Tuesday, December 30, 2008

stina persson :: am i the last to know?

think she was featured on notcot awhile ago, but i just saw her work for the first time and it's beautiful!

Monday, December 29, 2008

too cold to wear skirts? i think not.

i'm sick of pants and i'm making a new skirt. now that i've blogged about it, i'm being held accountable. see, that's how it works. it worked for my halloween costume...

and i don't care that i live in new hampshire where i'm supposed to don the seasonal attire of smart wool socks with my birkenstocks. or that i work at a company full of engineers that wear the same thing they left high school in (well there are a few exceptions of course, there are always exceptions).

i'm going to snuff out seasonal depression one skirt at a time. now if only the sun would come out.

home for the holidays


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Wishes :: Gwen Frostic

Though I fail again at posting her prints, I've been re-skimming the Gwen Frostic biography I gave to my mother for Christmas and wanted to share a few of her inspirational quotes, poems, and thoughts as we look forward to the new year and all that it has to offer.

"Creativity is freedom, knowledge is creativity."

"Be a part of your own drama... Do your own thinking... Dreams without work are fantasy, work without dreams is drudgery... There's never a problem you will face that you cannot solve yourself... You will never get an idea about something you know nothing about... There's always more than one way to do something. Seek the alternative... Progress doesn't need to be destruction."

"Youth means the temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease..."

"Everyone in the creative field has the responsibility to do his part to prevent the destruction of nature. We must try to get people to think differently rather than do differently..."

and finally

"Nothing in the world is so powerful as an idea whose time has come."

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santalaceae :: aka mistletoe

mistletoe, one of my favorite holiday traditions
interesting facts about mistletoe (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe)
1. it is a hemi-parasitic plant
2. it causes gastrointestinal problems
and finally
3. "It was the plant of peace in Scandinavian antiquity. If enemies met by chance beneath it in a forest, they laid down their arms and maintained a truce until the next day." This ancient Scandinavian custom led to the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe."

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

pahr rrrrum pum pum pum

so i lied, maybe tomorrow i'll post some gwen frostic prints. here's a pattern instead.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


gwen frostic :: today's heroine

such an incredible woman. i'll post examples of her lovely prints tomorrow (need to sort through my favorites). talent brought to you from the lovely state of michigan! shaped like my favorite wintertime handwear, michigan brings a plethora of wonderful things... beef jerky... nature and wildlife... detroit (slows bbq: http://slowsbarbq.com/ best bbq in the world!)... gwen frostic's letterpress studio and "curiosity shop" with original working heidelberg presses...

so until tomorrow, please enjoy the video:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

fyi :: printing on fabric

is easy as pie on an ink jet printer. instructions found here:
(has other great "how tos" including making flexible circuits using an inkjet printer).

to insure color fast ink follow this link:

now to make a laser cutter at home and all of my dreams will have come true!

mmmeh... thought i'd put it out there anyway


Thursday, December 4, 2008


pistachio is an eco-gift store that recently opened in canada- one of my best pals, pete, has been a contributing designer since it's inception. so excited!! can't wait to visit.

patyka :: mmm!

i love visiting my friend adam. during my last visit, i fell in love in his shower... with a French... line of organic bath and body products. patyka is produced by the small firm he now works for (yep, just ended my sentence with a preposition).
partake: http://www.patykausa.com/index.htm

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

what's it to ya?

sometimes i have daydreams about the illustrations from my high school spanish text book (circa 1972) and more recently art nouveau (wink).

so i took a break...