Friday, September 28, 2012

mid century modern illustration

i love the fun (and sometimes wacky) style that is mid century modern illustration.  the bold splashes of color, the clean lines, the funky and defined shapes.  i "retired" my mid century modern line of prints from my shop earlier this year, but to tell you the truth, my shop has been missing that quirkiness ever since.  so, they're baaaack!  and balance has been restored.  :)

p.s.  there are prints in this line for kids, too!

p.s.s.  hooray for friday!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ilife (via my iphone)



random iphone snaps of our big sur vacation for my birthday, which include:  the cabin where we stayed (casa pequeño) and its beautiful outdoor tub, the henry miller library, the carmel mission (which houses the oldest library in california), carmel beach (dog friendly!),  and scrabble (there was no television, which was so wonderful!)
also included are: etsy packaging...the shop is re-opened after summer break!  my nephew and me, wearing cool glasses at my sister in law's birthday party.  he looks like a younger, cuter elton john in those glasses.  i told him that.  he hasn't the foggiest who elton john is, but he laughed anyway.

*on the henry miller library...  the building actually belonged to a friend of henry miller's.  miller lived nearby.  notice the quote on the sign at the entrance to the property, "it was here in big sur i first learned to say amen!"  -henry miller.  big sur is that kind of place.  i have tried time and again to connect with miller's work, especially tropic of cancer, since it is a "classic".  beg to differ.  there is a difference between a "classic" work, and an "important" work.  it was definitely important because of what it was and (in relation to) the time in which it was written.  it was pivotal, even.  but a classic?  many will argue with me, but no.  i don't think so.  i was surprised to learn that miller settled in big sur.  but then i read that miller spent much of his time in big sur painting.  and moreover, there is this quote.  this beautiful quote.  i do feel that big sur is a place where people go when they are ready to put the bulls**t aside.  i like to imagine that that is exactly what miller was doing there.  okay, rant over.

Monday, September 24, 2012

magazine storage - diy

part 1.  we are overflowing with issues of the new yorker over at our apartment.  we love them, and can't bear to part with them until they are all read.  (good luck with that, right?)

part 2.  i don't get attached to objects the way many people do.  however, there are a handful of exceptions.  one being my dad's briefcase.  it is an old monogrammed samsonite, and he loved it. it's been tucked away in a corner waiting for the perfect opportunity to be used.

part 3.  this post and this post on my friend, sana's blog:  she's a stylist and she runs a vintage supplier and decor shop, and she is inspiring!

the result:

the most recent issues are displayed.  issues will be moved to the
inside of the case as new issues arrive.

the goal is to add vintage suitcases underneath
my dad's briefcase for added back issue storage.

the best dad's initials.

it makes me so happy to see my dad's beloved briefcase every day.  so many happy memories.
thanks for the idea, sana!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

fernando's journal...big sur edition

hello.  my name is fernando.  two years ago i was found on the san fernando freeway, hence the name fernando.  clever, no?  i was about a year old when my mama and daddy "rescued" me.  (if you ask me, i'm the one who rescued them.  boy, did they need me!)

luckily, they like to hike and explore.  i have some extra energy to burn.

mama says i can share some of my adventures here on her blog.  so, here goes:

we just got back from a long weekend in big sur.  dad and i took mama there for her birthday.
it was tough for us to find "dog friendly" trails.  apparently, dogs are considered predators.  i ask you, do i look like a predator?  hmmm...yeah, i guess i get it.  regardless, i do have a couple of new favorite trails now.

the one less traveled.  mill creek hike:

a more popular hike.  the pine ridge trail:

this sign cracked us up.  it was at the entrance to the area behind the river inn....

...which is where we unwound after our hikes.  dogs aren't allowed on the patio, but you can order drinks and food and sit out back along the river.  personally, i think that is even better than a patio!

oh, and i went to the beach for the first time!  and i loooooved it!!  this photo was taken in carmel, which is just north of big sur.  the beach is off leash!  no humans attached!  woohooooooo!!

well, that sums up my trip.  mama saw a bunch of other stuff that she liked.  she'll probably write about that soon.

until next time....

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

not a headboard...a bedboard!

i needed a headboard.  i had a huge unused mirror and some chalkboard paint.  what i ended up with isn't a headboard.  and it isn't a chalkboard, either.

it's a bedboard!!

and it needs to be drawn on!  like i need another thing to put on my "to do" list.  i told myself that i am allowed to draw a new design on the board no more than once per week, and can spend no more than fifteen minutes on each drawing.

this week's installment:

mr. owl!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

is anyone on bloglovin?

okay, so since i haven't been keeping up my personal blog...things have changed!!
i've been trying to figure out how to get my friends from my old google friend connect onto this new blog site.  then, i read that google friend connect is no more.  what??

does anyone out there use bloglovin?
i'm going to paste the code and give it a shot.  i feel like someone who has been living in some sort of a 1940s bomb shelter and has emerged to find everything has changed!

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hello again

after a bit of an absence, i'm back to blogging.

my old blog still exists over at, but a few months ago i started using it as a "landing page" of sorts.  i deleted all of my posts from a year and a half of blogging, and became all business.

this past weekend i was fortunate enough to have been taken to big sur for my birthday (thank you, avi...and fernando!).  with all the clean air up there (no offense, l.a.) i was able to think.

and i came to a decision.  i had been missing my blog so much i decided to start anew.

i had a few missteps, and instead of just changing the custom url back to a blogspot url and redirecting my existing followers from to my personal blog, i had to start fresh.  i hope all of my old blog buddies (and new ones) find me here!