Fold Out Map for Christmas Ships Project Rough

November 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm | Posted in 2015, animated gif, Art, brochure, Christmas, design, graphic design, Kristin Bell, map, Portland | Leave a comment

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Zoey’s New Bow Tie!

March 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Posted in 2013, bow tie, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Cats, Fashion, Happy, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pink, Portland, Sweet Pickles Designs | Leave a comment

Just got this bow tie for my kitty Zoey from my favorite cat shoppe, Sweet Pickles Design. Check out their new website here: http://www.sweetpicklesdesigns.com/

Pickles is the cat that inspired the creation of the company. What’s even better is that they are based in my own area—Portland, Oregon! Yay for Sweet Pickles!

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Shootings, Shootings Everywhere!

December 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Posted in 2012, Clackamas Town Center, Connecticut, controversial, Crime, crimes, Culture of Violence, Denial, Discrimination, gunman, Guns, insanity, Kristin Bell, Las Vegas, Lunatic, Male, Men, Mental Health, Mental Illness, OR, Oregon, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Portland, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, school, shooting, Shopping, Suicide, Support System, Surviving, USA, Violence | Leave a comment

In the United States in the past week we have been shocked and devastated by public shootings. First in Oregon at Clackamas Town Center, then in Connecticut at an elementary school and then in Las Vegas at a hotel. Most people, myself included, are horrified at the violence. Naturally, we now all seem to be debating about how to prevent these senseless acts. Some people latch onto gun control, some people latch onto our violently oriented culture, and some people latch onto mental illness as an issue. I honestly don’t know that there are any answers or actions that society can make as a whole to prevent things like this happening in the future, but this bit of rant is not about answers exactly. What I want to talk about is what is NOT the answer.

What is NOT the answer is scapegoating any one group of people. From my perspective as a person living with mental illness, I am (of course) sensitive to people ranting about how the mentally ill should be locked up or about how all of the shooters must have been mentally ill. Honestly, we don’t know enough about the situations or people to comment. What I have to say time and time again is that statistics bear out the fact that mentally ill people are generally not violent and are, in fact, more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators of violent crime. People with mental illness are often more of a threat to themselves than to anyone else. Even if all of the shooters turn out to be mentally ill, that does not mean that all people with mental illness are violent. We can note also that all of the shooters were male, but that doesn’t mean that all men are violent and that all men should be locked away from society or have their rights stripped.

It is distressing to me that so often the conversation will turn into attacks on mentally ill people aka “the crazies” and how to keep them away from “the rest of us.” There are literally millions (or more) people living with mental illness who never harm anyone. If someone is violent AND mentally ill, that does not mean they are violent BECAUSE they are mentally ill. They are violent, because they are violent. We should focus our energies on how to make the world a less violent one with people who are less violent, not perpetuate stereotypes and attack other humans who have done nothing wrong.

Some New Pillows!

November 24, 2012 at 2:34 am | Posted in 2012, Angelica Kauffman, Art, art history, artist, arts & crafts, body parts, Cat Break, Cats, craft, creative, cuddle, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, feline, female, feminist, for sale, Fun, funny, gender, Goofy, Grrls/Women, Handmade, Happy, Humor, In Other Words, Kristin Bell, Magic, Mary Moser, pillow, Pillows, plushies, Portland, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

Here are some new pillows I’ve been working on. I’m going to be selling on consignment at In Other Words in Portland, Oregon. I’m pretty excited about it! The first one is Henry Miller Magic cat with red stripes. The second one is Judy the Utie(rus) with minis on the back. The third one is a pillow of Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser having tea.

Henry Miller Magic Cat Pillow

Henry Miller Magic Cat side view

Judy the Utie(rus) pillow

Judy the Utie(rus) backside

Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser Having Tea pillow

Back of Angelica and Mary pillow

 

 

 

New Calculus Fabric Arrived Today!

May 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Art, art journal, arts & crafts, Calculus, Calculus Example, Colorful, craft, design, design your own fabric, disk method, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, Geek, Handmade, Illustrated, integrals, integration, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, math, Mathematics, Portland, prints, quilt, quilting, sewing, sewn, volumes of revolution, washer method | Leave a comment

More Calc2 Fabric

Orange Chevrons with Balloons

I made another Calculus fabric through spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1187406), because I was so excited about my first Calculus fabric. Well, the material arrived in the mail today! How exciting!!! I also got my design of balloons on orange chevrons, but I have to work on perfecting the chevrons and getting it how I like it. So fun to get fabric in the mail! :) Click the photos for a larger view. :)

Two New Kitties (Plus Babies) For Friends

May 16, 2012 at 1:47 am | Posted in Animals, Art, arts & crafts, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Cats, craft, Cute, design, dolls, etsy, fabric, Friends, Goofy, Handmade, Happy, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, plushies, Portland, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

I just finished the pink kitties and I finished the purple kitties a couple of days ago. These kitties are going to some very special friends. :)

Purple Pineapple Kitties for Chille

I attempted to make a cape for the little kitty!

Like me, my friend Brandy M. likes pink and cupcakes!

A construction shot!

First Day of Spring Snow in Vancouver, WA 2012!!!

March 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Posted in 2012, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Snow, Spring, Vancouver, Washington, Weather | Leave a comment

It is snowing!!!

No, this is not how we usually start off our Spring weather!!! lol

It Is SNOWING In Vancouver, WA On March 1st!!!

March 1, 2012 at 3:42 am | Posted in 2012, March 1 SNOW, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Snow, Vancouver, Washington | Leave a comment

Where There’s Snow There’s Ice!

December 21, 2008 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Backyard, Birds, Footprints, Ice, Iceicle, Kristin Bell, Nature, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Portland, Snow, Trees, Vancouver, Washington | Leave a comment

A few more snow pics to share…actually some ice too!

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It seems we can’t ever just get snow. Eventually we end up getting ice and ice rain and it makes a huge mess of things. If people only had to drive in the snow that would be one thing, but the ice is impossible. They actually have to close Continue Reading Where There’s Snow There’s Ice!…

We Have SNOW!!!

December 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm | Posted in Kristin Bell, Nature, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Snow, Trees, Vancouver, WA, Washington, Weather | Leave a comment

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Okay, I know this isn’t exciting to many people, but it is pretty exciting around here when we get snow! We’ve had our first real storm of the Winter here in the Pacific Northwest and even down here in the Portland area Banana Belt, we have gotten almost Continue Reading We Have SNOW!!!…

A New Superstar: ISSA

December 15, 2008 at 10:54 am | Posted in Africa, French, Friends, Hip-Hop, Issa, Kristin Bell, Music, Music Video, Pop, Portland, Senegal, Singing | Leave a comment

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Hey Everybody!

I wanted to let you all know about my friend, Issa. Issa and I worked together in the computer labs at school for years and he is an awesome guy with a lot of ambition and talent. He’s been pursuing his music dreams and is about to hit it big! His music Continue Reading A New Superstar: ISSA…

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November 14, 2008 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Activism, Allies, Bisexual, California, Discrimination, Dyke, Equality, Ethics, Fag, Family, Friends, Gay, GBLT, Hate, Homo, Homophobia, Homosexual, Kristin Bell, Lesbian, March, Marriage, Movement, Oregon, Organizing, Pansexual, Portland, Prop 8, Protest, Protesting, Queer, Rally, Same Sex, Straight, Trannie, US Politics, Vote, Wedding | 1 Comment

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It Is Always Too Soon…

October 31, 2007 at 7:59 am | Posted in Books, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Dies, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pet Care, Pets, Portland, Powell's Bookstore | Leave a comment

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Fup Rest In Peace 1988-2007

It is always too soon when our beloved animals pass. This time it is the much-loved Fup who was the store cat at Powell’s technical bookstore. She was 19 years old and lived Continue Reading It Is Always Too Soon……

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