Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vintage Postcard: Moon

These postcards remind me of the Smashing Pumpkins and their one video where they used the moon as a background. Gah; so long ago I forget which song. Must look at my CD collection.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

One smaaaall goth girl pen drawing

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wonderland Plushie Update

So in March I started with a couple of plush Wonderland characters and was happy. So I decided to make more.

I like the cards a bunch; I think they turned out well. I lined the inside with pipecleaners to keep it's shape.

The Queen of Hearts and Cards

What's a Wonderland without dessert?

Blue Caterpillar

and lastly of course the Chesire Cat. I AM UNHAPPY WITH THESE PHOTOS! I swear every week since March there has been snow/rain/wind that makes it impossible to get decent outside pictures and I am still DETERMINED to get a picnic scene with these plushies. So. Expect more pictures later.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

19th Century Photos

I absolutely love design and fashion from the turn of the 20th century. From 1890 to 1920 thereabout I think has been the greatest for art. I have a small collection of vintage photographs (nothing like these!) from when the camera became aviable to every person. I would love to own photographs like these but I've noticed they are rather expensive AND hard to find.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Vintage Japanese Children's Books

Lucky break! I found a huge lot of Japanese Children's books at the thrift store, all dating from 1949 to 1988.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

And Now - something near and dear to my geeky little heart: Let's Play! I know typically I'm behind on the times so I just came across this wonderous thing. Go to Youtube and type in Let's Play then any of your favorite childhood computer games and you'll get any number of wonderful geeks giving you a full runthrough of that game. Such as (one of my favorites)

Let's Play Kings Quest 6

many was the hour that I spent pouring over this game (actually it would be more accurate to say watching my older brother pour over this game because mostly I watched, he played and rarely let me touch the controls. but still) I can totally admit it was freaking awesome to be a kid in the 80's/90's. Here's another one:

Let's Play Quest for Glory 1

In which we seriously need to thank LateBlt for putting these up and for being so darned amusing (and talented with voices).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

One small sketch; ideas for a watercolor I want to do

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Vintage Paper Dolls

If I had the time and money I would probably add vintage paper dolls to my list of things to collect but for now I'll settle for images lifted from the internet.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Octopus Post

I love octopus. They look funny, they're squishy, they can fit through a space the size of a quarter. I love drawing them, I even love how they look on ancient Greek vases. I love the octopus.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

King Me

One other ink drawing from the weekend, not as nice as the other one.

Monday, May 10, 2010


I'm really enjoying designing things. I imagine this as a label for perfume or lotion. I have a while to go before I get really accurate with frames; my control of the pen is still a little too wobbly to get perfect lines (and I can't afford templates - so expensive!) but I am pleased with the skull/face overlay. Behold my mad skillz with the pen. I forgot to color in the rose in her hair, whoops.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Vintage Gameboard Box Two

I really like this one. This was from a game called Careers (?I think) dated 1954. The really great part is I have a lot of leftover material to make little books to fit inside the box. Another thing I learned from making this box was that fabric actually makes a really good material to use with box-making. This is actually the last box I made from last weekend (I think five boxes in four days is pretty awesome). I've got a lot of drawings now that I want to get finished so hopefully I'll be posting those next.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Vintage Gameboard Box

I got this idea when cruising thrift stores; I would find these awesome vintage board games but they were in terrible condition. This particular one I had to reinforce with thicker cardboard because it was falling apart (don't worry, I wouldn't dismantle a mint condition vintage piece). I think it's hilarious that they're trying to trick you into learning; it's FUN to learn words! I think I found a date of about 1964 on it. I took all the papers with the words you're supposed to learn and bound them with a sort of coptic stitch with the word 'dial' thingy at the end so you can open each page and still use the dial. The spine of the book is bound with black book clothe and the inside is just painted with black acrylic.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Goldfish Post

Small break from boxes. I love goldfish! One of my future plans is to have a huge fish tank filled with bubbly eyed, fat goldfish (whom I will train to attack soliciters and Jehovahs witnesses). I've always loved fish but I love those funky (probably inbred, poor things, like bulldogs) wonky goldfish the best. So I went through a phase where I found out everything I could about goldfish. (wow, that's an ooold, old piece of art - I think I drew that in 2003)

Obligatory anime styled art piece. (so cute!)

A few facts about goldfish; they are nature's super poopers. They can probably poop twice their own weight in one day. This is one very good reason why you should never EVER plunk a goldfish in a tiny little bowl and expect him to survive. Actually, putting a goldfish into a tiny space will ensure that he will die very quickly - when in proper conditions with love n' care goldfish can live up to THIRTY YEARS. Each goldfish needs about ten gallons of water to thrive happily and will grow according to the size of it's environment. So when I see things like this:

Oh, it's so cool looking! But so very unhealthy for the fish. I wouldn't expect them to survive more than a few weeks even if you DO clean it everyday (doesn't matter, it's still like living in a toilet bowl to them). Isn't it interesting to see what stereotypes and advertising do? We all see cute little goldfish in tiny little bowls and think it's their natural environment when actually it's a slow and painful death to them. I know it seems silly but I don't like to think of any living creature suffering like that because of ignorance and wrong information. Which brings us to this

You're very own live (but not for long) goldfish keychain from China. Of course they're still eating dogs in some parts over there aren't they? So who the hell cares about some stupid tiny fish. who thought up this stupid and wasteful idea? what's the point? so anyway, treat living creatures with respect, even goldfish deserve a little love. and THAT is the goldfish post.

Super Sweet Boxes with a Surprise

The fun part about these boxes is that I have a bunch of really pretty fabric laying around that I wasn't really sure what I was going to use it for. This is my candy box # 1. Open it and:

There are felted chocolates inside! It made me hungry to look at them while I was making them.

I also figured if I ever got tired of the sweets box I could just take them out and make the box into a jewelry box or something.

This box is sort of a exploding box and yet again more fabric that I loved but didn't have any immediate use for. So you pop off the lid and:

aw, super sweet pinwheel dessert! More boxes later (I did say I made a ton of them over the weekend.)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Exploding Box

I found this idea online; the exploding box! What an awesome idea, there are so many different things you make with this. You don't have to put an object in the middle (most people use the exploding box as a scrapbook sort of project) but I liked the idea of taking the lid off and LOOK it's a paper doll!

You have to remember to use thick paper for the box. I tried a lighter paper and had trouble when I glued it - the paper wrinkled and warped. So this is one box I made over the weekend (while I sick, so don't worry I made a LOT of boxes. I hate being sick, so boring)