In the world of creative friends, we are insanely blessed and thankful each day. So when letterpress shop Tabletop Made (dear friends Sarah & Karis) asked me (M) to redesign their logo and collaborate on some cards & prints, I was tickled pink. On one of my many friendship trips to Santa Barbara, California in April, we nailed it. Their chosen logo, no lie, was hand painted while on the flight home. I also got to create the type for their FAR OUT and It’s gonna be great cards/prints. AND in addition to all that goodness, we teamed up with another great friend who knows a few things about websites (and makes a mean cold-brew coffee). Leo at Basic took all the type I painted, and designed/built Tabletop’s sparkly new site. Check it out here, and start shopping—there are so many goodies! It doesn’t get anymore made the in USA than this.
A week ago we had the opportunity to see Sofia Coppola’s North American premiere of her latest film Bling Ring and attend the gala that followed in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The evening was spent with great friends, the weather was sunny, and our hopes were high for a mere sighting of Ms. Coppola or, what if, Emma Watson. AHHH!! Turns out they weren’t in attendance, but amidst the excitement, we were asked to have our group photo taken by Seattle fashion blogger It’s My Darlin who was shooting on behalf of SIFF—and K was pulled aside for a special solo shoot. Go see the film when you can, and in the meantime, enjoy its soundtrack here, too.
Happy Birthday, Kitty! Although she was likely the leader of the mid-80’s conspirators that encouraged my young self to consume a poisonous mushroom, I have since forgiven my big sister and love her very much. Kitty is wonderful, wild, adventurous. She’s stuck by my crazy self through it all: meek childhood days and cross-country road trips in the family station wagon, to navigating the Alaskan wilderness ourselves (I typically insisted we go the wrong way) or conquering 17,000 feet in the Himalayas while I ruined the landscape with altitude sickness—she was there and I am very glad. I would not be alive today, nor would I be who I am without her. Love, wishes, she’s the best.
Jeff was with us in London for 48 short hours a couple weeks ago. We hopped a last minute train at Waterloo that Saturday and headed to “the teeth in the gums of the earth” as our automated tour described it—Stonehenge. A complete mystery, these gems are from 3000 BC. They really are still asking who, how, why—mostly why, but definitely how and who. The countryside is quite lovely, too—green and sheep and prehistoric barrows abound. Albeit cold, windy and raining (much like the previous time I’d been to Stonehenge in 2001) it’s perfect for a half-day adventure.
My mom and her husband Phil came to visit for their very first trip across the pond, ever— a wee bit exciting. It was an action-packed ten days with rainstorms and a few sunny spots, gin drinks and other British delectables, lots of walking and even a train trip to Paris—those pics to come. L to R: custard tart at St. John’s, London cup (we went twice for this) at Mishkin’s, Big Ben, the rose garden at Hyde Park, pies plus fish & chips at Golden Union, Kensington Palace, Wellington Arch, telephone box, and a poppy/daisy field at St. James’s Park. Whew!
Today my baby brother is 26! We all used to be taller than he. Here are some pics—through the years—I dug out of a family album. Top left was 21 years ago, I can tell by how many front teeth he was missing. Next to it is a comparison to present day. I think he likes the gift I gave him today—a set of quoits! Happy Birthday, bruder Benny! And tomorrow, to Julianne and Grant, too. XO
Loving Melbourne, Australia-based artist Kirra Jamison. Yummy bits and bobs and colour combinations—varying from screenprint to vinyl to gouache, ink and pen. These selections taken from her series Total Control, Cut Outs, and Love Me Two Times.