Thursday, July 31, 2008

Frank turned to silver!!?!

I just realized yesterday I have 2 micro frogs at my place! What Dat sent me this tiny silver frog a few months ago that is almost the same size as Frank the frog!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Scrap fabric bag

Many thanks to Holly for sending me some Hable fabric that I was goo-goo-gah-gah-ing over and to Jennifer W. for giving me the grey fabric a while back! Using some supplies I already had around the studio and these leftover fabric pieces I was able to make this tote using a pattern I found on

Scrap fabric bag

It matches perfectly with the colors in my office!
Scrap fabric bag
Hip, hip, hooray for Holly, Hable, Jen, Martha & her staff. :D

Monday, July 28, 2008

ready for his close-up...

When I went to remove the planter from the cardboard I had it draining on , I saw Frank! At first I thought it was leaf. A hopping leaf. Luckily he hopped on to a skinny piece of cardboard and I was able to pick him up easily and plop him back into the pot. He quickly dove back into his home sweet hole.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


The mushrooms shriveled up and died but now I see that a teeny tiny frog lives in the pot!!! After we turn the lights on he hops back into his hole so it is hard to get a good picture. I will try again tomorrow. It is a bit surreal! I am waiting for a pink bunny to pop out of the pot as well now.

Friday, July 25, 2008

*rubs eyes in disbelief*

Fickey the ficus tree has sprouted mushrooms overnight! Should I be concerned? Am I supposed to rip them out? Did I start killing my poor little tree already?

update: after some un-extensive googling I found out that this does happen to ficus trees and it is probably because I over-watered it. [insert tree-killer sad face here]

Mommy, where do Timmies go when they are adopted?

If anyone is curious, here is the partial list. Many Timmies are given away as gifts so they may have ended up in a different part of the world than the USPS stork has delivered them to.

Los Angeles,California
Park Slope,Brooklyn
Mesilla Park, New Mexico
Bedford, Texas
San Diego,California
Hastings on the Hudson,NY
New York,NY
Basking Ridge, NJ (#30)
Red Hook,Brooklyn (#31)
Winnepeg,Manitoba (#32)
Sunnyvale,CA (#33)
New York,NY (#34)
Santa Ana,CA (#35)
Perth,Western Australia (#36)
Occupied Shoppe- Vancouver,British Columbia (#37-41)
Los Angeles,CA (#42)
Melrose, MA (#43)
New York,NY (#44)
New York,NY (#45)
Homestead, Florida (#46)
Bow, London (#47)
West Hollywood, CA (#48)
Brooklyn, NY/renegade craft fair(#49-56)
Chicago, IL/adopted in NY (#51)
Sachse, TX (#57)
Gilbert, AZ -> Charlotte, NC (#58)
Norfolk,VA (#59)
Allston, MA (#60)
Seattle,WA (#61)
Dearborn, MI (#62)
Austin, TX (#63)
Chicago,IL (#64)
Singapore (#65)
Birmingham, AL (#66)
Sevilla,Spain (#67)
Occupied Shoppe- Vancouver,British Columbia (#68-71)
Baltimore,Maryland (#72)
Temple Quay, Bristol (#73)
Boston Bazaar Bizarre (#74-79)
Brooklyn, NY (#80)
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (#81)
Boulder, CO (#82)
Occupied Shoppe- Vancouver,British Columbia (#83-86)
Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania (#87)
Burlingame, CA (#88)
Schmancy Toys- Seattle,WA (#89-96)
Quebec, Canada (#97)
Burlingame, CA (#98)
San Francisco, CA (#99)
Burlingame, CA (#100)
Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn(#101,102,103,105,106)
Kendrick, Idaho (#104)
Wenonah, NJ (#107)
Memphis,TN (108)
Philadelphia,PA (109)
Boston, MA (#110,111,112,113)
Boca Raton, FL (114,115)
Madison, WI (116)
San Francisco, CA (117)
Occupied Shoppe- Vancouver,BC (#118-122)
San Jose, CA (#123)
Spring Hill, Tennessee (#125)
Boston Bazaar Bizarre (#126,127)
Boston, MA (#128)
Auckland, New Zealand (#129)
Tokyo, Japan (#130)
Tucson, AZ (#131)
Wimbledon, London (#132)
Wenonah, NJ (#133)
Sandy, Bedfordshire UK (#134)
Bethlehem, PA (#135)
Burlingame, CA (#136, #137)
Plano, TX (#138)
London, England (#139)
Anaheim, CA (#140)
Burlingame, CA (#141,142,143)
Ottawa, Ontario (#144)
Burlingame, CA (#145)
Boca Raton, Florida (#146)
Lexington, MA (#147)
London, England (#148)
Anaheim, CA (#149 , #150)
St. Mary's, Ontario (#151)
St. Mary's, Ontario (#152)
Ottawa,Ontario (#153)
Burlingame, CA (#154)
Ottawa, Ontario (#155)
Toronto, Ontario (#156)
Burlingame, CA (#157)
Boston, MA (#158)
Sankt Ingbert, Saarland, Germany (#159)
Burlingame, CA (#160)
Singapore (#161)
Swindon, Wiltshire , UK (#162)
Towson, MD (#163)
Arlington,VA (#164)
Noda, Chiba, Japan (#165)
Arlington, Texas (#166)
Minneapolis, MN (#167)
Minneapolis, MN (#168)
Greenwich, CT (#169)
Vancouver, BC (#170)
Boston, MA (#171)
St. Marys, Ontario (#172)
Iowa City, IA (#173)
St. Marys, Ontario (#174)
Windsor, Victoria, Australia(#175)
Adelaide, South Australia (#176)
Torrance, CA (#177)
Madison, WI (#178)
Boston, MA (#179)
Setubal, Portugal (#180)
St. Marys, Ontario (#181)
Providence, RI (#182)
Boston, MA (#183)
Ambler, PA (#184)
Available #185
Brooklyn, NY (#186)
Düsseldorf, Germany (#187)
Boston, MA (#188)
Albuquerque, NM (#189)
Brighton, Sussex, UK (#190)

Timmie breakdancing

My first stop motion test. Needs some audio...
Expand it to see it a little bit easier.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Some more red & white polka-dot action

Saw this mug at

mini mushrooms make my heart go pitter patter

I don't collect small (miniature) decorative things usually but this collection of mushroom themed stuffed from Re-Ment is very tempting.

Images from the Re-Ment site.

How awesome is this kitchen set?!

I wouldn't mind having a life-size mushroom shelf like this!

I feel like I've seen a lot of these designs as life-size Decole products.
Ahhh...♥ ♥ ♥ Decole ♥ ♥ ♥

P.S. You can check out more mushroom themed items in the flickr group mushroom mania.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Illustration Friday- "Enough!"

Dearest Cosmo Mag,

I've had enough of your guides to being a skanky ho. Please stop sending me these "free" issues.

Thanks a bunch,

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My new friend Fickey (Fī-kē)

Full name: Ficus Benjamina

My first Ikea Brooklyn purchase~very exciting! I've been wanting a tree for the longest time. It was only $19.99. Yay, Ikea, you never disappoint me! Sal and I used to have to pay $18 in tolls just to get to the Elizabeth, NJ Ikea, so I am a happy camper to have one close by now. We missed the .99 cent breakfast by 2 minutes, we wanted to cry a bit, but we pulled ourselves together and went downstairs to get some cinnamon buns and coffee, and sat at a table with a fantastic view of the Statue of Liberty. With the free coffee refill it was definitely the best 2 bucks I've spent all week!

Is it legal to marry a chain store?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Inspire Me Giveaway on Decor8

Enter to win a free inspiration pack full of awesome goodies on decor8! I donated a whole bunch of my stationery, mostly notepads and some cards. So if you are looking for some *free*, impeccably color-coordinated scraps of paper and fabric this is for you! Did I mention it was *free* and *awesome* :D

I wouldn't mind some of that bead Hable Construction fabric that I've been drooling over for years!

: drools on keyboard a bit:

Totoro Forest Project

I was invited to participate in The Totoro Forest Project. A charity event to help preserve Sayama Forest, also known as Totoro Forest. Artwork from over 200 international artists will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to the foundation started by Hayao Miyazaki.

I happily accepted this invitation.

I introduce to you- Leif Skoggins and his tree friend from the Northern woods.

This is his story, written with my bf Sal Cipriano:

Leif Skoggins was born a little different from the rest of the Skoggins of the Great Forest of the South. His features were a little bigger, more exaggerated. As he grew amongst the rest of the Skoggin toddlers, he just became bigger and bigger. Soon he was bigger than most of the adult members of the Skoggins, despite still being a youngster. The other Skoggin kids soon took to regularly belittling the giant Leif, who was now the size of the trees! One day he could not take it anymore, and packing his side satchel, he took off for the deeper, more remote, Northern Woods. A section of the forest where even the bravest of creatures would dare not roam. That suited Leif just fine, as he wanted to be alone forever more. However, the woods did not want to take part in this and the creepy old trees began to try to scare the Skoggin off. And Leif was indeed scared, but he also did not want to go back home where he would be ridiculed. So he began to cry, sobbing about all his woes. The old trees, unaccustomed to this reaction, began to feel bad, and offered Leif a leaf of their own. The Skoggin graciously accepted their offer and blew his nose. Afterwards Leif and the trees told each other stories and shared hot cocoa with marshmallows and toast with some maple butter.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest the older Skoggins were out trying to find their precious young Leif, but were forced to stop when suddenly the trees around them began falling violently. They were being chopped down by mysterious metallic monsters! The Skoggins, lifelong protectors of this forest, were helpless against these relentless monsters, and retreated underground to cry about their failures. The trees screamed in agony in a language only heard by the pure forest creatures and the wails carried all the way to the Northern Woods where Leif had been slumbering. Upon waking up, his new friends, the old trees, were crying for their fallen cousins to the south. Leif promised to help them, and in making a few giant leaps was back home in minutes. The metallic monsters stopped in their tracks at the sight of the giant Leif. The Skoggin gave out what appeared to be a single yelp of anger, but it shook out fleshy two legged creatures from the monsters! Leif ran off these scared new creatures, and the monsters became lifeless in their wake. The Southern trees gave Leif a special giant leaf to place in his hat in appreciation for what he had done. The Skoggins came out of their underground homes, and were so happy for Leif they threw a party right there and then! Even the children were impressed and dropped their name calling, except that some called him the true protector of their forest. This pleased Leif just fine, and he smiled.

Visit for more info on the project and to see some of the amazing work that will be auctioned off on September 6th, 2008 at Pixar Studios in California.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Timmie 162 modeling a brooch

Timmie 162 modeling a brooch, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Thanks to everyone who participated in my July update! I hope all the adoptive parents will love their new Timmies!

The Timmie above is off to Germany! I'm a bit jealous~ I want to go too!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

update action plan

It is 2:30 a.m. and I just finished editing all the pictures for the update. Here is what I will be adding to the shop:

1. 1 big pillow and 2 baby pillows with the happy bears fabric.
2. 8 Timmies wearing hats 
3. 1 Timmie with a toupee.
4. 1 au naturale Timmie
5. 4 Timmie hats on their own
6. 3-5 fabric brooches (something new)
7. one mini address book
8. maybe some more paper goods if I have time to photograph them...

ok, see you later.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

a satisfied customer

a satisfied customer, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

bread makes me happy

bread love, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

& fluffy, but I still love it!

This Saturday~

, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

10 Timmies, 3 pillows with happy bears pattern and some notebooks.

morning routine: failed attempt at iced coffee

you can check out more morning routine photos in the flickr pool.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

blueberry breakfast

blueberry breakfast, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Friday, July 04, 2008

A surprise gift!

A surprise gift of sushi arrived in the mail. Fuzzy Bunny seems to be getting along very well with his new "friend".

Don't worry Meeka your little sushi creation is safe here. I don't eat seafood. :D

So stinkin' cute!!!

seen on cute overload 

These pictures make me want to kiss my screen!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

homemade hangtags

homemade hangtags, originally uploaded by m patrizio.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

i like

Some tops from forever21

I like the graphicness of this one & the grey and yellow mix. Is it spelled GREY OR GRAY? Someone enlighten me.

This one makes me nostalgic about my italian grandma's wardrobe. I think I should get this cause I'm starting to look like an Italian grandma anyway, so I might as well go all the way with the look.