For the last few years, I’ve been fairly obsessed with vintage pennants. It may have begun by seeing a photo from Andrea “HulaSeventy” Jenkin’s collection from an old house tour post that I stumbled upon years ago. When Henry was little I found on a great 40’s Empire State Building pennant at a flea market and promptly started an official collection. The fun little string of them hung above his bed for a year or so before some restless toddler fingers managed to rip off the pointy ends (*tears*).I’m clearly not alone in my pennant obsession, because in addition to gorgeous vintage examples out there, there also seems to be a renaissance of awesome makers using the pennant as their medium. From souvenir to snarky, here are a few of my favorites of late.
I’ve always been a maker and a pretty die-hard DIY-er. As a kid, I even resented getting “make your own whatever” kits, preferring actual art and craft supplies that would allow me to really make something myself. As I get older, though, I’ve come to embrace the art of letting other people make things they’re really great at, and stick to DIY-ing the things that are in my wheelhouse.
In that spirit, these tea towel pillow kits from Sarah Young are genius in that they, first off, are the most gorgeous screenprinted designs, and also because they retain just enough of a DIY to make a person feel connected to the finished item. Let’s be honest– I’m never going to screenprint my own folk art-inspired animal design. So why not let an expert take care of it, and I’lll handle sewing a simple outline and stuffing. Now that’s a DIY I can handle.
Blame it on the X-Files episodes I’ve been rewatching, but I love me some Bigfoot lately. Even before I went down the rabbit hole with Mulder and Scully, though, I actually purchased this set of paper dolls from Dubrovskya last year. I am in love with their funny expressions and gangly bodies, and it inspired me to put together a few other Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti-inspired goodies, for all those who can relate to the too-big, too-weird, rather-hide-out-alone-in-the-forest-for-a-bit that’s in all of us.
This year we planted are first legit garden at the house. We installed raised beds in the front patio where there’s full day sun, and planted strawberries, leeks, beans, greens and basil, along with tomatoes in the back where we’ve grown then for the last three years. Even as an adult, growing vegetables is still such a wonder to me. You put something in the ground, water it every once in a while, and a few months later, there are suddenly things you can eat in your yard. Never ceases to be amazing.
In honor of the growing season, here are a few produce illustrations I’ve been eyeing lately–
The shop is coming up on a big 10 year milestone next month, and given that I’ve been at this puppet game for so long, it’s probably not too surprising that sometimes I find that I’ve totally forgotten designs I did back in the day. Case in point: I stumbled upon this old Conan O’Brien design.
How funny is this one, right? I’m still really into this design. If I made it today, I’m not sure it would turn out a whole lot different that this 2008-era puppet. My “drop it onto a sheet of white cardstock” photo method leaves a little to be desired, however ; )
I also found this image I mocked-up with the Late Night logo. Old school fans may remember that I did these sort of backgrounds with puppets for the first few years to give them a little context.
Ten years of puppets is a whole lot of puppets! Who knows what other designs I’ve forgotten and will discover later on!