1. this amazing hat. i’ll wear it everyday. every night. i’ll tuck it into my vespa helmet when we go for rides. i’ll hug it to sleep.
is that too much to ask? it’s not like i’m asking for alexa’s amazing cheekbones or anything…
2. this wallet unfriendly yet very eye friendly bag. i like the layers. i like the mix of fabric and leather. i like that it looks like it would be comfortable.
3. this cozy drapey wrappy warm camely deliciousness. not sure where it’s from. but i want it. with a severe wanting. in fact, i’ll take her whole outfit.
i blame all my wanting on this newfound delightful blog.
i’ve been informed that for some of the lovely visitors to my blog (i.e. PC PEOPLE) that my site throws up a malware warning. i have no idea what this means. but it sounds bad. reminiscent of malaria. or maladies.
rest assured, my tech department are working day and night to fix the issue.
by tech department, i mean this guy. who gets reimbursed with tolerance when he suggests we eat mexican food for every meal of the day. :)
in an attempt to get to the bottom of this malware infection, if you do get weird errors when you come to my blog, please leave me a note in the comments section. and tell me what browser you use (i.e. safari, firefox, chrome, internet-explorer etc.). and also whether you use a mac or a pc.
so i have this amazing friend who is a teacher in new zealand. her name is jasmine tui sutton. i used to tease her and say that if she married my brother her name would be jasmine tui khozouei.
in order for that joke to be even REMOTELY funny you need to know how to pronounce ‘tui’ and ‘khozouei’.
for those of you still confused, khozouei was my maiden name. imagine learning how to spell that as a over-achieving 3 year old. i always used to get the ‘e’ and the ‘i’ at the end swapped around. but in my defense, it’s not exactly SMITH. or JONES.
anyway, the stories i could regale you about jasmine and our adventures together are endless. we became fast friends the first year of highschool and for the next 5 years we were inseparable. i guess we’re not supposed to have favorites, but i’ll admit, jazy is one of my all time favorites.
in fact, i am going to start regaling you with our stories in upcoming blog posts, because they need to be recorded for posterity’s sake. or at least so our future children can one day use them against us. i used to get jazy into all sorts of trouble, but she made my life WAY more fun and she can pull a face that imitates a walrus PERFECTLY. and that, ladies and gents, is what friends are for.
and in case you needed more proof that jasmine is awesome. here’s a photo of her mowing new zealand pastures.
so just minutes ago i got this email from her. keep in mind she lives in NEW ZEALAND. like the other end of the earth. and yet, this wonderful friend of mine bought copies of the SoulPancake book. what a legend.
Hello! A funny little moment happened to me. Must tell.
1. So I have today off. I attended a course in the holidays, so the Principal let me select any day. I chose the day after Labour Day (which incidentally celebrates a NZ guy who fought for 8 hours work, 8 hours play, 8 hours sleep!) so now I have had a 4 day weekend. Primo!
2. As I am slumbering away I hear a rap, tappity, tap on my cute little door. I am SURE it is a Jehovah’s Witness. And in a way it is (in a GREAT way). I don’t want to engage in chitter chatter with them, so I continue sleeping.
3. I suddenly have a thought that it might be those SoulPancake books I ordered some time ago. I run to the door, and there nestled behind a pot plant-and not stolen (can’t believe it in this neighbourhood!) is my package.
4. I open it with reckelessness and sniff it. (Weird). I flick through the pages, and what is the first page I happen upon you ask? What scares me more than finding a spider in my bra? A HUGE life size photo of your foot. I am certain it is yours. I haven’t seen it that close up for YEARS. I glance at it again, and can’t stop laughing. But Golly, I laugh in fear. I study the toes and imagine the way they move. Yup-it is yours.
5. I slap myself and read the introduction. (but can’t stop thinking about your foot and the way you used to torment me with it-use it as a hand, pinch me with it-like on my skin for goodness sakes! and the whole time I hear your laughter and feel all lonely for you! Really your feet are not odd at all, it just the way you used to use them-don’t want you getting no complex here!) I scan the book again and see a photo section and see it with my own two eyes-it is indeed your foot! Yowzers.
****Feet aside, what an awesome achievement is this book. I love it. I can’t wait to read it. What a perfect day for it to arive on my doorstep. Hope all is well with you. Miss you and your scary feet.
1. this is the page from the book that jasmine is referring to:
2. yes, it’s true. i used to creep her out with my very dexterous feet. and also there was that one time when i ironed my pants WHILE WEARING THEM. which resulted in a large tear drop shaped blister above my knee. which i then forced jasmine to watch me pop during school assembly. with a… (wait for it) safety pin from our school uniform kilt.
she’s never forgiven me for that. poor girl.
i’m in love. and i refuse to apologize for it. or dumb it down. or shrug it off. or pretend that i’m not. so sue me, apathy police.
you too can be in love. with yourself. your creator. your mama & papa. your best friend. your puppy/kitten/wilder-beast.
here’s another good reason to celebrate l.o.v.e.
“Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.” // ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
such a simple, sweet, beautiful idea for an anniversary/ wedding/ no-other-reason-than-to-say-i-love-you gift.
well done sarah&bendrix!
three cheers for heart bokeh!
// heather b
feeling inspired? check out this little diy to get instructions on how to make your own heart bokeh.
every.single.time that dev goes to grocery store he brings me back (what i like to call) a ‘prize’. it’s always a piece of fruit. sometimes exotic and never-before-tried, and other times it’s as simple as a juicy punnet of strawberries, or a peach he spent 5 minutes selecting just to ensure it was bruise-free. this small act of love is one of countless, but it always touches my heart. the novelty never wears off. the second he comes back from the store i run like a child to gleefully accept my ‘prize’.
if you were here to witness this you might roll your eyes and be disturbed by this highly over-the-top giddiness at my receiving of a small piece of fruit. but he (the one who matters) gets it. understands that it matters to me. and that’s love.
painting with light…
// dallas curow
i don’t really understand how hastags work, something about being able to filter searches on twitter?! but anyhow, i use them with wild abandon. lately, i’ve realized i have started to THINK in hashtags.
i’ll say stuff out loud and then want to hastag it. yes, this is a problem. yes, i know it’s nerdy. yes, you should count your blessings that you’re not as loopy as me. #heregoesnothing
+ laura lombardi’s jewelry collection. #yesplease
+ my outfits on rainy days consist of soft oversized, worn in, (usually mens) t-shirts with leggings. #falluniform
+ i love that blashter can walk to our place on a whim, armed with coffee and creamer. #neighbors
+ i’m hooked on the low messy buns with killer lashes look. #classic
+ everyone needs more polka dots in their lives. that’s why this tape is magic. #essential
+ could this dinner party setting be more perfect? not possible. #twinklylightsmakelifebetter
yesterday we launched a facebook photohack contest where you can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card by submitting a photoshopped image of the SoulPancake book. the creativity that has been injected into some of the entries has been impressive.
here are a few favorites so far. the contest ends tomorrow (thursday) at 5pm PST.
pssst. our book hits the shelves of a bookstore near you in less than a week! wahoo!!!!
remember jon rafman’s awesome street view captures?
it seems he’s not the only one seeing ‘art’ in the google captured streetscapes.
leslie hawes, is another incredible artist who uses images she finds on google maps as the inspiration for her beautiful watercolor paintings.
the below painting is based off this street view.
thank you so much to katya for bringing this creative project to my attention!
my parents live on a farm on the outskirts of melbourne, australia. on this farm they tend to chickens. and bees. and cows. and cats. and birds. and two dogs – one of which we call ‘Aiko the Psycho’ and might be mentally ‘compromised’. but that’s another blog post in itself.
because of my mum’s love for keeping chickens, i know she will greatly admire this chicken coop. it’s called the ‘Nogg’ and it’s fox proof and beautifully egg shaped.
besides sporting a fantastic color, the volume on these lovely speakers is controlled by pushing up / down their outer shell. tastylicious.
Designer // Carson Leong
just another, of oh so many reasons that i think new zealand is one of the most amazing places on the earth: some crafty kiwi has built a redwood treehouse restauarant. GENIUS.
move over wallpaper, pages and colorful mismatched plates are two super simple & effective ways to ‘dress up’ a wall. spotted on my beloved design sponge.
wowed by zac freeman’s incredible portraits made of found objects. so THIS must be why i can’t bear to throw away buttons, and bits and pieces.
i’m not fussed about the bear, but otherwise, THIS is a perfect party in the woods. husband – take note. :)
LA does one thing surprisingly well—color. it’s somewhat ironic because before living here, i had always imagined LA as a gray city – gray buildings, gray highways, gray smog, gray hair dyed blonde because god forbid you AGE in this city…so i had an expectation of dreariness, and yet, on every visit i’d be surprised by how saturated with color it actually was. and i would put this down to being on vacation, or wearing my blue blockers, or the fact that i was smitten by the ceaseless sunshine.
but here’s the thing, LA is actually surprisingly beautiful and vibrant. at least, the area where we live is. i’m constantly enamored with the color combinations i see. the bolder the better. here are just a handful of photos taken on my iPhone, of colors i saw on my very short walk yesterday. so if one block in my neighborhood boasts this much color, you can just imagine how much more there is to offer.
and are you thinking what i’m thinking? this wall is just begging for an impromptu photoshoot:
this post that i stumbled on today by dream hampton, is why i am enamored with stories and the words that fit together like puzzle pieces to bring them to life.
“Let me tell you something about money. And drugs. Myth and lore. Mandatory sentencing. Open caskets with bloated, bejeweled bodies.
About kamikaze capitalists who just happened to be teenagers. Young black boys who may have never understood their position—that of mere pawns—in the larger scheme of this but who quickly expanded their tightly wound worlds. Then set them afire. With the heaviest, most sophisticated weaponry countries like Israel had to import. How aunts and uncles became somnambulant street stalkers and parents police informants.
About the little girl who had always loved the little boys and quickly learned to love the things these boys now had to offer—all that glittered.”
i’d really like 5 of these black cashmere rose pillows for a couch-aphant.
in case you didn’t see this on SoulPancake the other day, i’m posting it again here because quite simply, it’s beautiful. art being created (well) before my eyes never ceases to inspire me.
just a small splattering of stuff i’ve spied and swooned over lately.
i love when art is created out of the simplest of objects. here are paper cups transformed into something utterly beautiful.
sometimes i miss the original mix tapes.
i couldn”t find an artist to credit for this crochet car, but it’s just lovely. it’s a CAR COZY. :)
once i got past all the commercial logos, i found myself getting carried away by these magical balloons…it’s just reinforcement of my love for balloons in all shapes, sizes, forms, functions.
dev and i were gifted tickets to see arcade fire tonight. we’re both very excited. since the show will be starting in a few hours, our excitement has actually reached ALL CAPS EXCITEMENT LEVELS. that’s pretty high on the excitement spectrum.
this talented husband and wife duo play almost every imaginable instrument including, but not limited, to the: glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy.
HURDY GURDY also deserves ALL CAPS.
their recent interactive music video blew my socks off.
we are seeing them at the shrine auditorium, another one of LA’s incredible concert venues.
we are vespa-ing there. it’s really the only way to travel around LA. expect a re-cap of the concert soon. complete with grainy pictures i surreptitiously took on my iPhone.
if you are anywhere near manhattan, you need to check out d’espresso. this coffee shop has floors and walls recreated to look like a library flipped on its side. Q and Shabs will join me in swooning over this i’m sure.
i ADORE this idea, and am in awe of some of the other inspiration found over at Nema Workshop.
i was also recently introduced to the artist, JR through my talented friend misha’s blog. check out her post as she explains how this artist fuses social activism with his art form. the results, i’m sure you’ll agree, are so incredible.
and in other news, i’m having an office romance with my co-worker. ooh-la-la. ;)
the following email chain, that i’d saved a few months ago, gives you a window to my world and the lovable, albeit cheeky pranksters, that i’m fortunate enough to work with:
On Aug 23, 2010, at 12:33 PM, Devon Gundry wrote:
here is a layered psd with some vector smart objects (that will open in illustrator, if need be).
On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM, R Wilson wrote:
And here’s a PVC of the modem interchange for upload analysis.
On Aug 23, 2010, at 12:56 PM, Mike Mitchell wrote:
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On Aug 23, 2010, at 1:04 PM, Golriz Lucina wrote:
sigh. this is what happens when nerdery hits new heights of humor.
On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM, R Wilson wrote:
You could have married a doctor!
today we received author copies of our SoulPancake book. we are literally acting like proud parents. gushing over the tiniest details. caressing the pages. oohing and ahhing and showing it off to strangers. the book will be on shelves in bookstores across the nation on november 2. in the meantime, you can be one of the first to hold it in your sweaty-with-anticipation hands (too much?) by ordering it here.
we really hope you love it.
i thought i only collected vintage cameras. BUT it appears dev and i have 14 pairs of sunglasses between the two of us, so it is safe to say we collect those too. mostly from thrift stores. or gas stations in middle america.
i don’t know how to display our collection of sunglasses, but i’m liking this idea of framing them like the camera’s below.
i have a bit of a pyrex dish obsession. it seems i’m not the only one:
i’m cuckoo for clock collections.
and finally, i love the idea of roaming asia and collecting chopsticks. and then adorning my walls with them.
what do you collect?
beautiful acrylic paintings right?
NOPE. not at all.
these are photographs of people who have been PAINTED with acrylics, to look like acrylic paintings.
all from the creative brain of alexa meade.
i know. join me in my state of utter mind-blown-ness!
spied on my friend mike mitchell’s awesome tumblr.
i was going to write a post about drinking water. and how dev and i are figuring out how to drink more of it. the problem is the tap water at our place isn’t that appealing – i.e. i can actually taste the chlorine bleaching my taste buds. occasionally, we buy cases of bottled water but then i get attacked by what i like to call ‘pollution of the planet’ guilt. and we weren’t doing anything creative with the bottles like making our very own island. in tennessee we used to order spring water that arrived on our doorstep once a month in those huge bottles that you stick on a ceramic base and tah-dah! we guzzled this happily, until one month it tasted different and when we called up the company they said they no longer used water from a natural spring, and had changed to using purified tap water. interestingly, they were not planning on telling their customers. so that was the end of that. we’ve used brita filter jugs before but they take so long to fill up that you feel yourself actively aging while waiting for the water.
so we’re trying to figure out amother solution. and my plan was to write about this dilemma (which i guess i already did above) and then mid-thought i realized that we are so lucky to even HAVE options. and then i gave myself a look of internal disgust as writing about my water woes suddenly seemed very petty when a large percentage of the world’s inhabitants don’t even have access to clean drinking water. and then i gave myself a talking to about how i should just be grateful that we don’t have open sewers running alongside the sidewalk. and internet, welcome to how my brain works.
PS. this video might make you reconsider buying bottled water:
imagine my complete and utter abounding JOY when i opened our front door to yet another parcel this week. this time it was all the way from england, sent by my dear friend kelly snook.
if you don’t know kelly, her bio on twitter sums her up quite nicely: “Bio research scientist, NASA. musician, engineer, studio manager for Imogen Heap. producer for various awesome artists. lover of cement trucks.”
she left out the part about how she has the biggest heart in the world. and how she owns a fire engine. yep, she’s amazing.
here’s one of my favorite photos of kel.
i opened the box to find six cans of my favorite ‘V’ energy drink (which can only be found in new zealand/australia and the UK), an emerald green purse bedazzled with a peacock, and the star of the show…this GLORIOUS agfa isola medium format film camera.
there was much squealing and dancing on the spot. just ask dev.
i opened the camera to find another exciting surprise – a roll of EXPOSED film. so i’m going to get it processed and hope it belongs to ansel adams so i can sell the photos and fund my (expensive) obsession with shooting in film.
here aggie is with her new family. i’ve just loaded her up with film and CAN’T wait to go out and shoot with her. results will be posted.
thank you sweet snookers! x
i guess i’m on a paint kick lately. these commercials, created for canon, showing paint mixing and moving in relation to music are just beautiful. as are the still shots.
“The ‘colour sculptures’ were created by stretching a balloon over a speaker to form a membrane. A few drops of paint were then placed in the centre of the balloon and a single sharp note was played through the speaker, causing the paint to erupt for just a fraction of a second.”
// extract from an article found here.