Monday, July 26, 2010


Mad Men finally returned to television last night. I was anticipating the show too much I think - and was disappointed. There just wasn't the same sexiness and interesting undertones - couldn't even find one metaphor - oh well it is still better than any thing else on the tube.
Here is a picture Aster took using the tripod. We went shopping for boots, as fall attire is in the stores now. These were last year's style on sale for only $20!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

new toy

Allen got me this Handy Button Machine at a yard sale in Pennsylvania. It is a beauty and makes 3/4" buttons (about the size of a nickel). I have a limited amount of fronts and backs but am searching for a supplier. I haven't had much luck yet - I guess I will have to call the Handy Co. tomorrow.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Collage Treasury

Summerline created this amazing treasury of collages. My "coming home" collage is included!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inception corrections?

Last night, Gage and I saw Inception, written and directed by Christoper Nolan (writer/director of the demented memory flip book that is "Memento" and the freakery of Gotham City in "The Dark Knight").

As in his other films, Nolan again created a complicated, multileveled (in theory as well as narrative), challenging, cerebral experience. This time around, he delves into the creative process, the construction of experience and concepts of inspiration. I was disappointed when these themes disappeared as the story became more about the of the actual espionage and continually occurring obstacles, rather than the conception of the plan.

Heightened by time disparities, exact punctuality becomes essential and creative problem solving becomes more than just necessary, but life saving. I suppose that the creative process is threaded through out the film by these clever solutions and Nolan does have a wonderful way of placing a familiar genre inside a visual landscape that seems new... I feel I have no justification to criticize such genius, but the basic heist, caper, job (whatever name you want to give it) is still just that.

There were also some ideas that I think went amiss, I don't want to spoil any of it - seeing this movie more than once seems inevitable. As with Memento, you need to know the details of various levels in order to create your own spin of it all. I think I will bring a notebook and pen with me the second time.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Birthday Dinner

We all went to Good Luck for Aster's Birthday dinner. I never had such amazing food and fun! Aster asked me to wear a dress and heels because she was dressed up - so I did. We all laughed and ate too much. Here I am holding the leftovers which come in boxes that say "Lucky You."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Birthday girl

It is my sweet little girl's 14th birthday today. Here she is pictured at 3 years old-Here she is at 13 and 9 months- dangerously photographing herself using a tripod on the train tracks.
And today at 14 years old -
Allen created a poetic scavenger hunt for her birthday presents, although she was not exactly thrilled, she smiled through our shenanigans. Below she is on the phone with Grandma Carol as Gage tries to keep her on task-

happy birthday honey! Love you forever!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Letthemeatkate from Australia created a wonderfully wintery treasury and included my fingerless gloves!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bedroom Changes

The bedroom seems to want to be something different then I intended. This gorgeous comforter from Anthropologie called out to me and I do love it. I had wanted a quiet meditative space for our bedroom, but I replaced the couch with a work table/desk so I think what I really need is some inspiring energy rather than calmness. Nemo obviously likes the new bed cover!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

keepin' on

This little guy caught a dragonfly.
And this foundling has a special secret message.

I keep working at the little bits that need completion, Feeling rather productive as it seems like I have made so much this week, when really I have just sewn a foot here, added a button there. And today is actually Frieda Kahlo's birthday, Google jumped ahead.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010



Google kindly let me know that it is Frieda Kahlo's Birthday today. She was born in 1907, but Kahlo claimed that she was born in 1910 so people would directly associate her with the revolution which began in 1910. In her writings, she stated that she recalled that her mother would usher her and her sisters inside the house as gunfire echoed in the streets of her hometown. She was a strong, independent artist, with political passion and unstoppable physical endurance.
She married Diego Rivera in 1929. Kahlo and Rivera both had fiery temperaments and both had numerous extramarital affairs. The open bisexual Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including Josephine Baker. Rivera knew of and tolerated her relationships with women, but her relationships with men made him jealous. For her part, Kahlo was furious when she learned that Rivera had an affair with her younger sister, Cristina. The couple eventually divorced in November 1939, but remarried in December 1940. Their second marriage was as turbulent as the first. Their living quarters often were separate, although sometimes adjacent.

The movie hat is based in her biography is fantastic! Maybe I will watch it today as a birthday celebration. Salma Hayek is one of my all time favorite actors. She is super sexy, smart, funny and a mother (at age 41).

Monday, July 5, 2010

lazy days

I have finally been motivated to get some work accomplished. I have many projects that just need finishing touches and I find that kind of work annoying, but I put my mind to it and got a little bit completed yesterday. I photographed and sewed, glued and scanned. I posted a few vintage items and one foundling on Etsy and hope to get more posted soon. I did waste some time in photoshop playing with this image of a yellow finch at the bird feeder.

The original photo-

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Lilliputloft put my foundling in a lovely treasury. You can see it here