August 25, 2010

Blog Break

I'm going to take a little blog break until next Wednesday. We're busy getting back into our homeschool/grad school/work rhythm and we fly to Florida this weekend to attend a family wedding. See you in September!

August 24, 2010

August 23, 2010

Back To School

Thought I would celebrate this back-to-school time of year by sharing a selection of vintage children's books/workbooks that I have in my collection. Happy Monday!

August 20, 2010

Summer Sighs

So I guess this is our last "official" weekend of summer (**sigh**). Patrick starts back to school on Monday and Lizzie (and I) will begin her kindergarten. We'll still have many warm, sunny days to enjoy before the weather starts to turn but I hope to make the most of this weekend all the same. It seems to mark yet another turning point in the season of life.

August 18, 2010

Doll House no 346 & 347

Doll House no 346 (with head of horse)

Doll House no 347 (with spine)

These two Doll House pieces were finished up early this morning and will be posted in the shop as soon as I can get around to editing the rest of the images.

August 17, 2010

Visual Stripes

In lieu of my usual vignette I'm posting a visual collection of stripes from around my home. Collecting these visual patterns on my iPhone is quickly becoming a new favorite pastime. Enjoy!

August 16, 2010

The Oz Museum

After living in Kansas for two years we decided it was high time to visit the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. It is quaint museum, chock-full of memorabilia from the movie and collectibles galore. I certainly enjoyed the museum as my mother had read all of L. Frank Baum's original 14 Oz books out loud to my siblings and me when we were kids. I'm still trying to decide if I want to tackle this same task with Lizzie! We're currently wading through Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm. Happy Monday!

August 13, 2010

Apple and Pears

I've been terribly preoccupied (in a good way) this week with my new iPhone 4. It's my first time to own one and the decision to get one was mainly based on the idea of maintaining productivity without being tethered to my computer all the time. Anyhow, most of the week has been spent playing around with fun photo apps such as Hipstamatic. I've been snapping away at everything and Lizzie is positively sick of having her picture taken! I won't bombard you with photos today--just this one of yummy pears (thank you Mark!) ripening by a window. Have a beautiful weekend!

August 12, 2010

Color Cubes

"Color cubes teach design, initiative, colors, concentration, symmetry, observation and patience", according to The Embossing Company of Albany, New York. This is the first time I've come across a complete set of these antique color cubes from the early 20th century. My favorite part of the packaging is the interior of the box lid featuring various pattern designs. You can take a closer look at this set here.

August 11, 2010

Summer Shadows

The lazy (and not so lazy) summer days have been flying by. We are in the midst of a unusually hot week with no end in sight. Needless to say we have been staying indoors except to venture to the post office. I've been sorting and purging photo files and found several images of summer shadows to share with you. Happy Wednesday!

August 10, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 24

Sushipot Vignette no 24 (objects on windowsill)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. A pair of objects on the windowsill in my studio. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

August 9, 2010

Color Coded Collections

Grouping little things together from around the studio into these color coded collections is a lot of fun. I usually discover treasures that I had forgotten all about. Take a closer peek at these white, pink, and yellow collections available over at Sushipot Parts.

August 8, 2010

Fresh Art Blocks

A fresh selection of collage art blocks have been posted in shop. More of these will be coming later on this week so let me know if you'd like to place a reservation on any of them. Enjoy!

August 6, 2010


Post-it notes are plentiful in our house and I'm always finding little messages written by Lizzie. This one appeared in my studio a while back and it's a keeper. Wishing you and yours a perfect weekend!

August 5, 2010

What's The Point?

This antique gameboard reproduction painted by Terri Dondlinger of twddesigns on Etsy has been sitting around in my favorites for a while. Last night I was in a treasury making mood and I put one together titled "What's The Point?" inspired by these converging points and this Oscar Wilde quote, “What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.”

To view this treasury in its entirety, click right here.

August 4, 2010

Treasure Trove of Books

As many of you know I'm a collector of cast-off books that may have something to offer my stash of collage materials. While we were in Illinois last weekend my aunt gave me two large boxes filled with books she thought I may be able to use. They are a treasure trove and I'm still going through everything but I took some images of favorites to share with you today. A big thank you to my aunt for these books!

I especially loved the color and design of these book covers and the more ornate ones below.

An old Boy Scouts handbook from 1925 is generously illustrated with detailed images, charts, diagrams and unique advertisements from the 1920's. There is some wonderful collage material here!

Among the books was this pile of Workbasket magazines from the 50's and 60's. They are filled with amazing crafty images, patterns and much more vintage goodness. I can hardly wait to get out my favorite scissors and start clipping!