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17 May 2012 @ 11:09 pm
I've been painting driftwood and reading fairy tales. Writing children's books seems like it'd be a worthwhile pursuit.








                               Grandmother's slippers

                                Tea-soaked bags

                                 Bread & butter pudding

                                  Seen through cracks

                               All is fullness

                                Pervading peace

                                 Til the pull

                                  of fang-bared teeth

                               Echoes down forest lane

                                Red robin's breast

                                 Bloody, broken, maimed

                                  Tattered lupine mess

                                                                                                                                                 Eep. Then again, maybe not.

11 May 2012 @ 05:14 am

Tee hee. My love for Joss Wheden knows no bounds. This man has given us so much celluloid gold over the years I can't even... He sucked me into the Buffy-verse which I followed faithfully (read: fanatically) for 7 years. Sing it with me MJ: *Gone too soon*. Then came Firefly and the phenomenal Serenity, and now he's moved onwards and upwards (budget wise anyway) to The Avengers. Not to mention he stands up for women's rights. Lahv lahv lahv! 

Is there no end to his general awesomeness? hmm Computer says nooo. So yeah, the movie was good solid popcorn fun. To be fair, Serenity unquestionably trounces The Avengers hands down in terms of characters & plot (motley crew stuck on a dirigible ring any bells?) but hey, the man still makes the multi-superhero premise work with just the right amount of snarky self-awareness thrown in courtesy of Tony Snark.. oops I meant Stark. I just about lost it when Iron Man tells Hawkeye to clench & dubs him Legolas in the very same breath. Oh RDJ, you slay me.

So while 'The Avengers' isn't quite the greatest superhero movie of all time, it's still a pretty good way to spend part of your day without leaving you dazed and muttering, 'well that's two hours of my life I'm never getting back'. Esp loved the bonus scene where the team is chowing down on shawarma and everyone's quiet and contemplative except Thor of course, who's all about stuffing his face. Oh and casting Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner = rumpled-twitchy-nonchalant perfection. Who woulda thunk it? Only JWhede can catapult the Hulk from being a damp raspberried afterthought to much hurrahed new fan favorite. Can't help but wonder if Edward Norton and Eric Bana are off in self-flagellation mode somewhere..

PS: oh heyy Michael Bayy, this is what action movies are made of. ahem.
PPS: Black Widow is so badass, she makes me wanna take up Mexican wrestling.. like the world really needs to see that.

25 April 2012 @ 11:25 pm
25 April 2012 @ 11:17 pm

60 - 70 hours of painting =

Tedious much? But I do love the effect. might have to change up the centerpiece though. brb, dying.

also blurry sneakpeek for my newest prints/cards

Someone asked why my art is so colorful.. what's a girl to do? I'm in a polychromatic phase and that's what the inside of my head looks like. Mostly. If I were to paint the other 10% like I used to, it'd legit make children cry. Also, manic depression is so last year.
17 April 2012 @ 03:43 pm

Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

                            Spiffy new prints @ etsy
17 April 2012 @ 02:03 pm

Just finished two new designs whee! Will post soon. I should probably spend less time doodling in my journal and focus more on painting. meep. Occupational hazard. Oh by the by, go watch The Descendants. You will bawl your eyes out. in a good way. Now back to the gulag!

P.S. Anyone else utterly obsessed with this song?

16 April 2012 @ 07:32 pm
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me

Your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water's deep
But I'm not alone here in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I'd reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make, all things, work together for my good


You'd think I'd be a-sick of this song by now, but noo. Nevahhh!
16 April 2012 @ 06:45 pm

"We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.

That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses and nymphs and elves — that, though we cannot, yet these projections can, enjoy in themselves that beauty, grace, and power of which Nature is the image. That is why the poets tell us such lovely falsehoods. They talk as if the west wind could really sweep into a human soul; but it can't. They tell us that "beauty born of murmuring sound" will pass into human face; but it won't. Or not yet.

For if we take the imagery of Scripture seriously, if we believe that God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the splendour of the sun, then we may surmise that both the ancient myths and the modern poetry, so false as history, may be very near the truth as prophecy. At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in." ~ C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
16 April 2012 @ 06:37 pm

Inspired by Nobel prize winning scientist Maria Sklodowska-Curie aka Marie Curie, Polish designer Pani Jurek at GangDesign created this versatile lamp out of plywood bands and wait for it.. detachable test tubes which can be dressed up with a variety of decorative fillers. Flowers, vines, sand, multicolor liquids, beads, crystals... your imagination is the only limit. Too clever! Definitely going on my 'Gimme' list.

all images via gangdesign
16 April 2012 @ 06:02 pm
Booktree at Lloyd's of Kew Booksellers

From Ulrike Bulle, former owner of Lloyd's: "I commissioned the booktree for my bookshop in 2006 and it was designed and built by Tim Vincent-Smith - Isn't it lovely?

The tree stems came from an island in the Thames nearby, where Tim was living on a boat. They were covered in little wood worm holes but we assumed that they would have died in the water... Wrong! They came crawling out in the comfort of my shop! We had to coat the thing in woodworm poison for a few weeks. Now my own house is full of books of course and I'm dreaming of installing a booktree for myself..."

*swoon* I wouldn't mind one myself! minus the wormy invaders of course. Vintage books make me happy-clappy!

images via Ulrika Bulle
Booktree design by Tim Vincent-Smith.