Sunday, March 31, 2013

Waiting For Spring

I finally made it into the Walker Art Museum, I've been wanting to visit since I moved back to the Twin Cities but hadn't yet made it past the Sculpture Garden until yesterday. The Sculpture Garden is free, easy to access and it has that lovely green house - whenever I have visitors I take them there, even in the snow.

It might be terrible to admit this but my favorite part was the Made in Minnesota items in the gift shop. I am so in love with watches and there are always so many beautiful watches in art museum gift shops.

Designed by David Spencer

While a lovely weekend with plenty of ice melting sun power it's still a little early this year to hope for any Spring blooms on this Easter Sunday which is why I was especially appreciative for the Walker greenhouse.

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Tee Design - Looking Good

I think the new tee design gets a thumbs up from my test audience!

This young gentleman also insisted that his best friend get a book set and plush for his birthday. How sweet is that? Happy Days!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Words & Definitions

Let me start with that this should have been my Valentines Day post.

I'm not one of those people who is always correcting folks on the proper use of words but for some reason or other people are always wanting to correct mine. I'm specifically talking about my use of the words canoodling and googly-eyed.

If you are like my friends and family your definition of these words would fall in the amorous category. A recent poll on the definition of googly-eyed among my family returned the following general results: "When someone is in love, you know, like whenever Peppy Le Pew would see the lady cat with the spray painted stripe down her back, he would get googly-eyes".

I'm not picking on anyone (Mel) but after a quick search it would appear the cat, and not Peppy Le Pew, is actually the one most often sporting googly-eyes.

Here are the actual full definitions (we're all correct):

goo·gly–eyed /ˈgu:gliˌaɪd/ adjective
: having eyes that stick out
▪ a googly-eyed monster ▪ a googly-eyed frog : having eyes that are very open or staring because of amazement, admiration, etc. ▪ googly-eyed lovers ▪ googly-eyed fans

ca·noo·dle (k-ndl)
v. ca·noo·dled, ca·noo·dling, ca·noo·dles Informal v.intr.
To engage in caressing, or petting.
To win over or convince by cajoling or flattering; wheedle: "his matchless ability to charm, bamboozle, or canoodle most of his political associates" (Timothy Garton Ash).

I love words and I love that words have many meanings. I'm concurrently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Jessica Hische (the designer and illustrator of this cover) is a pro at making words beautiful.

Both of these books throw some great words at me, luckily The Picture of Dorian Gray is annotated so I don't have to stop and look it up on the iPad (yes, the paragraph gives me the gist but I want the full story.)

Crush, at the time of TPFDG's release was slang for a social gathering; cocktail party and profligacies: excess, due to lack of restraint.

I'm definitely going to start using Crush to describe a party and my ensuing profligacies and people will most certainly give me googly-eyes.

I had an art teacher in the 6th grade that had us memorize the Jabberwoky and anyone I know who had Mrs. Rondello in the 6th grade knows this poem by heart to this very day. The Jabberwocky, as we all know, is a nonsense poem. Does this fly in the face of my love of words and their definitions? Certainly not. I love that each person who reads the poem is allowed to assign the words their own definitions and certainly the context of the piece is a steady guide.

This image was created using Tagexdo by the Redmond Library. The Redmond Library writes: Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, even your resume — into a visual word cloud. A word cloud (or tag cloud) displays words that are individually sized to represent the importance or frequency of occurrence within a body of text.

While it's widely referred to as a nonsense poem, anyone who has ever met someone from Scotland or been there themselves will tell you that listening to someone speak in Scots makes the jabborwoky simply appear to be a poem in a foreign language and not nonsense at all. Or maybe still a little :)

By: Lewis Carroll

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought -- So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Customers

A couple of Happy customers! I sent along one of my new tee designs to this MT customer to see how this little girl would like it, what do you think?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Neon and Snow

After a quick trip to the Cable, WI area this weekend I'm waxing nostalgic on neon and snow. I learned how to downhill ski at the Telemark Resort but they haven't had their hills open for a very long time. I love Telemark Lodge, and I find it sad that I only go there for a quick drink every now and then but otherwise don't have a reason to spend any time there. I don't cross country ski (they're famous for the Birkebeiner), I'm not a big snowmobile enthusiast (all of the resorts were jam packed with sleds and racers this weekend) and in the Summer I have no interest in golfing.

I just want to downhill ski and snowboard.

Telemark Lodge Shield

Thinking back on my Telemark days is kind of funny. My skis were white with neon pink detailing, my boots were also a pristine white with a solid, neon pink interior and of course I had a matching jacket but yet we all insisted on skiing in our stone washed jeans.

As fashion cycles around and neon colors, geometric shapes and yes, stone washed denim, have flooded the marketplace once more I have to admit I'd like to pick up a few neon things. Nothing crazy, I took care of crazy when I was a kid, but a few touches of neon here and there would be fun. I spent a little time on Etsy this weekend and made a neon wish list to pair with animal track shots from over the weekend.

White + Neon = Just like old times.

There were several Fox tracks on the lake, a pair would come out of the forest separately, meet and walk together for awhile and then go their own way again.

A different set of tracks where they stop for a bit before continuing in separate directions.

Deer tracks leading up to our footprints from the previous day, he or she then used our tracks to pick the way to shore more easily.

Deer print detail.

I'm seriously loving the totem series from Bombina Studios.

Bombina Studios