Sunday, March 27, 2011


do you like pancakes?

I had a big ol' post planned that I was going to write up this weekend... and then I decided that taxes and cleaning the apartment took precedence. Sorry interwebs!

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of pancakes and watch this AWESOME interpretation of one of my favorite stories from Radiolab.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

shoe in

omg, shoes

Last weekend was glorious. There was the outing at the conservatory, and a birthday dinner (salmon! spinach! ravioli! smoothies!) on Sunday..... and also I bought THESE SHOES. They practically sing out "SPRING!!!", don't they?

Well, imagine my surprise, after having tried them on and deciding to get them, when I noticed that the box read "Miss America". That's right. Pageant smiling, tiara wearing, "omg i can't believe i won" face fanning Miss America. Apparently they make shoes now... and dang, I cannot wait to wear these ones.

But hey, what happens when I buy a super springy pair of shoes in anticipation of the snow melting and happiness being restored to the land?

It snows again. Thanks a lot, Minnesota.


Monday, March 21, 2011

garden variety

conservatory draw-athon

This Saturday, Bill and I took a field trip to the Como Zoo and Conservatory to check out the plant life for a poster we're designing together. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. The weather was quasi-nice though, which (in Minnesota) means EVERYONE wanted to go outside - and somehow they all ended up there! We sat around with our sketchbooks and drew and fielded questions like "DO YOU DRAWWW?!??!!".

We got some good sketches out of the trip, and I took some reference photos. My favorites of the batch are all the leaves and ferns! Look how pretty!

conservatory draw-athon

conservatory draw-athon

conservatory draw-athon

conservatory draw-athon

conservatory draw-athon

conservatory draw-athon

Sunday, March 20, 2011



I've got a lot of little tchotchkes, but this one is my favorite - a little coin bank in the shape of the house, made in Japan and somehow migrated to an antiques shop in Minnesota. All the colors are so perfect, and I love the tiny imperfections in its construction.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


If you're reading this, there is a 1 in 5 chance that you know me in person, and thus know that I'm going to be a bridesmaid (for the first time!) in my wonderful friend Alli's wedding. Oh man, am I ever looking forward to it. It's going to be a lovely day full of good foods & friends. But first things first: I need to buy a dress.

The plan is that all us bridesmaids + Alli will go shopping together to find some pretty little things to wear - but knowing me I will get overwhelmed and overexcited, so I decided to pick out some imaginary options for if I could only online shop... and then some fun extra spendy ones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

finishing touch


I finished up that illustration - and boy, does it look different than it did when I posted it last! This was definitely an experiment in using the brush tool in photoshop. (Get ready for a few boring sentences about Photoshop) Believe it or not, I normal only use the pencil tool in my illustrations, I like the hard edge it has and the options it gives as far as grabbing a shape with the magic wand tool and moving it around. This time I made sure I had the sketch down pat before going in and doing the linework and fills and whatnot. It was a lot of fun!!!

This is also fufills one of my to-do's for the year: using a new color palette! I may or may have not stolen it from Kanye's Runaway music video. Don't tell.

Also I really really really REALLY!!!! want a floppy black felt hat, but I'm afraid that (like the suspenders, tassle top, and hoodie that had this weird wrap around attached scarf) I only like floppy hats in theory... and if I buy one it will sit in my closet until my boyfriend makes fun of me for never wearing it and I either try to sell it at Buffalo Exchange or drop it off at MCAD's free shelf. I think I'm overthinking this.

(left to right: floppy hat that i can't find anymore from sportsgirl, burnt orange hat (only $20!) from amazon, camel felt floppy hat from topshop)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

missing in action

You know what should have been on my list of things to do this year that I forgot? UPDATE THE BLOG MORE OFTEN, JEEZ-O-PETE. It's been an awful while since my poor bloggie has had anything new on it. So I'm going to throw up that little snippet of an illustration I've been working on every so often and also sing the praises of Pinterest.

Alli sent me an invite last month and I have been HOOKED. I even told her that sometimes I just go on there to look at all the pins I have - and then I get that same feeling that I get when I come home after shopping and look at whatever I bought. DO YOU KNOW THAT FEELING? It's great, right?

I've also got a tattoo board on there (for the next one, sorry mom I love youuuuu!) and one for a possible trip to Hawaii next winter. I'm trying not to think about that one too much, for the weather is still pretty nasty here. If you'd like to go check out my pins, they live here.