Saturday, September 28, 2013


Last Tuesday evening, I went to the first ever adult-swim craft night at Tacoma's new creative-reuse center, Tinkertopia. Tacoma artists Ryan and Darcy Anderson opened this venue, with the help of Tacoma's Spaceworks Program, in the U-district on Pacific Avenue this summer. Tinkertopia, in their own words, is "A destination for teachers, students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers, and tinkerers (of any age) in search of unusual materials for any creative venture." The items they collect through donation range from paper and cardboard tubes to what-the-heck-is-THAT. Items are sold in bulk by the bag. Bags come in three sizes. Zany ideas are free for the asking. Tinkertopia also has a drop-in craft space filled with tools, sewing machines and glue-guns, where $7 gets you an hour and a half of studio time in the store.

I don't need studio space. I have that in my home. I also have plenty of my own "stuff." But I really really want this place to succeed. It is such a wonderful idea, run by young, energetic, creative people who are willing to take one of those out of the box chances. It is a kid's (yes even a geriatric kid) wonderland. It is a Place of Possibility. I wish it had been around when my sons were young. I can imagine handing them each a $10 bill and a bag, saying, "You have 30 minutes to find your Halloween costume! Go!"  It's also a place to share those items you hate to throw away, but have no use for yourself-- like those sturdy cardboard tubes from the large format printer where I work.

It's hard to describe Tinkertopia. You really need to just go there. You need to browse. You need come back and browse again, because stock changes all the time and you really did miss something last time you looked. I had a great time Tuesday night. I met some new people, I finished stitching up a journal, and I selected a few Mystery Items to bring home. I have a Nebulous Plan. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

London Part 2: Historic Feet

One of the things I got rather obsessed with in the museums was feet. Statues being on plinths, those feet are right at eye level, but what is everyone else looking at? Faces. Well, I did look at the faces, but I took pictures of the feet. You start noticing the successful sculptors of feet, and the less than successful. The really long toes. The sandals that look surprisingly contemporary.The bronze foot guards that probably did not catch on too well with anyone who needed to do a bit of running....

... and then you spy The Toe.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

London Part 1: Iconic London

So we had the opportunity to visit London for a couple weeks in May. Mr. B and I had both been to Great Britain before, but never together. Of course we had a great time, are you kidding? It was London! The May weather was windy and drizzly and pretty much exactly like the Pacific Northwest, so we felt right at home. We stayed in a rented flat in Clapham (Airbnb) and we walked miles and miles. We took a boat to Greenwich and a train to Canterbury. And I finally got to Carnaby Street- a bucket list item since my teenage years, way before lists came in buckets.

We took lots of photos, which I have divided into my own weird categories, and I will share them in a few posts. This first group  is from what I think of as Iconic London.

Next up: Historic Feet

Monday, September 23, 2013

Still Alive. Honest.

Best laid plans, etc etc.
I really do have the best of intentions, and I have a lot- A LOT-  of things to talk about.
  • I went to London! I took pictures!
  • My friend Ryan opened the coolest place in downtown Tacoma called Tinkertopia
  • The 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2 came out this month, and I have two books included. 
  • And I took an online class from Mary Ann Moss (of Dispatch From LA). Sort of. I did most of the class and I do have some things to say about that. And they are good things, Mary Ånn, honest.
But mostly I have been working at the "real" job, which takes hours and hours of my week, and when that happens, some things must go on the back burner, and one of those simmering pots is Le Blog.
Today, while babysitting someone who is taping and mudding our new bathroom walls, I was able to work from home, which cut at least three hours of commute time out of my day, which is wonderful. Also dangerous, because, well, here I am. Making promises to myself to get back into the bloggy thing.

So there you have it:  my blog to-do list made public. Putting my game face on. I'll start with some London eye-candy (as opposed to the actual London Eye which I prefer to View from Afar, thanks anyway), and since I will be at Tinkertopia tomorrow night for a bit of fun, I'll do that next. And here we go. I hope.