Makes me happy to see Maira Kalman’s new blog post (on the inauguration) for the New York Times…(And I adore the pink chair).
When I was little, I would build inspiration boards on whatever piece of cork I could find. They became the mediums of self expression and cheer, packed with cards, scraps of wrapping paper, fabric, dried flowers, love notes. I still have an inspiration board (It’s almost as big as the kitchen table now). I will try to get good photos of it for an upcoming post. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some other boards I spotted around the Internet this week. Which image do you like the best? (The full moon on d.Sharp’s board especially caught my eye.) xoxo
I’m awed and inspired by Pennsylvania artist Valorie Cox’s photos, meticulously taken though the bubble-top glass viewfinders of vintage cameras. (Usually Rediflexes). She has a number of prints for sale on Etsy at the moment and she also has a blog, where she generously shares her process for creating these little works of art. Unexpected and beautiful.
In honor of the lunar new year, Dylan & Jean from Ladies & Gentleman have a charming post (via Poppytalk) on all the treasures they’ve found in Chinatowns from Seattle to Los Angeles. The little coffee pot is very functional, but I prefer the pink plastic cake stands. Frivolity in plastic. Pure bliss.
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My small tribute to John Updike:
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Happy Chinese New Year. We’ve left behind the year of the rat (take that Bernie Madoff). And now for the year of the ox, a symbol of strength and good luck. I love visiting Chinatowns in various cities–Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and, last week, Washington D.C. I can never resist the mooncakes. Gong hei fat choi!
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I just got my film developed from my trip last week to DC for the inauguration. I wanted to share with you some of the images I took on my Holga camera at the Jefferson Memorial. The middle picture is of the ice and frost on the Potomac River. It glistened like diamonds. Please visit my flickr page to see the entire set!
Hello everyone! My friend Susan has been encouraging me to post more photos of my house. I’ve been hesitant because, really, I find other people’s houses more interesting. Anyway, here’s a little collage of a few spots around the house. The bald poppet wearing the crystal necklace on the perfume tray is one of my favorite things, for reasons I can’t entirely explain.
Hello All, Don’t forget to register for the great Brad Pitt “Make It Right” hat giveaway! (Details here!) The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here this evening! xoxxo
I always look forward to camellia season. But this year, it surprised me. I was so busy with work, I almost missed the early blooms. One afternoon, I looked out my bedroom window and saw the saucer-sized flowers–pinks, reds and white.
I’m spending the evening catching up on my blog reading. Design*Sponge this week did an interesting story on one of my favorite flowers, ranunculus. (Ok, I can’t really pronounce it.) Lovely, all the same….
I’m probably one of the few people who prefers the beach during a rainstorm. The colors are so moody: The ocean blends with the clouds and the air is fresh. I love these photos of Malibu, posted on flickr by imagebysp, a seascape photographer extraordinaire. The last picture is fantastic: the surf forms the median between air and sea. Gorgeous.
Dear All, I’m giving away one of my Brad Pitt “Make It Right” newsboy caps! I purchased it in New Orleans during the launch of Pitt’s effort to rebuild the lower 9th ward. (See Pitt, above, wearing his version of the hat.) To win, simply leave a comment on this post OR sign-up as one of my blog followers! (See sign-up link on the right. Please join the lovely Urban Muse–my first follower–in tracking my latest posts!) The winner will be announced here on Monday evening! xoxxo
It’s so nice to be home on a rainy Saturday morning with all my favorite things (and people and animals.) It’s supposed to rain for days, one of the hallmarks of winter in Los Angeles. I love it. I have a stack of books, new magazines (what do you think of that New Yorker cover?) and a new recipe book. Bliss.
I spent the day walking through the streets of DC, from the Jefferson Memorial up through Chinatown and over to my little rented apartment on 12th Street, where I’ve been filing my blog from the basement laundry room. (It’s the only place in the building where I can get on the Internet. ) I wanted to share with you this picture taken by RonnieR. (His DC set on flickr is wonderful.) Tomorrow I’m heading home to LA, where (alas) marble buildings and row houses are in short supply. I’m looking forward to thawing out my toes.
What better way to celebrate the country’s first African American president than with a concert (or two) featuring the country’s first authentic art music — Jazz! It’s woven into the fabric of our culture like a colorful silk thread. Martin Luther King Jr. called it America’s “triumphant music.” Tonight, at the Kennedy Center in D.C., some of the greats of jazz, including Dave Brubeck, gathered to sing and celebrate. I put together a little collection of photos, posters and album covers. I LOVE the one of Josephine Baker. And the one of Ray Charles makes me smile. I saw him nearly 20 years ago at the Ventura Theatre, complete with the Rayettes donning sunglasses. So much cool.