If I lived in the MoMA, this would be my living room.
And yes, I would invite you all to tea parties.

Then we'd take trips across the street to visit
this awesome exhibit:

And then we'd go to etsylabs and play around
in their awesome space...

...and then take the train to visit the Brooklyn museum
and stare at this exhibit [made of spools of thread!]

Sean and I spent a lot of time going from museum to museum, gallery to gallery and walked pretty much everywhere. The Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting was by far the most interesting and inspiring thing I saw there. The galleries just made me question how big peoples houses must be for there to be so many gigantic works of art.

We hope to get up there again soon. If you're in the area, please check out the Radical Lace exhibit, it rocked!

Now that I'm back in DC, I get to play curator
on etsy with my very first treasury:

If you click here, you can see the actual full page.
But quick, it turns to dust in 16 hours!


do you like lunch?

I love lunch. In honor of lunch, here are some lunchy things I've made recently. First of all, some gocco printed brown bags:

And if you're totally serious about lunch, and want to keep it cold, or hot longer, you might like Roxy's Tattoo bag better. She will remind you not to write all over your arms.

Of course you're going to need a matching coin purse for your milk money. Astrid the Love Cat and Molly the Pirate will help you become fiscally responsible:

All of the above are available in my shop, and the Roxy lunch bag also comes in sand or grey:

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Francis' Buzz

Meet Francis. Every day, Franics' mom made him wear the argyle vests she handknit for him. They were made with much love, but he was too young to understand. Francis got made fun of. A lot.

The part of the day he liked least was his walk home from school. Yet he never walked, he ran. Dippity stick in his mouth till his tongue bled, he had no fear. The sugar buzz gave him super running powers, and he made it home before the bullies ever caught up.

This is how the illustration looked about halfway through:

...and the final piece:

Here is how it looked at the art display on Saturday night at the SCBWI conference, and on the right is a photo from NYC which features a famous little runner, Eloise!:



Thank you design*sponge for posting my silver leaves moleskine and a link to my etsy store, and thanks to everyone who came by and shopped!

Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I goccoed my first moleskine.

Here are some cards I made recently, in different sizes and colors. Most of the materials came from paper source, but the illustrations and words are all mine:

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog while I have been away making stuff. Happy Valentine's Day. Love, Rania.


5 things.

Oh my goodness, I've been 'tagged'! Kristen tagged me to do '5 things'.
The rules are as follows:
1. someone tags you,
2. you post five things about yourself that you haven’t already mentioned on your blog,
3. you tag people you’d like to know more about.

little me

Alrighty, here I go...
1. When I was in high school I wrote an agony aunt column for a local magazine and got paid really well for it. I answered fan mail, wrote about makeup, eyebrows, hair, legwarmers, mini skirts and skin. My mom saved every issue and its always a laugh to read them.

2. Growing up I was fascinated with people who could draw and would spend my lunch hours watching them, but as hard as I tried everything I drew or painted looked like poop. Then over summer break when I was 16 my family and I were stranded at an airport in Houston waiting and waiting for our flight to Venezuela. Of course I had a sketchbook on me, so I pulled it out and started to draw from photos in a newspaper and for the first time ever, it came out exactly as I saw it. Magic! I went on to get an A the following year in GCSE art, and two years later another A in A-level art.

3. Its always hard for me to answer the "where are you from?" question because: I was born in NYC, went to preschool in London, elementary school in Houston, high school in Dubai and college in Beirut. I moved to DC in 2000 and love this city, and don't have plans to move anytime soon. Also, my accent has changed every time.

4. I love having short hair. For some reason I forget this and remember as soon as my hair nears my shoulders. I cut my hair last week and am already itching for it to be shorter.

5. I can't have enough Thai food. My favorite dish is Penang Tofu. I love indian too, Palak Paneer, yummmm. I could seriously eat it every day.

I tag Roz Foster, I Like Seamonsters, Green Bean Baby, Bookish Lady, and flossy-p!

{please note...tonight I was *forced* to change my blogger account, so feeds might be disrupted. so sorry.}