Thursday, June 30, 2005

take your pet to blog #3

pinky leon reminds me of one of Columbian artist Fernando Botero's figures in this photo. makes me want to draw him very chubby, with tiny feet. i think the motion in the photo distorts PL's proportions..

check out the PL slideshow if you missed it last week! ;-)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

summertime creatures

i finally finished my cards for monstertown's summertime creatures postcard swap. my creatures are summertime goats. i like goats, with their horizontal pupils. anyhow, here are all 25 of them together. they look suspiciously like a quilt...

i may put up a slideshow of the cards later. i had planned to just do a drawing and photocopy it, but then i thought i should try something different for me - collage. haven't done a collage since elementary school. it was quite time consuming, but the cutting and pasting was soothing. i used pieces of a brochure/map of stockholm (i figured a lot of my summertime memories are of Sweden) and a deck of angel cards. it's funny how there were connections between the photos in the brochure, streets/parks in stockholm and the angel words. i guess that's what happens in collage, random connections.

self portrait tuesday #3

quick, squishy sketch with funky nose on a lovelydesign pad

red currant has a list of SPT participants.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

a fig and a rose

on friday, i ate this sumptous, organic fig and then i went to Mati's and Hugh's art show at Triptych. it made me so happy! i love the characters (animals and people) in both of their art. the show is up through July 9 i think. check it out! make sure to walk down the hallway.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Happy Pride! och Glad Midsommar!

Happy Pride Weekend SF people! see you at the Dyke March.
(soundtrack to this weekend is high volume Le Tigre, Missy Elliot, Peaches...)

also, Glad Midsommar!! read about Swedish Midsommar holiday on Francis Strand's blog.
(soundtrack to this is Sma Grodorna and some Evert Taube)

ana ventura and links

most of you who read my blog are probably already familiar with ana ventura, but for those of you who aren't, check out her blog. the colors are SO beautiful. and look at the beautiful paper collage people. here is one of them:

some other links. don't know where i found all of them. most through port2port.

thimble - crafty blog
Juju Loves Polka Dots - crafty blog, beautiful colors
poppy - design blog

Karin's Style Blog - design blog and Karin's site - beautiful artwork
Christian Northeast - illustrator
Messy Pics - photography
David Maisel - beautiful photos and website, wow!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

take your pet to blog thursday #2 a slideshow

my Rosa Pomar doll finally arrived. she took the scenic route i think.

i have never made a slideshow before or loaded something like a slideshow to my site. i think i managed to after some trial and error and confusion, though it has some problems. the pics show up as x's first and then pictures. maybe someone can give me a tip on how to fix it. but check it out.

slideshow of pinky leon with my new doll from Rosa!

i can't believe pinky leon cooperated for it! (the tea party is inspired by Camilla's photos of her dog Morran with plushie friends.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

self portrait tuesday #2 and read about zach

bathroom shots

here is another. i like the blue light through the door on this one.

these were taken right before going to see margaret cho. i looked a lot less serious during the show! :-) what margaret says is hilarious and politically right on!, but her facial expressions and her impersonations are the funniest i think.

margaret also has a blog. i just read about zach there. zach was put by his parents into some crazy, scary fucked up place called "Love in Action." the organization's "christian" leader says, "I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery." INFURIATING. can't believe a parent would send their child to such a person/place. sign a petition against the insanity here.

zach's blog

Sunday, June 19, 2005

custom cozies

here are the cozies i made for my aunt and uncle in sweden. they requested one red and one blue. i actually really like having assignments, though i do have trouble sticking to the rules. i hope they don't mind the extra colors.

here is the extra blue one i made, but i'm thinking they'll choose the above one because it's a bit bigger (and nicer in my opinion).

Friday, June 17, 2005

save whales

found through Rosa and Kim: Greenpeace Virtual March to stop whaling. it's pretty cool how many countries and people are participating in this!


i'm very excited for this weekend! i'm going to see Margaret Cho tonight, celebrating my friend's 2 year old's birthday tomorrow, and seeing Lucinda Williams in Stern Grove on Sunday!

also am excited to finish two custom order cozies for my aunt and uncle in Sweden.

and i think i finally have a vague idea of what i want to do for the Monstertown postcard swap. time to get crackin'!

here is an in progress picture of the wrap-ish scarf i finished recently. unfortunately the picture doesn't show the shimmery-ness of the yarn, which is the best part...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

take your pet to blog thursday

kitty corner

and a PL landscape

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

self portrait tuesday #1

i'm joining A Bird in the Hand, Mama Unraveled, Red Currant and port2port in self portrait tuesday. who else is doing it?

i had to post this one because it made me laugh so when it happened. i spose it's obvious what happened, but if not, i was lying on the floor, trying to take a self portrait and pinky leon decided right then to leap over my head. hehehe.

here is a slightly, though not much, better one.

Sunday, June 12, 2005


my links page has been updated, finally.

got to borrow a friend's car this weekend, so i went to fabric stores i normally don't get out to, like Thimble Creek in Walnut Creek. they have A LOT of fabrics, including a lot of reproduction fabrics from the 30's if anyone out there is looking for those.

i spent too much money on fabric. and i meant to buy in between colors. muted, earthy colors. instead i come back with these. i'm always drawn to the brighter colors even though i know those in between colors are what usually surprise me and work really well NEXT to the bright ones. next time...

my favorites:

i'm finally feeling like sewing again.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

frukost pa Gustavsberg fat

breakfast on a Gustavsberg plate.
toast with Sticky Fingers jam. yumba.
this is one of my favorite little plates. whenever i go to Sweden i go to the used plate store in Kungsholmen, Stockholm and take some fun plates home with me. little delicious pieces of Swedish design history. i'll show more plates another day.

now for some illustration links found through Tania Howells and Cindy of Learning Daily, both great illustrators themselves:
Kim's Suitcase - whimsical and creative, with great details
Missy Chimovitz - funny and lovely drawings. check out her website too.
ikastikos - i like the she played with fire one

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

earth friendly links

tree hugger - blog about all things environmental. there is so much great info on this site. all the below links except for the last were found on tree hugger.

The Turtle Press - recycled papers, journals, etc.

Mango Moon Yarns - recycled sari yarns!
Blue Sky Alpacas - beautiful yarns, some organic

American Apparel Organics - very cool! the brand against sweat shops now also has organic cotton clothing

and Killing My Lobster isn't really very related to earth friendliness, but they are ridiculously funny. the earth needs humor too i spose. if this hilarious comedy group is coming to your town, see them! your sides will ache, i promise.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


sketch of my mom's old horse, Misabi (who turned from dark, dappled grey to white over the years). from a photo. i haven't drawn from a photo since high school, but was inspired by the weird angle Misabi coming out of darkness. also haven't drawn much for quite some time, so am out of practice. wow horses are so detailed - their veins and muscles. what creatures! unlike my mom, i've not been much into riding, but horses sure are beautiful to look at. which reminds me of a Lame Deer quote that Alice Walker quotes in her book of poems 1965-90,

We had no word for the strange animal we got from the white man - the horse. So we called it sunka wakan, "holy dog." For bringing us the horse we could almost forgive you for bringing us whiskey. Horses make a landscape look more beautiful. - Lame Deer, Lame Deer Seeker of Visions

Monday, June 06, 2005

take your pet to blog day

inspired by port2port's take your pet to blog day tuesdays, here are a couple of the many faces of pinky leon. oops. i just realized port2port's take your pet to blog day is thursday, not tuesday. i guess i might as well just post this now then. since i can't wait until thursday, i may as well not wait until tuesday! sometimes i am very impatient.

and, the rarely caught on film (or digi), tummy roll, for liz. PL misses you liz!

and here is PL as usual trying to tell me i need to STEP AWAY from the computer.

next tuesday i may join A Bird In The Hand's self portrait tuesdays.

Friday, June 03, 2005

edible art

photo links: DYSWIS She also has great links, all of which I haven't checked out yet.
your waitress photos - a Berkeley woman
Nick Feder - 15 years old ? and beautiful portraits

art: Blanka Sperkova - wow! found through Camilla and
my friend Oona, a prolific and amazing artist, who lives too far away (NY) from me! here is one of her paintings:

check out her site

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Fucking Amal-esque

am currently enjoying:

Lala Land's site and Sanna's blog and photos

It seems like Sanna experienced something similar to the girls in the movie "Show Me Love," or "Fucking Amal" as it's called in Swedish. I thought Swedes were more openminded about queerness than people in the U.S. Not always I guess.

For the non-Swedish readers, 18 year old Sanna and her girlfriend at first were told they couldn't attend a school dance together. Then then were told they could, but one of them would have to wear a suit (which i find kind of amusing - so it's ok for two girls to dance with each other as long as one is butch or in drag or pretending to be a boy???). Then they were going to be allowed to both wear dresses, but couldn't participate in dances where partners changed, because then hetero girls might have to dance with a LESBIAN!! Oh the horror! (The word lesbian is said in a loud whisper. That's how my coworker says it because lesbians are so SCANDALous! hehehe) As usual the discrimination is made into the lesbian's problem instead of the problem of the homophobe. Just imagine if this were a race issue. Anyway, congrats and thanks to Sanna and Eva for being proud and courageous!

In more local and less interesting news, here is the scarf I'm making for Jen. She asked for zippy, and stripes came to mind. Look no further if you're reading this Jen!