Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fibershed


My friend Paige Greene writes a blog that makes me want to change my life.  She takes photos that make me wish I'd stuck with photography back in the day and become even a fraction as good as she is.  She educates me with information that makes me feel like I could move to a farm, grow my own food, and have some chickens running alongside my new doggie.  She shows me how the world could actually be a better place, if we all just did the right thing.


Her most recent venture is documenting Fibershed.  For anyone that believes in a cause, or loves natural fibers, or is a major textile lover, this one's for you.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's That Time of Year


I bought a box of Girl Scout cookies the other day and, for the first time, really looked at the photos on the box:   It occured to me, as I was putting my-idea-of-a-perfect-cookie in my mouth,  that the photo reflected exactly how I felt when I realized one day I was gonna grow up and be able to buy as many boxes of Thin Mints as I wanted.   And wouldn't have to share them with anyone.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dr. Kids

My 1st graders have run the gamut of sicknesses this year.
There's been the ever persistent ear-ache:  the silent and invisible, continual "oooouuuchh" every time you make eye contact with one of them.  Then there's your seemingly every day stomach-ache, but this one seems to always be accompanied by a sore throat.  Unusual, but thats when we know it's really hit.  Who has a stomach-ache with a sore throat attached?  This group of walking contagious viruses does!

While I'm constantly covering my food as we eat lunch side by side and they're telling me the latest knock-knock joke (interrupting cow..., boo hoo who?..., orange-ya glad I didn't say banana?...), spittle flying, landing on my salami sandwich, they seem totally oblivious.  Part of it might have to do with our year-long study of bacteria or "germs", as they used to refer to them:  They've learned the difference between bad bacteria and good bacteria.  So the talking over your food doesn't seem to faze them in the least:  they figure if they feel fine, they're only flinging out the good stuff.

The kids learned the names and the results of 20+ different bacteria this year.  So, when tiny, little, soft-spoken, 6-year-old A. went to the doctor, covered in spots, the exchange went something like this...

Doc:  A. , don't be afraid, but you appear to have impetigo.

A:  Oh, like impetigo staphylococcus?!

But, of course.

Her mom regaled us all with the tale the next day.

Even when they're at their lowest moments, their brilliance for resilience shines through.  Picture this:  I've got one hand on O.'s forehead and one holding a bucket under his chin, as we run through the halls, racing towards an available toilet stall.  I'm petrified of the puke landing in my face or on my clothes, and he's just yellow, running along side of me.

We make it just in time.  Well, almost in time.  Close enough for most of to land in the bowl.  I end up cleaning the rest of it up (and everyone asks why I didn't have the janitor do it?  I don't know.  I like our janitor and it seemed as much my duty as his).  Poor O. was crying a little and saying he feels like he's always sick!  It always happens to him!  Finally, when all things had been expended, and I kept my own reactive-retching under control, I was still holding one hand on O's forehead when he groaned to me,

O:  miss molly? miss molly? can you believe how I have so many inventions in my head all the time?

...and away he went.  The worst of the puking behind him, dreams of bigger things in front of him, he continued on with the details and the catch-22's of his latest invention, while I listened and nodded in agreement with his grandiose ideas.

A new theory, perhaps?
From sickness comes genuius.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

stella on a weekend


oh boy.
i can totally see why people dedicate entire websites to their pet.

stella dressed for a friend's birthday.  
as in, my friend asked if we would dress her up in this outfit for his birthday.  
she loved every minute of it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

family name





(mucho thanks, video via m.e., who luckily knows me too well)

Friday, March 26, 2010

stelllllaaahhhhh!

I don't know where to begin.  I'm not even quite sure what happened.

Though, one version goes like this:
It was a Saturday.
RK was out on a huge bike ride.  I planned on sitting at the computer and working all day.
I walked out of the apartment to get toilet paper at walgreens.
I came home with a dog.

And not just any dog.  The most gorgeous little girl dog I've ever seen.  I have never, in my life, felt this way about a little furry creature.

Yes, yes, I like animals--though many of my friends think I'm slightly cold or distant when it comes to their animals, or I don't like their cats... I DO, honestly.  I like them.
But this? THIS is love.  It's crazy.  I feel a little crazy. 


When I picked her up from the little open cage that held her and a few other rescued dogs, waiting to be adopted, I held her to my chest and she melted into me.  Tears started streaming down my face and I couldn't talk.  It was a completely surreal moment as the people around began turning towards me asking if this was my dog? was i adopting? had anyone ever seen a dog relax into someone like that? hey, thats magic! wow! what you two have is something! ohmygod, did someone just fall in love? wow, look at you two together!  It felt amazing, but what I said outloud was, "oh, I don't know.  I just came out to get some toilet paper, really, but...but....yet...I can't seem to put her down"  ohno, don't put her down! they all cried in unison (it seemed)  that's your dog! take her home!  that doesn't often happen like that (or) that's what happened to me and my dog, that's just how it happened, we fell in love.

It was clear, I was going home with this dog.

The moment I walked away from that corner, with this little, innocent, soft-furred being, I immediately suffered mom-fear:   What if she cuts her paw on a piece of glassWhat if another dog bites her?  What if she gets hit by a carOhmygod, she's gonna die one of these days.  I don't want to loose her!  I went through it all.  Then, I got home, put her on my lap and waited.
And waited.
And waited.
For the next 5 hours, she slept, I stroked her gorgeous coat, I stared at her and I thought about what I was going to tell RK when he got home*.


Another version is that I was ready to fall in love.  I was ready to make another commitment in my life.  Thank you to anon, for sending me that Ferris video clip, it made me sit up just a little bit more and look around a little bit more clearly.  The fact is, I inked messages on my forearms for this very reason:  I want to be here now and be able to let go at the very same time.  Stella Marie, this innocent, soft-furred being, is forcing me to do this.
Thank goodness.


*I needn't have spent much time thinking about what to say to RK.  He walked in the door, took one look at her and that's all she wrote.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm feeling tops!


Tori Higa recently wrote to me asking me to be part of Today's Top Stationary Artists 2!
And I'm over the moon about it!  I'm sending out my package of cards today, with answers to a little interview, as well. 

I always find it a little strange to talk about myself and my art work, but being asked to be under the umbrella title of "today's top" anything helped me get the good vibes going.

The book is slated for January 2011-- which sounds far away, but when things in your life are scheduled right up thru summer, it truly feels right around the corner!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

sunday go to meetin time

I rarely let myself make something unless I'm pretty damn sure I'm gonna love it.  Or, at least, some aspect of it.  Though, I know I fall in love with a lot of my first drafts that don't always translate as lovingly to everyone else.  But, lately, I've sorta felt like it's time to let it all go and make whatever comes to my brain.  There's gotta be some redeeming value in the 'practice' of art.


Strange, wacky and, at the same time, totally innocuous... these won't go anywhere but right here (or to my neice for moving on up to 8th grade) yet, it sorta feels like I'm on to something...it's just around the corner.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

cheesy, but true

No, I did not travel to the moon.  These are not some strange mushrooms I found.  They are not little animals.  This is the cheese display in my local, organic market.  I was shopping for some goodies one night on the way home from work and noticed this new little box of special cheeses on display.  I immediately went over to John, the manager, and asked if I could take some upclose shots of the fabulous, curious, little rounds.  I guess my excitement peaked the interest of a few others that heard me and they decided to come see for themselves (i'm sure they were thinking:  'who the hell gets this excited about mold on cheese? friggin weird!') ...and the next thing I knew, I had four employees peering into the cheese case, two of them holding it open for me while I turned on the micro lens and shot away.  They're best viewed in all their glory (clicking on the photo to enlarge it) and even then I didn't do them justice.


There's such a beauty in mold.  I don't appreciate it much in the shower, or behind the kitchen sink,  but in cheese, I find it to be spectacular.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Things That Make Me Believe



(thanks to RK for making my day)




(thanks to TF at TMUTF)


 and, my Creature Comforts, I can't get enough of them!
(and i also can't embed them here, unfortunately!)


Monday, March 15, 2010

gifted me

I'm thinking about buying myself some birthday gifts for the big one coming up in April... and here's where I will start:

 story time





lets stay home


After looking at all of Ashley G's work, I felt like I could happily fill a wall!  Her images just speak to me.  And there's so much more to see here and here.    (thanks for the idea, t)

Friday, March 12, 2010

i don't search, i fumble

I really never learned the whole key-word-search-concept on the internets!  I'm a terrible finder when I want something, which is frustrating, but often, I end up fumbling into something much, much better than what I went looking for...

Case in point:  Brooke ShadenEvery image more intense than the next.  Every title a perfect question.

 
Immortal Bird


Spin Cycle



The Inconvenience of Spirits



Fetus

Often, with a magician of sorts, I don't like them going on and on about how the tricks are done,  Keep it magic already! ...but Brooke actually writes a very interesting, modest blog that tells you what goes behind each shoot:  not only the technical process but her thought process, as well.

A story in Older Terms
And I only went on flickr looking for images of 'long hair'...there you go:  from a shallow moment of wishing I had long, lusterous hair,  I came upon these photos and got all caught up the inspiration of doing what you long to do.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Happiness in Chaos

I'm happiest in full-work-mode.  We had a winter break last week and I took total advantage of it:  Heading to the studio every day with no interruptions.  I was in heaven.
 
these two alphabet pieces, recent commission for a fellow blogger 

  I find beauty in the chaos of it all.  It's when it's all out, the old tape, the string, the piles of books and photos everywhere that I start in on the details of a piece.


I've know I've mentioned it before: book binding tape I bought ages ago, had no idea what to do with it, now I use it on everything.  I'm going to run out and will be very sad until i find a new, juicy, textural, vintage adhesive.

 
 This is a little home-made tube holding linen thread, given to me by a fellow lover of details.  I thought it was so fantastic that she'd rolled it onto a little piece of wood.  She told me to 'take it' and it felt like stealing.  But, I took it, of course.  I know it's something I could get again, but I use it sparingly, like one might use glitter in a valentine card.


A fun old font bought at w.e.s.  So old, the rub-on letters barely rub-off the sheet.  It's worth the work.



A new piece waiting to be finished.  I love this little couple and have quite a few more pics of the woman.  If one really searches the bits of paper, they find the words there will never be another you and me









I'm looking forward to a whole lot more beautiful chaos in my very near future...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

fashion in her fingertip

If I got to be 13 all over again, this is who I would be.


Or, maybe this is who I actually was inside...but I didn't have the blog to prove it. 




Or, maybe I just wish I was this confident and cool...



















can i help it if i laugh at her posts like i'm reading my own thoughts? minus all the true-fashion-awareness and the friends in high places, but with the same kind of weird-for-your-age-ideas and classic teenage speak.  When I was 13, I wore collar shirts buttoned-up to the top button, wore my hair very short and had crushes on Anthony Perkins, Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart.  I watched re-uns of M*A*S*H and The Monkeys and wrote to my favorite authors in my free time....


  She's 13!  She's going to runway shows!  She's writing a blog!  She's creating a fashion movement!


Yeah, okay, so I was roller skating in the driveway wearing my dolphin shorts and a hand-me-down love is... sweatshirt, waiting for Allen Funt to show up and discover me.

I wasn't exactly Tavi.

But a grown-woman (who still feels about 13) can dream, can't she?


  all photos tavi & blog

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I am SO incredibly excited that the sun is out!  Not just the sun during the day, but each early morning when I roll out of bed, there it is!  Just before the alarm goes off, I open my eyes slightly and it seems like a normal time to get up.  Sure, I can do this now...

The winter seemed long.  Every day, waking up to the dark.  It didn't seem right. 

I would drag myself out from under the covers.  I would shlump all the way to the loo, barely able to turn on the shower.  Those dark days almost made me want to cry.

Now that they're gone, they seemed to last only a short time.  I barely remember the pain they brought.  The memory just lives in the back of my brain....the dark part, where the sun doesn't shine.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Found Me!

Driving to my sister's shop in LA, I passed this little bear, peeking out from the bushes.

We're calling him the 'found me' bear, for obvious reasons.