Saturday, February 28, 2009

Listening for Dandelion Seeds

Beautiful post by Wendy, among mad people: Listening for Dandelion Seeds.


I love it! Thank you for the link, Gary!

"Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element."

What's Your Style?

All things peacock at WHORANGE. Remember my mom's scarf? I found this Persian Peacock Inkwell when I blogged about Pretty In Peacock back in 2005. Don't you hate to go back to some old post and find half the links don't work? Argh. But I laughed when I remembered I found these Sheer Peacock Men's Thong. Don't click, note the word "sheer", thong and peacock?

Sproost Design Quiz: What’s Your Style? via Simpatico, Velocity blog.

Friday, February 27, 2009

JK Keller

I have blogged about the brilliant work of JK Keller before but here we go again. Love Paulette (folded) Typeface, seen below.

Insecurity Envelopes and PostBitmapScripter.

Turning Up the Volume

Barefoot Contessa Turned Up the Volume Food Network. And yes, I have it recorded so I watch her make the Deeply Chocolate Gelato over and over again.

In My Room

Beautifully photographed items in my room via Dear Ada.

Block Head

Love! these fantastic blocks by Miller Goodman Black*Eiffel.

Stupid Sex

A new twist on committing suicide

12 Too Many

Do you leftover stuff from your wedding party? 12 Too Many is a place to buy, sell or trade. Good idea!


I love these lights by TAF

Hanging Handkerchiefs Vases

Once Wed has made something wonderful and is sharing - Hanging Handkerchiefs Vases tutorial via Ulla.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Loving Those

(Grandma post) Loving those in love. M got a haircut and off to Idaho for Jazz concerts.

loving those in love

loving those in love


Oh, to have a treehouse to escape to! Via re-nest's "Treehouse Escapes Bring Owners Closer to Nature".

Matt Dawson

I love Matt Dawson's Illustration Friday's the moggy and the magpie.

V&A 2009 Book & Book Cover Illustration Awards.

Mighty Macro

pxforce graphic design blog has a nice post on 20 beautiful examples of macro photography shots and also some wonderful grunge brushes.

We're Alot Like You

PEMCO's Northwest centric ad campaign, We're Alot Like You (we're a little different). They are hysterical.

Look It Up

I am addicted to I used to carry a Thesaurus around in my purse (well, really it is more like a suitcase) but now I have both at my fingertips at all times. I love that.

Refdesk, source for facts

Yahoo directory of reference sites.

Urban Dictionary is the slang dictionary you wrote. Define your world.

I discovered the photographic dictionary awhile ago, even sent them a peony photo for "p" submission but never heard back from them.

What are your favorite reference sites?

Oh, Dear

Oh Dear, Deer Head, DYI wonderful deer head, good instructions, plus template ;) via How about orange, awesome.

Forgot how much I love this place, Tastespotting.

The Boneyard

The Boneyard, photos by Greg Meadows (his beautiful blog) via Twig & Thistle.

Thank you, Gerrie, the Boneyard link fixed now.

Golden Apple Awards

There is definitely something better than the Academy Awards, Golden Apple Awards, yeah!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crazy Shoes

This ones for you, Rita! Shoe Designs via CrazyLeaf Design Blog.

Youth Speaks

A friend was telling me this morning that he and his girlfriend were involved in a community service where Youth Speaks were there getting kids to write down their thoughts in haiku and what came from those kids was amazing. A small example on YouTube. Their tagline: "... because the next generation can speak for itself..." I love that.

Can't write your own? Neither can I. The Genuine Haiku Generator

Random Word Haiku

All things and "words" Haiku at Haiku


Mom found this in the Smithsonian Journeys Magazine, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Oh, just look at this interior shot by manitoon on Flickr. Must see photos by Kinan Jarjous from Jar of Juice.

Blue Mosque, seen below, in Istanbul (Mom has been in this one)

Cairo Mosques, This is the first and oldest mosque ever built on the land of Egypt. Erected in 642 AD (21 AH) by Amr Ibn al'As Mosque. Khanqah, amazing.

Light Up

Soji Modern solar lantern.

DC Goodwill Fashion Blog

both via Style Saves the World

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A. Richard Allen

Amazing work by illustrator A. Richard Allen, more work here

Prepare For The Future

Wise Investments (the future is almost here, prepare for it while you can)... advice and poster by Philip James Chmiel.

Scheming In Color

Color Scheme Designer is a very cool tool to help you pick your favorite. So hard to be subtle in rgb ;(

Cookie Monster

Simplesong designs' letterpress boxes for cookies and treats. Wow.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Denise Grünstein

While I missing my garden so very much, it nice to find refuge in Denise Grünstein's beautifully photographed flowers in such a wild and wonderful way. Via the dearest Dear Ada. Image by Denise Grünstein.

Jim Flora

I too love Jim Flora and the blog.

Cool Navigating

Tippling Club has the coolest navigation. ... and check out their prices ;0

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Shrunken Space

D tells me all the time I don't need a studio for all of my found art objects, wrapping paper, ribbons, reams of paper, envelopes, canvas, sewing mess ... he says I need my own satellite-house and I think he is right! Shrunken-house = Sheds. Yes.

Shedworking is a great, fun site with lots of great ideas, post and links.

Maybe one of these
Cabin Kits from Cabana Village?

One of these little boxes (seen below) from Ecospace?

Garden office (seen below) from Taylor Garden Buildings. Okay, maybe not enough space in that one but it is so cute.

Look, Shed Boy!, right in my backyard (no - not built there in the backyard, Port Townsend!)

But seriously, this plastic shed is about the only one I could afford to build found at Apartment Therapy Re-Nest. And I might all ready have the materials for this one.

My Favorite Colors!

My favorite colors found in Etsy's Papaver Vert felted wool nesting bowls and the blog via SHAYO.

Fading Flower Show

As much as it pains me to miss the last one, not going to the Flower Show this year. Work and cleaning house instead, depressing, huh?

Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks

This is a great resource and Visual treat for those of us totally into small, concise logos and chop images. Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks. Go have a look!

Chinese Export Silver Marks and Gorham flatware patterns.

My Imagined Past Life

Kilim Armchair at The J. Peterman Company Store.

19th Century Chesterfield sofa upholstered in Kilim found at Antique and Reproduction Leather Chairs, Sofas and Furniture.

Haven't you ever imagined you were lived in a sturdy farmhouse Kenya in the early 1900's? I do. Often. The clothes, the silver and china, the setting, the people, the adventure. Old, soft, scuffed up leather chairs with big ottomans. And maybe a Kilim sofa or chair? Silver candelabras, a smoky library walls full of leather-bound books, feather beds and mosquito nets hung around them, linen suit slightly wrinkled from heat and sweat. A porch with wicker chairs to sit in to dream, sip tea and write. It all sounds fabulous.

If I ever thought I had lived in another time, in another body ... this time, in this place would have been where I lived, loved and died. Some of the only books I have read without falling asleep are by and about Karen Blixen. Extraordinary life of sadness and adventure by an extraordinary woman. And I can never channel surf passed "Out of Africa" without stopping, watching, weeping. For what she had and lost.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Little Something Free

In these downtimes, it is fun to find and share something good and free. Yes, Free. Free antique images graciously offered up by Gray Grayson. Who lives and works in my old stomping grounds in Texas. I love this Buffalo print. And he promptly sent me my large file when asked. Wonderful. (Am going to frame it for D).

Also love this Polar bear and Game Fish.

Ben Forgey

Ben Forgey bare bones ghost chair - Love! These beautiful structures.

Chris Roberts-Antieau

Chris Roberts-Antieau's 2009 sneak preview.

Cards Plated

During the recent holiday season, Publicis Vancouver - inspired by the recent economic recession - opted for a contribution to the local food bank on behalf of their clients. In lieu of a traditional holiday card, paper plates were sent to clients informing them of the donation made. The response was overwhelming and received much praise, including an on-air mention from a local radio station."

From the Canadian Design Resource - Publicis Vancouver Holiday ‘Cards’ (really paper plates). Brilliant!


Besides cleaning house, taking the dogs to the vet, we are making use of today with our old television. D got a new HD flat screen TV for his birthday to replace the old one that has a very wavy picture with the audio going out. In other words, our TV watching was a weird experience! And of course, I forgot to call my S-I-L for her birthday, think I will do that this very minute. Happy Birthday Kate.

Art Of The Street

TIME Magazine's Art of the Street Photo Essay.

Life Too Busy

You probably noticed I haven't been blogging very much lately. I told my friend Gerrie that I felt like my blog was dying a slow death. Working downtown Seattle has some nice aspects, the view, being close to friends who work downtown, the "city feeling", the commute. I am also driving to Redmond a couple of times a week so I really have to keep up with the work on one desktop or another, make sure it goes with me, make my early morning budget meeting either by phone or being there in person. I feel like a ping pong ball. Which is fine, because my mind has felt like a ping pong ball has been bouncing around in there for over a year ... might as well synch up my physical existence. I was really hoping work would calm down after the Inauguration but I haven't seen that yet.

So when I saw this about the "too busy club" on Oprah and thought I should read it ;)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bill Moyers And Parker Palmer

Bill Moyers talked to Parker Palmer and it was fascinating! Parker Palmer's Center for Courage & Renewal and the blog.

Credit Crisis Visualized

The short and simple story of the credit crisis visualized.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Twitter Bailout

Would someone please let ME be in charge of how we spend all of this money? Because I don't think think this is prudent!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Accidental Mysteries

accidental mysteries: The Electric Pencil, Part I via Linda Davick blog.

Inside The Meltdown

I went to sleep watching this FRONTLINE piece about an insiders look inside the financial meltdown. What I saw was fascinating. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lance Jackson

Lance Jackson's take on the bailout debacle, loving it! And more work here.

Shy Vi

shy vi

Polly Wreford

Polly Wreford, lifestyle, interiors, and still life photography make me salivate. Via inspire*inspire.

Helena Bergendahl

Helena Bergendahl's blog and her illustrations via Camilla.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hand Painting

Hand Painting by Guido Daniel, amazing stuff via TrendLand.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Test Of Will

Another talented coworker, A Test Of Will.


Happy Valentines Day! We have "love" going on around here. Pixel is in love with D! Evident in every little look and wag of the tail.

true love

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama graces Vogue cover.

Charles Kent

I love the internet! I got to do a little work for Charles Kent for his illustration site in the form of a header. Thank you! That was fun.

Breadline Design Naming Machine

Breadline Design Naming Machine worked for me ... mine: Friendly Dog Interactive.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Winter Works on Paper

Winter Works on Paper: Photographs, Prints, Drawings, & Botanical Images

Butterfly Photographs by Strickland White, seen below.

Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy kit is wonderful. In a couple of years I could be needing it myself. ;)

Fantastic Bethtastic

I just love Etsy's bethtastic twilight jewelry, resin necklaces, other resin goodness. I have gotten so many fun things from her (unfortunately, I always give them away before I photograph them) for gifts. This time ... she sent me a little extra present for myself! Thank you so very much.


Spell It Out

Enamel Alphabet

Recycled Metal Letters

Plywood Alphabet

Wooden Alphabet

Monogram Pillowcase


Penny Postcards from around the U.S.

Postcrossing is a project that allows anyone to exchange postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world.

Just Say No

This is the main reason to just say no to 8!

I did these little business cards a coupld of weeks ago for my friend and neighbor, Rick Anderson and now he is taking them to Home Show. We only made 100. Printed them at Kinkos, they are business card size, tri-fold. Used the scoring device and a square punch. Just for fun :)

Home Sweet Home

And speaking of Home Show ... from 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers. (An outhouse could be purchased separately for Goldenrod and similar cottage dwellers.) Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets.Sears Homes 1908-1914, love those prices.

The Attleboro (Model No. 3384); ($1,810 to $2,197), below.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Bee Team

The Bee Team. The Beekeeper by Veronique Latimer via Conptemplating the Moon.


Newsweek's MY TURN: Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One. Don't underestimate the power of storytelling. It got folks through the Depression. It can work now, too. by Ann Banks. Very interesting.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Luminous-Lint is the ultimate Resource for those interested in Fine Photography.

Portrait of Beggars is very touching.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ring Leader

Ring Leader Urban Jewelery - Love & Faith Collection. Aren't they wonderful!


Tiny floating jellies by Rachael Ashe.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Depression-Era Wisdom

After reading our post, D reminded me that Seattle Times had this piece: Depression-era wisdom: How they survived. And I love potato soup, so maybe all is not lost. ;)


"The baby" sleeps best with her dad. Yeah, her little "feeties" hardly hit the ground when he is around. She sleeps best when he is around.

I got so sick today ... came home and went straight to bed. Up now to get some fluids in me and back to bed. Gosh, didn't need this right now.

spoiled? you think?


I bought this X O from bluebellbazaar on etsy the other day, classified under, "we don't really need this". Not sure who is getting this yet ;) but it does have that Valentine feeling to it.