Tis the season for the Magpie to fly the coop and visit the family.  I realize it's been almost a year and a half since I've seen my dad (Mom visited last year), since I wasn't able to get back to Da Islands last year. Thanks to some hoarded frequent flyer miles and a need to use-it-or-lose-it, I'm happily heading out for a couple of weeks to spend some quality lazy time with the family. Even though I'm not from Hawaii, it's always been where my heart lives, and thankfully, where family resides, so I always have someone to embrace with Aloha when I visit. That being said, I'll leave you with some of my favorite little Hawaii doodles made a while back; everyone thinks palm trees and sandy beaches, but I think of comfort food and love when I hear Hawaii mentioned. Aloha oi, will be back soon! 

Jaunty Fine Print: Illustration by Denise Sakaki


Indulge my Nerd-ness once again, if you will -- I'm totally digging on season 2 of SyFy Channel's Helix.  I've always been vocal about my nerd tendencies and a love of genre TV/movies/books, and I thought I'd share a bit of fan art I recently created, inspired by Helix's episodes so far. I also wanted to say a big THANKS to all the fellow fans (and even the actors and producers/writers!) who have been sharing and saying such nice things about the piece over Twitter -- glad people have liked it so much!


Well, if you're going to throw flowers at my feet, they may as well be decorating some fabulous heels.  At least that's what the voice said in my Magpie-Mind as I was looking through all the wonderful springtime-fresh fashions starting to emerge. While I'm less able to wear such beautiful but impractical high heels, a girl can still dream and admire the color and over-the-top embellishment on shoes like these. These gorgeous heels range from the wearable to the WOW