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Monthly Archives: May 2012

beyond in love with Burda’s April patterns. Everything is so retro-tastic that i can barely handle it. You know Joan Holloway {i refuse to call her Harris} would look amazing in this.

cream colored dress? why yes i will indulge my inner Betty Draper-Francis.

a Jane Sterling special.

It’s even in Peggy Olson’s signature mustard yellow gold.

Megan Draper would totally rock these shorts, even if they are ridiculous in leather. really? leather? in the summer? riiiiiiiight, maybe in post apocalyptic Australia. 

“The Fairest of the Seasons”
inspired by Nico’s rendition of “The Fairest of the Seasons”
“now that it’s time
now that the hour hand has landed at the end
now that it’s real
now that the dreams have given all they had to lend
i want to know
do i stay or do i go
and maybe try another time
and do i really have a hand in my forgetting?”
I drew this over 2 years ago when i was pregnant with Karl and have finally put some color to it. Music always inspires me, but here are some of the pictures that i kept on hand for visual inspiration:

Hans Memling

David Bowie
Utamaro {he was also the primary inspiration for my Floating World Series.}
Edward Burne-Jones “Beguiling of Merlin”
 Stylish Dress Book {a book of japanese patterns}
if you’ve never heard Nico, you’re in for a treat. Some people think she sounds like a german computer, but i like her voice… and so yes maybe she does sound like a lady version of HAL, but it’s still great!

Delicious yellowcake uranium baked into a diabolical confection. Try not to grow 8 eyes like little Spiderface Freckleyes on the box!

David Bowie never ceases to be an inspiration. His music and many images are endlessly fascinating. i don’t think there’s another person who is more aesthetically pleasing in modern history, unless it’s Frida Kahlo.
The colors in these 2 photos were my inspiration: rich gold, tomato red, and peacock blue.

bowie images via~
because, smooth move Betty!, i can’t remember where exactly i got them & for some reason i didn’t reblog them? I swear tumblr eats some of my posts.

i’m restructuring my site! 


i just realized that i didn’t post a picture for my 39th birthday. Here i am, freckles, acne, and acne scars all. 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens may actually be some of my favorite things, but these books  definitely are! i wanted to do a quick post about some of the books i keep closest to me and frequently use for inspiration. There are boxes more still unpacked and i’ll post an update when i get a chance to unpack all my treasures!

{When i say “by” i mean illustrated by, not written by. artist bias!}

various Alice’s~ Moser, Rackham, Garcia, Tenniel
Green Porno by Rossellini
Paradox Box
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Dulac
Milk Teeth by Morstad
Van Gogh
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Moser
Language of Flowers
Little Snow White~ victorian facsimile

House of Leaves by Danielewski
Cinderella by Innocenti
Sorcerer’s Apprentice by The Dillons
Dean’s book of Fairy Tales and Dean’s Mother Goose both by Grahame Johnstone sisters
various Walter Foster drawing/painting books
Mother Goose by Fujikawa
Dragonfeathers by Dugin/Dugina
Rene Magritte
More Tales to Tremble By by Laite
Epileptic Bicycle by Gorey

Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills
Bowie Style
Those Glorious Glamour Years by Bailey
Dancer’s Body Book by Allegra Kent
The Living Sea by Cousteau
Mad Men by Dyna Moe
Fashion File by Bryant
Stylish Dress Book and Sweet Dress Recipe
Design it Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch
Twinkle Sews by Chia
Burdastyle Sewing Handbook
Sew U Home Stretch, Sew U, Built by Wendy Dresses
Mucha Playing Cards

Lots of favorites

 Tove Jansson’s Moomin series

even more favorites!