Sunday, December 31, 2006

back home lovely home; farmers market - tamales! yay!

i love me some farmer's market booty & some market tamales with sunshine...yay for coming home safely & soundly.

off to gather a few promised holiday gifties that weren't bought out on the east coast so we wouldn't have to drag those cross country too. as evidenced in said bus pictures, we were rather loaded down already. (you really would be scared to see our STUFFED abode right now; there are literally paths through our place right now) (very scary & mentally challenging to figure out where it all goes...) the *stuff* being basically art we've both made, & art we've bought from other people that we were storing back in virginia when we thought we might go back there...but after 5+ years, we are thinking we are rather committed to SF & staying books, art, and art making materials came back with us!

okay, the mister is waiting - off we go - how was everyone else's holidays - all good & safe & restful?

welcoming in the newest -- here comes 2007!!!!!! :) be good & safe tonight!


sunset meditation

sunset meditation, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

actually this is sunrise, i typed the wrong sun salutation! beautiful, serene, quiet - frozen buttocks on rock :)

the desert is really amazing in winter. these are the last few photos from our trip back HOME! hoorah! there are more at my flickr account if you care to see them...

soooo glad to be back in san francisco!

howdy shadows

howdy shadows, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

joshua tree love

joshua tree love, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

just like hugging a prickley pear :)

soooooooo windy

soooooooo windy, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

fuzzy toes

fuzzy toes, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

joshua tree in the blue

j. tree in the blue, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

chilly willy COLD

chilly willy COLD, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

mountain man bearded & frozen nose j*

arizona snoozer

arizona snoozer, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

excellent neon sign

excellent neon sign, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

fraziers - fried trout & green beans

posting from the road; we're in arizona borderland town now...driving & seeing since last thursday -- into joshua tree california tomorrow...

hope all is well & your holidays were fantastic. more posts when i get home!

waffle house kinda christmas in the bayou

red ant alabamy hill

red ant alabamy hill, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

on the road

on the road, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

the tea get up in the a.m.

the tea get up in the a.m., originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

dixie doo style

dixie doo style, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

before take off

before take off, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

our original bus, 'nellie' who lives with a friend...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

off for a little whirlwind travel...

flying out to virginia the dual family visitation, the run around visit all the friends dance, & then the drive back across this big ole country with the mister to san francisco home...i think we might tool around down south, and take the 10 west...i'll be shooting photos, so when we find us some internet connection i'll post some adventuring :)


Sunday, December 10, 2006

my love, currently

my love, currently, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

& here he is just about a coupla days ago; in virginia...he'll be skating when he's 80 if he still can roll on a board...i heart him lots & lots...

my love, quite some time ago!

this is the mister - gotta be late teens/early 20's? (he's 39 now!)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

me & my younger brother

me & my younger brother, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

wanting to show a little view of late 1970's era clothing, hair and some sort of wacky car seat/baby carriage holding here my younger brother, i post you this picture for your enjoyment. circa 1977, at our grandparent's cabin in southeastern virginia...which is now my parent's and they are starting to fix it up for permanent living in a few years for retirement/golden age livin' :)

more stories about the cabin, fishing, grand daddy long leg collecting, nail's through big toes for not listening to my mama & climbing on the wood pile anyways, snakes in the roof, canoe's tipping over, cemeteries, spooky trailers in the woods with no roads going to it...& more on another date, another time!

happy saturday & sunday. off to package up some more sprout studio goodies... remember to hug your partner, off spring, and animal companions today!

Friday, December 08, 2006

this is very beautiful...

elegy for a father

lisa & her sister & mother are organizing an auction.

susie is organizing a gift basket.

the outpouring of love is heartwarming to be sure.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

oh dear.

i'm sure some of you have been following the ordeal with the kim family. they just found james, the father - he didn't make it. i'm so sad for them & the community that they were involved in. i didn't know them personally, but of course know of their store doe here in san francisco - that indie community is small when it comes to things like this.

susie with boygirlparty is getting a basket together for the mother, kati & the girls. i'm going to participate in that. it's the very least i can do.

with a heavy heart.......

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

stripey applique with trim & clouds

last nerdy model photo of me...

stripey's + new shirt

stripey's + new shirt, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

more goofball photos of me in the shirts/pullovers (jumpers for you brits)

tree applique shirts

tree applique shirts, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

more tees for the ole sprout studio all honesty, i don't if these will make it up before the holidays...? we'll see...but they'll get there eventually.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

umbrella applique

umbrella applique, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

stripey shirts & umbrella appliques...does it get any better? (um...yes, a better model would be nice!)


well well well - look at that fancy little border around the new photo i figured out how to post in blogger beta...hmmm...more fiddling with the template is in order...! but i can now apparently post pictures again w/o hitting the 'try again' button one million times! off to post more photos of cute appliqued shirts...

new navy issue shirts

new navy issue shirts
Originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.
i picked these rad vintage navy issue shirts this summer while thrifting. i scored a little less than a dozen of them...after spying their amazingly cute anchor buttons i knew i needed them to applique on. so i chose little puffy clouds & red/black heart trim - they are super fun!! they'll be on the site soon...along with some other cute vintage applique tees with the goofiest, cheesey model yet - me! i soooo do not do the fashion poses - i feel like such a geek - and then end up making faces & being super goofy...i think i need to find some svelt willing friend to ply with sprout studio goodies & get them to model for me...

new post for blogger beta....

still in confused beta world over here...tried to post another picture totally now i *think* i am posting in the beta blogger...but what's the difference? i see i get to label the post with scooters, vacation, or fall (the examples given!) but other that that what? it's not taking my dang pictures and posting them!

more fiddling must be made perhaps...i'm at the coffee shop right now b/c the neighbors signal i mooch off of is down & i can't live w/o checking my email at least 20 times a day! i feel like miranda from sex & the city when she goes on her honeymoon with steve & can't settle down and actually relax...i'm not that much of a cell phone/tv/computer gal (in fact, i don't own a tv and haven't for more that 10 years) however! my email?? that's a bit of a drug for me i admit...!

okay, off to do more fiddling :)


Friday, December 01, 2006

my paypal money is burning a hole in my pocket

(dear liza, dear liza...there's a hole in my bucket, dear liza, a hole...anyone else know that song?!)

so...first before the burning pocket, i sorta kinda think i switched to blogger beta? but i'm confused (what else is new?)...i think i need to fiddle around some more & try to figure out what is going i have blogger account and a blogger beta account? i'm such a doofus when it comes to this.

anyways, here are the latest covets/burning pockets/need have's:

mav's beautiful letterpress editions of camilla's drawings...oh, so beautiful...i want i want i want...

& then there are sarah's, (of the small object) totally killer embroidered patches, twill tape & loop troupers...covet, covet, covet...

& not to forget, jen corace's work...who doesn't love her work? i pine after a real painting (i have several tiny showcase prints...i adore her work...all of it...)

let's see, love this stocking (but i might try to make in, that's been on the might make list for the past 3 years worth of perhaps i oughta just buy it already!) also at mahar dry goods, these paper dolls are awesome...i wish i knew a little girl the right age that would dig playing with these...oh wait, maybe that's me!

for a long time i have loved these skirts i just can't decide which one i love the most!

all right, that's it for now (if you must know, i did purchase the camilla/mav collaborative because there were only 6 left in the shop when i posted this - eeek! couldn't let it get away!)

more later peepers...(because there is always more goodness out there!)

Thursday, November 30, 2006


my kiln mis-fired & my whole load looks like crap - all my flower tea top tiles that i'm out of on my site...& so close to the holidays...drat drat drat. f. r. u. s. t. r. a. t. i. o. n. they look like this awful orangey bronzey color with a pea green center...definitely not the beautiful crackle ivory silk and sea spray green....*double sighhhhhhh*

now i gotta make a whole bunch more, let them dry, bisque fire them, then glaze them & then fire again...on top of my full time job...did i mention that? crap. o. la. la. la. la. la. a little christmas carol for ya.

back in the sprout studio for this gal. it's crack down time.

seriously, maybe i'll blog again after the new year. sniffle.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

mmmm...for real?

i hit try again about 40 times to post this picture; flickr says it's blogger's faults & they can't do anything...? i think i need to do the switcheroo to the beta blogger but i'm scared i'm going to lose everything...anyone have experience with this yet? anyone? bueller? bueller?

sf craft mafia table

sf craft mafia table, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

super behind - eep! far i only have my large necklaces updated over in sprout studio land...hairpins & shirts have been photographed & are awaiting time for the mister to input (yes, the goofy shirt model, me, is a bit embarrassed by the photos...i need a better model next time, any interest?) a coupla wholesale requests i'm trying to fill & even though i'm not doing any more holiday shows, i'm still feeling the pinch to be super motivated & productive.

i really want to go to shash's art/craft/glogg holiday party & sale on saturday, so i'm trying to get caught up!

bought the cutest little tree pouch at egg press yesterday. i have loved their cards forever...& i was so excited to see this pouch over there after having bought the little card with the same design a bit ago. and yes, i know, it was for me...sigh...i'm still thinking of others though whilst i go about indie business shopping! i also picked up 2 shirts for the mister from threadless as they are having their $10 tee shirt sale. (i did get 2 for me too...2 for the mister, 2 for me! fair is fair!)

off to do sprout work...ta ta!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

toadstool friends walkabout

toadstool friends walkabout, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

cutest little mushroom buddies...(testing picture posting again...)

a picture posted!

finally -- but i'm still super confused, i'm going to try to post some of our thanksgiving failed to post 3 times & then outta no where...hello picture!

what's the opinion on the blogger beta version? should i switch? does it matter?

i hope everyone heeded the buy nothing day yesterday & stuck it to the corporation man...did you? or, if not, just shopped local, handmade & indie...i sure hope so. we need a revolution in that department...

i dropped a bunch of my goodies at needles & pens yesterday in the mission; one of my all time favorite boutiques, so i'm stoked to have sprout studio representing there & know they dig my work!

i'm working on my grateful very much, it's hard to know where to start...

first though, i'm off to get treats together for a little mini update...i'll keep you posted!

old school hopscotch

old school hopscotch, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

testing my picture posting again...i've got a title here...let's see...if it doesn't work, i'm going to need to erase the whole dealio & i suppose try over with my blog...grrr...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


well, i'm stumped. i don't understand why i can't post my flickr photos anymore. flickr won't get back to me & i see that other blogger folks are posting their photos just fine. right when i'm ready to post up a flurry, this happens...grump, grump, grump...

but tomorrow will come a 'grateful/thanks' post followed by my 'buy nothing day' post...aka, or 'buy local, handmade' post...

hope all you turkey americans enjoy a bird free day...i hear tell neighbors are cooking up a quorn veggie roast that is too scrumptious, we'll see (& *perhaps* you will see if i figure out what's up with the flickr world not liking my blogger world...sigh...)


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

gathering & frustration mode

i was going to precede this little post with a cute picture of some mushroom friends i found but flickr & blogger have ceased to talk to each other; they must have had a big ole blow it b/c the 2 of them have not communicated very well at all in the last week & it has made my life difficult and my blog visually boring! do tell, has anyone experienced this? & what's the deal with the beta blogger? what is this? do i need to upgrade? i'm thoroughly confused! flickr is telling me that my blog doesn't even exist anymore...huh? i think it exists still...are you reading this now?! are we in some weird non-parallel universe? very confounding...

but, back to my gathering post; i must go do the frenzy-circle-around-dance & get ready for my show tomorrow...if you must know, i still have sprout studio goodies that need to be glued & fashioned and sewn -- eep! & considering that half my stuff is strewn across another room on the other side of the country from my previous show (crafty bastards) & said room was dismantled by lovely mister before coming out & my frantic, 'grab the little red polka do suitcase' & 'i need my felt sprouty sign', & 'look in the red tupperware for my appliqued shirts' & 'eeeek - where's my cute vintage ceramic pot to hold my business cards???' ...obviously readying for a show from 2 different coasts has me a might frazzled. maybe i'll pop a few shots tomorrow & if flickr & blogger have mended there ways and kissed & made up, i'll be able to post some pics...if not...i have no idea?!

wish me luck tomorrow :)


Thursday, November 16, 2006

holiday shopping...

it is sooo very hard for me to keep my money in my pocket when it comes to the holidays and spending on myself...i know, shame on me...but i end up looking at such wonderful, handmade gifties out there & inevitably i want them allllllll forrrrrr meeeeeee...oh santa, i'm sorry i'm such a greedy girl!

but i did purchase this for my mother in law (but in better colors, she already took the pic down of the one i got her) & also got her these lovely cards from the same etsy seller. she loves asian-ey type things so i think these will suit her well. (i only ended up buying one set of bird cards for me, honest, just one set!)

now, i also did a little shopping for my dear momma. i got her a very cool owl hoodie from fluffy co that she was admiring when she came to rescue her sick ole daughter. (okay, okay, i only bought ONE cuff for me while i was fluffy co shopping - pinky swear!)

i am coveting: this new print of camilla's & i was lucky enough to get one of mav's now sold out calendars (ah-hem, yep, calendar is for me) & her beautiful 'twinkle' card for the mister's special christmas card (that will hold a *very* special giftie inside...secret's not out yet; when it is, you'll know too!) well okay, i'll give you one hint, i bought two of the melamine plates from lena corwin to give him as clues, but i can't tell you yet, because what if he is a sneaky pete and looks here too?! so i'll just let you guess which 2 i bought us (HIM, i mean him...i wasn't thinking about me at all & how cute they would look eating a yummy veggie sandwich off of...scout's honor!!)

i'll show more as i cross people (me-hee hee) off my list - i'm making a bunch of sprout studio gifties for friends & families too - & if you want any sprout studio lovelies for the amazing peeps on your little (big?!) list ya better hop to it; after december 13th i'm not shipping out any more orders until after the new year - i'll be chugging back across the country in little ms. vw bus holding my dear sir finally coming home to stay (hip hip hooray!) & lots of other crap we've had in storage at our friends, families & acquaintances homes for near onto 5 years now...and *shocker* they want their space back now. greedy people wanting their garages & attics back...poop!

okay, enough rambling for me, off to ride the crazy bus home & work on stuff for the show on saturday!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

i'm a rare bird!

the coolio team over at rare bird finds gave my little good luck birdies a plug! hoorah and thank you so much!!!

happy day

the mr. comes back in for 10 whole days tonight! hoorah! laze around next week and do whatever nothingness that we feel like doing while celebrating t-day with neighbors! perhaps even sneak fun southern coast drive to l.a. in...

but before laziness comes a SHOW...(um...the only one, yes, you read that right, the ONLY one i'm doing this holiday season on account of me being so freakin' sick...but i'm on the mend darn it!) so, sprout studio will be in the house this saturday for my trunk show with the san francisco craft mafia, at the craft gym from 12-5...we got a flavorpill mention so ya better come early and score those excellent handmade goodies before they are all gone! :) please come say hi to me; i'll sneak ya something fun for sure! for their postcard they used a silly picture of me with one of my handknit hats & felt pin - it actually is pretty cute if i do say so myself - ha! of course un-savvy me tried to figure out how to make a pdf an actual picture i could post to flickr and then to here, alas...i am a technology buffoon (first i typed buffooB - i think i like that better, i'm a computer buffooB; it sounds like the female version; like in french where there is a male & female 'le' or 'la' attached to buffooB i am!)

off to cut down coupons of other rad indie businesses to hand out at the show & send packages out...


Monday, November 13, 2006


i had more photos to post & flickr is driving me nutty; it won't post my pics & keeps failing. alas, i have run out of that's all you get for now...maybe all this rain is making my already weak ole signal flakey. grumble. i'll try to post more later!


lovely giftie from wendy (green girl)

& this amazing package for supplying the word 'honey' for a project she is working on...thank you so much wendy ; i'm swooning over that print!

giftie from the lovely mimie with mi spa

i feel kinda spoiled...package number one -- yummy soap & sampler body butters, plus rice candy & the best card :)

thank you mimie!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

pictrue viewing

go here: flickr photos from weekend

i'll post some of the better ones, but for now you can check out my world there...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

she came home today!

hoorah, finally - will spare gory details of rescuing ms. m-m from dreaded DHL offices.
pictures to come tomorrow; finally!


Thursday, November 09, 2006

still no muriel/mirabella...

well, i've always been fond of the name mirabella for quite sometime...but maybe ms. mac thinks she's a betty little mac lady (oh, please come home soon) will henceforth be muriel-mirabella :)

& since i can't post photos w/o m-m, i'll give you this instead:

sound vacations, brought to you from shari's blog...this one is my favorite. shut your eyes when you listen...and breathe in deeply. you'll feel better already, i promise :)

i think i might hit ye ole sewing machine this evening & fiddle around with some projects. i love seeing everyone else's super duper pillows, and whippin' up skirts, & fun little clutches & bags & belts...(check out this faboo belt made from sarah's twill tape...that's my next project -- except i'm going to use some vintage ribbon sewn to some canvas webbing to make mine...i'm hoping sarah will start selling those because i would snatch one up in a mili-second. tomorrow i'd like go see a movie all by myself - suggestions?

& who else is soooo excited about how the ole democratic process turned out here? ohhhhhh yeah baby! hello, nancy pelosi first woman speaker of the house - hoorah hoorah!



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006


without having my computer with me the last week, it's enabled me to have lots of thinking/musing/look at old magazines time. & i thought a lot about what i sort of mentioned before. changes. & how changes can be good, bad or a combination of both. & growing...i think all change makes one embrace growth (even if it's sometimes with a grimace).

in thinking about why i've been so sick (i really do think i'm finally on an upswing - thank god)...why i haven't slowed down, why i haven't even had time to think about what might be causing me to hit a new level of health low...i came up with this: i'm lacking focus...focus on's been all about my students, or my business, or my dog, or my husband, or my crazy schedule, or getting this here & that there & it's all got to be done now, lists, lists, lists - everywhere there are to-do lists...& i think i might have forgotten little ole me in the process of growing my business & living my life...

so some changes are in order. i've been thinking on what exactly those might be...& talking it over with the mister too. so far, we've come up with sunday being *my* chill day, absolutely no sprout studio work, no go here, be there, go go! it's total, absolute, 100% all about jenifer taking down time...nap time...being a sloth time...whatever i want to do time. & that will be difficult, yet rewarding for me. i've pushed & pushed with my business & finances & plans & goals...& my body finally said no more. so i need to listen to that...even though i know it will be very difficult to feel like i'm letting go some of the things i've been striving for, i know my health comes first...& knowing that, and acknowledging that, & coming to accept that is where i need to be...& i'm getting artists we need rejuvenation time & healthy investigation/inquisitive/look around times...but we also need fallow time, where not doing anything is that we might *sprout* :) up with new, fresh ideas.

& i'm on my way to that re-energize time...even though it's technically coming right before the 'crazy' holiday times...i need to respect my body & heed it's decisions or i'll never get well...

so i'll still be posting fun things & blogging -- but i'll just be more on that 'when i can get to it' rather than the, 'right this absolute minute' -- thanks for reading along!

as soon as my little ole mac comes back, i'll post some photos!


Thursday, November 02, 2006

2007...please come quick.

anyone else ready for 2007 already? probably not. i'm reading everywhere how excited everyone is for thanksgiving, & the rest of the holidays...but not me. i'm in a funk. now i know i've been sick, which is contributing to this melancholia...& that my mr. is not with me...but still. i just am over bad, sad news. a friend/good acquaintance just passed away - last evening...she has been struggling with cancer & when i saw her last this summer, was in remission...& then i get the phone call. she was in her 30's...her *thirties* crazy...of course, tears (my trusty watery friends) surface...& i think, 'i am so done with all of this'...i'm ready for a new start. a bright morning. some happy sunshine in my equilibrium...i'm done with the over-wrought i crawled into bed last evening...not even 6pm...pull covers over my head. try to relax. try to focus on the positive.

i gotta figure out how to shake myself out of this...maybe i need to buy myself a treat. :) maybe i need sweet, no?

it started raining last night; & it fits well. i'm liking the gray skies & wet trees. i go in for my CT scan tomorrow - not looking forward to that either. i have to drink this nasty stuff to light up my insides...3 times i have to drink loads of this crud. i'm over making myself feel sick in order to see why i'm sick... what a complainer i am...give me cheery news folks, i want to hear happy comments damn it!

i also promised i'd post more about business so here goes the sprout studio news: i'm doing a trunk show on the 18th of november with the san francisco craft mafia - i think the only holiday show i signed up for. staying very low profile...but it shoulud be fun to hang with the SF craft peepers for sure...


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

just a quickie

go check out WYMI (what you make it) it's an online zine - some of our favorite people are interviewed in there!

also, my little mac lady had to go into the shop to fix her uncharging, sluggish battery self - so if i post, it'll be from work, and short & sweet -- & pics will have to wait until she makes her way back home again.

:) have a wonderful autumn day...


Sunday, October 29, 2006

a coupla new treats...

sprout studio news: a handful of new 15" & 17" necklaces are up on the site. also, a few of my vintage jumble necklaces will be available at orange button (online shoppe) in the next coupla days! it's good having the mister back in town for a few days (b/c i get to put him to work - ha!)

i go back to teaching tomorrow; so hopefully it will be a stress free day as much as possible...i've been doing a lot of thinking about my day to day business & routines & how it all affects my life...more on it later, but it entails some changes in my life - healthy ones...i'll tell you about those later...

in the meantime, once again, thanks so much for your support & emails - ya'll are the best ever :)


Friday, October 27, 2006

lest you think i've passed on to the next life...

...i am alive (hoorah!)...but am on a very slow mend it seems. let's see - i've been out of work for 2 weeks, my mom flew out because i felt like i was ready to die - she stayed with me for a week; got me through my doctor's appointments & surgery that was on tuesday. she just left & i'm pretty melancholy - however, the mister is here for a week, which is excellent. & i'm actually going to try to go back to work starting monday. i'm on this new medication to help my stomach & my general well being & demeanor...doc says it'll take about a month to kick in. so basically, i still get the pleasure of feeling like crap for a while now. but look at me! i'm blogging! now that is progress. maybe i'll even be able to post some more pictures soon (of the walls i've been staring at?! no, no - i'm knitting a really pretty scarf - i'll show that soon).

...& now that i feel like this blog has become my personal health journal, rather than my sprout studio musings...i'll try to be better about posting more sprout news! (but they all get jumbled together you'll most likely be getting both - i don't separate sprout & life very all gets mooshed together)

thanks for checking in with me & your thoughts & sweet words that some of you have sent; it definitely brightens my day - & has made the past few weeks more bearable...

xxx. to all of you! :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

how long can i be ill?

apparently, really long. momma san sprout flying out today to be with daughter san sicky sprout. i was in the ER again. yes, again yesterday. this g.i. doc on thursday better be the holy grail. otherwise, i feel like i'm bloggin my last for a long time...ergghhhhhhhhhh..........

Monday, October 16, 2006

new work + how ill can i possibly feel...& for how long?

first off, the good news: some new treats i worked on; sneak peeks of what's to come later in the month. i started making these vintage jumble flower necklaces...whatcha think? i initially made them for the crafty bastards show i did in d.c. - i'm going to carry them on the sight soon. i have super cute vintage appliqued shirts i hope to get up soon as well. also some new glass necklaces to go up later. there are a few more on my flickr page if you so desire to peek at them!

now, the not so good news - i am still feeling like poo. & right now who i'm thinking about the most is this gal...natasha. she feels like crap a lot too and yet, is so super productive. so i've been thinking on her, & trying my best to keep my head up & still make some work. even though i'm having these highly charged, over emotional set backs pretty much daily...on top of feeling nauseous & crappy. i've got numerous calls into the doc for today & i'm not at work. do i get to feel like this forever? is this my lot in life now? i lay here and waffle between, trying to count my blessings - because lord knows there are people way worse off then me - & feeling anxious, & depressed, & scared...and feeling like i ought to be doing something other than staring at the wall & ceiling...because maybe if i could haul myself off the couch/bed and do a creative something maybe i'll feel better...then my tummy roils over & starts to make funny noises and i seep back into the bed/couch/pillows...ugh. what a depressing blogger i've become...sorry guys.


vintage jumble necklaces

vintage jumble necklaces, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

jumble brown & greens

jumble brown & greens, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

jumble orange & pink

jumble orange & pink, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

mr. birdle

mr. birdle, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

beetle luck

beetle luck, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

navigation ship

navigation ship, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

Friday, October 13, 2006


till, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

...found on streets of SF...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

dixie loo noodle & the hearts & wonder!

more fancy camera work

more fancy camera work, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

more little lady red photos

me x 3

me x 3, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

new car - yeehaw!

new car - yeehaw!, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

so, i bought a new-to-me car...a little red convertible vw cabrio...! i'm pretty happy - my neighbor that moved to london bequeathed her, her being 'little lady red' to me. now, i am so ready to don the jackie o scarf, stunnah shades & go flying down the coast with my dixie loo-loo's ears flapping in the wind with top down! anyone want to join me, give me a holler! :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

sprout studio earring sale!

& in the world of sprout: a super duper EARRING sale! hoorah - start shoppin' - go look in the "& etc" section (an oft over looked little section of goodness on the site) & see what grabs ya; i've marked down a lot; and some of them are awfully lonely - there is only one little bitty pair left - you should take a pair home & give it some ear love & happiness :)

ps - large necklaces have been updated too - all new ones!!

just me

just me, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

the mister left to go back to virginny & teach...all alone. sniffle, snuffle for me...

trust your style

i got a little write up here: trust your style blog
thank you so much! making this down-n-out girl feel better! :)

on another note, i'm reaching a little baby point of stabilization (enough to start posting again)
not healthy, not solved, not all better, but...enough so that i'm not laying in bed snuffling & ready
to stay that way for a long! i'm going to venture into posting land again.

i've missed blogging!


Saturday, October 07, 2006

crafty bastards photos

check out the sprout bastards here: CB show photos even though i had to have a little disappearing act for about an hour and a half b/c i got sick, it was a most incredible day!

back to doc's on monday...geez louise.

Friday, October 06, 2006

brief update

so i've been in & out of the ER & hospital. doctors are totally trying to figure out what is wrong with me and my crazy intestines. so i'm still not up & running, but hopefully very soon i'll be able to post & make sprout studio goodies...lest my addled brain and frail emotions get the best of me...some days i think i'm going to be like this forever. ugh. thank you for keeping me in your thoughts...


Friday, September 22, 2006

when too much is too much

...taking a little break guys...sad news on top of sad news on top of my IBS flaring up on top of not having my mister with me = one teary overwhelmed know when you just feel like one more bit of sad in the world is going to topple you over & make you spiral a little bit into...well, into the "too much is too much" space. that space for me right now includes, my brother & sister-in-law losing their 4 mo. old baby, my cousin who struggles with drug addiction being back in jail, my IBS flaring up beyond control, 2 neighbors leaving me and leaving a sad building, my one lovely friend who is my confidant at work leaving until january, 2 good friends losing their fathers in the past month, & me feeling super lonely with bl in virginia and me here in SF.

i know i need a break from the world when riding the bus into work this morning i want to cry listening to lucinda williams 'blue' on my ipod, the bus driver hits a construction man, & walking the streets up to my school i pass 4 homeless men who all look at me so was/is all i can do to make it up the hill & try to start the day w/o totally losing it.

so, i'm taking a break. i need some time to re-energize & re-focus -- maybe a week or two...maybe less. but i need some things to lift some of this before i have creative-ness & fun-ness & joy-ness to spread again.


Monday, September 18, 2006

mini ipod holder from gerbera designs

the sorta blurry photo of my awesome ipod snuggly - it's life is now complete! i traded with vanessa of gerbera designs & i love it! thanks vanessa for an awesome trade!!

swag bag

swag bag, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

a bunch of us small business owners trade out swag & cards together & these are mine little baggies. i broke out the zyron, which really, in theory & concept is awesome, but it's a serious piece of doo doo. but i had fun making these hot pink stickers to seal up my baggies. if any of you wanna trade cards, give me a holler & we can trade swag!

small object package for the mister

i printed out a bunch of sarah's goodies to put this fun package together! he's putting on this whole porch sittin' series in virginny & i printed some of her awesome thumb wars for them to play with for activity #1! i also printed up some receipt holders to help organize his world! thank you sweet sarah!

in looking about the "wwww"

world wide web *wanderings* i found the following good things to look at:

chair painting

lisa solomon's work at limn gallery in SF

jen corace go to the games section and dress yourself up!

this interview with souther salazar & saelee oh...

ryan jacob smith

& then of course, a thing of beauty is a joy forever (or, what i would really love to have)

vintage flap bag

this pouch already sold out i love it so, however, i scored the branch one earlier on & love that one too.

these resin rings i want one as my wedding ring that i don't have.

pictures to come was acting wonky for me last night and wouldn't upload my pics. i'll try tonight.
i also did the unthinkable: spilt the whole glass of water on my poor little mac, oh yes, i confess. she seems okay (thank god) however, the battery is no longer charging...maybe i shorted something out in there? eek! i will never ever no not ever drink fluids near my beloved little mac book yai...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

the collection

the collection, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

a couple of different collections going on here. i (well, we) collect these numbers that are all over the streets - & sometimes other people that know of our collecting efforts pick them up for us too. thus the 42 taped to my door from our neighbor sian. i've used them before & sewn them up onto cards & stuff...i'm not sure what i will end up doing ultimately with them all...i just like to pick them up - all the different text & fonts are pretty cool to check out. also, the mister collects these free signs; all sorts, he's working on a whole piece of free signs. i think he's got a book in the works. we also get some free signs donated from people that know about this collecting habit...there is something very odd & furtive about "stealing" the free sign & not taking the actual free item that still sits there, a little forlorn & lost...all part of the piece. and then, i like old doors & windows with lots of chippy paint & articulations that are not on doors today at all. so, there's the photo collection of doors that we have too - these red doors are down the street on an old brick building i love...oh, to have the money to build out an old factory building! i love so many down here in the dogpatch area of my neighborhood!

off to do finish up some sprout studio work! have a lovely sunday - the weather is gorgeous here in SF!

favorite red doors on my street

042 collection

042 collection, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.