January 31, 2010

Chris Sickels: part two

I have so much respect for any artist who can create a real identity for themselves and find a way to do what they love for a living. It's so inspiring and just... really, really cool. Which is why my favorite line in this little interview with Chris Sickles is,

"If you want to do it you gotta go all in it. You just trust your gut and keep moving forward."

Enjoy! And don't forget to check out Sickles blog for a lot of behind the scenes goodness. Including the second video below from his newest project. Also known as "Another book I will purchase."

Chris Sickles: part one

My new book came in the mail this weekend and I was pumped. The Look Book by Chris Sickels is fabulous. I've been a huge fan of Sickles from Red Nose Studio for over a decade, so I was excited about finally owning something by him, instead of just pulling his work out of magazines. I bought the book because I thought it would be great to read to Louis, only it has some very dark undertones, so I decided it's just going to sit on my coffee table for a while.

Sickles characters and funky, raw style are just amazing. From the story line, the lighting and photography and the typography, this book is really inspiring and is overflowing with creativity.

Check back for my next post for more info on Chris Sickles. In the mean time, enjoy that wrinkled little red ass on the biker guy below.

Guess who's getting some teeth!

Lou Lou! He's drooling like it's an olympic sport, in which case I would tell him, "Dude, wait for the summer games, everyone knows they're way cooler." But he doesn't seem to be able to wait. You can feel the two front bottoms coming in and Louis seems pretty content right now to just sit and put anything and everything into his mouth (babies are so predictable). I especially love it when he's in this little play-seat-thingy because he'll reach his whole body as far forward as it will possibly go just to try and get all the pieces into his mouth. Sometimes it works, usually not, but it doesn't keep him from trying.

PS. I'm starting to love his little sticky-outty ears even more than the wrist chub. I didn't think that was possible.

Merry Mary Monday!

You can read about the origins of Merry Mary Monday here.

January 29, 2010

Empty bottles broken hearts

From ink on styrofoam cups to paint on bottles... things just get crazier around here at King Studios.

Bottles by Meghan Paterson.

Found via boooooooom.

The rules

via ffffound. via FreshBump.

Schweppes Limited Edition Beverages

Australia's DiDonato created this series of vintage themed bottles inspired by the history of the Schweppes brand. They are specifically sold on premise in bars, cafes and restaurants and are available in Ginger Ale, Lemonade, Soda Water, Indian Tonic Water.


Found via Left-Handed and upside-down.

January 28, 2010

Thoughts on a Friday

• I'm actually looking forward to doing my taxes this weekend. It's pretty straight forward for me and I like it when my CPA calls and tells me how much I'm getting back. Cash monies!!!

• This morning I was getting really mad at a truck who was driving way too slow when I was trying to make a left hand turn, but then when he finally passed I realized he was carrying "Highly Flammable" cargo so I thought I guess it's good he was going the speed limit.

• I was also thinking this morning about my drive routes to all my past jobs. I spent so much time in the car driving certain routes to different jobs over the years and I often think about the old jobs, but never about the route in which I got there. So I tried to think of as many as I could all the way through, which was kind of hard when they were college ones.

• I've had a lot of jobs.

• I only wear my glasses to work on days that I'm so tired that I need them to cover the circles under my eyes. I really should have worn my glasses to work today.

• I'm excited to see Louis this weekend. If I don't get to see him during the week I get sad and I have to see him at the weekend. I love him.

• Sometimes I wonder how long it'll be before Louis can say my name, but then I think that I shouldn't wish him older. He's fine where he is. Maybe when he can say my name he won't have wrist chub anymore, so it'll be a trade off.

The Catcher in the Rye was so hyped up to me when I was fifteen that I expected it to literally blow my mind. I thought it was just regular good. It's real meaning didn't hit me until years later. I should try reading it again. A lot of things are like that with me.

• RIP JD Salinger.

• Tomorrow morning King has to go to the vet for two shots. He's going to try and crawl off the table into my arms. When he does that I'm going to remember this morning when I wrapped my arms around him and pulled him under the covers with me, he only laid there for a couple minutes before he wiggled away. I'll think, Oh, now you need me.

• I'm going to listen to some Bob Dylan this morning.

• I need more coffee.

image via citrus hearts. found via bliss.

My future's so bright

The last two days I've had to wear sunglasses at lunch because it was so sunny. AWESOME!

January 27, 2010

Our newest obsession

Jady and I like this online journal... a lot. My advice is to start at the beginning and work your way to the present. You'll be surprised how hard it is to stop reading.

I am Boey.

Also, his cups are awesome.

Where my mind goes in the middle of winter

Even more so than the rest of the year. Because it's too cold, snowy and dark to go outside so I'm left with an apartment, a stir crazy dog, network television, an elliptical machine and a box of wine.

Which would you choose?

image credits: tricia joyce. amelia. the blue hour. georgiee. dolce tableware. cinnamon.


He really, really loves the sun. Like, a lot.

January 26, 2010

Lindor Love

Around the holidays one of our vendors gave us a ton of Lindt Lindor truffles. I put mine in a drawer by my desk and sometimes after lunch I eat one and they are so good I can't even stand it.

It makes me think of that Seinfeld episode when he eats the frozen yogurt and exclaims "This is so fucking good!" in front of that kid. That's what I think when I eat these truffles.

That also makes me think about how there isn't any situation in the world that can't be brought back in some way, shape or form to a Seinfeld episode.

image via.

Sylvie Van Hulle

I'm loving these fabulous paintings by Sylvie Van Hulle.

Found via Naturally Nina.

On being a better person... or trying to be

I go through these phases. Let's call them temporary periods of attempted self awareness. They often start when I read a new book on the subject of self improvement or have a conversation that starts me on a little discovery journey, or like my latest phase, starts from watching a film.

If you've ever read anything along these lines, perhaps by Jack Canfield (the Chicken Soup for the Soul guy) or Eckhart Tolle (the Oprah guy) then you know how after finishing one of those books you're on a temporary high and are all about becoming a better person and changing your way of thinking... for about the next 48 hours. Because they're like reading diet books, they don't work if you read them but then never get off the couch to work out or change you diet. It's not the reading of the words that changes you, it takes ACTION. Total bummer I know.

So I've been on and off with these books and ideas, concepts and changes in mind and body for years and I think they've all served some purpose. Little tid bits that stick here and there help to create an overall change, but somehow my latest look into power of mind managed to really stick and it started with a netflix rental of the film "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay. I don't know why I originally picked the film out of my netflix suggestions, perhaps because it had such a high rating, but it came in the mail one day and when the film started I thought it was going to be way too new age mumbo jumbo, but then something about it really began to move me in a way not many other things have in the past. So much so that I watched it again the next evening to really drive the ideas home.

The theme is pretty much the same as The Secret (which was part of my last phase on this topic) where you use your thoughts to change your life, but it's far less... commercial, I guess would be the word. It's not telling you things like "You can have a big giant house and the car of your dreams!!!" as much as The Secret does, but is more about being a happy, healthy and fulfilled person and changing your mind to not just think happy thoughts, but using positive thoughts to change you on a biochemical and neurochemical level. It's message really meant something to me.

And that message really is the power of your mind and your thoughts to create the things that you want in your life and to banish the thoughts (the broken records of negativity) that serve only to bring you down. I think Dr. Wayne W. Dyer put it best in the film when he said,

"Your willingness to contemplate yourself as a person who is capable of attracting into your life what you want; having the kind of relationships you want, being able to to have abundance where scarcity always existed, all you have to do is begin the process by being willing to contemplate the presence of that in your life."

I agree with him (and the others in the film) on the subject and can fully understand and embrace the idea of changing your thoughts to change your life, but Lordy, it's really hard sometimes. I watched the movie twice, bought Louise Hay's books You Can Heal Your Life and Heal Your Body A-Z (purchased used on amazon.com) and I even bought her affirmation cards so that I could read a few of them everyday to keep my mind in that place of positive thoughtfulness, but I still struggle with it sometimes.

A few weeks after my initial enthusiasm I realized I was back to the same old bullshit negative thoughts and then I got mad at myself and the series of deprecating self talk started all over again. Why is it often so hard to have positive thoughts and be a positive person? And furthermore, why is it SO EASY to think the negative ones? It really is mind boggling. The only answer I've come up with so far is January in Minnesota, which is so gray, cold and dark that it causes most people to crawl into a funk, but that cannot really be it. I haven't figured it out yet, but what I do know is that this time I'm not going to let this whole experience be a phase. I'm determined to keep at it, remain positive, watch the film again, read the book again and continue to do my affirmations until thinking happy, self affirming thoughts is second nature to me and my world is filled with abundance where scarcity had always existed. Because like the film says,

"There's a commitment to consciousness and a commitment to action that's necessary in order to be able to manifest the things that we affirm or we intend."

I've written this far and haven't come up with what my real point is here. I guess it is to share the discovery of this wonderful film and book with you, but also to put this concept, my thoughts on it and my frustrations out into the world just so I might be able to let them go. And maybe you're struggling with this too so maybe we could do this together.

I am mentally and emotionally equipped to enjoy a prosperous and loving life. It is my birthright to deserve all good. I claim my good. There is a rhythm and flow to life and I am part of it.

Life supports me and brings to me only good and positive experiences. I trust the process of life to bring me my highest good.


January 25, 2010

Morning Coffee

Enjoying my morning coffee and listening to this song on repeat while I slowly try to wake up.

Have a good day!

image via strawberry lemonade

January 24, 2010

Leontine Greenberg

Incredibly fun, beautiful and imaginative sketches by Leontine.

Found via.

Weekend do-gooding

Last week a friend asked me if I'd like to go with her to help with a food pack out to help the people of Haiti. Of course my response was that I'd be happy to help, giving money is one thing, but I was pleased to be able to actually do something. So we spent a couple hours on Saturday afternoon putting rice, textured soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, vitamins and minerals and vegetarian chicken flavoring into bags and then packing the bags into boxes that would then be shipped to Haiti.

We were working with the organization called Feed My Starving Children that helps to feed starving and malnourished children in forty five countries throughout the world. I had never heard of, nor worked with this organization before, but the people running the operation on Saturday were so incredibly organized and the day went so smoothly that I couldn't help but be completely impressed. When you're working with an organization that is that prepared it really helps to make you feel like you're helping that much more because you have the utmost faith that the intent of what you're doing is going to be followed through 100%. And I think that's important.

At the particular church I was at on Saturday they have been working with volunteers everyday for the last two weeks with the goal of feeding one million people. In the two hours I was there our group packed enough bags to feed over 32,000 people. That made me feel good.

Can you believe that is only takes 17 cents for one meal? That's just incredible. That means that every single cent can make a difference and within this organization 94% of every donation goes to feeding people and a mere 6% goes to administration and fund raising. Awesome.

I donated $10 and that's enough to feed a mother and child for one month.

If you want to help or learn more click here.

Merry Mary Monday!

The farm series continues with this dreamy door shot. I love it because it feels like it could be any door in any farm house in any century, so the fact that it was taken just a few years ago is pretty cool.

You can read about the origins of Merry Mary Monday here.

Awesome stunt

According to the email I got that came along with this video (thanks Em!) it was created in Antwerp, Belgium Central (train) Station on March 23rd, 2009. With no warning to the passengers passing through the station at 8am a recording of Julie Andrews singing 'Do, Re, Mi' began to play on the public address system. And this stunt was created in just two rehearsals. It's sure to make you smile.

This video is also a very good illustration to why the internet is awesome.

January 22, 2010

Alica Bock is having a sale at her etsy shop. You should check it out.

Have a great weekend everyone!

January 21, 2010

Prepare your heart for the cuteness

Because I don't want to be responsible when it explodes. Jessica Florence's photos are just too much, I can barely stand it. She's like the Anne Geddes of rat photography.

Found via.

The Archive: Sisters

Here is another gem I found in the bin under my bed and it's just too rockin' not to share. God I love this photo. I'd say it was taken around 1998 or '99 and I believe it came from a group of photos that we were going to use for our family's Christmas card. I don't believe we used this picture though, which is good considering it looks far more like an album cover image than a holiday card.

Can't you just see the cd cover now? Jady and I would have made quite the duo and our band name would have been something like "Family Business" or "Aphrodite's Promise" and the title of this particular release would be "Love's Journey Home". The songs would be about love lost and gained and also how sisters may fight, but we still have each others backs. Foreva. I'd play guitar and sing lead and Jady would sing back up and handle the trifecta of symbols, triangle and tambourine.

This thought is especially funny if you've ever met my sister because I can tell you with the utmost certainty that she would sooner jump off the empire state building than get on a stage and sing a song. There isn't enough alcohol in the world to get her to change her mind.

Jades, maybe you could just handle the harmonica and show some cleve. It's possible we could still make this work. What'ya say?