espresso yourself!

Turns out I take a lot of shots of a lot of shots. Some of these found their way to this new greeting card with more on the way. As I was downloading all the various photos to choose from, I realized that photographing my coffee is one of the ways I espresso myself.Espresso Yourself


Eco-Judaism 2012 Flyer
… even more Ruach Ha’Aretz!

This, an eco-Judaism course, in Pueblo, Colorado. I created this flyer for the class, and am about to embark on a web presence to give it a unique look, while fitting in with the rest of the Ruach Ha’Aretz programs.

wordcamp reboot!

I'm attending WordCamp San Francisco 2011!WordCamp was fabulous! Met great people, learned lots, made good connections – folks who seem as happy to connect with a graphic designer as I am to meet codie-types. Looking forward to developing lots more WordPress sites! Ready to turn the ‘page’ to more exciting functionality, and broader theme-adaptation and development. Great to be able to officially put on that UI cap once again.

So many highlights from WordCamp…  For example, learning that Carlton University uses WordPress, now that’s big! And hearing about the trials and tribulations involved with getting it to happen is encouraging…. it ain’t always easy to convince folks to make these changes! Hearing about that process of development is useful. Frankie Gershwin singing her great-uncle’s Summertime – that was amazing! Watching the bubbly, charming, and super-impressive Matt Mullenweg speak about where WordPress has been and where it’s going, with those very groovy slides; that was awesome! Speaking of awesome slide presentations, Zach Berke’s presentation was totally inspiring, and quite cool – he used Prezi…. must check it out! A great alternative to PowerPoint. Will add more highlights as I go through my notes! So much inspiration! So much enthusiasm! The WordPress community is the best!

san miguel de allende!

Here are a few of my favorite things from San Miguel de Allende… more pictures here!


Bittersweet cafe – a feast for all the senses! … including, but not limited to the chocolate and epsresso. The package design is exquisite, and the chocolate it’s packaging is divine.

georgia on my mind

georgia_border1 Would love to see Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction at the Whitney in NYC. In the meantime, since I’ve been creating lots of decorative borders lately anyway, thought I’d have some fun …. Okay, I really must get back to work!

what really inspires me


ellensdiplomatico Yes, yes, yes, I’m a big fan of espresso….  Diplomatico in Toronto is one of my all time faves…. but there are many cafes than can serve up those delicious velvet, bitter shots and help give a great start to the day.

perfectmacchiatoAbove, from left – Toronto’s Diplomatico, San Anselmo’s Roasters, Sydney, Nova Scotia (don’t remember this fabulous cafe’s name), Sausalito’s Divino (they’re grrrrreat!), and espresso with butter tart in Charlottetown, PEI. And here’s a macchiato from this afternoon – the best.

It’s truly the small things in life….

floral inspiration

This Geogia O’Keefe painting is at the SFMOMA right now. Her vivid flowers, her gentle landscapes, her colors, the vibrancy…

It makes me want to get painting again now! no excuses! (like where to set up the easel, how to not make a mess, where to store the canvases, blah, blah blah)

Also makes me think of taking a trip out to New Mexico – to Abiquiu… drove through there once – so beautiful. Maybe one day I’ll sign up for an art class there…. there’s an idea.

eye on the street

eyeonthestreetOne of the many amazing images that came to life over the weekend, at the San Rafael Italian Street Painting Festival. It’s a privelege to be able to watch these many artists at work. Thank you, and thanks to the City of San Rafael.

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