mail and my baby girl

Although all of my friends rule, this post is mainly about Amber Esner and the Making Mail Documentary (directed by Mike Polk) that stars her, a few pals, and other mail makers around the US .  With any project Amber does whether it’s painting, drawing, graphic design, paper art…she impresses me every time.   We’ve been best friends for 15 years and to see what she does now overwhelms me.  The drive that she has daily to make something is so inspiring.   I just love her so much.


movie poster for Making Mail.  artist Amber Esner

A crew of us went to the Cleveland showing of Making Mail.  It was pretty rad there was a full bar, best friends everywhere, mail art exhibit, some zines, bands, and a showing of the film Making Mail.  The whole thing was super sweet.  It was about artists from all around the world that construct/make/write/craft mail.  Not only was Amber in it but so was Carly BartelCara Mullinary, and BUNNY MAY.  I’m not kidding, I was sobbing like a baby because I was so proud of Amber- then my dog is on the big screen blinking – I thought I was having a heart attack.  The director Mike Polk is a sweet dude and his crew, great job! For real!

<random clips of the film>









various artists



Amber Esner -cute zine
Carly Bartel





Ryan Johns
IMG_5130_zps9b4ae85aweird lighting! grrr




IMG_5026_zps5ff7c7af IMG_5049_zps7223005e IMG_5044_zps90a25072(walnuts not in this batch)

:chocolate banana nut bread:

what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

what to do:

  • Sift flour, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside
  • Whisk eggs and vanilla extract.  Set aside
  • In a mixer, beat butter while adding sugar
  • Pour egg mixture into butter
  • Add bananas
  • Pour in flour mixture
  • Fold in nuts and chocolate chips

Pour into lightly buttered loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Easy. Delicious.

The past few weeks have been very laid back.  Other than the freezing temperatures and everything covered in snow, I can’t really complain about Cleveland.  I’ve had time to catch up with old friends, go to a wedding dress fitting, hang out with my best girls when they get off work just to sit around and talk, free museums, bake, cook, clean, dyed my hair BROWN and believe it or not- draw.  I feel good.

In Cleveland on MLK Day, all of the museums are free admission so Sammie and I visited the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Science Center.  The Rock Hall is pretty amazing with outfits, handwritten lyrics, music posters, personal items, and instruments from the greatest rock, blues, and jazz players of all time.  I only took a few pictures from my phone and not my camera because before photos weren’t allowed.  Now you can take pictures of everything in there.

photo 2

Dresses from the Supremes
photo 3Elvis exhibit
photo 1Jimi Hendrix watercolor painting



Stay tuned.


I’m in love with everything going on in my life right now.  I’m sorry I haven’t posted more often but what else is new.  I’ve been eating a lot, sleeping a lot, laughing a lot, being SICK a lot but all in all I’m such a happy girl.  I hope every one has had an awesome holiday season.  I’ve been cooking more and hopefully baking way more with my new Kitchen Aid Mixer !!!  I want to bake as much as I can and fill my lovers belly till he can’t eat any more.  I also will be sewing more.  I gave my “in” for a buddy art show that I need to do.  When the previous shows were going on, I was stoked to see everyone’s work but was craving to have my spot on the wall.  We’ll see how my brainstorming comes along which seems to be the toughest part for myself.  

In. Love. With. Everything.