Wednesday, January 28

Sunday, January 25

Featured EtsyBlogger: Rose Works Jewelry

This is what I like best in Ruthie's shop.

Hey, and remember she's on over at Block Head Radio every Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m. EST hosting her shop Thursday Spotlight On which features artisans and their work.

Saturday, January 24

Blogosphere Review

Design for Mankind features Andy Council.

Dear Ada features Frances Hammond.

Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst guest blogged for The Storque about The Art of Arrangement.

Fellow EtsyBlogger Lilbees shows us her beautiful hometown, Pelican, Alaska, "where the grizzly bears outnumber the people, and it rains all the time, except for when it snows".

The beautiful India & I blog shows beautiful, colorful pictures from WHERE ELSE??

I love gorillas and Nothing is New features some Ape Art.

Record the Day is Lobster and Swan's way to gather all those "daily scribbles, inspirations and ideas".

Another Shade of Grey
features MjLeonard's Farm Fence pic.

An Ambitious Project Collapsing is a "depressingly awesome" blog I discovered just the other day.

A Print A Day is doing lacy stuff lately... yay!!!

Today and Tomorrow (a cool new blog I've been reading lately) features Michael Marcovici's installation Rolex Time Sand. In essence, the artist gathered all the sand needed to keep a sand clock working for a person's average lifetime: 29,160 kg.

The Daily Mail's feature on Time Warp Wives has been around various blogs. Do read the article linked above, but also see the video below. Oh, and comment with your thoughts please!!

Praise Song for the Day

by Elizabeth Alexander

Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other’s
eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.

All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din, each
one of our ancestors on our tongues.

Someone is stitching up a hem, darning
a hole in a uniform, patching a tire,
repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere,
with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,
with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer considers the changing sky.
A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.

We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
the will of some one and then others, who said
I need to see what’s on the other side.

I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,

picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
brick by brick the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.

Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
others by first do no harm or take no more
than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?

Love beyond marital, filial, national,
love that casts a widening pool of light,
love with no need to pre-empt grievance.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,
any thing can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,
praise song for walking forward in that light.

Friday, January 23

Quote: Jim Jarmusch

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
-Jim Jarmusch, film director

Spring Hope

from Garance Doré

Guest Blogger: The FAB Miss B

This is the last installment of Becky's guest blogging. Thanks again for coming over Becky. I love you!!

Right this second, The Fab Miss B is...

...listening to loads of Josh Ritter. (Have a look and listen here.)

...fantasizing about a trip to India.

...sampling far too many dark chocolate caramels topped with crunchy sea salt, purchased here.

...hoping my sweetheart will give me this romantic treasure map for Valentine's day.

...reading this this fashion memoir.

Thank you once again Jimena for inviting me here! I've had so much fun getting to know you and your wonderful readers! See you 'round the blogosphere!



Wednesday, January 21

Guest Blogger: The Fab Miss B

Today, Becky from The Fab Miss B delivers part 2 of her guest blogging.

Jimena asked me to write about where I find inspiration. I really believe inspiration is all around us! It's just a matter of taking the time to notice it. I look for inspiration in the ordinary details of my daily life.

I love to ride my bicycle to the library- I just picked up The Barefoot Contessawith Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. The fashions in old films are always perfectly executed and it is so much fun to admire (and then copy)!

I love to wear and surround myself with color- even on my plate...

I love to eat and prepare delicious things and I am lucky to have a husband who loves to cook. Lately, he has been teaching himself to cook Indian foodand its been lovely to taste his creations.

I live in Las Vegas, which is chalk full of wonderful kitsch, like the collection of battered old neon signs at the Neon Boneyard. There are still lots of things on my to see list- including the Folies Bergere (which, sadly, will soon be closing) and the Liberace Museum.

Years of working at a Chicago florist left me with an incurable love of fresh flowers and plants. I like to keep a fresh flowers on my desk and pots of herbs on the windowsills. Someday I'll have a whole lovely garden.

I love to people watch (and duck watch!) at public parks and I use my camera to record ideas to use when I am back in my studio. What about you? Where do you find inspiration? How do you gather and use that inspiration in your art making?

Tuesday, January 20

Inauguration Day

I spent most of my day sitting in front of the TV watching the inauguration of Barack Obama. It was pretty amazing to see that. I mean it's history in the making. Despite all the pomp and circumstance, I think Obama and Michelle came out as simple people...

I loved the oath mess up...

Image above from the Dover Publications Sampler. They have amazing stuff over there every week. Go sign up...

Monday, January 19

Guest Blogger: The Fab Miss B

This week Becky (aka The Fab Miss B) will be guest blogging. I'm a big fan of her blog, and I'm so thankful she agreed to be my first guest blogger. So, take it away Becky...

Hello there Panopticans! I'm so honored that Jimena invited me to guest blog for you. Panoptica is one of the regular reads on my blog roll, so I'm thrilled to be here.

I'm Becky of The Fab Miss B and Becky Kazana. I'm a writer and artist with a case of wanderlust, a love of color and a thirst for very dry champagne.

In the past three years my husband and I have bounced around the world, living in Kenya, Uganda, Western Europe and Southern China. We are currently living in Fabulous Las Vegas where we run Becky Kazana and are busy plotting our next adventure.

This week, I hope to share some of the inspiration I find in the world around me every day. I hope you enjoy and I'm looking forward to getting to know y'all better!



Sunday, January 18


I know I said I wouldn't be posting more street style, and I won't, this is about lookbook. And specifically Sugar D. I'm so inspired by her looks.

Friday, January 16

What's in a number??

What's in a number?? No, really... Why am I writing a special post just today, just because this post is POST NUMBER 100?? Why are these numbers special?? Why are they milestones??

So, this is my 100th post, and it couldn't have come at a weirdest time. I'm in no mood to write since it is incredibly cold. The weather has been crazy. But most of all, the worst of all, my camera is not working. I am dead without her. I cannot upload anything now. And my scanner's down too...

So the updates from me will be scarce, but you can expect some good features and links. Oh, and just so you know, the first guest blogger arrives to Panoptica next Monday, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 14

Store Preview!!

Just showing a preview of what will be up in the store shortly...

Tuesday, January 13

EtsyBlogger Mini Monday

Woke up to the surprise of being featured as a Mini Monday on the EtsyBloggers blog.
To see the full feature go here. Oh, and apparently it brought me 3 new followers so thanks to the Etsybloggers and welcome MJR Designs, Jenni and Jordanka Yaretz.

Monday, January 12

Walk Downtown

Yesterday I had a wonderful walk through the city centre. I took some pictures and the last four have a theme. Can you guess it??

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