Sunday, February 28, 2010

Turn That Frown Upside Down

i've been really crabby lately. group work has really been getting to me, and i swear i must've cursed at least half of my 9 group members already with "may the fleas of a thousand camels invade your armpits! and may your arms be too short to scratch." wishing death upon people is too mean. but wishing "itchiness" is okay. i think...

anyhow, just thought i'd share yet another video. this one makes me smile. le cub and i LOVE this song. and every time i hear it, i recall the moments in which he blurts the song out - while driving, while trying to wake me up from a nap... :) you know, i think i'm going to have to put my bridesmaids to use on the big day. these go-go moves are wedding must-haves.

Old Spice

I've been known to use le cub's stick of Old Spice deodorant (often enough that he eventually gave me my own stick). I love the smell, and it goes well with my Silver Mountain Creed (the base of my secret formula). Anyhow, some of my friends know this, and one of them found THIS amazeballs video on YouTube to share with me. WAHAHAHAHA... Your man can smell like this!

Brighter Days

Have been on the hunt for a lamp to accompany the reading chair in our master bedroom, and I've finally found "the one". His name is "Enzo," and he hails from Anthropologie.

Have also been trying to figure out what to do with our guest bedroom. Well, 5-7 days from now, our minimalist IKEA guest bed is going to find itself slathered in delectable cotton jersey. (I've been told shipping takes 5-7 days.) Good-bye, sad white sheet, hello, heathered-gray goodness! I think I'm going to have to sleep in the guest bedroom when the new bedding arrives...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Emily Post Would be Proud

i'm all about snail-mail. made a petite thank-you (full of thumb-print art) for me and le cub's wedding photog, max. i'm sending it out on monday. i hope he likes it!

oh boy!

if i had a son, i'd get him this balloon-powered boat. but i don't have an ankle biter. i have a dog.

really cute crap HERE.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Meet Gus. He's an overworked electrical engineer with a muffin-top. He hasn't been to the gym since college, and the only thing thinning these days is his hair. I designed him for my group's presentation of "BAMM!" a superhero training-facility-themed gym being pitched to Walt Disney Imagineering...


Thank you, Max. I now learn something new every single day! Click HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt...

Le cub and I were photographed by the talented Max Wanger on Monday. We decided to have our engagement photos taken at Travel Town in Griffith Park. Le cub and cougar had no idea what we were going, but we did enjoy pretending we were supermodels while hanging off of ginormous choo-choos. After finishing up at Griffith Park, Max shot Beans. Oh, that didn't come out right. Let's try that again. Max took photos of us with Beans. Yup-yup... our first family portrait.

Pictured: MW's work. That's not me. Nor is that le cub. Just in case you were wondering...

Save Me.

Apologies for being missing-in-action as of late. I've been completely swamped with school projects, and have been barely holding afloat. *gasp* Working on a Flash presentation for WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering). Our group is pitching a superhero training facility themed gym. Don't ask. The incorporation of ten people's ideas without having any sort of hierarchy within the group has been impossible, and quite frankly, if looks could kill, I think more than half of my group members would've already been murdered by me. Above is a still from our splash page. Thoughts?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Feet

A gawwwrgeous, vintage, reupholstered footstool in Kelly Wearstler's Bengal Bazaar. Don't you love the shades of grey and ivory? Beans does. He better. For this footstool, in all its cabriolet brass-leggged glory, will soon be arriving at Casa le cougar and cub. No longer available at Etsy because its ours!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bad Romance

More Valentine's Day card ideas.

Porcupine (let's name him Bert): I love you!
Balloon: What is love? Baby don't hurt me... Don't hurt me... No more...

This is a bad romance.

Eye Love You

For anyone who is still in the market for a Valentine, you can be mine - or Kevin Harman's (my classmate). During class, we came up with a bunch of ideas for Valentine's Day cards, and lo and behold... that geniuses that we are, produced this one. More to come if I find the time to post.

(Sorry for the blurry iPhone image. I painted this for le cub's parents, but framed it before I had a chance to scan it.)

My Funny Valentine

Le cub and I have a tradition of dining at La Paella here in Los Angeles for Valentine's Day. We always order the same thing - the Arròs Négre (cuttlefish, calamari, baby shrimp and mussels cooked with rice and squid’s ink) - and crack up at the sight of the other's teeth. The ink dyes them black!

But this year, we're breaking our lil' tradition because the first day of the Chinese New Year happens to land on the same day! I'm headed for Minnesota in a few hours. While I look forward to meeting up with le cub's family (we've yet to all get-together since our engagement), I'm so NOT looking forward to the cold... BRRRRRRR!

In case I don't get the chance to post from Minnesota, Happy Valentine's Day, cub. See you soon...

Mad Men

And women.

Old people can be way cute. Watch THIS.

Manly cupcakes HERE.

Amazing designs by a Seoul-based Mass Studies HERE.

Pictured: Ann Demeulemeester shop in Seoul. Designed by Mass Studies.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

There's an Elephant in the Room

For the zoo.

Dog Gone It

Because Ethel's dog ultimately gets struck by lightning, I did not want to make him out of clay. I bought faux fur, "craft fur" thinking I could get a Fantastic Mr. Fox effect for the dog character, but no... the scale of the craft fur was too large. That said, I decided to stylize the dog. Why not have him be a mop top mutt (a Hungarian Komondor)?! Taking inspiration from the photo to the left, I began crafting Ethel's canine companion - whom we'll tentatively refer to as "Noodle". I built an armature (skeleton) out of wire, floral tape and foam (the usual line-up) and then covered the body with thin strands of yarn. Noodle's head isn't on yet - I need to form one out of clay. Don't be scared.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Found an old wooden crate (that used to store oranges!) while thrifting in Burbank. Now everything has its own place. Ahh... feels good.

Things Don't Always Need to Make Sense

Isoiso gabagaba maware!
I don't know what it all means, but I don't care.


Improvements to the gate. You likee? Beans likee. Those are his stinky feet.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt

"Too sexy for my shirt... So sexy it hurts!"

Le cub and I are taking our engagement photos two weeks from now with the talented Max Wanger (how lucky are we?!?) and needless to say, we need to look FIERCE. With the help of a pair of John Varvatos jeans and ooh, some Dolce as well as some Gabbana (ooh, how I love to name drop), le cub is going to look dashing. And lil' ol' moi? I'll be the one sprinkled in teeny tiny flowers, courtesy of Rebecca Taylor. The above-photo is not of what I will be wearing (too leggy), but it's awfully close :) Excited...

Mr. Roboto

My totally rad flash drive, Mr. Roboto. With love, from my cousin, Jen!


My brow-less vegetarian lion gets highlights. (His mane is made of foam!)

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Come and Knock On My Door

Trying to construct a gate for my zoo scene. Opted to forgo wired gates (in order to avoid wire-cutting-related injuries). Instead, I've gone for painted cardboard. It took forever to carve out the gate! Still a work-in-progress... Next up, the "ZOO" sign and brick columns...

Beans' Dream

... is my nightmare.

Because I love him so much, this toy, loaded with 16 LOUD squeakers was purchased earlier today. Needless to say, Beans is now a very happy dog.

Friday, February 05, 2010

High Brow Art

Is not for me.
I can't wait to hang this up now that I own a drill.

Eskimo Kiss

Haven't been sleeping due to school projects... unable to fall asleep tonight.

Posting a photo of another piece I found at a thrift shop a while back. It's some sort of gocco or wood-block print of an Inuit dude (le cub!) returning home from a hunt to his Inuit wife (le cougar!). And ooh, is that a dog (Beans!) hangin' back in the igloo?!

Bit random of a purchase? I think not. Back in college, I took an anthropology course, and the text book we used featured a photo of an inuit that strongly resembled ME. I love me some Inuits.

Say It Ain't Sew

Prior to working on my second-year film, I didn't even own a sewing kit. Look at me now. I'm cross-stitching :) Kinda. Sorta.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mmm... Doughnut

Stan's Doughnuts in Westwood makes me happy. This is their Simpson's doughnut. It made my tummy smile.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I Die

A piece of me dies for every second that Ethel and the gang are brought to life. Just thought I'd let you know.

Yes. I am feeling sorry for myself today.
Just one of 'em days.
Tomorrow will be better...


Flashing is Fun II

My flash midterm project, titled "Buffet", can be viewed HERE. I fully intend to fix the audio over this weekend. I was working with a single sound effect (golf swing)... Looking forward to editing in some good slicing, meowing and munching clips. Some Hall and Oates would be lovely too.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Film is Not Dead

At the request of my mother, and for the viewing pleasure of all friends and family in Taiwan who won't be making our wedding, le cub and I have hired a videographer. The amazing Joel "Dreamy" Serrato will be documenting the whole shebang. He shoots on Super 8 film with vintage cameras! Take a look at his work HERE. Yum. And his blog? HERE.

Pictured: Neat-o photo by photographer Joshua Scott

I Shoot Things For a Living

Animation for "Til Death Do Us Part" has officially begun. I'm so tired. I die.


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