intriguing art for bored and lonely walls

Sunday, January 30, 2011

andiespecialtysweets on etsy has the KAH-yootest tiny cakes!

This is the super-kah-yoot-est tiny cake I've ever seen!   It is on the front page of Etsy right now. You should definitely go and check out the L.A. shop of andiespecialtysweets!  Not only is the cake adorable, they personalize the egg on top with your name.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I've been using statsy to re-list my prints, and am trying to renew several times a day.   So far it has gotten me some more visibility. 

That being said, I need to figure out the formula to take people past that spot of hearting and loving my photos, but not buying them.   For example, my dandelion photos are probably my most popular.   I've sold one.   Really?   I'm so doing something wrong.  My price point seems to be where others are, and I don't want to go too low.  Maybe I need to go up as was suggested in an etsy article about being too low implying not really good quality...

Statsy is great, but I do wish I could find a tool that lets me do multiple listings at one time...   I think it's so cool tho that someone wrote this tool!  

24/365 Sentinals by lillithsnapped · 365 Project

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

my intention...

what i really wanted was to make my post text be transparent ish white boxes so that you could see the whole background...  i'll get around to refreshing my CSS soon, i hope.  

19/365 - iz mai chair

oh, hai.
youz got up.
i haz reclaimed.
where iz yourz rulebook?
my deztrucshun!
is gross enuf for youz? 


i see now why my first sentence, according to family lore, was "Massachusetts is a MESS!" even now i'm still oddly attracted to churned up, dirty snow. especially black snowballs.


i love to turn snow greenish. i don't know why. it's an addiction.

16/365 - snowplow bench

snowplows. they're everywhere. roaring up behind you when you are walking the dog. scraping behind you in the parking lot. they fascinate me. mostly so i don't get run over. but really. they do. if i ever see one stationary for 2 seconds, i will ask if i can drive. they will probably tell me to get lost or get run over.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

15/365 - desperate @ 3 am

hysterical stealth ninja mouse

i thought this was hilarious!

mountaineer extrodinaire
photo of a cute, funny mouse

January Challenge Artists

Charlie over at Domestic Icing suggested this challenge, (she was inspired by Kristin Dudish who did a November challenge).  This sounded perfect for me since I'm doing a photo a day right now.  Knowing that others are doing their piece a day keeps me inspired.   I keep meaning to post the blogs of the other artists who are doing an art piece a day for the month of january.   Please check out their blogs and leave them some props! 

domestic icing
Project 365

14/365 - icicle, icicle, where are you go-ing?

Super cool RL icicles, had to get a shot. not as much clarity as i'd hoped. the top reminded me of a carnival so i wanted to bring in a little bit of that element. instead of going french pastel, i went greenish blue. i dunno. i'm weird. what can i say. i was bored with the regular icicles. cool as they were. i'm sure the restaurant people were like uh, lady? what are we doing?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

13/365 - reflections on looking {up}

i'll have to re-try this sometime when i can fiddle more with lighting.  i wanted more clear emphasis on the orange and less dithering. 
this is the underside of my overly full Brita water pitcher from a 70 degree angle; orange on counter behind it.


this is the chinese verb for change which, directly translated, means "deliver transformation".
i am changing. transforming. the path is littered with self-obstacles that i must learn to deal with and not simply step over for another day.
the shadows are symbolic of a Venn diagram, and the way in which change is composed of not just one step, but a series of steps.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

11/365 - the castle stood deserted

its rulers, having abandoned the ramparts for warmer climes, often stared longingly at their lost playmate through the glass door. it almost seemed... as if the castle was staring back, dreaming of the days when they would once again wander the world of make-believe...

10/365 - snow dog

oops. yesterday was a blur, so i took one today. could not get her to stop moving so a bit of blur around the eyes as i didn't fiddle with my settings much before snapping this.

Monday, January 10, 2011

not an origami guru. (yet)

this.   is not a paper crane.   it's true you can see the {semblance} of a paper crane somewhere in there.  this is my first attempt.   i found another tutorial, this one a video that is working better for me so far ( as in i'm not going wait - what?   mine doesn't look like that!   ) so we will see how the next one comes out...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

9/365 - vanishing jet

by the time i pulled over safely, this jet had gone behind the clouds. it was so awesome. it made my non-productive trip to "the madness" that is IKEA worth it. i was basically like i'm going to get something out of this trip! hopefully my night-shot kung-fu will level up the more i do this challenge...

Saturday, January 8, 2011


and so are you.  everything we each need to succeed is already there, so often locked away behind doubts, fears, and other barriers.   my visual journal project combined with a doodling book combined with a difficult day inspired this.   i'm striving to remember that i alone am responsible for my own happiness or lack thereof.  

Friday, January 7, 2011


a difficult day

today i'm having trouble remembering that {i am enough}.   i am capable of creating and maintaining my own happiness.  i cannot change anyone but myself, and i should be looking inward more and outward less.   my own flaws are many, and i can focus on repairing those.   some things, other things, cannot be repaired, no matter how much you wish it to be so  (and sometimes, you only THINK you wish it, but your actions, words, and silence speaks louder than any empty words).  small people need me.   even when i feel i have nothing left to offer, i have to dig deeper, be stronger, in order to be there for them.   they are most important.   i am also important.   and i deserve to be happy.  i deserve joy.  i deserve...  myself.  

Thursday, January 6, 2011


today i used the daily shoot website as a springboard for my 365 photo.  the assingment was to shoot a high-contrast photo, doing as much in camera as possible.   this is the result.
what do you think this is a photo of? 
i am happy to say i had to do no post-processing on this photo just a resize so i don't choke everyone's servers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

1000 paper cranes

{image from wikipedia}

as i'm on a journey of sorts in my life right now, one of the things i hope to accomplish this year is to fold 1,000 paper cranes.   in japan, the crane is seen as a mythical being, with a life span of 1,000 years.   it's said that if you fold one crane for every year of the life-span, you will be granted a wish.   at shrines you can see strings of these dreams and wishes, hanging exposed to the open air - their inevitable disintegration is thought to release the wish and bring it to pass.  i think it's a lovely sentiment, and also gorgeous from an artistic point of view...  i'm hoping to use some pretty scrapbook paper for mine, as well as some solid colors. 

Sunpaper is woot

i've gotten my hands on some sun sensitive paper, and i cannot wait to try it.   having a day with actual sun, will be the trick!


Sunday, January 2, 2011


my kids have boxes of those paper airplane wacky papers. they love to fly them from the upstairs landing. started putting this together with my son tonight.

Saturday, January 1, 2011



1 / 365
this morning, i woke to a {gorgeous} sliver of moon low on the horizon, with venus shining diamond-shaped above it. needless to say, my 1st thought was i have to get a shot of that. however, it was something crazy like 18 degrees and insanely windy - by the time i had some coffee and got myself ready, it was all clouded over. note to self: that was dumb.
i finally settled on this shot. it's residue from an art journal i'm working on. i like the photo more than i like the page i made in the journal. my little daughter also did some with me, going absolutely bonkers with the glue stick! it was fun. she's hanging it on the wall as i type...