Archive for December, 2010

Paris yes or no?

Dec 27, 2010

paris polaroid
My friend Elaine wants me to housesit for her for 2 1/2 weeks next month in Paris. Normally, I would jump at the chance…but this year I have several job opportunities here in LA and I’m thinking that I should stay put…(Jobs are hard to come by in this economy!)…
Also, I’m not sure I’m up to doing Paris alone at the moment, especially now in the winter when it’s dark there forever…

What do you think? Stay in (mostly) sunny LA and work?

UPDATE: I just looked at the fares. I could fly round-trip for $700 and stay at Elaine’s for free…
what to do?

 

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roses
It’s a very cold, rainy day here in LA and I’m very sad to tell you that we had to withdraw our bid on the little Victorian. After having it inspected and investigating further we discovered that it would have been far more expensive than we realized to deal with the removal of the peeling lead-based paint. There’s a new law that requires painters to treat lead paint as if it were, well, asbestos.
(More on that here…)

So our search goes on….

(Photo by Pearled.)

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Redstone Diary

Dec 18, 2010

For me, this is one of the many joys of starting a new year: Flipping through the pages of a new Redstone Diary…
For years now I’ve been hooked on the colorful calendars produced by the UK publishing house Redstone Press.

Every year, they pick a different theme: this year it’s The Artist’s World.

Here’s the site’s explainer:

“Get to know: Louise Bourgeois, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, René
Magritte, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Kurt Schwitters, Varvara Stepanova and many others through remarkable photographs and revealing texts. The diary also contains a special year-planner illustrated with a rare and beautiful series of drawings made by Pierre Bonnard in his diaries.”

I can’t wait!

My previous Redstone favorite: Happiness.

Do you have a diary that you’re hooked on, too?

(PS: Amazon has the 2011 Redstone Diary stocked here.)

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Stacks

Dec 15, 2010

New photos of books, mostly, on my tumblr page.

I’m having a very busy, stressful week trying to finish projects before the holidays.

But searching for beautiful images is so relaxing…

(Book stacks photo by Moa.)

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books

Here’s my list:

“Audrey 100: A Rare and Intimate Photo Collection Selected by Audrey Hepburn’s Family.”
by Ellen Fontana

Maira Kalman’s “And the Pursuit of Happiness.”

“The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer

“Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff

“Frank: The Voice,” by James Kaplan

What about you?

(Photo by Uniform Studio.)

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Book Art

Dec 09, 2010

Mixed media artist and author Lisa Occhipinti appreciates books for their graceful prose and aesthetic beauty. They serve as both material and muse in her art…

Perhaps that is why she is always looking for

 beautiful new ways to turn covers and pages into art.

Her book, The Repurposed Library, will be re-released next year.


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Katie at Little Toil of Love tipped me off to this!
It was created by Mark Brownlow at Famous Inboxes blog.

I love how Charlotte Collins posted wedding photos on flickr and Darcy sent an email with the subject line: “The answer’s still no, then?”  The apparent response: “Stop emailing me you stuck up prejudiced prig.”

Very funny!

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Tumblr Tuesday

Dec 07, 2010

This:
…and more…

Over on my Tumblr page. So glad the site is back (at the moment.)

Did you miss it too?

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Shabby, Ultra Chic

Dec 07, 2010

I was in Venice, CA on Abbot Kinney Blvd yesterday.
 I couldn’t resist taking a few photos at the home decor store, Bountiful:

Bountiful in Venice, CA

The store and all its back rooms are packed with treasures.
There are even couches, armoires and statues of saints (!) in the rafters:

Bountiful in Venice, CA
The front of the building still displays an old hardware store sign.
But it doesn’t take long to figure out that this place isn’t selling hammers and nails…

Bountiful in Venice CA
It’s incredibly expensive. (You could spend $20,000 on a couple of columns…)

Bountiful in Venice, CA

But it’s really a feast for the eyes…

Bountiful in Venice, CA

And great inspiration too…

Bountiful in Venice, CA

More about the store here.

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Tumblr Outage

Dec 06, 2010

life without tumblr

Did Mark Zuckerberg hire away
all the Tumblr engineers
to work on the Facebook redesign?

Sigh.

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Dani Padgett writes on her flickr profile that she’s in a creative slump, but you’d never know that by looking at her amazing photos…
My cat is cuter than yours

Hannah & Kitten

Hannah & Heather

Kristen

The pictures of her cat and friends are lovely — and so is her San Francisco apartment!

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Are you a fan of Pride, Predjudice and Zombies?
Well…the book’s very enterprising marketing team is rolling out a full-blow social media campaign this month that includes an Etsy shop for Ms. Bennet, where she’s selling
a Zombie apothecary kit (for $100).

Take a look:

Ms. Bennet describes herself this way on her Etsy profile page:

“I, Elizabeth Bennet, lived a life of peace and propriety in the English countryside until a pustulent plague of unmentionables rose from the earth and began to wreak havoc on dear Hertfordshire. Thankfully, my sisters and I were trained in the most vicious defense techniques: swordplay, hand-to-hand combat, musketry, and sharp wit. Thus, my life has been devoted to fighting off the dreadfuls (as well as the attentions of a distasteful man named Mr. Darcy). 

I hope you will benefit from this zombie prevention kit, as well as a hardcover copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a tale inspired by my family’s struggle to defeat the unmentionables.”

The kit includes “Bleed-Banishing Balm, Gnaw-be-Gone Purifying Poultice, Reanimate and Perambulate Smelling Salt.”

What is it about Jane Austen that inspires such cleverness?

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I was searching the Internet today for information on renovating Victorian cottages when I came across a New York Times story on this fantastic little housein the Catskills:

It was an old hunting cabin that Sandra Foster
turned into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted.
You even have to use a ladder to get to the sleeping loft!
And look at the front porch:

So cute!

 

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I’m so addicted to Tumblr at the moment! Lots of new stuff on my page!

(Open photo by Abby Trys Again.)

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Lucky Star
I keep a small lot of fortune cookie slips in an old silver locket.
The lucky star one is my favorite…

Top photo by Look Left and Look Right; bottom photo by me.

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Some good news!

Dec 03, 2010

I’m very excited to tell you that we got the house!! (Not the one above, that belongs to Mr. Disney)… We got the little Victorian, equally as grand in our hearts!

(Photo by Tatini.)

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Phillip Lim dress, Antique Chair
We could:
1. Keep looking.
2. Take a break from house hunting and clean the carpet in our flat.
3. Go to Paris for three weeks in January.

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We still haven’t heard any news. (The sellers have until tomorrow to decide.)
I’m trying to distract myself.

(Photo by Le Portillon.)

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San Francisco Polaroid

I was recently in San Francisco where I had coffee with artist Tina Tarnoff…After becoming friends with her through blogging, it was really lovely to actually meet her in person!

San Francisco Polaroid

It was also great to explore her wonderful neighborhood: North Beach.

San Francisco Polaroid

With sloping streets of Victorian row houses and painted buildings…

San Francisco Polaroid

I could understand where she gets her inspiration for
her wonderful papercuts

See more of Tina’s art on Etsy.

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Waiting…

Dec 01, 2010

Collection 2
We put in an offer today on the little Victorian house…so now we’re waiting to hear…
if it’s meant to be.

(Photos by Amanda Elizabeth Foster & Claire Prenton.)

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