Archive for November, 2008

snapshot sunday

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a thankful holiday (and grateful blogger)

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Brother Sun by nikaa

Okay, we all know that Thanksgiving is around the corner and we have a lot to be thankful for, right? I personally have tons to be thankful for this year, frankly every year, but especially this year. I have said to a few people just this week that for the last several years I have been in varying states of depression, ranging from mild to debilitating. Unless you read my about page you might not know this. I never talked about it out loud that much, but you probably didn’t have to hear it to know, you could probably tell my the look on my face how bad it was at any given moment. My kind was that terrible feeling of being overwhelmed and filled with anxiety, to the point of being paralyzed to act on anything. It always manifested itself in the worst way right at the beginning of each previous holiday season too, but this year is different. Now, lately and right now as I write this, I feel like I am finally coming into the light after a really long time. Consistently. Everyday. Not just a good day or two here and there and then back into the dumper. Progress. I feel better about myself in new and different ways. And I suspect that, among other things, it is from the creative things that I decided to take up, like pecking around the internet and writing about what I find (writer’s block notwithstanding), and snapping my photos of odd alluring things.

These simple but pleasurable tasks have created some powerful momentum for me, so I am giving thanks to all of you who come to visit me here. You have influenced my progress. You gently push me along my path, you encourage me and make me think, you make me laugh out loud with your comments and emails and have provided me with steam and movement and courage to dig deep and wonder what I might be capable of doing from a creative or artistic point of view. I am encouraged to let my mind go. Since I am a bit of a control freak that last part is the biggest challenge for me but I remain undaunted because deep down inside I know the best creative bits that have not yet showed themselves to me will rise to the surface. In the meantime the interaction I have going with you helps me to get there in not-so-mysterious ways.

I’ve enjoyed myself during my time off. I totally needed it, especially this week, because we are doing a rogue Thanksgiving dinner today instead of Thursday and I am doing the cooking! I come from a long line of rogues and am proud of my heritage. 🙂 Anyway, I’m still slightly blocked but my outlook is positive and I’ll be back in full force after the holiday with lots of new fresh and inventive things to show you. I will also be covering the One of a Kind Show here in Chicago at the end of next week. I can’t wait! Believe you me there will lots of eye-popping goodness over there: 500 vendors with their high quality handmade goods, and an additional gallery section with larger scale works. I’ll be showing you the best of the best. Till then, I wish a lovely holiday to my friends in the states and a nice rest of the week to my friends across the globe!


snapshot sunday

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snapshot wednesday

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a tiny moment of venting

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headache by suzi q

I just want to tell you guys that I am having the worst creative block I have ever had blogwise.  I have been writing practically nonstop since June of 2007 and I think I’ve hit a brick wall. This block is actually affecting another creative project I am doing with someone else too and it is really frustrating.

I hope you will understand and stick around if I take a day off here and there to try and kickstart myself to be motivated again. I think I need a fresh perspective and some time away from the computer to clear whatever is cluttering my mind.


cat house by leo kempf

I am all about functional contemporary cat houses so check this one out from Arkansas designer Leo Kempf. There’s a little cat flap on the side to get in. A ramp extends up to the second floor, where a sheepskin rug, plexiglass picture window and (what looks like) some mini oil portraits on the walls await. There’s also a little cardboard in front to release a demonic urge to scratch, if your cat has that unusual type of problem.

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Very cool.

See more of it and other design on Leo’s website.

via MoCo Loco


a (photographic) moment in greece

After getting blasted by the cold winds here today, heading to Greece for an extended vacation sounds like a good plan. Of course that is not going to happen, but I can feel like I’m there everyday this winter when I stare at some of these images from Canadian photographer Jennifer Squires.

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Ahhhhh.

See more in Jennifer’s shop and website.


okayk eye chart notecards (clever)

I love these little notecards and larger sized prints from Chicago artist ohkayk. They sprung from a moment while in the optometrist’s office. I just think they are so fresh, clean and clever.

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Totally affordable too – the collection ranges from $3 to $37.50. Buy them here.

via creativeadoration


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