Thursday, May 19, 2011


music news: i'm so excited a new Elected album came out and i'm thrilled to see, just now, that they're coming to San Francisco in July!

personal news: the husband turned 30 last week and his celebration went off without much of a hitch. we surprised him with some KISS masks, buttons, drawings, cake and shirts and he - being a huge KISS fan - was pumped. success! also, unrelated, but this is pretty awesome.

home news: we finally decided on a new couch and some more artwork went up, though we're still figuring some of it out. screened porch shingles (containing asbestos - fun!) came down and, this weekend, it's getting an overhaul. i'm really excited - not at all to do the work, but to have it done finally, yes. i'm trying not to be overly-ambitious and expect to get the exterior and interior all done this weekend, but every little bit we can get done this weekend will be terribly exciting.

(by local artist Amanda Cook!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


after a week of vacation, i have to head back to work tomorrow, which is terribly depressing. looking through photos of this week makes me feel pretty good about what we've gotten done at least. with my dad in town, visiting and wanting to help with house projects, we've been breezing through some long-standing to-do items, though a lot of them seem kind of boring now that i look at them in the context of talking about it to others. we're excited though!:

i cut some fabric for some house projects (mostly for a variety of pillows, to be honest);

we poured some concrete to bolster some sagging fence posts;

we got some free mulch from the local utility to help keep the weeds down (ever the worrier, i'm a little paranoid about the wood-on-wood bringing termites but it's great otherwise);

i mostly just supervised, but we (my gracious dad) put some boards up on our existing metal-framed side gate, which i've hated. some day, it'd be great to have some beautiful horizontal-slatted fencing but maybe that day will come when i win large amounts of money on a game show or something. in the meantime, this allows much more privacy and is awesome.

also, the husband started this project by himself, but then we joined forces and dug and dug and dug up rocks, freeing up some planting room along the fenceline;

and some prints that have been propped against the hallway walls for far too long finally got hung, as did some posters in the husband's music room, making this weekend our first with artwork actually hung on the walls. it's an exciting time to be alive.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


last weekend, i finally got to take a letterpress class through oh happy day classes that i have been wanting to take for years. i have been dying to test out letterpress and, as i expected, think i might be hooked.

we made these!

Friday, April 1, 2011


my dad is coming to visit from australia and winter has become spring and our backyard is a mess. it seems everything is adding up to this: it's time to whip our yards into shape and get some projects done!

To help us experiment with different looks, i've been trying to learn to use Google Sketchup, which - if used by someone who knows what they're doing - can be a really useful, beautiful tool. I started with the screened-in porch we're looking to revitalize:

um, yeah...i have a long way to go.

Nothing to do with anything, but quick note to self: these awesome zig zag streamers would look great anywhere
(photo by oh happy day, and instructions are here)

in other news, i'm getting closer to being done with this jumble of yarn;

i'm working on knitting samples of different stitches;

and just for kicks, i got these earrings recently, after the successful purchase of a gift for a friend from this shop (which has tons of great stuff). i think i look a little funny in earrings, but i really love these and am going to wear them all the time anyway. also, ears look funny up close.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


This video makes me want to be young, blonde and, well, Mary Weiss:

Also, i'm doing a bit of an experiment, so if anyone knows of someone who wants to learn to knit (or who would be willing to learn to help me out) for free, or if you already knit and just want to learn a particular technique you haven't tried on your own, please let me know!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I am obviously terrible at this, but there's no good excuse other no real way to get better except for just diving right in and starting:

I want to do a big update on unfinished projects i've slowly been trying to finish, mostly just to prove to myself i've gotten through some of them, but i made this in early fall 2010 - so that might help illustrate how far behind i am in even documenting projects i've been working on. please ignore the cat hairs, unflattering hands-in-pockets pose and the excessive wrinkles.

I am really loving these hair tutorials on A Cup of Jo and find myself wishing my hair was a tiny bit longer.

This is a pretty great project by Aymie Spitzer; I may NEED my own collection of hand-carved letters now. this is just in time for my renewed interest in linoleum block carving - it might be time to break out the tools.

These are still sort of awesome.

lastly, i'm really, really excited about an upcoming project that i think could be pretty great!

And, like that, i'm back on the wagon again!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


there's so much to catch up on, but in the meantime, you can download a song from jenny lewis and johnathan rice's project jenny and johnny here or below:

Also, this is just so, so beautiful. I can't get enough of it:

Last but not least, this song is going to be in an upcoming movie and I'd heard it around. It really does me in: