Sunday, January 31, 2010

this has kept me busy today. first cutting them all out and then the whole other task of keeping them in one place and not letting them blow all over the floor any time a dog/cat/child runs by. i have several things in mind for them. plans and plans. tomorrow morning with the house mostly to myself again i'll be able to sit and piece together and decide. i'm crazy excited over the colors.

the etas has everything up online now! browsing through has reminded me how much i absolutely adore matt adrian's titles. one of my favorites, Listen, If We Could Be Serious For A Moment, I Think I Have Been Shot.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


a proper snow this time! none of that "light dusting" of last month. this one brought somewhere between 4 and 8 inches, depending on how dramatic you want to be, and absolute mayhem all throughout the afternoon yesterday. we just aren't capable of dealing with snow especially when it comes that fast. the neighborhood kids and i spent an hour in front of our large front windows drinking hot cocoa and watching vehicles try to make it up the hill in front of our house. you would think after the second attempt they would give up but lucky for us, bored and stuck inside, they continued to fail over and over again. after a night of a rain/sleet mix it wasn't much fun at all today. wet and heavy and crunchy, almost the exact consistency of a snow cone. mmm i should have thought of that earlier.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

craft hope on etsy

crafters and artists from around the world are contributing to craft hope for haiti. i have contributed the original piece "out one" that should be listed in the next day or so. everything is going so fast and they have managed to raise around $4000 in 24 hours. go here to see how you can contribute to the shop and if you can't contribute then purchase! there are a lot of great items listed.

Friday, January 15, 2010

the enormous tiny art show

i am very excited to be participating in the enormous tiny art show 7. so many completely droolworthy artists have participated and i feel honored to be included. i'll try and post a little preview of what i'll be sending along some time this weekend.

it's warm here and we actually had the windows open for a few hours this afternoon. fresh, outside air that doesn't burn your lungs with cold is welcome anytime and i put some caribou and elizabeth cotten on the ipod to try and trick my brain into spring for a little bit.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

i just dropped off a stack of prints at leo gallery and picked up a few cards from yeehaw industries, a design and printhouse in knoxville. to me they have the sort of design that enables me to pick up a card and instantly know which of my friends it was made to belong to.

check out their etsy shop. the farmer's market series is truly beautiful and unique and several things make me laugh a lot too.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

leo & pipo

it would completely make my day to turn a corner and see this. leo and pipo is a graffiti duo in france. you can read more here.

r.i.p. jay reatard.

a little surprise in the spine of an english book of tax tables and calculations. neither of the texts have anything to do with the book itself. it's rare to find anything but a crumbling old bit of cardboard as a spine liner but when you do it's so much more fun. just a little "oh! i've found something!" thrill. especially when you let your mind drift a little as you go back to trimming prints..."if you are reading this then you have found the message we left for you over one hundred years ago in the spine of a book that you might never possess in a language that you cannot read..."

Monday, January 11, 2010

staying in out of the cold

it's a full house in these nasty temperatures...

mason and darby. this picture makes me laugh so hard. mason has that "at the feet of renaissance kings" look to his face.

Friday, January 8, 2010

"i won't forget to remember I know you"

the fantastic ferraby lionheart has a new album out called the jack of hearts. he isn't originally from nashville but he's lived there, on and off, for so long that they/we consider him a native. "completely charming" are the best words i can think to describe him.

just enough to make that glorious, almost chalky crunch when you step in it but not enough to cover the tops of the brown, winter grass. i'll take it. this is the back deck after the children and dogs and who knows what else have passed through. i swear there are deer tracks even though that's not possible. ...i don't think. while i was out in the cold i had a daydream about catching the tracks of all the people and animals that might cross through our lawn at night, every night, and we would never know if it hadn't been for that little bit of snow. bear, raccoons, ponies, lines of children dragging things behind them. a shortcut to night travelers. but in reality it's little converse treads and dogs with abnormally long feet.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

a little piece already packaged and on her way to her new home this morning.

we are supposed to have snow at some point today. i know that most parts of the world, especially here in the northern u.s. this week, are sick to death of the sight of it but we never ever see it so you guys are just going to have to deal with my tireless enthusiasm. i promise not to post a million "things covered in snow" pictures. ...maybe one and i'll make sure it's especially interesting. i'm going to get my errands taken care of first thing this morning and come back, put on some nico muhly with something warm (cinnamon+chocolate+caffeine mmmmm) in a cup and watch the clouds come in.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


i don't play a lot of video games at all. we have them around and when we first got a wii i played around with it for a few days and then i was through. it's not all games that don't hold my interest because i will play tetris until the end of time. i like more puzzley (i know it's not a word) games. more riddles with a definite beginning and end and less wandering around monster-coated dreamscapes looking for "something." i was the child that loved long division. i know.

but this...this i can adore.

The goal of Machinarium is to solve a series of puzzles and brain teasers. The puzzles are linked together by an overworld consisting of a traditional "point and click" adventure story. The overworld's most radical departure is that only objects within the player character's reach can be clicked on.

Machinarium is notable in that it contains no dialogue, neither spoken nor written. The game instead uses a system of animated thought bubbles.

it is entirely hand drawn and just beautiful and the soundtrack was written specifically for it. when making it to a new level you find yourself more excited to see what it is going to look like than to have advanced in the actual game.

you can play the demo here.

Monday, January 4, 2010

new year, new workspace

i always feel this need for things to look different with a new year. i rarely make resolutions, because i know i won't keep them after the novelty of having made them wears off, but i do tidy up. rearrange. take everything off the walls and move it around. the wall right above my work space is one of these walls this week. (notice all the mess below on the shelves. you'd think that would be the first priority but it's not a fun thing to do. not as fun as rearranging the stuff on the walls. not only recognizing my messy faults but doing something about them would be a good new year's resolution...if i made those. anyway.) so far it's practically empty except for two things. one being the atherton lin 2010 calendar that i just put up. ok, maybe i just put it up in this spot but it's been on the wall above my mac since october, waiting for january. i couldn't help myself. it's absolutely perfect and i wanted to begin staring at it a few months early. you can grab one for yourself in their etsy shop.

another new addition is the smiths print i picked up at leo gallery a few weeks ago from local group young monster. they're doing some great stuff...

i'm semi-procrastinating and i have a list to get through before the end of the day. list-making and follow-through would also be a good new year's resolution if i believed in those things.