Monday, July 31, 2006


... Comes in the smallest ways. Last night my Dad was telling me a story - he's the ebst story teller. His boss was asking him why something had happened - why was this____ broken. And since there was no logical reason for it being broken my Dad simply said "Well... Why did God make little green apples" and I lost it. I thought it was the best darn thing he ever said and than proceeded to spend this entire morning creating prints totally inspired by this little passing comment. And yes, that's my Dad and his very BIG attitude.

And since blogger sucks I'm only showing off one print...... Is anyone else out there having an intensely hard time uploding jpg's??

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday!!

Self Portrait as........ Vectorized. Since this is one of my newest obsessions, I figured I should do a self portrait. I think I have just figured out posting on Self Portrait Tuesday, I even got my handy dandy SPT button over there. So we'll see how it goes.... If only Blogger would cooperate, AHHHH!

Monday, July 24, 2006

A poppy kind of weekend

It was such a beautiful weekend. It was actually hot here. We made some huge changes round here. We cleaned house this weekend. I think believe the amount of junk you can aquire over just couple of years. We have done our first round of discard, there will be at least a couple more rounds before we move. When you your moving 3,000 miles away you only want to bring the essentials, moving is bad enough even when your moving around the corner. After all this I decided to paint a new painting on a very large canvas and I just hate it. So much so I can't stop thinking about going home and painting over it. I attemped an abstract kind of thing. You see, at the office the walls are so bare and dead and I have three huge canvases at home that are either not painted on yet or just need painting over. I thought I could just do something easy and abstract, nothing too invasive and hang them in the office. Well for so reason during the painting process I deviated from my original abstract design and was feeling very inspired by a digital piece I did early (above). Lets just say it just kept getting worse and worse. Oh and also I'm using a limited color palette because I wanted to use up all our old tube paints (cleaning out). So things we just getting muddier and muddier. It was horrible, I hate looking at it or even thinking about it and it's huge. AHHHHH!!! I feel like I wasted so much time.... Why did I change my mind right in the middle of the painting.... Bad idea! Now I have to fix it, darn it.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I see vectors when I close my eyes





That may sound strange to anyone who doesn't play with graphic programs. Since one of it's definitions is - An organism, such as a mosquito or tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another. Than there is - A bacteriophage, plasmid, or other agent that transfers genetic material from one cell to another. And yet another - A force or influence. Boy, Vector has many meanings - A course or direction, as of an airplane. But this is the one I'm talking about - A one-dimensional array. I certainly am a dork. But what am I talking about? Above are what I have been making all week and lovin it. It's just that when I close my eyes, I see all the little vectors that it takes to make just one line of all the tons of lines it takes to make just one girl.. But look what you can get.

Monday, July 17, 2006

A new Blanket for a new Boy

Walking home

There's a new baby in the family!
Andrew's brother and his wife just had a little boy (about a month ago) named Maxwell... pretty cute huh? I have been wanting to make this darn blanket since months before he was born. But it took a while to get started, I had to order the fabric since I was feeling so picky and then there were other projects that needed to be finished first. I'm happy to say that it's going out to them tomorrow. I'm getting good at this finishing thing.
The fields outside our home have been so beautiful lately - golden wheat and amber colors, so during our evening walk we decided it would make a good place to photograph the blanket..

Friday, July 14, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Super Sqrl and Her Sidekick Doctor Bunsen

These will be pins one day.......

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Nothing new (that's acutally interesting)

Not a digital collage but an old collage I did by hand. I just recently came across it in an old folder. I just love the story it tells. I called - Midsummer Nights Dream - Of course..

Lots of new things at work though. Things that make my job 10 times easier, less stressful and even more boring. I can deal with the boring part now that I have my fancy dancy computer that I take to work. I'm discovering digital collages and re-discovering Gimp and it's wonderful tricks. I have been in Inkscape land for so long because that's where the web design magic happens, that I kind of forgot what Gimp can do. I'll show off eventually, but not yet. We're currently working on two sites - Humboldt Herbals and Gina's Holistic Nutrition. I love that so far everyone we've worked with have been so much like us - lifestyle, I mean. I am sure that will change though when we move away from Humboldt County.
If you've never been here, you should visit because there is no where on Earth like this place. The people, the land, the weather, the attitute and the beauty - as much as I complain about the seemingly endless fog, when the sun does grace us with his presence it is simply beautiful here and almost untouched. It never gets hot here (by the ocean, of course) and it never really gets that cold either, jsut damp. But if you visit at the right time of the year (which seems to change from year to year) you'll never forget it. Enough selling, the issue I have is that it's like void - even most cell phones don't work here. This void can be great thing if you're trying to run away from the rest of the world, than this is your place. But to grow and learn of the world, this is not the place. There are almost only one color (I personaly prefer all kinds of color)of people here and almost everyone is a least a particle green Earth lovin' hippy - this is not a bad thing but it's like 'preaching to the choir' here. I think we would be better off if we all spread out and covered more territory. We could reach more people, teach more people and open more minds than just just northern California. This is why we are leaving. I had already been thinking along these line when a friend and may be futrure family member - Jenny came up from LA to shoot a movie and stayed for about a month and got to know the area a little. She came for dinner one night and told us that she thinks we are wasted here. Our views, our beliefs and lifesytle are wasted here. There is no one for us the teach no change to be made. Well.... That set the ball rolling - thank you Jenny. And here we are planning our next move. Now since I moved to California all I ever wanted to do was move back to the east coast (northern) that is where I most resonate in this country, just never felt right on this coast. And since we know people in the Philly area that is where we are landing first. This is a little scarey because I left there a girl just married for two weeks and now returning with my own life and my not so very 'normal' views on life. Hummm..... This is quite a little stressful venture. First needing to convince Andrew that we weren't moving to the east coast just to be near my family - to him that is a big deal and I should want to go there for myself not for anyone else because I want to, not because someone else (Mom) needs me to. This was settled in my head but, he needed convincing alas though, I think only time will prove that. Than I have to continue to be my own person (of course) but I've only really done that here and with Andrew's family and my more recent friends so I'm wondering how that will be around my family and old close friends. It's the unknown that we usually wonder (worry) most about. This I know is the back of my head that everything will be just fine, I'm not moving 'in' with my parents and they're not the kind of people who smuther either. Just me worrying about the future. Then there's the little things - where exactly to live, will the truch make the trip, what the hell do we do with the truck when we get there, Jobs (the worst part) and stuff tons and tons of stuff that has grown over the years. I think I want to live in Manayunk/Roxborough area, I'm putting that out in the universe... That way may be someone out there is listening and will get us there. It's just outside the city, but still very city-like, old industrial area that is now very artsy and fun, but expensive. Keep your fingers crossed.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!!!!

It's good to be free!

No red, white and blue here, don't really dig that color combination. But, sunflower are about as American as you can get.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Things I've been up to lately

This is a little backpack made from old jeans for my Sister-in-law, Zuri. She is 8 (I think) and is the artist who drew this drawing of herself and the one down below of Kai (my and her nephew).

I've been going embroidery crazy lately. It's becoming one of my favorite things to do.

This pillow, which is filled with lavender and cotton and this bag is for my Mom for her birthday. The bag is made from an old favorite pair of corduroys. Gotta love recycling.

A bag for Brooke, Kai's Mom, my Sister-in-law ans very good friend.

I've been participating in the 'finish what you have' month. I think it was for a month - June. think your supposed to have a flicker account and show off your finished pieces but for some reason I don't really want a flicker account. Don't know, may be because everyone has one. But anyway it's such a darn good idea - this finish what you have concept - that I'm continuing to do it into July (and hopefully forever). I always have way too many projects going and always needing to finish something. I've actually been able to get caught up recently, I can't believe it but it's true. And here are some of the finished pieces. It feels so good.