Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I stayed up way too late last night, but on the plus side, I finally got my Etsy store up and running. There is only one thing listed, but more to come : )

They list everything for 4 months, so I figure that will give me a good gauge on whether or not anyone wants to buy the random stuff I make ; )

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Foxx and Student Debt

"I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money. He borrowed a little bit because we both were totally on our own when we went to college, totally. [...] I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
-Virginia Foxx

For me numbers speak pretty loud, so I decided to do a quick breadown. I'm looking at a student who has to pay for school themselves. These numbers were taken from the PSU (Portland State University) website for IN STATE students:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Disney Loves Starbucks (plus new sirens)

"Disney said each Starbucks location will have a unique theme to blend in with its theme-park surroundings. The California Adventure location, for instance, will be located in an eatery called the "Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café," meant to evoke Los Angeles in the 1920s. The store will be built with Spanish/Mexican architecture and the Starbucks "baristas" brewing coffee will wear period costumes." (Link)

It's true! The Magical Kingdom used to be one of the few places Starbucks did not live, but no longer. I'm curious if their going to make special themed drinks like the Mickey Mouse Marble Mocha Machiatto. Or the Mmmmm for short. They could totally draw Mickey face with chocolate on the foam.

Are they going to be open super early hours so that Belle can get her pre shift latte? What other exciting costumes are they going to wear? Will they still have their green aprons? Are they going to draw Mickey Hats on all the the sleeves? Is Ariel secretly best friends with the Starbucks Siren? Are they going to have crossover merchandise? Well?

I guess I'll just have to make the coffee pilgrimage to Disneyland one of these days, and have all my questions answered. Also, this was my inspiration for Siren 12 and 13 (yes it's supposed to be Pleakley and those are poorly drawn mosquitoes to the left... don't judge).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sumi Ink and Fish Dreams

One of my best friends moved on short notice. Sad for me (in that selfish kind of way) but very exciting for her. She is road tripping to her new home, so I made her a travel journal to write down all her adventures in. Painted with Sumi Ink, and then colored with colored pencils. I lined the inside with a map.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Siren Calling 10

By Some Coincidence

Another Threadless design contest, this one for a Niel Gaiman comic book style one:

That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn't notice it because
That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because