Archive for the ‘Interesting Finds’ category

Charley Harper

September 3, 2010

I stumbled across this artist in a most unusal way. I was reading a blog about thrift store finds, and the blog’s author was thrilled to find a mug with a Charley Harper signature cardinal on it. I really liked that cardinal, so I went in search of Charley Harper. I was impressed with what I found.

"Cardinal Close-up"

"Flower's Feast"

"A Passel of Possums"

"Deep Forest Mural"

"Once Upon a Pond"

See more work by Charley Haper here.

Living in 100 square feet

August 16, 2010

I was very impressed when I saw this video from Tumbleweed Houses. According to the website, this company has received a lot of media coverage, but I managed to miss it.

Check out this video of Jay Shafer giving a tour of his Tiny House. I know I would feel like a giant in this house!

Then I got a flashback to this commercial that made me laugh and laugh… That was in the days before DVR…

Renegade Craft Fair

August 11, 2010

I had so much fun attending the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend. It was a little more Farmer’s Market than Deep Fried, but you all would have loved it! There was huge Etsy presence, free craft area for kids and adults, vendors from all over and even a few QR codes. Check out my pics and the link for a full recap:

A new passion: crochet

March 6, 2010


My favorite baby in her crocheted sweater


My good friend CJ showed up at the office one day, telling us how she found some supplies, taught herself how and crocheted a scarf that past weekend. She gave me a short tutorial, and I thought… I can do this!

Well, it’s about 6 weeks later, and I am really enjoying my new hobby.

Some goofball in a hat


I wanted to share some tools I have found useful. Lion Brand Yarn has a website that is wonderful. They have a database of free patterns that you can save to your profile. Then when you are ready to start your project, all the info is right there. Bonus: they have a mobile version of the website, so you can sit and crochet on the couch, without bothering to print out the instructions or pattern. That, paired with the user reviews has been very helpful. Some of the photos seem kind of dated, but you just have to imagine your creation in your choice of yarn and individual flare.

My friend applefritter sent me a link to the site CraftBits. They have all kinds of instructions for all types of crafts, but their crochet section is full of different ideas. I incorporated a poppy on this hat I made for my mother-in-law.

I will keep you posted on any other new projects I complete.

Toilet paper rolls. Who knew?

February 11, 2010

I have a project I have every intention of completing… I just have to get to it. This project involves toilet paper rolls. Stay tuned. I am determined to get it done. Really.

Looking for some inspiration for my somewhat secret project, I came across these wonderful sculptures by Junior Fritz Jacquet on LoudDreams.

I love the idea of taking “trash” and making something beautiful. Any other art/artists like this out there?

The Complete Mac vs. PC Campaign

January 21, 2010

First, I was wowed that there are 66 commercials in this campaign. Then, I couldn’t believe they’d already had a four-year run. (Well, I could believe the long-running success of the campaign. I just didn’t realize four years of my life had gone by that fast. I mean, really! It seems like just yesterday I giggled at my first Mac vs. PC commercial.) And finally, I was amazed that one of my favorite commercial campaigns is very likely coming to an end. I mean, I guess it was time. But I’ll still miss them.

And that is why this compilation by AdFreak is so freaking awesome! You can visit Mac and PC anytime and see any of the commercials you may  have missed. Bliss!

And, as you guys know, I’m a PC by day and a Mac by night. Does that make me ambidextrous?

DesignVagabond…oh yeah!

November 18, 2009


Few design blogs make me this happy.