Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Photographs of abandoned architectural structures are always a source of fascination for me. From what I can tell, it's a passion. Hours pass by quickly when I view photographs of this nature and I'm always left wanting more. I'd love to visit these sites myself to see what little details I might uncover of the former life of these abandoned places that once held so much energy and activity.

My latest find is this amazing site by a local Bay Area photographer. I originally found his work when looking up info about the Key System Building in beautiful, but somewhat neglected, downtown Oakland. The outside of the building is amazing, the history of the Key System very interesting, the demise of it unfortunate. Because the building sits vacant and I often walk by it pondering how it could be reused, it's on my to-do list to get in to see it myself, though through legitimate means.

I really do admire Jonathan Haeber's work and hope he (safely) continues documenting our wonderful past, in whatever form of decay. Also check out the Neverland Ranch story and photos - magical and eerie.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

All Wrapped Up!

All Wrapped Up!: Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960sThis is a fun visual book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a year or so. I've flipped through it many times, each time finding something new to discover. I finally got around to 'reading' it recently. Though largely visual, it's an interesting read describing the history of the wrapping paper industry.

To my delight, it contains an image of holiday wrap that I was drawn to only to realize it was something from my past. One of the Christmas tree designs was wrapping paper that my grandmother used when I was probably 4-5 years old. A fun nostalgic flashback for sure and a reminder of how quickly decades fly by!

All Wrapped Up!: Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960s

Friday, July 29, 2011

...and bunnies...oh my!

The lucky_bunny fabric is adorable in person. I can't wait to make something with it.

Fabrics on this site are available at my Spoonflower shop. Please email me for more information, custom designs and bulk discounting:

Dots and butterflies

Dot dot dot...

Fabric has arrived!

It was an exciting week - fabric swatches arrived and my helper, Juju the cat, was ready to inspect.

My latest work (please excuse the rough photography):

Monday, July 25, 2011

Birger Kaipiainen...

...Finnish ceramic artist and designer (1915-1988) for the Arabia factory in Helsinki. His decorative designs vary from beautiful repeated nature motifs in lovely green, blue and purple hues to 'beaded bird' figures that incorporate thousands of beads.