Monday, December 14, 2009

Just a few random things..

Dear Lemon Lima
My pal Amy Osborne shared a link with me to a movie called Dear Lemon Lima. I loved the website and the music. It is a feature film written and directed by Suzi Yoonessi, based on her short film by the same name. Visit the website and click around, check out the music, and watch the trailer. It has a more light-hearted Virgin Suicides feel to me. Here are some pictures I found online from the movie.

I'm kind of glad I don't have an iPhone, because I can imagine all the time I would be wasting with this cute app called Younicorn. You just take a picture with your phone and razzle dazzle yourself into a beautiful unicorn with all sorts of majestic colorful backgrounds to choose from. You can download it for 99 cents on iTunes.

Here is a quick painting I did for the art show that happened in November, but I finally got a decent picture of it.

And last but not least, I saw the Let's Die Friends/Toddland wallets at Urban Outfitters this weekend! I was so stoked!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My good friends at Toddland asked me to curate a holiday playlist for their blog. The theme is "songs that sound like snow" - a playlist full of dreamy songs I could imagine listening to if it were snowing. The two exceptions to the theme are Best Coast, who actually reminds me of a sunny day. And also Of Montreal. I love acoustic Of Montreal. It shows that beyond the extravagance and fanfare and crazy effects, when it's just Kevin Barnes and a guitar, the songs are still so solid and amazing even stripped down to their barest form. Please visit the Toddland blog, and I hope you enjoy the music!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Today I'm home sick from work. It's pouring rain outside and I'm sitting on the couch in front of Food Network in my jammies. It would seriously be the best day ever if I didn't have a sore throat and stuffy head. I thought of a fun way to keep myself entertained.

One thing I look forward to each holiday season is the design*sponge gift guides. There are always tons of great gift ideas, both for giving and receiving. So today I am going to channel my inner-Grace Bonney and make my own gift guide. But I'm a little more selfish... my theme is me haha :)

Turquoise polkadot tights, $20. Philosphy "Pink Frosted Layer Cake" shower gel, $16. An assortment of acrylic paints. The ingredients to make this cocktail. Tasty taco brooch, $6. Mike Perry prints, $75. "Our Mountain" a book by Steven Harrington.

Vosges Haut Chocolat 16-piece holiday truffle collection with special holiday flavors, $43. Betsey Johnson bunny ring, $50. Jonathan Adler ceramic whale pitcher, $95 (I think I would use it as a vase!). Jonathan Adler tall cermaic bird, $68 . Kimchi Blue t-strap flats, $28 (I like the girliness). Snuggie, $14.99. Novelty socks from Fred Flare, $10. Ostrich necklace, $118.

And finally...

These amazing clothes from Dear Creatures. I love their 60s-early 70s aesthetics, and the way they style their models. I like attention to detail like that. Sometimes I see clothes that are really awesome, but they're just hanging there on some plain girl. They also have great photoshoots and the post-production on their Fall 2009 photos is UH-MAZING. See what I mean:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's here! We put a down payment on this loverly piece of furniture back in July, and finally paid the rest off last week. It looks great in our new place.

We got it at Woody's Antiques in Orange at the Orange Circle. Not only do they have tons of amazing mid-century furniture, but they are extremely friendly, helpful, AND they have a layaway program. We would have never been able to buy this without it. If you are in the area, go check it out -- after you have breakfast a few doors down at The Filling Station. Sounds like a great Sunday morning to me!

Monday, November 23, 2009

TODDLAND/Let's Die Friends collaboration wallet!

My good pals at Toddland asked me to do a collaborative wallet with them, starting with one that just says "Let's Die Friends". Hopefully people will like it and then I can do some more fun stuff with the fellas of Toddland!
Click this picture to read the copy on our inserted tag. And, like all Toddland wallets, it comes with a 20% tip card (brought to you by the Toddland department of non-stingy tipping).

There is also a black version, for you more masculine types.

Coming soon in t-shirt format! Thanks Toddland for being rad!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unexpected prettiness at lunch. Saw these balloons in shades of aqua, green, and pink and snapped a quick picture. Then I made it look cooler by using Rollip. And how appropriate since today is my best friend's birthday :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I love the colors and psychedelic graphics in this video!


Monday, November 9, 2009


Here are some pictures from the "Super OK" art show. I had planned on doing more things, but all in the past 2 months my husband and I found out we are having una baby AND we moved... So life has been very hectic! I did manage to make a few new pieces, and I mixed them with some of my old pieces, figuring nobody has ever really seen them anyway. I think it turned out pretty well for my first show. I can't wait to do more. Check out some pictures:

Me in front of my stuff:

My pal Alex Funderburk with his stuff:

Jesse Fortune and his stuff:

Old and new friends:

Manipulated photography by Gloria Alvear:

Fun drawings of debaucherous demons by Marcus McLaughlin:

Inside the gallery:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Super OK Art Show

Click on the flyer to make it bigger! November 7th, 7pm-10pm. Tacos and tunes! GINAC gallery in Santa Ana, California. I will be showing some stuff. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Marnie Weber

A while back, this fella I know had this amazing picture of 2 people dressed up like poodles with balloons. It looked like it was probably taken in the 60s or 70s. I was searching online for some sign of the picture because I wanted to know more about it. And instead I found this artist Marnie Weber.

From the looks of her website, she does just about everything, but what I really liked were the costumes and photos. They are super creepy, but in a way that I like. You know, that way that makes you feel kind of like “eeeeehhhhhhh...” (and side-shuffle away cautiously). Not like rapist-creepy.

I remember as a kid I would watch “Land of the Lost” and there was this lo-fi quality about it that made it seem so creepy to me. When the sleestacks came on, I would get totally scared, but I would try not to be a wusslord. I felt the same way about any show with weird puppets. I also remember as a really little kid, I liked playing with dolls, but at night I would make my mom put them in her closet because I was afraid they would come to life. That’s kind of how this stuff makes me feel!

And finally, if there's one thing I like, it's costumes. I just flat-out love that one of her mediums is making costumes, whether they serve a purpose or not.

I still never found the poodle people, but I think after I found Marnie’s website I stopped looking.

*Update: I just got totally schooled! While I was waiting for images to upload for this post, I did some more browsing on Marnie Weber and found out that she did the album artwork for the Sonic Youth album "A Thousand Leaves"... could this get any better?! AND apparently she is kind of a bad-ass who has been in like a gazillion bands, including one called The Spirit Girls. She is probably some sort of legend that I am just behind the times on.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

One of my duties at work today was to taste-test all of the flavors of our new Paul Frank Lip Smackers! It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. My favorites were Julius' Coconut Cream and Worry Bear's Honey, but they were all really good. Other flavors incude Chachi's Fried Ice Cream, Sheree's Sweet Sugar Berry, and Clancy's Cotton Candy.

Look for Paul Frank Lip Smackers in stores Spring 2010.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I drew this in my friend Paul’s sketchbook. I like markers, and was thinking of doing some 'for-reals' drawings with them.

Check out Best Coast. I am loving these songs “about summer and the sun and the ocean and being a lazy creep”. They sound like modern lo-fi Phil Spector awesomeness.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I have a lot of super awesome talented friends. Some of them created a kids' show called "Yo Gabba Gabba!", and sometimes I get to visit the set. This was my 3rd time there, and this time I was able to bring 2 of my bestest friends, Rachael and Kristine.

It's so cool to see how the show comes together. My friend Parker showed me some sketches of concepts that they had just received that morning, and then props that were made from those sketches that very same day! We also saw a guy whose job is to sculpt styrofoam to make backgrounds and props. The guy sees a sketch, and then carves/sculpts foam and turns it into a 3D thing. Amazing.

I took a lot of cool pictures, but I can't post any spoilers :) So here are my friends and me hanging out in Gabba land. (L-R: Kristine, me, Rachael)

Thanks to all my pals at YGG for always being so nice. I never feel like I'm bothering anyone when I visit. When you're at Yo Gabba Gabba, you are treated like family.

Friday, August 21, 2009

save the date

November 7, 2009

I will be in my first art show with (and thanks to) my friend Alex Funderburk.

I will be working dilligently, making new paintings for the show, but will not be posting any of that new stuff until after the show. So all 6 of you will have to wait :)

I also have some other goodies in the works that I can't post about right now (but it is soooo rad.)

In the meantime, maybe I will post other kinds of stuff...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

more sketchbook doodlin'

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My friend Todd owns a really cool clothing company called Toddland. He was approached by a store called Icons of Surf in San Clemente to do a special store display, and he asked me to help him. He bought a sideboard and hutch from the thrift store (a steal - only $10 for the sideboard and $5.99 for the hutch!), we drew up some plans, and got to work. I spent a good portion of this past weekend in my garage painting and contact papering the pieces. This morning, Todd delivered it to Icons of Surf and put it together.

And now all together:

Here it is being put to use!

Toddland is available online at the Toddland website, as well as Urban Outfitters (in store and online), Fred Segal, and a handful of other places, which now includes Icons of Surf in San Clemente.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I bought a button maker! What will I do with it? I'm not sure yet. But I do know I have wanted one since high school and I am having way too much fun with it. I made my husband a button of our cat's face. :)