Sunday, January 31, 2010

Coccoina - the yummiest smelling glue & other Green Depot goodies.

Coccoina is Italian glue that smells like almonds that I'm seriously tempted to lick every time I use it. I got my tin at Green Depot in Manhattan (222 Bowery) last year. Green Depot is like Home Depot but way smaller and with ec0-friendly items (and minus the pervy-lookin' construction dudes). Apologies if I've just offended any pervy-lookin' construction dudes that happen to come across this blog and frequent the Home Depots in Brooklyn. ;)

I also purchased this wood pen that I've enjoyed using:

some hemp cord similar to this:

and a sample of their zero-VOC paint:

With the sample size I painted a library cart that I found in the trash. I will post a pic soon.

internet zombie

internet zombie, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Here's a caricatured sketch I did of Sal on location in my kitchen while he was still on the internet at 4 am this morning. The internet is definitely the drug of the decade.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Billy's Bakery

adorable packaging + delicious banana cake

One piece of cake was last night's late dessert and today's breakfast and lunch. And... I still have a small piece left over.

Chicago tips anyone??

I will be in Chicago for 3-4 days VERY soon and was wondering if anyone had any tips on places I should visit or general areas to go check out. I've never been to Chicago before. I plan on taking public transportation mostly. Will I freeze to death and/or get blown away? Is it around the same temp as NYC?

The backpack in action

Sal doing fake inventory while modeling the backpack

Sal modeling the backpack
Sal looking like he is waiting for me to spank him while modeling the backpack

Pomeranians make me smile

If I were to ever get another pet, R.I.P. goldfishes 1-5, the birdie that my mom let escape, the canary that my evil brother murdered in a paper plane when we were kids (I'm still traumatized), the hamster that got charcoaled under the furnace, the other hamster that got eaten by his mother, the yellow chick that my parents bought off the street, the red-eyed albino bunny that I'm pretty sure my family ate but refuse to admit that they did (you can't trust hungry Italians, watch your back, and your bunny's back too!!!)...

I would want a Pomeranian.

Friday, January 29, 2010

jumbo backpack

I spent 4 days making myself this jumbo backpack. After I was done I realized I look weird with a jumbo backpack on. The original idea was to make a backpack larger than the width of my behind in an attempt to make my behind appear smaller in contrast. Unfortunately, my behind still looks just as jumbo as it did before the jumbo backpack. Ah well.

junzo terada fabric lining

Junzo Terada fabric lining. I ♥ this fabric so much!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chalk from Finland

Chalk from Finland, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

I love the packaging! It will probably hurt a little bit when I have to actually use it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 2010 Timmie collection

Now in my Etsy shop!

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be donating 20% of all the sales from my shop this weekend to the American Red Cross.

Friday, January 15, 2010

For tomorrow's shop update

Vintage Red Cross poster

Around 12 noon Eastern time on Saturday I will be adding 7 Timmies w/ accessories to my Etsy shop. I will be donating 20% of all sales this weekend to the American Red Cross.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Cutiepants Alert!

Resident cutiepants Sal Cipriano unintentionally captured Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley (far left) while taking photos of the crowd at a recent NYC movie premiere.

A nice collection of printables from Martha.

Came across these tonight on
Lots of useful labels & ideas in there. My concern with home printed labels (on inkjet printers) is that most of the time they are not waterproof. One drop of water and your design melts away.

Waterproof adhesive sheets are available though, I saw some here. 100 sheets/$59.95.

Monday, January 04, 2010


I don't know who took this picture, but it is so stinking cute I had to post it. Now I will try to get some work done today.

Shop update scheduled:

alphabet labels

I love the way these look.

Kremer Pigments

(images from the Kremer Pigment website)

I want to go check out this shop one day. They sell pigments and supplies to make your own paint. Having a set of handmade paints sounds like fun! Expensive fun, but fun nonetheless!

The shop is located at:
247 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
between 7th and 8th avenue

Saturday, January 02, 2010

coffee stain labels

coffee bottle

I've been playing around with labels the last few days after I became infatuated with recreating apothecary style labels that I saw in the Green Guide for Artists. I bought some sticker paper from Staples, stained it with coffee, let it dry over night and then ran it through my printer. After I did this I realized it would be much cheaper to just print on cream colored paper (to avoid the water warping) and use a glue stick to attach it to the bottle. The sticker paper was about $13 for 30 sheets, you can get like 500 sheets of cream colored paper like this for $8. The bottle is a recycled peppermint nog bottle from Target which was on sale for 4/.99 cents this week. Coffee and cute bottles for .25 cents each? Sounds good to me.

Ha! I just realized the paper I linked to was called Hammermill Fore MP . I think it is a sign that it really is for me :D. Maybe next time.