Monday, December 31, 2007

Cougar Peak

Jared did it! He documented Cougar Peak for a year and the results are wonderful. Now I am waiting for the invitation to the art opening.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Let's Make It A Great 2008!

Happy New Year

Got An Hour?

If you have an hour or two, check our iHanna's list of links.

My friend, Julie finally started a blog!

North Bend Getaway

We had 24-hour getaway to our friends' home in North Bend. What a visual treat. We were fed delicious food, given extravagant gifts and pampered. Thank you both!

Getting away to North Bend

Getting away to North Bend

Getting away to North Bend

Getting away to North Bend

Getting away to North Bend

Getting away to North Bend

Friday, December 28, 2007

Frozen Vignette From California

Shelley made THE MOST ADORABLE card/ornament this year based on Folk Art Bottle Whimseys, which are simply one of my favorite folk art. I was completely blown away! And so thrilled to be the receptient! She talks about her magical creation here. Thank you so very much!

Gift from Shelley Noble

Gift from Shelley Noble

Hacked Off And Hype Type

David Airey is hacked off and I don't blame him. You must read his story here about his personal website being illegally snatched by a cyber-bandit. While you are there, take a look at the alphabet, but not as we know it.

Type experiments on behance and A1 paper cut illustration, seen below.

Laser type

Hello Color

ABC photogram, very cool by Dutch Osborne, seen below.

Genocide font by Lars Harmsen (the Cambodian Genocide project) via slanted.


Typographica, journal of typography.

Pixel/LED fonts, Luc Devroye

Fingertype by Jonathan Looman, seen below via Type For You blog.

And finally, I laughed until my eyes watered watching make my logo bigger cream via Sera Strawbridge via Uniquely the Epitome.

Finding ...

Tenant farmers, photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Gee's Bend, Alabama, February and April 1937. Match Box Template from Mirkwood Designs via Swap Bot Blog, all via Urban Debris.

Of course I love this cashmere buck by Rachel Denny via Designers Block.

Ghost furniture via Oh Joy.

Historically Inaccurate

Green Lantern Ring

How to make a Green Lantern ring. I love instructables.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bloggers Anonymous

Are we ready to join bloggers anonymous or designers who blogged?

David Armano shares thoughts, opinions and some other great stuff plus his Blogroll Buffet.

Laser Cut

I have been seeing these laser cut garlands around town in displays only, not for sale to consumer, like this napkin ring on Denmark's Living at Home.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Crackers!

This is really a family Kansas/Texas family post. We had a grand night of food and games after a wonderful Christmas day. Guest include my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother/father-in-law (no links available ;0 ) and my mom.

K and M at Christmas Dinner

Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers!

Merry Christmas

I am so happy to be a blogger, to have met all of you, to share in so many creative endeavors. I can't say thank you enough for all the love, support, prayers that I needed this year. You are all so generous with me! I am humbled.

Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Art Street - Mudhouse Holiday Spirit

The holidays are all about giving. This holiday Mudhouse Advertising in Albuquerque will give $1 (up to $10K) to Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless' Art Street project for every view of this video during this holiday season.

Dim Sum

dim sum

dim sum

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wrapping Up Christmas

Got our Christmas cards printed today ... late ... but at least it is not after Christmas. Family trickling in. This year we decided to recycle our own posessions for gifts. Give someone something that you love but are not using anymore. That is an easy task for me, I have lots of stuff I love, don't use anymore and I know someone in my family will get some use out of it. My sister-in-law is always easy to shop/give to but one confession ... I did buy her something new at Fiber Fest vendor night. I started wrapping up Christmas tonight.

Christmas is here

wrapping up Christmas

wrapping up Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2007

Illustration Friday - Horizon

Storm on the horizon for Illustration Friday. This is a large painting hanging in the dining room that my son and I painted with latex paint on masonite. In remembrance of a big thunder storm we had seen while in Texas and I wanted to show him that painting a memory was not that difficult. That even latex house paint could convey our magical night ... we painted it in a couple

IF Horizon

Blogger's Choice Award

La Tartine Gourmande is one of the choices in the Blogger's Choice Award

10 Links A Day

Decorative Thoughts

I love these patchwork sofas from Squint found via All Things Bright and Beautiful.

I Suwannee and Beach Bungalow 8

Patricia Gray

Neon Polish

Things That Inspire

This is Glamourous

Alabama Studio Style

Uncommon Objects via Urban Prairie Refueled

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Matthew Mead, Country Home blog and English Country Living.

Green and crafty ideas for everyday living from Danny Seo

Makes Me Smile

This place always makes me smile with all the bright colors, happiness and visual treats.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Droplets In Christmas Colors

droplets in Christmas mode

Chance of Showers

Sometimes I feel like I live on Mars. Where was I when this was going on and why didn't I hear about it? A Showing of Umbrellas and Benefit for 826 Seattle, Chance of Showers - photo gallery

Ice Stories

Ice Stories Dispatches from Polar Scientists. Science from the Poles.

Antarctic Photo Library

The International Polar Year 2007-8 is a huge, exciting scientific campaign focussing on the polar regions, gallery of featured images.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Invasion Of Kansas Elves

Kansas elves have come to visit!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Self-Portrait Challenge 12.18

He is the light reflected in my eye! and me for Self-Portrait Tuesday. My little sniper and his new paintball gun. Me, cleaning, washing dogs, mopping floors, unloading firewood ... still no idea for Christmas card ... maybe New Year Card is in order. ;)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Free Gift Tags

Here are some Holiday tags (printable pdf files) for you. Inspired by Camilla's 2007 and 2006 free gift tags. And also that I have been sitting here at my computer for hours trying to conjure up a Christmas card I can produce in a day! Ho Ho Ho. Jenny has those adorable holiday dangles.

Gifts tags for you

Also found Scribd that allows you to upload pdf files (blogger does not).

Debi has some gift tags for you.

Urban Debris has a great collection of free gift tags!

Mrs. Claus Cookbook

Northpole's Mrs. Claus' Cookbook. Heidi's Snowman Cupcakes. Create your own cookbook.

Holiday baking at Martha Stewart and she is blogging.

List of food-centric charities. Might have to try this for my son, Chocolate Swirl Bread via Chocolate Chipped (too many yummy recipes there!)

Pop Can Ornaments!

Corrabelle was nice enough to make me some Soda pop can Star Ornament, aren't they wonderful? Thank you Corra!

Tiny Choices

She's A Betty

Fly Girls

Many Miles Before I Sleep

We are water-logged here!

Big Seattle rain

M had a Christmas concert at Third Place Books.

Christmas concert at Third Place Books

I hung MORE branches and a few paper snowflakes. I have lots to do before family arrives. Still need to do some Christmas cards. Clean house, gifts. Ahhhh, Santa, Take me away. ;)


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tantalizing Textile

Eleanor Pritchard's body of work drawing inspiration from the collection of English samplers in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and reflecting on the voices of embroiderers from hundreds of years ago. The work offers a contemporary take on folk traditions, reinterpreting age old skills in a new contex (seen below).

Manon Gignoux creates fabric sculptures, dressed objects, clothes and accessories – each piece is unique. (photo below)

Seed Stitch, lots of great links on Textile Arts Directory and this terrific place, DESIGN♔DNA.

Friday, December 14, 2007




On vacation in two hours! Pick up mom from surgery in one hour. Start Christmas for real in three hours. Woo Hoo.


Drum Machine

Drum Machine by tokyoplastic.

Bring Him Home

Heard this on KUOW yesterday on the way to work, Bring him home for Christmas, Santa.

Concert Tuxedo

Look Grandma. M wore a tuxedo at last night's concert.

concert tuxedo

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Free Rice

Don't start playing this, although it is for a good cause, it is addictive. I only got two definitions wrong and got to 1000 ...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


zefrank's snowflakes, I like the 3-d version.

Something Else To Say

Shayo found moneygami, the coolest!

Humanoid sculptures made from old typewriters by Jeremy Mayer.

Someone else has Something To Say ;)

Patterns, Other Things That Make Me Happy

Back to my Saturday morning that was ... I bought a book the other night, Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry by Sherri Haab for Tara and myself to look through. Remember, a couple of months ago we took a PMC class? Found so many great links in the index of that book like, Happy Day Art, Lazertran Transfer Papers for artists, Harbor Freight tool store. Helpful tips on Art Clay World. Jewelry by Shahasp Valentine.

Found this Skye Lines pattern on JuJu Loves Polka Dots which lead me to purchase this fabulous Cross-Over Top pattern by Kayla Kennington for myself! I also like Fault Lines by Diane Ericson. I probably will want Elle Shirt & Pant as well ... maybe I could have them made for me?

Jeanne Williamson is the The Uncommon Quilter.

Anna Maria Horner's great blog and making super circles.

Patchwork Pincushion by Heather Bailey and Primrose Design.

Ringing In Joy

I ran across the most exciting rings and such. Pearls grow on leaves ring and this flower pot ring by Berenice Schaltegger. People on your fingers by Guendi Made by Me. I LOVE Ring 42 by Blind Spot and I think I could purchase it here.

Handmade Rings pool on flickr can make you drool.

anel epóxi e anel de prata by Lígia Rocha.

Susan Remnant, E ornamenti and Alice Roche.

Two Girls

Don't you love 1930 image of two girls in blouses and jumpsuits?

Oh, The Weather Outside

I didn't know the weather could be so exciting. (Warning: you could be offended by this image).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Fun Finds

I found some fun things today and The Green Head and VivaTerra. I thought this was unusual, a Christmas tree arch. This succulent wreath wouldn't last here, but I would love to see it grow.

Fire starters, water-proof wrist camera, flexible mixing bowls and this very, very fun, faux floating iceberg.

Basswood Deer! I really love this Verdigris Mini Taper Holder

Porcelain Origami Ornaments

PEACE and HOME Twig Letters.

Trees Are Up

The trees are up but I am down in my back. That is always so labor intensive ... ladder climbing, stair climbing, on my knees in crawl spaces finding boxes of Christmas decoration. But we are well on our way to getting the house ready for Santa and family soon to be here.

the storm before

The trees are up but I am down in my back ;)


I am starting to feel a little Christmas card panic! Tara has designed her card and put them in the mail.

card from Tara

And Shelley sent me the lovely pink Christmas card/ornament all the way from Oklahoma! I thought of her today when I saw the news about those terrible ice storms in her area.

Pink Christmas surprise in the mail

I hung more branches from the ceiling with some white paper lanterns and now I need to make some small paper snow flakes to go with.

dressed up for xmas

dressed up for xmas