07 November 2011


I spent the day with my brother and we took a road trip south on the Columbia Bottoms to Fort de Charters, stayed for roughly 15 minutes, then turned around to head home. It was awesome. Remind me to tell you about it sometime.

28 October 2011


I'm totally here. Right. Now.

I was lucky to be invited to help run a booth at the Philly Bike Expo, but so far the highlight has been catching up with Alex and having a slumber party at his dad's house. The bike expo will keep me too busy to do much sightseeing, but I will certainly eat a cheesesteak while here.


08 October 2011

For future reference

It takes the average wimp about three hours to dismember an average bicycle chain while watching SNL (The Commercials episode).

07 October 2011


Last weekend was awesome. I worked, lazed about, played with curlers, rode my bike around the fairgrounds and worked on my mosaic. This weekend should be pretty rad, too.

28 September 2011

No Girls, No Books, No Nerds

I took these photos yesterday at my neighbor's house.

Pictures on my phone

If you know me at all, you know I make a habit of taking a lot of photos of a lot of random things. Since getting an iPhone I rarely carry my camera, but I still photograph that and this whenever I can.

Here's a sampling...
- one of the handmade signs you might find at Food Fantasies. Dogfood is, by far, our best sign maker.

27 September 2011

I met @Roseyland in Beardstown on Sunday

I didn't buy a lousy t-shirt, but I did have a great time.

24 September 2011

I had fun last night

I rode to Beardstown with nil8 to watch them and Funky Circus Fleas play at a little place called Central Tavern. Both shows rocked!

Everyone was friendly as could be and I'm looking forward to going back......tomorrow, when I meet up with @Roseyland to explore watermelon country.

23 September 2011

If this were twitter...

...I would totally hashtag this pic #roommatelife

18 September 2011

17 September 2011

This angle

...hides imperfection well.

13 September 2011

62 hours

....Not including research, planning, conceptualizing and gathering materials. That whole getting-ready part took too many weeks, but the project seemed to pick up pace once I actually started on it.

I'm usually horrible about keeping track of time and have no idea how long most of my projects take. That's inspired me to be diligent with a timesheet.

12 September 2011


I've been fretting about tiling the inside of this blue jean sun, but I'm feeling more confident after successfully tiling the background......and adding orange guidelines.

Now I am free to focus my worries on drumming up enough shiny bicycle spokes.

10 September 2011

Moving right along

My workspace is a perpetual mess, but dig my new ROTATING work table courtesy of Wisconsin Geoff!

09 September 2011


I had some sort of 6th sense for picking the worst 25 or so tiles from the 150 I dumped out.

Testing, testy, testes

As much as I post to instagram, tumblr, flickr and posterous, I thought I should learn how to post a blog from me ayePhone.

23 August 2011

Discovering new things

I was about five years old when all of my cousins spent a week with my Grandpa Charlie in Montgomery City, Missouri. Christine and I played in a baby pool on the back patio, pretending to take baths while using leaves as our washcloths.

And that's how I discovered poison ivy.

Apostrophe Abuse

19 July 2011

Wall of Plates

I regularly stop in the local thrift stores to peruse their dish selection, searching for interesting colors, patterns and textures that I might want to use in a future mosaic. Some days I leave empty handed, other days I come home with a huge stack of dishes to break. Of every few hundred plates I see, I find one or two with its own appealing, unique qualities and I have to take them home. I've amassed a wide variety of plates that I have no idea what I'll do with (let me know if you need any 25th Wedding Anniversary plates, or a Mother Jones Monument plate), so I decided to decorate a boring wall.

That was back in November. I've been satisfied with it until today, when I read this blog post and saw a more sophisticated and colorful wall collage. Sara gathered meaningful art, painted simple, inexpensive frames and transformed a plain wall into an art gallery. (Seriously, go check it out, it's awesome.) And the best part is that she showed how she decided where the nails go.

For the longest time, I'd see wall collages and wonder how in the world can someone hang 30 different things on one wall and make it look good? And how do these people know where the nails go? It takes one kind of effort to choose materials that create cohesion and balance, but it takes math and craftsmanship to actually get nails into the wall - after you decide where the nails need to go. That always felt like the trickiest part, so I took a few photos as I was trying to figure out how to assemble a wall of plates. I had no idea what I was doing, so I like seeing how Sara approached a similar project.

Hanging plates on the wall

18 July 2011

Worldless Monday: last week, in pictures

My corn has pink hair!

Quick break.

Oopsie Daisy. @mochamomma

I love this photo @mochamomma took of me this morning!

Mosaic, created 1982

Or maybe these instead? I need to look for a background.

I think this window is new.

Listening to: la la la la, I'm not listening to you

12 July 2011

Dead. Baby. Birds.

Sooo, I have a roommate.

I'm not going to lie, it's totally weird; I'm experiencing culture shock. At the same time, it's totally cool. I like it.

The best part is, he's escorted me on a few bike rides and now I'm venturing from one end of town to the other. I've put more than 50 miles on my bike in the last week. It's not much, but it's GREAT for me!

Me, monkeying around at the fairgrounds.

The best part is me leaving a list of things I need help with and coming home to several of them accomplished. But the problem is, he jokes around so much that it's hard to know when he's being serious.

Him: I got most of that gutter cleaned out, but the downspout is clogged right in the middle.

Me: (being sarcastic) Dead. Baby. Birds.

Him: Yeah, that's probably what it is.

(My inner monologue): He looks serious.

Me: Dude. (??)

Him: You didn't see that nest?

(My inner monologue): He's serious.

Him: Yeah, there was like, a whole nest. It was right there where all the gutters meet and funnel into the downspout. The nest was empty. So I think you're right; the gutter is probably clogged with dead baby birds.

Listening to: Modest Mouse - Parting of the Sensory

04 July 2011

That mosaic I've been working on for months

Due to technical difficulties and stuff, I'm not able to upload the progressive photos to flickr, but I have a few taken with my phone.
This piece, entitled Peacock Cornstalks, measures 16" x 25".
For a better size reference, the circle tiles are the same size as a penny.

@delami713's mosaic!!

Mosaic detail

Definitely one of the more intricate mosaics I've created.

Listening to: Salt - Honour Me


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