Saturday, May 20, 2017

multicolor flowers

I guess I'm a sucker for seasonal stuff. I've been enjoying haunting garden centers, taking more photos than are strictly necessary, and taking home a few plants that I suspect I might not kill.

Last year we got this same kind of flower, but in a yellow-orange-pink-fuchsia colorway.

I'll break out the macro lens another day.
Sometimes I just need proof that I took home a flower, put it in a pot, and didn't kill it. 
It's only been in my care for two hours, so far.

Friday, May 19, 2017

new watercolor set

There's nothing quite like a new art supply "high."

They're called "confections" and they do have a candy-like appeal for the rabid art supply collector. Hoarder.

Half un wrapped.

It comes with this cute little perfectly-palette-sized cheat sheet for you to fill in, and all the pans are numbered, but...this is not the order of colors I would choose. So I'll be scrambling them later, and probably trying to cram in some extra half pans in the center section. Eventually I'll flip over that perfect little card and fill in the map for the final resting place of each color.

Are they really artist-grade? I don't know. They were inexpensive, and I bet they'll fade with too much light exposure. But they feel nice while I'm working with I'll get the "pastel" color palette when it goes on sale. Ha.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

basket case

I thought it would be fun to try basket making.
But, like, without buying a slew of supplies. 
And I've got tons of paper, sooooooo...

Yeah, I'm definitely taking apart the sides and I'll try something else - smaller - probably yarn.

In cat news, I got to hang out with Peter today.

Like all cats across the globe, he knows when his photo is about to be taken, and prepares to lick his nether regions. Cats!

Meanwhile, upstairs, Taco was watching birds, unaware that I was cheating on him with another cat. 

That's enough cat butt for today. 


Saturday, May 6, 2017

basil mania

It has begun - the great basil mania. 
I used to be in charge of the basil, but my husband found out I was apathetic at best, when it comes to taking care of plants. My plants need to take care of a cactus. Or they only get watered when it rains. 
Basil under my care did okay, but basil under my husband's care does fantastically. So he's in charge of plants, now.

I'm just showing off the cast-offs from his seedlings. 

They all have names, too. 

I told Taco that these plants are his little brothers and sisters, so he should keep an eye on them.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

write on in April

I made an honest woman out of myself, and actually purchased a write_on kit from Egg Press and Hello Lucky this year. 
It is pretty fabulous, but I am a sucker for letterpress and designs about postage and designs involving hands. So. I might be biased. ;)

I didn't quite manage to mail 30 letters in the 30 days of April, but I got close (high twenties?), and I've been in a bit of a mail art slump, so even that was impressive, to me.

Here you can judge for yourself the beautiful write_on cards from their kit.

My mail art has been a little lazy lately - I've just been making the addresses big and bold, and then doing some lettering on the back.

I got into this weird-for-me color palette of blush, goldenrod, hint of umber, and lime peel. 
And turquoise goes with everything, right? I use it like a neutral. Since it is basically the color of the sky, and nobody says, "hey, you really clash with the sky today." 
Or maybe they do say that. I've never met anybody that mean. :p

I'm also enjoying pairing postage stamps with envelope colors. Or....maybe I just like yellow. ;)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Taco might actually be a dog

Isn't that a face that dogs usually make?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday night venting...come for the art, stay for the tirade!

Some people are dumb. Like, really, dangerously dumb. Let me make a report for you with links.

First, there's this article about how the anti-vaxxers are "winning" and trumplestiltskin should be nominated for sainthood.

Don't worry, it's just some blog, not really an article. There were some amazing things in there, though - highlights include the fact that "The View" is where Democrats get their information from. 😆 I can't even. 

Then, the comments section. A few woo-hoos in agreement, a surprising argument from Natalie, saying that we need to convince the other side and unite, and then KARMA. An actual dude named Karma, who basically called all liberals "sub-human" and stated the need to cage 'em up. Hooray. I love a good argument for dehumanizing a whole group of people. So I clicked on his name, which led me to his site.

This is where he sells books and CDs with titles like, "Cancer? So What?" And I can only guess that Karma himself has killed more people with terrible medical advice than have ever died from vaccines. 

I hope regular karma comes for Karma.

And because I'm basically never going to fix the links so that they'll work, here's a screen shot of Karma's comment.

A phrase I really love in juxtaposition with his message is "blessed be." 
Anyway. That's my vent for the night.
Goodnight, and please know that not everybody out there is quite that mean or scientifically illiterate.

Science is real. 
Vaccines don't kill your children.
We're going to get through this.
The truth is out there. (You're allowed to binge watch the X-files until your palate is cleansed.)