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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Paper Whimsy November Musings

I was honored to be asked by Gale Blair, the beautiful and talented proprietor of Paper Whimsy, to be the featured artist for Musings, her monthly newsletter. Musings is filled with, well, musings, for one thing, but also fascinating projects, colorful inspiration, and info galore. Events conspired, and I couldn't do it for several months, but finally made it just under the wire for the November issue.
My contribution for this issue includes glimpses of a book project, an interview, and even a recipe for something tantalizingly mouth watering and New Mexican! If you aren't already a subscriber to Musings, email Gail at info@paperwhimsy.com IMMEDIATELY, and I bet she will still send you the November newsletter. If you click on the Musings link here, you can still read all the archived issues. Nice.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack the vote, ya'll. . .

Corina, exercising her right - and privilege - to vote.
Good way to pass the time waiting to hear a candidate speak!

A girl who understands the power of art.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"More sustaining than meat"

I am watching for a copy of Helfand's book Scrapbook on sale - saw it at someone's house and found myself wanting to spend much more time in its perusal.
Speaking of books, finally, after odd roadblocks, got New Moon, and can't put it down.
Though I find Bella's whines irritate me no end. . .

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I'm a little Pepper Pot

Friday, October 24, 2008

YOU are invited!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Keats beat

Sour Apple spray paint was added along the edges to
texturize my card for a 4 x 6 Goth swap run by Gillian Allen

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Okay, ya wanna see some Absolut Shrine?
DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200, JUST GO HERE.Front of Shrine by Rosa Murillo

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One more thing

(We need to take a new pic or two now that you're all grown up!)

Okay, the sign on the furniture.
This is my grandson Sebastian.
A few years ago (he is obviously a grown-up of six solemn years, now) many of us were in Albuquerque at my MIL's (Peggy's) for a party. She had someone help her to print out these signs, put them in frames and set them all around the living room. 'Drink' was actually meant symbolically to be anything taken by mouth.

He who puts
drink on
Chief Peggy's
many moons

But the thing is, no matter how hard she tried to control what was going on, with dozens of kids, and oblivious adults, someone was gonna break the rules. Especially someone who clearly couldn't read.

Three Cups of Tea

Okay, looks like the make-your-own-planner idea is the most pop. I'll let you all know when I figure out MY scheme, will hold off on the drawing until the new Pasticcio - the BIG HOLIDAY ish (sneak peek below. . .) - is out - it's finished and ready to proof, then print, so keep checking back!
Have to read, finish Three Cups of Tea (no I'm not drinking them!) - quick - Book Club's coming up ---In the meantime find me over here, at least in spirit!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Never a cover charge ---

The other day we were caught taking cover from a hard afternoon downpour in Denver at Steuben's, drinking doctored hot chocolate, trying to warm up. The hostess was sweet - she let me abscond with a menu. It's a replica of an illustration created for the original restaurant - couldn't fit the entire image on my scanner. Steuben's was a famous Boston restaurant, nightclub, and hotspot in the 1940's. Located on Boylston Street, The Vienna Room, The Cave, and The Blue Room were each part of Steuben's, which hosted big bands, jazz bands, swing bands, and The Rat Pack. In its prime, Steuben's was the center of the Boston dining and nightlife scene.