Monday, March 31, 2008

I Can't Believe

I can't believe by noon tomorrow I will collecting Michelle from the airport, then Christina and we will be off the here! I am not ready, packed or have trades ...

Rodney Smith

Extraordinary photography of Rodney Smith via a room somewhere.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pinhole Project

Heather Smith Jones' beautiful Wallpaper Pinhole Project via Art For Housewives.

Dance Writer

Dance Writer

Desert-Dog-Street Realty

Ed Freeman's Desert Realty via Bluelines blog.

Pike/Pine, street fashion in Seattle via Bluelines Source Book.

Dear Ada has gone to the dogs!

I Went For A Walk

I went for a walk

I went for a walk

I went for a walk

I went for a walk

Daily Photoshop

Photoshop Tutorials Blog, Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

More Chair Love

I probably need these chairs.

Textures, Tips, Fun Stuff

CG textures

Color Hunter

Font browser

Outlaw Design blog

Photoshop support

Stephanie Shimerdla's Obisdian Dawn

A New Mac Tip Every Day

Viola Odorata

It is snowing outside right now.

viola odorata

Friday, March 28, 2008

Arkansas State Prison

Haunting images from Arkansas State Prison 1915-1937, also via Camilla.

Kevin Titzer

Oh yeah, I love Kevin Titzer work via Camilla.

JPG's Fresh

Go vote on my jpg submission for Fresh. I haven't logged on to that site for a year! Yikes.

Curly The Dog

Curly the dog

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I always wondered if women were truly in charge if we would have the wars we endure now (and for centuries). I have always thought that women in charge would not send their sons to war lightly, the be killed or to kill other sons of other women. That has always been my rose-colored-glass view. That if women ran countries that it would be a very different political landscape. Well, I just watched the most extraordinary segment of Independent Lens about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Iron Lady, first female President of Liberia. If you have a chance, you should really watch it. It is encouraging and frustrating to see what challenges she has facing her and the other women in her cabinet (she has appointed many).

And on the same continent ... I really hope they vote Mugabe, president of the completely failed country of Zimbabwe, out of office, but I don't think they will. What a corrupt bastard he is! That country is in shambles ... and it all lies at his well-polished-expensive-Italian-shod feet. Come on, Zimbabweans, see the future and get rid of that dead weight!

Red Charm Peony

Features Photo Editor from Rocky Mountain News contacted me the other day and wanted to use one of my Red Charm peony photos for their Dig issue. I didn't make any money on it but I was proud to let them use it for credit. I have to tell myself, it can't all be about money, or can it?

red charm close

Whiz Kids

This is so interesting ... Meet the Whiz Kids: 10 Overachievers Under 21.


Spectacular work of parergon via Ana Ventura.

Maria Julia's Garden

Maria Julia's Garden via Creatures Comforts

perfectbound via heart handmade

Random Things

Nessim Higson's I Am Always Hungry beautiful portfolio site.

Create your own Old Spice commercial, it takes a minute ... but is can be rather fun.

Holiday Inn Express did a nifty and fun little ap about how much the candidates spent and could have saved by staying with them.

Delightful Peskimo

Rex Crowle's Rexbox

Lovely illustrations by LimKis

Craig Mullins Artwork

Running Out

So basically, about the time I start thinking about retiring and medicare, this will happen! I didn't really think I was going to get to retire anyway!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tagged For Ten

Brenda tagged me for 10 things about myself. Honest things. Well, I don't know if there is anything left to tell about myself ;) and/or that I am so boring lately, I have nothing interesting to tell. So, here I go.

I have a foul mouth. I do not use it around my son ... and try to watch myself at work. And always feel guilty when I let it rip.

I feel older than dirt the last six months.

Lately, I really feel like a square peg being hammered into a round hole.

It is hard for me to be social lately or even strike up conversations with others ... I want to be very quiet and alone for now.

My brain feels like a pinball machine ... words, thoughts, like the small balls are hitting one side of my brain and flying over to the other side, lighting up and making pinging noises.

I am addicted to NPR and listen to it most of the day streaming live.

I trust my son will do the right thing most of the time. He is full of good common sense and honesty.

My purse looks like the inside of a garbage can and tell myself everynight driving home from work that I will clean it out!

My truck looks like the inside of a garbage can and tell myself everynight driving home from work that I will clean it out!

I normally get dressed from slightly-worn-dirty clothes which lay on a chair in the bedroom. I call this "dressing off the floor".

Monday, March 24, 2008

I Shutter

Asian Thai horror movie, the english remake, based on a photographer, his girlfriend and ex-girlfirend, with a twist of events from a hit and run, nightmares to ghosts appearing in photos. A chilling thriller that is scary and eerie.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

In Love

I am seriously in love with Charles Schiller's work via Matt Bites.

Baseball Haircut

Grandma Post. A late Birthday present for Peggy ....

baseball haircut

baseball haircut

Quick Pick

I just picked my Mega Millions winning numbers.

Divided We Fail

Divided We Fail

4 Views Of Spring

4 vases

large view

Friday, March 21, 2008

Simply Beautiful

Paula's beautiful nature photos, late summer cabinet, winter cabinet, wednesday {41} white ... stunning.

Fashion Predictions

1930's Prediction on Year 2000 Fashion - Video.


Frozen in Grand Central Station video.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Michelle's Pink Ones

Michelle's spring is pleasing everyone!

Carved Cravings

Paige & Larry Koosed's wood carvings and Don Noyes's whimsical birds.

Fun Findings

Shunichiro Nakashima via Bientôt Demain, le slow design au quotidien.

Tatooed Steel

Oxidised silver stack ring with 18ct gold clasp by Disa Allsopp. I love this one!

You can make your own ornaments and jewelry by hand ... pulp ornaments & jewelry.

Things I Have Learned

Things I have learned in my life so far

I love this piece ... isn't this the same artist that did Samurai Jack? One of my favorite cartoons, because of the art! Genndy Tartakovsky. Artblog of Drake Brodahl talks about the wonderful backgrounds and art ...

Pan Am Baggage Tags via fffffound.

Lost Inhabitants skateboards, I love these designs!

Sick ... (And Tired)

I loved Bill Cosby's quote from one of his sketches ... "sick" ....... "and tired" from many years ago.

Have had the flu. Then lots of catching up at work from being sick.

Missed my dental appointment, my CSS class (rescheduled), but tonight made it to Women in the Mix: Mixed Media exhibit at ArtsNow gallery where Tara and friends had lots of wonderful work.

Binky Bergsman - encaustic painting and mixed media collage
Lisa Jones-Moore - mixed media art and encaustic collage
Delorse Lovelady - mixed media art and watercolors
Wendy Lee Lynds - encaustic painting and collage
Tara Ross - mixed media altered art and fabric journal
Sue Robertson - mixed media painting and collage
Siew Chin - life sized metal kimono and Venetian masks/mixed media. Can't find a website, but her work was wonderful.

I wonder when I will make time for myself to do some art and get into some show! Those are my thoughts for tonight.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pop Ink

Pop ink, visual pop culture.

Poem In A Pocket

Poem in a Pocket via Mansuetude's To Touch Upon a Day.

Terra Trance

Rinpa Eshidan's Terra Trance via Bibbi Forsman.

Write to Done, blogging tips via Camilla.

Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis 'Presence' jewellery collection is made from hand printed goose feathers combined with silver , leather and nylon monofilament. The collection includes necklaces , chains , rings , earrings , pins and neck wraps.

Whisper And Listen

The amazing work of Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer's thesis show, words written in glass and pins via cally creates.

KOLLEGA and when burcu okay's "when I close my eyes" via Eddy & Edwina.

Another happy Seattle dweller, karen of happy cavalier.

Antoine+Manuel via Halcyon days.

I am having a slow morning. Reading a few blogs. I never have time to read blogs anymore. Guilt starting to creep into my conscienceness since I know I should be doing "work" work ... not shooting little daffodils.

So happy

Saving hyacinth petals.

hyacinth petal's second life

And find something sleeping in a book. See ya, going to get to work now.

sleeping in a book

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Busy Today

Brunch with Bo, Joel and Mom in Ballard. Picked up D's car left at the airport for a day (and I won't tell you what that cost!). I should have just driven them out at 4 a.m. Stopped by the antique store and found some great finds! Talked to Michelle about when she will be here for ArtFest! Will see her in a couple of weeks! Talked Tara about an art show in Edmonds next weekend she is participating in. Woo Hoo.

purple hyacinth

Nail Art

Hammering out some great works of art.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Elspeth Diederix

Photography ... projects ... don't miss Elspeth Diederix work.

Illustration Friday - Garden

My very merry marigold for Illustration Friday's challenge Garden.

My Marigold

Thank You!

Thank you all for the wonderful BD wishes! You made my day. And I got TWO cakes at work and one when I got home. Can you say, a second walk around the block?




Thursday, March 13, 2008

Great Works

I am so in love with the work of Shannon Tudyk. Simple and fun and intriguing. Please go have a look.

18th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell in Portland.

Fred Birchman finally put some of his new work on flickr.

The beautifu work at Polite Winter and James Jean art blog via Le territoire des sens blog extraordinaire.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Rita gave me the perfect birthday present, something I really love but don't have to find a place in my house to store. I love you, Rita, thank you!

Even my son forgot how old I am. I told him two years ago it was his duty to keep up with my age now. That I had given up and given that chore to him. :)

We were talking about being 50 and I said, we'll see what you think about being 50, wish I would be here to see what YOU think. And he said "You will be here when I am 50." And said, probably not, that would make me almost 90, I don't know if I will be here then. Then we laughed about how my old truck filled with junk would look like by then, with just a shape of a body amid all the junk where I would fit in to drive. I forget sometimes how hard it is the think of your parents not being with you your entire life. And how scary it must be for him sometimes ... but I hope he understands I will not be around to see him turn 40 or 50. I explained to him some time ago when we were talking about death that I have had such a great life and he was the ulitmate gift, that I was not afraid of death. That at his age, of course, death is feared. But at my age, it is not feared, especially when one has had such a wonderful life and blessed with such a great son. Then we moved on to YouTube to watch some rapping freestyle battles.

Of course, I completely understand, I can't imagine my life without my mom.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008



The Joy of CSS and HotSource via Create Queerly, where there are lots of resource links.

Bittbox's 24 Free High-Res Textures
Tutorials on everything

20 Websites With Unique Layouts

10 Top Sites for Colo(u)r Lovers - Inspiration, Palettes, Tools and Other Color Resources

What is color

A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff

Digital Camera Magazine via Go Mojo

Altermative to flickr?

Daily Blog Tips and Tips for new bloggers


I love this image, Ola Bell on flickr, christina on flickr, Anke Merzbach on flickr and her site. Trigger Image, very interesting images. copyright depuis 1965's splendid images on flickr. Lara Jade Photography.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Shooting Tara

Shooting Tara shooting me.

shooting Tara Shooting me

The Remains

It amazes me how something so delicate can survive the winter without being destroyed. I spent a couple of hours in the yard, cleaning up. And when I do that, I think gosh, I need to spend an entire week out here cleaning up. And when I go to the studio to clean up, I think, gosh, I need to spend an whole month just cleaning this mess up. Same in garage, in my closet, in my car, in the front yard! (do you hear me running away screaming in disgust and frustration).

the remains

the remains

the remains

Assembling Art

Lynne Parks musing relics

Crispin Webb book of things

Janet Jones' collage of book papers and monoprinted papers, assemblages and Counterpoint pieces. Are really worth seeing. A sample of her wonderful work seen below.

Dale Copeland

Hayner Art

Jenn Worden

Personal Touch

I wished I had opened my little monogram store 10 years ago when I wanted to ... had the logo, had the lust. But not the money ;)
Monogram Inc. , Lands' End bags and monogramming service, Be Monograms.

Sneaking A Peek

South African National Parks webcam via in the eye of the beholder. Very cool!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Spring Is Branching Out

spring branching out


spring branching out

Small Miracles

Audubon magazine has a beautiful piece on birds' nest this month. Birds’ nests are ephemeral, often abandoned once the young have fledged. But the sheer ingenuity of these miniature marvels of architecture is as durable as the impressions left by a San Francisco photographer, Sharon Beals, who captures them in their lasting glory.

The making of birds' nests.

Friday, March 07, 2008


Love, Jenna calligrapher via Thoughtful Day.

Calligraphy video here and here via Pica-n-Pixel.

Pointed Pen Copperplate Calligraphy 08 video and Pointed Pen Copperplate Calligraphy 09 video by IAMPETH Master Penman John DeCollibus. These are so interesting and informative! I have practiced this many times and I mine never turn out like this.

Sarah King has gone fruity! via i love typography*.

Random Things

Erna Anema's bracelet.

Ceramic work by Valéria Nascimento.

Yummy, yum, yum, from Piet Stockmans.

A lit jellyfish lamp by Jürgen Reichert, sculptures are exotic flowers, shimmering water plants and magical underwater animals.

If I can't have the real thing, maybe this will do. Stunning diamond necklace for 25 bucks by Irina Bloc.

Alison Foshee's work is incredible. Elizabeth Duffy, simply amazing. Both transforming the mundane into the sublime. Both via, Random Things ... a most beautiful journal.

Vertical Gardens

I think I have blogged this before. Patrick Blanc's vertical gardens are stunning and I am trying to figure out how I can have one on my house ;) via Bloesem at Home.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I Needed Some Flowers Today

Can you imagine what this must smell like? I wish I was standing in the middle of that field.

in a bucket


Springing Up

Spring is showing up on flickr. Fiona Watson has this most incredible image!


Memory, Shard, and Shell folk art from Artisans.

Aoyama Hina living in France creates the most wonderful paper cut art. You can watch the magic here. Via Mein™ Inspiration.

Super Uses

Unique chandeliers Madeleine Boulesteix made from teacups and jelly bowls! Seen below. Fantastic. Chiquita kroonluchter by Anneke Jakobs.

Bright and fresh, Superhero chair by Guy Arzi

Ryan McElhinney’s toy lamp (seen below) and mirror.

COMMITTEE's Kebab lamps (seen below) designed by Clare Page and Harry Richardson.

Lost & Found Stools and lots of other fun furniture on & made.

Brown Paper Shoulder Bag Giles Miller of Farm Design.

Dr. Jung's Dreamhouse via Superuse

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Snippets Of Brenda

I love discovering new places as I did tonight, The Brenda Blog, Snippets of Me.

And the found her blog banner designer, Susan Tuttle.

Okay, I know my blog banner is rather boring. I have never changed it from the CSS. And I have designed hundreds of them for Something To Say, because that is what I do for a living. But I hate large downloads, I hate to wait for a bantop to load up (not to mention, all of the images we now have on our blogs) ... in the old days, I would click away from a site if it took more than a couple of seconds. We study and learn these things working for a website .. although, I think, many popular sites do not even consider this now because so many viewers have more bandwidth. Regardless of all of these factors, I am happy with a simple banner ... it says everything it needs to say. This is not to say that I don't enjoy all of those wonderful artful banners out there.


Cynthia Markert

All about Erté and his alphabet.


Art Deco Purse Lights

A Kodak Petite Camera

Lost Highway Museum

This is a deep and stunning place, The Art Deco Architecture site and color schemes

The best for last, my favorite artist, Tamara de Lempicka.

Little Beads

litte beads

Self-Portrait Challenge 03.04

My brain cries out to stop the images that we see on a daily basis. Working for the news, I have seen some terrible things that no human should ever endure, that other humans should never experience and the rest of us should never see. I cry alot in my job from images that burned into my brain and will never leave. Stories that I will never forget. Stories that find me crying and screaming in my car, so when I get home, I can put it all behind me for the moment and feel like a normal human being. The mental image of that girl in Florida that was buried alive in a black garbage plastic bag with her favorite bear, after being raped and tortured by some lunatic made me SCREAM to myself in my car on the home. Children killed, starved, raped, made orphans, maimed and tortured worldwide. Soldiers killed, beheaded before cameras, losing arm, legs, lives. Children losing parents. Starving children in Darfur. The images go on and on and on ... and my brain screams out STOP! NO MORE. There has got to be a way for us to inhabit this world in peace, where all humankind can care for their children, protect their children, feed their children. And we can all respect each other views, lives, religions. Self Portrait Challenge ask us to look at our political opinions. My opinion is ... let's take care of each other. Live in peace. Respect each other and care for our children's future here on this fragile earth. (Other images borrowed from different sites).

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Micelle's Ode to the Daisy

Michelle's daisy, fantastic!

I Love

I love this, why?

Erin Vey's Bark.

This American Life

Plate Your Envy

Martha Stewart's prop room ... makes me weep in with envy!

Dishing Delish

I had to honor of meeting and working with the adorable and talented Chef Kathy Casey on a story when I worked for the Seattle PI ... looks like she is getting serious about her blog now. Her previous column, Dishing: Kathy Casey, Seattle Times.

Faded Love

Faded Love, not so faded after all of these years. Fans remember Bob Wills. One of my favorites is still San Antonio Rose. ;)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Shell Collection

k.pujol's shell collection.

Hot in Buffalo's from the sea.