#sesamestory

posted December 19th, 2014

oh dear god, who the fuck is this mouth breather?
oh dear god, who the fuck is this mouth breather?

#sesamestory

posted December 12th, 2014

the date was going well until they both had too much to drink: he got uncomfortably hot & heavy with his goodbye & left her with the tab. but the deal breaker was his overuse of cologne: drakkar noir (obvs).
the date was going well until they both had too much to drink: he got uncomfortably hot & heavy with his goodbye & left her with the tab. but the deal breaker was his overuse of cologne: drakkar noir (obvs).

041374 identity

posted December 9th, 2014

041374
i was once a graphic designer, and i still love a little design project now and then. so when i decided i needed a different etsy shop to sell my art history houses, i wanted to create an identity for the shop that was different from painted fish studio. like i mentioned when i announced the new shop: i cannot remember why i decided to use my birth date as the name, and i also cannot remember why i decided to use an old-school date stamp… too many months have passed since i created the logo. but i do remember that it was not as easy as stamping a piece of paper and i was done. oh nooooo… i stamped a piece of paper about 30 times trying to get it perfect, and in the end i ended up layering a few scans on top of each other in photoshop to get the look i wanted. it took hours of futzing. but i’m very happy with it!

041374 identity

i wanted to keep all the pieces of the identity simple: the mini moo cards have minimal design. i looked at every single invoice book offered in office supply stores, trying to find one that was simple and old school. and the goods in my 041374 etsy shop will be packaged in glassine bags, with the logo stamped on. lastly, i had some postcards made of a collage i created last summer, and each order will include a postcard for free. it’s too bad that i find designing fun only when i’m the client! i miss doing it.

#sesamestory

posted December 5th, 2014

oscar is on a bender.
oscar is on a bender.

willow house holiday craft fair

posted December 3rd, 2014

willow house fourth annual holiday fair
this friday is the willow house fourth annual holiday craft fair, and kristin has invited me to participate! i’ll have a table set up with my books and cards. there will also be children’s apparel, bags, pillows, ornaments, pottery, jewelry, toys, cowls, and more! swing by and say hi, and get a little more xmas shopping done! there will be wine and cookies, too…

friday, december 5
3:00 – 8:00pm

willow house preschool
5617 24th avenue south
minneapolis, mn 55417

cyber monday : free shipping!

posted December 1st, 2014

free shipping! use coupon code: FREESHIP
it’s cyber monday and i’m offering free shipping, to anywhere, in all of my etsy shops today! use coupon code FREESHIP. start shopping:

#sesamestory

posted November 28th, 2014

susan's doing another sunday morning walk of shame. oh susan. get it together, girl.
susan’s doing another sunday morning walk of shame. oh susan. get it together, girl.

i have a new etsy shop! introducing 041374

posted November 24th, 2014

i love these houses.
i opened a new etsy shop! i needed a place to offer the extra houses i made for jackie’s tiny house swap. they didn’t fit into my painted fish studio shop — they are too collage-y. my painted fish studio shop feels more design-y than collage-y. so, i opened 041374.

i created the shop in june… these days with school, it’s hard to finish what i start. i honestly can’t remember how i decided to name the shop after my birth date, but i think it works. i’m really happy with the logo/identity for the shop: i’ll try to post about it soon. in the meantime, have a look!

#sesamestory

posted November 21st, 2014

if your trunk looked like a penis, you'd disappear, too.
if your trunk looked like a penis, you’d disappear, too.

baby rug

posted November 19th, 2014

sigh.
i just can’t win: there’s always something wrong with my knitted projects. this time, it’s realizing i had been using the wrong pattern, as i started the last color stripe. this was supposed to be a baby blanket for my new nephew, but it’s more like a rug.

and how did i manage to mess this project up? i’m blaming purl for this one. i bought the kit, and the insert that came in the kit directed me to the super easy crib blanket in worsted twist page, so i did the pattern on that page. what i didn’t realize was i actually bought the super soft merino yarn kit, which meant i should have followed a link buried in a paragraph of text halfway down the page, to get to the pattern for the super easy crib blanket in super soft merino. goddammit, purl.

there was no way i was going to frog the whole damn thing and start over. sorry baby carl, you got a rug, instead of a blanket. you probably won’t be a big fan of pink, so i guess it’s ok (the pink was peach in the photo in the purl store. grrrrrrr).

i really should quit this knitting thing. but it’s the only time i watch tee-vee shows, and i’m still itching to work on a super blanket.

these guys…

posted November 17th, 2014

b & e in b & w
i’m having so much fun.
saint paul mn
november 9, 2014
impossible project b&w film for sx-70 black frame

#sesamestory

posted November 14th, 2014

prairie dawn is waiting for gordon to call. he said he'd call. that was 5 days ago. maybe he's really busy at work? or maybe he lost his phone? he's gonna call. but when? WHEN IS HE GOING TO FUCKING CALL?!!
prairie dawn is waiting for gordon to call. he said he’d call. that was 5 days ago. maybe he’s really busy at work? or maybe he lost his phone? he’s gonna call. but when? WHEN IS HE GOING TO FUCKING CALL?!!

rockets!

posted November 12th, 2014

aka smarties
leftovers from halloween
saint paul mn
november 9, 2014
impossible project 600 color frames

#sesamestory

posted November 7th, 2014

 they had a nice dinner. there was flirting & laughter. he leans in for a kiss, aaaand... sniiiffffiff... gordon detects the sour scent of garbage on prairie dawn, which totally kills the moment.
they had a nice dinner. there was flirting & laughter. he leans in for a kiss, aaaand… sniiiffffiff… gordon detects the sour scent of garbage on prairie dawn, which totally kills the moment.

mean pumpkins

posted November 5th, 2014

they're so evil
they’re still sitting on my stoop! they won’t leave! the mailman is terrified!
saint paul mn
november 3, 2014
impossible project b&w film for sx-70 black frame

3rd ave bridge

posted November 3rd, 2014


over the mississippi
minneapolis mn
november 2, 2014
impossible project b&w film for sx-70 black frame

#sesamestory

posted October 31st, 2014

it took a mob gathered on the street for sherlock hemlock to realize that everyone wants to keep their skeletons in the closet & that his sleuthing/snooping is not welcome.
it took a mob gathered on the street for sherlock hemlock to realize that everyone wants to keep their skeletons in the closet & that his sleuthing/snooping is not welcome.

#sesamestory

posted October 24th, 2014

it's a good thing that no one on the street has appendages they can blow off. happy 4th of july from #sesamestory!
it’s a good thing that no one on the street has appendages they can blow off. happy 4th of july from #sesamestory!

making

posted October 23rd, 2014

wirebound books for i like you
right around the time i decided that i was no longer interested in selling my work on commission in local shops, i did some deep cleaning in the boxes, drawers, and closet of my office. damn, i have a lot of paper. and most of it is cut down to a certain size, intended for a project i never followed through on. i hate throwing things away (i would recycle any paper i decide to purge), so finding the paper was the kick-in-the-butt i needed to make stuff. i contacted a local shop to see if they were interested in restocking any of my work, and i was surprised at the size of the list they sent me. since sales in my etsy shop have been really slow in recent months, i’ve decided that commission is probably the best way for my work to end up in new hands. so i’ve been squeezing in a little bit of making between work, school, and other life stuff.

onesies

posted October 21st, 2014

onesies
i’m an aunt to a nephew as of last wednesday! my niece stayed with me as he was making his arrival, and she helped me paint onesies with freezer paper stencils.