Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Leafy Greens

Tah-dah! Foliage test. The "trees" (fern leaves I pierced into tall styrofoam cone things) and bushes still need a little help, but ooh-lah-lah... GREEN! Shot under poor lighting-conditions (only my garage bulb) and without a blue-screen behind the set (am waiting for the cloth's arrival), this piece of the set is nearly-finished. Woo-hoo! Now onto the zoo interior! Yup, the work is never finished.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Gaga Aftermath

The evening was EPIC. This photo (of Alexis) says it all. AND the fact that this evening forced me and le cub to clean the home is a good thing. A very good thing. Check out what our place looked like BEFORE the lil' monsters arrived.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Professor Solomon

Alongside my two animating gal pals, Alexis and Natalie, I will be a teaching assistant for Charles Solomon starting Monday. For those of you not in the know *pssssh* Professor Solomon is an internationally respected historian and critic of animation. *mmm-hmm* He's "besties" with Pete Doctor and some of the other mad-geniuses at Pixar, and that makes him one super cool cat.

Alexis is building the class website, and well, I'll be providing some doodles to spice up the otherwise business-as-usual site. See my interpretation of Professor Solomon going "Oh hey guys!" and ourselves staring back at him intently. *teehee*

Pull My Finger

Bidding on this painting in an online thrift auction. In 3 days and 9 hours, I'll find out whether or not this woman who's pulling her finger will be mine. That's right. I love this painting because she's pulling her finger. (That and the fact that I find the colors and composition of the piece to be beautiful.)

Have a lovely weekend, folks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Feel the Need to Feed

I'm not preggers like Joanna or Madge, but it's nearly that time of the month, and I'm totally feeling the need to feed.

Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes (a new product available at Target) have got the Girl Scouts beat. Trust me. They're amazing. I'm not a junk food fiend by any means, but these cookies... oh my. I literally salivate when I walk towards the cabinet that houses them. Yes, I'm no better than my dog, Beans. Pathetic, really.

Hmm. I should probably go give him a cookie (of the doggy variety) now. The power of empathy.

Pictured: Baby Beans feeding. Doodles to come... I promise.


Bubbles Gaga Outfit DONE. Sunday night is going to be so much fun.

P.S. I'm not a blonde. That's a wig...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We Will Rock You

My very best friend, Pammy, of "Hammy Days" (check out her blog HERE) is fabulous. She names her tiny kick-me yorkies after rap artists (Snoop and Shady), plucks her pits (as apparently Kimberlina does and I did - prior to laser treatment), bakes a mad-delicious rum cake, and ooh, collected stamps and rocks as a child (as did I).

I chat with her almost every single evening about nothing, really, and it makes me so very happy. One of our most recent discussions centered around the topic of ROCKS. OMG. We "heart" rocks. As a child growing up in the Valley (San Fernando, not Silicon), I could often be found throwing rocks onto the pavement in our backyard in hopes of smashing them open only to discover a beautiful geode. I never actually found a geode in my backyard (BOO), but I did manage to convince my kind mother to purchase a few for me from the mall at shops like Natural Wonders and Imaginarium. Children of the 80s, do you know what I'm talking about?

Anyhoo, check out what I found on the web earlier today. Click HERE. Wahahahaha, you can break your own geodes!!!

OMG, OMG, OMG. I am going to be a good girl this year. Perhaps Santa will get me some of THESE.

P.S. No, that's not me. That's some random uber-lucky kid with an uncut geode.

Come and Knock on Our Door

"We'll be waiting for you..."
Gate finished! Now for some foliage...


I've created my own time zone that involves hitting the sheets at 4am in the morning and waking up at 9am. Beans has been operating on this same schedule. Look at him. He's trying so hard to stay awake...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bald and Bold


All my life, I've dreamt of being fuzz-free. As a tween, I admired my mom's hairless arms and legs. Seriously. I BEGGED for Nair. It's not that I'm hairy like a Yeti. But my skin is light... and my hair is dark...

Well, my days as a furry woman are coming to an end. This morning, I went to see a dermatologist. No, I did not go just to get rates for laser hair treatment. I went to see the good doctor about my the recent break-outs on my back. *collective EEW* Don't know if it's stressed-induced, diet-induced or what, but no bride wants to walk down the aisle on her big day in a strapless gown only to reveal a back covered with unwanted spots. Anyhooo, after discussing my back, we discussed my body hair, and then, with the help of totally-rad Dr. Benest, I got rid of some! TMI? Then don't read on!

I'm not a total hair ball. But what little body hair that I do have drives me absolutely insane. I wax my arms monthly, shave my arms and pits daily, and even then, they're still not stubble and bump-free. Taking matters in my own hands, I invested in a totally awesome laser hair removal package. Come August, my body is going to bald and beautiful. Pits, arms, legs, and the area where the sun don't shine...


P.S. My doctor showed me her treated pits. Hahaha. I was shocked as well. But yes, they were totally bald. And beautiful!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Holy Holly!

How lucky am I?


Rebecca (the best wedding planner ever of {Duet} Weddings) and I met up at the rad Culver City studio of Holly Flora today. For those of you whose minds aren't cluttered with wedding blog and magazine content, Holly Flora is more than just your average florist. Owners Holly Vesecky and Rebecca Uchtman are floral sculptors who produce unconventional yet drop-dead-gorgeous floral arrangements that will surely steal the show. (Totally fine with me and le cub as we dislike being at the center of attention!) The girls were fun and thoughtful. We totally clicked, and I could not have had a better time brainstorming possible concepts for le cub and cougar wedding. Am really looking forward to our "sample viewing" two months from now when all the flowers we'll likely be using will be in season. It'll be epic.

Check out Holly Flora's work HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Hmm. Holly Flora even has a Facebook page. I'm think I'm going to go join now.


My favorite 2nd year film shown last year was that of classmate Sijia Luo. Her film, "Kidnap" was created in Flash. Strange and adorable. Watch it here :)

Gentle Giant

My veggie lovin' lion. He could use a puff of hair on his tail and possibly some brows. Test brows in shot below. Enclosure still in the works.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Work Hard and Be Kind

A Coco fan's take on the popular "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters. I want one.

Source: Clay Larsen via my friend Larry's blog.

Rock You

After napping for four hours, I carved rock work out of foam. They're for the lion enclosure :)


My outfit for the Lady Gaga party (click HERE to read more about it) has been decided. Will work towards making it a reality next week.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, Alexis and I stalked Ticketmaster this past Saturday and managed to snag tickets for her August 12th show. WOO-HOO!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nailed It

I have not gotten a manicure in months. My hands and feet are not naturally. In fact, I'm highly-gifted in the cuticle-growth department. Anyhow, as much as I'd love to dash out and have the manipedi ladies save them, my fingers and toes are going to remain ugly (they look like ginseng) until I'm done building my set. EEEW. I miss pretty red nails. But the ones pictured above are pretty groovy as well. SPACE NAILS! Fierce.

Photo by Fiorella

Oh The Places We'll Go

Le cub and I have yet to choose a honeymoon destination. And we're taking suggestions! Santorini, Greece is looking pretty sweet.

Photo taken by Marcel Germain

Feels Good

That hit by Tony! Toni! Tone! croons through my head as I post this image because it just feels so damn good to be working on my film again. (Last quarter was a whirlwind.) My deadline remains May 28th. It's non-negotiable, and there's no friggin' time to waste. I'm on it.

I'm currently working on building the zoo set. I posted photos of the work-in-progress gate a while back. See HERE. And as of tonight, I've got the sign that goes above it! See photo above.

Also being worked on is the enclosure for the vegetarian lion :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hurricane of Fabulousness

Our engagement shoot photos are in. See them on Max Wanger's blog HERE. A "hurricane of fabulousness"! Realizing that the two of us were uncomfortable in front of the camera, Max had us stand at certain marks and would then "disappear." Le cub and I would hear Max or Margaux instructing us to kiss from some spot that we couldn't see, and then the magic would happen. There wasn't a single moment when Max counted down and asked us to smile. This probably explains why all the photos are so candid and voyeuristic. Max was our lil' stalker. Somewhere in our deck of 75 processed photos (we haven't seen them all yet) will be 5 shots for my parents. Shots of us smiling and looking straight into the camera. But le cub and I love the shots taken through the strange crevices that Max found. We also love that all the kissing shots mask my cub's blinking eyes and my flat face. And boy, does Beans look handsome! Those shots were taken right outside our apartment in Burbank :) You'd never guess. Max is just brilliant like that.

Music to My Ears

My friend, Isaac, is a member of indie-rock band, The Lincoln Bedroom. They are frickin' awesome. Isaac is frickin' awesome (he's their guitarist). Info about The Lincoln Bedroom and their most recent release, Broken Record is available HERE. Better yet, relive what I lived on Saturday. (Le cub and I went to see Isaac and the band perform at Molly Malone's.) Click HERE to listen to their live performance.

Though Isaac isn't usually heard on mic (he's not the lead singer), stalker-me found THIS on YouTube. I have such talented friends.

Gaga for Gaga

My better-half (not le cub) in the animation program is an equally (actually more-so) feelingless chica named Alexis Block. Stalk her HERE. Together we are throwing a Lady Gaga-themed party come end-March. Pants optional! Gaga would have it no other way. The Evite lil' Miss Block created for our event is UBER-dope. To quote "The September Issue" critics, it is "a hurricane of fabulousness." Click HERE to see what I'm talking about.

Even the menu is Gaga-inspired!

Alejandro Dip
Little Monsters in a Blanket
The Fame Salad
Poker Face Pizzas

Let's Make a Sandwich Station
Monster Stuffed Turkey
Bad Romance Lasagna Rolls
Money Honey Veggie Dish

So Happy I Could Die Cupcakes
Gaga Cookies

Diet Coke
Star Struck Shirley Temple
Dance in the Dark Cocktail

Yes, this party is going to be epic.

Which Gaga should I be?!? (I kinda' love Bubbles Gaga - photo above.)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


reform furniture. check out their inventory here. so beautiful. so expensive. *sniffle*

rebecca taylor. i love everything you design and wore both a dress and cardigan by you at my engagement shoot. i wish you were my friend.

forage in silverlake. your p belly (p for pork) sandwiches are amazeballs. they make my tummy smile.

sugar paper. le cub and i had save-the-date letterpress cards made, and drumroll, please, they've arrived. curry envelopes. yummeh.

walt disney imagineering. resumes for summer internships due this friday. i haven't wanted anything this bad since le cub. *teehee*

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ice-Cream For One

At the Rose Bowl, le cub and I scored what was labeled as an "Ice-Cream Set" consisting of a table and two chairs for $80. We were so psyched about our adorable "new" (vintage) outdoor seating (what you see is our little patio aka Bean's other crib), so you can only imagine the pain we felt when le cub accidentally dropped a chair, and *gasp* a leg broke off! BOO! Whatever. I plan to super glue the broken leg back on (but will certainly label that chair with a "Please Don't Sit on Me" sign). Until then, the crippled piece of furniture is chill-laxing (chilling out and relaxing) in our garage. Ice-cream for one?


The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market, oh how I love you. Get a load of le cub's vintage mid-century modern desk made of teak! It's handsome, no? A real score for $200. And there's more! (Finds from the flea market, that is, to share.) More photos to come...

Sharks with Frickin' Laserbeams

The Nintendo Wii should totally come up with a game involving the punching of sharks with frickin' laserbeams...

Mouse House

These past two weeks have been such a whirlwind. Enrolled in way too manyourses this quarter and found myself drowning. Luckily, I've got incredible classmates and friends who never stopped championing my projects and pointed me towards the light at the end of the tunnel. Alas, I'm finally out! Kinda, sorta. I've still got a final to take and two projects to turn in, but *whew*, the biggie (my Walt Disney Imagineering project) is over and done with. Here's a recap of all that unfolded last week:

Assigned to a group composed of ten strangers hailing from different disciplines, I, along with my group members, were given the task of pitching an experience design project to actual executives at Walt Disney Imagineering. Our group did not get along at all *oy vey* and yes, tears were shed (not mine). Final presentations took place last Thursday at the WDI office in Glendale. Our group pitched a superhero training facility themed gym that promised to take the work out of workout. There were 6 teams in the running, and get this... WE WON! Completely unexpected, and utterly fantastic. One of the happiest days I've experienced in a long time.

See some of the concept sketches used in our Flash presentation to the executives above. Before and After!

I Will Survive

SO much to share. No time to share it. I'll be back blogging next week :)


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