Friday, April 29, 2011

Cristian Boian

Loving Romanian artist, Cristian Boian's illustration style!

Tiara heaven

I slept in today, for the first time in over 10 months! But I have a good excuse ... Mom and I stayed up to watch the wedding! Before that I was watching a special on BBC addressing all the royal jewels. I guess I didn't know just how many tiaras the Queen (or 'the people") owned.

Queen’s tiaras

Tiara Town, you can own one yourself.

Replicas Of The British Crown Jewels for the stage.

More tiaras and jewels from around the world and Great Britain & Ireland.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Primary color for Photo Friday challenge.

bright yellow poppy

Andrew Lyons

Really lovely illustrations by Andrew Lyons. Want to see more, look here and here.

Fearless series by Adrian Franks

Inspirational and thought-provoking posters by Adrian Franks, really beautiful work! Prints are available for purchase at society6 right here. Go watch this multi-talented artist talk about his work on this video. Apologies to Adrian for not originally liking to his prints for sale. As a working artist, I should never not mentioned that! ;)

Egg-cellent cause

14 Beautiful Examples of Wooden Easter Egg Designs for a good cause!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Too many watches, not enough time

I have to admit, I am too busy to blog. Or too distracted with many projects? Too many things rolling around in my head to keep a train of thought. This hasn't happened for a long time. Freelance requires so much juggling that I find myself unable to break away. But not complaining about the work. Also still working on the fund raising project on the weekends. Took a break yesterday to have my watch batteries replaced, since I can't wear any of my 20 watches! A person that never really leaves the house doesn't have need a watch? But I got off my thought ... found a couple of places in Edmonds that I had forgotten about that might be interested in my cards? Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Visual artist, Andy Denzler, a little disturbing, but I do love the movement. Via lovely blog, Turning Pages.

Loving this blog, {design seeds} ... all about color palettes.

House of Love

Marketing Gimmicks: Top 3 Royal Wedding-Themed Ads. House of Love is very amusing!

Strike a regal pose

Watching the royal wedding craziness? I can't help but link to wieden + kennedy + will + kate, where passers-by can make their own royal portrait and the photos to prove they are royal. Great idea!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Yes, I am addicted to watching puppy cam.

Monday, April 25, 2011


I AM THE COIN installation is very interesting.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone. I am off the kitchen to cook ... yes, cook. Wish me luck, it has been awhile since I have been  there, around the bowls and measuring cups.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nature Mandala

Nature Mandala Gallery, aren't these lovely?


Saw this video, Spectacular Milky Way on JPG this morning. Isn't that spectacular?

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Busy week

Working on a contract gig, thank you Denise! And staying very busy with that.

Also working on a book, website and all things in between at night for Tokyo Train, a Japanese earthquake fund raising effort by photographer Robin Layton. That has wound down for the moment. But fun and exciting.

While I am glued to the computer 13 hours a day, Mom is bringing in little gifts to brighten up my desk. Have a great day!

Well, that is a flower! 

Q Cassetti

I am such a huge fan of Q Cassetti.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FOLD, 2010

Something mundane like folding clothes made beautiful by Surabhi Saraf found via Artist Wanted.

FOLD Documentation, 2010 from Surabhi Saraf on Vimeo.

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

Dorset artist Nicholas Hely Hutchinson paintings feel wispy and wonderfully light found via Blog of an Art Admirer and History Lover.

Charlie Sheen - bottled up!

When Charlie Sheen actually becomes worth noticing ... when he is a bottled up as a delicious wallpaper! Go get it at The Fox is Black!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Michael Workman

Loving Michael Workman's landscapes and coveting his wonderful art studio. There is something so delicious about painted textures.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bird's nests

Sharon Beals' series of bird's nests via Donna Watson Layers.

Isabelle Hertzeisen

Loving these new kind of "stacking rings" by Isabelle Hertzeisen found via the carrotbox.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tulip Magnolia

I feel so lucky to have a couple of Tulip Magnolia to photograph!

tulip magnolia

tulip magnolia juicy center

Couldn't help myself!

Hello Spring! 1680x1050

And then had to make one for OUR very wet spring!

Hello spring .. seattle style ;)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Inner peace

Thanks to my friend Don ....

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs ....

Then you are probably ... The Family Dog!

Fuzzy, wuzzy, was a flower

Pasque flower blooming! It is also lovely when it goes to seed!

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

One hour later, my flower is not very happy being indoors.

one hour later ;(

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tulip Magnolias

When you have an average photo, a beautiful overlay of texture and some color shifts should do the trick. Tulip Magnolias blossoms from the abandoned house I visit. ;)

Tulips Trees

Tulips Trees


I is interesting to listen to different interpretations of the same song - Love Will Tear Us Apart

This video-sketchbook

Stanton Miranda

Susanna and The Magical Orchestra

Wayne White

Wayne White sculptures, fun, colorful, wonderful! Via bumbumbum.

Common Bluebell

Common Bluebells are really prolific. My neighbor has them all over her yard. These I found in at an abandoned home yard. They don't look so common, do they? ;)

Common Bluebells

Common Bluebells

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eagle eye

Something to keep an "eagle on" on the Eagle Cam for days to come. My hubby says you can see some fascinating behavior! Isn't that the coolest thing? Larger video here.

Video chat rooms at Ustream

A good pairing

I am pairing Russ Mills' image with Jerry Burns music, much like I love a good cab with really dark chocolate!

Russ Mills beautiful but haunting art, NOTHING BUT LOVE found via Infectious Artist list. More of Russ Mills work on Behance.

"Angel" by Jerry Burns. I heard while listening not watching the movie "Crush" the other night ... working with the TV on the background, a bad habit of mine. Jerry Burns official site on Tumblr. And you can listen to more songs here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Radio Radio

Thanks to Josh for allowing me to do a quick cosmetic tweak to their blog, Radio Radio. That was fun and I learned all about Squarespace. Always moving forward with new knowledge! Go check out their new single!

I am pretty overloaded right now with lots of work. And special fund raising effort for Japan that I am working on with Robin and Shakti. Exciting to be a part of the effort and it is all moving very quickly. Will tell you more when that is permitted. Got a contract gig. So not so much time for blogging and surfing. ;)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Double Primrose coming out to play

Will Scobie

Digging Will Scobie's work via D Blog.

Fallen homes

D and I have been glued to PBS watching to Ken Burns' Civil War. Although, this is the second time we have watched it, it is heart-breaking and fascinating. Begging Matt and Bri to sit down and watch it with us.

Nell Dickerson's book 'Gone, A Photographic Plea for Preservation'. A book of fallen homes of the Civil War period. Via Gun & Garden.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Photographer Andrew Bush shows off his Envelopes via lushlee.

Mineo Mizuno

Mineo Mizuno via this wonderful blog, toil drops, nature inspired design. I would love to have a round seat covered with moss dots for my yard! I have small clumps everywhere now. But a more patterned, controlled look would be so nice.

Who is guilty?

My step mom sent this hysterical video to me this morning. Which is the Guilty Dog? Now you can't tell me dogs don't understand what you are saying to them!

Thursday, April 07, 2011


So in love with Douglas P. Hill's Patterns of Reflection

Gorgeous Geometric Designs

Beautiful seamless patterns by WEBTEATS etc.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Matthew Bush

Loving Matthew Bush photography!

Forming attachments

Collection of rocks with seaweed attached.

forming attachments

Heather has a wonderful fragrance, something I did not know!


Thinking making

I have been a little busy working on a couple of things. I learned all about Squarespace yesterday. That was fun. I laugh, I am the busiest unemployed person I know. But after being on the computer, pushing pixels around for days - I feel I need to step away from! Go do something different. I need to sand my new rings, clean house, iron clothes, put up my clothes pile, take a shower, refill bird feeders, you know, some of the basics ;)

Ran across this Across Cultures Bracelet and Epiphany necklace at I think I am heading to the studio.

A laugh for today, go see Dear Blank via bumbumbum.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

50 Questions

When I answer these questions: 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind, I will get back to you.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mortgage paperwork mess

Outraged and shocked to watch this 60 Minutes segment: Mortgage paperwork mess: the next housing shock?

Game of Thrones

I am so disappointed, I thought HBO's Game of Thrones was starting tonight! I have to wait another week!

But we do have starz Camelot in the meantime. ;)

More personal

Making more personal gifts is so much more fun. Especially for some of us that don't need anything new!

D made his "songs to celebrate your life" 5-cd for our neighbor's birthday. 

And I made a little more personal card.

Card collection

Photographer Ann Woo examines Playing Card Patterns via Junk-Culture. It is funny that I ran across this today because yesterday I was cleaning up my own card collection and took these. This is about half of my collection! You know when you are a collector of something, your loved ones are very generous!

Timothy Allen

Human Planet's Timothy Allen BBC Photography Blog is so inspiring.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Sweet nature

It poured rain straight down to the ground, like a dotted line from heaven to earth. The birds bathed themselves in little muddy pools under bushes. Then dried their feathers by lying flat on the top rail of the fence. Then the sun came out! Then it rained again. Then the sun came out. Should I be building an Ark?

Haven't seen the Wrens in the Honeysuckle in the last couple of days. Those *effing* rats better not be eating the bird eggs like a couple of years ago!

I talked to sweet friends from NC via email. Cleaned house, put together a lamp, mopped, worked on a book and mucked around with lite redesign of a website. Had a great conversation with my son. Then my best bud called me from Texas. I guess you could call it a perfect day.

The lowliest weed has its' place in the world.

Simple ideas

Sometimes the simplest ideas for gifts are the best. Remember when I made this 50-grains-of-rice-art for my friend turning 50 some years ago. I still love that idea and am thinking of reviving this for a friend turning 60 this year.

The friend I made this for, made one for her friend. I loved she used textured paper and added a few wild rice grains, a testament to the receiver, I am guessing. ;)

This was mine from years ago.


My friend Chris, made a version for her friend.

I also made an assemblage piece with all things 50 included. 50 shells, flower petals, Monoply money, pennies ... all kinds of fun things.

They Draw & Cook

They Draw & Cook 2011 fig contest has concluded! And the winners are announced. I really wanted to enter one of Mom's Fig recipes, but no time.

There a many recipes submitted from this area, fun!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

I found something so spring, so lovely today!

Nature Sounds

Can I say, that I miss cricket sounds at night? And thunderstorms! Found via Links to other Birdsong and Birding Sites, but many of the links are broken.

This is a great free nature sound site, where you can combine your own mix. That is fantastic! Here is my mix, Loon and Wind Chimes. They also have top compositions, it you can't decide what sounds you like the best.

And here at Sound Sleeping, I created a flute and bird combination.

Partners in Rhyme is great for nature sounds. Have you ever heard of Nature Music Live Radio? This might be something I listen to at my computer all the time!

Morning songs

Song Sparrow is one of the first birds I heard this morning! And the Robin is the loudest! And although it doesn't list the Field Sparrow in my area, I think heard them this morning.