the week alphabet



A. A giant bruised banana for an upcoming show. He is notquite finished yet. The peel you see on him now was just a test. His real peel will be speckled + bruised.

B. Pear-butt found the other night while picking up some fruits + veggies. Made the kids laugh out loud. Now all I need are some potato hearts and I will be set (see film below!)

C. Thomas and I around 4am waiting to board the plane to CA (in the background). Whenever we can we take reflective family photos. We have quite a stash now and the reason you have never really seen them before is they almost all contain the kids (and you know what freaks we are about posting the kids online and all ;) You can see a shot I took of the Bean and I on our last trip to Harrisburg here, but most of the photos look more like the airport one with warbly faces!

D. a “cake-face” this plush is for another art show. This one a collaboration with monster artist Paul Roberts. He sent out patterns of his monsters to various artists all over the world, and asked we do whatever we wanted with it.

E. Banana slug from Muir Woods. This fella was so big that at first glance I thought it was a snake!

F. Piles of pretty paper just asking to be made into some more collages…soon, soon.

That is all for today except I must really reccomend checking out the film The Gleaners and I(Glaneurs et la glaneuse, Les) Tom and I watched this earlier this week, and it was very lovely. I loved the way Agnes Varda skips around from gleaning fruits + vegetables, to things from dumpsters, to her own gleaning of information. See the potato hearts and think of me.

Today I am on the hunt for these two books…Vegan Cupcakes, and No One Belongs Here More Than You. ♥

the daily grind



It is nice to get back into the swing of things and get some sewing done today. Before I started the sewing area needed a big overhaul. I have to fold and stack all my new “vintage” fabrics, clean up scraps + threads, and sort the pile of in-progress work.

I have downloaded all my librivox books and I am ready to go! It is time for me to start stock-piling the goods for Renegade.

Maker Faire and all that jazz…



Well we are back from the west coast, and we certainly had a good time! There is so much to talk about so I will try and start from the very beginning, but must warn you the photos are not exactly in order. So…Thomas and I left pretty late Thursday night to head to Baltimore for our flight. We arrived in San Francisco early on Friday morning. We rented a car for the first time, and I am happy to say that went very smoothly.

We headed to Haight street because I had an appointment with Holly at Idle Hand. She had drawn up an amazing banana spilt tattoo for me (if your looking for an artist in the area she is highly reccomended!) Afterwards we explored Haight st some, and then made our way back to the car.

I have to stop and say a major thank you to my sister for the GPS (Martha we call her) that she bought me this past Christmas. We used Martha everywhere and it made driving around the city pretty easy. It also made finding parking a breeze. Anyhow, then we headed to San Mateo to check in and get some dinner.

The next day was spent at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. We had such great booth neighbors and got to see old friends from Felt Club as well. We spent some time walking around before the gates opened and oh my there was some amazing stuff. My favorites included the marker car, cupcake cars, and odd building car that looked as though it was a chunk of Howl’s Moving Castle.

For lunch we had really good sunflower burgers and now I am looking all over for a recipe so I can remake them at home. Tom bought me this crazy bavarian funnel cake that was pretty much the best thing I ever tasted, and sickning at the same time.

After the day ended we headed to a BBQ with Jenny + Alison. The BBQ was at the home of Jenna who makes these adorable little girl dresses and was so sweet and kind to invite us into her home even though she had never met Tom and I. She had two cute little girls who made us a bit homesick, but at home too.

The next day we headed back for day two. Not much to say about it except I used Sunday to shop around and get myself some goodies like a Dori + Lori doll, prints, books, and a plushie from our neighbor behind us Lauren. Her and her boyfriend are really so sweet, andit was a pleasure to meet them both.

Maker Faire was lots of fun, and very entertaining! I am so glad we went.



On Monday we drove all about (thanks to Martha) and explored the area. In the evening we took one of the boat tours to Alcatraz for fun. I like that they let you walk around and explore on your own there.

We also drove around + over the Golden Gate bridge, the weather was nice and cool, actually cooler then it is back home. We saw all the pretty pastel houses, the roads that make me feel squimish driving up, and the seals (sea lions? not sure) near the boat docks.




On Tuesday we drove up to Mill Valley and headed over the Muir Woods. The roads to the forest are filled with curves and amazing views down into the valleys. It was such a nice relaxed way to end our trip. We actually arrived just as the park was opening and on ourhike we didn’t even see any other people until we came back out. We did however see some beautiful huge trees, and one large banana slug. I have uploaded lots more photos on my flickr and will have even more to add once Tom downloads all of his to the computer too.

For now it feels nice to be back home with the kids and our own bed!

The San Francisco Treat



Thomas and I are pretty much set + ready to go. Tomorrow we will end up in California in the morning. We have lots planned, and the Maker Faire Sat. + Sun. If you are local you should buy tickets now, or at the door. It is going to be amazing!

Not only will the Bazaar Bizarre be there (this is where I am selling) but they have Swap-O-Rama-Rama, Make play-day., and so much more. I am going to update the “nws” section of my website next with more info.



While we have some fun things planned for the trip such as a visit to the redwood forest, checking out kidrobot, and even a new tattoo by the talented Holly at Idlehand. I am still open to any suggestions for places we should go or see. Please do tell!!