Archive for July, 2008

matthew woodson illustrations

let’s have a look at some gorgeous emotional illustration work from local chicago artist matthew woodson. matthew uses traditional and digital techniques to create these lushly evocative pieces.





crack your piggy bank open for a good cause: recently, matthew was bitten by a strange spider and his course of treatment may require 8 more months of doctor and hospital visits! matthew has decided to take on some commission work to offset these extraordinary expenses. now is your opportunity to help and receive a very special piece of art in the process.

if a commission is not in the cards for you, you can still help by purchasing one of matt’s prints (shown above) at thumbtack press. checking out his website and saying hello to him on his blog might also cheer him up – try it!

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five fun things from fred and friends

do you need a laugh today? if any of these newly created products from the clever folks over at fred and friends don’t make you smile just a little, i don’t know what will!


the calf and half creamer


fingerfood hors d’ouevres plates


airfork one children’s utensil


salt and peeper dual shaker


feet first: finish line doormat

i know a few people who would get a kick out of that doormat.

see more fun and find out where to purchase these gems at fred’s website.

cloud chair by lisa widén

i think i need this puffy cloud chair by lisa widén for opportunistic cat naps. i love the sculpted sides and funky metal feet.



i haven’t been able to sleep for several weeks now, and despite this the blog is still running pretty smoothly. maybe it is more efficient than usual because i am a shut in, rehabbing my dog, who is almost able to stand up and walk by himself, and not able to leave my house because of it?

i don’t know, but i’m thinking if this came with a cumulus ottoman i would be all set.

see more work from lisa on her website and find the chair at design house stockholm.

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christine kaiser sculpture

i am liking these quirky sculptures from pennsylvania artist christine kaiser. each piece is handmade with combinations of wood, metal, wire and paint. christine’s anxiety series is meant to be a visual place to focus your stress, because she believes that anxiety held in the hand or put on a shelf creates less of it in the heart. her wake up and sleep pieces tow the mysterious line of dreams and reality, and were created to be a contemporary folk tale.



this collection is priced from $40 to $110 and is available at uncommon goods. see more great work on christine’s website.

mariposa pendant light by la murrina

i think this very pretty mariposa ceiling fixture by marco piva for italy’s la murrina would add a colorful sculptural element to a neutral room. it is crafted of butterfly wing-styled murano glass discs (hence the name) and reminds me of capiz shell lamps, but it’s a bit more substantial.



this piece can be ordered in a few different sizes with black, red or white disc combinations. see it and much more from la murrina right here.

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jay mccarroll’s clothing line tonight on qvc

i am a freak about bravo television’s project runway. seriously every time i watch the show it makes me want to become a fashion designer, or at least pick my sewing back up. if you are a fan too, you might like to know that jay mccarroll, the winner of season one, will be debuting his clothing line sometime tonight between 9 pm and 11 pm eastern on qvc. season two winner chloe dao will be making an appearance too. here’s is one of the things jay is releasing to the public tonight, his checkerboard coat.


i always thought jay was an earnest, innovative designer and am looking forward to seeing his work again. until tonight, check out his online shop here and say hi to him on his blog too.

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happy blogiversary, or it’s all about me

warning: self-centered post chock full of funny facts about me ahead!

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more than a few weeks ago i was tagged by four fine bloggy friends and asked to reveal several random/quirky things about myself, as well as tell you what i sites i personally enjoy visiting. i have put this off for a while for a variety of reasons, i think mainly because i don’t think i’m very interesting. but once i realized that not being very interesting could count towards one of my revealing facts, i decided to take the plunge…

– i am a freak about spelling and typos. i frequently see misspelled signs, and tell myself (or others that are in the car with me) that “somebody paid cash money for that sign” aloud. i think my favorites signwise were the “newspapars” sign i saw in philadelphia once, and the “best tacos in tawn” here in chicago, where i reside. in grade school i got 100 on every single spelling test up until the 4th grade, when i received a 95. i was quite beside myself and indignantly went over to fellow classmate megan quinlask, who had been assigned the dubious duty of correcting the tests. when i pointed out that she had made a mistake in scoring my test, she pointed at my paper and said “you got one wrong. fourty.” fourty! fourty! i will never forget that. especially because that is how old i became this past may. stupid fourty. ruined my record.

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– on my business card, i describe myself as a raconteur and bon vivant. i don’t weave tales out of the air, i tell it like it is, and usually it sounds like something someone would have made up, because sometimes nutty things happen, you know? i started describing myself this way after i heard gene rayburn introduce charles nelson reilly on the match game this way.

– this month of june that just passed marked my one year blogiversary. hurrah! i have gone through regular periods of burn out and elation writing almost every day. it has been a lot of fun and it hasn’t stopped yet, so i will continue to hunt and peck and dig up as much original content as this space can hold. i love all the friendships around the world that have come out of this website. it is a strong positive thing and it powers me through the down times when they come sweeping through around here.


– my love of reading was cultivated by my parents when i was a child, and continues to this day, although i read more online than in books these days, and i have the dry eyes to prove it. i have carefully selected the sites in my blogroll for the quality content and sparkling writing. these people have a point of view or style i thoroughly enjoy. please pay them a visit when you have time, and you won’t be disappointed!

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– out of all the myriad ways to express oneself in an artistic way, i like photography the best. i have always been attracted to and inspired by slightly askew, out of focus, beautifully composed photographs, so without further ado, i am nervous and happy and pleased to announce the grand opening of my own digital photography shop on etsy! i have been working hard on this for months and months and months, shooting, editing, re-editing, trashing, researching, biting my nails, and ultimately taking the plunge. nothing would please me more if you were to head on over there and take a peek. i am starting out slowly so there are only a handful of images right now, but there are lots more to come. let me know if your philosophy about photography is similar to mine, and i hope you enjoy them if you have a look!

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