Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hot Dog Inspired Butterfly, and GRUMPY CAT

Yep - hot dog inspired! You never know when inspiration will strike, right?

I've actually been a hot dog fan all my life.

Don't freak out, but I thought for many years when I was a kid that Vienna Sausages were the best food on the planet. Well Taco Doritos might have given them a run for their money, but still, they were up there.

Then I started eating real hot dogs after we moved to Texas and I was hooked. I used to get special presents from the butcher at our grocery store, like a beloved Oscar Mayer ring - haute couture for a 6 year old - and other goodies, because of our frequent visits to the salted, cured meat counter.

Now that I'm grown up, I love Hebrew Nationals, crisped black on the grill. I love Super Dawg in Chicago, and I love a good, old fashioned ball park dog with a can of Old Style on a rooftop at Wrigley.

But I digress.

You never outgrow a hot dog, people. My neighbor recently gave me some of her old New Yorker magazines - I stopped subscribing years ago - and this one caught my eye.

I loved that pop art look to this illustration by Wayne Thiebaud. I love the pastel, chalkboard style and that fun blue glow.

Since I don't have a hot dog stamp - an outrage, don't you think? - I chose the next best thing. My beloved Swallowtail stamp.

I clear embossed her on Midnight Muse and then colored her with my Caran D'Ache Pablo pencils: White, Mauve, Light Lemon Yellow, Flame Red, Scarlet, Fast Orange and Light Blue. Finished it off with a greeting from Word Play.

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Funky, pop and fun.

You'd never guess it got its start in a lowly hot dog :).

Only 12 days left to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration, and to get more than $200 worth of stampy goodness for $99 so don't wait!

 I'm going to use this stupid, short, sprung forward day to clean. Awful, I know. At least I got to meet Grumpy Cat this week :).

She's the cutest cat in the whole world, and her owner is beyond sweet. Safe travels home Grumpy Cat! Austin loves you and I love you more!



  1. I have been a follower of your blog for a while now...but somehow I did not know from whence you hailed. (actually, I thought that you were born and raised Texan) Are you from Chicago??! (although, I usually tell everyone that Chicago is a great place to be FROM!!)Even more of a reason to love you and secretly stalk you!!! {snort!}LOVE the butterfly~very cool!! Love Grumpy cat too!!

  2. Mmmmmm good hot dogs. I visited my Aunt out on Marrowstone Island off the Olympic peninsula a few years ago and there was a fantastic wooden boat show at Port Townsend. We made our way there, the boats were fantastic. Even saw one ship that was filmed in the Pirates of the Caribean. Anyway... best part of the trip was the hot dogs from the little stand on the island. NUMMY!!!! I hope it is still there next time I go visit.


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