This is the evening blue light that I love and can never quite explain the beauty of being surrounded by it! And wouldn't it be great to experience it while sitting in this Floating House? Designed by MOS.
"Sitting is a universal experience. Throughout the world, people settle into chairs, stretch out on benches, perch on stools, sink into sofas or cushion themselves with a pillow, marking the body’s state as being both stationary yet dynamic."
Are you housing a burning question? The Hungry Architect's Ask the Architect is a place to start. I want to know why I have to keep remodeling and fixing the same thing every 6 years! Is there some cheap, wonderful way to add an overhang on my front steps? ;) Maybe some innovative architectural kit I could purchase?
Austere and beautiful. The photos by Guy Sargent make you feel like you are the only person on the planet viewing some magnificent scene. What Lies Beneath the Surface series by Guy Sargent examines both landscape & architecture and is constantly evolving. Via Form Fifty Five.
"You should pop over and see "Roots", an interactive installation for the Brick Table tangible and multi-touch interface, where multiple people can collaborate in making music in a dynamic & visually responsive environment. When a user presses their ﬁnger on the tables surface, a vine-like structure will branch out and generatively maneuver around the surface– actively triggering sounds and loops. Harnessing “multi-touch” technology, a single user, or multiple people can very quickly create dense and lush generatively evolving sound collages and compositions, simply by pressing their ﬁngers anywhere on the tables surface.
I am a contributing editor at Mamapalooza and here is my first post over there:
Like all of you, I am busy. My to-do list is long, nerves frazzled, memory is going. Working mom/artist trying to find a little space in my day that is just mine. Lately I have been taking a moment to enjoy just a tiny success in my day, a smaller thrill. It is great to have an entire day to work on a project but in lieu of that ... how 'bout just a minute or two to savor something delicious.
1. I had saved all the links and instructions, with the hopes that one day in my lifetime I would have a week of freezing weather to make Ice Luminaries. I look longingly at the photos of glowing candles housed in iced cylinders ... thinking, maybe if I move to Montana I could have those in the winter. I don't live where gets cold enough to enjoy such a "free" candle holder. And my heart would ache at the thought of that.
Then the worst snow storm we have had in decades hit a week before Christmas. With pre-Christmas panic setting in, many items left on my list undone and family flying in for the holidays, the thought of Ice Luminaries completely left my brain.
While driving in brown slush to the grocery store the blue glow of those candles popped into my head and I yelped in pain that I had wasted 3 freezing nights. Last night I decided to punt. Before snow turns into a flash flood in our front yard, I took the opportunity to make "my" version. Grabbed a can from recycling, compressed 6 little cylindrical shapes in the snow and placed lit tea candles. For the moment I was in heaven. Making the most of the moment, even if it is not the perfect can bring much happiness.
2. When my son drove his car in snow conditions, that I had prohibited him to do and got it stuck in a snow bank, he was grounded. Later when we were there with the car discussing how to get it out ... I told him to leave it until the snow melted. During our heated debate over the subject he asked me why I was being so bossy ... and I yelled to the sky as loud as I could "I am the mother and we are supposed to be bossy"! Making the most of a moment.
3. This summer I ran across my M-I-L's gift that was meant for her last year. She was married last year and I found a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Last year was really the appropriate time for her to receive this gift. I decided to tagged the quilt and give it to her anyway as "Gift of Christmas Past".
Step chests following the original centuries-old Japanese design, we've combined sliding doors and drawers for varying storage needs." I wish we could build a version of these into the wall, many walls!
The McLaughlin Group had the best and worst of 2008 on tonight. Pretty entertaining. I am sorry Monica, most of the time I want to slap you. And every time she starts off on her ultra-right-wing-conservative-short-sighted viewpoint, I shout out ... Eleanor! go After HER! (I know, it is the low point of my Sunday morning viewing ... when my blood pressure goes sky high while having my coffee).
I know in the last few years I have not told you all thank you enough for reading my blog, commenting, communicating and making my little blogging world a happy place for me to be. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic year to come.
Gourmet sponsored The Lunchbox Auction, which benefits the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund of South Africa. The online auction features one-of-a-kind lunchboxes designed by celebrities from film, television, fashion, art, music, and the culinary world—including musician Michael Stipe, chef Mario Batali, and our own editor in chief, Ruth Reichl. You can view the lunchboxes and place bids. Bidding ends December 18 at noon. Got this from my SIL ...
Alexandra Penney - a New York artist and former editor of Self Magazine - lost her life savings in the Madoff debacle. Now she shares her wrenching trauma in a Daily Beast exclusive, The Bag Lady Papers via the best blog, Time Goes By. Thanks Ronni for what you do so well.
And to add to that, The Best of Bernie by Ben Crair. I guess I can't get enough of Mad Bernie and his financial dealings (or undoings). When is the book coming out?
"The California Coastal Commission announces the WHALE TAIL License Plate Design Contest. The winning artwork will be featured on a new official DMV license plate and will be available for purchase by all California drivers. This is an opportunity to get widespread exposure and visibility for your work and take an active part in preserving California’s coast. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded for the winning design. The cash prize was made possible by the California State Parks Foundation."
I escaped the house today to do some grocery shopping (45 minutes in a line to check out) and to do some Christmas shopping, which I haven't done in the last two days being snowed in.
Tonight, snow is moving horizontally through the backyard lights. The wind would whip it up into a blur, white lines streaking through the air. Then flakes slow down and dance around right in front of me. I feel suspended in a magical life-size snowglobe. Stood in the doorway, laughing out loud. Snow flurries through the door. Pica got lost in snow coming up the back stairs, howling for help. David just came in from shoveling 7 inches of the white stuff off the front stairs. Crazy.
Where is your mobile phone? Pocket Where is your significant other? Shopping Your hair colour? Reddish Your mother? Talking Your father? Texas Your favourite thing? Quietness Your dream last night? Blank Your dream goal? Horns The room you're in? Cozy Your hobby? Brainstorming Your fear? Incomplete Where do you want to be in 6 years? Convergence Where were you last night? Home What you're not? Sane One of your wish-list items? G5 Where you grew up? Texas The last thing you did? Watch What are you wearing? Sweats Your TV? HBO Your pets? Snoring Your computer? Essential Your mood? Uplifted Missing someone? Faith Your car? Decrepit Something you're not wearing? Underwear Favourite shop? Pottery Barn Your summer? Green Love someone? Honeybunny Your favourite colour? Green When is the last time you laughed? Kitchen When is the last time you cried? Scooter
"Thai monks from the Sisaket province have used over one million recycled glass bottle to construct their Buddhist temple. Mindfulness is at the center of the Buddhist discipline and the dedication and thoughtfulness required to build everything from the toilets to their crematorium from recycled bottles shows what creativity and elbow grease can accomplish."
Isn't that the coolest! I could build my own wing if I saved my wine bottles.
I had plans to do this as my Christmas card, thrill some friends and disgust other friends and family members. I wanted Obama-star to have a little spring behind his head so he would move slightly. But for the life of me I couldn't get the donkey-elf to look like a donkey. Everyone in the house was critiquing it and I have decided to move on and give up on this idea ... since I don't have any days left. Did I mention that next year I am going to be much more organized. (Am I starting to sound like a broken record?)
The carbon atlas: "New figures confirm that China has overtaken the US as the largest emitter of CO2. This interactive emissions map shows how the rest of the world compares. Global C02 emissions totalled 29,195m tonnes in 2006 – up 2.4% on 2005".
My favorite neighbors, Rick and Laura, are becoming quite the bloggers. Can't wait to see what he blogs about next. ') He helps me in every aspect of my home remodeling and is a genius. I'm lucky to have them both right across the street. And the other plus ... their incredible kids. Delivered all kinds of homemade-candy-goodness two nights ago and I am sure I have gained 10 pounds since then. Should blog about the 15-foot Christmas tree they have in their living room right now ;)
M is out with friends sliding down a closed steep street. I have a big fire roaring. Mom is reading, Pica on her lap. I am off on vacation. (Still have lots of work to do ... I need to focus!) But we have big, beautiful flakes swirling around the house. And it is magical.
I found these Santas to use as table decoration years ago. Print him out on a heavy stock, cut around the Santa, use an Xacto knife to cut a slit to put guest name or greeting then wrap the green base around and tape inside. Hi-res version here. There are a couple of sizes on Flickr, look under "all sizes".
I used this one for a tag. Cut around Santa, punch a small hole. Hi-res here. I fit several on one 8.5 x 11 page. It really doesn't take long to cut him out.
With everything else going on here, I am desperately trying to catch up on the Round Robin art projects piling up in my art studio. Added this bird and bird nest to one. Finished two, one more then off to the next artist.
I needed a couple "news-free" days. At a certain point last week, I thought my head would explode if I heard one more breaking news story about scandal and corruption. My question? Can this country get its' moral compass back? Ever? Most of do the "right thing" every day. Rich and powerful ... those rules are not for them? And we are all (this means the world community as well) paying the price, in many ways. And will for many, many years to come.
"'I can't wait to begin to tell my side of story, says Illinois governor". Oh, yeah, and we can't wait to hear it. Hey, Blagojevich, do the honorable thing and resign so we don't have to endure anymore of this incredibly stupid story.
And this enrages me even more ... "Gov. Rod Blagojevich prayed with several ministers in his home before heading to his office this morning, telling them he is innocent and will be vindicated "when you hear each chapter completely written," one of the pastors said."
Bernie Madoff's Mad Money. "The details are already rich and in some ways hilarious. Madoff's auditor was a tiny firm in Rockland County, which consisted of three employees: a 78-year-old living in Florida, a secretary and a 47-year-old accountant operating out of an office the size of a small bedroom. When skeptics warned the Securities and Exchange Commission about Madoff, they were repeatedly brushed off. The SEC investigated Madoff in 2005 and 2007 but came up with nothing, which tells you much about the quality of SEC investigations in these heady hedge fund years." Inside The Madoff Mysteries.
I honestly don't know how you can get away with something this big without someone noticing. Hell, if I am late with one credit card payment, I have a barrage of phone calls, nasty mail ... so please, someone explain to me how this guy can get away with secretly moving billions of dollars around and losing it without anyone knowing? Lots of foundation and charities devastated. Not to mention other world banks. Will the rest of the world ever forgive us for all of this mess?
I am trying not to listen to much news on my couple of days off.
This is how I feel about it all ... image by Chris Hays from Orlando Sentinel slide show.
Mom and I went to a wonderful cookie exchange today hosted by a friend from work, who is a baker. I made the Triple Chocolate Raspberry Brownies. I was still high this morning from licking the bowl last night! I should have read the invitation more carefully, I individually wrapped mine ;0. I used this vintage Santa as the tag. When I scan him in properly, I will link to a big file that YOU TOO can print and cut out for a fun tag. I was in such a hurry this morning I forgot to take pics of the final product. HO HO HO.
As a mom of a graffiti artist, this hit a good spot for me. Although he hits the free wall ... well, you never know. I will share this with M, a great alternative to spray paint -- Clean Graffiti by artist Paul Curtis via the amazing Dear Ada with an eye for the unusual (see wonderful video here).
Mr Jones Watches "Loves Me is a kinetic brooch - the front of the case features an animated display which is driven by a watch mechanism inside the case. The design is inspired by the game of effeuiller la marguerite in which “loves me, loves me not” is spoken while plucking the petals of a flower; similarly the display on Loves Me alternates the phrases 'Loves Me' / 'Loves Me Not' and so acts as a never ending flower."
Sunshine Tattoo by Yu-Chiao Wang. Just make sure you put it on the same place every time! It would better as a bracelet or maybe built into a shirt sleeve so you wear it everyday, in the same place. Via Stylehive.