Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chipper's Rainy Day Adventure!

I have some big news! I've illustrated a children's iPad app! It's called Chipper's Rainy Day Adventure.

My friend Mel loves reading books with her 2 kids. She tries to make the stories more interactive and engaging. She likes to read a little bit, pause, and ask her kids what they thought the character was going to do next. This usually leads to some really imaginative explanations. And this is what gave her the idea to start her company Invent-a-Tale.

Invent-a-Tale is a digital platform, aimed at children 18 months to 5 years old. It allows them to navigate through an adventure by interacting with the main character. It's kind of like really basic "choose your own adventure" books, perfect for younger children. Each time a parent reads the story with their child, the child can change the outcome of each circumstance. And there are little surprises in between. In each scene your child can click around and make things happen. Bugs will dance, Chipper might take a dunk under the water, and so on.

When Mel approached me to bring her character to life, I was excited. I don't usually take on much freelance work now that I have a toddler. My free time is much too valuable, so the jobs I do take either have to be worth it, or I have to feel really good about them. And Mel's project was both! This was the best freelance experience I've ever had.

And who really REALLY brought the story to life was a company called Curious Brain. Once I handed over the illustrations, they did all the animation and programming, and boy did they do a great job.

So if you have an iPad, and you have kids, check out Chipper's Rainy Day Adventure app in the iTunes store. I think you will really like it!

60s Peruvian rock

Los Yorks

Los Saicos

Los Jaguars

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Miss Van

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some things I like right now

These adorable polkadot Chie Mihara shoes.

Tea towels in a perfect color palette from Studio Patro.

Rhys Ottoman from Anthropologie.

Kartell gnome table/stool. I would definitely put this in Xanadu.

I've been eating super ridiculously healthy. Like chicken and salad all day every day. If I were going to splurge right this second, I'd want some sort of caramelized onion tart or flatbread, like this one from Simply Recipes.

And maybe some pine nut cookies. I love pine nut cookies. These ones are from Shockingly Delicious.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fun with camera phone

Not this past Christmas, but the Christmas before (2010), Kyle surprised me with a set of Orla Kiely towels. I love them. In fact, I loved them so much that they went straight to the linen closet, still wrapped in plastic, to save for some imaginary special day that I planned on using them. I decided that's dumb, and I am making it a point to start using all my nice things. I have no idea what I'm saving them for, and if someone's going to use them it should be me.

Had lunch at the famous Pizzeria Mozza. Foodies everywhere will shun me when I say *shrug* I wasn't that impressed.

I love Saturday nights, but for all the wrong reasons.

There's a cute little shop at The Camp called Viva Eclectico. I bought these paper straws there.

Perhaps you remember my post about organizing my life and getting rid of clutter? I've been sticking to my guns! I have a ridiculous collection of cook books that I don't even use. A lot of them were purchased at the book store that was going out of business, or from the bargain section. These are the ones I actually use. 

My friend Paul always has a good shoe/sock combo going on. I appreciate his attention to detail. He also always matches his coffee mug to his outfit. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mikal Cronin

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Experimenting with distorting my unicorns and giving them eyes reminiscent of 60s big-eye illustrations.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Big Troubles

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Super Mini Universe by Michelle Romo (Crowded Teeth)

I've been a fan of Michelle Romo's illustrations (not to mention her wedding with a giant burrito cake and robocop ice sculpture) for a long time, and her new project is super exciting to me! It's a year long project where she alternates months of illustrating and then building real life 3D versions of her illustrations to populate a little world that will become a gallery installation. I hope it's in LA so I can see it. Check out this video of her explaining the project and, if you'd like, you can donate to the project through the Kickstarter website. You can keep track of her progress via this special tumblr site she has set up just for this project.

All images via Crowded Teeth.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Doodles and color

Monday, January 9, 2012

Stay Golden

1. Gold flatware set, West Elm, $25/5 piece set.  
2. Diane von Furstenburg bowl, Bloomingdales, $60. 
3. Looking Glass Decanter in copper, Anthropologie, $48. 
4. Midas glassware collection, Design Within Reach, prices vary.  
5. Gold Ribbons drinking glass, Dwell Studio, $68. 
6. DIY gold striped plate via A Daily Something.  
7. Gold chevron drawer liners, Hammocks & High Tea, $25/set of 6.

I am super into gold lately. Especially how it looks with wood or glass or all together.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fun with camera phone

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Veronica Falls