Happy Halloween!

I carved a pumpkin last weekend but its already rotten, so this pic of my Tonka Mighty Backhoe with two yet-to-be-scrabble-named works will have to do for today.

The art opening tonight at City Hall was quite fun. Sean's two pieces are right on the main floor, beside a piece by Margaret Boozer. It all looked great. Bravo to all the participating artists, DCCAH, and Sondra Arkin.

Alright, I'm off to watch a zombie movie.


I like Baltimore.

Last weekend Sean and I went back to Baltimore. We were 2 of the 70,000 people that made it out to watch our crazy friends launch a giant beehive into the harbour at Flugtag. Fun!

Next stop was Fells Point for some of the best pizza. We decided to walk around and check out the shops and found a Canadian ship parked in the harbour: the HMCS Toronto, a frigate, which is now my new favorite word.

On Sunday we took a little walk through the National Arboretum. This photo was taken in the Asian Garden on the way down to the Anacostia river. Sean posted a great picture of the Anacostia here

Oh, and last night we went to the 930 club to see the Decemberists. I love them. We had an awesome time. The couple we stood next to came up from North Carolina to see the show, and they're going to see them tonight as well. I wanted to do that too, hee.

Tomorrow night there is going to be a huge Art Opening and Halloween party at City Hall, and everyone is invited! If you live in the area, please come! The city bought artwork including two of Sean's sculptures. Check out the details here. Yay, Halloween!


silent action.

Knit IX detail. mixed media. 14" x 11"

I recently donated this piece to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Arts Ball & Silent Auction which is set to take place on November 3nd.

Thank you Pixie Purls for featuring my knit paintings in your latest podcast! Yes, some of my knit paintings are still available for sale in my shop.

Here are some photos I took from the roof of my house! It was scary climbing up there and but also very cool to be able to look out and see the capitol building, washington monument, and just all the crazy rooftops. I got to see the turrets and parapets up close, and now I get to use both of those awesome words in a sentence.



So, the original plan was to make some 1" buttons from my illustrations, but then I couldn't decide on a few to go with. So instead, I printed up 12 as 1" round stickers! The images show all 12 in my favorite big, lined note/sketch/idea book.

Yes, I added them to the shop. Thank you to everyone who has bought stuff from there! And thank you USPS for shipping it all so fast! I would still like to have buttons made some day, and the 1" size is so appealing to me cause they're so darn tiny and cute.

What have I been up to? Last weekend I went to Art on the Avenue and had the fun of experiencing a street festival without the worries of being an exhibitor. The best part was that I got to see awesome vendors I already knew, and meet a few new ones too!

Also, I finally made it over to the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Fun! I especially loved their gift shop. If you just want to check out the shop, let them know at the front desk and you won't be charged the $12 admission. Then come check out some DC museums for free! hehe. My favorite artist at the museum was Gayleen Aiken. "She started painting as a child and never stopped." Ooh, looks like theres a whole little movie about her!

Oh, and in a week, some friends are set to do this. yikes! If you make it out to the Baltimore harbor next Saturday, cheer for the Beehive Bomber!


craftiest bastard of the week.

Thank you Craft: for featuring my gocco printed leaf notebooks and ornaments! The notebooks are for sale in my shop, and I plan to add the ornaments later this week.

Thank you Tina Seamonster for featuring one of my (now sold!) paintings on the awesome new Craft Mutiny blog!

Thank you Dan Vera (founder of menknit.net), Erin and Lolly for coming by my booth at Crafty Bastards and writing about me + my work!

...and finally, thank you City Paper for selecting me as "Craftiest Bastard of the Week"



my second festival.

...was super fun!

Here I am setting up in the early early early morning (pre-coffee):

The weatherman threatened rain but the weather turned out gorgeous. Sean helped me set up (thank you!) and then took these pictures of my space during the day:

It was amazing to be surrounded by so many talented artists & crafters all day long. Part of me wishes I had more time to discover the booths, and watch the breakdancers, but it was great to have had such a busy day. I did manage to talk to some of my favorite vendors there: Debbie of 60 Bugs, Joy of Charming Vices, Paula of Woolarina, Tina of i like seamonters, Heidi of My Paper Crane, Kristina Bilonick (yes, one of the old art monday collaborators!), and Jenny of 8th Street Soap Kitchen.I even got to meet knitting bloggers Lolly and Jenna...and a ton of other people! It was all amazing.

Thank you everyone who came by, said hi, stayed to chat, and bought my stuff! I really love meeting new people, and its so exciting to hear comments like "I've seen this before"...and then I'm asked, "were you on ....'s site?" yay!

The Crafty Bastards crew [Liz, Kim, Sara and Karen] were the awesomest hosts ever. Unloading was painless, setting up was super easy, and they kept us updated on every detail you could imagine. wow. thank you!

I plan to update my shop [shoofly.etsy.com] with more items in the next few days. Please stop by again soon to check it out!