Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jared rocks on

Friend, wonderful human and artist extraordinaire, Jared, shares a moment of "going with the flow" on his blog, Plein Air. Could be a lesson for all of us -- Plein Air Nightmare Gone Rocky.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Screenprinting class

I want M and I to take this class tomorrow on screenprinting. Via Not Martha.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Movie times!

When will have time too see all of these great movies! Especially this one!

Newsweek got you covered

Newsweek's got you covered, well, at least your face with some of 2009's hottest Halloween faces that you can print and cut out for the big candy night. I wanna be Bernie. Thanks Newsweek!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ONE | T-shirt

ONE | T-shirt challenge.

Head exploding

I am so busy these days that I feel like my head is exploding with details, work projects due, cascading style sheet information, things I must learn and remember. Homework to do. Housework to do. Art work to do. If I could double my daylight hours it would all work out better. My latest effort in styled rollovers that I did last night.

Work Shticks

I think I should buy some of these Work Shticks for work, they might come in handy.

Little Birch Jewelry Stand

Antlers Hook

Double Wire Basket

Cardboard Taxidermy

All from Urban Outfitters.

String gardens

Yes, I can imagine having a String Garden some where in my backyard and in my house! Via the most interesting blog of Sophie Munns in Australia. Also discovered the blog, The Oldest Living Things in the World from Sophie as well.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yoko Izawa

Yoko Izawa's petal necklace (don't they look like hydrangea petals in color and shape?) and veiled rings.

Mason Jar Lantern

Love and want this Mason Jar Lantern Set by alyssaettinger on Etsy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

We are carvin' up some fun!

The kids and I are carvin' for Halloween. M carved the best pumpkin ever ... will take a pic of it tomorrow. Tired now, going to bed.

I tried the Martha Stewart turnip idea, and it turned out great. Great for little kids with little hands. I had such a blast making them.

carved turnip!

carved turnip!

getting ready!

Jill is in the swing of things

Jill has a couple of new custom projects, I love! I want this one.

The Modern Way

Portable Fireplace by Electrolux.

Descending into your rugs ... by Liz Eeuwes.

Mud series chairs by Jennifer Anderson, I LOVE this!

all via Six Different Ways (Modern Furniture Blog).

Funny, ha ha

Funny, ha ha, Twitter. Want to read the entire thing later.


Makes me want to go somewhere.

Kenske Kitaoka

Do you see these paper sculpture trophy animal heads! For real. OMG. I guess there was a class offered in paper sculpture by Kenske Kitaoka. I surely wish I could have attended that! Found at KI KI. Via Swedish Elle Interior.

Paper sculpture Kenske Kitaoka video.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Elana's dahlias.




Bicycle Built for Two Thousand

Bicycle Built for Two Thousand "is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard." A must to go listen to! Read about it here.

Carl Bengtsson

Photographer Carl Bengtsson, lovely creations.

Artfest 2010

With all that is going on, I keep forgetting to comment that I am going to Artfest 2010! Tara encouraged me to go. The exciting part, I am taking Susan Lenart Kazmer classes all three days! Woo hoo! Check out her blog, Objects and Elements. I am soooo excited. So excited in fact, that I have to put it waaaayyyy back in my brain storage while I get through this semester of Cascading Style Sheets.

The Clingstone House

An Architect’s Island Home: The Clingstone House Go see more at Freshome. If it has internet, it is the perfect place! And of course, there is that waste disposal question. New York Time's The Old House and the Sea for more wonderful photos.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

You dummy!

A special kind of Dummy Text Generator, very, very special!

It's a small world afterall

I know it is late, but I finally moved the last peony to the new spot ... made just for them. No overhanging trees branches to make them unhappy. The last one I will move this year. The root system was enormous and there was a whole world of little living things living right there in the system. Big worms, rolly pollies, many spiders ... all scrambling in their world to be safe. I moved most of them out of the way. But it is really amazing to see. Now if all the peonies I moved this fall will survive. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Rebecca Devere

Rebecca Devere's mosaics are wonderful whimsy.

Catch 22

This self promotion course at designboom, design-aerobics 2009 sounds interesting. Unless of course, you have made a comment on a designboom post then you are accused of wrongful self-promotion. Found this funny and a little ironic. BTW, still haven't found any of these fantastic clothes pegs! I am sure they are made in India and I spent quite some time searching the internet for them. Sorry, forgot to change color for my links ;(

Design Style Quiz

What is your design style quiz at ISCD International School Of Colour And Design. Mine was prettyy true to my design sense. Here it is:

You love collected pieces and displaying them in abstract ways in your home.
Your home is a gallery (ok, a junkstore, really) - every wall tells a story.
Not concerned with what your neighbors homes are like, you are true to you own style.
Well rounded, you enjoy spending  time at home as much as you enjoy going out. (Don't really enjoy going out.)
You are confident and authentic. (at least authentic)
Your home is rich with many details and textures.

Grain Sack Furniture

Grain sack furniture at The Old Cinema. Yum!

Fractal Flower

Illustration of Computer Generated Fractal Flower at Featurepics.

Friday, October 23, 2009


I found this Surrogate poster I had been wanted to post. I don't how the movie was, but the poster if fantastic.


Another delightful experience, ZOOLOGY at Born Magazine is making me see spots!


Have only been enjoying fall through the car window ... but it spectacular.

Benjamin June

Benjamin June's installation Co-Prosperity Installation, Iraq suicide bomber pillow project. Smokestack series and thread drawings.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mike Childs

Loving the geometric-ness (is that a word?) of  Mike Childs' art.

Born Magazine

Born Magazine's, - A Servant. A Hanging. A Paper House. A moving poem, literally. "An experimental venue marrying literary arts and interactive media" designed by Nicholas Robinson of Pixel Umbrella.

To a friend

Losing your job is the death ....
of a friend
of a parent
of a routine
of an ego
of a steady income
of a community

But it is also ...
a new page
a new chapter
a new beginning
a path to recreate yourself
to re-assess your goals
to re-invent yourself
a time to learn to breath again
to give yourself a break
to think about what is in your future

and for a couple of weeks, to take a nap whenever you want!

Jump Rope Dance

This is totally worth watching ... Jump Rope Dance, have no idea how they do that!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Buggy beauty

Electrolytic Machining of Brass, a Clockwork Trilobite at Jake von Slatt's The Steampunk Workshop. Uh ... fabulous!

Mike Libby at Insect Lab's beautiful creations, as seen below.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anita Groener

Hushed beauty of Anita Groener's work via The Lending Library.

The Geography of Jobs

Visualization on the recession, The Geography of Jobs. Very depressing.

Michele Oka Doner

Michele Oka Doner's disappearing women sculptures are stunning. But this "burning bush" and chandelier knocked my socks off!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Steam Punk Junq

Antique Silver Optical lens pendant necklace by Steam Punk Junq on Etsy.

Ladies watches

Gerrie, I see a couple of ladies watches we need from here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fabulously Green

Found these fabulous things at Fabulously Green. Cut Light, "a beautiful, interactive, pendant lampshade, designed by Monica Singer and perfected by you. Included with the Cut Light are a pair of scissors, inviting you to add your own personal touch to the layered, feather-light strips of fabric. Short or long, even or irregular, your customized design has the potential to match any room and adapt to any mood." Don't you think I need this?

Stuart Haygarth has used used old prescription lenses to create an enchanted chandelier called Optical (seen below) and another in 2006 called Spectacle was created from over 1000 pairs of prescription spectacles.

Super-Fast Pumpkins

Better Homes & Garden's Super-Fast Pumpkins.

A Branch of Treasures

* Terramia * found this A Branch of Treasures inspiration find from Pottery Barn. Yum.

Canned wine

Must show Rick this very interesting wine container! Barokes' wine in a can via Anton Steeman's blog,  Technology and Trends.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where the Wild Winged Things Are

"Winged Things" for Inspire Me Thursday. Re-using my Moth Man from series of ten (well, only eight so far ... all series in process).

Moth Man

Free Friday

I took Friday off! "Baby", Pixel had "female" surgery. We were all on pins and needles until she got home safely later that day. She can't jump or run or play because of a couple of stitches, so we are carrying her around a lot. Well, D carries her around anyway.


While waiting to pick up Pixel at surgery (I was anxious and early) ... picked up some tea for a good friend and then took a little time to go to the beach to look for a heart rock to send off to Lubbock. Just a sprinkle of rocks because of high tide, but lots of beach glass. Like someone had come and thrown them on the beach. I wish I had had my camera. It was raining. Gray water with lighter glimmers of gray against gray clouds and gray fog moving quickly over the Olympic mountains. Everything disappeared from the beach to the horizon into a million shades of gray and it was quiet and beautiful. Empty beach because of the rain.

Julie and I have been so busy at work producing some exciting stuff the last week, A Woman's Nation, I designed the background and look for TODAY's Mom (something for twitter) and I threw together Tip of the Spear in a couple of days. All fun and very exciting, but it felt good to have a day off ... working on homework. Sitting at the computer, watching slow fluffy clouds floating quickly against a threatening sky. Birds flying and playing in high winds. The air was so very fresh today after a day of high winds and rain.

Today, still working on homework. When it started raining I thought ... "a nap sounds really good right now". So I went horizontal in front of a movie for a couple of hours with "the baby" snuggled close to me. Rain and thunder. D went after crab on sale for dinner and we ended up with crowd for dinner. Good time talking to the kids about all kinds of stuff from scuba to sky diving.

Also purchased my "new company" domain name and website! All excited about that. Will tell more when it is closer to realization.

Teenager (can you hear me?)

(Grandma post) Matt getting ready for a band event. Entering a teenager's room ... "danger". Coke cans, dirty socks, clothes ...

Teenagers gather to discuss "who knows what". ') We all had dinner tonight and then they had a "gathering" in front of a fire.

Scary inspiration

Scary Message Lanterns and I am going to make these Turnip Jack-o'-Lanterns (seen below) via Martha Stewart.

I do this every year and it is so fun ... Carrot-Nose Jack-o'-Lanterns and 30 Crazy Cool Halloween Pumpkins.

Balloona stool

Over 500 balloons are tied on a solid wood stool to create the Balloona stool by designer Natalie Kruch.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Those artistic women

Teaching art: that artist woman and Painted Paper.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fonts of wisdom

Fonts of wisdom: Putting your best (type)face forward. My is right on target, Times Roman (boring and predictible). And also Verdana (you’re tech-savvy, quick to measure your company’s ROI on its newest social media efforts. Your message is always clean and legible.) Thank you, SIL!


The internet is all about discovery!

Design Year Book


Camberwell Illustration: Character and Morphology

an ambitious project collapsing

not just a phase

fru skrot

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall is here

Fall arrived! With rain. Between working really long hours at work, my night class and the homework. Not much time to blog these days. Trying to fill out my Google calendar because I am feeling even more scattered than usual! :) Have lots of email to answer. Happy Fall! (note to self, need to get pumpkins).

Wallpapers, calendars

Smashing Magazine's (Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers and I wish I had time to submit something to Desktop Wallpaper Calendar.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

For drooling

Food Photography always makes a little drool dribble down my chin.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Margaret Boozer

Margaret Boozer and her Dirt Drawings. Via Elle Decor Magazine.

Robert Frank

New York Times slideshow of Sadness seems to trickle through the 83 photographs in his classic 1959 book, "The Americans," Robert Frank's disturbed and mournful song-of-the-road portrait of a new homeland. National Gallery of Art, introduction to The Americans. The Robert Frank Coloring Book.


I hardly ever check my stats on Flickr, especially since I hardly post new photos there anymore. But then I see the stat spike and think, what in the world went on that day?

Spotting Arial from Helvetica?

So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica? Take this quiz at Ironic Sans. And the ragbag - shows the differences. Love the f-words entries at the ragbag.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel kicked off his tenure with the L.A. Phil Saturday night with a free performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 before an audience of nearly 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl. Listen to some of the concert. More music discoveries on NPR.

Lonely bloom

I planted a double Hollyhock in the beginning of summer. It took it ALL summer to grow to over 7 ft. and just this week it had the first bloom. Lots left to bloom but it will be too cold for the rest of them. Did you notice I love pink, frilly, ruffled, complicated flowers the most? Will definitely try this one again! Plant more. Plant earlier. I want to plant creeping baby's breath next year. Back before I was so pressed for time, I would pour over seed catalogs and figure out what I wanted in the garden for the season. I am going to try and plan out a few new plants this winter for next summer.

Double Hollyhock

Double Hollyhock

Nikon Small World

Nikon Small World 2009 competition. Fantastic visual splendor.

Root and all

I pulled this out of the ground a couple of weeks ago. Delicate seed pods, delicate root system. It was so beautiful, I couldn't toss it away. A treasure to keep.

delicate find, root and all

delicate find, root and all

delicate find, root and all

Ghost Mall

New South China Mall Jonathan Warren's Video. Depressing.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Turning pages

La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters. I love this look, found the classic actresses page on Shill Pages, thank you Steven Hill. (pretty sure this a repeat entry, sorry). Fantastic Old Life Magazines.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Aliki Stroumpouli

Paper work by Aliki Stroumpouli. Don't miss the blog.


This is really what I am needing right now ;)

Justin Gibbens

Birds of Paradise by Justin Gibbens.

David Eisenhour

David Eisenhour sculpture, a whispered story of glorious nature.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Defining your property line is such an elegant way. Priceless. A co-worker had these gates created for his home by Iron Idiom and I think they are just the wonderful touch. Gates and railings artistically made. Wish I had a spot for one ;) Must go look at their blog for more great samples of their work.