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Link Roundup!

Sorry for the absence. I’ve been busy or lazy or whatever. Honestly, you can blame it on this cake I tried to make and couldn’t quite pin down. I had a post all written for it, but then when I tried it, it was dried out and kind of awful. So I made it again and it was too damp. Having tried twice, I figured the only reasonable path would be to kind of just give up at everything.

Here are a few sites I’ve discovered since my last post (you know, to make up for all that).

Old people writing on a restaurant’s Facebook page
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a bunch of old people posting things on the Facebook pages of restaurants. If you don’t already think it’s funny, don’t bother clicking the link.

Busty Girl comics
Some of you, surely, are girls. And of those, some of you, surely, have big boobs. These comics probably depict your life. They certainly do mine.

Letters of Note
This blog is just a bunch of correspondence between famous people or about famous events, mostly. For instance, it recently featured a letter from a young Mick Jagger to his aunt, talking about having reunited with his childhood friend, Keith Richards, and how they have started a band. It is totally my favorite blog these days. Be sure and check out it’s sister blog, Lists of Note.

The same guy that does Letters and Lists of Note runs this page, but it’s a bit different, so I’ll give it a separate mention. This one has letterhead from famous people. It’s a great place to find inspiration for designs.

The Twitter feed of Tween Hobo
She’s a tween! She’s a hobo! She’s on Twitter!

Ta da! Now you won’t have to do your real work for a few more hours. You’re welcome. :)

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Arty Party: Kristin Marine

It seems as though we have all been busy little foxes this week. SophistiKatie has been moving her belongings into a new home. I have been keeping up with my daughter while my husband is in Canada for a boys’ weekend with some of his oldest friends. Jamie has been so busy that you readers haven’t even gotten to meet her yet. But trust me, you’ll like her.

I have a few artists in mind that I would like to share with you in future Arty Parties but, honestly, after my Little Everything went to bed tonight, I just don’t have the energy to research anyone and synthesize it all into blog format. Instead, I’ll tell you about someone I know. What could be easier than saying good things about a friend, after all?

Her name is Kristin Marine and, I’ll tell you, she’s amazing. But don’t let the fact that I think she’s hilarious and pretty take away from my praise of her work. If I didn’t know her at all, I’d still want to line my walls with her art.

Her latest work has really got me excited. It’s fresh and dynamic and alive. The imagery, like her chosen palette, is bold and interesting. She maintains a playfulness and imaginative quality in her work without resorting to drips and splatters. Everything is carefully balanced and meticulously crafted, which shows off her interest and aptitude in graphic design.

If her work itself weren’t enough, she is an exceptional teacher. In fact, we met because I took one of her design courses at the local community college. Before I got to learn everything I wanted to from her, she moved to Utah. Supid, stupid Utah.* Occasionally, a few of us from that class will get together and bemoan her leaving. I’m not even joking. She was that good. It’s so rare that you find a teacher that will actually tell you if you’re making junk but somehow leave you feeling not hurt, but rather empowered to make something better. I can’t tell you how many times I brought her my work and she would say, “I hate this!” and I would leave her desk with a huge smile, ready to make something she could not hate.

She also does custom pet portraits, but not ugly ones like you probably think when you think of pet portraits. These are not paintings for ladies who wear vests with cats embroidered on them. In fact, owning one might make you look hip.

I could go on, but perhaps you should just go look for yourself. Be sure and click around so you see all of her stuff. And maybe, if you like it, you should buy a piece for me. You know, like a finder’s fee.

*I don’t actually know anything about Utah. It might not be stupid.

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