Archive for April, 2009


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

So, I broke down and joined Twitter today. I’m still skeptical about it and how often I’ll use it. I don’t find myself that interesting or worthy of “followers.” But I have to admit, I like to cyberstalk my friends and acquaintances (it’s completely innocent, so I like to call it, One-Sided Catching Up™). It’s probably more because I like to know what everyone is up to but sometimes don’t want to talk about what’s new (or NOT new) with me. For anyone that knows me personally, I think they’d agree I’m a question asker.

I just find it funny that we need to feel even MORE connected to everyone, since we have cell phones, internet, facebook, flickr, instant messaging, texting, and now instant tweets! What will be next?! For some reason, I just keep picturing one of my friends directly in my face, too close for comfort, as I go about my daily activities. Anyway, I still joined Twitter despite my beliefs. You can check me out here.

It might be dreary outside,

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

but it’s happy springtime in my world! 

Work it, Malone!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Special thanks to Natalie for the picture!

I just can’t get enough

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

of awesome people wearing my shirts!!!! (Nigel from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra on tour with Flight of the Conchords)

BTW, if any of you would like to make it on my blog, just email me at and I will gladly feature you — all you need to do is rock out in some Too Many Suitors merch! Holla!

Just when you think things are bad, something unexpected and extremely awesome happens.

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

OK. So, I’ll admit it. I sent a big ol’ box of Too Many Suitors merch to the Flight of the Conchords. And every once and a while I check Flickr to see if I can find one of them wearing one of my shirts. And although that has yet to happen… I did find one of my shirts onstage with Bret and Jemaine during their recent tour stop in Philadelphia! *I’m shocked and amazed!!!* Nigel Collins of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra rocked my Lady Owl shirt! See the proof below! Exclamation!!!! Isn’t life wonderful?!?

A little peek of a familiar shirt. Nigel seems happy to be wearing it, Jemaine seems smitten.

Wha, wha?!?! That is my shirt!

“Why yes, I do look sharp.” 

“Your beard looks good, but your shirt looks better.” (At least that’s what I imagined Jemaine saying)


Like it or Not

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

I’m trying to get my craft back on and found this lovely piece of inspiration from Architecture in Helsinki… needlepoint just might be back in my future! I’ve been battling a quarter-life crisis since I turned 25 — I need a change in multiple aspects of my life and I just can’t figure it out! All I want to do is make all day, try new things, go to new places and be the boss of me. Is that too much to ask?! 


Best show of 2009 (so far)

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The Great Andrew Bird


Saw Andrew Bird at the State Theatre last saturday and fell in love! I mean, I loved his music before, but his stage presence and insane musical talent has made me smitten with Mr. Bird. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed!

Arizona, Part 2: Desert Botanical Garden with Dale Chihuly

Friday, April 17th, 2009

My Brother Todd treated my father and I to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibition in Phoenix. Having ties to my hometown of Madison, WI, I was really excited to see Chihuly’s work again — and I was not disappointed! This was the first exhibition of glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work in an outdoor desert setting. His glass colors and shapes contrasted yet complimented the surrounding desert environment beautifully. Below are some pictures I took of the exhibition, botanical garden and the little friends I met along the way. 


Arizona, Part 1: Jerome

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Last week, my brother Todd and I traveled to Arizona to spend a week with our father. It was a well-deserved break for both of us, not to mention perfect weather for the entire trip — sunny, clear skies, 70s and 80s! We had a fun-filled week, including our trip to Jerome, AZ. Our Dad was kind enough to drive two hours (one way!) outside of Phoenix to the artist community of Jerome in the Verde Valley. 

Jerome is on the side of a mountain and used to be an old copper mining town from the late 1800s to early 1900s. It was funny to see how many historical placards around town were dedicated to “Husband Alley” and the prostitutes that resided there. When copper prices went bust in the 1920s, Jerome was deserted and became a true Ghost Town. Unfortunately I didn’t encounter any ghosts, but the town hall is nicknamed “Spook Hall” for a reason. It wasn’t until the 1950s when artists/hippies moved into Jerome and restored all the old buildings to house their studios. That leads us to Jerome today, filled with studios, gift shops, restaurants, historical society and a cinema museum. Below is my documentation of  Jerome.

jerome, az

The million dollar view from Jerome, AZ. You can see the red rock of Sedona and some snow-peaked mountains in the distance.

Jerome’s ladies of the night.

For a good time…

Hand-painted window


Visual Delights

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

UK-based Sanna Annukka’s work is awe-inspiring. As someone who’s going more and more into the vector/geometric/70s inspired work myself, this makes me drool!  I recently discovered that the Walker gift shop is even currently selling some of Annukka’s work for the finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko. If I could buy it all, I would! But I only could afford the pill tin.