Happy Valentine’s Day! & Art Journal #36

Posted in Art Journal, Main, Mind Wanderings, Sharing the Handmade Love at 11:35 pm by carrie

Ain’t that the truth :)

And a lovely “steamy” Valentine’s day story!

Cary Starbucks brews up ‘burning’ love
Starbucks wedding
Posted: Today at 2:30 p.m.
Wral news

Cary, N.C. — It was love at first scald when a woman spilled hot coffee on a man at a Starbucks restaurant in Cary. One Valentine’s Day later, the accident-prone customers tied the knot in the same store.

Laura Strain came to the Starbucks, at 1217 Kildaire Farm Road, in March 2008 to treat herself to her first cup of coffee from the chain. Instead, she ended up spilling the coffee on a stranger, Allan Tortorice.

“He’s wearing my coffee, and I’m having a fit, because I was very concerned that hurt somebody, first of all,” Strain said. “He was all dressed up, and it (coffee) was everywhere. His jacket was open on his shirt, and he was sort of holding it so it didn’t burn him.”

The accidental encounter, though, started a romance between the two.

Strain gave her phone number to Tortorice, so he could contact her about dry cleaning and medical bills. Instead, Tortorice asked her out to dinner, and the romance steamed up from there.

“It’s what they call burning love,” Strain said.

On Feb. 14, a pastor married Strain and Tortorice at the same Starbucks store.

The bride wore a knee-length, white and pink dress and a hot pink shawl – for Valentine’s Day.

About 25 guests attended. Meanwhile, the store stayed open, customers ordered double mocha lattes, and the scent of brewing Colombian coffee filled the air.

That was a lot of puns… we do the drive-thru at that Starbucks all the time. Love it! Sweet story, too. In order to completely exhaust all puns, they should have changed his name to Joe.

Happy Heart Day! We celebrated with ice cream sundaes :)


Art journal #35

Posted in Art Journal, Main, Sharing the Handmade Love at 12:22 pm by carrie

And the *new* thing I’m doing… for every new art journal page I’m painting a tote bag to match :) This one is up in my etsy store for sale!

I’ll also take requests :)

Happy friday the 13th! hehe!


Pinch me!

Posted in Main at 12:10 am by carrie

This must be a nightmare…

dear readers

It is with very heavy hearts that we say farewell. Over the last 4 years, in 28 issues, we have done our best to create a great magazine. We started with a real idea—that style is for everyone—and tried to carry it out with stories that provide inspiration and empower you to act on it. From your tremendous response, we know that we were onto something. In this tough economy, however, we simply weren’t able to get the advertising support we needed.

As domino evolved, we never lost sight of our original democratic premise. Looking back at the manifesto we published in the premiere issue, the first tenet of domino is still the truest: Home should make you happy. We hope we have played a part in making this come true for you.

All the editors of domino

Domino Magazine is stopping production :( I’m seriously going to cry… Domino was my absolute favorite magazine. Ever.

Not that the economy hasn’t been scaring the pants off of us lately and we knew that print mediums were going away but… wow. I didn’t see this one coming.

Also on the Domino website:

My Deco File Users:
The site will remain live for the next few weeks, giving you ample time to retrieve images from My Deco File.

Pulling the website, too? ugh.

I’m in total denial.


I Finally listed on Etsy!

Posted in Main at 10:45 pm by carrie

After almost a year of procrastinating… I have put some items in my Etsy shop :) It was a lot easier than I thought! Yay!

Every name that I wanted was taken… Violets are Blue, Violet Cottage, Violet_Cottage etc etc… so… I’m Violet Cupcake on Etsy.

At least I got Violet in there somewhere! :)

I’m excited to get a few one-of-a-kind pieces on there soon! I’ve been painting canvas bags and doing mixed-media pieces. Seems like I’ve got a dozen things started but nothing finished. I need to work on my ADD :)


Cathi’s Book is Almost Available!

Posted in Main at 12:54 pm by carrie

Cathi is my friend from SoCal who makes all of those glorious cupcake beads! Those beads turn into little works of jewelry art on my website:

She recently finished a book on how to make awesome jewelry using macrame. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

I can’t wait to get my copy! :)