Friday, November 28, 2008

peace out

, originally uploaded by isofoto.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

happy thanksgiving

I, for one, need a day that forces me to sit down and reckon with all that I've been given. All of it. Even the stuff that doesn't seem like what 'I' wanted. Because I'm finding that's the stuff, in one way or another, for which I need to be most thankful. other than that, I'll take this time to assert that: tryptophan is underrated.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

i love you but....

I remember once, a communications professor saying that by inserting 'but' after a thought, you're negating all that precedes it.
passivity at its best.
I love you but is a collection of boardwalk caricature type drawings {not big side ponytail heads driving little convertibles} with funny 'i love you but' admissions {or negations~ or whatever}
if i were asked to add one? 'i love you.... but you say anyways'
i think i found this at a cup of jo but can't remember. none the less, love her blog so here's a little blog shou'-ou'.

thanks to the giving of wisdom

from Andrew Zuckerman's trailer for the book inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts mankind can give, is wisdom from experience, passed from one generation to another. for this i am thankful {and hopeful that some of it will sink into to this thick skull o' mine} ~love that robert redford looks like he just woke up from his mid-day nappy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

D is for Discount at Delight Dot Com

And just in time for the holidays the super clever buyers at have offered to give you, my super clever readers, a BB8-bro deal! You may remember that I blogged about these great popmats last spring. Absolutely charming are these great additions to any holiday table.
And so here's the dealio~ go over to their site and type in "BeachyDelight" and receive a 15% discount on your order {wow, thanks delight!}
AND the hits just keep on comin'. If you care to leave a cloying'll be eligible to win a free set of popmats! It's really a win-win situation.
Popmats are made of 100% recycled paper (30% postconsumer fiber and 70% preconsumer wastepaper). Set of 10 PopMats; Size 19"x13". "Banquet" is slightly more expensive due to detail. available in Natural or White~ $24.75

Monday, November 24, 2008

love and loss

yves st laurent cocktail ring $195.00
mongolian lambs wool vest: ebay loss, $450.00

mixed tape monday

photo: danske
are you ready? hang on come the holidays! and we're still at 75 and sunny. the only thing that distinguishes november/december from july and august around here, is the slant of the shadows. this doesn't keep the town from stringing up santas between the date palms. smiling santa. waving his little plastic mittened hand at us, as we walk to the beach. {santa, are you mocking me?}
in a week or so i'll be dragging a tree through my front door, sweating as i haul the christmas decorations out of storage, wearing shorts and flip flops and dreaming of a white christmas.
living at the beach is a charmed situation for sure, but it's a bit of a faustian deal: no seasonal changes. ever. something that only irks me for about 3 months out of the year.

Friday, November 21, 2008

peace out

morepeonies, originally uploaded by danske.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

happy birthday, girls!

amy atlas dessert bar-blogged, originally uploaded by lulucarter.

happy birthday!!!!

to two of my favorite friends and bloggers, joni {cote de texas} and robyn {garden rooms}

can't quit looking

from the loeffler randall, fall '08 lookbook
I love how french, late 60s early 70s, just rolled out of bed the hair and make-up is.
beautiful designs taken one step further with glorious styling.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

J' dig

faux deer antler bracelet~$80.00
to wear or display.
no tiny polymer deer were harmed in the making of this item.

shinzi katoh tape

This week is a busy one socially~ lots of kids' birthday parties, lots of wrapping to be done. I would love to have a bit of this on hand to swaddle the gifts:
from Japanese artist Shinzi Katoh {a favorite of mine}
happy friends and rabbit train tape~ $7.00 rare device
white dots on red paper~ $2.25 paper source

let there be light

Great light fixtures are like earrings for your room. They can be that finishing accessory that makes the space. If you can go the extra change, it's so worth it. Purveyor, Jeni Crawford of Rian Rae, provides an amazing, one stop shopping site that covers the gamut of styles.
bird and branch, decoupage chandelier~ $2,289.00
Steel frame accented by glass droplets with paper collage details.
bird and blossom chandelier~$1,600.00
Love, love this one. So unique and such a beautiful piece of art.
{if you say it like this: "sixteen hundy" it feels a little easier} Magical and free flowing, this nature inspired chandelier creates a tranquil ambiance with birds perched among twigs and blossoms.
butterfly mosaic chandelier~$1,198.00
This reminds me of the great vintage light fixtures found in older homes. I can just see this in a little girl's room.
savoy chandelier~$1,068.00 when your room begs to be called, 'vintage, modern and elegant all at once'
the reeves pendant~$598.00
wow, I can only imagine the lumens this guy emits. modern but so classic that it would work well in the most traditional of rooms {over a kitchen island perhaps?}
adjustable wood lamp~$438.00
and while this isn't a dangler, I had to include it for it's wonderful proportions.
Rian Rae...check it

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

felt up

Ignoring not a few public service announcements, we braved the acrid, smoke filled air of L.A. on Sunday and went to "Felt Club".
For those of you unfamiliar with Felt Club, it's a huge, shopping event featuring the indie crafts movement that's come to the forefront of the creative community in recent years.
With on line sites such as etsy and trunkt, it's so easy these days to buy and sell really great art. Felt Club offers a space to come see the quality of the work and get an idea for the vibe behind the movement. The line was long but moved quickly and once inside, it was a crazy, circus like atmosphere.
DJs spinning tunes, food, cocktailing, random performance artists. Much to the embarrassment of my children, I had to sidle up to Yo Gabba Gabba DJ, Lance Rock for a photo op. {because you know I'm just that kind of a, star *friender* }
one of my favorites, miriam dema, from whom we bought that really cool 'wish' print she's handing us here,
along with a great bike calendar. Her booth was absolutely packed and things were flying.
of course the super talented collage artist, michelle caplan ~below~was there {I'm not sure it would be a proper felt club experience without her booth}
and probably one of my absolute favorite etsy designers is miss natalie {oh, oops. her eyes are closed. I didn't realize that until just now. ~sorry Natalie!}
{I did a posting on her growth chart several months ago}
loved, loved these little hand painted eggs.
and a pirate supply kit! who doesn't need a few pirate supplies in their bag of tricks? I love this!!
All of her items are so, incredibly innovative, creative, beautifully designed. I highly recommend checking her out on etsy
this sign, of course, caught my eye and her work really was 'rad'. rings hand carved of different woods. gorgeous. gorgeous.
If you don't know about mahar dry goods. oh. seriously. Go right now and check out Robert's site. It's a mecca of Vintage and Artisan goods. Might be one of my top, top go to sites for gifts {especially for kids}
I'm not sure why I didn't take more photos of his booth. I think I was too mesmerized with everything. We did love these little snow globe jars:
handmade looking but so well done, that no way could you make these and have them, end up looking this cute. They come in their own little gray flannel pouch.
more cool stuff from various artists:
And of course, this whole experience wouldn't be complete without the debut of the new book:
HANDMADE NATION. The Rise of DIY, Art,Craft and Design
'the book that Chronicles the makers of the emerging indie crafts movement by the filmmaker {Faythe Levine} responsible for the documentary of the same name'
one of the co-authors, Cortney Heimerl
If you're unfamiliar with the work of Levine and Heimirl you really need to check out their work *here*

Monday, November 17, 2008

mixed tape monday

Great weekend.  Not so great is that, La La land is ablaze and our skies are an eerie orange haze. In the ashy air, I dragged the familia to felt club which was  fabulously crafty and fun. I was able to meet, in person, some of my favorite etsy vendors and see their work up close {more on that later}. All that and an impromptu dinner party with good friends. {yay!} Time to march forward into a fresh new week.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

peace out

antwerpen tea towel, originally uploaded by Loraine@grijs.

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