Summer Memories

Yeah, summer isn't officially over yet but I had such a great time camping with my family and friends in July that I got inspired for a new design. Like always, this comes on a flour sack dish towel, which in my mind is the only dish towel material worth having. It's my job to dry the dishes in our household so I actually know a thing or two about it. The flour sack is thin enough so that it actually absorbs the water and then it dries in a snap. Anyway, of course I'm biased. Allow me to introduce "Camper".


Art Final

Perhaps you recall that I took a basic drawing class earlier this year. Our final was to take a still from a film noir and draw it in charcoal. My teacher was really impressed that I went to the library and found an actual book with pictures, rather than just finding one on the internet. Yeah, I'm teacher's pet and I don't care who knows it. I think I picked up a lot of valuable skills from that class that I've already been able to use for The Heated.
Here's the film still I worked from.  The actress is Lily Carver and the film is called "Kiss Me Deadly".  I may just have to rent it.


Tickets For The Projector

I've got an idea for the album cover (you know, those 12 songs that I recorded last year, then mixed, added extra vocals to and whittled down to 9 songs). The album will be called The Projector and these tickets will play a part. Notice how the outside ring of tickets are tan and the inside ring of tickets are blue. That's because the sun bleached the heck out of them. I thought I was buying tan tickets but blue is good too.


The Mission Community Market

I'm vending at the Mission Community Market tomorrow (Thursday, August 11th). The weather is supposed to be lovely. Come on out to Bartlett Street and at 22nd Street in the Mission (duh). 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. They were kind enough to give me a little lovin' via their site today. Check it.


Stool For Standing Desk

A few weeks ago, I switched over to a standing desk at work. I've been actively working on correcting my posture for years now and feel that this is a step in the right direction. Plus, my butt cheeks have left permanent indentations in my office chair and that's just wrong. I've changed my schedule at work so that I'm down to only four days a week so the timing seemed right.
     But just as sitting for nine hours a day can't be good for me, neither can standing, so I picked this up at a thrift store over the weekend. When I'm not sitting in it, it's under my desk so I can use the ring around the bottom as a foot rest. 
     The new set-up really blew my co-workers minds. One woman seemed almost upset at the idea. It's weird when people react so strongly to something that does not affect them at all. I've joked about putting up a sign that says, "Ask me about my standing desk" because nearly everyone wants to talk about it when they first see it. So, be prepared for that if you want to make the change.
     My feet have been fine. The only thing that's caused me some discomfort is the back of my calves where they hit the backs of my knees. Who knew that little muscle did so much for standing?


Austin Trip

This Humble Abode and I went to Austin last week and right before I left, I decided to buy an iPod touch, mostly so that I could have a camera that connected directly to the internet. I didn't end up taking too many pictures while we were there but I'm pretty excited to be able to blog more regularly. My old digital camera has been a real trooper but the batteries run out after about ten pictures and it's a total pain in my ass. Plus, Angry Birds.
     Anyway, we stayed with our pals Natalie (who runs Miss Natalie) and Ben (who runs Salt and Time). A good time was had by all, despite the fact that is was over a hundred degrees every day we were there. It really made me appreciate the cool ocean breeze of San Francisco.

Jenny thought this sign was awfully suggestive.

Salt & Time at the HOPE Farmer's Market.



Women. They Rock.

Damn it, I hate that I forgot to post this earlier. What is my problem? At any rate, if you're around tomorrow (Saturday, August 6th), it's the WomenRock (a Bay Area women's music collective) has free music all afternoon/night long at the Box Factory (865 Florida Street, SF). I'm working the bar starting at 2:00 pm and playing a set at 6:00 pm. There will be dishtowels for sale too. You can come by and watch some rocking, then go out to dinner or something, really make a night of it.