Day 100 on #The100DayProject

100 Day Project Successphoto credit // elleluna

It’s been 100 days since I pledged to write one blog post every day. I’m a bit behind (21 posts to be exact), but I still wanted to take a moment to celebrate. Don’t stop checking back here on Mia Prima Casa, though! I’ll be finishing up the last 21 posts over the next couple of weeks. By then, I will just be starting business school, so you can expect lots of (new) posts to follow, too!

Cheers!

Sarah

p.s. Congrats to my friend, Diana, for completing her amazing #100DaysofCreeps. Well done, Cat! And to Jaqui for all those delicious pics. Can’t wait for Measured Making, lady! And obviously to my twin Angie. Hurry up and finish your book already.

This post is #79 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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den haag, the netherlands

Den Haag– the Netherland’s third largest city after Amsterdam and Rotterdam– was a stark contrast to Delft, the small town I visited just a day before. Whereas much of Delft was accessible by foot, Den Haag, also known in English as “The Hague,” required the use of pubic transportation to make good use of the city. Thankfully, as so often is the case when I travel, I was lucky enough to have a very kind bus driver-turned-tour-guide.

Den Haag, The Netherlands #100DaysofMiaPrimaCoffee Shop in Den Haag, The Netherlands

The two main attractions in Den Haag that I was set on seeing were the Mauritshuis, where Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring is located, and the Louwman Museum, a classic car museum that rivals Turin’s Nazionale Dell’automobile.

Below are some of my favorite shots from the Louwman Museum and a few of my favorite paintings from Mauritshuis. Overall, the day trip to Den Haag proved to be a good one– full of diversity: from swan cars and royal chariots to creamy coffee and Vermeer’s strokes of daylight.

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Mauritshuis, Den Haag

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Girl With a Pearl Earring, Vermeer #100DaysofMiaPrimaMy favorite paintings from the Mauritshuis

Tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #51 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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The Miniaturist

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Despite being a praised bestseller, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton eluded my knowledge until my sister suggested I read it. It was a timely suggestion given I had just packed away my life in Pittsburgh to spend two months in Holland before beginning business school. I finished the novel the other day, quite fittingly during a day trip to Amsterdam– where the story takes place. Albeit more than three hundred years ago.

The Miniaturist in Amsterdam #100DaysofMiaPrima

With its magical storytelling, suspenseful plot, and host of well-rounded female characters– all set within the Dutch Gold Age of the seventeenth century– the novel is as much a mirror of the Dutch society years ago as it is of our modern society today. The story reveals how far we have come (and how much farther we have to go) to achieve equality for women, people of color, and the LGBT community.

Grave in Delft, Holland #100DaysofMiaPrimaGrave on the floor of the Old Church in Delft, Holland

I never expected a book about a 1600s Dutch doll house to enliven such subjects. But it does. And eloquently so, supported by almost flawless storytelling (My sister, a writer, claims that parts of the novel are overworked– a byproduct of an author’s first novel, and I don’t disagree. But I’d be lying if I said I disliked Burton’s style.).

For me, the novel was brought to life even more with a trip to Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum, where I visited an exhibit of Dutch guild portraits that expanded my understanding of Dutch society during the Golden Age represented in The Miniaturist. As in the book, the museum revealed a society driven by the desire for wealth (not an inherently bad trait) in which the power of nobility was transferred to merchants and men who could prove their economic worth. Vanity and abuse of power notwithstanding.

Dutch Guild Portrait, Hermitage Museum #100DaysofMiaPrimaWerner van den Valckert, Four Regents and the Patriarch of Amsterdam Lepers’ Asylum, 1624 // Hermitage Museum

There are few contemporary novels that strike me as so layered, so moving, and so poignant as The Miniaturist. If you are planning a trip to Holland (and even if you aren’t!), this book must be on your list.

Tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #50 (halfway there!) of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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people are boring (but you’re something else)

People are boring

But you’re something else completely

Damn, let’s take our chances

-Father John Misty in Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

It’s finally here! The 2015 edition of the Spring Mix Tape. As you know, I create a mix tape (i.e. a 2-3 albums of curated music as well as handcrafted cover art) twice a year- once for spring and another for fall. I ask my friends to submit songs that remind them of that particular season then curate their great music into “albums.” The music is always excellent and always of a wide variety (my favorite part!). But the best experience for me is creating the cover art, which has also varied widely: from screen printed canvas to watercolor to this season’s piece: collage. In fact, this season’s cover may be my favorite. I enjoyed the free form of the collage process as well as the structure of creating a “booklet” that literally stands on its own.

Copies of the mix tapes are for participants only, but luckily for you, I’ve put together public Spotify playlists for everyone to enjoy. Here’s to new music, art making, and above all else, the great friends to who make it happen, year after year…!

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Album #1: People Are Boring

Album #2: But You’re Something Else Completely

Album #3: Damn, Let’s Take Our Chances

 Tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #29 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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recycled packaging for my etsy shop

I love to shop. Especially online. As a result, I end up with (an embarrassing amount of) used packaging. Thankfully, I had enough foresight to save two years worth of packing material, so when it came time to develop the packaging for my new vintage clothing Etsy shop, The Gibbson Girl, I had lots to work with.

Vintage Recycled Packaging Ideas for Etsy Shops #100daysofmiaprima Vintage Recycled Packaging Ideas for Etsy Shops #100daysofmiaprima

To me, using recycled packaging is an obvious choice: it’s free, I have lots of it, and it’s friendlier to the environment. Instead of spending money creating new branded packaging, I went to my local resale craft store (Pittsburgh Center for Create Reuse) and picked up vintage wall paper and library catalog cards. The result is unique branded packing material with homemade character.

Vintage Recycled Packaging Ideas for Etsy Shops #100daysofmiaprima Vintage Recycled Packaging Ideas for Etsy Shops #100daysofmiaprima

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I was hesitant to handwrite my package inserts. But just the other day I received an encouraging compliment: “Library catalog cards! And I love that these are handwritten. They feel…so authentic.” So there you have it. I’m sticking with inexpensive, easy to make, recycled packaging for my Etsy shop!

Tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #27 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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Vintage Accessories at the Gibbson Girl

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It’s only a handful of days before I leave for Europe, so it’s down the wire on a couple creative projects I’m trying to complete. The first is posting new items in my Etsy vintage clothing shop, The Gibbson Girl. I’ve finally photographed every last piece in my inventory, so it’s time to get them measured and up on the shop!

The second project is my annual Spring Mix Tape. For this iteration, I’m creating collaged booklets. The concept was fairly simple but the execution is slow going (but worth it!).

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With just a few days left to finish this all up, wish me serious luck!

Cheers!

Sarah

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new hampshire seaside views

A stay at my parent’s home in New Hampshire would not be complete without a trip to the beach. Many people are surprised to learn that New Hampshire has a coastline (18 miles of it to be exact. I ran it all one afternoon, in fact). The shore is rocky and just as, if not more, beautiful in the “off season” than the busy summertime. Today, the wind was chilly but the cloudy sky made for some gorgeous photographs. This was the first time I’ve taken my new Canon to the beach, so I went crazy with the shots, snapping a few that I particularly love:

Cheers!

Sarah

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