things i’d like to do better, more often, continue:

  • braille! i’ve left it for so long that i’ll probably need to go back to lesson 4.
  • get out my paints and canvas. i’ve been admiring lawrence yang’s work for a while now.
  • go to the dog park at least once a month. we haven’t been since may or june and i think the dogs forgot about it.
  • get back to making worklunches.
  • stop leaving the kitchen in such a mess.
  • knit more. i still have a sweater to finish.
  • watch movies all the way through in one sitting.
  • read. at least an hour a week.
  • enjoy time. i spent a large part of the year wishing [whenever] would hurry up. things are enormously better now and i should remember to enjoy every minute of it.


i forgot i had this cool app on my phone (i wonder if it’d be as awesome on the ipad?), so i drew mona lisa:

i like to do drawrings

i’ve kinda shied away from the lino cut idea, just for now. i think i need to focus on recalling my ability to draw and design. it’s been far too long.
i’ve pulled out an old sketchbook, which contained notes from life drawing, and my portfolio class (from 10 years ago!) and i will resurrect it for the purposes of design inspiration and sketchables.
aand, i’m kinda mad that i only just got a crock pot. i just put chopped onion, a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of crumbles, a can of water, and a bouillon cube into it. 4 minutes of work results in lunch for two days. amazing.
i have been thinking a lot lately about stuff i won’t put on the internets, even in this low-traffic medium; but i realize that i cannot expect any one to be my muse. except for me, of course.
also, i will complete and hand in braille lesson 7 today. i think.

linocut deck

so, i’ve figured that i need 28 4×6″ soft-kut blocks to accommodate 54 cards and a back. i can’t decide if i should make two jokers. i also think i should experiment with making it a playable deck.
too bad masco and the other art place on state closed; i am loathe to go to michael’s craft mart. maybe i’ll see if wisco crafts has lino-cut bricks.


i seem to have contracted some sort of springtime cold. but i can’t stay home from work because i’m taking friday off to spend the day with kurt for his bday (which is actually tomorrow).
and i don’t want to get sicker because tomorrow evening i’m going to see v.s. ramachandran speak at the union and it would be miserable if i were snorting and coughing the whole time.
i’ve been kinda lax in my braille lately. i haven’t even opened up my laptop except for maybe saturday mornings to check the weather forecast. i should be more diligent so i retain more.
also, this design*sponge post reminds me that i wanted to design a deck of cards a long time ago until i realized how much it would cost to print. but maybe i can do a block-printed set… which might not be any less expensive but could be more fun. that might be a good summer goal. i remember learning about why some kings have daggers and other have swords, and one-eyed jack (which made the “gentleman’s club” in twin peaks make a little more sense); this was all about 10 years ago.
time is silly.

the power of social media

i just bought two cami tops from a brand i’ve never heard of just because a blogger whom i’ve followed for more than 9 months (i was around when she announced the baby she had recently) said she got one for herself.
word of mouth works, people.
tho, i did find a code online that gave me $25 off my $50 order… so i guess it evens out for ny&c in the end.

wall stuff

we need more things on our walls. so i bought:

it may prove difficult to find a frame, since these are imported from england, they’re a standard paper size (a2) in their land, but i can’t seem to find the right size on this side of the pond.
also, beware of imitators. i almost bought the poster from amazon, but the letterforms are terrible. look at that awful “M”. blech.

along those lines, today’s xkcd is perfect.

i know

there’s something wrong with me when it comes to art supplies, office supplies, crafty supplies, etc. i just got a newsletter from an awesome user experience company suggesting a few tools for hand-sketching wire frames.
so, i immediately head over to dick blick to make a purchase (after all, we just got our bonus); the funny thing about me is that i already own all of the suggested tools (varied sharpie sizes, red pen, non-photo blu pencil), but since i’m crazy, i want spares.
p.s., i decided not to spend a bunch of money on supplies i probably won’t use and just try out the ones i already own for a minute.

side job

since kurt’s the manager, he asked me to make a poster for the new beer they’re carrying. i wasn’t too excited at first, since i haven’t designed anything for a long time. i borrowed some (all) elements from something i did in school for the great taste of the midwest festival. i don’t think it looks too lame.

old stuff

i used to have a lot more content outside of the blog, but i stopped linking to it cuz it was just too old and pointless. i’m not a designer anymore. but i’m going to post some of the pieces from my (over 5 year old) portfolio anyhow.
book cover series:
redesigned layout of some of my favorite vegetarian meals (at the time):
guache painting incorporated into a layout:
package design “because only one ever breaks”:
this one won a gold addy award, if you can believe it:
sheepinand the one i am most proud of, cuz i get to see it every day, even tho it sucks (design-wise):
these didn’t make it into my portfolio..
cool logo:
great taste of the midwest beer festival came to one of our classes to get a free logo designed and this was mine:
i just thought it was a cool idea:

more random old stuff:

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