June 25, 2008


love this clock by thorunn arnadottir! how creative! 
the whole necklace represents one solar day. each bead represents 5 minutes. the red and orange beads are the whole hours. the silver bead is midnight and the gold bead is noon!
AND you can wear it as a necklace!
(thanks for sharing, innumerable goods*)

one to grow on

my great aunt's birthday was monday, she turned 82 years old. every year for my birthday since i can remember, my auntie has sent me a check, she matches every year of mine to the dollar, plus one year to grow on.  she's been doing this for everyone in the family for ages. this year, she asked not to be given any gifts; no clothes, no shoes or hats, scarves, etc. because she already has all of these things and doesn't wear half of them anyway she says. so instead of getting a bunch of "things" this year, each of her children gave her 83 dollars! $82 plus one to grow on. Now she can buy whatever she wants and needs*
so happy birthday auntie!
these pics were taken in one of my favorite places in the world, my great auntie and grandmother's home in chicago, il.


these are pics of rooms that i pulled from one of my favorites, domino magazine. also a couple of photos from an awesome blog devoted to rooms of all kinds, whether photographs, drawings or paintings of them. 

so i mentioned bernard rudofsky, i had no idea he was so known for his sandals, or that the strappy, lace up, gladiator style sandal was so popular in the 60s and early 70s. here are some of his sandals featured in vintage vogue shoots. and peep the Sandal Dress above, a custom order piece he did; a one piece garment, connected from shoulder to foot...what???!!

there are so many amazing blogs out there. i spent my whole morning researching and exploring and here's what i found. below, a marimekko wall hanging. and below that are two beautiful prints by new zealand artist helen acraman.

    and then.....some work by architect, curator, critic, exhibition designer, and fashion designer bernard rudofsky. "i believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture."bernard rudofsky

June 22, 2008

summer came in with a bang this year! it's been about 300 degrees for the last few days and nights, almost unbearable for me and im a summer girl. but ive decided to fully embrace the heat and follow our enormously large and lovely friends the elephants for inspiration. when they overheat, they immerse themselves in mud and spray each other with water to cool off. a wonderful example of how to behave gracefully in the summer heat. when life hands you hot lemons...rub yourselves in mud!

June 20, 2008

"and the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~ anais nin

June 18, 2008

inspired wednesday

full day! and its only 2:30pm! love days like these. my husband and i got up early this morning, but then decided 8am was just too early for me today...then woke up again at 10:30am to my phone ringing loudly. i was happy to hear from nicolas, but little did he know he interupted a fantastic dream in which melody, yaani and i were just about to learn the dance routine in a Googoosh music video!  ah well, maybe i can pick up where i left off when i go back to the land of spirit tonight. got dressed and went to brunch with two dear friends. im full of joy from the lovely company and conversation and from my ahi tuna tacos with potato salad. nicolas played a game of you-pick-up-the-things-i-throw with a cute baby in a highchair next to our table. alexis shared about the cool art opening she went to last night. oh and enlightened me about Banksy. nicolas showed us the spring issue of Me Magazine that he's in with Rodarte on the cover.  plus we got to be outside in this pretty weather. back home now. back to work i go. 

June 16, 2008

true monday

just learned about this artist janet morton, she does installations and beautiful mixed media pieces. this one is called "early frost." 

June 15, 2008

pretty piles

this painting of an african marketplace (artist unknown) reminds me of how much i enjoy the idea of a large outdoor venue, filled with categorized goods; by color, by shape, by taste, type, size, texture or need. and especially if they're displayed in small individual containers. love those pretty piles.

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