. 
but as my parents always taught me: it's never too late to say thank you!
big hugs & a superthanks to all of you, cuties!
hope your day is filled with gratitude. 
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