Thursday, December 31, 2009

You light up my life

Crooked Brains has a great post on unique and lovely matches.

United colors of matches! at PHOTOPOSTS BLOG (best pictures from around the world).

A great collection of old matchboxes.

These cute matches from Japan at Dieline.

These really are beautiful matches designed by Franck Fontana.

Idaho Wedding

Idaho Wedding, is that the best wedding chapel ever?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Can't wait to see what this is all about.

The world of playing card designs.

Custom 52

You playing cards

Arts and illustrators


Heil Hilter



Help-Portrait is on a mission to find someone and take their portrait. Go see what you can do.

Marked it on your pastry?

Bakery Calendar, wonderful! Via Swiss Miss.

Good morning!

Not quite believing Christmas came and went. I didn't really blog about anything fun this year. I didn't have time to read blogs, my magazine full of Christmas images sit untouched. I opted for bags instead of  creative wrapping. Christmas is the time I have my most fun, but not the last two years, apparently. Work seems to take over my life somehow. I am still trying to get my Christmas goodies out the door. What is that saying, "Christmas in July" ... might be appropriate for me this year ... make that next year.

I have been up since 3am ... pinched nerve in my  back. Can't sleep, can't sit. It's really unpleasant. Have my second acupuncture appointment today.

Mom's cars in the shop. Microwave went out last week and replaced it. Of course, we couldn't use the existing trim kit. They are making microwaves 1 inch smaller ... so if you have one built into the wall and need a trim kit ... that will be another $100, thank you very much. ;)

I have also been out of commission computer-wise the last week. Transitioning over to the a new one. Moving files around, loading programs. But mainly D has been trying to move all iTunes stuff to an external drive and that has taken the longest. Hired someone to come help out with some of that last night. It is going to be nice to have a newer, faster computer. I am really excited.

So things here feel a little disjointed. Needing repair. I need fixing. ;) Off to work now.

Let someone read to you

"Along The Enchanted Way", four readings from author William Blacker at TOAST. And a few more podcasts and films there as well.

Thinning can be funny

Pantogar Memo Pad another fun one from Chinese Gangster.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Impossibly cool

Have been running across so many special blogs and sites, so many out there, so many to remember where they are.

the impossible cool

kate loves me

Backyard Bill

Habitually Chic

The Selvdige Yard and Black Watch

my white shirt



Vintage Ampersand



Monday, December 28, 2009

Taking a scroll in time

Toki Woki's scroll clock. Coolest thing is seeing it live. Via designboom.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mom's other new blouse

My mom can make anything look good. I found two very inexpensive blouses at Burlington the other day. I just happened in there and ran across one blouse that I LOVED for my mom. But it was an XL. So I spent the next hour pouring through aisles of racks crammed full of clothes to find her size because I knew it would be beautiful on her. (The red one, previous post). Also found this cute little number in the hunt. These are probably the only cute things I saw there. And knowing her, knew she would dress it up just right.

Boxing Day

Box Jocks via AdRANTS.



Custom Paper Toys


Nice Bunny's artist series via Nice Paper Toys

Marshal Alexander, Paper Engineer and his blog.

Oh-Sheet blog

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Perpetual Paris: The Making Of

little brown pen had a little project - Perpetual Paris: The Making Of, fun!

DYI Perpetual Photo Wall Calendar, yeah, I am going to make one of those.

Aunt Jane

I am loving this quilt by Aunt Jane.

Last issue

And I received the last one.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas cooking dressup

Mom always dresses for Christmas day, festive. And cooks all day.

Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you so much for letting me share my world with you all. My life world would be so dull if you all weren't here with me.

Mom Christmas dress up

Mom Christmas dress up

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

I took photos of the kids tonight in front of the Christmas trees. D is still at work. So we will take family pictures tomorrow.

matt and bri in front of xmas tree

matt and bri in front of xmas tree

matt and bri in front of xmas tree

matt and bri in front of xmas tree

Tracking Santa

Make sure to track Santa on Twitter. (Does the art look familiar? Yes, I had some fun at work today.)

stuck in the wrong job?

Monster's ad campaign stuck in the wrong job? visuals are perfect! Via Chinese Gangster, go see more.

Christmas eve morn

Woke up early to a quiet, cold house without the thought of work in my head. Delicious. Answered a wonderful email from a friend, watched as the rising sun turned the snow-capped Olympics red for a minute or two. Spied a Flicker, Junco, Chicadees, Stellar's Jay feast on the suet I put outside last week. I am sure I saw a Towhee. My favorite flock of Bushtits came through the yard. Of course, the ever present Crows. (note to self, buy more suet today). Really love WhatBird site, really helpful. Now, on to get the microwave repaired, cleaning and a little more shopping and then wrapping it all up.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

They are better left unspoken

Mercedes Baliarda's "They are better left unspoken" artist book, edition of 10, inkjet prints on tracing paper, card, book cloth, thread and adhesive. Yes. I want one! Via A Good Idea on Paper. Thank you for that link!

Holiday sweater

Create your own Holiday Sweater.

Christine Larsen

Isn't this adorable? Robot tree-topper by Seattle based artist Christine Marie Larsen. Don't forget her Robot of the month club. All ready blogged about her wonderful textiles last year. So very talented!

Elicspse Watch

Michael Bittel Double Diaphram Eclipse Watch.

The color of winter

Winter inspired color palettes.


If you are not tweeted out ... now there are Christmas Tweets.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ha Ha Ha

Santa cartoons, the below is my favorite.

Stunning Earth

60 Stunning Satellite Photos of Earth at webdesigner depot.

Bo, Bo, Bo ... it's Longhorn Santa

My friends in Arizona are having a little too much fun decorating Bo, their Longhorn sculpture (that I think they bought at a garage sale). Wish I could see it in person you guys!

Sweet Tush

For those with a sweet tooth, decorating made easy with this Ice Cream Bench, GummiLights and Cupcake Table from Jellio.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jen Lewin

Jen Lewin's interactive art installations -- Light Harps, Pool and much more.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Being creative with help

Canon's Creative Park has this Polar Bear that you download and assemble.

Prefect perching

Not Martha made these adorable tiny gingerbread houses that perch on the edge of your mug. (And she shows you how). I love them!

Penny Leaver Green

Penny Leaver Green sews images. Make sure you see Birds in stories. Amazing images. Her blog and Etsy shop. Via the incredible Ulla.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I love this and this.

The eyes have it

Death by Cyan's Eyes.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Lite

Christmas is missing something this year ... D's family. It will be a quiet and lonely Christmas without them. Christmastime is all about our family-time. I decided to go 'tree lite" this year. As most of you know, D and I collect Christmas ornaments (among many other things) and we have over 500. But in the time crunch, I decided to use only balls. It wasn't as satisfying but trees are up and running. The boxes stowed. Wreaths and Santa collection up. Missing, ... family. We miss you guys!


wreath and santas

2009 trees, late

Pica wondering what all the fuss is about.

Pica avoiding "the baby"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Going, Going, Gone?

Been up since 6a and not at work.

Last week I was meant to be on vacation for a couple of days to get ready for Christmas. The trees have been standing tall in a dark living room for weeks. No ornaments. But I FORGOT I was on vacation because I am so preoccupied with a big project at work and school final. Forgot. My own vacation.

I decided to transfer that vacation to this week ... but because of that previously mentioned big project, had to cut it short a day.

Here is the sad bit. Yesterday, during a meeting someone mentioned Christmas being next week. I sat stunned. "Is that possible?" my mind was asking myself while I tried to conjure up a monthly calendar in my head to see the relationship between that day and the next week. So, yes I am losing it.

In panic mode now. I will be dressing the trees today but with less ornaments than usual. We are going to call this the "scanty Christmas" and get on with it. Try to produce some sort of Christmas card. Some shopping? Some cleaning? Some holiday-making? I have 4 days.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Group of three

Group of three by House Of Ceramics on Etsy or Group of five ceramic spheres. The speak to me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thank You!

I can't say thank you enough for making me feel so special! And not so unique in my quirkiness. But a part of a larger group of women just like me! It is so satisfying and such a relief.

I presented my final project tonight, it wasn't perfectly done. But it was so near complete. More importantly ... I finished this semester. And now, I fear, I am hooked on being a student again. Then I finished off the perfect, busy day by finding a site where I can buy Adobe CS 4, very affordable on my student status. I am so excited. I feel like I might be getting back into this century with my new computer and some updated software. Honestly, I have been so afraid to spend any money on non-essential expenses because of the economy but I decided the other day to bite the bullet. So, Merry Christmas to myself.


I guess I shouldn't have "woo hoo-d" so loudly the other day when I finished my project. I tried to validate it and came up with 50 errors. I have gotten that down to 14 errors since last night but I present it today in class after work. We are never too old to learn? Right?

Something occurred to me the other day when I was driving home. I am the antithesis to all of those blogs belonging to the perfectly coiffed, home-cooking, crocheting mom and wife. There are many of those out there, I see them and think, can those people be real? How do they do it? Of course, they are all attractive, even on the internet, beauty=popularity. And then they are usually talented and of course, they cook a wicked meal. Do they worked a full-time job? As Dee mentioned ... could they have their own hair dresser?

For me, I struggle to get up at 430a every morning. Drag myself to work and come up with good, creative ideas. Try not to work 10 hour days but usually fail at that. Rush home to think I might be creative - and that usually doesn't happen either. I don't cook. My mom makes all of those wonderful meals we eat. I occassionaly make a dessert, brownies from a box. I have given up wearing make-up and now you all know I have a bad hair day, every day. I hate all fashions of the day and would prefer to wear the same jeans day-in, day-out, than to be seen in anything I see in the Macy's catalog. I have never really been the organized mom and since I began working this early shift have gotten any worse at it. I am, in short, a terrible mom, except for the fact that I love my son to pieces. So, yes, I am the opposite of most of the blogs I use to read back when I had the time.

The Christmas trees have been standing in a dark living room, with no ornaments for a week. I was thinking this week was going to be my decorating, having fun for Christmas, creating Christmas cards. I am suppose to have a couple of days off but that might have happen since I have a big project at work that keeps changing. I did manage to stick some Narcissus in some bowls last. Right now I am thinking, Bah Humbug. ;)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lost art of proofreading

My friend Susan sent me this in email today ... gave me a chuckle.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
No crap, really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That's what he gets for eating those beans!
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My lesson to myself

later that night.

So tonight when we were laughing about me posting my terrible hair-do photo online, my son was telling me he had written his English paper about just that. Last week he "interviewed" me for a paper for English. So horrified, I said, I hope you didn't tell your English class I never shower and have really bad hair days. He said no. But he said in his paper that when I was happiest in my paint pants, a polar fleece jacket and my hair was always in a mess. That I didn't really care what people wore. That I didn't judge people by what they wore, but by their character. Wow. My son said that! And my son recognizes that. That is huge for me! Maybe we did do something right. ;)

Ordering online

I found something for D online this year. I couldn't decide whether to order it because it was a little expensive and ask him to tell me if he wanted some special tool or something more specific. But I loved it so much, that I just did it. Tonight. Can't tell you what it is exactly ... although ... D never reads my blog. But I think it is something below on the page I linked to ;) Can you guess what it is? xoxox


My final project for school, Jonah's website is almost done! I wish you all could see me now. I didn't realize my hair could stick up in such weird ways. I haven't bathed in days and my hips hurts from sitting in this uncomfortable wooden chair. But no matter, I accomplished what I set out to do, even if it isn't perfect. And that makes me very happy.

I miss blogging and doing fun things. Now it is on to work on the Christmas trees. Although, I did take a break yesterday and had what is suppose to be a monthly bunch (and a little Christmas stocking gift shopping) with my friends, Bo and Joel . We actually only manage to get together every couple of months. I love seeing them and always feel so energized after spending a couple of hours together. But it was all cut short because of my looming final project that needed to be finished.

I was laughing with my friend at work the other day. Instead of actually sending out Christmas cards instead I am going to email or blog about the great idea I had for my Christmas card and didn't have time to do (didn't I did that last year). It could save some time and postage.

Only because I know you all know me so well, I will share my hair today. Although my mom is saying in the background ... don't let anyone see the way you look. ;) Looks like a cats been sucking on my hair! Please ignore the wrinkles! xoxoxoxoxo!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Photo finish

Botanical Blueprint - Carnations by depuis

Many Muse Studio

Berry Fine by kmsitko

Christmas shopping seems so easy on esty!


Perry Houses' Happyville series. Why do I love them? Color? Geometry?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Eric Daigh

Pushpin artist Eric Daigh using optical blending. (I saw him on a Sunday Morning segment in the last month).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

MAD architects: urban forest

Can you imagine this wonderful building by MAD architects called urban forest. Can't you imagine this building? (It reminds me of rings that I would love to wear).

Human Art

Human art by Keith Perelli and his amazing collection on Flickr. Faces you can fall into. I would love to see him work in person.

Faux Museum

Faux Museum, mat board pop-up art frames via Surroundings.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Duane Hoffmann

Yes, he is a genius, always has the perfect concept for the most difficult illustrations.

Facebook Snafus

Facebook Snafus. I felt bad reading and laughing ... but ...

Jamie Poole

UK artist Jamie Poole's landscapes are full of movement and color. Loving them. And this East Haddon Landscape experiment is lovely, part of Text Landscapes.


I know, I know, I am repeating myself. I have blogged this before. Your personal history and heirlooms built into an Hbox by Kathy Thomas.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Stories From The Ground

"The Stories From The Ground shadow puppetry collective are: Stephen Mushin, Raku Pitt, Amadis Lacheta, Emily Smith, Saita Ryan, Myfanwy Auldersun, Anna Nilsson and friends. We specialise in 'Micro-theatre' shadow performances... although some of our recent performances have become a little more grand. In 2008 we performed two seasons of 'The Baron in the trees', a shadow adaption of Italo Calvino's classic novel in Melbourne and Brisbane." Via Pia Jane Bijkerk.

Free Printable: Gift Tags by Kristina

Free Printable: Gift Tags by Kristina on Creature Comforts, lots more goodies over there right now!

Ephemera Letterpress

I have been meaning to blog about an Edmonds based Ephemera Letterpress that a co-worker had hired to print her beautiful wedding invitations. And Ephemera Blog. I keep wondering what I could have printed! For myself. So I can call her. ;)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Pursuit of Happiness

Artist Christopher Gryder that the really lovely blog, Pursuit of Happiness found on flickr.

Also found the computer generated seashell on Christopher Gryder's contacts from Sanch TV.


Katwise sweaters made of recycled bits. I WILL have one!

Graffiti Gone Global

Graffiti Gone Global

Jeff Claassen

Matt found amayzun, love this style. And Keep Drafting, Collected works of Augustine Kofie.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Wooly Pocket

Woolly Pocket Garden Company and the blog. I am thinking of all the ways I could use something like this! Fantastic.

O color trends

Found this interesting post on COLOURlovers ... a look at the last year of O Magazine covers and their color trends.

p.s. My head is hurting. My brain is numb from trying to build my final project website ... I just can't seem to remember anything I learned this year and I am starting to panic.

Prison Penpals

I was searching for something in my blog for someone and ran across this post from March 2008 that I guess I never published but it is still pretty interesing.

You could have your own prison penpal.

Or you could meet your inmate, at any age ... is this real?

Or there is always inmates for you. !!!!

" provides a user friendly, searchable database for which to correspond with those that are in county, state or federal prisons across the US. We charge a nominal fee to help with the time and costs involved in maintaining the website, sending out mailers and fulfilling orders.

Not only do I communicate with the inmates listed within here as a service provider, but I have also had the opportunity to reply back to personal letters written directly to me. This has aided me in getting to know more about what prison life is like. I can honestly say there are sincere, caring women in prison who want nothing more than a pen pal or friend to correspond with. Some may even look to you as more than a friend and possible partner in a relationship. Either way there is someone out there for all of us."

Honestly, if you just google "prisoners photos" there are more sites than I can list here. I am have written a email to ask about this and am investigating this further. I think this is very, very odd. And definitely needs some more research.

Simplify Christmas

Ran across this delightful (Washington State) blog, Simplify Christmas.

A garden approach

Found a couple of interesting things while paging through Pacific Northwest Magazine today.

Held in September, an innovative garden show that I would loved to have gone to ... The Late Show Gardens, photos by Saxon Holt, this amazing table! "Future Feast in The Garden Of Flow / Accumulation" by Suzanne Biaggi and Patrick Picard at The Late Show Gardens".

Then I ended up at Garden Design photo gallery (and the blog) where I spied one little thing in a photo will make your heart stop. It happened when I was going through the photo gallery of "David Winston Flowers takes a modern approach to decorating for the holidays". I saw this chandelier! The description is rich: "The crowning glory of the room is the chandelier (shown in detail above). The drum-shaped framework of aluminum and wire, 30 inches across and 38 inches tall, was created to fit over the existing light fixture. It took three people two days to meticulously attach its tiny jewels - pine needles, hemlock cones, Mylar snowflakes, faux gems and Hypericum berries."


Recyclart has the most fun stuff! Via the delightful Inspiracion hecha a mano.

Would love to make these Spray Can Delight lights. Car parts sculptures by Austrian artist James Corbett. Yes, Delightful!

Falling into winter

It rained all November! December, just dipped into the 30's. I have been so busy with school, work and stuff going on that I feel like I haven't been spending enough time blogging. I am going through my drafts this morning (hundreds of them) and found this.


Mari Andrews

I remember feeling like I could do a big backwards flip when I first discovered Mari Andrews ... and just felt the same way when I saw her work on the most wonderful art blog, Dear Ada. Thank you!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The GOOD 100

GOOD magazine's The GOOD 100 list. Via and read more about it from Inclined to Create.

One Lil' Waif at a Time

Remember Lil' Waif, where we found our Pixel? They have a new book out
Timmy’s Rescue: One Lil’ Waif at a Time: "is a true story about finding inspiration and gifts of friendship. Now, when people ask, "Just how did you get involved in rescue?" this story, can be our answer... Watching our book evolve while patiently wading through the publishing process has been a worthwhile venture and now we're ready to share it. It's done! It's finally here. Time to spread the word and begin our adventure into the book-world; we're excited! We hope you are too.'

Friday, December 04, 2009

Sleepy head

Pixel sleeps between D and me ... this morning I woke her up by accident. No matter, she went right back to sleep.

And my friend Robin has a new puppy, "Monkey". With her monkey sweater.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A Constance Posey

Amazing simple and elegant shoe illustrations by Constance Posey found via Inside-Out.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I am getting hungry!

Do you know how much I love brussel sprouts, and how good this recipe for balsamic braised brussels with pancetta looks! From Smitten Kitchen (and don't miss the cappuccino fudge cheesecake while you are there). Well, it all makes me hungry.

Super Epic Rainbow Cake

Whisk Kid is whipping up a Super Epic Rainbow Cake and I love it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Stocking stuffers

Going to get my son this TODO-TATTOO™, he needs something like this to get him through his chores. He keeps telling me to make him a list. I say, make your own list.

Hand monsters and Napkin sketchbook