Monday, December 29, 2008

My Mother's New Blythe Crochet Shop!

My 75-year-old mother has just opened her own Etsy shop! She makes these great hats for Blythe, and I take the photos. We'll be adding a lot more in the near future, including hats for PETEENA!

Love Blythe

Click the pics to visit her shop! Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I hope this note finds everyone well and enjoying the holiday season! There are so many beautiful holidays of light at this time of year. Please accept my happy holiday wishes for you and yours!

Christmas Cheer (2008)
Camera: Polaroid SX-70
Film: Time-Zero (expired 2005)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Frozen Sunset

BRRRRR....Winter is here! Winter is my favorite season--probably because I don't live in a place where we get a lot of snow! I grew up in California, in a town where snow is non-existent (it's only snowed one time in my hometown since I was born, and that was when I was six!), and I have lived the majority of my adult life in either Southern California, Florida, or Texas...and parts of the UK and Middle East where snow is also snow is an event for me, not a drudgery. Where I currently live, in North Texas, we get a few snowfalls a year. I find it's the perfect amount of snow to be super-fun without actually being inconvenienced. This is particularly the case since everything shuts down--there are no snow plows here!--and the snow and ice are gone within a day or two.

During my first winter in North Texas, we had a few snows. At the end of the first one, I went outside and took this Polaroid. It's one of my the snow trickled to an end, the sun emerged right at the magic hour!

Frozen Sunset
Camera: Polaroid Spectra 1200FF
Film: Polaroid Spectra
signed prints at my Etsy shop

Stay Warm!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Texas Turkey!

On the day after Thanksgiving, my mother and I took a little country drive in the rural areas near my home. We were excited to find this fun vernacular Thanksgiving decoration--a Texas Turkey made of hay! Fortunately, I had my Grandmother's Polaroid 104 camera in the car, so I just had to get a photo of this kitsch beauty!

Texas Turkey
Camera: Polaroid 104
Film: Polaroid UV-ID
Hand Manipulation

Gobble Gobble!

My Etsy Shop

This is just a quick and shameless plug for my Etsy shop! There is still time for holiday gifts! Click to visit for signed prints!

Futurowoman Fotographie

New photos coming to my blog soon as I get all of my students' finals graded! :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Pleasures of Handmade Goods

Happy Holidays! It's such a busy time for everyone these days! For me, the university semester is winding down, which means a flurry of grading, writing letters of recommendation, and taking care of last-minute committee business before the winter holiday. For so many of us, it's also a hectic time of preparations for Christmas, Hanukah, Eid, and other December holidays! In a time that is often an orgy of consumption, I thought I'd write a few words today about the pleasures of handmade goods.

My husband and I make a conscious effort to consume with careful understanding of where are goods are produced and how they are made. I can't say we boycott Target or Costco--far from it. However, we are particularly careful about things like the food we eat, the cleaning products we bring into our home, and the "luxury" goods we buy. Increasingly, we try to eat organic and/or natural and/or local foods (our dogs also eat a locally-made, natural food), and we are now exclusively natural in all of the cleaning products we use. (Fortunately, you can even buy some of those things at places like Target and Costco!)

We've also moved toward buying handmade goods, whenever possible, for things that are both luxuries and necessities. Buying handmade, direct from the maker, has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you're supporting a craftsperson/artist directly and helping to make it possible for them to make a living at what they enjoy doing. Also, you know exactly from where your product is coming, and you don't have to worry about exploiting the maker. Finally, handmade objects are often of far better quality than those things you can buy in common stores.

I'd like to share some of my favorite Etsy makers from whom I've bought goods. Etsy is the site from where I also sell my signed photo prints. Check out their shops--they are wonderful!

Valhalla Brooklyn!

Valhalla made me this amazing purse--I simply adore it! I selected the style, the leather, and the fabric for the lining, and she hand made the entire piece. It's gorgeous, beautifully made, and always attracts attention! I've had many purses over the years, including some "designer" ones that cost more than hers, but not since the days of classic Coach (before they made the terrible stuff they make now) have I seen any purse as nicely made and unique as this one at such a reasonable price!


Stonz makes gorgeous jewelry out of found stones and sea glass from the Great Lakes! This is one of the pieces I bought from her, and I adore it! I highly recommend her jewelry, for it is beautifully designed, perfectly crafted, and extremely unique and eye-catching! I love the notion of turning simple stones into coveted gems!

Modern Printed Matter!

I love paper products, and I really love buying nicely-designed and beautifully executed note cards that are functional for many occasions! I bought these cards--showing off my passion for Mid-Century Modern furniture!--and have enjoyed using them immensely!


I bought this t-shirt for my husband for Christmas last year, and I've since bought others from this awesome maker for him. Isotope prints all of their t-shirts by hand, using vegetable-based dyes and natural shirts. I love their quirky designs!

There are so many options out there for thoughtful, handmade products. Check out online sites, such as Etsy and Trunkt, to explore the world of indie artisans! It's exciting to support makers, and you end up with nicer products at more reasonable costs, too!

All photos in this post come from the shops cited.