Monday, April 28, 2008

why didn't i think of that?

something like Andy Goldsworthy meets gritty European City meets my childhood...

via Jan Vormann

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of our silly dog coming to live with us!

You may know that her full name (as it was when we took her home at just over one year old) is Happy Anniversary. The family that raised her for that first year was obviously nutso, but we will be eternally thankful that they brought her to the Berkshire Humane Society, so we could take her home and enjoy a dog-full life with her. If you love HappyDog (or dogs, in general...) as we do, you can see a little collection of pictures of her first year with team Coyle here (including a few cameos by her best friend Mickey), and a little preview below:

HappyDog, we heart you! We are dog nerds, and we love it! Yay for dogs -- if you don't have one in your life, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


from ffffound (my new favorite website)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blog Love Tuesday

My Alphabet Soup print was featured today on the blog "Simply Embellishment" with some other fun Alphabet prints.


Many thanks to Karen for the mention!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

version 2

I decided these prints need a little sumthin-sumthin' I brought back out the sewing machine (I'm having too much fun with that contraption!) and gave them a facelift. Available in the shop now.


from a Paul Arden book, via AceJet170

Thursday, April 10, 2008

first time's free

I really didn't need a new project, but this idea has been knocking around in my mind for a while now, so I finally sat down to it last night. What fun! I love the idea of creating something with this kind of character. And so tactile.
this is Carl

this is Lucia

no I didn't have a pattern, I know you were wondering because they are so *perfect.* haha. but that's part of the fun, the messy mushy look of the fun little budgies.

Not sure where this will lead. I have some fun patterned fabrics that might need to be used for creating some more of these, which will eventually make it to the shop... Do you know anyone who might want one?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Spring is coming!

These are still drying, but they're also up in the shop.I'm having a little trouble getting the colors right on the computer, but the birdie is tangerine orange, and the branch is a color called 'avocado green' which does sort of look like the inside of a ripe avocado. yum.

{fyi, these are the same colors (minus the blue eggs) as the Mod Spring Birdie print, they make a great pair!}
Get yours here.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Don't forget to have a good time.

New cards n' prints up in the shop:
Good Time Chickadee Gocco Screenprintsthese didn't turn out exactly as I'd imagined them, but I've decided that I still like them and they are cute, and perhaps someone wants to take them home? I still love the message and I will probably be printing more with that sometime soon.

I am currently taking inspiration from and loving this print from keep calm:

the container store

I'm starting to become afraid of losing.
That is, losing all the creations housed here on my lil' computer.
So I'm contemplating buying one of these:

SmartDisk ByteSize Portable USB Hard Drive (8GB)

Ultra-portable yet with enough capacity to back up videos, music and photos, the SmartDisk ByteSize hard drive offers a minimum of clutter and a maximum of convenience.

it costs about $40 or $50 (depending on the storage size)... so probably worth it. I don't need more space than 12GB, do I? I have mostly photos and projects such as InDesign and Illustrator files, as well as the occasional word doc., etc. Maybe a movie or two, as well, but nothing fancy. Oh and a bit of music.

I actually have an external hard drive, which I bought last year when my PC was dying. But soon after, I gave up on it all together and got this lovely MacBook. The clunky PC hard drive
(Maxtor, to be specific) doesn't work on the Mac. I can get stuff off of it, but can't put anything on it. Such a bummer. But that bad boy is huge, loud and needs to plug into an AC power source, which is a real pain in the butt.

I think I should think on it for a day or so. I have a 1GB flash drive in the mean time. Knock on wood.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

dressing on the side

Something totally non-crafty related (honestly haven't done much of that this week...but will soon): I went out today and got my groomsmaid dress for my darling friend Joey's wedding, which reminded me that it's really happening, and so soon!

I need to buy plane tickets! And we are thinking of taking the train from SF to Seattle between his wedding and our next wedding near Seattle a week later. I think I can wait to reserve the train tix though, for a while, anyway. Can't wait for this big west coast vacation extravaganza! Did I mention that I'm excited?

This is my dress:
yeah, that's pretty much exactly how I look in it, too. Riiight. America's Next Top Model, here I come. ;)
I was dreading going to buy this, for fear that I had to order it and it wouldn't come on time, and also how painful is trying on 'maids dresses? In my experience, VERY. But this time was actually sort of fun and almost painless. I got to take mine with me, it was in my size and everything. My mom helped me out, we went on a weekday so had the store practically to ourselves, and I treated myself to trying on this lovely ball gown:
hahaha it was hilarious! I felt like a princess...
I think it also helped that I have gotten married since last setting foot in one of these bridal stores, so there was no desire to even glance at wedding dresses, nevermind ironically try them on. Or seriously, for that matter. So it wasn't as painful as I had expected, afterall. There wasn't even a bride in sight. Not that there's anything wrong with being a bride, but as this wedding is bride-less, I find myself less focused on that part of the hype, and instead enjoying the fact that my dear friend is marrying the man of his dreams, who loves him very much, and that we all get to share in their bliss for a super-happy day and great party. And that's a good thing. ;>