Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Project

The littlest varmint, has been inspired lately 
to make dogs out of fruits & veggies.

The inspiration came from this book,
which was a gift from a dear friend.

I have to admit, it was fun.
And a welcome break from doing data charts for an 80 page catalog. :-)

Thanks for the book, Hugh!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Me: I had a nightmare.

Him: What was it?

Me: We were at the beach at night, in a big crowd, watching fireworks. 
As the first round came down, it exploded like a bomb on the beach. 
Being so close to the explosion, we were propelled into the darkness. 
When I got up & shook myself off, I couldn't find you, & my phone was broken.

Him: That's a scary dream!

Me: What should we do if that really happens?!?

Him: Meet me at the flagpole.


Sometimes it's more about why you're asking.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mina Update 6/23/09

During a rare moment of precious sunlight,
Mina sweeps her walk.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Things My Dad Taught Me...

Me & Dad, circa 1981?

1) To cap bottles left & right-handed.

2) Never let go of your beer, even when the boat capsizes.

3) That breakfast is the most important meal of the day,
and if you don't wake-up in time to eat your french toast, 
it's ok to wrap it in a napkin & eat it at the bus stop.

4) That the secret to making good french toast is 
poking holes in the bread so the egg soaks in.

5) Save plastic bags & plastic containers.

6) In Manhattan, the street numbers going up means you're going uptown.

7) He taught me that it's important to take time out of your busy weekend to go to Brooklyn & visit Grandma.
(and didn't it make her so happy when we did?)

7-A) How to wrap a gift perfectly using only 3 pieces of tape.

8) The smartest punishment for a very varmental girl is NOT to tell her she's grounded, 
it's to take her DOOR off the hinges.
(what's more important to a teenage girl?! and didn't that door go RIGHT back 
on it's hinges when bro brought a guy-friend home for thanksgiving?!)

9) And finally, the only piece of advice he ever gave my Hubby, which was at our engagement party: 
"Get your HAND off my daughter's ASS."

From Sis:
10) How to bake all the cakes and cookies in the easy bake oven

11) How to do a good days work

12) How to fold a box

13) How to make the best lunches, his tuna salad is 4 star

14) How to be patient
15) That I could be anything I want to be

16) To have a little "Sechel"
Save your money, If you don't put something away now, you'll never have it

From Bro: 17) How to drive--and it almost killed him.

18) How to work 7 days a week.

19) How to butter wet matzoh....not so easy!

20) Pancakes with blueberries.

21) Warned me not to get old or arthritis....too late!
And ditto about the cocktail parties and the indian riding the nickel thing---Mom didn't do those all by herself.

Scotty says:
How to change the oil on a car, fix a flat tire, 
make coffee, and pullin' fence (his daddy was a rancher.)


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Logo Workshop 101

Would anyone be interested in doing a "Make Your Own Logo" Workshop?
It would be right here on my blog.
I've been toying with this idea for awhile...

I'm sure there are alot of people out there 
who have just enough creative juice to come up with 
a great idea for their own logo, but don't know the rules or "logostics".
Through my blog, I would display, advise, & critique your logo ideas,
until you are left with a final logo that you can present to the world.
If anyone is interested, please email me at: faboographics[at]gmail.com,
with the name of the company you would like to design a logo for, and
some background info on the company.
You would need to have some sort of graphics program, or even MS Word, 
in order to save your work for it to be seen & discussed.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Crack Plants...

...another minor obsession.

These used to piss me off when I was trying to get pregnant.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Moody Street Fair...

...in the pouring rain.

an OPV.
[ other people's varmint ]

Random moody (crotchety) tree.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Faboo Banana Fritters

This recipe starts with a few brown bananas. 

Add 1 small varmint.

Peel & slice the 'nanas.
Ask the varmint to sprinkle on some cinnamon... 
They seem to like doing this.

Then some nutmeg...

[  At art school, I heard that nutmeg makes you hallucinate. Is that true? ]

Do some mashing.
Add some whole wheat flour.
[ 1.5 TBS per banana ]

Keep mashing.

Stop when it feels like cookie batter,
and it looks like this:

Spoon some dollops in a hot-oiled frying pan.
[ remove varmint before frying.]

Sizzle until brown on both sides.

Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, & serve.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Cool Winnings

Lookie at what came in the mail!

I won it from Jae at SeaandJae. 
It's hard to tell what it is, until you pick it up in your hand & hold it...

It's ice-cold to the touch, and much heavier than it looks.
It's a solid graphite writing instrument,
It's beautiful,
and I am never letting it go.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Logos from Faboo

I've been designing alotta logos lately...
& I LOVE doing them!
Here are some of my logo "sketch" sheets,
with the final execution at the top of each one.
More about my logo process here.
[ click to zoom ]

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Look at this loveliness, from my friend Norm's blog

I think I met him in 1989. Or 1990.
We lived in the same apartment building on Horatio Street,
in a neighborhood now made famous by "Sex & the City."
Except when we lived there, you were more likely to see
a transvestite hooker on our corner at 9am, than a Samantha Jones.
Or in the same frame: a tranvestite hooker 
side-by-side with a meat-packing guy in a bloody apron.

pic from the flickr page of kathyylchan

The first time I saw Norm, he was blowing bubbles 
in the middle of the street, with a giant bubble wand.
Those were the days!
Though we've fallen in & out of touch over the years,
I've never stopped appreciating his artwork.

You can see much of it here.

Go visit his blog & say hi. Or say "NORM!!!"
Or send him some FREE signs.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Script/Cap E

Found by PH.

MJ: Can we drive to the diner? I want you to hear this song.
Me: Sure.
(proceed to look through every compartment in her car)
Me: OMG!
MJ: What?!
Me: I'll be right back, I have to go shoot this.
MJ: Why?
Me: It's a script cap "E." And it RATTLES.
MJ: Well you better bring it back, it's PH's.

Friday, June 5, 2009

"Hey Mom!"

"Look what I made for you at school!"

"You can eat it if you want to!"

Yum. Can't wait.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Memorial Day Parade 09 Part 2

Back by popular demand...

Betsy Ross.

The Italian Princess.


Two-part caption needed here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Caption Please

[ click pic to zoom in for more detail. ]

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ernie Cards

Remember when I won that faboo giveaway at pleasesir last spring?
It was 500 free bizcards from Uprint!

[ front ]

Then remember back in April, I paid it  forward
by offering my design services,
and Ernie the hard-working sitter-housekeeper won?

[ back ]

Here is the final product.
The beautiful drawing is by the talented Ms. Patricia of PVE Design.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Happy Birthday, Mina!