- Hyperphotos. Extremely detailed images created by stitching together multiple telephoto shots. The closer you look, the more fascinating they are.
- Using Macromedia Flash to DJ. Slightly addictive.
- Cool things to put on the walls.
- I've been drooling over this chandelier ever since they posted it. Simply lovely. Now for a castle in which it will fit...
- Incubate your own eggs. I must be a homeschooler, since I find this strangely fascinating.
- Walking the Cabbage. Lovely, lovely images.
- White House photo blog. Lame interface; some cool pictures.
- Oh, and don't forget! NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I don't think I'll be participating, but don't YOU get distracted by those petty little details called life.
Maybe I should just stick to American slang.
I'm almost done with one wristlet (on the left) and the yarn on the right, destined for a scarf, has been halfway turned into one since the picture was taken. The wristlets were intended for me; I think they're going to be part of my mother's christmas present. Note that in the picture I hadn't finished weaving ends yet; I couldn't find my darning needle. A trip to Joann's today not only yielded that useful instrument, but also yarn for a Jayne hat for le husband's cousin and yarn to make a more manly version of the wristlets (thicker yarn and simple ribbing instead of cabling). Yes, my hand is sore. But tonight we're having friends over for cheesecake and coffee while the wind howls outside and a log burns in the fireplace. Truly life is good.
I spent the morning knitting madly at my desk (fortunately it's been quiet) and now I have one wristlet nearly done; I just need to do the thumb. I had to stop for a while because my right hand was getting rawther stiff. I hope to finish it up tonight, in between the video editing that I simply have to do. (Phooey on work when there's knitting to be done! And Christmas gifts to be assembled!) I'm exceedingly tempted to go back to JoAnn's and get more of the lovely olive-y yarn I got yesterday, maybe enough for a whole sweater for le husband? Or maybe I should stop for now, because my yarn stash is starting to rival my fabric stash. And when you live in a small apartment, that's not a good thing. Enough of my ramblings, though. Here are some lovelinesses dug up for you, my loyal readers.
- A soda can tab belt. Weird, but strangely compelling. In the comments someone mentions making it as a choker. That could be a great stocking-stuffer for the punk girl in your life.
- Based on this post, I find myself longing for the book "Making Stuff." Look at that apron! It has ruffles!
- Beautiful bolster pillow on slipper chair. Just...perfect.
- Another way to cover walls without painting. I've seen the fabric panel idea in lieu of art before, but never covering the whole wall. I like.
- Lovely, LOVELY wall covering. Unfortunately, it's also rather permanent. Which is sad, because wouldn't something like this be smashing to tone down the pink bathroom in my apartment?
- What to give the
person who has everythinggeek in your life: the breath palette. Their innate curiousity will, I think, be piqued by the flavors from curry to pumpkin pudding, and hopefully they'll actually use it.
- And then you have the kids who are too cool for dolls, so try the boggerdoll. It reminds me of happytreefriends, if that tells you anything.
- This is what my family (and friends and coworkers and random homeless men on the street) wish I would do with my gorgeous pink rain boots.
Not Little Miss Sunshine. It's wry, and sweet, and charming. It makes me laugh as I recall favorite moments from the film. I'm not sure if I would love it as much if I hadn't seen the movie, but that's a moot point. Oh, and if you see me squiggling down the street with a huge grin on my face, it's probably because I'm listening to "Superfreak."
$13.99 at Amazon
- Jansdotter.com has some lovely, well-designed items for the home and the closet. I'm especially entranced by the tissue-box cover. I hate tissue boxes, so I never keep those handy things around. But that? Just might make me change my position. (I wouldn't think it would be that difficult to make, either.)
- Inspire company, besides having a charming site, has some lovely gifty ideas. Although some of their things are a bit twee, who wouldn't like the toile notes or coral necklace. And I want the birthday ring!
- I just found out about my bonnie and clyde today, but I'm already addicted, I think. It's all indie artists and crafters. Check out the blackbird pillow, chaos lamp, and the nanette clutch. I think Porkchop might need that last one.
- These images are almost enough motivation for me to learn to crochet. Wouldn't they be fabulous stocking stuffers for small people?
- And then, if all else fails, there's always Amazon. If you can find their wishlist, you're home free! Personalize a book by wrapping it creatively, and you're guaranteed a gift that they'll like.
I just realized that most of these gifts are very feminine. I'll have to come up with some things angled toward the testosteron-laden gender. I post them as soon as I think of some creative ideas...which I desperately need. (Have I mentioned that it's very tricky for gift-giving when you've grown up in a family of mostly girls and marry into a family of mostly guys? Very tricky, indeed.)
- chocolate lace
- 25 most stylish films of all time. This is on GQ, so it's about men's fashion, but it's still fabulous. I might have to adapt some of these ideas for le husband.
- Alexander McQueen fashion shows. Amazing.
- Kristan Cunningham. I'm not sure where I heard about her, but flipping through some of her ideas can be very inspiring on a practical level.
Coming soon: pictures of all my thrifted treasures today, including a lovely brown and cream tweed that is COVERING my loveseat! Hooray!
I'm thinking that if I applique the letters on using black felt on a cream felt background, it will be easier to keep those clean lines. I can then embroider the numbers down in the corner. Or would it be easier to paint it all on?
Suggestions? (In case you can't tell, I'm completely enamoured of this idea.)
shirt, sweater, skirt: thrifted
red tights: walmart clearance (50 cents!)
- watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lovely, lovely clothes/furniture/titles (on the DVD).
- listening to Yewknee's Halloween mix.
- reading In Cold Blood. Fabulous.
So that's why I've not been around.
- downfloat fotographie. Love the site design as well as the images.
- julia fullerton-batten. The teen girl photos are intriguing.
- the classic: Robert Capa's D-Day photos. I saw these on display at the Smithsonian a couple of years ago, and the story is so incredible. What's amazing is how few of the images survived.
- bookcut. These sculptures are so lovely--a combination of books and art. I am spending entirely too much time going through the images.
You either love or hate this outfit.
Black leather jacket: thrifted
hot pink silk tank: thrifted
black vintage slip (as dress): vintage shop
black lace-trimmed slip: thrifted?
black and white striped socks: gift
pink rain boots: gift
exceedingly dorky expression: all my own
I went on a wishing expedition at Ikea, and I've come up with a list that I think remotely approaches practical. We've been thinking about getting a folding screen for one end of the living room, to block my computer area from view and to make the living seem a little smaller. (Right now it verges on cavernous, even with a sofa AND loveseat AND piano. But we were having trouble finding a screen I liked in our price range(they're just so floofy and decorative, and I hate stuff that is merely decorative, photos being the exception) plus we always need more bookshelves, so I think I have le husband convinced that this shelf will make a good room divider. In the black-brown? I'll put books and heavy stuff on the bottom, and use the top shelves for maybe filing/storage boxes and more framed photos. Then I want a flokati rug to throw in front of the sofa and make more of an "area" instead of a "piece of furniture plunked down in the middle of a vast sea of ugly tan carpet." And finally, we're planning on getting the malm bedframe. Before you say anything--yes, I'm aware that Ikea is not the best quality. I'm also aware that there are some that believe that you should only buy really good quality and the thing you really like. Well, it's a nice theory, but since the next bed I like costs about 14 times more and the bed he likes costs about 8 times more and this is one of the few we agree on and we're currently sleeping with the mattress on the floor? I'll take el cheapo, thanks.
Next on the list: finding a slipcover for a camelback sofa.
- polaroid panoramas. I love these. They make me want to dance happily.
- romanian stencil archive. Ok, so I can't stencil the walls. That doesn't mean I can't use these concepts on tshirts or throw pillows or! Oh! I like this one! Maybe a giant stenciled image on a huge canvas that I prop over the fireplace?
- archive of lovely, inexpensive art. Really good prices.
- You know, if my apartment looked half as lovely as this miniature bachelor's pad, I would be a very happy woman. And look at the white bedroom! Ok, I do NOT need another hobby to use up time. Will not even consider the idea of working on miniatures.
The racoons and cats are equally adorable, but I don't like the fleece lining. Too reminiscent of Uggs.
From Keds, $39.99
Smith Island 10-Layer Cake
2 boxes Duncan Hines butter cake mix
2 sticks butter
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix evaporated milk and enough whole milk to make 2 3/4 cups of batter. Pour cake mix, eggs, butter, vanilla and half of the milk mixture into a large bowl. Stir very slowly to blend. Mix on low speed for approximately 5 minutes, and add the rest of the whole milk. Blend on medium-high speed for 10 minutes or until batter is a smooth cake consistency.
Spray 9-inch cake pans. Spread 1 cup cake batter into pans evenly. Bake 10 minutes. Cake will turn slightly brown and begin to release from the sides of the pan. Repeat this until you have 10 layers.
2 sticks butter
2 1/2-ounce cans evaporated milk
8 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 pounds confectioners sugar
Directions: Melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in evaporated milk. Whisk in cocoa until smooth, return to heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Do not boil or scorch. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in confectioners' sugar. Cook slowly until thickened and mixture sticks to the back of a spoon or whisk. Frosting will form a ribbon when you drizzle a spoonful of the mixture. Allow to cool before frosting cake. To ice cake, spread frosting on a slightly cooled cake layer. Add crushed candy (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Milky Ways or other favorite). (This step is optional.) Repeat process for all 10 layers. Do not add candy to final layer. Finish frosting the top and sides of cake. Enjoy!
Not one of my favorite looks, but everyone else seemed to love it. I think the red lipstick helped.
red sweater: The Limited
black boucle skirt: the Gap
white collared shirt: thrifted
black patterned hose: Ebay
black snakeskin-patterned boots: Ebay
red headband: thrifted
- The executive coloring book. Just click the link, ok? I promise it's funny, but the drawings are cool, too.
- Advertising/design goodness. Someone to sift out all the ick and show just the "ah."
- Oh. My. Word. I think I just found my older sister's Christmas present.
- How to simplify...anything.
I should have more pictures up later. I made a Smith Island Cake this weekend, so I'll get pictures of all its lovely layers when we cut it at birthday celebrations tonight. Also pictures of my (horrendously boring but everybody loved) outfit from yesterday.
black tshirt: gap
lavender hoodie: target
black leather jacket: thrifted
silver belt: thrifted
jeans: plato's closet
diesel sneakers: DSW
silver necklaces (unseen): thrifted
In other news, I am completely inspired when I click through the entries to Apartment Therapy's "I've Got Color" contest. I especially like the hot pink and red drama, the black fireplace, and the lime green wall with the yellow painting. That's awesome.
Oh, and since the youngest brother-in-law owns every other moderately priced Lego set, can we just get him this instead? He could make his own! And if we throw in some food coloring, he could have custom colors.
I wish I could get well faster. But I must not think about that. This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had! There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down. I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness. Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere. There is one place where two breadths didn't match, and the eyes go all up and down the line, one a little higher than the other. I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have!
- Shoe storage. There's the pretty option, and the practical option. Seeing as the difference is $15 per pair? I'll take the latter.
- Beautiful wallpaper. If only I didn't live in an apartment....
- Cool paintings. I love idea of painting tons of circles on tons of canvases; it would be a relatively cheap way to cover your walls. I'll put that on my list of things to do when I have time, which will hopefully be in the next decade or three.
- Party in my Tummy by Yo Gabba Gabba. Guaranteed to make you laugh.
- hand painted parasols. I've been wanting one of these; I think they would make a great prop for photo shoots. But I'll try to find them locally first. I also want the panda chopsticks. And the ladybug hairties, although the pucca ties are cute, too. I can see myself going crazy on this site for stocking stuffers.