Archive for February, 2008
Two summers ago Mr. Man and I were fortunate enough to spend almost 6 weeks (!) in the UK. Thanks to our incredibly generous parents (thank you Mom and Dad and Papa and Other Mom and Other Dad!!!) and our lovely friends, we were able to travel around England, Scotland, and Wales right after I became Mrs. Man.
Rather than a “honeymoon” we renamed it Adventuremoon, because that was one heck of a trip. And every so often when I start reminiscing, or get the urge to adjust some contrast, I dive into the folder of 1100+ shots from the trip. The one above is of a tower on top of a hill in southeastern England and the one below is from inside looking out. Mr. Man can cook AND take amazing pictures!
I have a very helpful, thoughtful, kind little cat. She likes to
run around like a batshit-crazy horse calmly stroll through the house. And when I sew she likes to politely watch over everything I do, you know, to help point out where I could make some minor changes.
I love her.
Some photos of cracked, wrinkled concrete sidewalks that I found on a walk this weekend with Mr. Man. Don’ t you just love them?! I love them.
This is SO weird. A few years ago I had to keep a dream journal for an English class. Writing everything down really helped me remember the visuals of the dreams and even now a few stick out. One included something about a swimming race-to-the-death in an outdoor cement pool. (I’m not a swimmer.) And the other day I found this picture via NotCot of a basement pool in a house designed by Francois & DeWolf:
Just take out the stairs and roof and you are looking at the EXACT pool from my dream. The mottled cement, the wall at the end of the pool, the shape, EVERYTHING.
Weird. I love it.
Buying handmade is a fantastic experience. You get to support an independent artist or craftperson while laying claim to a one-of-a-kind item in return. Finding an artist that also works to support worthy causes (other than the very worthy cause of being able to feed themselves) is icing on the cake.
I recently discovered Sprout on Etsy and asked the very talented proprietor if I could share her striking jewelry. From her Etsy profile: “Sprout Jewelry is created by NYC artist Krista DeJoseph …and is committed to supporting the individuals and not-for-profit organizations who work to make our world a better place.”
Besides these gorgeous pieces that I am drooling over:
She also uses the proceeds of specific pendants to fund a very personal scholarship and to help struggling women:
100% of all profit from the Koru pendant (on right) funds a scholarship started in memory of her boyfriend who was lost to leukemia. To be able to turn such a heart wrenching loss into a beautiful symbol that will empower future students is an outstanding gift.
I am inspired.
I am quite scattered. But I got plenty done today (including starting a sentence with “but”):
- New vintage tie cuff for the craft fair.
- Made my hair stand up in a Mohawk.
- Mocked up a card for my brother (in-law) Jebb to use.
- Positively didn’t spend several hours on the internet and didn’t check my reader several times in the same hour.
- Had a photo shoot with this fabulous lucky kitty from Kat. (Please note that although this is about as far from my personal style as you can get—with the glittery and the pink and the other shade of pink—I absolutely adore this thing. It sits above me while I sew.)
- Thought about cleaning up my craft room.
- Maybe possibly got back on the internet. (Shall addiction become part of my vocabulary now?)