Archive for April, 2011

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 28, 2011

I keep spotting all these fun gifts, so I thought I’d do a Mother’s Day gift round up!

Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps.

Britt Beautiful Skin system – Mature Skin types

My Tree and Me: Pick from a bunch of really cool family trees

Je T’Aime Breast Cancer Awareness Bag from RI’s nonchalant Mom.


Monogram mug from Anthropolgie

Jess LC’s Franklin Necklaces: Braille letters on one side with the text in English on the back.  Choose from five phrases.

Sugar Baby cookbook

Kitchen Conversions poster from Sweet Fine Day.  Also check out their baked goods at Whimsy and Spice!

Portraits by Gaia Cornwall


And of course I’d love to do a portrait of said mom’s kids!  Details here.

Also spotted a pretty necklace, and some lovely perfume ideas, over at Wiksten Made.  And head over to A Cup of Jo for a personalized wine bottle, or a customized photo.  Happy hunting!

Video Monday: For Me, For You, For Later

April 25, 2011

Video Mondays

Have you guys seen Sesame Street’s new site to teach kids about money, “For Me, For You, For Later“?  It’s filled with good advice and fun projects so you can get a jump on their financial education even when they’re really young.  It seems like a great way to introduce kids to concepts like saving and donating money.  They have a ton of other adorable videos, so go check them out! — I’d love to hear what you think.

It’s True:

April 21, 2011

My sister sent this to me today and it made me laugh.

Working Wednesday: DIY Book Display

April 20, 2011

I needed inspiration for displaying my vintage children’s book collection, and it recently occurred to me that I should be looking at kid’s rooms. Right now, my awesome books are stacked in a pile on a shelf in my office. Boring– and sad. But I’m thinking these Ikea Spice Racks, that everyone seems to be repurposing these days, would do the trick:

images from Domestic Simplicity.
I think placed down low on the wall, like this, would work especially well in my studio.  (Don’t you love that grey with all the pops of color? Actually that whole room is amazing. Click on the photo for a link to her Flickr stream.)  Though if they were up high they’d be more decorative…hmm.

image from misspfui
Seems easy right?  The Ikea racks are $2.49 in the States, and the set up is pretty obvious, but here it is spelled out, just in case you’d like some directions.

Bryant Austin’s Whales

April 19, 2011

When I was a kid, every year a whale preservation group would come to our school and set up a life-size, inflatable, blue whale.  In small groups, they would take us inside, and we would sit in different parts as they explained how big their hearts were, or where their lungs were, or what baleen was.  I think it was the first time I really understood how big whales were.

Bryant Austin is a photographer who takes pictures of whales and then prints them life size: ” …the largest and highest resolution photographs of whales in the world.”  Meaning the image above is about 3 x 6 feet large!  They look amazing and would be wonderful to see in person.

Learn more about Austin and his group Marine Mammal Conservation Through The Arts here and in this article.

Image by Bryant Austin.

Video Monday: Work/Life 2 Home Movie

April 18, 2011

Video Mondays

Take a look through the Work/Life 2 Illustration Directory.  Can you spot me?

(I got super lucky and am sandwiched between two of my favorite illustrators ever:  Lisa Congdon and Gemma Correll.  Can you believe it?  So awesome.  Good job, last name.)

And how cute are these pictures from the opening reception??  You can read all about it here.

Jillian Tamaki for Penguin Threads

April 15, 2011

So I wasn’t going to post these, because everyone has already… but I’ve been trying since March and finally can’t resist.  (Besides, even if you have seen them already, don’t you want to look at them again?  I thought so.)

Jillian Tamaki’s finished covers for Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics:


Yup, still awesome.

click for more info and to see them larger.

Working Wednesdays

April 13, 2011

G and I moved to Providence almost three years ago and it’s the first time in a long while, or really, ever in my adult life, that I have my own studio/office/work space.  However, as we were under the impression that we were just in this apartment “temporarily,” I was loathe to do much to improve it.  “Why paint the walls if we’re just going to leave in a few months?”

But here we are, pushing three years and the walls are still a horrible, dingy shade of grey-green.  And lately the piles of …everything…have multiplied so that I found myself walking in, head down, and then resolutely staring at the computer so I can’t see the mess around me. Not exactly a stress free work environment.  But I’ve been working on it.  (And spending too much time online obsessing over dream work-spaces.)

“Working Wednesdays” posts will be about freelancing, working from home, organizing tips, and yes, drool-worthy office spaces.  Hopefully the ideas will not only be inspiring to you, but will result in a clean, happy office for me!


First up:  To corral test prints, and the like, I put in a bunch of tacks and hung clips from them.  A variation of this:

image from remoldista
Except my prints are larger.  Not the best permanent storage, but a great way to get working, or pieces of paper you need, up and out of the way.   A couple variations:

image from Martha Stewart

Also works great for hanging kid’s art:

image from The Style Files

See? Less piles already!

Illustration in Uppercase Work/Life

April 12, 2011

I got my copy of Uppercase’s Work/Life Illustration Directory yesterday and it looks amazing!  Truly the book itself is a work of art– all the little details added in, the design.  You can tell the care and hours that went into it.  I’ll try to take some pictures, but here’s my illustration and some close-up detail shots!

details from Uppercase Work/Life

Ah it feels good to unveil it– we all made original pieces for the book and then promised not to show them ahead of time.

details from Uppercase Work/Life

Anyways, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Don’t those kids look like they’re having a good time?  I want that pink skirt…

Video Monday: It’s a book!

April 11, 2011

Video Mondays

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