Friday, May 29, 2009

so there, Smartypants.

Today is Rachel's (of Camp Smartypants) last day here at work, as she is moving on to a lazy summer in Portland. I'm going to miss her like crazy, so I poured some of my anxiety into making her a big R so she will remember me forever.

Used -
my fantastic woodtype book (for R shape)
repurposed cardboard
gummed paper tape (awesome)
masking tape
Yes! paste
12x18 printed paper
1 tiny piece of Classic Crest paper
2 buttons

bye ♡

Friday, May 22, 2009

of the doorbells

I know it's ridiculous, but I made my first order from Amazon a little while ago, and along with the first season of The IT Crowd I bought this amazing book. 
I found it on the blog Book By It's Cover, and I was taken in by the combination of the photos of the doorbells and the hand lettering (all you can see from the photos.) 

I have been unpleasantly surprised, however,to find that I have been too absorbed by the stories (which range from raunchy to mysterious to absurd) to pay attention to the photos and illustrations at all!
Stupid book.

(go to Book By It's Cover to check it out.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

of the wild things in the yard

Last year we didn't really take care of the yard, and so it has devolved into wilderness. I often say that I expect Jurassic Park to reinvent itself in the ferns in our backyard.
Anyways, I absolutely love all the wild things that are growing. I have been blessed with a black thumb which kills anything I tend to (except the cats). These fantastic things that thrive on their own are a blessing.
I know many are weeds, and I know that Patrick will mow them down the first chance he gets.

I thought I would take their portraits, for posterity.
(more on my picture site)

of danger

(from a rest stop near Yakima)

I do not understand why I have to watch for snakes if they are already watching 24 hours a day.

we went to Walla Walla, and had some wine

Last weekend Patrick and I drove out to Walla Walla. The drive was fascinating, the weather fantastic, and the wine great. It was a perfect relaxing trip.

Here are a couple of photos from the trip, but you can find more on my picture site.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

of my mom

For Mother's day this year I sat down with some colored markers (some scented) and my xacto knife. I think the combination of tools is a good summary of growing up.

The whole thing folds down to just say "Mom".

I have so many miniature photos




Dingle, Ireland

Old Man of Stor, Scotland

Old Man of Stor

So I spent my whole lunch break at TiltShift Maker . I'm not sure what purpose it serves other than taking your photos and making them look like tiny replicas. It made me go "awwwwwwwhh" a lot.
I feel tiny.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

it took me forever to do this

So... finally... I added some new stuff to my portfolio site.


I changed a couple of things, and I will probably change more, but at least it's relatively up do date. Do me a favor and drop me a line if you have any input or problems.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

this is an irritating and technical post

(*above drawn with my right hand, to keep it from smashing things.)

Those of you who have been around me lately may have noticed that all things electronic seem to fail in my presence. In the last month I went through 2 scanners. Monday, at work, I killed the second optical drive in my Imac (no fault of my own), and the giant printer. Since I have upgraded my home machine to 10.5 I have regularly fantasized about throwing it out the window (if you're interested, there're a couple of problems and fixes at the bottom.)

Today was this - Epson's built-in drivers for my printers (Epson Stylus C88, and Epson 1280) are broken. They allow you to only use "Matte Paper - Heavyweight", default to "Borderless", and will not let you check the ink levels on the printer.
Work Around : With a lot of testing, I figured out that by setting a custom paper size of "8.5 x 10.97" it broke the defaults enough to let me change the paper settings.
It looks like any paper 10.97 inches or shorter gives you the options you need. 
The ink levels can be tested by finding the "Epson Printer Utility" application on your harddrive.

I know this is probably not interesting to y'all, but I hope that maybe someone finds this, and it keeps them from losing the minutes off their life that I did today.

OTHER PAINS (and fixes)

When opening Mail for the first time in OS X.5 : The message viewer did not show up automatically, my messages did not open when clicked on, new messages did not come through, Mail did not respond to "Quit" and had to be forced quit.
Fix - go to "Macintosh HD > Users > (your user name) > Library > Mail" and remove the files "MessageRules.plist" and "MessageRules.plist.backup" to your hardrive. Open Mail, quit mail, and replace the files you moved. 
Everything should work great after that, but you will have to do this with each user account on the computer.

•When opening iPhoto for the first time in OS X.5 : The library panel did not show up. 
Fix - move the cursor to where the library panel should be and wiggle it around in a couple of different places. A bar should pop up so you can adjust the width of the panel.

I promise to do something pretty next.