Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Herbert consults a googley eye regarding his very colorful tie.
I would love to be a Google Doodler and show how every day is a special day somewhere. It would be an excellent job for me; I am constantly creating new characters like Herbert and making fun illustrations all the time.  My background in designing textile patterns and my developing skills in animation would be helpful, too.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

dial up

I wonder how long the old fashioned telephone will be recognized and used as an icon.  It has such a pleasing shape and makes a nice print on this silk shirt made by the company One Eight Hundred.


It was neat to find the white form of the Common Blue Violet growing in the garden alongside its blue inverse.


"Drive Ya Nuts" was made by Milton Bradley in 1980.  It's an odd game that tests your patience as it has no secret strategy for matching the numbers along the edges of the nuts.

Monday, May 11, 2015

let's fly over Dubai

 It is so exciting to watch this video of Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet fly over the city of Dubai!  Rossy is a Swiss air pilot and inventor of the wing-suit which uses modified jet engines and carbon-fiber wings. Flying speeds can reach 112 mph ascending and 186 mph descending, and the contraption has the maneuverability and flight distances of an aircraft.  Reffet is Rossy's first student and a good choice as he has completed over 13,000 jumps in wingsuit flying, B.A.S.E.-jumping, wind tunnel flying, and speedriding (skiing and paragliding).  I hope to have fun flying dreams tonight and would love to soar like this for real someday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

children's books

Here is a long overdue sampling of delightful and amazing illustrations from my huge children's book collection. 

The Beggar's Magic, retold by Margaret & Raymond Chang, illustrated by David Johnson

The Little One, written by Florence Heide, illustrated by Ken Longtemps 

The Hungry Thing Returns, written by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, illustrated by Richard E. Martin

Just Me by Marie Hall Ets

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, retold and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott