I'm happy to see the folks at USPS are venturing beyond the usual tacky "LOVE" stamps or stamp collections commemorating the films of John Wayne. The other day when I went to mail I package, the postal worker asked me if I'd like any stamps with that. "Why yes," I replied, remembering I was almost out of stamps. He gave me this hefty book of stamps to flip through, and as soon as I saw the abstract expressionist collection (by far my favorite art movement), I knew I had to have them.
As you may know, I love fairy tales and folklore, and it doesn't get much better than Hans Christian Anderson (who is much less violent and dark than the Grimm brothers, but still has a lot of depth and meaning). And I love the Google Doogle illustrations they've done today for his 205th birthday. Check them out at google.com.
I can't even remember how I found out about this guy in the first place, seeing as he operates out of New York and has done tattoos for a number of celebrities and ordinary people alike. All I know is, if I were to commit something permanently into my skin, I'd want someone who knew what he was doing. And Anil Gupta is like the Picasso of tattoo artists.
I guess I should pay more attention to the random forwards my mom sends me, because everyonce in a while it turns out to be pretty awesome.
I guess you could say I live in "the barrio" of MV (right next to the Burrito Triangle), but this truck definitely looks out of place. Yes, the guys are Chinese and yes, they are careful, efficient and pleasant to work with. I heard them speaking a dialect I couldn't recognize at all. Turns out they are from Hebei province! Not something you come across every day.It's only been an hour and they are nearly through with clearing out all the junk I have in my current apt. $65/hour. I better tip them well.
My coworker Sangeetha is taking a ceramics class with her husband. She brought all these little pieces he made to work and a bunch of us got to take our pick. This was one of the last ones left (I assume because it's not "useful" like some of the cups and saucers that other people took), but I love it. It is so weird and fantastic, like something out of a Tim Burton film.
If you are rolling in $ and want to spoil your kids silly, or want to make them the most popular kids on the street, why not splurge on a custom play- or tree-house from Barbara Butler, who makes a living carving handmade play structures out of sustainable redwood.
I've been wanting to post this since I saw it linked off a coworker's FB profile.
Meet Angela Y. Lee, a creator of creatures! That is, she's a rather imaginative person in Peoria, IL who makes huggable, lovable, customized plush toys by hand. I was quite taken by the sunny disposition of her website, its inhabitants, and the adorable little stories bursting out of every seam. A few things you should know about her operation:
From her website: "I was living by myself in a dark, bug-infested, sublevel apartment with no furniture. I guess making soft little creatures comforted me while I was transitioning into this new city." I actually asked her blessing to post about her creatures. Her response: "Sure you can include my creatures on your blog, they would like that :)"
How can one not smile? Order here!