Monday, May 31, 2010

Essentially Ellington

Grandma posting!

I have finally had the time to go through some of the digital photos from Essentially Ellington competition in New York that Matt was involved in. He and David went for several days and had a great time.

New York jazz trip

New York jazz trip

Brooklyn Bridge crossing

New York jazz trip

Empire State Building

New York jazz trip

New York jazz trip

New York jazz trip

Daily Poetics

I love Daily Poetics ;)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget video on Sunday Morning tells us all we need to know about Memorial Day. "When the Van Doren brothers returned from World War II they volunteered to place flags on Veteran's graves near their home in Clyde, Ohio and has now become a family tradition." He said they speak their names out loud each time they place a flag at the grave because their names have not been spoken for a very long time. Very touching.

Party time

We had a going-away party for a Ex-Texas-friend. Meant to be a cookout but because of the rain, we ate in. :0 It is nice to think the kids want to eat at the table with the adults and be a part of our lives. My other photos were a disaster, maybe it was the margaritas ')


The America

The America from You and Me, The Royal We, I want.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Barnsley House

I would like to visit Barnsley House for a couple of days! For rest and no thinking.


Matt Walford makes pictures and a beautiful alphabet called alpha-bert. His blog, Vicar in a Tutu. His work.

From Vicar in a Tutu

Friday, May 28, 2010

YouTube - Nano Technology

YouTube - Nano Technology

Illustration Friday


YouTube - Future of the Internet

Living Canvas


Typography Motion Video "conscious"

Face The Music

New York Program Helps Young Musicians 'Face The Music' on NPR yesterday.

Tasty Tomatoes

Taking Tomatoes Back To Their Tasty Roots, this was a very interesting piece on NPR this morning, I could almost smell and taste the story ')


"Statue of Liberty" print ad for Viaje Mais Magazine in Brazil by Longplay, Brazil created with Visa Stamps. Brilliant! Via Inspire Me Now.


WE MAKE CARPETS via Invisible Red.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Making Ideas Happen

I think I need this book, Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky.

Eggshell sculptures

Eggshell Art by Franc Grom.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pie chart coins

Infographic Coins by Mac Funamizu at Yanko Design. Too simplified? I love the idea. Of course, the concept is not new, just the austere presentation.


History of money

A Comparative Chronology of Money

One Hundred Dollars by The Ministry of Type, Wired magazine The Future of Money.

HiRISE on Mars

HiRISE capturing new images on Mars.

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel, handpicked free fonts for graphic designers with commercial-use licenses via soulrinse.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Warm, warm, warmer

I think we got up to 60-ish today. Not complaining, mind you, (because I don't like hot weather) only concerned for my newly planted flowers that are not happy. ;0 The poppies are popping up and looking towards the sun.

Matt is out getting his tuxedo for prom!

Sweetest poppy


I would totally use one of these portable cardboard table


Cardboard cactus but David Stark. Can I just say, I love you, David Stark, please hire me to brainstorm with you!

Cardboard Office by Paul Coudamy

Lucy Slivinski

Chicago-based installation artist and sculptor Lucy Slivinski, creating metal salvage lighting is fantastic. More at Urban Flea. Found via DECOR.

Also loving Michael Del Piero's Branch Chandelier.


Rethink Products « Rethink Concepts – Rethinking things that need rethinking, like hangers. Very cool! Via Noquedanblogs.

OneBox is a container designed to eliminate packaging waste throughout the entire process of harvesting, processing, and transporting produce from local farms to local grocery stores.

Recoiling Socket In The Wall designed by Meysam Movahedi.

The d°light Bubbles are soft, cool and squeezable silicone bubble LEDs that provide ambient lighting to any room designed by Diana Lin.

Modern growth chart is both a functional piece and striking wall hanging by Studio 1a.m.

Tatiana Plakhova

Images by Russian graphic designer, Tatiana Plakhova so delicious and luscious I want to lick my computer screen! Via Feltron.

Original image from Tatiana Plakhova

Original image from Tatiana Plakhova

Original image from Tatiana Plakhova

This image below reminds me of this.

Original image from Tatiana Plakhova

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Urban Nature

Naoko Ito's Urban Nature, jar, cherry blossom, wood. Lovely!

Art Forms in Nature

I love Ernst Haeckel's book, Art Forms in Nature. I need to check in my library, I think I own it.


Fun and oh so satisfying, ScribblerToo written by Mario Klingemann found on Zefrank.


The Amphibian Avenger

Found and fell in love with this blog, The Amphibian Avenger, especially Sloth Love.

Hello Blogworld!

It feels like months that I have really blogged. I have stacked up so many drafts for the day I can get caught up. Between trying to get my goals met at work and the big project of new story pages that most of the creative team have been working on (not really me).

My mind doesn't seem to have the capacity to focus on much blogging. I wish I could share my personal projects I have been working on. But it must wait. The last one came to me in a day and in three days I had it drawn up, to a shop getting prototypes made! And thanking my M-I-L's generous birthday gift that is paying for my prototypes ;) Saying my prayers that my little idea works out and I can finally have something, some idea, some product that is mine! And that is successful. My other two big ideas, I keep thinking about on my drive to and from work. And must force myself to continue to work on them.

Keep you fingers crossed for me.

So, the flowers that have been planted in the yard are so confused. Most are closed up all day because it is cold and raining. The peonies that I thought might be on the rebound, don't really look all that happy. Everything back there is screaming, "where's the sun?"

Mom and I are off the Costco.

where's the sun?

where's the sun?

Roeland Otten

Given my love of typography and chairs ... well, I just about lost it when I saw what Roeland Otten has created. ABChairs! Sign me up, I want some! Via de zeen.

"ABChairs’ future is one of a industrial manufacturing process, using rotational moulding of LDPE plastic. This way ABChairs will be more affordable for the mass market, lighter in weight, less fragile and suitable for outdoors use. Smaller size ABChairs would also be applicable for children’s interiors, such as libraries and schools."


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Starn Studio

Mike + Doug Starn's Starn Studio, Big Bambú (project), pretty impressive.

Out of bounding

Wang Guifeng, 79, shows her uncovered foot binding.

"She had her feet bound when only a small child and is renowned for having the most beautiful lotus feet in the village. In the bottom image, she wraps her feet which acts like a support and keeps them in shape."

When you think about it, we do much worse things to ourselves now for the sake of beauty.

Typo Garden Demo Font

Typo Garden Demo Font at dafont by by the very talented anke-art



I found these nematodes growing in little water bubbles on saran wrap covering a plant I am trying to start from seed. Life is amazing!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Boxwood Buddha

Boxwood Buddha over at Fine Gardening. Ruth, I would love to make one of these for you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Salt, tears and labyrinths

Labyrinths in salt and tears by Yamamoto Motoi. About his process and why.

Dani Torrent

Dani Torrent Ilustración, have a look, you won't be disappointed.


I really want to do this with my mom -- StoryCorps, Do-It-Yourself.

Jim Tierney

Fabulous illustrator Jim Tierney

Monday, May 17, 2010

Let your plants read

Jeff Wong has discovered something fabulous ... using recycled comic books and magazines to grow plants.

Fred Birchman

The very talented Fred Birchman has been busy, getting ready for a show in September at Francine Seders Gallery.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What is going on

Two days is not enough time to get everything done in my life. Cleaning and checking in the yard to see what is going on.

the end



Lost in 108 Seconds

I don't watch LOST, but I hear people talking about develops at work all the time. but I don't actuallly have to watch the show now that I found, Lost in 108 Seconds Video on TIME.


Luminous Organisms, beautiful images

Firefly squid

The Hydrozoa


Tuscaridium cygneum

Physophora hydrostatica

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brian Poor

Brian Poor, wow! Via Kristy's photostream

Friday, May 14, 2010

How to fix the oil spill

Do you have an idea how to collect all of that oil from the spill? Document your suggestions!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Art Of Coping

Would love to see this exhibit,, The Art of Gaman - The Creative Art Of Coping In Japanese Internment on NPR.


I want this book and this book.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Industrial Chic™

Susan Lenart Kazmer hinted something big was coming up in her future and I am so excited to see her Industrial Chic™ line at Michaels. You go girls. Can't wait to see the line in person!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After Character Mashup Papercraft

Shrek Forever After 3-D Characters

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kevin Red Star

So very in love with the works of Kevin Red Star.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I have been very lucky to have some remarkable women showing me the way. My own mom, my step-mom, my mother-in-law, both of my grandmothers, my best friend's mom who conquered all kinds of terrible situations and found her way, my friend Flo, my teacher from Junior High School, Mrs. Hunt. I have been very lucky when it comes to "moms". But, of course, what makes me appreciate Mother's Day the most, my own wonderful son. He makes my life fun, worth living and gives my life meaning.

I said, No Camera!

I found Pixel sun napping in her toy basket but by the time I grabbed my camera, the moment was over. Doesn't she look pathetic?

No camera, please!


With D and Matt are away in New York at the Essentially Ellington jazz contest, Mom and I celebrated day-before-Mother's-Day horizontal in a "on-demand-movie" coma on the sofa and lounge chair. The sun was out but we opted to stay in, down, for the day. Mom has pneumonia, a result of this nasty bug we just can't seem to shake. So we took it easy.  Today will be a little different. I have flowers to plant, garbage cans to haul in, my goals at work are due and I really need to get a grip on those. It is almost too late, but I will give it my best shot. 

Oh, I am looking at TWO stellar jays hanging out in the backyard right now! Woo Hoo. It seems spring has sprung and I rather missed most of it. 

This is a video of M's band practicing. He is just always out of the video. Darn. Sorry, Grandma! I hear the Ellington show will be on YouTube .... will send you that soon.

Ann Carrington

Ann Carrington's The Pearly Crown Jewels of England, made from pearl, troca and abalone shell buttons, was commissioned in celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. What can you do with lots and lots of buttons. Kathy? ;) xoxoxo

It's Robin turn!

Felicity Huffman turns out for photographer Robin Layton's first solo show in L.A. Can't wait to see photos from the show!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Cool boards

Another busy week where I feel like I am disappearing. I guess I keep asking myself - what is going to be my second chapter? What do I do next with my life. Frankly, I am so mentally tired and stressed out right now, I have no answers.

But just saw this on twitter - 20 coolest billboards from around the world. Amazing.

Angie Pickman

Cut paper art by Angie Pickman, I can't choose just one favorite!

Jon Contino

Jon Contino Lettering and this lovely work, blog via Love Made Visible.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Thomas Voorn

Thomas Voorn's Garment Graffiti and Hello series via Busy Being Fabulous.

Golly Bard's Drawing Room

Golly Bard and which wonderful thing to purchase in her shop?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Guilloché Pattern Generator

subblue's Guilloché Pattern Generator via After Image.


Typealyzer is a tool that calculates your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator based on the content of your blog. In person I think I am a introvert, but on my blog .... I am Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving.

ESTP - The Doers

The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

Chandra Rugs

I really like The Amy Butler Rug Collection at Chandra Rugs. Also the Dharma Collection

Lamp lust

Matali Crasset's Suspension Evolute Wood clever lamp shade.

Twiggy Lamp and Little Woods lamps and hanging pendants by tna design studio.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Hedgehogs are ...

just the cutest little things ever!


That is quite a hefty price for some adorable painted wood block characters by AMEICO.

Dried Fruit = Rings = Yum

I am totally down for one of La Prochaine Fois' dried fruit rings, wonderful and tasteful, in fact, it's makin' me hungry for more! Don't miss the fresh and dried post, exploring the beauty of dehydration process. Via The Carrotbox blog

Paper doll challenge

Ilisha Helfman's having fun with NYT's Sunday Magazine with her paper doll challenge. I love this pop-up dollhouse that they sell at their store, Leafpdx in Portland, OR.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Robert The

Robert The: book works, amazing!

Vintage-Style DC Character Posters

Michael Myers' Vintage-Style DC Character Posters. Love!

Sleeping spring away

I feel like I have missed many beautiful things in my yard this season. Spring sort of passed me by while I tired to sleep my illness away on the weekends. The wild columbine patch is blooming in the walkway. Driving D completely crazy. Yellow roses are in full bloom! Clematis almost done, but still filling the air with sweet vanilla. Birds are fluttering around, gathering and building nests. Snowballs are popping out screaming to be trimmed and trained. Daphne is on the last bloom. Peonies are popping up, looking pretty good considering all of the moving and replanting. Azeleas peeking out. It all happens with or without me watching.



Green Marker

I have more than 100 drafts since March, or when I got sick and too busy to blog. ;) This is one - GreenMarker by yuruliku are really lovely! Via The dieline.

Rosalie Gascoigne

Blocks of worn wood and pieces of road signs transformed by Australian artist, Rosalie Gascoigne's - Earth series at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. And other interesting series. Please watch her interviews, you won't be sorry!

David Benqué

David Benqué's Typophonics posters where you can also listen to the poster, brilliant!