So - somehow I haven't had time to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie! Hopefully this weekend! Even though I am super excited about the movie, I am even more excited by all the Alice inspired goodies that have been popping upt! Woo hoo! Love it!

I am leaving for London on Tuesday and I am definitely going to check out the "We are all mad here: Alice in popular culture" exhibit at Victoria and Albert Museum. Can't wait!

Thank you to TokyoBunnie posting about the Curious and Curiouser show at Gallery Nucleus. So many great works. Here are some of my favorites.

Alice in the Rain by Lorelay Bove
I loved this piece because it reminded me so much of Mary Blair's Alice drawings she did as inspiration for the Disney animated version of the film. Turns out Lorelay works as an "visual development artist" for Disney. I might be a little jealous of her!

The Tea Party by Neysa Bove
Hmm - I wonder if she is related to Lorelay? Though - she seems like she has an accent over her last name and I don't think Lorelay did. She also used to work at Disney, but in consumer products. Why does Disney hire everyone but me! :( I kind of - not so secretly - have always wanted to work for Disney - I thought I was gonna be an Imagineer when I grew up.

Tea Time of Incredible Curiousities by Hiromi Sato.
Love this piece can't find anymore information on the artist? Let me know if anyone has any!

Alice, the Rabbit, and the Caterpillar by Amy Sol.
I love love love Amy Sol. I like that this is more colorful than most her pieces!

Also Love this Alice inspired photoshoot by Ramdaq Photography that I found on Much Love's Blog.

7x7's March Cover with a great "Fantastic Journey" photoshoot.

The Liberty London for Target ad seems awfully Alice inspired!

My friend Isabelle[Stargarten] and I just bought some tea cups at a flea market this weekend. We are gonna paint them and make them awesome! I am pumped about it! We are doing it for a "Tea Party" themed fashion show we'll be participating in - this June!

Inspiration: Blog It Forward

Thank you to Victoria of sfgirlybybay for organizing Blog It Forward. And thank you to Kelly of Dash, Pinch, Smidgen for passing it to me.

what inspires me...

Jungles and the Creatures who live in them.
I have always been fascinated by jungles. My sisters and brother and my favorite game when we were little was "Jungle Kids" where we would pretend we were trapped on a deserted jungle island. We had to grocery shop by swinging through the canopy to collect fruit, build our own shelter and we'd even create rainstorms by tying sprinklers up in the trees.

Beautiful color combinations.
Whether, its clothing, prints, home decor, artwork or photographs the thing first thing that grabs my attention is the color combinations and placements.
To see some of the art, photos and prints with color I love see
my past inspiration posts here and here
image from thinkBIG

The shore and ocean.
My family has been going 'down the shore' (as we say in Jersey) since before I was born. The beach and ocean have always been a big part of my life. Below are pictures of Laura (1989) and me (1981) and my mother (1958) at the beach. Below that is a picture of the ocean from Laura and my scuba diving trip in Malaysia.

Creative, inspiring people
I love people who selflessly share their inspiration and creative process...
like my dear artist friends Lynsey of Hodgepodge Illustration,
Ali of Ali's Art Adventure and Isabelle of Stargarten...

and all the great bloggers participating in Blog it Forward

Other bloggers participating in blog it forward today:
a life of my own, Monna McD, piewacket, brooklyn rehab, secret pocket,
tam. me., handmade evolution, tile envy, la petite sirene

and for tomorrow's shared inspiration please visit: DECO LOVE

all images from Daughter Earth (unless otherwise noted)


2. The Age of Feminine Drawing - One of my favorite inspiration books
3. 175 At Jenni Richee... (detail) Henry Darger
4. picture of my Nonna circa 1938 that I recolored
5. Tweet Illustration by Jackie Kari Bos
6. Sara Midda's South of France - A Sketchbook
7. Like I Give a Frock book by Michi Girl with artwork by Kat Macleod
8. Hidden Habitats calender by Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh

9. Debby Harry by Andy Warhol
10. dogwood print design by me
11. postcards by Aya Takano

a. Always Looking Out by Pretty Little Thieves
b. thank you card by Atherton Lin
12. moo card by Fifi Lapin
13. deer card by Caitlin Kuhwald
14. fabric I worked on for Betsey Johnson's 'Sweet Betsey' runway show
15. Rosalinda - an orphaned orangutan I worked with in Borneo
16. concept art by Mary Blair
17. Card Set by Apak Studio
18. Pygmy Elephant fabric by Daughter Earth
19. random cheapy jewelry and one nice bracelet that used to be my mothers
20. plate from Lauren Amos Designs jewelry stand

21. Jungle Blossom fabric by Daughter Earth
22. Garden Party fabric by Daughter Earth
23. Never Be Sad postcard by Alexis Mackenzie
inspiration for this post by Holly Becker and Leslie