My Neighbor Cthulhu by Cheese-Demon

Thank yous to the always fabulous Myke Amend for sharing this fun find on fb tonight.


Random Tuesday Thoughts - mostly art and pickles

Hey there. How are you doing?

In need of a random brain flush? Or some assorted ramblings? Then you are just in time for a new Random Thoughts Tuesday.

I'm enjoying The Dude's 1st day back at school. Plowing through the to-do list and realizing just how far behind I really am (eek).We all spent August sleeping late and goofing off as much as possible. Now I need to get back into the groove.

One plus, I manage a bit of studio destash & donated a few boxes of goodies to Tampa Upcycle 

Tampa Upcycle

Are you in the Tampa, FL area and seeking affordable art/craft supplies? If so, stop by Ybor City and check out this great shop! The inventory is eclectic. Some items have (low) prices marked on them, but many supplies are pay-what-you-can. Seriously, you make your own price! I wish there had been a store like this near me back in my student days.

If you are like me and have waaay too much stuff, donating some if it Tampa Upcycle is a fantastic way to clean your closet. It can be hard to toss out mixed media clutter that has the potential to"become something". But knowing someone else can use my overflow to make something beautiful or useful makes it easier to part with.

... And guess what?! They are co-sponsoring the next Tampa Etsy Craft Party!

Tampa Etsy Craft Party - CLICK HERE TO RSVP

If you're in town Friday August 24th and looking for something fun, family friendly (& free), be sure to pop by between 7-11 pm. There will be free demos, make-&-take crafting stations, yummy munchies and some art & craft vendors. For details click the orange caption above. You can also read about the event (& other fun activities) over at 83degreesmedia.com

On other fronts, I neglected to share my interview over at Kindred Images last week. Click here to check it out. While you are there, take a look around the site - it features a cool mix of handmade items, from soap to art to photography.

Also enjoying these tasty pickle recipes from One Perfect Bite. I have been on a major pickle kick lately:

Looking for more random ramblings? Bounce over to StacyUncorked for all sorts of goodies and links to more RTT posts. Be sure to take a peek at her gorgeous new ring - lovely!


Happy Birthday, Julia!

"Find Something

Joyeaux Anniveraire from Peter Emmerich on etsy

you're passionate about

from AVAandLIAM on etsy

and keep tremendously

from Purpose Design on etsy

interested in it." - Julia Child

from Bella Jackson Studio on etsy

This last one is not a Julia quote, but it should be!


It's Still Life ...

Still Life edition of The Pulse

Hey there. How have you been? Can't believe summer is ending and school is starting up already. Life has been super casual with lots of work, play, staying up late reading & sleeping-in around here. I think The Dude and I will be in for a challenging few days, readjusting our clocks back to real time... but, we still have a week to play!

The Pulse - The State of the Art

Speaking of fun and games - Today Seth Apter is sharing the latest chapter of The Pulse (The State of the Art) over at The Altered Page today. If you are new to The Pulse, Seth describes it at "a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday."

Visit The Altered Page for responses to Seth's request for still life photos. My silly spin has been included in a post with some really creative collections. If you have a few minutes, click here to visit. If an image catches your eye, clicking an artist's name will send you to their website or blog for more yummy eye candy.

So, what have you been up to?

I've been slacking on the whole bloggity thing. Hope to get back on track soon, as lots of fun stuff (past & present) to share. Pop back soon for shop updates, new art & random announcements. Also, the perpetual studio destash continues - I will announce a new goodies-giveaway soon. 

Time to run. 
Best wishes for a wonder-filled and creative week!


It's Too Darn Hot ... this Musical Monday

borrowed from Eva Mazsdar Sherman on facebook

I haven't had a chance to Musical Monday with Xmas Dolly & gang in ages. And they're already on their 101st MM- phew! Looks like today is a freebie so I'm sharing this classic Erasure twist on Cole Porter's steamy tune:

Want to catch some more tunes to wake you up & get you wiggling? Pop over to Dolly's hop & get clicking