Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ginkgo' Bistro Set

Faux Bois 'Ginkgo' Bistro Set by Ross A. Yedinak.


Interesting approach to portraits by Zed via interview on Yatzer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tie one on

I like this ... the inner workings for geometriques.

For those who forget every time ... How Tie is a good option. Via lets get awesome.

Science Friday

Lasers, Glowing Dye Illuminate Jellyfish.

The marbelicious Q-bo project

The marbelicious Q-bo project is "3D surface of RUGIADA (the Italian word for dew) is inspired by the fresh and light water drops that rest, early in the morning, on the leaves of the plants. Irregular rings of different size, spread over the entire surface, create a harmonious and animated texture on the slabs." Via Yatzer.

In a vase

garden friends

a little lavendar

So many flowers in a vase.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Prickly Pair Chair

Under the category ... I LOVE it, I WANT it! Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers's Prickly Pair Chair is amazing! via Yatzer.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Slipping into fall

It is that time again that the colors in my yard make my brain swirl out of control. Also going on here ... lots of cutting grapes out of the neighbors yard ;0. Moving peonies. Making new beds and amending them.

slipping into fall colors

slipping into fall colors

slipping into fall colors

slipping into fall colors


Jane Hammond

Noticed a piece of art by Jane Hammond while reading Pacific Northwest story about architect Geoff Prentiss by Val Easton this morning.

Jane Hammond's Fallen project, representing fallen soldiers as fall leaves fallen.

Going, going ...

These two images were in my head this morning when I woke up. I dream in illustrations about what is on my mind. Scary, huh?

No, I haven't been fired. But after years of coloring my hair, I have decided to go natural. I was going gray in my 30's. Mainly colored because I didn't want my son to be embarrassed by having a "grandmother" looking mother while he was in school. He is a senior now and really doesn't care anymore. But I keep hearing stories of the highly qualified "gray" unemployed being completely ignored during job interviews. That scares me. For them. For me. I am only half-way grown out, and keep telling myself I can color it again, if need be. But part of me, the rebellious me, says, why should I have to "brown" to be a valuable employee?

I am starting the new semester, a "whole" semester studying CSS (cascading style sheets). I have had some great weekend classes but really need more than a weekend. Away from work and home to focus and learn. I am very excited. So wish me luck.

Robin Layton

My very talented photographer friend, Robin Layton, is having a show in Seattle! Her blog to see what she has been up to. If you missed her show in Los Angeles, meet us in Seattle. ;) Hope to see you there. My friend Faith from Texas is be coming to Seattle that day. I can't wait to take her to Robin's show then maybe do First Thursday.

Thursday, November 5th   6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
ONE  night only 

Shirin Sahba

Amazing paintings by Shirin Sahba. Love the graphic quality and colors! Via Julka's post on pakamera blog.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gift envelopes

Design Night's Chinese gift envelopes for Year of the Pig (2007) via NOTCOT.

Scott Campbell

Tattoo artist Scott Campbell created amazing look by laser cutting stacks of one dollar bills. Via SprayBlog.

Yellowstone Lake

I want to be here and see this. Thank you, Dawn. SkyWatch Friday is an interesting place.

Jason Freeny Sees Insides

Just in time for Halloween, Jason Freeny Sees Insides.

Quilted Love

a 2005 draft post ... cleaning out my drafts ;0

My eyes light up when I see Jane A Sassaman's quilts. I have her book and would spend hours looking at each page. Her patterns, her colors - all delightful

Terrie Hancock Mangat's virtual Quilt Museum

David Walker "In the beginning" series

Peace on Earth, Peace by Piece

Peace on Earth, Peace by Piece, send yours.

Color Contest 2009

Apartment Therapy is sponsoring a Color Contest 2009, go enter.

Anthony Roussel

Jewelery designer Anthony Roussel creates amazing undulating, sensual rings, sculptures really, from wood. Photo by Rob Popper.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cheer the chair

My S-I-L found the perfect site for me ... chair whore... a blog about chairs and nothing else.

I bow to the brow

These crawling eyebrows are hysterical via The Triumph of Bullshit.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

When the wine is gone

Here is what to do with those bottles when the wine is gone.

Wine Bottle Lights by artist extraordinaire Jerry Kott. I want! These re-lights, recycled wine bottle lamps.

Wine bottle vases by David Guilfoose.

And glasses by etsy's bodhicitta.


Fall is here! My neighbors are taking pity on my for my lack of flowers. ;(



Tim Walker

Tim Walker via Small Magazine blog and this book by Tim Walker.

Marios Schwab

I like this layered look by Marios Schwab.


Baristas accused of charging up to $80 to strip down while fixing coffees. Now I am thinking they might pay me more to keep it all on while making their coffees if I threatened them ... I am doing some math, wondering if it would be a good career move.

Absolut genius

This Absolut website campaign using all glorious forms of typography is genius ... oh, why can't I work on something like that? ! ;)

Street style

Tommy Ton snaps the off-runway scene, street style. I wish I could pull of that hair style. Love the lips! And the silver! Jak & Jil blog, more fashion eye-candy.

The Switch

Satin and solid colors, elegant wallplates from Lutron.

These adorable switchplates by Hal Mayforth.

Rustic wooden ones from against the grain

Steampunk Light Switch Plates via Home QN.

Julene Harrison

Paper cuts by Julene Harrison, just can't get enough of her work!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Climate change

You wonder why I worry.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


In case you didn't catch this at Photojojo - Refractographs: How to Take Photos of Light Reflections.

And this is the discussion I need to be reading ... How do you organize files?

Monday, September 21, 2009


Love Love Love PEU CONNU.

Heading East

Victorian China, The John Thomson Collection, an historic photographic exhibition including 150 images taken in China between 1868 and 1872. Via Raul Gutierrez photographer and adventurer, Heading East. 

Sunday, September 20, 2009


My blogging effort is waning. Not enough time or energy the last week. So much going on at work that I come home exhausted and prepare for bed. ;0

Yesterday, with great expectations of going to the beach in search of driftwood ... woke up at 3a to a down pour which lasted all morning. It just seemed like the perfect day to stay horizontal, in front of movies and reading a big bunch of "passed-on" magazines. Which I did. All day. Then a little bejeweled and This American Life podcast, talking to my friend about her new logo. Taking the dogs in and out to potty ... the baby doesn't want to go outside when it is raining ... I forecast a painful winter for all of us, especially my carpet.

So a few places I discovered yesterday.

Online Recipe Community - Share Recipes - Mixing Bowl

Bodega Shoppe

Kobo Seattle

I might redo Mom's bracelet into something like this

What's new at Mothology

Throw out fifty things and clothing swaps

Just because ....

Just because the petals are gone from these Japanese Anemones does not mean they have lost their beauty.

just because ...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kate Headley

Kate Headley's wedding photos are so colorful and fun makes me want to get married again just to have photos done!

Morbid Curiosity

Morbid Anatomy, Curious Expeditions and Cabinet of Curiosities of Bonnier de la Mosson, Paris set on Flickr.

Das rote Paket

These letters and numbers made of concrete from Das rote Paket and Pendant made out of three marmelade tins.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Nation of Go

This looks neat. BF Goodrich's Nation of Go - Interactive (video) "Like to drive? Share your favorite trips and trails with other automotive enthusiasts with BF Goodrich's new app and online community."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More important things to waste ink on

I haven't had much time this week to blog. But I say again, why do we care about this trashy story? I know there are more important things going on in the world.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Levi Hammet

Levi Hammett's exact location, an moving experiment in type.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A beautiful house

Ah, to be here in this beautiful house in Provence, France via

Molly McGrath

Molly McGrath's molly m designs, laser cut prints.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mondo Beyondo (list)

I have been writing a Mondo Beyondo list since I first read about it on Andrea Scher's blog, Superhero Journal many years ago. I would always get to about no. 40 and leave it. Start another some other time later, get to no. 50, drift off ... you know the drill. They have gone beyond making list, now there is an online class offered by Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen, I think would be great to attend.

I had sent out a link to many a Mondo Beyondo list out there in blogland to my brainstorming group. We talked about our dreams, our wants, assessing ourselves and our assets for the next meeting. Then after not reading many blog lately, today I saw that Susan (Visual~Voice) had made one as well. Just do it, I said ...  don't stop at 40 or 50. Don't get half way through then run off to make the bed or feed a dog. Commit this afternoon to finishing that one little task. So here is my first draft. I don't think there is ever a final draft, it is always growing, moving, changing, just like us.

We had our brainstorming meeting on Saturday morning. Mom made a big breakfast of frittata, lots of bacon, Anne brought poppy-seed muffins, homemade grape juice, banana bread. We talked about personal mission plans. Assessing our assets. We all have a project or two to complete before our next meeting. Mom cooking breakfast. Benjamin Franklin's Personal Mission Statement. Erma Bombeck. Write a business mission statement, how to write it.

Have more flying dreams
more sit-down family dinners
have one night for soup and game night (with kids) (doing this more)
make a list of weekly meals
be more organized
be less sensitive
enjoy each day, all day
look forward to getting up at 430a
talk and listen more to my son
spend more moments in a day seeing and noting the beauty
take more flower pictures
publish my “in a vase” flower book
watch less tv
spend more time in my studio
make a business plan for my new idea
personal mission statement
finish my logo
register my company name and website
find manufacturer
start my Christmas cards early
organize my address book that I lost from the last computer
learn CSS and remember what I have learned! (signing up for a whole semester!
write my self-assessment
clean and organize all files on my computer and keep it that way
get rid of the 100’s of zip disk laying around
cancel storage unit
make a quilt before Christmas
be happy and content
purchase that new mac I need
quit biting nails 

pay closer attention to my peonies (moved them in a new bed and bought more)
walk around my neighbor more
go walking in a remote locations looking for exotic seedpods
write my son a little love book
give away clothes and shoes I am not wearing
get a couple of freelance illustration gigs (to keep up my illustrator skills)
design someone a logo  

make more flower postcards
find an investor consultant
get my passport renewed
work on art every day for 1.5 hours
look into a show in Edmonds
Make 10 pieces of art

some kind of art
Start and finish the painting M and I want to paint together

use all of my blank canvases before buying new ones
Write more letters
have the grape arbor mended

take more day trips around Eastern Washington
create my own font (or a couple)
and give them away
make more photoshop brush sets
and give those away
paint a painting a week
finish the family movie project I got from my dad
call my sister more often
go to Texas more
make more backgrounds and don't forget your camera when you leave home 
make many more "Ringa" rings
keep sketching Ringa ideas 
make other kinds of rings
get ready for artfest jewelry class so I can be prepared 
clean our my sewing room
make something, anything with all of that fabric I have there 
don't get discouraged and hide inside of my television
encourage my son to follow his dreams...
experiment in his art, 
make good grades...
be kind ...
and honest person (reinforce this everyday)
make my flower/poster ideas 
make greeting cards (might be too late on this one ... seems saturated)
make something from handmade paper 
learn to play the violin (well, this is a mondo beyondo list)
visit the PNW coast 
etch some bottles
learn flash (again) and make some fun little animations for me
wear some makeup everyday
and brush my hair (that was a little lofty idea)
sew some of the clothes I want make
with the patterns I have and love
drive to Montana
visit Paris
and London 
sell some of my extra books on amazon
decide what to do with my extra dishes
check my oil every 3,000 miles
think of my carbon footprint every day and try to make it smaller
get a rain barrel
try to excel at work once more 
get all my medical checkups out of the way
be a better person
listen more intently
don't be so selfish and self-absorbed
don't be jealous
smile more and find the humor in the situation
remember this day is not a dress rehearsal 



Lian Ng

Publique Living PopMat Paper Placemats, want!

And this simple yet wonderful part based on grids coming unraveled by Designer Lian Ng. Amazing.

Mr Jones Watches

Mr Jones Watches via Rainy City Style.

Laura's yard

I am thinking these are in the California poppy family, they have the same leaf structure and seedpods. Was over at Laura's today looking for seedpods, I definitely want these in my yard next year!

thinking it is a poppy

thinking it is a poppy

Good advice

Stumbled upon this on aymorama's blog entry, Good advice. I am going to make that my mantra as well.

ATC Matchbox Kit

I can think of many uses for this adorable ATC Matchbox Kit. My first thought was Christmas cards!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Laurie Hassold

Laurie Hassold, "blurs the boundaries between art, science, literature and psychology, by focusing on how these disciplines each negotiate the split between mind and body". More images at Track 16 Gallery.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Medical Condition

I was so excited yesterday when I heard the tease on "Blue Dementia" on kuow. I didn't hear about what it was, but I was sure they finally had a name for what I have been suffering! Alas, it is not a medical condition.

Honest Scrap Award

Thank you Costanza for honoring me with the Honest Scrap award. I am sorry it took me so long to put this response together! But here we go.

You are meant to tell 10 honest things about yourself and nominate 7 fellow bloggers.

1. I have been coloring my hair for 20+ years and have decided to go gray (or whatever color lies underneath). I am rather excited about the new look.
2. I have a hard time deleting and organizing emails, and with 5 email accounts ... you do the math
3. I drink at least one coke per day
4. I have a mantra I say every day driving to work, my car time is my alone, quiet time.
5. I am feeling my age and sometimes I see it in other peoples' eyes
6. I try and note one beautiful thing in nature per day. The other day it was the morning light leaving a light blue reflection on dark lake water. Or hearing a new bird song and being delighted. Picking up a seedpod and examining it. Slow down and take in the beauty for a couple of minutes each day.
7. I feel less interesting, and less interested lately
8. I have way too many drafts waiting to be published in blogger. I stack up all kinds of things to blog about then just don't have the time like I once had to put into this blog.
9. I consider deleting this blog but think it is the only thing that keeps me grounded, sane and reminds me of my many gifts
10. My life is not as fun as it once was. I need to remember that I have a great sense of humor. As my friend told me the other day ... the younger, newer people in our lives don't realize how funny we are (or use to be) because in our seriousness now and don't let our humor surface.

The 7 bloggers I send this along to:  Rita, Scott, Faith, Tara, a new blogger friend, Bill, Gary, maybe Kathy will get back on her blog ;) I will pop over and tell you all later today.

Recession Tactics

Laid Off Camp via current's "Thank you, Recession". Some friends and I gathered last week for a brainstorming session for those laid off, ones who think they might be laid off. It was good to put our big brains together. We are meeting again next week at my house.

White space eliminator

When I need a laugh, this is what I like to watch.

Geninne's Art Blog

I love this inspiring artist blog, well, it makes me happy, Geninne's Art Blog.

Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox's calendar made with cod liver oil tablets and honesty stamps.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Winding Down

This time between summer blossoms, changing leaves and pumpkin carving always seems a little bleak for me. The realization that no new poppy bloom will make me swoon and run for my camera. The anticipation of peonies and sweet peas. Seeking a big whiff of honeysuckle on a warm summer night. Magical nights with the yard lite up with tea candles on the perimeter of the yard, sparkling and conjuring up ideas of fairies living it up in the overgrown grapes. (Grapes, that need much looking after right now ... harvest and grapes to be cooked up for juice.) I didn't get enough of it this summer but then I say that about this time every year. I want the days to slow down.

well used

winding down

The hydrangeas have fallen to the ground with the recent heavy rains.

drooping from heavy rains

I have a new hydrangea to plant, peonies to move very soon.


So there is still much to be done. But not the excitement of a new flower blooming. Now is the time to watch the miracle of them sowing their seeds. Loving them now in a different, more motherly way of cleaning and preparing for winter bed.

Easy Cut Popup

Easy Cut Pop-ups are printable pop-up card patterns.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Wieden + Kennedy 12

Wieden + Kennedy 12's Make Some Thing fun type navigation.

Get serious, give us your best effort

If you are brave enough to watch Obama's brain-washing video, here it is.

I thought it was wonderful, even I feel inspired to do better.

Monday, September 07, 2009

From a garden

Our neighbors share wonderful things they grow in the yard. The most amazing greens and tonight this chive, the flowers have a burst of garlic when eaten.



Wierd And Scary

29 Wierd And Scary Ads From Times Past via Ample Sanity.

Sitting Pretty

I know it isn't really a work of art, but I shot some 'arty' photos, does that count? How can I resist the "chair" challenge at Inspire me Thursday when I am a miniature chair collector. Love them. 80+ to date. I can't have two chairs, so I always hate to break up a set when I see them at antique stores or garage sales. I don't collect rocking chairs, tables, day beds or sofas. Only 1 chair of a certain size.

chairs collection

chairs collection

chair collection