Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Full Wig Ahead

Here is sock monkey wearing her wig. I think she looks great in it. Her shirt is a bit odd. It's really my Ugly Doll example I am using with the 4th grade boys, but I hadn't sewn it together yet and I thought it might be a cute outfit for the monkey, but I don't know if pink is her color.
Yesterday I did a massive cleaning and dusting of my bedroom. It really took all day but it looks good and there is no dust- except I swear it all was on my pillow last night. A dusty night. Hopefully I can clean the bathroom/storage wreck before vacation is over(such a sad thing...)

Okay Kelly,
this picture is for you. I am wearing my lotta dress and an apron, but not the apron that goes well with the dress. That one is at school and I am pleasantly not at school. For those of you wondering- no that isn't my room. I did have a clutter problem (before yesterday) but this is Chloe's room. (The apple does not fall far from the tree...)
Next time I will show the purses I finished
two days after Christmas. (better late than never) and if you are really lucky my fabric cabinet. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Not Fully Sewn

Holiday Greetings to everyone!
Here's a scan of some of my holiday postcards that I have sent out (umm late..) I still have one left so if you want one write me a comment and I'll send it off to you. 
Poor Lorraine, Joy, and Janet, if you look at the sewing machine picture below you can see your presents- half done. My sewing machine has taken a turn for the worse and I have to take a break before trying once again to fix it. I was on a roll to mail them out today, but it is not to be.
I found this gorgeous wig for my sock monkey, I was going to take a picture of it for you guys, but I can't find it so I guess I'll have to wait until it turns up.
One of my students gifted me with this treat called haystacks. I never had them before, but wow were they good (but I am sure not good for you). I made the mistake of giving Chloe a big one because I thought they were rice krispy treats. She was in sugar heaven.  

 Sew, I guess I will try again at the sewing machine. Have a super holiday and make something cool.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Amazing, I actually finished something...I made this purse for Dana. I saw the fabric and it just reminded me of her. Every year she gives me a neat art related Christmas card so I wanted to make her something special this year. I hope she likes it. I bet she will be surprised. 

Here is my lovely sock monkey modeling her newest outfit. I guess it is hard to see with such busy patterns but she is wearing a Kaffe Fassett ensemble of a ruffle bottomed skirt with four different fabric panels that can be converted to a sundress and an elegant purse. The t-shirt has been altered to include monkey portraits on both the front and back of the T. She sits with a large heart and two stuffed birds. Hmm maybe I should write fashion copy for my next career.
Sew (hee hee)  as you can see it has been a sewing weekend. Now it's Sunday night and I have to return to school work. In fourth grade I have a group of boys that crack me up. They have been drawing these wild looking characters for weeks so I finally sat them down and told them they needed to do something with these characters and suggested ugly dolls and claymation.  They are on a roll now to begin. I hope I can help them with my other 24 students still needing attention (some still ask questions like, "where's the paper?") but it is great to see them so excited about coming to art.
I want to make the custodian in my school a yummy and nice looking treat for always making a point to say hello to me and learn my name. Does anyone have any suggestions of something easy but yummy to make him?
I guess I better get hopping. Hope  you guys have a great week. I will, especially once Friday is over. The students are extra silly and joyful with the anticipation of Christmas. 
Ciao bellas

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Full of Fabric

Meet Otis and his girl. A parent at my school saw them at the antique mall and brought them to me at school. I leave all the sock monkeys at school for lots of fun. Some kids say, "How many of those do you have?" Otis has his name sewn onto his leg and a tail like a squirrel. I adore his girl. She will get a name soon. They are old timers.
The third graders are funny. On Friday we play art term Bingo and if they win they can chose a mini sticker or a hug from the sock monkey (the striped one) and even the boys pick the hug. One third grade girl is arranging a play date with my sock monkey and her stuffed cow. Ah if only I   could play sock monkey all day...

Saturday I got into some fabric trouble. Those of you that have a fabric problem like me will know what kind of trouble I am talking about. I  went to just get a bit of amy butler fabric to create an amy butler sock monkey and well.. they had a lot of good stuff. They kept asking me what I  was making, but I wasn't sure other than a monkey dress. Ah sock monkey adventures. I went to this fishing and  hunting store because the red heeled sock company said they sold the socks there... well they didn't but imagine the salesman's surprise when he asked me if I needed them for a hunting trip and I said, "No, to make a sock monkey." Ah classic look. 
I am very excited to have three days off this week. Such plans. Hope everyone has a splendid Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stuffed Full

Meet my new sock monkey that I made without any help. She is my first solo sock monkey and is quite lopsided but that makes me like her more. I am going to make ant outfit as soon as I can. I have this pink Eiffel tower fabric that I think would be perfect. I guess I better go find some more socks to make a whole family.
This week I discovered the best crumb cake mix. It's a long story about how I found out about it and how I got the last box at the store, but all you need to know is that it is the best. Yum. I think I could eat the whole box. It's especially good warm, but a little late tonight to be wolfing it down. The brand is Krusteaz. It is probably the best thing about my weekend (except my monkey). Have a great week. 

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Fork Full

Two purses from the past. The first one I made at a workshop Teesha Moore had in Seattle. The second I made at the first year of ArtFiber Fest. It is all hooked with strips of fabric. I really like them both, but a bit small for everyday life.

Oh where oh where have I been? or 
Oh where oh where have you been?
Here is the gift I gave myself that was in the polka dotted box. I must say I really like it still, over a year later. The day I opened it I was wearing just those colors so it looked great.

Things have been busy, but not art busy. Today Chloe stabbed me with a fork. You know the kind of thing, "Chloe don't fool around like that. That's how accidents happen." Chloe laughs and says, "No they don't" and then kabang fork stab, blood rushes. Yes, it does prove I was right, but in this case, being wrong would have been okay. Tried to take a picture of it on photo booth, but the wrinkles below the face were worse then the stab wound. 

I have become a bit sock monkey obsessed the last few days. I have to find time to make my own sock monkey family. It looks like I can do it, except the clothes. That will be the trick to figure out. Oh Anne... how do you make the clothes? 
Clothes making suggestions welcomed.
Have a fun week. Watch out for forks. 

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Real full again

What could it be? I bought this gift for myself about a year and a half ago in Portland, but never wanted to open it because I  liked the way it looked wrapped. Finally last week I decided it was time to open it. I knew kind of what it was, but forgot what it actually looked like. What do you think it is? Post your ideas and check back next week for the unwrapping. 

Food news: I made a new dish tonight that I thought was really good called Greek Goulash from Rachel Ray. Even Chloe almost finished it although she pretended it was gruelling. It had spinach, eggplant, feta cheese and lots of other things.  Tomorrow night is Chicken Tortilla Soup- Chloe's all time favorite. Last week for some odd reason I bought a pound of fudge(don't ask) and have been just having a few tastes a day. Really I could make it last 6 months if I didn't have any helpers and it wouldn't go bad. So anyway, I put it in a safe place, but then the other day I  checked on it and it had a really neat cut to it- not from me so I have a little fudge friend- who is quite neat while cutting their piece. I wonder who it could be? 
I'll start showing some of my student's self portraits. They are really wonderful. This one is one of my favorites. Hope you all have a splendid week. I'll be working and cooking.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Clock Full

Hello Friends and Readers,
Hope you have had a good week. 
For some reason I have been craving a margarita all week, but there's no one I  know around here to join me. It's driving me crazy how much I am thinking about it. Please come on down to Charleston and have one with me. Soon. I'll treat.
Managed to do two pages in my art  journal today. This one is about a spark that is flying around in my brain,  almost like a gnat. Can't get it out. Trying to build upon the thoughts, but I probably should just swat it out. At least it does make me smile.
I'm thinking maybe I need a better scanner or scanning system.
Chloe went to a costume party yesterday. Her friends insisted she would not be allowed in without a costume and what do you know.. they were not in costume. Here are the top three ideas we came up with. Please don't find them offensive. It was all in fun. Hannah Montana was her favorite.  Mine was Sarah Palin and she ended up being a stay at home mom. 
Have a great week. I know I'll be on the run. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Hours Full

Here are some of the cool books I bought long ago in NYC at Kino-buy-it-all. One has really neat Japanese fashions with patterns. All I need is to learn Japanese. Hey Kelly, maybe we should both learn Japanese and only email each other in Japanese? Some of the store shots show these beautiful interiors of the shops all with neutral colors. I find it interesting that I am so attracted to them since I am such a color gal, but when I look at them I think, ooh I want my whole living space to be neutrals or my entire wardrobe.  Hmm could I  really do away with pink?

I think the digital photography teacher needs a lesson in taking clearer pictures. This one I decided not to scan and it looks like blurry city. Sorry. I guess I  should have taken a redo shot, but oh well. It's not that I don't care about you... I'm just happy I did a page. It's been hard to get any art done and now I have gotten the bad news that I will have to work on Friday. It was working out so well with a day for art, errands, Internet high school catch-up but that's all gone to the birds. so sad... I'm putting the extra cash in retirement or a fun travel fund. Something so I don't droop.
Okay I better go. We are having our weekly cell phone debate. Guess who wants a new phone? 
Have a spiffy week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Just a quick picture. This is my table I had set up last year for an art sale. 

Another week, another week and I am still not in Italy. can you believe it?
I did get all the classes I wanted for Artfest which will be fantastic. A transparent book class- I love translucent things so it should be fun, and then Judy Wise who I adore. We will be working with wax and photographs. Last, my favorite Misty. Her class on Friday looked great too- working with white but I thought she might get sick of me if I took her two days in a  row. I'll be going with my secret keeper friend Lorraine(JK, Lorraine).
The daughter is calling me for a game of Uno (wonder how many draw four cards she hid) and then it's off to buy my family's favorite: tofu. (not really)
Have a great week.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Full of Way Too Much Computer Work

Hey all, this gal is so busy. (oops I sound like Paula Dean) Yikes. Hope you are having some time for enjoyment.
This is me several years ago.
We are all in the school swing. My new students are fun. They even let me get away with having my Frida doll dance on the table. (I forgot this would be hard for the real Frida.) Sock Monkey acquired a pair of way to short overall shorts from Hoppy Vanderbear. It's quite a sight.
My Internet high school has started this week and I feel as if I am married to my computer. Might I add it's the PC computer they sent me and I wouldn't even agree to become engaged to it if I had a choice.
I better get back to it all, just wanted you to know I was still around and kicking. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Too full of Cinderella

Hi Everyone,
Hope you all enjoyed your Monday. Mine was quiet. So here's the page I worked on today. Not sure about this girlie, kind of funny looking (like me) but hey I gave it my best shot.
School is in full swing. I saw some great self portraits this past week from my students. I just love the way they draw. We are also having fun with the sock monkey who hangs out in the art room. 
Oh boy, tomorrow is the Artfest Registration mail in. Lorraine- don't forget to mail ours in. Some good classes to look forward to.
This weekend I have been feeling like the family doormat so I have been about 5  steps away from just stomping off to Italy on Kelly Rae Roberts and Mati Rose's trip. I wonder if there are still spaces. I thought that was just what I needed. Kelly Rae has a great positive, make it happen attitude which I admire. She has given so much of herself on her blog and I really admire that.(Plus she does great art work)I am sure Mati is a wonderful person as well and would love to meet her as we cruise around the Italian countryside- don't forget I can get some wonderful mozzarella there. hmm maybe I should start packing..

Here is the felt cupcake my friend Anne made for me so I could leave with a "product." She did a great job but even better... I think I could make one somewhat similar myself- but not as well crafted.
My friend Jennifer said to connect my blogger site to my IP or something like that, but I am not sure what she means. If you know please tell me- and if you are actually reading this please tell me that too.
Okay, believe it or not I have to go run on the treadmill before I make dinner. Just call me Cinderella with running shoes. 

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Full of School

Hi Friends,
Here's an art page journal for you to admire (hee hee). I like all the pinks in it. I must admit it is a bit old. I am actually working on a page, but it isn't finished because I have been busy busy. School started this past week. The class sizes are much larger but the kids are great. They actually like art. Next week is self portraits (my favorite) and after that we will start  art studio centers. I am sure I  will see some neat stuff. One student asked me if a painting reproduction of Frida Kahlo was a self portrait of me. (I'm not sure if he meant that as a compliment) and one boy called me Mrs. Dissapiro which I thought rather clever.
I made this little book in my second official "scrapbook" class ever taken. It was designed by Debby Schuh, a super nice teacher. The inside pages have lots of pockets, birds, envelopes and other cool stuff. I really like the way it came out- plus I actually finished it.

Ooh Artfest classes have come out. Tell me if you are going and what you hope to take. Friday is the best day of classes in my opinion. Can't wait for April.
Okay the brownies I begged for are almost ready so I better grab one while they are still hot.
Hope you had a great weekend..

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bagel a go-go

Well guys, not enough posts for Riley in an apron but here he is at the bagelfest at Anne's house in VT.  Anne had to make 100 bagels for the farmer's market and we helped. I have to say Riley's bagel skills were much better than mine. We had many issues in the kitchen, but that worked out well since there were more family bagels for us to eat. We even had some power outage bagels. It was a lot of work(for Anne) and many pans to wash but really fun.  Anne has a bagel fan club and she might ship you a dozen for a fee. I can't wait until  Riley bakes and boils a batch at home. 

Ruby, here you are during bagel making time. Theo wasn't into making bagels (he prefers to eat them) and Ella was cooking up some snazzy macaroons. The best part of her product (besides the taste) was you could chose between two sizes- bite size or a mouthful!
We had a great time at Anne's house. One day I woke up and went downstairs to find a chicken walking in the house. She didn't get too far but it was quite a sight. We also had the best maple soft ice cream in the world. So mapley.
Anne didn't want me to leave without a product to take home so she made me an adorable needle felted cupcake. (No picture taken yet) and I  learned how to needle felt. I created two rabbit ears with no rabbit. 
After Anne's house we drove down to Joy's house in Brattleboro, VT.  I talked Joy into teaching me how to make a peach pie. It was pretty easy. I took a nice picture of her holding the pie, but am not sure if she wanted to be put on my blog for all to see. It's a cute picture so I'll ask her.

After Joy's it was pretty much time to head back to South Carolina. We stopped at some places I would never go to like Aunt Sarah's Pancake House, Friendly's, and J &R (could there be a worse place to stop.. Riley?). It was good to get home although for some reason all the pictures have disappeared off the bookcase... hmm.
This is a busy week (past and future). School starts Tuesday at my new school so I have to get into my Art teacher mode deluxe.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A House Full of Aprons

Riley and I went to visit my friend Jennifer in Connecticut on the way to Vermont and look what she gifted me with. Aren't these the best aprons? and they have pockets, and did I mention mine is mostly pink?  and they use Jennifer's beautiful fabric and old textile fabric sewn together for a look no gal can do without? Jennifer you are more than generous. 
She even made her son go out and buy a zillion doughnut holes for Riley. And the dog George that I showed a picture of two posts ago is her most excellent dog. I miss you Jennifer and George. Hope you enjoyed Paris.
Oh Riley also modeled an apron of Jennifer's fabric design. Maybe if I can gather 6 posts requesting a look at the apron he'll let me post it.
Forgot to mention... Kelly K you are the winner of the NY give away. One day your prize will arrive... one day soon.
Next up will be Vermont Highlights... Did someone say maple syrup?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Full of Pizza

More on my trip: I have to say I am having a hard time transitioning home after being away for so long. I feel snappity and lost. Oh well. Hope I get into the swing of things soon.
These interior shots(scroll down to the end) were taken at ABC Carpet and Furniture. What an oogleful. The kid's department was magical. Riley enjoyed hanging out on a very expensive sofa on the second floor while I toured around.
We went to many other stores and ate a wonderful variety of foods, especially pizza, pizza, pizza. We went to touristy Lorenzo's Pizza and it was actually very good. Riley was a bit disappointed because he let me talk him into a white pizza instead of the usual. Then we were both surprised when the bill came and our waitress said, "Sorry we don't take credit cards." I was a bit shocked since I only had a ten dollar bill (tourist pizza isn't cheap). Riley was able to scrape together 9 dollars but still we didn't have enough. I had no idea what to do. Luckily Julia, the waitress, said not to worry about it. I felt bad and returned the next day with the money owed. I still can't believe a tourist place with expensive pies doesn't take credit cards. 
The next day I saw my friend Laura who I hadn't seen in probably 20 years or so. She lives in Hawaii now, but we were friends in NYC and Ithaca, NY. She was my very best friend in high school and she still cracks me up. It was like old times seeing her again and Riley enjoyed meeting her and finding out about my teen years. He is very proud to be a Virgo after talking to her about astrology. Laura wanted to take me to this place for the best cannolis (but then I found out I don't really like cannolis). Later we ate at our favorite Ray's Pizza and enjoyed a wonderful Magnolia's cupcake in cupcake park. It was sad to say good-bye.
Next time I have an apron tale to tell. Visit soon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Full of Tails

I'm back from a very long trip. I have missed not blogging and am glad to be back. Our trip started with a stop at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. This is a great museum .  There was  a wonderful show about religion. The artists were so refreshing. I saw hugh paper mache figures, journal like pages, fabric arts, paintings an d other wonderful uses of mixed media. I wish I would have been allowed to take some photos of the pieces. Here's Riley posing in the outdoor sculpture park.

After this we headed 
up to NY. More on the trip as I get more organized and unpacked.
Each place we stayed had either a dog, cat or both. It is strange to be back in my petless home. I only have a picture of George. He is a sweetheart of a dog- a laberdoodle at the top of this entry. We also met Madeliene the dog who begged for a friend, Jake the dishwasher dog, and Spencer the pasta eater.
Tomorrow I will write about the NYC part of the trip then about Vermont, family bagels and peach pie.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Full of Words

I love seeing cool store displays. Here are two of my favorites. The first one was taken at a great store in Seattle called Maxine's. They have a variety of great stuff and it's all decorated so beautifully.
This window is from a beautiful display in Berkeley at a store called Molly Bs. I think it is so creative. I have loved Eloise since childhood so it was extra fun to see the window. This store sells some very beautiful clothes for women. 

My East Coast travels have been fun. There was some terrific art at the American Visionary Art Museum in Maryland.  NYC was very hot but we saw some sights even I had never seen before and we went to Kino-buy-it-all twice. There was a pizza eating fest and a lot of walking.

En route to Vermont I encountered a gift of the most beautiful apron(with pockets!) that I will show you when I am able to upload my pictures (is that the right word?) Riley has been enthralled with Ping Pong and even I am getting better at it. Chloe reports from home that the only things to eat are soy milk, bad water and condiments(mostly salad dressing). I do hope she is exaggerating. 
Hope you are all enjoying some summer time. Please leave me a post and tell me how your summer is going. Until....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Full of Pizza(soon)

Leaving again. Tomorrow Riley and I will be on the road. First stop is NYC (with maybe a small stop at IKEA).  NY will be fun. I am meeting my old best friend from before high school, Laura. She lives in Hawaii now and I  have not seen her in over 17 years, but she is always fun. Also some shopping will occur. Can't resist Kino-buy-it-all even though I was just there in SF. Lots of places on my list and pizza eating too. 

After NY we may go to VT with a stop to see sweet Jennifer P. in Ct but just for a sec because the gal is going to PARIS soon with her sister, daughter and more.
My friend Joy in VT told me she  found a new place for yummy coffee/mocha drinks. I can't wait to try them and maple soft-serve.

This strange picture is the beginning of my paper mache doll that I started at Ellen's house. I am going to bring it with me to my friend Anne's house so if we have project time we can work on her and others. Of course I want a whole rabbit family. Anne is selling her homemade bagels and chocolate croissants at the farmer's market. I sure don't want to miss that.

Guess what- I'm having another give away. This one is to win something I bring back from my trip. Tell me if you have been to NY and if so what your favorite part is. If you haven't been, tell me what you would want to do as soon as you got there.
 Be good while I am gone. Not sure if I will be posting or not. I'll have to see how it goes. Enjoy summer.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Full of Self-Pity

A sad morning for me. I once owned two of these watches when I lived in California (not as a child). When I lost  my first one I  was so upset. A few months later I walked into this Rexell Drugstore in Union Square, downtown SF and there was another in the case (probably there for years) waiting for me. I had it awhile, but alas one day it slipped off my wrist. I had been thinking about it for a long time and decided to check on Ebay. There was one just waiting for me, but someone outbid me in the last seconds. I am sure they didn't even want the watch as much as I did but such is life, I guess. DRATS I say just as Lucy would. She is my alter ego so I found it fitting to be wearing her on my wrist. Not sure I will try again. Ebay is not for me. I have to find a BIN that isn't fifty dollars. I wouldn't mind paying 50 if I knew it would work awhile, but these watches are old. Okay I'm sure that's more than enough  about the watch.
Other stuff...mostly working in my classroom. 
Started my paper mache girl but had to go home early from Ellen's because the "children" were playing the Locked in the Closet game. (Note: there is no lock on the closet)
Getting ready to go to NYC, I  think. Please suggest places I can't miss while I  am there. Little stores that have cool stuff, yummy food....
I'll put some art stuff up before I leave. Must go continue to wallow in my sorrow(kidding).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Just a Little Something

Here's my latest journal page. 
Not much is going on. Trying to clean out my new classroom before I add my own stuff. So many art treasures in the cabinets and things you would not believe. I have never ever seen so many markers in my life- and both my grandfathers owned stationary stores. 
Sunday I hope to paper mache some creatures and make some little outfits/hats for them. I'm working with my friend Ellen so maybe I'll actually get some made. I have some great fabrics for the clothes. I hope she will whip up some of her ginger cookies.
Thanks for visiting my blog. 

Sunday, July 6, 2008

My Kino-buy-it-all Story

Get the complete report here. I thought it would be a great blog/photo opportunity to have my friend Lloyda photograph me with all the books I wanted at Kino-buy-it-all so I got ready to pose. Lloyda kept fussing about the background, but I said I liked the background. Then when she was just about to take the photo, this salesperson comes running up saying "No photos, No photos!" I was flabbergasted. I said it was only of me and not about the store. She still said no but I was having a hard time understanding why. She asked me if I was buying the books. I said yes and then she said, "Okay, but hurry up."  So my friends,  you are looking at an undercover picture taken at Kino-buy-it-all. Probably the only one you will ever seen. It was taken by agent 784. (Kino-buy-it-all is my nickname for the Japanese bookstore)

One last thing about my trip. Those of you who have known me for awhile and my going away adventures know that I am often welcomed with a new or missing item in my house. One year I was quite sure I would come home to a pet pig. Well this year I came home to a new sofa. (no comment)

I am deciding if maybe I should change my blog to the daily doormat stories of a mom with a teenage  daughter. Does anyone know of a support group? How can someone once so sweet and fun change so quickly? It is not fun.
Have a great Monday (and Tuesday..)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Full of New Books

This is the what I got blog entry. It's kind of out of order but Riley, master photo re-organizer, is still asleep.
These bunny pictures are especially for Kelly who seems to be feeling the nostalgia. They are from a Japanese clip art type book with about 150  bunny images 4x6 size. It was hard to pick just two pages to photo.

Next is a picture of the other books I bought at Kino-buy-it all. That store is something else. I can't even read Japanese and I still want them all. One looks real neat with "romantic" drawings and graphics that are also on a CD. Very curious to see if I can work them with my non-existent knowledge of Japanese. Maybe I should try Rosetta. 

These sweet pictures are from a book I found called Learning to Cook and Serve Our Meals. Many great pictures and funny sentences.

And last, here are my journal pages after the trip. I even added a ribbon headband to my hair that I bought at Scrapbook Territory. Sorry the pictures aren't so great. I  guess I should scan them next time. 

Funny story coming up next time about Kino-buy-it-all, but first I have to alter my face on the photo that goes with the story.
In other news before I forget, you lucky west coasters: There is a zine fest in SF July 19-20. Wish I could be there. Well until the next time. have a good one or two.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Full of California

I'm back. Finally have unpacked and bought a minimal amount of food for everyone. I had a great time in San Francisco. Here I am before the Frida show. It was great. We got there early and really missed the crowds. When I went back to revisit a few favorites I could see the real jam up in the galleries. 
Aside from the Frida show I got to spend time with my friend Lloyda and her darling husband Dan. I took her around shopping which was fun since she says she never goes shopping. Went to Needles and Pins in the Mission. Lots of cool zines there. Also Laku which has really cute stuff (especially for kids) on Valencia.
Berkeley was fun too. Loads of good eating and my favorite bread of all time- Acme. Didn't go by my house there but took pictures of my two apartments in SF. One was looking really good, but the other looked a bit run down. Did lots of walking up hills. So much I could feel it in my calves and shins for two days afterwards.

And now what you have been waiting for. Thanks to everyone who entered the give away. Riley picked the folded papers with the names on them and our winner is evoke-designs by lorraine. Lorraine, send me your new address for your give away. Lorraine is the winner of either a cool Japanese scarf or two zines by Nicole Georges. I love her zines. . Here is a picture of the scarf.

Well I'm feeling very art inspired now so I hope I  will be able to make some super stuff- especially looking to do some drawing. Tomorrow however will be a day sorting out my new classroom(wish me luck on that one)  My new friend Emily has volunteered to help me. She loves packing, unpacking and organizing. Can you believe it?
More pictures next time.
Thanks for saying hey.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Full of Excitement

Okay guys I'm ready to begin my big trip to my old stomping grounds. I started this journal page and another for the trip. And there is a GIVE AWAY. Post me a message for this entry and I'll pick a name (fairly) and send you a special present just from San Francisco. So don't delay. I'm going to go to some really snazzy stores. Winner will be announced Monday when I return.

Yesterday was finally a day I love- a mail bonanza. I got 1000 Journals(Love it), the new book by LK Ludwig that looks so good I may actually carry it to SF (and back) , the new CPS, and a book from ArtsyMama which I am not looking at until I get back so I have something to look forward to but I had to have a peek and it looks good. Kari even sent some small sweet things and a swatch of great wall paper that I used as my suitcase on this journal page. I set the suitcase up to be a secret pocket. (shhh)

I kind of botched up my face on my drawing so it looks like  I am sad to be going, but gang that is far from the truth. I better get going though. Have to pick up the Riley first. Cross your fingers he gets a job while I am gone.

So don't forget to enter the giveaway. Looking forward to seeing your name in the posts.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Full of Friday

Wow, it's almost been a week since I updated my blog and  I have no good excuses  like running around the world in a kayak or painting my house. A quiet week at home. Started my doll project, painted some pages in my 365 day journals and played around with some new stamps I got from Catherine Moore. I love her images. 
These cool plants  are from my friend Jill's house in Seattle. I just am crazy about them. She says they even blossom as flowers. 
Getting ready for my trip to San Francisco. I can't wait, Hope my jasmine is still outside my old house in Berkeley so I can grab a bunch. The smell is divine. Should have some good pictures when I  return. 
I'll probably show some doll progress (ha) before I go.
Have  a great weekend and let me know if you have stopped by.
Toodle lou.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Full of Crush

Oh boy rather oh Jamie I have a crush on you. Today I was watching Jamie Oliver on the tele. He was in his garden and I have to say I now have a deep crush on him. The accent (poosta) , the phrases, the recipes, the way he cooks, the countryside. He had me after he mashed up the peas and mint, put it on some yummy toast and then, then the icing on the cupcake: he broke up a piece of fresh mozzarella with his bare hands and put the torn pieces of cheese on top of the bread and pea, broad bean mash. Fresh mozzarella is my claim to weakness. Last summer I went to Massachusetts to learn how to make my own(but it wasn't quite the same as the kind Jamie had). I am head over heels. I have figured out the only way to meet the guy is to send Riley to his BB cooking school.  Riley would fit in well and maybe put in a good word or two for me. Oh and to top it off one of his daughter's is named Daisy. I love that name.
So that's about the excitement here.
Yeah someone get me involved in a project quick before I am sending mozzarella ATC cards to my crush-a -baby.