Saturday, July 31, 2010

Personalized Beach Totes

Personalized Beach Totes make great gifts! I know someone that needs this one


The Graffiti Creator

The Graffiti Creator, in case you want to be legal.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wire pictures holders, rock on

I have always wanted to make Wire Picture Holders that Rock, add this to my "to do" list.


Crooked for Photo Friday.

Brown (vase) Tuesday

Cold and foggy

Cold and foggy and after experiencing heat at Lake Shasta and California, I am not complaining. I know it will warm up later today when the fog burns off. But at this moment, it feels delicious. (Photo for Maggy).

My vacation is almost over. It feels great not to be invested in the news for two weeks. I am feeling rested. Back to awaking early ... my body must know this, I woke up at 5am this morning. One more week would be perfect!

Corinne Hamak

I love every ring by Corinne Hamak. LOVE.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beautiful afterlife

beautiful afterlife

s w o o n d

I am swooning over s w o o n d's (née diana:muse) images of peonies and the other lovely images!

Heart found

Found heart rock!

heart rock

Cleaning off camera

Look what I found on my camera while cleaning it out.


I forgot how addictive TwittEarth (Live Twitts all over the world) can be. ;)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Different views

I watched a good movie combo tonight. Creation and Not In God's Name. Gives one much to think about.

Revere Ware

Mom's 50-year-old Revere Ware is sticking and she is wondering if she can get replacement pots. ;0

Fast & furious road trip

Before arriving anywhere, we were thoroughly entertained by ground squirrels at a rest stop that literally met us at the car door begging for food. Very cute. Lake Shasta - the thing to do there is rent a houseboat for the week. San Francisco - San Francisco MOMA,  graffiti on Haight, Chinatown, North Beach (we just walked around from our hotel), Laguna, Union Street, The Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts. Then there was camping at Lake Sonoma in wine country. After the sun came up, the hills were filled with bees buzzing around. Hwy. 101 through the giant Redwoods, a beach near Orick where I found the best, thinnest rocks I have ever seen. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

My wonderful roses

Just found these on my camera, before the camera had problems ;) These roses are so heavy, the stems can't hold them up so I made a big bouquet before I left home.

my wonderful roses!

my wonderful roses!

Home Sweet Home

We made it home. So while I gather my thoughts and what few photos I have from my damaged camera .... here are a few details:

No one was injured, no big fights ensued, but it was touch and go at times

Saw two falling stars

Collected dirt and sand from each place we stopped

Picked up a dead dragonfly and crepe myrtle seed pods

Found the greatest rocks (and a heart rock) on a beach north of Eureka

Have a new appreciation for my own clean, flushing toilet

Foggy, windy, cold, winding drive up Hwy. 101

Listened to Earth, Wind and Fire the last two hours of the trip

The kids needed motion sickness medicine

Came home with clothes so foul they might have to be thrown away

Saw lots of wonderful wild flowers, collected a few in my notebook

I miss everything about SF!

Walked Haight Street in search of graffiti

M tagged a derelict house in Hwy 101

Harassed by more crazies in SF than I remember being there before

Visited my old neighborhood on Laguna Street and did a little shopping on Union.

Ate so much junk food at fast food places, I can't wait for a decent meal

While hiding out in the shade at Lake Shasta, observed a woodpecker's nest carved into a Madrona tree

Thomas Hicks

I am not sure I have heard of Thomas Hicks but I am so glad Monsieur Bandit Graphic Adventures linked to his animation. Fantastic!

Thomas Hicks Animation Montage from Thomas Hicks on Vimeo.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Heading home

Crescent City, CA. Trying to figure out the best path home. I left the battery in the charger for the Pentax. And the Canon is acting very badly. ;(

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Extra car

I have packed another handbag to accommodate cameras, books and such. Told D I have an extra purse and he said, we are going to need an extra car.

The Clampetts are leaving Edmonds

I said, it looks like the Clampetts are going on vacation. David said, if we were they Clampetts we would have your mother strapped to the top of the car. Point taken. See you soon. xoxo

Monday, July 19, 2010

Visting old friends

Bees using lavender as springboards over to another. Tiny unknown flying objects sparkle in the sun while the dogs follow me around the yard, digging where I dig. Me, trying to tame the grapes from taking over hydrangeas. And prune one of the Snowball Viburnums (badly planted spot) into submission of being a smaller version. A robin so robust, I thought it was a crow ... just waiting for some juicy worm to show itself in dewy grass.

I am on vacation. Trying not to let my brain explode with my endless "to-do" list. Instead, enjoying feeling freedom to explore the yard, the studio, catch up on correspondence needing a stamp. Chores, like installing a new area rug in the living room, some dusting, cleaning. But not too much the first day. Also thinking of a road trip to San Francisco via Shasta Lake (for a day of fishing). Right now, it is all spinning around in my head. Tomorrow, we might be packing the car.

Today from the garden

Poppies are almost done. I hope not for the summer. I can't get enough of them!

honeysuckle in my new bottle

poppy back

Flight patterns

Flight pattern by Charlie McCarthy, very cool. Via HeaderFooter (Evan Sharp) where I found Urban Landscape Lab.

Head in the stars

You can get your head stuck in the stars for hours, so you have been warned.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sky is the limit

Suzi Georgievska's Sky is the limit is very lovely!

Midsomer Murders

So mom and I watched our last Midsomer Murders (52 so far) from Netflix the other night. In mourning that it would be the last time we sat down with Inspector Barnaby as he investigated yet another grizzly crime in the idyllic village of Causton, England. Taking in the wonderful theme music that makes my heart jump a beat when I hear it. Well, I just discovered there are 15 more episodes. They are not available on Netflix (yet) and I am trying to find where we can view them somewhere. We are so thrilled that we have something to look forward to watching! The little things that make us happy. ;)

Clipping treasures to boards

Don't you love this wall with old clip boards used for frames!!! I have one but I want an entire wall too. Lat image found in Elle Decor magazine. More ideas at Embellish, Apartment Therapy and Remodelista

This is the one I have in my kitchen, where I keep poems written to me from friends or something I love torn from a magazine ... needs to be cleaned off now.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mom and Pixel

Adding photos of mom for my brother. He has been away and now back at a computer. Hello, Brother!

Say hello to mom



Friday, July 16, 2010

Mom for Mac

My mom

Makes me want to buy something

I am loving Nordstrom's sale logo treatment.

Hydrangea Cupcakes

Glorious Treats: Hydrangea Cupcakes. Yeah, that's what I am talkin' about! Perfect dessert. Via my newest obession, Pinterest.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Luminous alien alium

D had bought me a big bouquet of flowers. We have a few still thriving. Like this alien one, is it an alium? It is wonderful!

luminuous unknown - alium?

luminuous unknown - alium?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Useful and Free Downloadable Web Design Books

Useful and Free Downloadable Web Design Books at Speckyboy Design Magazine.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Butterfly Dinnerware

Speaking of butterflies and recipes, Butterfly Dinnerware from Horchow.

recipe look

When I have some time, I want to make something for recipe look, sounds like fun.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Old Spice is new again

Emmy nods, mustache mods for Old Spice ads which are fun and sexy and just out of this world. In case you are living on Mars, must ad the video.

The other commercial that makes me giggle every time because, I guess, I could see me doing something like that and getting caught, too.


Customized resin pendant by bethtastic. Don't you love?

In A Vase (revisited)

Well, it wasn't a waste of an entire day but I didn't think it would take me so long to edit my book. I haven't uploaded the new version yet, just want one more pair of eyes to look over the text. I replaced photos, added a page to identify flowers - I have learned a lesson. Makes notes of what you are shooting and write it down some place! Okay, uploaded my new version.

Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry

Do I have space for one? Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Strawberry looks so delicious. A couple of my hydrangeas are completely full of blooms, almost too many, they get too heavy and the some blooms get a scorched edge. The others are still trying to come back from the pruning a couple of years ago. Pixel getting around the yard pretty fast ;)


Twitter alphabet

Twitter alphabet ! on BILDBUNT | Design, Art , Culture , Inspiration & Experiments

Saturday, July 10, 2010

One flower's secrets revealed

I have a huge bouquet of flowers that D bought me at the market. I love to see the collection of amazing colors and shapes. But I really love photographing and visiting just one at a time. To see the patterns, the colors, the construction of that one flower ... each one is simply a work of wonderful art.

just one flower

meadow rue rules

Okay, now off to get some real work done, like, clean out the refrigerator. Finish my book. Register my new brand name and logo. Clean the family room. So on, and so on.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Fred Birchman

I love this new piece by Fred Birchman, makes me feel a little melancholy.

From Birchman Studio

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Sumi Ink Club

Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005 by Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck. The group holds regular open meetings to execute topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative drawings using ink on paper. in each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawings as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles. Isn't this fabulous!

Little something from Hello Maseman

Hello Maseman's Little something. And Some things. See more work here and here.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Bach visualized

I can't stop watching the notes. It is fascinating.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ocean Garbage Patch

A visit to Cortes Island. I know you are familiar with Chris Jordon's art. Pretty sad state of affairs.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Crossword Quick Solve

Crossword Quick Solve, helping mom with her crosswords.

Natural explosion

Reminds me of exploding fireworks. Happy Fourth everyone!



Paul Hayes

I really want to see this paper installation by Paul Hayes called Foursite (4 Artists | 4 Materials | 4 Sites) at San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design in San Francisco! Paul says he used about 15,000 pieces of paper.


Saturday, July 03, 2010

July calendar

I had such great intentions of putting up a calendar once a month. Fail! So next year I will put it in a better format for printing from a computer rather than this weird size. But had to share my July because I love the quote ;)


Hip housewares

Hip Housewares like this hammer at Alice Supply Co Online Store via Lonny. Cool.

a thing for ...

I have a thing for a thing for ...

Simple I

Max Finile's Simple I set on Flickr is so soothing to me. The colors? Simplicity?

Friday, July 02, 2010

Farmhouse Palette

Did you see this Farmhouse Palette on Yum.

Scrap Lights

Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, Seattle-based graypants studio are making these fabulous lamps of recycled cardboard.

From graypants

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Peter Buchanan-Smith

Peter Buchanan-Smith and BEST MADE PROJECTS, a long lecture, worth every minute. Inspirational and wonderful.

My dream studio

Container Art Studio would be my dream studio space.


Afghanistan, seen through a Humvee window.