Monday, February 28, 2005

design*sponge winners have been posted! they are SOO awesome! please go check them out!

My particular favorite are the clocks by seth. (Who doesn't, apparently have a webpage, but should.)

posted by m at 12:35 PM

things my boy puts up with.

B's foot was today a casualty of last night's crafting activity. Word to the wise: make sure NOT to leave any needles sticking around on the carpet. Ouch!

Sorry, B!

posted by m at 10:24 AM

Mme Grape Leaf's friend Sweet Jenny is here often. Her style is lovely and feminine and has me thinking of flowers and of how to wear them.

Made these, felt and button flowers while watching the Academy Awards with B. Perhaps a little less feminine, but more my style. I think I will pin them to my evil, blister-inducing blue ballet shoes and dance around wildly! (Until the blisters come! Then I stop.)

posted by m at 1:20 AM

Sunday, February 27, 2005

library love.

My friend Motz and I voluteered at our local library's book sale fundraiser today. It was so fun to see people get so excited about books.

And there was just something about saying, "Everything, two dollars," all morning that the cheapskate in me found deeply satisfying.

I picked up a neat anthology of smithsonian photography and an intricately illustrated biology coloring book.

If you haven't loved your local library in a while, you should!

posted by m at 1:13 AM

Thursday, February 24, 2005


First and formost, I love design*sponge because design*sponge loves Jay, and so do I!

I also love design*sponge, because design*sponge is about good design, and sometimes about sponsoring cool contests for people to make stuff.

The recycled cup lamp is my entry for the design*sponge DIY contest. I got over my "I'm not REALLY an up-and-coming designer" complex kind of late, so I'm pretty proud of myself for putting something together in time! Can't wait to see all the awesome entries/winners!

posted by m at 11:48 PM

more small aliens

Obsessed much? An attempt to use and reuse old craft supplies and shoe insert excess:

I bought these squishy blue shoe inserts for a pair of blue suede ballet flats which I love but do not love me back. (They are determined to give me blisters--ouch!). The cut-off excess bits were also blue and squishy and of course made me think of aliens. I glued them to some old small clothespins (leftover from some other project) and put them in old plastic easter eggs (also leftover, different project).

My wonderfully tall, gorgeous and sophisticated friend, picked me up at the airport; she squealed with delight at this gift. I, who am small and weird and much less sophisticated, squealed too.

posted by m at 11:43 AM

Waiting in the security line for a flight to San Fransisco, and in the rain, I catch cold. Airport security makes me safer from death by knife, and such, but not from drowning in my own snot. Gar.

posted by m at 11:19 AM

Friday, February 18, 2005

Whenever I am having a bad day, I go to here, and it calms my soul.

Why little pieces of trash should do this, I don't know. But thanks anyway, Nico.

posted by m at 5:49 PM

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Ever notice how time crawls when you're working on something you don't feel like doing? Like, you know you HAVE to do it, and you've totally been avoiding working on it, and you would almost agree to be stabbed in the eye with a hot poker, just to get OUT of doing it, but here you are, doing it, slowly, and the time just crawls by. Tick, tock.

posted by m at 2:05 PM

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Mostly in Los Angeles, we just sit in traffic. And sometimes, the sitting in traffic is not so bad.

The commute home, the day before last.

posted by m at 11:20 AM

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Other girls dream of diamond rings and ruffly dresses. M dreams of worms.

I've been wanting to have a worm bin for a while--something to recycle our organic waste into lovely, rich soil for growing things.

I found this simple design for a worm bin--constructed from two stacked rubbermaid containers, and a couple of 2" louvered vents (from the very awesome-sounding Seattle Tilth Association). The only real modification I made, was to use a utility knife instead of a 2" cup drill bit to make the holes for the vents. I also used a smaller container than the one in their specs. (Sorry, bad picture!)

Ordered worms from this place a few weeks ago, and they finally arrived yesterday.

Some soil and bedding (shredded paper) later, they were happily munching asparagus ends.

posted by m at 12:19 PM

This was a project to think about how to write about love, without using pronouns. A day late for v-day, but pronoun-less love is for all year round.

posted by m at 11:30 AM

Monday, February 14, 2005

the way we love.

Love gets shown in odd ways. A few weeks ago, B gave up the horrid mustard yellow fleece pullover that he loves and I hate. In turn, I gave up my favorite old holey grey sweatpants--that I love, and he hates.

For B's valentine's day gift, I cut up both and sewed up this stuffed guy. It is my first experiment with sewing on eyebrows.

posted by m at 12:19 AM

Sunday, February 13, 2005

she cackles, i grin.

My nana (maternal grandmother, not to be confused with any of these crazy people)is like the Bush Administration of grandmothers. She has mastered a full suite of sneaky ninja techniques for tricking me into doing her bidding.

"Come over, it's an emergency," is nana-code for "The batteries in my remote are dead, and by the way, can I get a ride to my hair appointment?" Of course, she could just say: "I have a hair appointment, and I need a ride"--but that would be normal and sane and not nana-like at all. And I think she gets some sort of weird and evil kick out of being sneaky. (Rubs hand together wickedly, cackles.) I can't really blame her, I probably would too.

So when I came to pick her for lunch at a nearby restaurant, I shouldn't have been surprised that what she REALLY wanted was for me to drive her and her hairdresser/best friend to brunch at this insane Tom-Cruise-in-Cocktail-era 80s neon sushi brunch buffet in DOWNEY. Which is only like, a zillion miles from where she lives. It may be the only place on the planet where you can find hash browns, eggs, sausage, and toro sushi rolls--all on the SAME buffet table. (And that's just gross, yo.)

posted by m at 10:52 PM

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Conversation over dinner last night, Mme Grape Leaf and her friend Sweet Jenny.

Mme Grape Leaf: That last bottle of wine was from Australia, too. But it was totally gross.
Sweet Jenny: It had a gross aftertaste, like death--a vinegar aftertaste.
Mme Grape Leaf: Death tastes like vinegar?
Sweet Jenny: Yes, exactly.

posted by m at 10:35 AM

invasion of monster blobs kills will to update blog! sorry about that. down with blobs!

posted by m at 10:33 AM

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