Friday, July 30, 2010


So here are the photos from our trip to Chicago. We found a couple of works that were featured in Babar's Museum of Art, added to the Chicago Skyline at the Ultimate Lego Architects, found ourselves on the set of Transformers 3, and got to show off our artistic side!

Checking out the latest gossip.

Making new friends.

Searching for great works!

Hmm, who does this remind us of?

From Babar's Museum of Art, its A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte!

The Ultimate Lego Architects! Michael made the house, I made the dog house, and Mike made Barad-dûr. That's right Barad-dûr, you know, in Mordor.

The Bean!
Dinner at the Elephant & Castle.

On the set of Transformers 3, we watched Patrick Dempsey's stunt double jump across a bridge.

At the Milwaukee St. Art Fair, we could add our art to a community mural.

The end of a great trip, ice cream!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hedgehog Madness

I just got back from book club and one of the ladies returned my copy of The Elegance of the Hedgehog. So I will have it for you this weekend Amber. I remember when you were expecting Beans and hedgehogs were the recurring theme. I decided to rustle some up for your viewing pleasure.

Hedgehog in the Fog via


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Scoring an Orla Kiely bag

I am so excited. I first saw this bag on Daily Candy Chicago. They have a discount shopping program called Swirl. They tease what is up and coming on their sales. I picked this bag out and couldn't wait till the sale began. When I logged on the day of the sale, the bags were all already sold. What!! I was so bummed. Then I decided to go to and lo and behold it was on sale even cheaper than at Daily Candy. Hmmmm. It arrived today and it is so pretty. Doing the happy dance.

I spent last weekend downstate and had planned on going to IKEA on my way home to get my next installment of the Expedit bookcases. I have a small car and need to do this in shifts. Well, they were all gone! Apparently this is their busy time with all the college kids decking out their rooms. What ever happened to a couple of milk crates and call it done? Grrrrr

I go back down this weekend so I will try again. Plus I still haven't painted the wall that the bookcases will set on. I've been busy?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Crafty Goodness

Hey Amber, I spent the weekend teaching Miss Thang to crawl better and faster. Hehe. Look out when you get home! I also had time to wander around on the net and found two wonderful sites. The first is by Ana at She figures out plans to build furniture found in Pottery Barn and the like. She drew up some sweet plans for a child's kitchen set. The crafters at built is. Isn't it sweet?

The Crafting Chicks also made some very cool quiet books. Amber, maybe we could actually make one when you come up next week. Check out the cool pictures below.

We will have to modify and make sure there aren't any parts she can swallow. For her first book we can make simple big shapes with different textures. What do you think?? I was also thinking that since we are doing homemade Christmas this year, maybe MII would like to get in on it too. I've been thinking about doing an ABC book using pictures from up north. Maybe MII would like to take the pictures and write the text. We could have it put together by Snapfish or whoever. Do you think he'd be interested? He could do a number, shape or color book if the ABC book is too long.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wants for Sale

So I am babysitting my granddaughter while her mom, Amber and dad are in Chicago with MII for a LEGO weekend. I have to blog during naps :) One of the most curious sites I have come across is called An artist couple paint a picture of what they want and then sell it on line for the exact cost of said item. Here is an example of some of the pictures they have sold.

Cooking Lessons
A bucket of wings

And here is something that is still for sale:

They want $100 to bet on black.

Kinda weird isn't it. The weirdest thing is they have sold a lot of paintings. Check out their site. Maybe there is something you can't live without.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So we are going to Chicago this weekend for the Ultimate Lego World Build and we will be checking out some art that Babar the Elephant enjoys in his personal museum. The above picture courtesy of Laurent De Brunhoff. In case you want to find the other works of art featured in Babar's Museum of Art, I have included a table that lists what current museum these works are featured and the page number in the book the work appears. Because I am a huge dork.






Rubens, Peter Paul

Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourmet,

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

and Their Son Peter Paul


Manet, Édouard

The Balcony

Musée d'Orsay, Paris


da Vinci, Leonardo

Mona Lisa

Musée du Louvre


Sanzio, Rafaello

Saint Michael and The Dragon

Musée du Louvre


van Dyck, Anthony

Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria with Charles,

Buckingham Palace

Prince of Wales, and Princess Mary


Velazquez, Diego

Las Meninas

Musée Picasso of Barcelona


de Goya, Franciso

Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Harvesters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Delacroix, Eugène

Liberty Leading the People

Musée du Louvre


Titian, Tiziano Vecellio

Pastoral Concert

Musée du Louvre



Aristotle with a Bust of Homer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Seurat, Georges

A Sunday on La Grand Jatte

The Art Institute of Chicago



Creation of Adam

Cappella Sistina, Vatican


Cezanne, Paul

The Card Players

Musée du Louvre


Van Gogh, Vincent

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe

Collection Niarchos


van Eyck, Jan

Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife Giovanna Cenami

The National Gallery, London, UK.


Botticelli, Sandro

The birth of Venus

Uffizi, Florence


Rousseau, Henri

The Dream

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Dalí, Salvador

Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach

The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford


Munch, Edvard

The Scream

Munch Museum


Picasso, Pablo

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


René Magritte

The Human Condition

National Gallery of Art, DC



Venus de Milo

Musée du Louvre


Joel Shapiro




Edgar Degas

La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.


Aristide Maillol

Female Figure




Hindu Ganesh



Auguste Rodin

Monument to Balzac

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


John Singer Sargent

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Mary Cassatt

Mother and Child

National Gallery of Art, Chester Dale Collection


James A M Whistler

Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother

M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, SF


Édouard Manet

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, "The Lunch on the Grass"

Musée d'Orsay, Paris



Temple of Dendur

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Jackson Pollock

One: Number 31, 1950

The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Johannes Vermeer

The Girl with the Red Hat

National Gallery of Art, DC


Hey Amber, how come Wrinkly has a new look? Since I may have been the last one posting, I may have accidentally pushed the wrong button. Soooo if you want to go back and fix it, go ahead. Since I have no idea what I did. But it is kinda cute isn't it? The picture is just a funny little "I'm sorry"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Loving Fabric Necklaces

So I saw a very cool fabric necklace in Traverse City a few weeks ago and in true Wrinkly fashion I sketched it out in my handy dandy little notebook of inspirations. That little sucker is chock full of things I will never make. Anyway I have spied a few more examples and I googled a DIY tutorial as well. I'm in love.

Okay, these look like pom-poms but that's still fabric right? I found these at The lacy ribbon one below is also from Imkeklee as well.

Not sure why the picture of the guy popped on too but maybe he is modeling a necklace. Oh well.

I found this tutorial at It's called a T shirt necklace. Not sure if it's called that because it is made out of tee shirt fabric or you're supposed to wear it with a T shirt. Looks kind of busy doesn't it?

This one comes from Love it, love it love it!

This last one is also a DIY of a necklace from Anthropologia. You can find it at

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Christmas in July

Well here I am again procrastinating and look what I found! Yes I know it's July but these little cookies that hang on cups are so darling. The gingerbread houses can be found at and the cookie cutters can be found on I think you could make a summer version with flowers or little sailboats to put on the rim of lemonade or ice tea glasses. Maybe using cookie cutters that I already have and cutting the slit in while they are still warm? I'd have to fiddle with them to make sure they balance. What do you think, aren't these the cutest things?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Great Weekend

My long time friends J and D came up to visit for the weekend. Friday night we ate at The Inn at Bay Harbor's South American Grille. We ate outside on the patio and it was a windy evening. The umbrella on our table blew off and took out three empty tables behind us that had been set with silverware and water glasses. There was broken glass everywhere! Thankfully no one was hurt. It happened so fast that none of us had time to react. We just sat there stunned. only D lost his drink and they brought another glass of wine. Yikes! On Saturday, J and I met M at the Art Fair and did some shopping. I bought the cool painting below and the goofy yard gee-gaw. I try not to make eye with it when I drive in the driveway. It makes me laugh every time.

Hey Amber I'm the first to get feet on the blog. And they're not even mine. J has some rocking OPI polish on that she thinks is called - Who the Shrek are you?

Last night, we ate dinner at the new restaurant in Boyne City called Cafe Sante. We ate out on the porch. No umbrella fiascoes this time. I had the Parisiannene Salad and split a wild mushroom and truffles pizza with J. Dessert was a blueberry custard pie with nutmeg. It was incredible.

D played golf at the Bay Harbor golf course this morning and J and I went to breakfast at the Original Pancake House. I had my usual, a Dutch Baby Treat. So you may be asking yourself do I ever cook? Not unless I have to.

Friday, July 16, 2010


So I haven't posted in a while. I have blogger's block. Insert witty comment here. Tack on pretty picture there. Done. Meh.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Monday


I had a house full of company for the past week. Amber and her family as well as Rachael were in town. We had a wonderful visit and Beans learned to crawl while she was here! Today I have been cleaning up and doing many loads of laundry. I have also been browsing and found some very cool ideas. These adorable wooden birds were designed by Kristian Vedel in the 1950's. Their heads are separate and can be positioned to give the bird different works. Hey Rachael, do you thing Pete would like these?

I have been trying to figure out what kind of bookcases I want in my family room. There is one very long wall and I think I have settled on IKEA Expedit bookcases. I found this amazing site called The bookcases are so interesting. What do you think?


Here is my first installment of Expedit. It's the "kids corner" for the grandkids. I'm going back downstate in a couple of weeks and I'll get a couple more. I can't carry too many at one time in my little Subaru. I'm also going to paint the wall behind the bookcases a chianti red. I'd like to get the wall painted this week before company comes in on Friday.