Monkey House Toys and Cache - graffiti artist 

Yesterday was a such a lovely day! Husband I decided to roam about the neighborhood on our bikes. We ended up biking 12 miles.

We went to check out the Bicycle Kitchen an some of the other businesses near it and ended up at an art show.

In case you aren't familiar with them, the Bicycle Kitchen is a non-profit organization the encourages people to ride bikes and maintain them. Their little shop, is just that, a bicycle repair shop. They have all the tools and bike stands with people there to help you make repairs or build a bike from scratch.

Across the street is orange 20 bikes. It's a nice shop with a varied selection of bikes and various accoutrements to outfit yourself for a ride.

While poking around, I noticed they had a fancy wheel painted by a local artist I love, Cache. He paints large scale images of chickens on bikes that most people consider graffiti. His chickens make me super happy - I smile every time I see them.

My cooing over the wheel, prompted the sales girl to plunk down a flyer for his latest show at Monkey House Toys.





Husband and I plotted a course on the trusty G1's and made it just before the start of the opening reception. Arriving we got a sneak peek at the artist creating a mural for the shop.



Now, I have for many, many years kicked myself for NOT buying some chicken paintings that were hanging at the Omlettry in Austin.

So of course - I had to get a painting. The prices of all the art were super reasonable. Seriously, a new pair of shoes would have cost more than the piece I bought. So instead of just checking it out and leaving, I bought one.

This little guy will be hanging in my kitchen at the end of the show in June.



It's actually a collaboration between cache and his lady, Erin.

If you are in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, I highly recommend you go check it out
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boots 

remember these boots?



I got them! in my size! YEAH!! I love them much ness but the toes were a tiny bit tight.
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Vice and Vanity 

In a rare case of insomnia, I stumbled across Vice and Vanity. They were featured on Kingdom of Style (a site I highly recommend) today and I thought I would pass along their site.

Below is one of my favorite pieces from their "The Lamp Spreads a circle of Li" collection. I love most of their work but desperately wish there wasn't sooooo much GOLD! I have a slightly yellow tint to my skin so basically can't wear yellow or gold at all unless I want to look ill. They will not be on my "to purchase list" until their is more silver and copper in their collections.

photo nabbed from the Vice and Vanity website. There seem to be no deeplinks for the site so I can't link you directly to the piece...


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Color variations 

more messing around in fireworks produced the images below. What do you think of the colors?





oops - I forgot a few spots....




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Success with tiling! Free download 

ok - some dorking around in Fireworks seems to have fixed the tiling issues I had. See for yourself:



It's pretty big and a standard web safe color. Feel free to click on the picture and set it as your desktop background. If you use it for anything else, let me know.
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Stickers 

Would any of you be interested in buying stickers? I know there aren't many of you who visit, but I need an outside opinion.

I have more than these prepped and ready to go but here are some examples of stickers I've cut:

Suite Case Stickers



Bike Sticker


They are all vinyl decals and should be placed on plastic, glass, or other hard surfaces.
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Repeats - a test 

Argh! I'm trying to set up my little swirly design as a repeat for printing (maybe spoonflower or maybe fabrics on demand). The design repeats perfectly in software but when I try to break it down into a square or rectangle I seem to be getting 1 pixel off.

This is from my desktop:


Would you like to try it? Please leave me a comment and I'll send you the file.

And how super, super cool is it that you can have fabric printed with your own design and now there are TWO companies doing it?

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Illustrator and an interesting product 

One of my favorite places in the blog world is Lollychops - She has such cute illustrations, free downloads, and a sweet, silly way of writing her posts.

Lolly is hosting Cupcake week with La Fuji Mama, a food blogger. I trapsed around La Fuji Mama's blog for a bit and stumbled upon her Earth week posts which featured a product from Jenny Playford, Furochic.

Jenny's illustrations are super cute and playful. She's taken furoshiki to a new level. Her pretty, yet non-traditional, designs are incorporated into the product. And I am drooling over them! Jenny also has a book coming out later this year about furoshiki called, Wrapagami.

Below is an image of one of her cards:


image is copyright 2009 Jennifer Playford

Many well wishes to Lolly - who will be having surgery this week. My thoughts will be with you.


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shoes to die for 

no really....

I love this blog... Green with envy, I am
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Fabric store woes and Drapey Top Finished! 

I finished my top today - after a much needed run to Michael Levine's. I seriously could not stand to be in the store because it was so crowded yesterday. I grabbed everything I needed as quickly as possible and sprinted to the check out. I bought:

1 spool of thread in a ocean aqua to match my shirt
5 yards of fold over elastic (for Angry Chicken's 5 minute skirt)
2 skeins of yarn.

Here's the final shirt as modeled by my couch:



Argh - I wish I could schedule posts! it totally annoys me that I have to post 3 things in one day and basically nothing during the week. Must upgrade!
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