Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Two of my favorites from fridayfonts are unfold and staples.

Top Brass Compensation

If they are not going to put caps on CEO's Executive Compensation, then why even bother.

Fragile Environments

Dawn Stetzel's MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fragile Environments via a most excellent blog by Mel Robson, feffakookan.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Pau Masiques

Giggling with delight and joy seeing the work of Pau Masiques, especially the sculptures via Camilla.

Quilt National 2009

Quilt National 2009 entry by Kathleen Loomis is my favorite! I would love to see it in person. Artist statement: May 26, 2008, there were 4,083 U.S. military dead in Iraq. Here is a flag for each of them.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blinded By Love

An angel? I know every parent feels the same, when you look at your own child, you see an angel, a gift! The love you have for them follows them around like an aura. He is the best!

he blinds me

Fun Forms‎

Modular furniture by Maarten De Ceulaer, Love!

Alessandra Baldereschi's glass cactus. Via designer | blog.it.

New York Times piece - Form follows fun.

Good Stain

Stain is a tea cup created by Bethan Laura Wood where unique patterns will be revealed with use.

Iconic Photographs

At Swick, 12 Of The Most Iconic Photographs Ever Taken.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Best Shot Monday

Tracey Clark's - best shot monday.

Friday, June 26, 2009

And The Winner Is ...

I gave each email received a number, used Random.org and the lucky number was 11 -- Zoe Hecht! Thank you all for participating and thank you, CSN lighting for offering the give-away.

Robin Layton Works

Robin is showing this weekend at Caboom Home Design Show (located at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica at the old Robinson's May building beside/behind the Beverly Hilton). Original photography (her new style) in combination with rust and old wood. Stunning. Wish I could be there to see her amazing work. If you are in the area?

Light Your Way. Something Free

This is the last day to enter. I will be announcing the winner late this afternoon.

1. Please send an email to kimberlycarney at hotmail dot com ... with CSN LIGHTS UP in the subject line, with your Name and Address (that is very important). Give away begins June 19th and cut-off date will be June 26th.

2. I will assign your email a number as it is received.

3. I will use Random.Org to pick the winner, announced on June 26th. We will contact the winner via email.

With all the bad news these days it is exciting to announce something free (and fun) from Something To Say. I am hosting a give-away from CSN lighting to one lucky reader. The hardest part was picking from the vast selection of table lamps for this treat. The winner of the contest will be allowed to choose one desired product from two
lights being used in the giveaway. The lamps are both decidedly different in style but have one common theme associated with all of them, they represent a minimalist, yet modern approach to design that is bold, effective and chic. Here is some background information about the two lamps that are included in the giveaway:

George Kovacs Cubic One Light Table Lamp
George Kovacs is hands down one of the most famous lighting architects in the modern community. For four decades, George Kovacs and his team of innovative designers have been creating and recreating, never failing to impress the modern lighting community. The cubic one light Table Lamp is no exception to Kovacs’ design legacy. It’s cubic shaped design, sturdy stainless steel base, and brushed nickel arm all fuse together to create an office light companion that is aesthetically appealing, and functionally practical. Still, these features are all second best to the focal point of the light, which is its etched cased opal glass shade, the cherry on top of the sundae, so to speak.

Lights up! RS-491 Rex Wall Sconce
The people at Lights Up Have succeeded in the modern lighting world because of their uncanny ability to differentiate their products from the mainstream. With unique, intricate patterns and intriguing, versatile designs, Lights Up continues to be a leader in the industry. The Rex wall sconce is one of their signature products because it fits right in with their philosophy ; the Rex features an attractive brushed nickel base to go along with a welcoming hand crafted, white linen shade for a simple, yet magnificent design. Lights Up very proudly manufactures their products in Brooklyn, New York with the simple goal of providing a quality product for fans of contemporary and classical style décor, alike.

Good Luck! I will not be blogging for this week ... wow, my first week off in 5+ years of blogging. Thank you, CSN Lighting for this fun experience.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cecile Baldewyns

I love discovering new artist, this one a friend of a friend from Belgium. Her name: Cecile Baldewyns, her art: fun! Love the colors and the textures.

A Million Little Pictures

A Million Little Pictures: Documentary. During the summer of 2009, one thousand artists from around the world will document their lives in 24 frames using a simple disposable camera with a flash.

On September 25th, 2009, an exhibition housing over 24,000 photographs will be constructed to take you on an adventure through the lives of these thousand artists.

And also The Sketchbook Project Library.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

IF - Drifting

Logo-ish image for Illustration Friday. I came home from work and decided to do something quick, fun and frivolous for myself, to remind myself that I can be fun and frivolous and not a grump who seems to do everything wrong.

IF - Drifting

The Bone Church

The Bone Church, 40,000 dead form morbidly fascinating sculptures and artwork; skeletons meticulously fashioned in 1870 by a wood carver in this is Sedlec’s Church; All Saints ossuary in the Czech Republic via msnbc.com's Beyond Prague. Beautiful photos at vagabonish, this amazing shot, this Bone Chandelier, this passage way. More images at Art Graphica and more images from curious expeditions. Why can't we have something like that in little old Edmonds?


Hadn't we all ready guessed this when we heard he had gone to Argentina?

Kate Minus Jon - Who Cares?

The separation of Jon and Kate is all over the news and I kept asking ... who are these people and why do we care? Well, I finally watched a little video about the split and someone told me the premise of the show. America, don't we have bigger, more important things to focus on?

No Reservations

No Reservations, and I mean that in the literal sense. Hey, Anthony, get your butt back to work! My DVR is getting rusty from having nothing to record.

Monday, June 22, 2009


I am making a Pavlova, with strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, banana, lemon custard and lots of dream whip on top, a combo of Gourmet's Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries and this version from the Joy of Baking for someone special's birthday cake.

Admit Love

{Love} ticket for Inspire me Thursday. Don't forget the Light Give-away ends this Friday, go sign up!


Stephane Halleux

What words to describe Stephane Halleux's sculptures? Eccentric, extraordinary, out-of-this-world? Yes, I want one! Make that two! Thank you, Scott for the wonderful link!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Green Effect

SunChips and National Geographic have joined forces to create the Green Effect, an eco-initiative that moves individuals to spark a green movement in their communities. Go see the The Green Effect ideas.

Donna Reed

Bri and Matt ran back to us at Edmonds Arts Festival and said they had found the perfect thing for D and I ... and after closer investigation ... it as the only booth that I would have really purchased something from for D. It is funny how the kids know our taste so well. Donna Reed vessels of ducks and salmon.

Edmonds Art Festival

Tara and I ventured down to the Edmonds Arts Festival yesterday, saw a few interesting artist, Diane Archer, Janee Linton, Marcio Diaz, mask by Black Eagle and Sherry Buckner. I have some of these Ball Weeds from Red Grass Designs, they change color when the metal rust, sway in the wind and look like some wonderful exotic seedpods.

Garden Inventory

I know, I know, I said I was taking the week off of blogging. But I can't. Not going to happen. I took a couple of days off, does that count?

Taking inventory of the garden today. Peonies are vanishing, hydrangeas are beginning to bloom. Poppies are sustaining. I love many weeds but there is one thing in my yard that I hate ... morning glories! They are everywhere. Taking over!

This is what the little Iceland poppy looked like a week later.

and then later

Poppies blooming now

close and personal

and the beautiful reminder

what is left

And good bye to Sarah (peonies) for 2009. That went really fast!

Good bye, Sarah

Good bye, Sarah

Now, that I have not manage not to blog, don't forget the Light Give-away ... go sign up!

Homeless To Harvard

This should inspire us all! From homeless to Harvard: graduate sets sight on success via Seattle Times Newspaper.

Set Decorator Disaster

Another sad time of the times .... 20th Century Props is planning an auction next month of over 93,000 items. Very sad. Via New York Times.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fabric Bowl

Imagine Fabric Blog: How To Make a Fabric Bowl via How About Orange.

July 15th!

I really can't wait for this!


Max Italiaander's maxmana, graphic design and motion graphics. Fantastic.

Another great blog, It takes Sue to tango.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paper Transformer

Paper transformer via papercraft world



Remarkable photos coming out of Iran, Riots in Tehran, From Twitter to Flickr: Collection of Iran Protest Photos. Although I sympathize with them, I don't think we (U.S.) have a authority or right to meddle in their election results. But we have the right to support their voice. The Guardian Blog following the protest. Using Twitter. The world is so much smaller, more immediate, more responsive because of the internet. I don't think Iran can shut the world out completely.

Soulcatcher Studio

Soulcatcher Studio presents the complete 1928 first edition portfolio of Karl Blossfeldt's masterwork, Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), exhibited for the first time ever in its entirety on the World Wide Web. Wonderful collection. A must see.

Phoo-D: Potstickers

Phoo-D's Potstickers From Scratch! Yummy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. Via NPR.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Amy e Luci

Fun type play by Amy e Luci.


E-waste or Computer waste slideshow of thousands of discarded computers from western Europe and the US arrive in the ports of west Africa every day, ending up in massive toxic dumps where children burn and pull them apart to extract metals for cash. It will make you feel shame. Ever wonder why I have a house full of old computers, well, the question of what to do with them is one reason. (And that I can't afford new one, the other -- and maybe that is a good thing). Via every day trash, a closer look at what we throw away.

Free e-Waste Recycling Events 2009 but I always wonder, where do these computers go?

China's electronic waste village and E-Waste in India - Short documentary.

Computers are not going away, so I think the creators of such should think of recycling options as they are designing and building them and should have been doing for the last 10 years, don't you?

Father's Day Possiblities

Motorized Tie rack?

With all of the vinyl records D has, this might be more useful ... iConvert™ USB Turntable or this Ripping Turntable, which burns them directly to CD. All from Brookstone.

My dad gave me a bunch of tapes of very old home movies I am trying to convert into movies. I think this Video Converter might be just the ticket. Just some ideas. ;)

Gosh, I hate it when I got back something and the links are broken, I have fixed these now ;0000 arrgghh.


Thibaud, a beautiful site.

CSS-Based Navigation Menus on Smashing Magazine

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sarah Fox Design

Sarah Fox Design, felted wool and sterling silver, great combo. Via Carrotbox blog, thanks once again for a great link!

Webb Gallery

Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, I was just there a couple of months ago! I wish I had known this place was there! Current show - WHEN IN TEXAS - ACT LIKE A TEXAN.

Font Front

Champion Script Pro by Panos Vassiliou.

Spencerian Palmer Penmanship.


A couple of Maxine's via my friend.

Dreaming Up A New life

Read this post this morning on {my typography}, Morning comes.

I find I am dreaming a lot about work lately, about being invisible, being frustrated, just worry dreams ... trying to manage my life behind my eyelids. I need to find the discipline I once processed ... coming home from work and doing something for me. Instead I come home exhausted and frustrated and do nothing except worry about getting to bed at 8 p.m., pathetic really. Think about what I should be cleaning or ironing. Think about all the projects I have in some state of "beginning my idea". Worry about the mess I will make in my studio and when I will have time to clean it all up. So, I think it all comes down to TIME. That seems to be my biggest conflict right now.

These are the questions that Christina asked:

What did you dream last night?
Some work dream

What is the greatest thing that stresses you out?

What are three things that made you happy today?
1. Looking at the peonies blooming in the garden
2. Watching my son and his friends going off to have a cook-out at the beach
3. Practicing calligraphy

In The Garden

Summer snuck up on me and everything bloomed at once while I was at work this week.

little one

white peony

New Jersey Life Magazine's about peonies.

Did you know there were this many poppy varieties out there?

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I want this! Papercraft is an extensive survey on the insatiable trend of innovative art and design work crafted from paper. It explores the astounding possibilities of paper and gathers the most extraordinary creations – from small objects and figures to large-scale art installations and urban interventions as well as three-dimensional graphic sculptures from a vast spectrum of artistic disciplines ranging from character design, urban art, fine art, graphic design, illustration, fashion, animation and film. The book also includes a DVD with fun DIY printable templates for creating your own paper characters and toys as well as a curated selection of the best stop-motion animations. Via Paper Forest.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sweet Talent!

Such talent out there ... otoshimono the blog, ... the lost and found blog of innocentgirl; illustrator/artist/animator/stufflikethat.....

Tiny art by yaelfran

startdrawing.org, The Asia Drawing Portal

Stephanie Nance studio

World Wide Art Resource

absolutearts, world wide art resource.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

MWM News Blog

MWM News Blog and Matt W. Moore graphics, for my son. Via Smashing Magazine.

World’s Littlest Skyscraper

World’s littlest skyscraper in Wichita Falls (Rita, you interested?) and other endangered historic properties of Texas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dream Kitchens

Dream Kitchens from House Beautiful.

Camille Soulayrol

Super stylish Camille Soulayrol via d.Sharp Journal.

By Hand

Crystal Kluge creator of fine lettering, custom maps, illustrations and one of a kind stationery designs and Nigel Peake's wonderful site Second Street both via Oatmeal & Cinnamon, Hand lettering, hand writing, calligraphy & doodles.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Homeless Goes High Tech

Of course I would love this story. Homeless Advocate Goes High Tech on NPR tonight. "Homeless advocate Eric Sheptock uses technology to get his message out. Though he's homeless himself, he keeps a blog, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Sheptock, who lives in Washington, D.C., says he wants to educate the public about what he and many others like him are up against."

Quaking Cleburne

Three in one week, weird! Another Minor Quake Shakes Cleburne. And my family that lives near there said it was dangerous living in San Francisco. ;)


Web Site Icons via Diva Geek Designs where there is list of LOTS of free icons and Free Icon Resource List

Search for an icon at Icon Look

Free Icons Web, Cloth Dolls Icons and African pets are my favorites.

Icon archive


Yuko Yamamoto

Delicate, sculptural paper plants Yuko Yamamoto (seen below, photographs by Dai Mogi) via the wonderful QUINQUABELLE blog.

Holiday In Scotland

If I ever went on a true vacation, it would be back to Scotland. And these holiday cottages look perfect ... oh I wish! St. Andrews, Highland Perthshire, The Coach House in the heart of Ayr, The Ruin (cottage) in Edinburgh region or maybe this villa in Spain. Okay, enough dreaming ... back to work.

Dylan Strzynski

I'm Not A Scientist, the blog of artist Dylan Strzynski who lives in Michigan and creates these ethereal landscapes. Via ANTLER magazine.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Birds Of America

BIRDS of America Vol I on sweetshorn's Etsy. Is wonderful.

Frank Lloyd Wright's LEGO Architecture

This is so cool. Frank Lloyd Wright's LEGO Architecture sets via yatzer.

Love Noted

I love this "love note", custom embroidered note by dash of magic.

Hendrik Kerstens

Hendrik Kerstens, a new take on portraits in shopping bags, toilet rolls, bubble wrap ... fabulous! Via the wonderful, Alaska, Long Beach, to document my inspirations.

Artist A Day

"To raise awareness of art globally and bring more art to more people" -- Artistaday.com. Found this in one of my referrals via Google Analytics. This is such a great site!

Jelly Watches

ToyWatch USA's Jelly Watch Collection. Mix and match and come up with your own combination, they haven't found my color combo yet.