Monday, July 25, 2011


"maybe you're working in a city far away... maybe you're satisfied with how boring life stays."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

*gulp* today i wrote an email to the advertising director of Bust Magazine, requesting information and pricing as well as upcoming ad availability. egads... i'm really doing this, aren't i?

now i have to figure out which piece/photo would be the best, most eye-catching statement for luminoddities... hmmmm...
(suggestions welcome!)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

make your own luck

make your own luck

micron pen, prismacolor markers, silver paint pen and watercolor pencil on paper

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I awake in the night, to hear the engines purr

for years, now, "in this shirt" by the irrepressibles has been my absolute favorite music video. the song has an ache that reverberates through the video's seedy and long-mad circus performers, cast about by some madman ringleader. THIS is how i want our wedding to look... only with less frowning ;)

now if i could only figure out how to get skeeball at the reception... hmm...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

a quiet heart, like a car alarm

this morning i awoke to find a song that crawled into my heart and stayed.

mind-numbingly epic at a high volume

Friday, May 13, 2011


Anna Calvi
...I adore her twisted mouth, those sneers and snarls. They are so endearing.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


i found an old tintype of a strange woman and drew her portrait. i like to think she was in mourning.

mourning lady

in honor of strange beauties, mysteries and that indescribable eeriness...
here are two exquisitely odd videos built to make you wonder:

fever ray - if i had a heart

cocorosie - gallows
(not terribly fond of the vocals on this one... but it tells a lovely tale)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

i'm such a tiny toad

found this today:


Monday, March 21, 2011

significance no. 001

... the first of many.
for a very long time, i have been obsessively collecting masses of intricate, ancient and charming antique skeleton keys. the time has come to set them free, one at a time... as numbered significances.

here is the first:



it exists here:
Significance No. 001
(until it is snatched up by a deserving new owner!)

the captain

o captain... my captain
the captain

the most vicious scourge of the seven seas
(ink and watercolor pencils)

in honor of the sea... here's a lovely tune by The Tiger Lilies with a decidedly aquatic themed video:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

coming to fruition

the first gem tintype necklaces are finished, photographed and listed on etsy. and i have to say... i am quite pleased with the results :)




i simply cannot stress how enthrallingly TINY these tintypes are... what perfectly delicate metal photos... perfect, especially for wearing! these are just the first, of course... more are already in the works! :)

on a side note, lykke li's "wounded rhymes" arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it is now playing on permanent rotation and will be for the next few weeks. here is a taste...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

my gem tintype obsession


The size is breathtaking, is it not? This is a REAL photograph, a gem tintype from the Civil War Era. I have recently become the proud owner of two, leather-bound, gem tintype albums positively BURSTING with these tiny treasures (well over a hundred!). And what do I intend to do with them? Turn them into jewelry, of course! What better way to honor our history than to make use of it again and give it new purpose and appreciation?

Gem tintypes, also known as "Bon Ton Tintypes", were made by using a modified lens structure, multiplying the image many times onto one sheet of metal. The lens looks like this:


They're really very similar to modern photo booths! As a much cheaper portrait alternative, the purchaser could walk away with many tiny portraits, rather than one or just a few. They were rarely any larger than a postage stamp... most are just under one inch long!


See how tiny!!! :)

Please share your thoughts and ideas on how I can incorporate these into jewelry and wearable pieces of history!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

going out west

gawd... i love you, tom waits

by the way...

...i make and sell jewelry and lovelies. go and see!

sacred geo2





come and see!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

there's really no excuse

i can think of several films that SHOULD have received cult status by now but... haven't.
i don't understand it but i'll try my darndest to correct it. throw your pre-conceived notions of pride out the window and lose yourself to ridonkulous tongue-in-cheek joy.

Death Becomes Her (all in 5 minutes) - 1992

Teen Witch ("top that" rap scene) - 1989

Cold Comfort Farm (theatrical preview) - 1995

Xanadu (final musical number) - 1980

shut up and enjoy ;)