Friday, March 30, 2007

simple. elegant. soft. gesture. quiet.

my 2 favorite from the week. of course there are many more, but i'm keeping it simple & slipping under the wire at 11:52pm for my *friday* flickritis :)

1. pastel, 2. So Easy.

yogurt advice

got any advice for this novice yogurt maker girl? i want to start making my own; for numerous health reasons -- super duper probiotic count. for monetary reasons -- super duper cheaper than buying as much as i do. for green reasons -- less gamillion plastic cups around for me to recycle -- happier environment. (& believe me, i use those yogurt cups a bazillion times over, but plastic cups = happy world!)

anyone out there make there own & have a particular kit they like or tips to share? let me know! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

travails of teaching

happy kindergartener comes bounding into office.
happy kindergartener leans onto shoulder, wanting a hug.
happy kindergartener sneezes.
right into my now unhappy tea i just made :(
good grief!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

for the love of sprout!

for the love of sprout!, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

since the mister has been traveling across the country in the o.g. nellie bus i have been one dutiful girl in the studio. gobs of glass pieces are everywhere, collage's are strewn across tables, mod podge stands in several containers on several different floors of our live/work, snippets of paper are to be found underfoot in many many many places. i have been steadily working my way through grey's anatomy (finished season 1) and loads of my favorite cheese ball dorky travel man: rick steve's europe! i'm learning a lot while i whittle away at piles of glass needing to be trimmed. off i go again...cheers!

for the love of owls

for the love of owls, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

busy busy busy busy

for the love of text 2

for the love of text 2, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

busy busy busy busy

for the love of text

for the love of text, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

busy busy busy busy

Friday, March 23, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

go take a walk

bay area folks: the receiver gallery has put together the mission gallery guide for your perusal & mission neighborhood get-about. go see some art in the best neighborhood in the city! (in my unbiased opinion) :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

too many scissors?

too many scissors?, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

& this isn't even half of them. we probably have at least 12 more pairs floating around the studio -- we like our scissors. a lot. a lot a lot. :)

converge collage

converge collage, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

i'm in a show back in virginia in april; part of my old co-op gallery, WONDER. i did these two collages this past weekend. i just don't know if they are finished though - & if i'm questioning if they are finished, they probably aren't finished. i usually know spot on when i'm done with one. i'll leave them out & ruminate on them.

i also worked on loads of new necklaces - incorporating text into a lot of them. thus i was cutting for hours last night!!!

which leads to the scissors picture...

sustain collage

sustain collage, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

Friday, March 16, 2007

happy tulips

happy tulips, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

happy happy weekend to you all! (i have a 3 day one; yay for me!) i have major hard-core sprout studio time on the agenda. plus a little girl time tomorrow afternoon - pedi's + lunch with 2 fine ladies! yay! i know it's going to be gorgeous & this girl loves wearing her flip flops :)


Thursday, March 15, 2007

art making kiddos

art making kiddos, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

aren't these drawings fabulous she's doing? i heart sharpies & oil pastels; such a yummy combo!

art making kiddos

art making kiddos, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

i teach art too (in case you didn't know!) -- we are gearing up for our annual spring art exhibit; it's huge & everyone in the school community loves it. these kiddos are working on some projects inspired by frida kahlo to go up in the show. they are such a great inspiration - even though when i have kindergarten they wear me out!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

i carry your heart.

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings


the mister is out for a few weeks. i miss him.
is there anything better than a little ee cummings?


Monday, March 12, 2007


well, there's nothing quite like a super sweet post to cheer ya up outta one's tax grumpiness. thank you sweet lady jen! :)

tax haze

stayed up until after 1 am on the lose-an-hour weekend doing our taxes. let's just say, an immediate, screeching halt has come to my art buying habit. bye bye art prints. i loved purchasing whilst i thought i actually had some money living in my dream land. not a penny more. europe is coming. the government has stripped us bare...grrrr... :( i won't make you listen to *that* rant right now...

Friday, March 09, 2007


flickritis, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

well, it kinda worked! there must be 2 that are private, thus the yellow quilt blocks...but isn't bee-u-tee-full? i love to look at it! :)


1. standing still, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. under the southern sun [01], 6. It has sprung, 7. littleoddforest treelings!, 8. pin vases, 9. Where do softies live?, 10. orange birdy, 11. my favourite apron, 12. On a Saturday Afternoon, 13. March, 14. March blues, 15. gocco print - vases, 16. tell me what's going on, 17. climb it, 18. duo ttv, 19. selfportrait, 20. craftland_postcard4x6, 21. pink, 22. confusion has its cost, 23. waiting for summer, 24. i miss summer..., 25. 924tea, 26. Late afternoon reflections, 27. photobooth friday: feb16, 28. the sentry, 29. painting the town red, 30. breeze_, 31. snaaapshot., 32. 002: 2.2.2007, 33. tip toes, 34. 11, 35. birds in tree, 36. horses grazing

Thursday, March 08, 2007

increase in earthquakes?

...anyone else a smidgie nervous about the little tremblors we've been getting the last few weeks??! eep! we've devised our sort of plan in case of something we don't want to think about. & we've discussed with our awesome neighbors also; because really, hopefully one will be relying on those closest in case of a reminder to myself & my bay area folks: stock up on the water!!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

cup of the day; tiny treats

cup of the day; tiny treats, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

i have become a habitual afternoon tea drinker now. around 2-4 pm you will find me drinking another cuppa cuppa & either fiddling with day's end work for the next day at school, or finally at home toodling around the sprout studio -- packaging packages, editing web pages & photos, making new goodies, endlessly organizing...

it's a good afternoon ritual i think. i'm sticking with it!

Monday, March 05, 2007

in the mail - last week

in the mail!, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

...back from my retreat with the 8th graders! phew! i love this print for a lot of different reasons; it's by julianna swaney of oh my cavalier...i love most of her prints - so different & unique. is she reigning those birds in? are they coming to tell her a secret? are they her little family of birds she's getting ready to let go? i also imagine them as all these separate personalities that are nattering away inside her brain (must be the fresh off the 48 hours + of 14 year olds!)...i love finding prints that intrigue me - my jen corace prints totally intrigue me - when i don't quite know what is going on; what the individual is thinking/where they might be in their head...& this is one of those.

i'm on a bit of a print purchasing extravaganza; i need to chill for a while because right before i left i purchased mav's house print & i jumped on sugar loop's green vases print as well! ai yai! somebody stop me! :)

i'll post those beauties when they come in the mail too! tonight i need to package up sprout studio goodies ordered in the last week & call my momma!

happy monday all!

Friday, March 02, 2007

some flickr faves

but first, would anyone care to enlighten me on how to get the flickr favorite quilt block dealio happening? i'd love to post all of them, but until i garner some more knowledge, i'll leave you with some linkies to my favorites. & i'm sticking with a theme here, apparently it's all about trees for me lately as evidenced here:

the woods

confusion has its cost

angle's tree

tree reflection

tree in a cup

bird in the hand's, birds in a tree

most amazing tree ever

wendy's tree

julie's tree

enjoy your weekend folks! i get to spend mine with 30 8th graders - woo hoo! eek!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

cup of the day

cup of the day, originally uploaded by sproutgirl74.

happy 2nd birthday sprout studio shoppe! & thank you everyone! have a cup of tea with me - then a glass of vino :)