Wednesday, April 21, 2010

lemon drop wishes

I put together this fun lemon drop card for a friend's birthday with a craft box, vintage print media and lemon drops.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I could spend all day in the sun... I did this weekend. Alas, too much work to do, but only 2 more days until we jet off to Portland for a vacation!

our tennis motto with family this weekend:
"we're so bad, we're good"

circuit earrings

I made a new pair of earrings this weekend. I threaded beads onto an old circuit(the bottom part) and then looped it onto an ear wire. Voila!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yama Syphon Brewer

Syphon, Intelligentsia from Department of the 4th Dimension on Vimeo.

There you have it-a fresh cup of syphoned coffee. Though this is way too much of a process to make coffee in the morning for me, I am curious to try a cup. I bet it's great. I'll have to pick up a cup when I'm in Chicago or LA. See more here.

Friday, April 16, 2010


19 1/4 x 23 1/4"
mixed media


8 1/2 x 11"
original prose acrylic screen print on vintage media


8 3/4 x 6 3/4" in frame
vintage media collage

Thursday, April 15, 2010

creativity in education

I've been reading a bit about education recently. The philosophies, practices and curricula is quite interesting. Of particular interest...Unschooling, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf education.

Nate over at hearblack posted a great TED talk video on creativity in education. I couldn't have watched it at a more perfect time. Watch it here.

{photo of my jotters, find more in my etsy shop}

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Soel: Shining Pain

Love the sax in the middle. I played alto saxophone for 9 years, so I'm partial to sax pieces.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

five alive

a weekend project
two found new homes with friends
three are with me

Friday, April 9, 2010

what I'm eating

Gnocchi with ramps, toasted walnuts, shaved gouda and pumpkin puree

Have you tried ramps? They are fabulous and can add tremendous flavor to dishes. Ramps are wild onions native to North America. Their flavor resembles onions, leeks and garlic. They have a short season so we are trying to get our fill.

To see what else I'm eating with ramps, click on over to A Merry Mishap.


A solo exhibition by Michael MacGarry at Brodie/Stevenson : 18 February - 19 March 2010

"I said to myself, what is the good of talking to them.
If they buy knowledge, it is only to resell it.
They want cheap knowledge to sell at a profit.
They want nothing which would stand in the way of their victory.
They don't want to be oppressed, they want to oppress.
They don't want progress, they want to be first.
They will submit to anyone who promises them they can make the laws.
I wondered what I could say to them.
I decided it was that."

- Jean-Luc Godard, Weekend, 1967

Go check it out>>>>>

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Male Bowerbirds create complex bowers to attract a mate. They are true art installations. I find it disturbing, however, that our garbage is every imaginable place on Earth. We produce so much that we cannot contain it. Straws and bottle tops do not belong in nature. Who needs them?

See more bowers here.

Read more about Bowerbirds here and here.

thrifting finds

straw mexican picnic tote + vintage books + silk scarf + part object, part sculpture art book + vintage typewriter + fitted moto jacket + antique donut cutter + vintage postcard

assateague mobile

We visited Assateague Island in the off season a few years ago. It wasn't swimming weather, but we had the beach almost to ourselves. We walked for miles collecting shells and snapping photos. The sky was a magnificent blue and the sun warmed our faces. We met a few fishermen. We saw a few wild ponies.

I used some of our small shells and a piece of driftwood to make a mobile when we arrived home. It has been hanging in our living room since our trip, reminding us of that adventure together.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

right now

my head is on fire
i am angry
i think tears are in order

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

bits of the week

What a fun and busy week it has been...

I started out the week in my hometown with my family. We made dinner, went for walks and went hiking along the St. Croix River in WI. The trees were budding and we were surrounded by soft new conifers sprouting up. Too bad I didn't snap any photos.
We've been enjoying Sicilian blood oranges in pretty wrappers and champagne mangoes(aka manilla mangoes).
We are making steady progress on a wedding invitation project. It's actually our first big collaborative project. We're excited. I'll share when we're finished!
I love my ancient metal tub. It's small, but it's mighty. The metal retains the heat for so long. Saul enjoys the warm tub as soon as I drain it.
We enjoyed dinner at Lucia's on Saturday. The leek risotto was fabulous. I could eat leeks every day. Then drinks at Barbette and a concert downtown. I could still feel the beat moving through me when I woke up this morning.
I found this story in the NY Times interesting. Anybody else see it?