Sunday, October 12, 2014

Peet's Arts and Crafts Press Mugs by Yoshiko Yamamoto

It's been ages since I posted and, no, I'm not really planning to start again.

But I've been collecting these mugs and it's really difficult to find a clear list of what designs exist.  So I thought I'd do people a small service and try to make one.  These are all the ones that I know of.  I will update if/when I find any more.

All descriptions give links to the images, where possible (mine are in storage, so I can't take pictures of them).

Persimmon  --- this is the artist's main site
Oak and Acorn
Japanese Maple
Sycamore (I think officially called Autumn Leaf)

Japanese Lantern
 Morning Glory

 Eucalyptus (says G. Frey Studio on bottom, rather than Arts & Crafts Press but still Peet's)
Wild Grape

Tea Bush
Coffee Tree
Pinecone (which I've also seen with gold leaf)

In the interest of completeness, there are also two kids' mugs, which have a different shape but are by the same artist.  Bunny & Goldfish

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Here is some beautiful eggplant goodness for you to enjoy:

Crocheted Stone

Watercolor Painting

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some green things that I've been liking recently.

Drawing by Irene Machine

These shoes by El Natura Lista:
These glasses by Spex Club:

This pair of prints by Lucius Art (they aren't sold as a pair, but I like them that way).

And Sea Urchins. Always.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


There is something so delightful about sleeping on linen. It's hard-wearing, but so comfy. These sheets from Restoration Hardware seem like just the thing -- and they are on sale right now. Especially if you're interested in lilac or sage green.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


It's another rainy day -- although the flowers are starting to peek out of the ground. Time for some etsy favorites? Why, yes, I do believe so.

First up, little raindrop magnets from snugstudio.

Then, lepetitpapillon's super mobiles. I think they'd be lovely in a child's room -- but I'm seriously considering getting one for myself.

Some lovely towels from zakkanouveau:

Poems and raindrops from ThisTinder:
And a lovely necklace, from ShopClementine. The mix of metals is a nice touch, no?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pixels & Yarn

Yarn is a book that I got at Border's Going-Out-Of-Business-Sale-That-Still-Costs-More-Than-Amazon. (I was having good fantasy book withdrawal after reading The Wise Man's Fear, so I went to get a copy of Kushiel's Dart. Which I have not actually started, but since I've read it a few times already, I'm sure I will get to it eventually.)

It's a "fashionpunk" novel written by Jon Armstrong, and it was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award. Apparently it was a sequel, a fact of which I was not consciously aware when I bought it. Its style reminded me of something -- well, someone: Jeff Noon. So then I decided to reread my copy of Pixel Juice.

Both books have a surreal atmosphere, full of words that don't quite mean what you expect or have been crafted from whole cloth. Both authors have taken slang into new directions that make perfect sense with their new worlds. It's very impressive and occasionally quite disorienting.

Yarn has a world where there are saleswarriers, who carry sharpened knitting needles and have their own war language.
It has yarn that can kill you. It has a group of people whose lives revolve around corn: they tend corn, eat corn, wear corn-based clothes and eventually will recycle themselves to benefit the corn. They live in the slubs, from which our hero has escaped.

Pixel Juice is a series of stories, which are interconnected but not all the time. Some of them are completely stand-alone (or seem that way at first --
there will be minor call backs to previous stories that are so subtle you could miss them). Others are set in the world of Vurt. There are people sucking on feathers in order to dream. There's the memoirs of a junior pimp. There's the purchase of bird shoes. There are people who are allergic to letters of the alphabet.

You wouldn't want to read this sort of book all the time (well, I wouldn't, that is), but they are fascinating. Lovely wordplay.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


As a follow-up, let me share some other encaustic paintings that I like.

Joanne Mattera's Silk Road 79:

I like all of her silk road series, especially when they are grouped together...

She is represented by the Marcia Wood Gallery, which also represents Eric Blum. She also wrote a book on encaustic painting (see the sidebar for a link) and she has a really nice art blog that I recently found.

Via etsy, Paradise IV by bellazia:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Eric Blum paints

the loveliest art. I love encaustic paintings. These are even better in person; there is a lot of depth.

He is part of a show right now at the David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago.
* These pictures don't quite show the scale correctly; the first and third are much smaller than the second in reality.

More dots

Okay, it's not quite as lovely as the items in my previous post, but it is a heck of a lot cheaper.

west elm's little square soap dish. $6.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Spot of Tea?

I think I have come up with a lovely gift set for a tea drinker (which will need to wait until I'm substantially wealthier, alas).

The art shown below is actually a tea towel. Isn't it lovely? I'd use it for wrapping paper.
Of course, you need a beautiful cup and plate duo:
Both of the above are from Bailey Doesn't Bark, a designer whom I've followed on etsy for some time. She has her own site now, filled with neat stuff.

Then you'll need a tea strainer. I like the Queen Anne's Lace Tea Strainer.
Finally, to make sure everything is well illuminated: the Etch Candle Holder, from Tom Dixon.

Edited to add a plate for displaying cookies or something, by LeiliDesign.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Who doesn't love the OED? I was actually quite saddened when I lost access to it for awhile, because my library didn't subscribe. Thank goodness I've gotten it back. You can spend hours all up in there.

So when I found out about Save The Words, I had to look at it. Words that were considered obsolete -- saved! You can adopt your own, which you are then to help bring back into circulation. I like woundikins, which has the advantage of both being and describing a mild curse.

There are heaps more good words, of course. You should look at it. Absquatulate on over there (that word is not considered obsolete, of course...).

* via Google, I see that I am not the only person to adopt this as an entry title. Perhaps something about the word woundikins demands a bang?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Elliot Gaskin

I got an email from my sister very sweetly noting that it had been "a long time" since I'd updated. What can I say? I've been working a lot, but I also was a bit disenchanted with the blog.

We went down to Champaign this weekend, mostly to see my parents. And also to pick out a Christmas tree (shut up -- I like to plan ahead... Plus, I adore Korean Pine Trees and they are not exactly common [also, we're hosting Christmas this year, so I'm kind of giddy about that]).

While there, we went downtown and saw two very cool things.

1. Figure One, a new gallery space. They were showing things by UIUC students, and I quite liked the pulley pieces by Elliot Gaskin. I think I'm going to contact him to ask about their cost, in fact.

2. Cakes on Walnut. I lived in LA & Berkeley, so I'm quite familiar with the cutesy cupcake store concept. And I quite like Sprinkles/Citizen Cake. But this place is better. I think I had the best cupcake ever: apple cake with an apple cider/creme fraiche frosting and a slice of dried apple. All from the local apple orchard, Curtis. My husband had a pumpkin/cream cheese cupcake that he also thought might be the best he'd had.

Plus, they are cute. They have neat plates and interesting lighting This image if from their Facebook page. And they had live music. And they are connected to the above art gallery.
Also we went down around Arthur and got pumpkins, random other squash and some Indian corn. Which was fun.