genius = a map that you can interact with by scratching off the countries you have visited. currently sold out, but bookmarking this for future purchasing.
i love creative storage ideas like this: (spied at reform school)
we have been looking high and low for a couch. and we keep running into this quandary: good looking couches are not comfortable. and comfortable couches are not good looking.
this one from urban outfitters looks good. but it might feel akin to sitting on concrete covered in tweed. you see our dilemma.
this twitter feed translates 50cents tweets into the Queen’s english. hilarious.
still on my font fix: this stone alphabet made by clotilde olyff is delightful.
ok. so here’s the thing. i’ve realized my blog has become a bit of an online scrapbook these days. there are lots of reasons for this: the amount of time i can devote to it is one thing that’s become much more limited because of all the exciting (i can’t wait to have the green light to tell you about it) progress that is happening with the main project i’m involved with: SoulPancake…but the main reason is that i’m still figuring out the boundaries i want to set with my blog.
over the past 5 years, i’ve started and abandoned numerous blogs. fourcupsoftea was started over 3 years ago as a result of my having a broken heart and a lot of extra time on my hands. i was pretty much ok with baring my heart for the world to read. but let’s be honest, at that point the ‘world’ was my mum, 2 friends from new zealand, and my roommate who would scan for her name in posts and move on (shout out to the lovely M2).
these days my world has expanded a bit (i blame the ridiculously high amount of traffic i get from our wedding film) and i have this lovely, new audience – a large number of which are strangers. which is amazing and humbling but also has pushed me into a space where i feel like i need to cater to new expectations.
and that’s where i sometimes get stuck. i’m not constantly shedding light on the horrendous hate crimes happening in our world, the plight of the congolese or the innocent baha’i’s imprisoned in iran. i’m giving you links to maps you can scratch and creative music videos that blow my mind.
and i guess my fear is that my blog could easily become just another shallow portal, instead of a place that offers substance.
(did you just roll your eyes? if so, you are totally warranted)
so. i’m going to try to inject more of my truth onto these pages which are really made up of a bunch of binary code. (isn’t that crazy? a bunch of 0’s and 1’s bind together and deliver messages and connect people and hearts and have enabled me to make amazing new friends all over the world.) i guess i don’t really know what it means to inject more truth into my blog, but perhaps it means delving deeper into the topics that matter to me. maybe it means talking about my experiences with less filters. maybe it means less pretty pictures and more words. i really don’t know.
i’d love feedback on this.