Monday, June 29, 2009

leaving leaf

an sf leaf necklace for blanche who is leaving sf.



Friday, June 26, 2009


here's part (the box) of a graphic design book project i did last semester. it started with an exquisite corpse drawing this evening. erica, karin and peter did the drawing, and then i wrote a little story to go along with it and designed an unfolding book (resembling how an exquisite corpse unfolds). i finally got around to mailing one off to my cousin and peter in sweden a week or so ago, so am posting this now.

(the box should close with a velcro snap, but the paper isn't sturdy enough for that.)

bigger here

looks like summer in sweden

Thursday, June 25, 2009


i'm excited that we are starting sew green posting again on a more regular (weekly!) basis.
i think there is going to be a post later today...

thursday flickrs
so sweet
way to home
grand central

just starting to read eat drink one woman, but am digging this new york gal's writing about living in sweden for six months. she's funny!

var ligger trosa? (swedes are almost as bad at geography as americans!)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

it did not fall off

one of my favorite things about the bay area is the food—the diversity of restaurants/eateries, the farms, the freshness. i also am fascinated and inspired by the food networks here—the way local farmers and chefs and entrepreneurs support one another. there are now THREE organic ice creameries within a twenty minute walk from my house, all using organic cream from straus farm in marin. straus was the first all organic dairy farm west of the mississippi. (they have also been and are innovative in waste management.)

so today i tried the newest and closest to me of the three creameries in the mission, xanath. i had a cone with huckleberry + chocolate. the huckleberry was delicious! chocolate was good too. i like that i can
satisfy my sweet tooth while supporting sustainable farming, truly happy cows and local businesses!

Friday, June 19, 2009

happy midsummer

in little otsu's window, a big teapot of lilli carre's. here is her book.

i wish i was in sweden dancing around the midsummer pole. eating a jordgubbstarta. maybe drinking snaps.

ps. mcewan's the comfort of strangers turned out to have a disturbing ending. but i do recommend saturday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


is how i've felt this week so far. but tomorrow will be better.

seeing sandra's book did make me happy.
as did these guys, found on emma's blog.

i am all about ian mcewan's books lately. so good.

like cockatoos by the cure
the lighthouse
by interpol

did you use the word er in the 80's/90's?
how about roust? roust actually turned out to be a word specific to where i grew up. my high school friends and i realized this when we left home and used the word roust regularly in conversation, much to everyone else's confusion. roust can be a verb (
to make fun of) or a noun (an act of ridicule). what a roust! it is kind of fun to have a word that only people around your age and from where you grew up use. an identifier.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

hey kiddo

when i went to pick up my mom at the san francisco airport a couple days ago, i waited for her at the luggage claim. i sat beneath this great imagine bus exhibit. i didn't write down the name of the artist unfortunately (all elementary school kids), but the one above is called
bumblebee house, i remember that. bad photo—sorry.

my mom and i went to the san francisco center for the book exhibit, once upon a book. the exhibit features six children's book illustrators and focuses on their process(es) of creating illustrations. i liked them all, but i especially enjoyed maira kalman's work. so funny--both the text and the paintings. (
i finally made the connection that tibor kalman was her husband. i have appreciated them both for a while now.) here's a fun, short youtube of maira talking about her books about pete (who is her dog in real life).

Friday, June 05, 2009

diamonds on the soles of her shoes

dots/diamonds day 6: knitted diamonds

i guess it turned out to be mostly dots/diamonds from my closet this week. i realized i have a lot of old clothes! the above icelandic sweater i bought at a thrift store in sweden in 1991. i still wear it. it smells very wooly. almost makes me feel like bleating. ;-)

there are a lot of good song titles and songs with diamonds in them, huh?!

paul simon and ladysmith black mambazo

sawdust and diamonds
time is the diamond
black diamond bay
diamonds and rust

Thursday, June 04, 2009

lucy in the sky with diamonds

dots/diamonds day 5: finally, some dots from outdoors

above is from sf's own seurat (corner of guerrero and 19th).

when i was little, i thought the beatles were singing about peanuts--lucy in the sky with linus.

i think these are dots
definitely dots

diamond legs


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

field of diamonds

dots/diamonds week continues indoors

above is my mormor's bag i mentioned here.
and calendar by chris duncan.


my kind of diamond earrings (not blood diamonds) from susan at sulu

dots when they sleep from hanne

rain in camden dots

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

headlights look like diamonds

it's another day of dots/diamonds from my closet. honestly i could probably fill two weeks with dots and diamonds from in there. but i do intend to find some outside too. they are everywhere, but none of my outdoor diamond photos from today were remotely interesting.

arcade fire

some diamonds from betsy walton
here and here and here and all over really

Monday, June 01, 2009

shine on you crazy diamond

well, i found these diamonds in my closet. i didn't have time to photo outside today. more polkas and diamonds to come this week!