Physics, you ask? No, it's the Magic Garden!
We got this for Ruby for Christmas (a breath of fresh air amidst the Barbie mayhem and plastic packaging. Just mix the ingredients in the kit and pour. Within a few hours the trees and flowers will begin to bud and you will see them grow and snow on the mountain before your very eyes. The best part...its all made of paper!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I have a confession to make: my middle name is Blythe.
Growing up, I thought it was the worst name ever, I told my parents it sounded like "blech" and "barf" and why, oh why couldn't they have given me a name like Julie or Jennifer. I told people it was anything but Blythe. Then I took it one step further - I had it legally changed. Headed to Europe one summer, I had it legally changed on my passport to Blake. Fresh from watching the the super 90's movie "Less Than Zero", I thought that name was cooler than cool. Now that I'm older I can't believe how much effort I put into this, I mean, so many people don't even have a middle name.
These are Blythe dolls, a big craze in Japan and now collectors items, and big Ebay finds...wonder if they ever tried to change their name?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Once in a while, in the blogosphere, I stumble on a rare find like Proeff,
a food design company in Amsterdam. They create visual displays with
food, and the outcome is just really really beautiful. My favorite has
to be the garden cress growing out of the jeans, oh, and those mini salads in paper cones are kind of genius, too.
Friday, December 21, 2007
We went with the silly shot, it's just so us, the posed ones looked too stodgy. It's always so hard to design your own things...other jobs I'll do and be done with it. When it's for my own use, it's a whole other story. I must have changed this card and label 10 times before finishing and going to print. But alas, our holiday cards have all gone out, and boy have they been pouring in! I love checking the mailbox after work each evening, it's like reaching into a prize box.
And the award goes to....B L U E.
According to the execs at Pantone, "Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspects of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.” These color forecasters seems to be pretty right on, they influence fashion, graphics, textiles and design industries. I'm down with blue, especially that pretty Artisan Blue at Banana Republic right now...it's downright gorgeous.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
deeeeep sigh of relief. All presents are oficially wrapped, tagged and under the tree. I made these little tags at the last minute, I needed something bold that you could really see through all the piles of gifts. 5 days and counting...
This recipe is tried & true, it's a success, even for those who don't like brussel sprouts. Last Christmas my mother-in-law, who can't stand the brussel sprout, said "...and who made those greens? they're delicious!" next thing you know, she's a convert. Give 'em a try...the pancetta really does the trick, and they only need to be cooked for a very short time, (other wise they get soggy and don't stay green). Happy cooking.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I dog-eared this page the moment the new Sunset graced my lap...this idea is so nice on a mantle or a smaller version on the dining table.
Different color stories would also be fun, shades or gold, winter whites or brilliant jewel tones. Add birds or butterflies (find these at the major Craft stores) for an organic touch. My friends Alex has one on her mantle that is filled with birds & silvery balls, so much fun!
We are rearranging our bedroom to incorporate a large flat screen TV (please note: NOT my idea). This will open up a whole wall that might look nice with a seating area. This mid century sofa is just right, I love it & want it. Not sure if I should wait until and after X-mas sale though...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
"you're exactly where you're supposed to be"
This is what my yoga teacher said as we lay in the most relaxing of all the positions, shavasana - the pose of rest. It was so refreshing to hear, most of the time I lay in this pose making a mental list of what I'll do next, where to go, errands to run, who to see, appointments I forgot to make, bills to pay, and on & on & on. It was so simple and nice to hear, and from that point on my mind stopped, I was in a half sleep/half dreamy state. Now, if only I can get back there...
You just can't help but crack a smile driving past these jolly little men at Cornerstone in Sonoma. There's just so many, they cascade up and over the hill. The Three Hundred Snowmen installation first appeared in 2004 to the surprise and delight of Sonoma residents. Choreographed by noted designer David Allen, who unearthed the collection of jolly happy souls during a scavenging foray.
Years ago, I went to Bali with my mom on a yoga retreat and I'll never forget it. We stayed in Ubud, an artist colony and town thriving with culture, color and the happiest people. The new Cookie magazine has a feature on a family living in Bali that has left me speechless, I can't seem to close the magazine or even move on to the next article, it's so inspiring and full of beauty.
John and Cynthia Hardy arrived in Bali three decades ago as hippie travelers. Now, along with their two daughters, they're living in a home of open-air rooms and play spaces among the trees. With their national jewelry business, they keep an apartment in New York, so they do have plenty of time living the "city life" while keeping the homestead in peaceful Bali.
The fabrics and the architecture used are simply amazing, don't you think?
I hope to do something as carefree and adventurous as this oneday!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I am useless without my calendar, I must have one next to my phone at home and one in my purse (just like this one from Hable) at all times. Things come up, so be ready.
Green - from Barnes & Noble
yellow - from J.Crew
robin's egg blue - from paper source
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This poster has been a favorite of mine ever since it made it's debut on the Domino cover. The demand was so high for the pink/red version that they came out with a metallic gold version. I want this in our bedroom, the graphics are so happy.
The last time I visited family in New York, I made the trip to ABC Carpet & Home, a six-floor warehouse style store filled to the brim with luxury goods. Mind you, this was pre-Anthropologie, so ABC seemed to have created a niche like no other. Worn hardwood floors creaking under your feet, glittering chandeliers and gigantic antique carpets adorn the high ceilings, European and Modern Vintage miscellany, and holiday vignettes everywhere. Oh how I'd love to do some holiday shopping there this season, or at least wander and get lost in there, I'm creating a wishlist in my mind...
Holidays parties are all about S P A R K L E, so put on some shine with your holiday cocktail dress this year.
Chantecaille Luminous Eye Liner
guerlain holiday forever gold - luminous body powder spray
plum eyeshadow palette from sephora
laura mercier lip gloss palette
silver clutch - anya hindmarch
tortoise frame ruched clutch - urban outfitters
gold shimmer satin clutch - stuart weitzman
metallic clutch - forever 21
Stash your lipstick, credit card and ID and you're good to go. These holiday clutches are all so festive - a great way to spice up that little black dress.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Lovely blue screenprint by Robert Ryan produced from a papercut stencil.
The text in the print reads, "I can't forget and I never will you smiled at me and from nothing something came. Now the world is new to me again I will remember still you smiled at me & now I dream a dream of good."
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I am just now starting our annual holiday card, which leaves me all of this weekend to finish. Been at the computer for 4 hours...verrrry sleeeepy. These cards may be a bit over the top, but it's the holidays, sooo I'm letting loose. Here's snippet of what's to come. Fa la la la la!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Leave it to the trusty folks at Ready Made to show the crafters of the world how to lettepress! The step by step guide is very clear, and sounds like a super fun (and messy) project. I've been wondering about those Gocco printers for a while now, but maybe this will tide me over until I make the move to buy one.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I don't have one of those vast movie collections, I personally own two movie DVD's, The Royal Tenenbaums & The Endless Summer (not including Ruby's 400 princess movies, of course). Today is a rainy, foggy, grey Bay Area day and all I can do it fantasize about cuddling up on my sofa with one of these movies.