ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Savvy Crafter/ the winner is!

Amy Wing! Please email me your address, I have a nice big package ready to mail to you! And if any of you erstwhile readers haven't yet had a peek at The Savvy Crafter, why not order a copy right now? There's a handy link in the ragtags sidebar, just scroll down a bit.Here's a photo I took outside of town with Colin's new digital camera. His sister Meghan and our brother-in-law John were here from New Mexico the weekend before last and we went on a photo taking excursion, out toward the "land of muesli". We were more than excited to come upon this rusted steam engine.

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Pasticcio 4 is here!

Pasticcio Quartz 4 is hot off the press! We've upped the ante, with a smashing selection of work from new artists (and a few established faves) stretching the walls of our print gallery, a complementary bookshelf brimming over with self-published and handmade volumes to surprise and delight, and some enigmatic words defined. Guest contributors share suggestions, thoughts, and vision. Take a leap into blog land with Lisa Hoffman, consider the demise of the iconic Polaroid with Wally Bock, and attend a summertime chalk art extravaganza with Corina Gerety. Mary Beth Shaw explains why certain images bear repeating, we have a convo with Lou Robinson - art.and.ghosts, and you can digest it all over a slice of delectable Rose Petal Pie. If you're already a Pasticcio fan, issue 4 is indispensable. And if you've just heard about it, you're in for a delicious visual treat. Its pages are filled with art, quotes, and tidbits from all these fascinating artists and writers, and dozens more:
Ann Baldwin
Ruth Bernhard
Jane Cather
Pat Chapman
Angel D'Amico
Bette Davis
Peter Evanchuck
Tara Fortin
Chris Friend
Jennifer Gordon
Ryan Gosling
Venita Hawkins
Aijung Kim
Kelly King
Robin Krieger
Helene Lacelle
Roy Lichtenstein
Lou McCulloch
Deryn Mentock
Heather Miles
Megan Murphy
Jackie Ormes
Jen Osborn
Elizabeth Owen
Karen Owen
Lori Petty
Angie Platten
Pilar Pollock
Bailey Saliwanchik
Roben-Marie Smith
Emmy Tofa
Sally Turlington
John Updike
E.B. White
Virginia Woolf
Andrew Wyeth
Here's where you will find us:

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bijou Graphique

These are some of my most smashing earrings ever. Like them? Want some? They come from Dawn Estrin's Bijou Graphique on-line boutique, where you can find me right now. . .

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Drawing Saturday

Will do the drawing Saturday, so you can still comment --- in the meantime, here's a section of a passaround journal page I had some fun making up. . . Trying to catch up with things due to people ages ago. Also, the COOOOOOLest glimpses (OHHH yeah, they are) of random people's places are here.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Name this tune, sort of

Haven't had a giveaway for ages. . . the prize this time will be an SF image artist's apron, PLUS a big bunch of mixed-media material - the highest quality, of course.
To be eligible, you must complete one tiny task. Name the book (and its author) where this page opens the chapter which follows it. If you think you know, go ahead and guess. Need a clue? A clever query is "easier than you think".
The deadline will be eh, it's summer, so say sometime next week.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

SF Goodhair

Photobooth after I took an inch or so off my own hair. It was the urge of a moment.

"Almost cut my hair.
It happened just the other day.
It was getting kinda long.
Could have said it was in my way..."

Actually, I did say that.

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Friday, July 04, 2008


Back in the 1960s, there were small fabric dolls on a wire armatures, with fairly large heads but skinny little arms and legs, dressed fashionably, wandering the world. Because of the wire, they were poseable. I think they might have been Japanese. My mum would occasionally bring one home for me. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Anyway, something similar is around now --- Gina dolls. Kawaii!

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Junkshop blues

If you ever run across one of these at a junkshop and ask yourself, "Who would want that?" Go ahead and answer yourself, too, "Sarah would, without a doubt. I better grab it for her!" (Oh, by the way, it's a lipstick holder from the 60's.)

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

sarah goes to lake placid, apparently

Here's a smashingly fun meme from my fab friend Jennifer over at Stiletto Heights (who clearly leads a much glammer life than me):

1: Type in “[your name] needs” in the Google search:
Sarah Needs A Cold Shower, Self-Esteem -
(no comment necessary!)

2: Type in “[your name] looks like” in Google search:
sarah looks like she's confused by the bottle and the cup
(ohhhhh hahahaha)

3: Type in “[your name] does” in Google search:
Sarah does Smile
(not as often as I laugh though)

4: Type in “[your name] hates” in Google search:
Sarah Hates Your Movie
(I do NOT!!!)

5: Type in “[your name] goes to” in Google search:
sarah goes to lake placid...again
(woeshemana, I don't remember the first time!))

6: Type in “[your name] loves” in Google search:
Sarah loves pop culture
(too often true)

7: Type in “[your name] eats” in Google search:
Ex-Sex Slave Sarah Eats Sushi

8: Type in “[your name] has” in Google search:
Sarah Has An Adventure.
(hope it's a good one)

9: Type in “[your name] died” in Google Search:
Sarah dies at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven...
Sarah died of a Heroine Overdose

(well, that doesn't sound good)

10: Type in “[your name] will” in Google search:
Sarah will sort you out
(of course I will!)

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