A Package from Tam Tam the Sandwichman & the Magical Sugar Cookies

Package Contents

Nothing makes me smile quite like fresh post. I got this package from my friends in Tam Tam the Sandwichman & the Magical Sugar cookies. I love this band for the sweethearts in it, the killer bass lines, guitar licks, snappy drums, overall garage-y sound. And now that I’ve gotten my copy of the First Supper in the mail I can say I love their attention to detail, and graphics, too. Look at it!

Tam Tam Godless America Stationary

Stationary is adorable and frightening at the same time. Something you could only achieve with the proper amount of Magical Sugar Cookies. And the album itself is none too shabby.

The First Super on Vinyl

Jordan was sweet enough to throw in a poster for a Tam Tam show at Will’s Pub which instantly made me cry because I miss that place and those people so much. And because it’s well designed. Because I weep for good design.

Will's Pub Poster

But let’s really take a look at the cover here. We’ve got pooped rainbows, here people. I love it, I love it. And the music is well recorded and perfectly sway-able. Listen to Snail’s Pace and get your own here. You will love it.

Pooping Rainbows

Adding this album to our collection makes me feel like my treasure chest runneth over. Soon as I can get my poster framed it’ll be up on the wall as a tribute to some of the awesomeness coming out of Orlando these days. I miss you guys!





Has it already been another week? Geez! I’ve been working on new paintings and new etchings and a new portfolio and, well, there’s been no time for love, Doctor Jones (ten points if you’re all about an ambiguous Indiana Jones reference like me!). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few clicks on around the web that I can’t resist. First these words of wisdom for the hustler in all of us.

Remember when we met my ladyfriend, Bethany? Well, she’s been tearing it up in the kitchen! Find her here. Just look at this gnocchi! So delicious!

potato gnocchi

Emma from a Beautiful Mess shared on thoughts on changing dreams which was moving and inspiring.

And, of course, what it’s like to be a menace over at Hyperbole & a Half.


Happy Monday, party people! If you’re in Seattle, stay dry! If you’re somewhere warm and dry, suck it!



My Monday

This weekend is marvelous! Notice I said is there instead of was because I took the day off. I’m still in it, man! Clearly I’m easily excitable, but, you know. Little victories. Seattle had some teasing weather going on the last couple days. We’d wake up in the morning to birds singing and sunshine then, twenty minutes later and for the rest of the day we were pelted with big, fat raindrops. Not Seattle’s usual misty rain, this was someone else’s weather. Very weird! But the best part was that we had  no place we had to go.


For Valentine’s Day I made Honeybee a cookie cake. It was a giant white chocolate, peanut butter chip and almond cookie-cake and it was heart-shaped! Why am I telling you this instead of showing you a picture? I didn’t take one for whatever reason. Whoops, but it was cute. And now there’s none left, which is a good sign. Honeybee made me dinner and we fell asleep watching Princess Bride. Score. It was a big deal to wake up Saturday without alarm clocks and no hurry to go anywhere. I received lovely flowers from my sweetie. He also made me a Funfetti cake. Can you believe he’s lived 36 years on this planet without ever making a cake? Or frosting a cake?! He did these things for the first time for me and I feel so incredibly special about it. He also took me to Home Depot for pricy, but awesome supplies for a new project.

Bug Out Bag

My dad sent me a military grade bug-out bag complete with two MREs (meal-ready-to-eat for you non-army brats out there), a sleeping bag and a microfiber blanket! I can’t wait to go camping with it! Oh, remember the amazing Explosion Card my mom made me last year?

Baby Bri Explosion Card

I know. Take a minute to recover from that Sunshine cuteness. This year’s was even better. It’s an easel card with a drawer! (Forgive my cell phone shots. I was reorganizing my photos in Bridge and lost a bunch of new pictures. Sad panda.)



And as if the day couldn’t get any better, we had a lovely mini-jam with Scott, Jeff and Jared plus Garret and Bethany! And Bethany brought her famous mint chocolate Kahlua Cream cupcakes. They were so damn good! We went to the Rickshaw for karaoke. You know B and I had to get some Tits on the Radio action. It was strange, though. Ever since the place burned down, the Rickshaw is suddenly clean and the crowd was mostly subdued. I’m used to there being lots of crazies! I missed that. Thanks to all who came and shared the day with me. I had a ball, y’all. And the best part is I’m off all day today and I get to do all sorts of the things I love. Sketches and paintings! Yay!

Alright, I’m off to get my hands dirty. See ya!


Sunshine, 28

A Very Adult Birthday

I’m turning 28 on Saturday, woohoo! These are the things my heart is aching for. I’m looking forward to tea time with fancy tea towels. Building a wall unit of shelving. Painting is always a must. And for the evening, a little black dress with these sexy Ampersand heels from Seychelles plus cocktails with friends. What can I say? I’m easy to please.A Very Adult Birthday

Little black dress

Kitchen linen

Porcelain tea cup



At the beginning of this quarter I found myself with 2 credits to fill and thought an independent study version of a portfolio class would be a good idea. Something about having a deadline making me more productive. More like crazy! It’s one thing to create art, it’s a whole other thing to set up studio lighting, photograph, edit and curate it. My life is like that Whitney Houston song right now.

I’m every woman. It’s all in meeeeeeeee! Anything you want done, baby, I do it naturally. Which includes but is not limited to editing photos to create close-up diptychs such as below. Mmhm! My friend Bethany showed me some Photoshop basics.


It can get quite time-consuming, especially when any one aspect prompts indecision that can stop even the most staunch little lady’s to do list conquering. Still, I’m proud of the work I’ve done and, for the most part, I was right! Having someone to answer to does keep things moving. Plus my professor is a working artist herself, so her opinions are much appreciated.

She suggested using Wix.com. Have you used their site? Hello, super sexy, easy to manipulate/customize layouts. I love it. As with any free web hosting/blog site on the internet there are drawbacks. Here at WordPress I get great, free statistics which I appreciate. How else would I know that someone in Costa Rica has been reading Sunshine Press?! The analytics tell me what people Google to find me. Nine times out of ten, people are combing the internet for information on Tom Tru. It’s cool. But could I do without? Or use some outside source for that? I’m vaguely toying with the idea of changing everything…you know, when I have any amount of time.


Do you have experience which such things? Check out my Portfolio here and tell me what you think! All constructive criticism accepted and appreciated.

Replacing nose to grindstone position!