Thursday, August 30, 2007

Obsessive Consumption

I found out about Kate Bingaman on a post at poppytalk today. She is doing this ongoing project where everyday she draws something that she buys. She blogs about it here while her webpage is under construction, and she sells her monthly zines based on the project in her etsy shop.

I've been thinking about this subject of over consumption lately. I have noticed that the shop that I work in is getting busier everyday which in turn makes me feel like spending money that I haven't got too! Monkey see, monkey do, I suppose. I keep bringing more into my house... but nothing ever leaves. mwaahahahaaaa.

Seriously. It's becoming a problem. It is time to PURGE!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ernst Haeckel

Endless inspiration from this Victorian era scientist/artist.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Great Gatsby!

The end of summer. Dreaming F. Scott Fitzgerald dreams, and sipping lemonade.
Photo from facehunter

Friday, August 24, 2007

Get Over It

Is it wrong for me to not be over this whole whimsical floral cutout thing yet?
I could see this working in origami papers. But maybe I'm overdoing my obsession with pattern too...
parkhouse berlin via apartment therapy ny

Friday, August 17, 2007

Perpetual Calendar

This Calendar was designed by Enzo Mari in 1959. I really want one. Really. I have some sunburst teak clocks that are just begging to be paired with this little beauty!
(via apartment therapy sf)


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Button Button

Who's got the button?

I've got ALL the buttons! And they only cost me $1.50!
I am the only one who finds this exciting.

The Return Of Shabby Chic

Two yard sale finds and today's project:

It's all about the pinks and blues! So shabby! Yet chic!
I love this little wooden Russian lady! The tea cup and saucer just matched her so perfectly so I couldn't leave those behind.
I'm starting on a small baby quilt for my very pregnant friend today! Her little one is bound to grow up to have sophisticated taste when wrapped in such a classic toille blanket! I'm also going to try my hand at drafting a little bunny rabbit stuffie. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Haute Couture Comes Home... To Home Depot?

So, you know, I was checking out the frosted window film options online at Home Depot earlier this afternoon, and stumbled upon a baffling discovery... Home Depot, that lexicon of all things DIY, carries some of the most stylish wallpaper! They carry the Julien MacDonald wallcovering collection. And it is good my friends. Oh, it is good. Top to bottom: Paradise, Dazzle, Exotic.

The last design, called Exotic. Reminds me of this wallpaper pattern that Sara Blohme designed. Only in my opinion, Sara's is better! I would love, love, love to have her wallpaper somewhere in my home, but alas, it hasn't been produced yet. I think her blogging friends are just going to post it until someone with the production facilities notices and snaps this pattern up! Fans of happysilly unite!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Snap Cackle Pop?

I had the weirdest dream last night! And the even weirder thing is that I remember almost the whole thing! I can usually remember snippets, but I can remember dialogue and small details from this one! It was so vivid.

My dreams almost always include celebrities. This one had none other than Marilyn Manson (as himself), Miranda Richardson (as the witch/mum), and Jeffery Jones {the dad from Beetlejuice (as the dad of course)}, and 3 kids who were probably from some movie or tv show that I can't remember.

It started out at a Marilyn Manson concert. MM had fake legs from the knees down, so they were really skinny and made of black metal, and he was doing this kick dance. Kind of like a violent version of a can-can, but without the high kicks. And then he jumped up on this spinning roller that was suspended from the ceiling like a trapeze. Something was wrong and he couldn't get his footing, but I was distracted by the rest of the show which involved a series of movie clips showing old murders.

One of the murders was a 17th Century Dutchess getting her throat cut by the driver of a horse-drawn carriage. Now for some reason I knew she was in mexico, even though there were no clues that it would be mexico. It looked more like Paris. I can't remember the others now, but this one is relevant to the rest of the dream.

It turns out that Miranda Richardson is the reincarnation of that 17th Century Dutchess! And that now she's a witch! And she's casting spells on her family! According to this particular dreamscape it was common practice for the lady of the house to prepare tonics for after dinner to help aid digestion. These tonics would be a concoction of herbs and oils and such, and were presented to the table in beautiful cut crystal bottles. One for each family member.

MR presented each of her children and her husband with a bottle and they drank. There was alot of spilling and pulling faces, as the tonic was especially vile tasting. The eldest daughter made a comment about the flavour being unusual, but they all drank up the potion. What they didn't realise was that there were special herbs commonly used in witchcraft mixed in their tonic, as well as mementos from each of the murders formerly described in the Marilyn Manson concert footage!

Then my dream took a turn. I was at work. Merchandising tables and then a delivery came, so I helped the delivery man unload some stuff from his truck. When I was outside I noticed a shop with gigantic 4'x5' boxes of Rice Crispies displayed in the window. These were no ordinary Rice Crispies! They were flavoured with bubble gum and fruit punch! Wow! I had to have some! But when I went inside to buy some, it was back to Miranda Richardson and her witchcraft again.

MR and her husband were awoken by the screams of their youngest daughter. When MR ran into the room to check on her she was frozen in a scream.

I woke up.

Enough of that! Where do these things come from? I must be watching too many movies lately. I'm guessing Rosemary's Baby played a big part in my subconscious last night.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

"He loves to go out on za boats and just stare into za waters of za ocean. He love to eat sea cucumbers. Whale watching is by far his favourite thing to do."

I got this little sweetie in the mail the other day, complete with a background story explaining his personality. I ordered him up from Dawn's etsy shop LookWhatICanDo as soon as I laid eyes upon him. He is absolutely perfect! I mean, bunnies and sea creatures together at last! AND his name is Cousteau! Named after my childhood idol! I used to get up at 7am every weekday to watch Oceans Alive! (the title really had an exclamation point in it) and then the Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau. It was like my very own deep sea adventure every morning before school!

The Copper Coin Bikini

This is my very first two colour poster! I'm pretty pleased with the results. I think I've entered a new era.
I do all of my posters by hand, which can be a bit of a pain at times. I had to meticulously hand colour all those sun rays on a separate page, while making sure that I didn't overlap the illustration.
People with computer skills, everywhere, are scoffing at me and my primitive ways.