I am so busy these days that I feel like my head is exploding with details, work projects due, cascading style sheet information, things I must learn and remember. Homework to do. Housework to do. Art work to do. If I could double my daylight hours it would all work out better. My latest effort in styled rollovers that I did last night.
Do you see these paper sculpture trophy animal heads! For real. OMG. I guess there was a class offered in paper sculpture by Kenske Kitaoka. I surely wish I could have attended that! Found at KI KI. Via Swedish Elle Interior.
Bicycle Built for Two Thousand "is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard." A must to go listen to! Read about it here.
With all that is going on, I keep forgetting to comment that I am going to Artfest 2010! Tara encouraged me to go. The exciting part, I am taking Susan Lenart Kazmer classes allthreedays! Woo hoo! Check out her blog, Objects and Elements. I am soooo excited. So excited in fact, that I have to put it waaaayyyy back in my brain storage while I get through this semester of Cascading Style Sheets.
I know it is late, but I finally moved the last peony to the new spot ... made just for them. No overhanging trees branches to make them unhappy. The last one I will move this year. The root system was enormous and there was a whole world of little living things living right there in the system. Big worms, rolly pollies, many spiders ... all scrambling in their world to be safe. I moved most of them out of the way. But it is really amazing to see. Now if all the peonies I moved this fall will survive. Keeping my fingers crossed.
This self promotion course at designboom, design-aerobics 2009 sounds interesting. Unless of course, you have made a comment on a designboom post then you are accused of wrongful self-promotion. Found this funny and a little ironic. BTW, still haven't found any of these fantastic clothes pegs! I am sure they are made in India and I spent quite some time searching the internet for them. Sorry, forgot to change color for my links ;(
What is your design style quiz at ISCD International School Of Colour And Design. Mine was prettyy true to my design sense. Here it is:
You love collected pieces and displaying them in abstract ways in your home.
Your home is a gallery (ok, a junkstore, really) - every wall tells a story.
Not concerned with what your neighbors homes are like, you are true to you own style.
Well rounded, you enjoy spending time at home as much as you enjoy going out. (Don't really enjoy going out.)
You are confident and authentic. (at least authentic)
Your home is rich with many details and textures.
Losing your job is the death ....
of a friend
of a parent
of a routine
of an ego
of a steady income
of a community
But it is also ...
a new page
a new chapter
a new beginning
a path to recreate yourself
to re-assess your goals
to re-invent yourself
a time to learn to breath again
to give yourself a break
to think about what is in your future
and for a couple of weeks, to take a nap whenever you want!
Found these fabulous things at Fabulously Green. Cut Light, "a beautiful, interactive, pendant lampshade, designed by Monica Singer and perfected by you. Included with the Cut Light are a pair of scissors, inviting you to add your own personal touch to the layered, feather-light strips of fabric. Short or long, even or irregular, your customized design has the potential to match any room and adapt to any mood." Don't you think I need this?
Stuart Haygarth has used used old prescription lenses to create an enchanted chandelier called Optical (seen below) and another in 2006 called Spectacle was created from over 1000 pairs of prescription spectacles.
I took Friday off! "Baby", Pixel had "female" surgery. We were all on pins and needles until she got home safely later that day. She can't jump or run or play because of a couple of stitches, so we are carrying her around a lot. Well, D carries her around anyway.
While waiting to pick up Pixel at surgery (I was anxious and early) ... picked up some tea for a good friend and then took a little time to go to the beach to look for a heart rock to send off to Lubbock. Just a sprinkle of rocks because of high tide, but lots of beach glass. Like someone had come and thrown them on the beach. I wish I had had my camera. It was raining. Gray water with lighter glimmers of gray against gray clouds and gray fog moving quickly over the Olympic mountains. Everything disappeared from the beach to the horizon into a million shades of gray and it was quiet and beautiful. Empty beach because of the rain.
Julie and I have been so busy at work producing some exciting stuff the last week, A Woman's Nation, I designed the background and look for TODAY's Mom(something for twitter) and I threw together Tip of the Spear in a couple of days. All fun and very exciting, but it felt good to have a day off ... working on homework. Sitting at the computer, watching slow fluffy clouds floating quickly against a threatening sky. Birds flying and playing in high winds. The air was so very fresh today after a day of high winds and rain.
Today, still working on homework. When it started raining I thought ... "a nap sounds really good right now". So I went horizontal in front of a movie for a couple of hours with "the baby" snuggled close to me. Rain and thunder. D went after crab on sale for dinner and we ended up with crowd for dinner. Good time talking to the kids about all kinds of stuff from scuba to sky diving.
Also purchased my "new company" domain name and website! All excited about that. Will tell more when it is closer to realization.
Fonts of wisdom: Putting your best (type)face forward. My is right on target, Times Roman (boring and predictible). And also Verdana (you’re tech-savvy, quick to measure your company’s ROI on its newest social media efforts. Your message is always clean and legible.) Thank you, SIL!
Fall arrived! With rain. Between working really long hours at work, my night class and the homework. Not much time to blog these days. Trying to fill out my Google calendar because I am feeling even more scattered than usual! :) Have lots of email to answer. Happy Fall! (note to self, need to get pumpkins).
New York Times slideshow of Sadness seems to trickle through the 83 photographs in his classic 1959 book, "The Americans," Robert Frank's disturbed and mournful song-of-the-road portrait of a new homeland. National Gallery of Art, introduction to The Americans. The Robert Frank Coloring Book.
Gustavo Dudamel kicked off his tenure with the L.A. Phil Saturday night with a free performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 before an audience of nearly 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl. Listen to some of the concert. More music discoveries on NPR.
I planted a double Hollyhock in the beginning of summer. It took it ALL summer to grow to over 7 ft. and just this week it had the first bloom. Lots left to bloom but it will be too cold for the rest of them. Did you notice I love pink, frilly, ruffled, complicated flowers the most? Will definitely try this one again! Plant more. Plant earlier. I want to plant creeping baby's breath next year. Back before I was so pressed for time, I would pour over seed catalogs and figure out what I wanted in the garden for the season. I am going to try and plan out a few new plants this winter for next summer.
Defining your property line is such an elegant way. Priceless. A co-worker had these gates created for his home by Iron Idiom and I think they are just the wonderful touch. Gates and railings artistically made. Wish I had a spot for one ;) Must go look at their blog for more great samples of their work.