Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Back from India!

So I'm back from India! It was amazing, and I'm glad to be home. On the way to Mumbai we had a 13hr layover in Istanbul, Turkey so I have some pictures from there too. I'll write more about the trip later, but for now, here are some of the pictures I took. Please share a link to this post if you know someone who you think would enjoy these. Thanks!

By the way, my Etsy shop is back open for business and there are some cute Christmas and Winter items. I'll be adding more products soon! I had dreams of massive amounts of thrifting in India, and lots of space in my luggage to bring back goodies for the shop, but that wasn't practical due to time, scheduling, and space constraints so you'll have to settle for the India inspired art I will be making and putting in my shop. I'm going to have to do another trip to India just for the thrifting!

Istanbul, Turkey:



Thursday, November 14, 2013

And we're off!

So, the bad news is that my shop is going on vacation again. The good news is that I'm going to India! On my honeymoon! With my husband! To an Indian wedding! I'm looking forward to coming back to you with a renewed creative spirit and lots to goodies for the shop.

Stay tuned and thanks for hanging in there with me through all these comings and goings :) 
I promise that great things are ahead. 

Happy Travels,

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I've come back out on the other side!

I'm married! Phew! Yay! People keep asking - how was it? Was it the most wonderful day of your life? Everything you had dreamed of and more? 

How do I answer that? I have decided that my experience of my wedding can be summed up in two words - stressful and beautiful. If I ever had any thoughts of wanting to be an event planner, they are shot - but - the day felt full of love, sincerity, and the magic of universal interconnectedness. I'm overjoyed that we took this step and I'm very excited for our future. Here we are, in all the glory of non-tradition :)

As far as Taibi Time activities go, my shop is back open ( and I will soon be listing Christmas goodies and more vintage books! Stay tuned!

Much Love,
Taibi Mastelbowers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blogger, I have missed you.

So it has been a long time since I've written here, or posted a new item in my shop, or made something new, or worked in my studio, or put away the pile of laundry on my floor, or swept, or cooked dinner, or gone to the gym. Get the idea? I need to do a much better job of carving out time for myself. These past few weeks have been especially hectic with wedding planning and root canals and it's really frustrating for me because I have so many ideas for things to do and make, and such big plans for Taibi Time. 

Not that I'm not enjoying planning the wedding. Creating the event has been an expressive outlet in its own right, but it's a MUCH bigger job than I ever imagined it would be and the date is creeping up. It's hard to enjoy planning with all the stresses surrounding it, but I'm doing my best to take pleasure in the details without losing sight of the bigger picture.

Thank you for hanging in there with me. Hopefully we will soon see change for the better, movement towards something more meaningful. I would love to wave a wand and say, "ambition released!" and have everything improve magically, overnight...but that *may* not be realistic. For now, I will continue to post on the Taibi Time facebook page ( snippets of inspiration, I will dream, and I will chug along, hopefully on the right track.

Be well and go make something!


Currently reading : Housewife Superstar by Danielle Wood

Currently listening to : Apples in Stereo - all of it!! So good!!

Currently admiring the artwork of : Ola Volo

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy full moon!

Hello Taibi Timers,

Tonight is a full moon, and here's a photo I took of it last night, when it was *almost* full:

So, I love nature, and the universe, blah blah blah, but I don't know much about it all as I'm a city kid and I'm generally too trapped by cement and too busy to explore, question, learn, and wonder. But - I really want to know more about the moon and I thought tonight would be a good opportunity to start on that!

Here are a couple links  I found online with information about full moons:

This is just a start. If I did an art series about the moon I would learn a LOT - that's how I learn best, by researching for the purpose of creating. But until then, I hope you enjoy what I have dug up. What does the full moon mean to you?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


This morning was my first shift at the food co-op, which me and Liam just joined. I prepped produce for the soup kitchen that they donate to, separating the usable from the non-usable. Don't worry, waste-haters, the non-usable gets composted! How great is that?! So it was really great to work with so many edible plants, just a great reminder of how wonderful it is to live on the earth and be able to receive its gifts. It was especially nice for me to work with veggies this week, as my fridge and freezer are broken and I am awaiting a replacement! It's been muffin and canned soup city in my house, which is kind of fun and easy but leaves me feeling a little like a muffin. I did run on Sunday though, and then again today so I am feeling alright enough about my nutrition and fitness levels. I take health pretty seriously! Did you know that I plan on living until at least 100 and wearing my high school prom dress at my 100th birthday party? It's a wacky silver dress from the 80's, tons of fun. I'll have to post a picture of that one day. Anyway, seeing as how my fridge is shot I could only purchase non-perishables from the co-op. Above is a photo of the loot I came away with. All those goodies cost me a total of $11.68!If you are reading this and you do not live in New York you may not be impressed, but my fellow Brooklynites will be excited by that figure.

Above is a photo of the treasures that my sweet Liam brought home for me yesterday from the farmer's market at Union Square. The boy knows that I like maple! He told me that they were for Kitty Mother's Day, which is the day after regular Mother's Day. How cute is that?! He is a fantastic cat dad, and I'm sure that he'll be a fantastic human dad one day :) 

That's some of what's going on with Taibi Mastelse. On the Taibi Time front, I have just listed lots of new books in my shop that I'm really excited about. Here are pictures of just a few of them. You can see all of the vintage books that I have in stock here: I am currently in the midst of a studio clear-out project, and when my studio is cleared out enough to make some new work, I will start on a series for a show I am doing this summer at a coffee shop in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. I'm thinking of working with the theme of mermaids, but we'll see what happens. I should post pics of how my de-cluttering of the rest of my house went. It went pretty well, I think. My studio is just one of those spots that's like a clutter magnet, sort of like this one chair in our living room which I have taken to calling "the crazy chair." Everyone's got some equivalent of my crazy chair, right?