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{Good Read} Uppercase #11 love…

My love of UPPERCASE Magazine isn’t new. I’ve been a fan for awhile now- I’m only missing the 1st issue in my cherished collection. The magazine never ceases to inspire & delight me. I’m always amazed at how timely the topics are- it seems like each issue is always full of everything I’m currently interested in.  Now I know I say this EVERY time, but issue number 11 is my absolute favorite so far. In addition to the stellar content- there is another reason why I was thrilled when I flipped through the pages… 

Sayer was pretty excited to see the “Wise Old Owls” article too- particularly the {covet} page (pg 101). It’s always nice to get a nod or mention in print- but when it is in a favorite magazine that is so beautifully curated & designed, it’s particularly smile inducing. 
I’m still savoring the magazine but here are four articles that caught my attention right away. 

carving a niche : the small marvels of artist diam chau – page 39-41
scherenschnitte – page36-37
Scratching the Surface – page 86-87
fibre and fire : Lizz Aston – page 82-85

Funny, but two of these articles caught my attention because of Chris. He is a ceramicist & has been doing “sgraffito” for over 20 years in his personal work– which is where I first learned the term. In the work that he does for hutch studio, he has been exploring the concept of “sherenschnitte” over the last few years. So I the, Scratching the Surface and scherenschnitte articles, stood out to me in particular. 

This is truly a gorgeous magazine & I don’t have enough thumbs to give it the “thumbs up” that it deserves. If you are local to where I live – you can find this great magazine (in person) at, ideal: carefully curated goods,  in Bellingham, WA. 

Thanks Janine, you made my day. Kudos on other fantastic issue!

{Everyday Inspiration} hanging low….

Inspiration...

It seems as though the change of the season & schedules has brought the icky crud right along with it. Our whole family has been battling a bad cold over the last few weeks. We just keep exchanging symptoms & trying on new ones. Sayer & I are still feeling less than our energetic selves today & decided to take it easy. On the agenda (while Chris is at work) is a little painting, a possible puppet show, fire station, & some cuddling on the couch with our favorite books & magazines.  Hopefully we will be all energized and inspired by tomorrow. What do you have planned for the weekend? 

{Everyday Inspiration} hanging low….

Inspiration...

It seems as though the change of the season & schedules has brought the icky crud right along with it. Our whole family has been battling a bad cold over the last few weeks. We just keep exchanging symptoms & trying on new ones. Sayer & I are still feeling less than our energetic selves today & decided to take it easy. On the agenda (while Chris is at work) is a little painting, a possible puppet show, fire station, & some cuddling on the couch with our favorite books & magazines.  Hopefully we will be all energized and inspired by tomorrow. What do you have planned for the weekend? 

{shop update} tees & prints…


Pheewww- what a week! New things are still flowing into the shop & I’m a wearing my shutterbug hat again. I would like to be reading my UPPERCASE Magazine under a tree right now, but I will let Katie enjoy it. However, that will be a goal of mine for the weekend. For today’s shop updates I have some Rabbit tees for adults to share with you in pink & grey. The woman’s scoop  neck Rabbit tee is so soft & Alternative Apparel donated 10% of my purchase of these pink tees to the Susan B Komen foundation for breast cancer research- which made my color choice simple. The unisex eco Rabbit tee is also really cozy – both are perfect weekend tees I think. Why yes, Cardboard Man wears it well doesn’t he? 

I’m also excited about 3 new letterpress prints that Amy Redmond just finished printing for me. You can read the post I wrote about her & the letterpress process here. I added a hedgehog, rabbit, & fox to the mix of ever growing thread drawn characters.  

Back to the studio for me… but I hope everyone has a great weekend!  What are your plans?

{Using random.org, the winner of the funky owl toddler tee is #1 Shannon. Thanks for the comments & feedback everyone.}

{shop update} tees & prints…


Pheewww- what a week! New things are still flowing into the shop & I’m a wearing my shutterbug hat again. I would like to be reading my UPPERCASE Magazine under a tree right now, but I will let Katie enjoy it. However, that will be a goal of mine for the weekend. For today’s shop updates I have some Rabbit tees for adults to share with you in pink & grey. The woman’s scoop  neck Rabbit tee is so soft & Alternative Apparel donated 10% of my purchase of these pink tees to the Susan B Komen foundation for breast cancer research- which made my color choice simple. The unisex eco Rabbit tee is also really cozy – both are perfect weekend tees I think. Why yes, Cardboard Man wears it well doesn’t he? 

I’m also excited about 3 new letterpress prints that Amy Redmond just finished printing for me. You can read the post I wrote about her & the letterpress process here. I added a hedgehog, rabbit, & fox to the mix of ever growing thread drawn characters.  

Back to the studio for me… but I hope everyone has a great weekend!  What are your plans?

{Using random.org, the winner of the funky owl toddler tee is #1 Shannon. Thanks for the comments & feedback everyone.}

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

{wish list} The Elegant Cockroach….

While I certainly love all of the items that I include in my four fun finds posts, this one is on  a special wish list. When I read about this book in UPPERCASE Magazine, I got really excited to see it in person. I’m already a big fan of their books- I have the Suitcase Series: Camilla Engman that I bought myself for Christmas last year. The design of the book is a cool as the inside. It’s the whole package.
I think it would be safe to say that any project that UPPERCASE takes on, would catch my interest, but The Elegant Cockroach is first on my list.  Doesn’t it look great? I think I would qualify as a whimsical adult, don’t you?
{via UPPERCASE}

{wish list} The Elegant Cockroach….

While I certainly love all of the items that I include in my four fun finds posts, this one is on  a special wish list. When I read about this book in UPPERCASE Magazine, I got really excited to see it in person. I’m already a big fan of their books- I have the Suitcase Series: Camilla Engman that I bought myself for Christmas last year. The design of the book is a cool as the inside. It’s the whole package.
I think it would be safe to say that any project that UPPERCASE takes on, would catch my interest, but The Elegant Cockroach is first on my list.  Doesn’t it look great? I think I would qualify as a whimsical adult, don’t you?
{via UPPERCASE}