sacred ET

since rewatching ET in powderhorn park a few weeks ago, i've had this idea brewing in my head. the glowing heart scene reminded me of no one other than jesus himself! tonight after drawing some doodles for my roommates i decided to flesh this idea out until the bitter end. not bad for watercoloring with 99 cent roseart watercolors.


DIY - Sewing Jar

DIY - sewing jar

here's what you'll need:
  • a jar with lid
  • some stuffing
  • fabric larger than the size of the lid
  • glue (hot glue, super glue, liquid nails)


haus ideas


a pallet-top kitchen table with bike wheels on the bottom and maybe add some plywood between on the axels to store pots and pans.

{ via 1 & 2 }



cunt 2 view 1

cunt 2 view 2

these have been on the back of my mind... the sculptures, i mean. i'm in the ever-slow process of building my new bike (dubbed bicyclit) and i figured that a cunt would be the perfect figurehead to my trek frame. i made the top one at 4am during a productive all-nighter. a few hours later i went downstairs to bake it and then to make tatertots for breakfast. i forgot to check on it and i melted it! so then i proceeded to make another... and here is the final product.

cunt 1 view 2

cunt 1 view 1


DIY resources,

because i don't run enough blogs: 1 2 3 4 5 already i've started one more for my love DIY. it's a resource hub for tutorials, e-books, articles on everything DIY. from gardening, to crafting and sewing, building, welding, etc!

... and if you want to submit or be a contributor let me know!


from dress to vest!

before deconstruction

i bought this dress at savers a while back, but it's obviously pretty big and bulky. however, i couldn't turn it down due to the awesome floral pattern and the amazing handpainted ceramic buttons...

button details

what was i going to make from the dress? i knew immediately, a nice tiny vest and maybe a matching skirt from the excess fabric. here's an in-progres shot


and the final product! i used one of my favorite buttons (pictured above) to be the clincher of the vest.


after debating for a while i decided that a matching skirt would be over kill... and there was so much of the fabric! the idea then sparked to make curtains. the best part is that the curtain that's on the door has a ginormous pocket on it for secret treasures.




in minneapolis we do mayday right... weather be damned. today i froze my ass off waiting and watching the hotb mayday parade. then i went home, changed my clothes, made some coffee and headed back out to perderhern (powderhorn) park to freeze my ass off some more and watch the ceremony. while i was hoping for sunshine and nice enough weather to wear a pretty dress, i still managed to have a good time. and now i can say that there ain't no mayday like a minneapolis mayday cause a minneapolis mayday don't stop (for snow flurries).

i've also started a new tradition of making some personal resolutions during mayday. i gave my self 9 easy goals to accomplish by fall, including restarting my failed 365 project.

later, inspired by a friends twitter i drew up a little something, something tonight after spending the night-in in order to warm-up...

preserving dissent

not sure what i want to do with it yet (maybe a linocut, patches?) or if i'll do anything with it at all, but it was nice to sit and doodle something for 20 minutes.


a is for

a is for anarchism

LOOK MA - i finished a cross-stitch! the orginal came from a book of samplers, but i tweaked it a tad bit. when i fucked up and added extra height to the top-bit, i added a quote

"anarchism is the great liberator from the phantoms that have held him captive"
- emma goldman
not too shabby.


this is how you clean a house

my 90s playlist for cleaning HAUS. now off to punkrock bowling to redeem myself.


craft goals.

a girl needs goals:
  • finish A is for... sampler
  • make patches
  • finish building my bicyclit
  • 1-2 watercolors 
  • clean craftspace

ready, set, go.


WIP wednesday

look at all the progress i've made since monday.
this photo was taken an hour or two ago,
and i'm even farther now!



monday, methlab monday

today i had: a cup of iced coffee at work,
came home and had a vault,
then made a pot of kona coffee,
went to a meeting completely pressed,
and afterwards had another vault.

midway through all this madness i came up with and started a new cross-stitch pattern!
i've almost finished the first line (3 letters to go!) and then there's probably a million stitches left.
hopefully i can keep plugging away and won't lose steam like i did on my last 3 projects.

there's gonna have to be a lot more caffeine in my future either way! onward christian soldiers!


tilt: femton

i love today! not because it was st patricks day, but because of all the awesomeness that was flowing my way. at work during my 6 hour shift i received from my coworkers:
  • a holga camera with instant back
  • 1lb of 100% kona coffee
  • advice on sewing my vest

i came  home took the dog on a walk and then got a burrito for dinner (in true st patty's day fashion, but HEY! i did drink a green soda). i then biked to the grease rag where my friend luci passed down her trekmobile to me and a racing hat! she's been selling hats & crafts in order to help pay for her dog GIZMOBOT's medication. if you're in mpls and want some sweet swag to help out a great cause, holla at me! and then i went and saw my coworkers band Shaking Babies play at CAUSE before coming home and crawling into bed.

new bike!

StellaStar Trekmobile!

and today was payday which means i'll be rolling on stellastar in no time flat. hope your day was splendid too!


what's in my bag?

i recently bought a new mini-messenger bag to store Lenny in while i'm biking around the town. i needed something waterproof and protective. i usually put this bag in whatever bag i'm using that day because this one isn't big enough to carry my bike lock, planner, and the free-produce i pick up at work.

what's in my bag?

what craft bag isn't complete without a feminist patch?

what's in my bag?

what's in my bag?

what's in my bag

1 notebook
1 crackberry
some embroidery floss
a seamripper
spare change
mail to be sent (netflix, postcards, and letters)
3 pens
a camera lens cover (not picture camera)
3 credit cards, an ID, and a saver's punchcard
4 pizza luce guitar picks (for free pizza & beer)
a stamp
a few watercolors and some valentines

what's in my bag?

what's in my bag?

what's in my bag?

ta-da! i swear, i'll be sending that mail out shortly!


let them eat kale

"Let Them Eat Kale"
8x10, linocut

first edition of 5.

the finished project. queen elizabeth/marie antoinette mashup. something simple to ease back into the game. now i just need to find a cheaper way to procure linoleum. (p.s. don't mind the awkward scan)



i woke up this morning feeling slightly disgruntled at all the International Women's Day well-wishing occurring over my dashboard. i was upset that instead of large rallies and marches there was just online recognition and articles by white-socialist-men-who-just-don't-get-it spamming my social networking sites.

after i while i headed out and went to Peace Coffee for a pourover and some time to read CUNT. i ate chili, drank coffee, read, and listened to the tunes of Coco Rosie & Dark Dark Dark. after a couple of hours i decided to leave and stop by saver's on my way home. i ran into my friend Hallie as she was loading up her newly thrifted couch and then went inside to wander.

at this point of the day, i decided that i was going to celebrate IWD afterall. i headed towards the tapes section and was set on getting a cassette or two of music by women. and i picked up these:

after that i wandered over to the grab bag section looking for a purpletagged (50% off) score. in the office supplies i managed to find a bag of cards and postcards ... ALL FEMALE / FEMINIST BASED! at least 150 of them for 1.50$

sojourner truth postcard

and i finally found a pair of pants in my size and black for relatively cheap... unfortunately they were made by MILEY CYRUS. well not by her specifically, but more likely the women of vietnam (đoàn kết sisters!)

i spent the rest of the night at a meeting with some pretty radical women and then hanging out with everyone at an IWD show.

so if anyone wants a belated IWD card,
shoot me an e-mail at collateralxdamage (at) gmail (d0t) com.



finally bought a new set of carving tools so i was able to fix the outer part of the kale leaves. this is a scan of the woodblock. hoping to test print tomorrow when i have more energy!


365 photo project

today after a hyper-caffeinated day at work, i took advantage of the beautiful weather and finally went to bought an SD card for Lenny... And so begins my 365 day adventure! i will take a photo a day for the next year in order to learn more about my Olympus Pen and all it's wonderful functions. you can follow along here or i might post a recap here on the blog once a week.

... and to make life more exciting, my coworker has offered to handover a bunch of 669 polaroid film he found at his place. we're also negotiating him selling me his holga and instant back once the next pay period rolls around, i love working at my co-op.


TILT fjorton

{ source }

this photo makes me ache for summer! 4AM bike rides to st paul and back. staying up 'til 6AM and then sleeping through the heat of the day. late night walks around the park with tillymonster and backyard BBQs. ROOTBEER. color me over winter; two more months until spring!


if all goes according to schedule, my olympus PEN should be arriving in the mail tomorrow. it's my day off so i'll be camping out on the front door until the UPS driver comes. and it's about damn time, i ordered it back in November through pictureline and it was back ordered. silly me wanted the pretty white/tan combo! i waited until last month before finally canceling my order with them (i even knew the phone person by first name!). i then ordered it through amazon, and bam! i got an e-mail saying it was back ordered for 10-14 days. UGH! i just wanted my pretty camera.

fast forward to Tuesday and while at solidarity rally for Wisconsin, i got an e-mail on my phone saying it was going to be shipped! just in time because earlier in the day i had considered canceling my order, but didn't have time.

hopefully tomorrow will kick off my 365 photo challenge, HURRAH!


Tattoo I Love Thursday

a friend posted this on tumbla and i couldn't help but LOLOLOLOL. 
pretty sure this is the greatest tattoo ever.


instant gratification

an impromptu hangout sesh turned into LETS GO TO SAVERS AND THEN GO TO TARGET FOR DISCOUNTED VALENTINES CANDY. at savers i found this cute little box in the camera section.

i opened it and find that not only is it a camera, but 2 rolls of unopened film! i toted it around the store until we were ready to head out. we then ran to target where i spent 8$ on toy story and other valentine cards, and only one box of candy! i thought of purchasing batteries for the camera, but didn't want to spend a lot on a large pack that was near the checkout. i figured i would just have to wait and then buy a pack tomorrow at the dollar store.

once we got pack to the dollhaus, i opened the box and started examining the camera. it still had film & batteries in it! i started to snap a few photos and low & behold, it worked. i can't wait to play around with it more in the day time. the funny thing is, i always thought these cameras were stupid when you could buy them in the stores, but for six dollars i couldn't be more excited.

WIP wednesday

test print for LET THEM EAT KALE.



on Saturday, I volunteered to help with the annual Women's Prison Book Project pancake breakfast. unfortunately, there was no second rush and we ended up with a lot of excess batter. since i hate wasting food i offered to take as much as i could which resulted in me bringing home ONE GALLON OF PANCAKE BATTER. my roommates helped me cake-i-fye the mixture since i seem to be no good at cooking them. towards the end holly started making weird shapes like unicorns, and uteri, and minnesota. and now our freezer holds a gigantic pile of pancakes to be eaten at will. hallelujah.


hallowed bean thy name

another methlab monday printmaking mini-project. again - dedicated to coffee, but this time to the heavenly bean.

turns into..

definitely going to make bean-themed patches from these. i made a few on flowered patterned fabric. in the next few days i'm going to hit up a few coffeeshops and try to get my hands on some some burlap coffee sacks to cut up and print these and the coffee cups on.