Monday, June 30, 2008


Three Kennedys
Here's another short post; I just had to share this awesome find with you. These are plastic John F. Kennedy busts that also happen to be pencil sharpeners. Wow, right? I found these at SCRAP on Saturday, they had a bunch so I grabbed lots. I'm keeping a couple, but the rest I'm going to be listing on Etsy, so if you've always wanted a pencil sharpener in the shape of a dead president's head, you know where to go.
ps - I did a little internet research this morning and found out that these babies were made in 1965. Cool, they're vintage!

Monday Monday

Eucalyptus Notebook - Wide
Sigh. Mondays are such a drag. I'm trying to keep positive by reminding myself that this is a short week! Woo hoo! Three day weekend! I am really excited about that, mostly because I hope to get tons and tons of making done. This weekend I cut paper for about 4 hours, resulting in this:


Many many piles of paper, just itching to be made into lovely little notebooks. Like the one at the top of this post, but not quite like it because that notebook is 5 by 7 inches, and all those pieces of cut paper are 4.25 by 5.5 inches. Also, the above notebook is currently up in my etsy shop, so it's got a one up on those other guys.

Besides cutting up bunches of paper, I had a really nice weekend, I got to go to tea which I haven't done in a long time and that was really nice. If you live in San Francisco and you haven't been to Lovejoy's Tearoom, you should call them up stat and make a reservation. It is one of the nicest things one can do in an afternoon.

Have a happy Monday!


Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Drawings


Sky Phenomenon


Friday, June 27, 2008

Shop Updates As Well

I have some new books listed in the shop, including the two seen here, the Herons Notebook and I Love Text Number 4. There will be more coming this weekend, in addition to some new original drawings that I am pretty excited about! At least, I hope they will be coming this weekend; it is starting to get pretty smoky here (there are all kinds of crazy fires burning in Northern California right now), so I'm not sure if I'll have sufficient light to get good pictures. But hey, that might be a great excuse to finally get the scanner up and running! Anyway, be sure to check the shop this weekend!

Etsy Find of the Day: Llamas with Larkspur Funny Farm

Lark Spur Funny Farm originally caught my eye because of it's bounty of beautiful handpainted yarns and dyed silk cocoons. The other day something different popped up in the shop; adorable llamas! Grace, the proprietress of the farm, airbrushed her little creatures onto cotton swatches; the one above has a gold sparkle to it, how cool is that? I've been a fan of airbrushing since I was a kid, it's a technique I would love to learn. I've never seen airbrushing used in quite this way though. I love these so much, and I think you will too. But Grace has only two in her shop, the above sparkly fellow on blue and another on beige, and she says she has no plans to make more. And you know what that means; you had better scoot on over there before they're gone!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Labelz: Ur doin it wrong

Eucalyptus Stencil Print, originally uploaded by wickedfreshie.

Okay, that was my first attempt at LOLcat language, what do you think? Oh LOLcats, so addicting. Well, when I've been able to tear myself away from I Can Has Cheezburger I've been working on adding labels and tags to all my blog entries and flickr photos. It takes a really long time. And I'm not sure I'm doing it effectively. But it is time consuming! Which is often a good thing for me.
Last night and the night before I was sooo productive! On Tuesday I made five new books then last night I took photos of them (two of them are now in the shop) and worked more on my printing. I finally got a print that I'm happy with from that Eucalyptus drawing that I was working with before. The linocut wasn't working so I made a stencil...actually, I made a couple stencils and finally got one that I could work with! Yay! I'm excited for when I can actually get a completed notebook out of all this work, but for now I'm happy I got any result.
I also worked on a new mosaic drawing last night, which I haven't done in a while. I'm happy with how it's turning out so far. Here's a pretty terrible picture of it in progress.
Work in progress

It's kind of seventies inspired. I like it so far.

Don't forget to visit the shop and see the new books!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Post Secret and 21st Century Mail Art

I was listening to my not so favorite radio show, the one I've been relegated to since they took away all streaming radio access at work, the Bryant Park Project on NPR, and they talked to the founder of the Post Secret project. I feel like I've heard of this before, but I've never actually looked at the website or anything, so I'm glad the BPP spotlighted this, because it is really fascinating. In a you can't look away sort of way. This guy handed out tons of postcards with his address and asked people to anonymously write a secret and send it to him. The results are funny and depressing and heartwarming and, obviously, extremely personal. It's worth checking out, trust me.
The other cool thing they talked about is this exhibition of Mail Art in the 21st Century that's going on now at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. I so wish I could go to this it sounds so cool. It's funny because just the other day I was telling my good pal Erin she should see How To Draw a Bunny, a really good movie about the artist Ray Johnson, who did mail art. Anyway, you can listen to the BPP interview with Martha Wilson about the exhibition, as well as see a gallery of works from the show here.

Etsy Find of the Day: Lucy Player

68, originally uploaded by lucy rose.
So, I have a neat Etsy find today, which I originally found through her flickr page, which is so awesome. I was really taken with her sweet line drawings, so of course I was really excited when she opened an etsy shop. The name is Lucy Player, and it features the aforementioned line drawings as well as screenprints and linocuts, many on nice, totally reasonably priced greeting card sets. I think her shop is really going to take off! My personal favorites are featured below.
No. 1 - Geranium Greetings Card
No. 2 - My Cat Likes to Sleep Like This - Greeting Card
No. 3 - Triangles Screenprint on Grey

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Look and 10% off in the Shop!

Ava's sultry look, originally uploaded by wickedfreshie.

So, after much soul searching I decided to change the look of my blog a bit. I've read a lot of comments lately that people DO NOT LIKE black backgrounds. I chose a dark background for my blog for a few reasons. First, my color scheme was an homage to the cute little monster in the above photo, my cat Ava. Also, I'd heard that black backgrounds were more energy efficient and better for the environment, a la blackle. Third, I thought the dark background was more striking and a stronger anchor for my words and pictures. But, I don't want to hurt anyone's eyes, so I acquiesce. My new color scheme is inspired by the sky; the blue of a sunny sky, the grey of a stormy one and the pinks purples and oranges of a sunset. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Is the new color scheme more pleasing to your eye? Is it easier to read? I'd love to hear from you! How about this, every person who comments here will be eligible for a ten percent discount off an item from my shop! What a deal! Just be sure to mention your etsy name in your comment and mention your comment in the notes to the seller when checking out.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Yesterday I happened upon a documentary on PBS about Emile Norman, By His Own Design. Although I've seen Emile's work many many times, I'd never heard of him before, and after watching the documentary I was really surprised that I hadn't. Not only is his life story incredibly inspirational and romantic, he also created one of the most impressive works of art in San Francisco, the mosaic window in the Masonic Temple on Nob Hill (detail below).
masonic mosaic
Norman is a genius artist who was completely self taught, who, when he could not find the material he needed, invented a new kind of epoxy. That's the kind of innovator he was, and still is.
Also interesting to me at this time , since I'm taking my first Gay and Lesbian Studies class right now, is that he is something of a gay icon. He was born in 1918, and was out when people didn't do such things. He and his partner built themselves a house in Big Sur, where they lived openly (and happily) as a couple and he has been an inspiration to other gay artists. Since this is Gay (and Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) Pride Month, I think it is happily appropriate that I have encountered all kinds of cool LGBT culture stuff in the past couple weeks, which I can share with you, like the Norman documentary, a really interesting (and kind of depressing) article about John Cheever in Believer magazine, a cute show on Logo called Exes and Ohs, and the upcoming movie Chris and Don: A Love Story, which I am looking forward to.
Anyway, the point really is that I highly recommend the Emile Norman documentary, or, if you don't have a chance to see it, at least visit his website to see examples of his amazing work, or, if you live in San Francisco, take the cable car up to the top of Nob Hill and check out the Masonic Temple in person. You could even make a little day of it; the Temple is right across the street from Grace Cathedral and the Flood Mansion and just a block or two from the Fairmont Hotel, home of the Tonga Room and their famous Lava Bowls. Yum.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Just A Reminder

Hey, I just wanted to remind everyone that tons of notebooks, like the ones below, are on a free shipping sale in my etsy shop! And I hope to have more items soon! I'd love it if you'd stop by and check it out. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Flower Girl Notebook - Made From a Percy Faith Album

Judy Garland Live at Carnegie Hall

John Travolta Urban Cowboy Soundtrack

Friday, June 20, 2008

Too Much Excitement!

yes yes yes! i am getting dark brown book tape! I am so psyched.


I think I mentioned before that I was using my prismacolor markers to make my spirograph notebooks, and that it was ruining the tips on the markers. I was bummed because prismacolor markers are a bit expensive, and so I was looking for some other way to achieve the same results. My first thought was just to get a few sets of Crayola markers and call it a day, but then I was thinking about the importance of the ink being waterproof. The covers of the notebooks are made of bristol board, which certainly is not waterproof (though it does stand up to water rather valiantly), but still I would want the design to remain unchanged it someone were to, say, get a drop of water on their notebook. So waterproof markers are a must. But which waterproof markers? The first answer is Sharpie.

We have here Sharpie retractable fine tip markers, which have the sort of tip I'm looking for, but a rather limited range of colors, and they still run about 2 bucks each.

Here's a classic, sharpie fine point. This may be the one, but I am a little concerned that tip is a bit to big for the spirograph. But these are only 99 cents if you buy them individually, and they come in about 30 colors. And you can get a set of 29 for $27.99. Sounds pretty tempting right now.

I've never heard of Artline, but their Twin Nib Markers come in a set of the above 8 colors for $7.99 The colors are a little blah though.
Ah, Pentel, the marker of my youth. When I was in elementary school you were so cool if you had a set of these in their yellow carrying case. I wanted them so bad! I've bought them a couple time as an adult, and they did not disappoint. Their nibs are about the perfect size for this project, they come in tons of colors and a 36 marker set is only $18.99. The drawback? Not waterproof, y'all.
And so we come back to prismacolor. Well, after my exhaustive research (ha ha) I think I'm going to try out some sharpies (since I've got some at home already), and test how the pentechs hold up to being dripped on. But I very well may stick to prismacolors...they're on sale right now anyway!

I'm Chuck Bass

Okay, I know this is totally unrelated to, well, anything really, but tell me: is it wrong that I am like 1000% in love with this outfit?If it's wrong, I don't want to be right.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Just a little heads up that I updated my blogs and sites list over there on the right with tons more links. In case you need some new stuff to look at. Because I love you!

Work Positive

Mostly I wanted to share the above photo because, hello, it is awesome. Star Wars bento box? I want it! But I also wanted to note this momentus occasion. At my work we are always participation in fundraising walks, and around the time of the walk employees are given the opportunity to buy a ribbon for 20 bucks that allows them to wear jeans for a whole week (i know, awesome life i lead, isn't it?). So July is the AIDS walk and next week is our jeans opportunity week. I'd been debating whether or not to buy a ribbon, so I was quite pleasantly surprised when my boss walked out of his office and started handing out ribbons for everyone on my team! I just wanted to share because, hey, it's not everyday I have two positive things to say about work!

3 pm

All right, so I updated my flickr account to pro today, pretty exciting...I guess. We'll see, I'll have to take some time to play around later today. I got ten free moo cards with my upgrade, which I will use to...I don't know what, I still have an almost full box of moo cards from when they had that deal with etsy. They are nice little cards, I used them as price tags for my books at the Christmas Craft fair last year but that didn't go so well. I guess I can use them as business cards when I run out of my regular business cards.
I did a little extra time at work on monday and got to work pretty early today, and the result is that I get to leave at three today! I'm so excited, I cannot wait for 3'o'clock to come. I have so much I want to do, like go to paper source to get more PVA, go to the art store to get some different ink for linoprints, go to the post office and take pictures of new notebooks...and of course make more notebooks! I'm really excited by the possibilities.
I wanted to share this with you too, stolen from the Turtle Travel blog, it's super neat, animals found in the map of the London Underground! The animals are so cute. I'm going to have to check out the SF Muni maps now (especially with their impending revamp) and see what's lurking and hiding in there! Ha ha, probably not much, our underground lines are a little less complicated. I suppose if you took into account all the bus lines, maybe you could have something there.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Kozue's Bag

I was just idly clicking that next blog button at the top of blogger there and I came across this blog, Kozue's Bag and I stopped and I was like: wowzers. It has some of the cutest purses I have ever seen, they are so avant garde and fun, full of free style stitches and pretty fabrics and abstract shapes. Some of look soft and squishy, like a totally huggable pillow. I just want to squeeze them so bad! I love them, and if anyone speaks Japanese and could help me navigate around her site, I'd totally appreciate it. If you don't speak Japanese, just go to the blog and drool over the pretty pictures.
Ok, I can't help it, I have to share one with you!

So pretty!


Total Awesomeness

Check it out! Via the always wonderful My Love For You Is A Stampede of Horses, news that Yellena James has a show at Giant Robot right here in San Francisco opening on this saturday! That is so exciting! See, I knew cool stuff happened here! Yellena is an amazing artist, I'm familiar with her work through her etsy shop; her paintings are some of the only ones that Steve and I both like. So, if you are in San Francisco you should totally go to see her stuff, I will definitely be there. You can click the pic above for more info.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Mel, originally uploaded by Difusa.

This is the first day in a while now that I haven't been super eager as soon as I got up to blog about something exciting. I think I am just unexcitable today. The only slightly interesting thing going on with me is that I've hit the 200 uploads mark on my flickr account, so I suppose I'm going to have to upgrade to a paid account. Anyone with a paid account want to weigh in with how awesome it is (or not)?
Anyway, my day hasn't been going super well from the moment I woke up this morning, but I'm hoping that a delicious burrito dinner will cheer me up. In the meantime, let me try to get in the spirit of things a bit and share the above adorable kitten with you. Hello, it's name is Mel! Just like me!


Monday, June 16, 2008

Coastal Envy

I love the West Coast, but I've lived in California my whole life and I often get jealous of those living on the East Coast. Sometimes it seems like nothing is happening here, while in New York or New England everybody is going to awesome events and having a great time. Yeah, the grass is always greener, right? I'll make it to the East Coast someday, but for now I'm trying to enjoy San Francisco and never take for granted what an awesome place it is.
Anyway! The other day I posted some pictures of a sheet of bristol that I had linoprinted that was destined to become book covers. Well, the books have been made and they are in the shop!

I am calling these notebooks and the pattern Petal, because it kind of reminds me of marigold petals. Previously I had called this pattern Jellybeans, but decided I wasn't super in love with that name. I'm not married to Petals yet either. I'd love to know your opinion! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Titles are probably the trickiest part for me with my art. I also need to come up with new titles for my series of Mosaic drawings, I think. Oh, also, I made some new Spirograph books last night, so look for those coming soon!


I want these so bad it hurts a little bit

Spongetta is one of my newest Etsy obsessions. I found her though the forums where someone was exalting her skillz as a treasury curator. Well, she certainly is that thing, but more importantly, look at these purses! They are so so so cute....I wish I could buy half her shop, but especially these two, Nubby Teal Purse and Stacatto Purse. Unfortunately, I am still not buying anything for myself...sigh. But you know, someone's birthday is just around the corner...
UPDATE - Boo hoo! The Nubby Teal Purse has been sold!

Friday, June 13, 2008


Today I went looking for a group on flickr where I could share the photos I sometimes take of my lunch (when it is especially delicious looking) and I came upon the group yummy in my tummy, which is where I found haebl (blogger won't let me spell it right). I can't tell if he is German or French (or Austrian?) because I don't speak either of those languages, but I do speak clean, retro-modern, and so does he. His photos are equal parts gourmet deliciousness, 50s automat, and perfect lighting. The above photo is my favorite, but he has many equally as lovely. Please discover him for yourself!

printer's progress

carving a linoleum block, originally uploaded by wickedfreshie.
I haven't done any printing in almost a year, but I was inspired by the Lotta Jansdotter book launch party that I attended with the amazing Erin last weekend, and last night I pulled out some linoleum blocks and my cutting tool and got down to business. Above is my work in progress, and here is the result:

I'm pretty happy with it. I need to clean it up a bit and work on my printing technique (I'm thinking a different kind of ink, this one is a little chalkier than I'd like), but then I think this would make a great notebook cover. In my mind, I see it in pastel pink, yellow and maybe green. The design is actually taken from a drawing I did the first time I attempted to take a drawing class at the local city college. We were doing a negative space exercise with eucalyptus leaves; it was probably my most positive experience in that class, the rest of which was taken up with drawing portraits of other students.

More printing from last night:

This is a linoleum stamp that I carved a long time ago, I used it to make a tote bag for my sister, and also the buttons that I use as free gifts in my shop. This time I printed a sheet of bristol board, colored it in with marker, and next I will be cutting it up and turning it into notebook covers. I'll be sure to keep you updated with all the printing happenings.

ps - also, be sure to check the current etsy featured seller interview with rubyslounge. her shop is so neat.

Creature Comforts

Oh my gosh you guys, this is so cool. Unless you've been living under a rock or something you have probably heard about the birthday celebration over at the fabulous Creature Comforts blog. If you haven't, there is an amazing birthday giveaway going on. Check out this list of giveaway contributors:
-Beau Ideal-Caitlin Shearer-Clementine-Cursive Design-Freshly Blended Press -Holly Becker-Ink + Wit-Lab Partners-Lush Bella-Matte Stephens-My Folk Lover-Nest Pretty Things-Oh My Cavalier-Palindrome-Remake-Rifferaff-Shim + Sons-Skinny laMinx
Wow, right? That means you could have a little present from each of those! All you have to do is go over to Creature Comforts and leave a comment. I know I'm going to. And I would take a look around while you're there, because it's a really nice site.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I am Yart

So, the amazing craftspeople of etsy, in their infinite wisdom, have put their heads together and come up with one great concept: the summer Yart sale. Yart = Yard + Art. It's like a yard sale for art...on the internet...anyway, I had been planning a sale for later this summer to "celebrate my birthday" (July 15th, ugh....) so I've decided to combine the two. I am, starting today, offering free shipping on all my renewed album cover notebooks until July 15th!! Also, there will be other special deals on other special items. So, if you've had you eye on any of these beauties, now is the time my friends.

Miami Vice Soundtrack

Flashdance Soundtrack

And...if you'd like to see who else is participating in the Yart sale, you can go to Etsy and search for yart or you can click here and see some examples and click on some links. Happy shopping!


P.S. - btw, there are waaaay more books on sale in my shop right here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Well, I'm pretty excited today because not only did I manage to snag a treasury of my very own this morning, I am also featured in a treasury! Yay! It feels like a long time since I've been in one. And, since I finally figured out how to do screenshots (kinda) I'm able to share them with you (I hope). Let's see how this goes.
First, the one I'm featured in:

And now the one I made: looks like I need to work a bit on the whole screen shot thing. But hey, you can click on those little pictures and that will take you right over to the treasuries. Isn't that fun!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

For Erin, pt 2

Hey Erin, have you heard about this? Check it out!

I Only Like It If It's Brand New

Well, all right then. New items in the shop:

Spirograph Notebook No 1

Spirograph Notebook No. 2

Spirograph Notebook No. 3

And here's that preview from the other day, now it can be yours!

Be My Light - Original Drawing on Vintage Sheet Music