Archive for January, 2009

Maira Kalman

Jan 31, 2009

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).

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Flickr Tree(s)

Jan 31, 2009


From a gorgeous post this Saturday morning on the flickr blog.  (I’m loving images of bare trees at the moment!)

(Photo credits: Natureluv and Biancavanderwerf)

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A Prize

Jan 31, 2009

Awarded by the Denver Post in 1925! And now, a charm for getting through hard times.

(Photo: Twig & Thistle.)

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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

2. Coach (via Bandelle)

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The Evening Sky

Jan 30, 2009

I have enjoyed the past few days watching the moon and Venus make their transit across the winter sky.  This evening, beyond the trees, the waxing moon was shaped like delicate bowl, to toss wishes in. 

(Photo credit: megseggs)

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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.

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Le Love

Jan 28, 2009

From the blog Le Love. So lovely…

Postscript from Elizabeth, one of my dear readers:  The quote is from a page in a book by artist/author Brian Andreas.  You can find more of his work here

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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:

From Rabbit Run:  “Men are all heart and women are all body.  I don’t know who has the brains. God Maybe.”
(And I also love “The Witches of Eastwick.”)

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Chinese New Year

Jan 27, 2009



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!

(top photo: liquid sky arts.)

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My DC Holga

Jan 27, 2009



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!

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Home

Jan 27, 2009

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.  

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Which one is your favorite?  I love the top one. I always feel I like I’m walking on a highwire (but not quite with as much style.)

(Source: AllPosters.com)

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Chateau Getaway

Jan 26, 2009

Doesn’t this sound divine? Kaari Meng of the French General is planning a girls getaway this summer to a chateau in Southwest France!! Let’s go!!!

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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

UPDATE: Random Moments is the winner! Thank you all for playing. Stay turned for more giveaways!! xoxo

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Pansy Lane

Jan 26, 2009



I’m so smitten by Pansy Lane’s apartment set on flickr.  I love the way she’s grouped the photos over the couch.  And the mismatched chairs around the dining room table warm my magpie heart. And the wallpaper! Where was this apartment when I was looking??? 

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Camellia Season

Jan 25, 2009



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. 

Photos
Top: white camellia on my dresser.
Middle: from the always beautiful Liquid Sky Arts.
Bottom:  from Akaitori

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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….

(PS: don’t forget to register for the Brad Pitt hat giveaway, two posts below. xoxo)

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Malibu

Jan 24, 2009



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. 

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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

UPDATE: Random Moments is the winner!!!  Thank you all for playing. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

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Home

Jan 24, 2009

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. 

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DC Row Houses

Jan 23, 2009

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. 

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All That Jazz

Jan 20, 2009




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. 

(PS: please click on the English Muse homepage for an exciting giveaway:  A Brad Pitt “Make It Right” newsboy cap!) xoxo

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DC Bound

Jan 16, 2009



Dear All,  I’m heading to DC for the inauguration! Will be posting pictures and updates! Stay tuned! xoxo

  

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