Thursday, October 13, 2011

other people's family photos : a small collection

i hate seeing photos discarded.  i feel like i have to save their lives.  all of the following were found in the trash or forgotten in old books.

               this little princess was the inspiration for this drawing.

these family photos where found in a thrift store.  they are the same family a couple years apart.  they were too good to pass up. 
you have to look closer to see the family drama.
the blacked out head appears to be the same woman both times.  she is labeled at "x" on the back.

this little ray of sunshine will be my next inspiration. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


these are christmas presents i made for my niece and nephew.  a bit late, but oh well.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

organ eyes

i didn't know i needed to re-arrange my drawer until i found a drawer organizer for 10¢ at a garage sale today.  i will never stop organizing.  


after: room to grow!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

let's catch up

copy cat roosting

this is how i tweet

tween angel

 crafty kitty

 food that looks like a flower

 dancing baby machine!

 flowers that are not food

slowly turning into a cat!

Friday, July 29, 2011

digging through some old papers and found this.  i was really into writing on photos for a while.  and i used that alphabet stencil for everything.

Monday, July 18, 2011

i am happy with the way this sign came out.  i used to think i had to fill the page edge to edge with information, color and images when making anything.  i am glad i've learned how to keep it simple.   

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011


sometimes when i was little my dad would shake his fist in my direction and jokingly ask if i wanted a knuckle sandwich.  i wanted to say yes because i liked sandwiches and thought it sounded good.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

postcards from the past


Saturday, June 11, 2011

the future is ours to see

this 'best of' eddie money has the same six songs over and over.  this is the first in a series of 'best ofs'. 

i forgot i made wrapping paper few years ago for christmas.  i used brown bag paper that was left over from something else.  this isn't the best picture-->

my favorite are the skinny ones on the left with the all over print.  they took the longest, but i thought they turned out the best.

Friday, June 10, 2011

i want to start making my own wrapping paper.  this is my first attempt.  i am happy with it, though it took a bit too long.  hopefully with practice i'll get faster.  i guess that means i need to start giving more presents.  maybe i'll start wrapping library books before i return them.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

whale tale

most of what i make is pretty small.  i like something you can hold in your hand.  i usually don't work much bigger than a postcard.  i am comfortable with small.  that is why i thought i should challenge myself and make something bigger.  so i compromised; i made a big whale out of tiny flowers-->

i really enjoyed this process.  while my wrist and hand did suffer, if was still so satisfying.  here is a detail-->  

i've always liked repetition.  when i was little, my mom would give me a bucket of water and a sponge brush and i would paint the deck.  while the sun quickly dried up anything i put down, i kept going.  i thought if i went fast enough i could finish the whole deck before the sun had a chance to suck it up.  i felt the same determination with this (even though nothing was getting dried up).  i got so lost in it, that each flower i drew was the only thing that existed in that moment.  each flower i drew felt like a surprise.  i was totally obsessed.  i was glad when it was done, but still feel the need to do more.  there is something about drawing the same thing over and over that i can never get enough of.  i am learning how to be bigger, one tiny flower at a time. 

Sunday, June 05, 2011

five times a lady

recently, i read both Roseanne: My Life As a Woman and My Lives while simultaneously watching the full series of Roseanne.

 i learned that she is jewish, was in a mental institution, gave a baby up for adoption, really likes lenny bruce, at one point did everything in fives, had sex for money and how to make chilimac.  while i had to force myself to read them start to finish, what i really liked were the pictures.  i don't think i gave her much thought before reading the books, so these pictures gave me an interesting look into her life. 

 baby Roseanne

 her parents.  i think she looks more like her dad. 

whoa Roseanne, put on some pants!

apparently, Tom Arnold used to be skinny too.   i like her overalls.  for some reason, i see them as lavender.  they were both stylin'! 

now i just have to read her latest book, Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm and i will know everything she wants me to know about her.  (if anyone is interested in owning these books, they will be available for purchase at our upcoming yard sale). 

on a related note, i can't watch Roseanne without thinking that Beverly Harris (played by Estelle Parsons) looks like Lady Elaine Fairchilde from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.