Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patterns in nature

A simple daisy is not so simply after all. The Fibonacci sequence, read more about  the origin here. More patterns in nature here and here. Vector patterns.

Sweet Daisy


Susana Allen Hunter

The are amazing! The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter makes me very happy. And I really want to dig out my sewing machine!  Me = working + sneezing + cleaning up pup pee.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


In the garden PINK! is my favorite color. Better peony producing years ;(



Make your Franklin

Make your Franklin via design milk.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The ridiculous

Really? Do we really care about Bristol Palin's biography? Makes me want to throw up in mouth!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Sunday

Except for the cold that I am coming down with ... it was a perfect Sunday. I sunbathed in my bra in the backyard while patiently waiting to shoot a rat that comes to the bird feeder with M's bb gun. Hey, it can't get much more fun than that, right? 
Reading the instruction manual for new smartphone. I am not as smart as my smartphone. I texted my sister all day and that was fun! Plus some work, some cleaning up after the puppy. D is cooking on the grill and I am trying to finish up work for tomorrow. Mom and I are about to settle down for something good on PBS (I hope). I can't wait for the rest of Justified to arrive from Netflix! It is going to be a very long, sad summer of reruns. ;( What TV series can I start watching on OnDemand? Got any suggestions?

Explosions In The Sky

I discovered this Texas band referenced on a friends website the other day, Explosions In The Sky talking about this song - Your Hand In Mine. More samples. I really like the music! Looks like they are going to be in Seattle in July!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thinking road trip

Broken Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, photograph by Richard Ryer. Isn't that inspirational? More panoramic photos.

Winter honeysuckle

I didn't know there was such a thing as Winter honeysuckle found on Fennel and Fern blog.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lonely Tumblers

Interesting piece on Earth Notes about Lonely Tumblers, tumbleweeds. I really would love to buy some for my home. {update} A very sweet friend offered to send me some!

Flowers A-Z

Sarah Brysk Cohen discusses Flowers from A-Z on Design*Sponge.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I feel broken sometimes.

Yanko Tsvetkov

I don't know whether to cringe or laugh at these - Mapping Stereotypes by graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov. His blog is entertaining as well. Via Lost At E Minor.

Puny peonies

I makes me want to cry to see how sad and puny my peonies are this year! Must figure out what is going on with them!

white peony

Voodoo Lily

Attention Ruth! Mom's friend has this wonderful, crazy plant growing at her place! It doesn't look like something that would be native to Seattle ;) Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon or Voodoo Lily).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bush Anemone

I love finding a new plant and today I found this one at my friend's house. Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth,' commonly called bush anemone, grows slowly to 4 to 6 feet wide with evergreen leaves and yellow-centered, fragrant white flowers. And I must have one!

Meadow Rue

I really love Meadow Rue. There are so many varieties!

Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double'

Thalictrum delavayi aka Meadow Rue

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mance Design

Australian lighting design firm, Mance Design blew me away with their innovative thinking. Candles in the Wind ... so Great Hall ... would love to have that in MY house! So many wonderful lighting ideas, so few rooms to house them! Of course, via Pinterest!

Monday, June 20, 2011

My far-far-away friends

I love Skype! (It is simple and easy to use and I really hope Microsoft doesn't screw that up!) I get to talk to friends I haven't seen in a long time. I talk to new friends that I work with from far away.

My far-away friend Greg, who is talented in so many areas is also composing music ... and I love it! He recently bought a Ukulele and I really love this one too! Love and miss you, Greg!

Precious pups

Found this site via Pinterest, and I have to say - watching puppies learn to play is on the top of my list of delights!


Fractal renders: RoddH and Fractal Lab (by Tom Beddard).

Guilloché Pattern Generator.

Context free art

I have been messing around with tessellations. They are so mesmerizing and interesting.

Owen Jones: The Grammar of Ornament.

Valeria Nascimento

Ceramics by Valeria Nascimento via Pawling Print Studio. Lovely!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ryan Sarah Murphy

Loving! Ryan Sarah Murphy's Notebooks & Paperbacks.

I Don't

Hold on to your breakfast -- Behold the Terrifying Results of the Worst Bridesmaid Dress Contest.


This is lovely!

Ljósið (previously known as Let Yourself Feel) from Esteban Diácono on Vimeo.

Via subblue

In April 2009, Iceland’s neo-classical export Ólafur Arnalds created the 7-song series ‘Found Songs’ – recording a song a day for 7 days and instantly making each track available via Twitter. With artwork contributions from fans via Flickr, this modern release awakens memories of a tradition that seemed lost in the digital age we live in. You should search Ólafur Arnalds on iTunes.

This is a mesmerizing short motion graphics fine art video from Misha Shyukin's Bachelor graduate project. Just makes me want to see more!

Shyscapes (feat. Nils Frahm – Tristana) from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


NounProject collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.

Sleepy Saturday

Everyone here is very tired. From preparation and attendance of a 50th birthday party and surprise wedding last night. Have been very busy this week and having a hard time keeping up with blogging, shooting flowers, cleaning, or anything else.

Today is rainy, cold and foggy. The perfect day to be sleepy, stay on the sofa with a good TV series from Netflix, good book, snuggle with the dogs, listen to the heat click on, listen to some classical ... in other words be totally lazy. Until drag myself upright and get some work done!


I love what Duncan Johnson does with reclaimed wood!

Post it Show Barcelona.

Would have loved to seen the Post It Show Barcelona, wouldn't you? Some of the art.

Shawn Huckins

I feel like I have already blogged about Shawn Huckins' PAINT CHIP SERIES, if so, it is worth blogging it again. Genius! Via The Jealous Curator.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gayle Caruso

Gayle Caruso's catholic church abuse alphabet series is pretty powerful!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The State Mottos

I love Fifty and Fifty's project - THE STATE MOTTOS.

Going Away

I have been dreaming of Going Away to Montana for a long road trip.


FFFFOUND! I AM NOT AN ARTIST an animated gif paranoia about nonstop design workers, gave me a laugh, well the entire page of animations is pretty funny.

Understanding CSS

Biz Ladies post understanding CSS on Design*Sponge.

Really, Jerry?

These kind of emails drive me insane! How stupid do they think we are? Paypal financial update request from "Jerry".


I had forgotten I had joined About.Me some time ago. Here is the funny bit, I didn't know what to say about myself last August ... I felt lost about who I was and couldn't fill out the biography so didn't finish it. Still a little difficult, but I have a better idea now. ;)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Laura Varsky

I am in love with Buenos Aires artist, Laura Varsky's work! Exploratio, love the lettering! Love the patterns. Love it all! Via, where else, Pinterest!

Bored baby

The puppy is bored this morning and I keep asking "where are your parents!?"

David Shillinglaw

David Shillinglaw's hand printed book out through Anteism. ‘Heart Attack of an Artichoke’. The book is 80 pages printed in B&W + Red and Blue Spot Colours (screenprinted cover).

David's blog is a wonderful peak into an working artist space.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Aino-Maija Metsola

Loving these loose and deligtful illustration by Finland Aino-Maija Metsola via Dear Ada.

Ulrike Hamm

I love this jewelry resembling thinly sliced of vegetables by Ulrike Hamm. Via Upon a Fold blog.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Prom Night!

Grandma Alert! They grow up fast. Matt gets a second shot at prom night. Remember when you were that young? I do!

Friday, June 10, 2011


clematis center (looks like an insect)

clematis center (looks like an insect)

clematis backside

Marlene von Dürckheim

Beautiful cubist style painting by Marlene von Dürckheim.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hidden white wildflowers

I wish I could show you how tiny these are! I found them growing profusely under the hydrangea and then noticed these tiny, tiny hairs on the little flower bulbs.

can you see the little hairs?

little white flowers

little white flowers

little white flowers

Meg Hitchcock

WOW! Meg Hitchcock via Colossal. This is her statement: "In my series Mantras & Meditations, I examine and deconstruct the word of God as interpreted through the world religions. I select passages from holy books and cut the letters from one passage to form the text of another. For example, I may cut up a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible and reassemble it as a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, or I may use type from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. A continuous line of text forms the words and sentences in a run-on manner, without spaces or punctuation, creating a visual mantra of devotion."

Flowery words

Having so much fun, but have to go run errands!

Using watercolor brushes and some from BittBox ... so much fun!