ExperienceWA.com (one of my favorite sites when I am thinking about driving in Washington State) is revamping itself and looks like it is turning to flickr for interesting WA state photos. Fabulous. The SayWA photoblog here has all the information and a list of photos needed. SayWA - Washington State Tourism Photos flickr pool.
The poster below was my son's class years ago. I saw them and had to shoot them. I recreated each one in illustrator and made 500 cards to sale for school fund-raiser. There is nothing more wonderful than children's art.
A beautiful friend, Yumiko started a blog. She visited Washington State as a student and lived with Sherry for a time. She is now an editorial designer in Japan, also as an editor/writer of Hawaiian Hula magazine, called HULA Le'a. Cool, Yumiko.
Self-Portrait Tuesday has been exploring "All of Me". Too much work lately. Not enough down time, play time, free time, alone time. Always feel like I am searching for the right key to open up my creativity that is locked in my head, screaming to get out. Sucked into the computer screen at work, working at break-neck speed for 8+ hours a day. All of me is feeling really none of me at present.
" I thought you might like to know that I did a bloggers act of random kindness as a result of you!"
I got this in my email today from a friend and I just love it. I collect miniature chairs and a blogger friend liked one of the modern ones I had. I had two of the same. And in searching, I found many in a box that I just did not have room for. So I sent them on to someone I knew would like them. Now she in turn has sent some of her extra collectibles to someone else.
When I met my husband he had a box full of wind-up toys. They were great stocking stuffers and we collected many more during the years. When Matt spent time with me in the studio that was his favorite and soon he would tell his friends, and before you know it most of them don't work. But OMG did they have fun with little wind-ups going everywhere. The Great Wind-Up in Seattle is a wonderful source, a must-visit at Christmas. I might have to buy one Knockman Family Toys. I love the old ones. Here they are below - "take me to your leader".
Illustration Friday this week is "tea". I love hot peppermint tea. I love slightly sweetened ice tea, lots of ice and sprigs of mint. I think I have a couple more cups in me, but this is my first try. Later - am adding 'Camomile Tea' that did many years ago.
I think we are in big trouble in Iraq. I try not to let these stories get to me. I try to think it will all work out. I wish we had a “command Z” all the way back to invasion of Iraq. I remember the way I felt when that happened, afraid for us, afraid for them, afraid for the world. A world that most of us don’t understand. Religious zealots that have fought against each other for centuries, to the death, blowing themselves up in the name of Allah and the promise of 75 virgins. Trying to explain it all to my son was confusing and embarrassing. We had gone into a country and bomb the shit out of them on the premise of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ when I was sure there were other countries with WMD’s and we were not invading. I do admire our military, taking on this terrible task but I become crazy when I hear interviews where they talking about being there to protect America’s freedom. That war has nothing to do with our freedoms; those wonderful young people are losing their lives – for what? And believe me; I know many of you will not agree with me on this. I debate this with my family in Texas all the time.
Going through the photos of today I just see death and carnage in Iraq the last couple of days. Reading MSNBC's Blogging Iraq about another journalist - Atwar Bahjat, and her camera crew were killed doing their job. Seeing her bloody, lifeless body. WHY? The golden dome in Iraq, one of Iraq's holiest shrines was blown up, and then Sunni mosques were blown up by Shiite militia. The Iranian president is blaming US for the dome bombing. And Iraq is becoming more dangerous in an all-out civil war. Angry, young, hopeless, men will keep this unrest going, probably forever, just as it always has been. This is not our war. But as D and I were telling our son the other night when he suggested we just pack up and leave – we can’t just leave. We can not go into a country, dismantled the government, blow it to smithereens, and leave them to fend for themselves. And that is the catch right now. What to do. I do a lot of nail-biting.
I love to (spring) clean. Armed with Q-tips and tooth picks I go to town. I take sofas apart, pillows get beaten in the great outdoors, stay in the sun and fresh air awhile. Get the ladder out and clean entry window, scrape out the cobwebs. Wash down blinds. Wipe off baseboards. Clean out refrigerator and kitchen drawers. I take fans apart to clean the blades. Okay, I do the things all the time because I am one of those OCD cleaners.
If you are thinking spring cleaning, here is a good idea. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, the idea was conceived for turning the previous year’s Christmas Cards into "new" cards for the coming season. (I just signed up for a Mile Walk for St. Jude's). Family Digest gives some step-by-step about spring cleaning. A long list of recovery tips.
Toni Anzenberger and his dog "Pecorino" see the world and documenting in a whimsical way. Too bad I couldn't take Pica on a photographing vacation, but they would not allows back into many countries after his visit.
I hope to make it to The Seattle Weblogger Meetup Group, Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 7:00pm. You want to meet me over there, fellow Seattle-area bloggers? I know many of you but I want a make a list of local bloggers, so neighbor - leave me a message. ;)
Had a very busy work weekend. Can't wait for the Olympics to be done! Today, relax and clean up from my busy work schedule. But first I think I am going antiquing. D needs an old trumpet and since he has taken the kids snowboarding, thought I would help him out. My mom bought Valentine flowers and I wanted to document them before they are gone.
A new Flickr group - Beautiful Sunday created by Joleen. My beautiful Sunday object being pressed hydrangea petals.
And another fun and interesting group is Corners of My Home. Lots of corners to peek into. It feels like walking down a dark neighborhood street and looking into a warm, inviting window of someone's home. This is the cabinet corner of my kitchen. And more of my corners here and here.
How could I not dig up some precious memories and a photo of my not-so-little-one-anymore- for Photo Friday! Here he is when he was. For much larger image. (Don't forget new parents - it all goes very very quickly.)
Illustration Friday challenge is Song. I think birds have the sweetest songs. I resurrected this little bird from many moons ago created in Adobe Illustrator and changed his bird feathers. Click to see large Flickr version.
Also including this collage I have done in a "Bird" series of greeting cards that are being printed. Originally created for my friend Ruth as a thank you card for her.
"My button Valentine" - Vesna Radivojenic; "My Scrappy Valentine"- Amy Proff Lyons; "My Blue Valentine" - Elizabeth Meredith; "Fish, a way to a man's heart" - Michelle Freeman;"My Secret Valentine" - Mimi Kirchner. They are all beautiful! Thank you!
Been cleaning out my email again. I love being able to store my links here versas in a million emails to myself in three accounts. Lots of useful templates from jersgirl. Backgrounds and more fun templates from frans new beginnings. And I don't know about you, but I am always needing blank calendars to keep up with my crazy life.
Penelope is pulling together a Best Advice visual list. Take a look, submit some of good advice that you have gotten. In my usual fashion, I made more than one. This was advice I gave to myself after realizing I had spent too much of my life depressed and not treating each day as a gift.
And this is another Chocolate Death sent to me from Katie forwarded to me - says: Not very glam ingredients...but this is goooooood.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
1 (19.8 oz.) family size fudge brownie mix 1/4 - 1/2 cup Kahlua or coffee liqueur* 3 (3.5 oz.) boxes Jello chocolate mousse 8 (1.2 - 1.4 oz size) Heath or Skor candy bars 1 (12 oz.) container whipped topping
Bake brownies according to package directions; cool. Punch holes in brownies with fork; pour Kahlua over brownies and set aside. Make Jello mousse according to package directions (I used skim milk -- as if that would make much difference!). Break candy bars into small pieces in food processor or by tapping them with a hammer (right in the wrapper). Crumble half of the soaked brownies and place in the bottom of a glass ttifle dish. Cover with half of the mousse, layer with half of the candy and then add half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!!
*Instead of the alcohol, you may substitute a mixture of 1 teaspoon sugar and 4 tablespoons of left-over black coffee.
Some colors and combinations can be gleefully slurped up and eaten with a spoon; the textures, stitching and little patches are the dessert to be savored after. That is how I feel about these kimono’s found on sri threads via Karin Style Blog. This is how my mind works Kimono color/textures/patterns = China! Plates of patterns and colors, bread plate, saucer, teacup, all in these delicious colors! I wish I were a ceramist! Or at least had enough time/money to develop these idea that take a dive in my brain and swim around. Sheets from this inspiration, all different textures, colors, oh, it gives me a chill! And this would make up all the colors of my bedroom! It was just a year ago I was writing about the same thing, know your kimono - driven by the divineness of Sashiko! Asian Art by Kyoko has the most wonderful Indigo Japanese Patched Jacket.
Found a used iMac. One of the computers here is really old, needs replacing and I am afraid it will crap out any minute. Instead of the G5 with Cinema Display screen that I lust after, have opted for a used iMac for now as a back-up and second computer.
I really love the flickr's Corners of My Home pool. We have these ZoLo wooden pieces in a basket that kids and adults play with all the time. I think about it now, they have been there for 15 years! I was going to buy David more a couple of years ago but I could not find them made in wood, only plastic. It looks like they are making more out of wood now, hhhmmmm, next Christmas?!
Drove to the airport and look what we saw! Mt. Rainier with a wispy little cloud hanging on the very tippy top. Forget talking on your cell phone while driving, let's talk about shooting while driving.
Missed the mountain but got this wonderful ray of sun.
And then we caught the sun going down behind the Olympic Mountains!
Jenny was asking where to buy those garlands. A friend sent me the paper garlands from Texas. I asked for them for Christmas. I found a few sources for them online. My picados are not paper. I bought those in San Antonio many years ago, in plastic.
These paper garlands are my favorite, very affordable and look so fun hanging. Paper flower tissue garland.
I have had several problems the last three or so days. First, everytime I posted, saved as draft or published - I could see it had saved but when I went to my blog, the entry or saved entry had disappeared. This happened at several locations, so I know it was not a computer glitch. I sent a inquiry message but have not heard back. So we will see it this one publishes or not. DID ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM?
Then, with the wind storm, we lost power and provider service. I also lost my external drive (LaCie) connection and can't seem to get that to load up again. Of course, ALL of my work resides on that drive.
Amidst the computer crisis we managed to have some fun. Mom cooked fajitas, cornbread, chili, guacamole, lots of good food for a Super Bowl combo Birthday party. I decorated the ceiling with wonderful Mexican paper garlands that friends send me from San Antonio.