Monday, December 27, 2010

ba de ya - say do you remember?


File this one under random inspiration. Over the past few weeks certain songs have been following me around. During Christmas it was "Baby It's Cold Outside". How many versions of that damn song are there anyway? I'm so over it.

And in the past few days this song has been popping up EVERYWHERE. From the grocery store, on my car radio, some rerun I was watching the other day, and today? At an antique mall of all places.

When I got home I had to look it up - of course, Earth Wind and Fire. Taking me right back to 1978. My mom had this album. Too disco for my dad, I think we played it loudly during the day while he was at work. Everything about this video inspires me. The sparkly outfits, the random lyrics (ba de ya?) and Maurice White who totally reminds me of my (hot) 7th grade art teacher - huge crush. If I ever realize my dream of becoming a late in life aerobics instructor this song will totally be included in my workout. I'll wear a sparlkly headband. It will be awesome.

Anyhow, more topical stuff tomorrow. For now - dance!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tips of the Trade #6: Pricing your work


Go Out on a Limb 8 x 10 giclee print : $20 over at my Etsy Shop

Last week during my blog break, I met with a local Creative Business Consultant, Marlo M of Creative Arts Consulting. Wow! What a resource this lady is! I feel so lucky that she lives in my city. Seriously, if you need any help getting your creative biz started, need help getting out of a rut, or just want your questions answered by a super neat, hilarious, successful and knowledgeable crafts-person, check her out. Such a worthwhile investment! 

One thing we talked about was pricing work for both wholesale and retail. While I love Etsy, I want to branch out and get my work in more brick and mortar shops as well. One of the many steps in this process is getting my pricing ready for wholesale.

Here are some articles (the last one is from Marlo's blog) on the topic of pricing, whether you are just getting started selling work online or ready to branch out!

The Art of Pricing: Preparing for Wholesale
The Art of Pricing: Understand your costs 

I'm off to make some spreadsheets!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Etsy Wednesday #12: Last Minute Etsy!


Since it is last minute gift time, here are 9 great Etsy finds priced between $5 - $25. I'm so proud and excited that I have done almost all of my holiday shopping on Etsy this year, and everything I have purchased has far exceeded my expectations in terms of quality. It's not too late to get your hands on some handmade goodness!

Starting at the top left corner:

Happy Stampies (pick any 4 stamps) : $20 by HappyDoodleLand  

Happy Handmade Shopping! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

There's a Hole in the Bucket



The last day of NaBloPoMo! And all I can offer you is this vintage Sesame Street clip. As I was singing this song to my kid the other day I realized how my life can feel very much like this song sometimes. I need a new bucket, people. 

I may take a break for a day or two to recoup from nearly a month of constant posting. Until then....


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Les Mademoiselle

Les Mademoiselle doll $18 by Zime on etsy.
The big people in the house are sick today, with some kind of flu that leaves us feeling woozy and like we've been run over by a train. Luckily the kiddo is fine and full of energy. 

With just two days to go in NaBloPoMo, I wanted to finish on a happy note. So here are some adorable little wooden dolls from Etsy seller Zime. I love them! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Art Heros: Fiep Westendorp





There is no question that Fiep Westendorp is one of my all time favorite illustrators. Her illustrations for Annie Schmidt's Jip and Janneke books helped me learn Dutch (as did my sweet and patient host family and the group of pierced and dreadlocked squatter ladies I went to school with).

Armed with my Dutch - English dictionary, I'd sit up in my room in Holland deciphering the stories written for kiddos half my age. The drawings held my interest so intensely that I had to know what the words said.

Just last week I got a care package from Holland and it it were a bunch of Jip and Janneke paraphernalia from the wonderful HEMA store, and I was reminded of my love for Fiep all over again. Next time I visit I'm packing a suitcase full of these books to bring home. 

You can see a slew of Fiep's wonderful work at this Flickr site



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Banner Weekend



A few days ago I saw this on Facebook, and it made me smile. The Ralphie head I illustrated for Portland Center Stage's A Christmas Story, being marched through the streets of Portland by some waving, bunny-eared teens! Does it get any better than that?

Only three days left in NaBloPoMo! I think I can, I think I can....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

keeping low doesn't make no sense


This song came out the year before I lived abroad. I have distinct memories of rocking out to it on the way to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time. I still love, love, love this song. I'll probably be rocking out to it in my 90s if I'm lucky enough.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Etsy finds: 9 under $10


The day after Thanksgiving, and the biggest shopping day of the year. I'm doing my shopping from my couch this year all on Etsy. Here are 9 lovely handmade items, and each are under $10. Do you need any other reasons to visit Etsy? I think not.

From left to right:
Bookmarks: $6.00

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Art Heros: Wayne Thiebaud



As I was making pies tonight, I couldn't help but thinking of one of my favorite painters, Wayne Theibaud. I love his images of pies, cakes and other food stuff. I love the lines he makes, the colors he layers together, the thickness of the paint, and the brushstokes.

When I Googled him tonight I came across this endearing look into his work, and the artist himself, who is about as humble as, well, pie. This makes me love his work even more. I also love what he says about hope, and perseverance.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tips of the Trade #5: Managing a to-do list


Vintage Russian alarm clock $35 form Clockwork Universe on Etsy
Ah, the to-do list. Mine is currently so long it would make Santa Claus barf. My list is a brain dump, void of prioritization or categories and has everything on it from reordering supplies, to who I need to call, places I want to take my kid - and so on and so on in a lengthy disorganized jumble. 

We all have to start somewhere, but what to do after we make a list requires some savvy. Here are some tips I am finding helpful in wrangling my crazy list.

I've only recently heard of this method, but know it has some evangelical followers. If that creeps you out, sorry. I'm not one of them, but I do like this synopsis of the method and what is says about getting rid of the 'stuff' that is keeping us from even starting on a to do list.

Great two part article focusing on how to break down big to-do's.

The Good to Know Project is full of advice + inspiration from artists/illustrators/designers on creativity, business and life. This issue has 29 artists who shares about the topic of how they manage their time, and includes some of their illustrations as well!

Full of practical (and somewhat obvious) ways to manage a to-do list. But it did lead me to the Hipster PDA - the ultimate, low tech time management tool. Originally a tongue and cheek reaction to the increasing expense and complexity of PDAs back in the early 2000s and well before the iPhone (the official Hipster PDA). Even though this idea is kinda old, I still think it may be super duper practical- especially for those of us who can't get to a computer until the small people in our houses are asleep. I'm totally making one.


Hope this is helpful if you are struggling with an overwhelming to-do list like I am. Onward!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm dreaming of a ...


It is snowing at our house today, which is a huge event if you live in Seattle. Where I grew up, this would just be a regular ole winter day. But not here.

I think I must be turning into more of a Seattle girl than I thought. We stayed home, played in  the snow, busted out the Christmas music (which I normally think is horrible to listen to before about December 24) and sipped cocoa.

Let it snow!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cooking Up a Plan


Thanksgiving week starts tomorrow! Tonight I am all about shopping lists and game plans - otherwise known as "How To Cook a Huge Dinner in an Easy Bake Oven" 

Our oven is ridiculous, it can barely hold a cookie sheet. Each holiday I realize how incredibly tiny it is when we have to cook more than one thing.

Someday we'll have something bigger, and brighter like this adorable Big Chill stove.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Studio Dreams





The studio we plan on building is starting to take shape in our minds, and on scraps of paper so far. We still need to figure out how big we can make it. It will be small, but how small is still in question. I've been making mood boards like the one above. 

Here's the run-down. I want a little faux fireplace with an electric heater insert (yep, I'm talking fake - maybe even with that fake crackle sound added). Ours would be styled like this working one from the wonderful Yvestown blog . I want hanging lamps - Nelson lamps would be ideal, but our budget might need to settle for a cheaper option. We plan on using recycled building materials, so a wood floor in a range of hues is a likely outcome (and also cool looking). Of course there would be tea, served in swanky cups. A huge blackboard wall sounds so fun to me, and a vintage couch for lounging. We've decided there will be a covered porch, and a porch swing. I love this modern version. And, the door should be cool too. And there will always, always be music playing

Friday, November 19, 2010

Art Heros: Maya Lin


This week I received an autographed copy of Maya Lin's book Boundaries from my in-laws who recently met her when she spoke about the Confluence Project (a multi-site artwork memorializing the Lewis and Clark expedition and the American Indian cultures that grew up along the Columbia River’s length).

Lin is probably best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. In 1981 she won a public design competition for the memorial the at the age of 21 and while still an undergraduate. I visited D.C. in 1996. Seeing the memorial in person was significant to me. I grew up hearing stories of so many family friends who never came back from Vietnam, and had relatives who came back completely and forever changed.  

I've been a fan of hers ever since. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Christmas Story Story


A few months back I gave you a look into my process for designing the poster for Portland Center Stage's production of Sunset Boulevard. For every poster I have designed that is a tough cookie - the universe seems to balance things out by handing me posters that come quickly and effortlessly with a lot of laughs in between. The poster for Portland Center Stage's A Christmas Story (opening this weekend) was exactly that.


My art director and I started with a brainstorm about what shouldn't be included (no leg lamp) and joked again about our desire to actually silk screen fuzzy pink flocking on the bunny suit depicted in the poster (one day, Mr. Buchino - one day). And then I got started on Ralphie.

He literally jumped out of my pencil, right onto the page. Ka-bam! There he was. PCS loved him and I went right to the computer and shortly after out came this, complete with a Red Ryder hidden in the woodgrain background.


And it was over. Easy. Done.

Then a few months ago I was sorting through some of my grandmother's old photos and found the reason why Ralphie had leaped onto the page so effortlessly. I knew him.


That's my dad on the left and his life long BFF (who I'll just call J to in case he wishes to remain anonymous). In bunny suits, circa 1957. I hadn't seen this photo in years but remembered looking at it a lot as a kid (and cracking up). My dad  looks all too comfortable in his bunny suit - my whole family (myself included) loves any and every excuse to dress up. But J on the other hand looks less than amused - the perfect Ralphie, burned into my memory bank!

PS. J grew up to become a tough, gun totin' county sheriff (with a big, kind  heart). And he never shot his eye out.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Santa picks a winner!

Santa's Beard Notecard set $12 at my etsy shop

It's giveaway day, and Santa has picked a lucky winner - #67 from my newsletter subscribers: KellyM. Kelly, you'll be getting an email from me shortly, and a package of the Santa note cards delivered to your mailbox. Thanks to the rest of you who played along - and look for a newsletter coming your way tomorrow. The next giveaway will be announced December 1st and if you are on the list, you'll be in the running. 

In other news, I'm happy to report that my flu bug seems to have only been of the 24 hour variety. I slept so much in the past few days, and had some really, really interesting dreams. There was one about me having an epiphany that I should just stop doing my hair and only wear wigs ( I looked so much better this way) another where I was on a beach that completely filled with oversized playground equipment, and a really great one about eating a giant falafel sandwich.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Heads will roll


So...I've caught the flu. Lucky for me I just got my long-awaited copy of The Tudors Season 3 dvd. As I've mentioned before, when I get sick I enjoy watching anything concerning England or Ireland - the accents, the tea drinking, the scenery - it's like chicken soup for my eyeballs or something. Anyhow, watching The Tudors always makes me think of this song - there is so much beheading going on in that show - it's like chop-chop-chop-sex scene-war-chop-chop-chop. I'm not a huge fan of the original video for this song - so you'll just have to stare at that stupid still picture while you imagine Henry VIII dancing till he's dead.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Notecard giveaway- still time to enter!


I'm extending my November giveaway sign up until Wednesday November 17th. Get your name in the running by signing up for my mailing list and e-news over there on the right. Or if you don't feel like scrolling just click here. The lucky winner will be getting a set of my eco-friendly Santa beard notes delivered to their mail box. Yippee!

For those of you not on the mailing list - I send out an e-newsletter about once every three months. It is a great way to be the first to know about new products, and get behind the scenes info about Pixel & Post. The next one will be sent out this Thursday - so get on board! I've got a few sneak peeks to share.

In other news, I'm having a hard time re-entering post vacation life. It could be that the weather here is cold, gray and feels perpetually like 4 pm. Coffee to the rescue.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Beached


We just returned from a lovely four day getaway to the beach. No internets (thank you blogger scheduled posts for keeping my blog rolling along) no computers. Just good friends, good food and lots of relaxation. The amazing beach house we rented has this cool collection of old buoys hanging under the deck - I love the textures and colors.

There were lots of firsts - my kiddo's first time roasting marshmallows over a fire, and her first hike. We also enjoyed two amazing meals at the Beach Store Cafe. And I ate possibly the most delicious grass fed organic burger in my entire life. Holy cow (literally).

Naps were enjoyed, lots of hot beverages consumed, dominoes played. It was pretty much prefect. Tomorrow it is back to reality, but I am still basking in a bit of post-vacation bliss.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Art Heros: Aliki Brandenberg



Last week I got a surprise birthday gift from a friend. It is an Ex Libris Anonymous art journal made from a picture book illustrated by The Artist Aliki. The book, titled "All Kinds of Neighbors" is adorable and I love the drawing style. I looked for more information on this lady illustrator and found a collection of her drawings on this flickr site dedicated to vintage illustration.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Tips of the Trade #4: Getting Help


Self Help Soup  $24 by Aimee Sicuro at Weather Girl Shop on Etsy

I'm ramping up for a session with a local creative business consultant next week. In my never-ending search for great marketing advice for creatives, I'm beyond excited to have to opportunity to meet with an actual person. Girl needs some help, and I can't wait to begin.

These resources also exist online. Last week I came across this great website, Blacksberg Belle. An online creative consultation team aimed at making creative people's dreams come true, and helping creative folks with the (seemingly less than) creative task of marketing. Check out their super helpful articles, some even include free printable worksheets. 

Another resource for giving your creativity a kick start? On-line e-courses - which are popping up everywhere. These are perfect for honing in on your creative goals. Some of my favorites have included:

And a whole directory of creative e-courses

And- how awesome are the paintings and prints at Weather Girl Shop? Love!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't Try To Be Original



I love everything Paul Rand says in this piece. Plus the animations of his work are pretty darn great as well.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sketchbook Strangers


I've been in a creative slump all week - everything that is coming out of my pen looks like a group of scraggly strangers staring back at me. Like these characters, who appeared out of nowhere. Who are they?


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Meowy Christmas!

Meowy Christmas Holiday Notecard Set $12 available in my shop

Hi Folks, I'm happy to announce a new holiday card set available in my shop -  "Meowy Christmas". Puurrr-fect for cat lovers and feline friends - and also 100% hypoallergenic if kitties make you sneeze! 11 festive kitties on the front, and a blank back for you to write a holiday message.

This set of 10 cards will also put a little more green into your holly-days as they are professionally printed in the US of A on 100 % recycled card stock (100 pound) using soy based inks, and include 100% recycled white envelopes. The set comes delivered to you in a biodegradable plastic sleeve.

Meow!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Zip it

Munchmoney in Green $15 by Munchmoney on Etsy

So this NaBloPoMo thing is kicking my butt, and I'm only 8 days in. I'm questioning if it is really helpful to post here daily - or am I just filing space? Who knows. But tonight I have nothing much to say. So instead I'll give you this adorable little coin purse available on Etsy at the Munchmoney shop. This little guy gets it - when you don't have anything to say, better to  just zip it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Courage


I've always loved Tomie DePaola. After a weekend of struggling to make something, anything that looked like anything - I needed to hear exactly what Tomie said in this video.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Orange Baron


Yesterday I got a copy of this clipping in the mail from my dad. I hadn't seen it in ages. 

That would be yours truly with my entry for my grade school's pumpkin carving contest. My dad and I brainstormed and brainstormed until we came up with the idea for "The Orange Baron". It was kind of a last minute inspiration if I remember correctly - we worked all weekend and late into the night. It was a stretch for my dad, as he hates the color orange. The paint was hardly dry by the time it was due at school. And there was tape. Lots and lots of tape.

I was so proud of it. The Orange Baron was huge - and I remember my heart swelling with pride as my dad carried it into the school. In a dramatic fashion he lifted it high above his head (and that is high - he's 6' 6") and proudly marched it / flew it through the throngs of kids in the hall.  

When I found out the paper was coming to photograph me with it I remember blushing just a bit harder than when I met Donnie Osmond in person - and that's saying something.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Favorite Things Friday : Rain



Limited Edition print by Matte Stephens 


April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

 - Langston Hughes 




Thursday, November 4, 2010

Art Heros: Saul Steinberg

 


We recently did a huge reorganization / purge of our home office when I moved my headquarters back home. I was so happy when I rediscovered my book on Saul Steinberg and sat down with it over a cup of tea last weekend. I fell in love all over again with his confident yet friendly line work and ever present sense of humor. So inspiring! 

And I love this quote about him "The idea of disguise is central to Steinberg’s art. In the world as he saw it, everyone wears a mask, whether real or metaphorical. People invent personas through clothing, hairstyles, furniture, and posture; cities define themselves by their architecture, nations by their icons."

If you want to see more of his work there is a great collection of his covers for the New Yorker here. Check out the Saul Steinberg Foundation for other images. 

And now I'm off to make some lines of my own. Maybe in the bath....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Etsy Wall Wednesday #11: Signs

Milk Farm  $20  8" x 10"
{ Metallic Print by Roadside Photographs on etsy}

Large Wooden Ampersand  $125  33" x 28"
{ by Hindsvik }

 Gold Leaf Letter 'e'  $95  9" x 9"

Kitschy Wooden Sign  $9  16" x 5.5"

Wall Wednesday time again, folks! With the exception of that lovely "Milk Farm" print, I'm breaking out of the picture frame to show you some fave three dimensional items I found while searching for 'signs' on Etsy (also - can I just say,  if I see one more "Keep Calm..." type sign I think I am going to seriously lose it). 

The letter 'e' comes from a now defunct bank in my small hometown. That sign is etched in my memory. The unique 70s letterforms were hand carved by our local sign-maker and layered with gold leaf (how fitting for a bank). Pretty cool to see them on Etsy. 

And while that last sign probably has some of my former women's studies professors keeling over in their university offices, I'm sorry ladies ... I just kind of love it. 




Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tips of the Trade #3: Focus and Momentum

What to Focus on...Happy Print by marc johns on etsy
Yesterday I had the idea that I'd join November's NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) - an online challenge to post to your blog every day for a month. Will I make it? I sure hope so. This blog needs a workout. 

So without further ado, here are this week's Tips of the Trade: Regaining momentum and staying focused (ahem).


Monday, November 1, 2010

Santa returns! ( a giveaway)



I know, I know. It is only the day after Halloween and I'm skipping right on over to Christmas. I just wanted to let you know that the Santa Beard notecards are back again this year in my shop! Perfect for a holiday thank you, or just a friendly "Ho Ho Ho". 

To celebrate Mr. Claus' return to my shop, I'll be giving away a set of these cards to one lucky subscriber to my newsletter on November 15, 2010. Get your name on the list HERE!

This set of cards will also put a little more green into your holly-days. How? They are printed on 100 % recycled card stock using soy based inks, and include 100% recycled white envelopes. The set comes delivered to you in a biodegradable plastic sleeve. Printed
Professionally in Los Angeles, Califor-i-a. Saint Nick himself couldn't ask for anything more!

I'll be stocking up my shop with more holiday goodness in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Thanks and Happy November, readers!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Golden Cage




Last weekend, the ladies and I were talking about music and busting out of musical ruts. Not too long ago I was in a huge musical rut myself. Busy with design school and staying up late late late into the night I needed new music to keep me company. I was soon introduced by a studio-mate to the Kings of Convenience. Their album "Quiet Is the New Loud" was the soundtrack to my design school years - and I still love it today. At this point it is like a well-worn musical blankie. Pure comfort. 

Being introduced to that band opened up my ears to a whole smorgasbord of new music. I started listening to KEXP, and began a long list of songs I loved, which turned into bands I loved, and soon I was completely busted out of my rut. And I keep finding new-to-me music (it helps that I missed out on anything new for about a year or two when I was in full-time baby-land).

And speaking of ruts, I'm trying to bust out of an artistic one. I've been enjoying drawing with pencil this week. Sometimes the simplest things can bring you so much happy.

What does this all mean? Pencils + Kings of Convienience guitarist  Erlend Øye, = the inspiring unofficial video to Golden Cage by The Whitest Boy Alive, hand drawn by the talented Geoff McFetridge. Enjoy!
 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In The Swing


The week away from my blog and the weekend away from my home couldn't have been more perfect. The past two months have been challenging, to say the least. Going to camp with four new and amazing friends was exactly what I needed to 'reset' myself. I enjoyed three days of not cooking, the ability to start and complete thoughts, great conversation, quiet time, and beautiful views like this:



One of the many highlights was the 'giant swing'. After being hoisted some 40 feet into a tree by a group of cheering ladies, there was a very silent moment when I had to decide to pull a cord at my waist to drop and start the ride. As I psyched myself up to pull the cord, I thought about letting go of all the things that held me up in my 36th year. I took a deep breath and let it fly.

The 'Waaaa-Hooooooo!" I let out was probably heard all the way to Canada. What a great way to start a new year.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A blog vacation + real vacation

"Hannah" Remixed Vintage Train Case  - $70 by Remixed Vintage on Etsy
Just dropping in to let you know I'll be taking the next week off from blogging. I'm going to be getting a real life break as well when I take off for a few days to attend a ladies wellness retreat for some serious rest and relaxation. I'll be back next week - fully recharged and feeling spunky again. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Exciting news!

Grow 8 x 10 print available at my etsy shop and now at Bella and Max
Friday! Boy am I happy to see you. I have some exciting news to share - just yesterday I dropped off a load of my work to be sold at the Bella and Max boutique in Bothell, Wa. Now you can see my prints and cards in person if you wish!

This is just the beginning of my getting stuff in actual brick and mortar shops. Getting my work in shops has been a goal of mine for oh, something like 10 years. I've worked at it off and on during that time but now it is really happening.

I am so happy this week is coming to an end!  Though it was full of great stuff I am running out of steam - and I still have a lasagne dinner to prepare for 12 people tomorrow. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though,  and look forward to rewarding myself come Sunday (with a nice long nap). 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tips of the Trade #2




That crazy busy week I mentioned in my last post? It is happening. So far so good though. May I share?

1.The sun is out and I am ticking things off the to - do list. 
2. I had a delicious coffee while the kiddo was successfully dropped off at school.
3. While latte sipping, I found a perfect creative business coach I am looking forward to working with.
4. I'm awaiting the arrival of my latest item, hot-off-the-soy-ink press, from my printer in Los Angeles. (A little sneak peek above). 
5. And BIG FUN NEWS tomorrow I drop off a load of Pixel&Post items to be sold in a boutique. A huge step for me - more about that tomorrow, though!

I've been reading and organizing more of my business links and here are a few more articles I wanted to share with you. These are mostly about marketing. This is the most challenging part of my work right now - if you struggle with this aspect of your work give these a read!


I also want to mention meetup.com. Have you checked them out? Today I found three free events I'll be attending that are all focused exactly on the aspects of my business I need help with! Inasmuch as online marketing tools are important I really believe that nothing is more powerful than talking to actual people, in real time, about what you do and hearing about what they do too. 



Monday, October 4, 2010

Crazytown



The week ahead is full of good stuff - and according to my calendar every moment is packed to the brim. I'll be trying my hardest to get a decent amount of sleep, eat well, and just try to take care of myself / my family in the moments in between the crazy.

To kick off this week I want to pass on a video I found over at Marisa Haedike's blog, Creative Thursday. I love what John Cleese says about creativity, creating an 'oasis of time and space', and phlegm. Yes, phlegm.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PDX Redux


On our recent stealth mission to Portland we took a little stroll after a really big breakfast. I finally got to snap a few photos of some of my favorite neon signs in downtown P-town. Should the Portland Outdoor Store ever go out of business, I want that sign. I would so put that on the end of my house. Wouldn't my neighbors love me?


This sign for rugs is awesome. I love the R. 


This one is pretty sweet too - all rusty and worn out. I want a neon sign for our house - bad. Portland, Portland, Portland. You're all kinds of wonderful. I'm already making my list of things to do next time we go. Yes, many are food related - I'm food motivated, ok?

Eat a biscuit sandwich at Pine State Biscuits
Eat a waffle from any one of these places
Buy something swanky from Canoe
Consider taking the train instead of driving
Stay longer.