Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mission Twilight

The last three photos show the windows of 826 Valencia, where there is an installation representing the Lilliput section of Gulliver's travels by artist Lynn Rubenzer.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 23, 2011


Above, a swing installed on Valencia Street.
I couldn't find the name of the artist.
The rest of the Mission twilight photos tomorrow.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello - Okay!

Yep, I'm okay. the etsy store has been going reasonably well, and I have been madly packaging and running to the Post Office during the season (above you see a duo currently on offer on etsy- a cheesy winking man and a hand making the Okay sign - wearing a flesh-colored pinkie ring!). My plan is to take a little time to say hello to some people I have been missing in the blogosphere, and to do a little Mission photo essay for the end of the year - twilight and holiday decorations).

Next year, I'll try to post a couple of times a month anyway - at least until the Holiday wave breaks overhead once again.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Do you know these two?

I believe this is a rabbit riding a pig. Something about the red hair on the pig is making me think Spanish or Mexican. If you have any thoughts, let me know in comments. I'm about to list them on etsy but would like to know a bit more.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Ride (ready for the Holiday)

Spotted in a neighborhood trashcan- Looks like someone is getting ready for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In the Mission

A few shots from the trip into the Mission to take down the show at Paxton /gate.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Before we have eyes

Do we see in the womb? 
Is that why we keep searching for patterns?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tomas Serrano

Above is one of the brilliant cartoon sequences of the very talented Tomas Serrano. He has a new website here, visit for more brilliance (his Woody Allen is a favorite of mine):

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

San Francisco Art Opening September 8

Art Opening in San Francisco!

Yes. mine!

September 8!

I'll put you up if you want to fly in!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ahab or the Whale: Which are You?

Two items married by me and listed just now in my etsy shop. Well, you know...if I'd found a china albatross instead of a white china whale, the story might have gone differently.

Aye, aye! It was that accursed white whale that razed me; made a poor pegging lubber of me for ever and a day!... I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out.

---from Moby Dick, Herman Melville

I don't know about you, but some days I feel like Ahab, and some days I feel like the whale.

Friday, August 19, 2011


And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass
Among the Guests Star-scatter'd on the Grass,
And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot
Where I made one—turn down an empty Glass!

- from the Fitzgerald translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free and Street Legal


More thoughts about forks here

Monday, August 15, 2011

Criminal Activity in the neighborhood

Caught on Camera, Carlos' cat Mischa,
convinced that a benign feline diety has
delivered an armchair to her personal turf
for her to claw to her heart's content.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Sisterhood of Guangdong

I bought this jacket in a thrift store a few years back and was doing a little research prior to putting it on etsy. Checking the label, I couldn't find anything under "Plum Blossom", so I checked the place name, Guangdong, which opened up a whole new perspective. The cheerful birds on this jacket were not hatched in a sweatshop.

Guangdong province was famous for its handspun silk thread and its embroidery style (Yue). The silk trade gave independence to female domestic laborers, who took an oath to remain single. When the Communists took over in 1949, they cut off trade to the West from this area, and many of the women returned to domestic service as nursemaids (amahs). I don't know, but would like to think, that the embroidery tradition was kept up in private.

The style of script on the label leads me to believe that this jacket was made in the late 40s and that these embroidered birds were among the last to cross the sea.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Elder Abuse Lite

Serving dinner to aged parent at 7:00 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Lovely Assistants

Mending the frame of an exquisite needlework piece picked up last weekend - those ceramic dogs are heavy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Three things I found on the sidewalk

With apologies to Oscar Wilde, looking at the gutter can have its rewards.

I'm mystified by the cross inside the metal frame.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Flight of the Dragon's Claw

I posted this on etsy, it was purchased by Elizabeth Frank, who transformed it into this:

You can see more of her work in her etsy shop HERE

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day!

A quote from the Marseillaise...actually slightly shortened. This is an etsy treasury, which is when you make a collection of other peoples' cool stuff.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lost (in time) Tribe

Spotting this headline caused me to think that, if it were twenty years ago and I saw this, I would be as bewildered as some member of a sequestered Amazon tribe. Is an Obama a person or a sort of bird, and is debt some sort of inhalant, perhaps the reverse of nitrous oxide, which causes the normally high-pitched voice to become  "tough" (gravelly, Tom Waits like)? Dizzying to think of the headlines of the future.

Not that I don't support the tough tweeting - go O!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sale in my etsy store this weekend

Sale this weekend for 
Where the odd things are.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

After the Ball was over...

The garage sale, actually...offerings to the neighborhood gods. Irish kitsch, with a label reading "luck", in case anyone misses the point.

Some very shiny wood items from the Philippines, with a spoon reading "Soup 10", this was from a neohippie gathering a few years back which wasn't quite my cup of tea (so no sentimental value). Now you know, but it will probably be a mystery to the person who removes the set.

A somewhat random collection of patterned whites, vaguely coordinated with fire hydrant.

Don't you wish you lived nearby?

Ed: All gone now...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Thing I made from Other Things.

Intermediate (Sorry, don't have Before. He didn't use to be purple or have a brass leg)


Monday, June 6, 2011

The Afterlife

...Of objects

Pictured above, a homemade white cotton petticoat stitched by a woman who was a square dancing enthusiast, from a box of many other garments she had sewn for herself during the 1960s-70s. Put in the etsy store, purchased by someone in Germany named Dieter. What a journey this garment is making, but I like to think that Dieter and the maker of this garment, both enthusiasts, could have sat down and had a wonderful conversation in a suitably noisy beer hall.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Who made THIS mess?



I am just getting ready for open studios in Oakland this coming weekend. Believe it or not, I think I'm about 70% done with the cleaning, but I have deceived myself in the past about this sort of thing. The dragon is holding a felted blue wand sent to me by Yvette.

I expect to have some time in between callers this weekend, so I'll be posting a few After shots here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another post about obsession

What is it about changing the world as it is 
that fascinates creative people,
and why do people become obsessed with making 
the things they make?
In this case, back about 50 years ago, someone crocheted 
around a miniature rolling pin and then attached two cup hooks,
from which they dangled matching doilies
(Listed in my etsy shop).
It's a strange elaboration of a handsome, useful object-
the rolling pin- into a completely inutile one, 
which can only be hung on the wall and admired after the maker
has finished with it. 

Was this a kit?
Or did the maker come up with an original design?



swiped from Andrew Sullivan

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tribulation or Jubilation?

And is Johnny Depp Jesus?

Bad, bad ad men.

Titus pointed out this has been done before -
I think she may have been thinking of East of Eden though -

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Who's abducting whom?

One of a series of illustrations for the East Bay Monthly for personal essays about childhood, in this one, the narrator's sister claimed that she had been abducted by aliens who were mutilating the family chickens.

One of the pleasures of an overcrowded environment with flotsam and jetsam is how things drift together (as with the phone receiver and board in the previous post). In this case, a printed chicken figure a friend gave me and a map a nephew rescued from a city sewage facility - smelled bad when I got it, yes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

From the Streets

This is a phone receiver my sister found on the streets of Budapest a few years ago and brought to me. Here you see the beginning of my making it into *ART*

Here you see it incorporated with a bit of molding board I found on the Streets of San Francisco.

One of my entries into a juried art competition, when I went to the Post Office to mail it, I waited in line behind a very handsome 25 year old guy with a large ALIVE snake around his neck. Too many dates? Not enough interesting dates? Only dates snakes?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

That's What Happens...

...When you think too much.

A public safety message.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy International Worker's Day

This is a detail of the cover of "The Jolly Blacksmiths", a march by the extremely prolific E.T. Paull which was published in 1905. It's for sale in my second Etsy shop, but if it doesn't sell, I can give it to my sister's husband, who has some blacksmithing skills, is studying piano, and is fairly, well, jolly - in a reflective way. He loves the rosbif, too, as do these guys, I'm sure.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Spotted a big kid wearing a big shirt sporting the motto "DOING IT".

Not as far as this observer could see, and that was okay.

This civilization is going to Hell in a handbasket, people.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Overheard in passing:

"I used to respect your mother%#(&!^* a**".

We all know how that sad, sad song goes.

I'm probably partly so amused because I got a piece of spam a day or so ago advising me that my own a** was appearing in a video at a particular online destination. Familiarity breeds lack of interest, so I did not click.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sarah Palin as a wooden block (sculpture)

And the second quote Neil Innes, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn". Andrew, it's yours if you want it - just don't use it on top of paper, way too lightweight.

Donald Trump as a Walnut (sculpture)

Another one to follow later today, if you read Andrew Sullivan you will guess who it is. As for the above, I feel I have revealed Donald Trump's inner angry bird.