Saturday, June 4, 2011

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gypsy World & Hobo Cabaret







Last night I went out with two of my fellow Maker-Girlfriends. We went to a band called Beats Antique. I had never heard of them but was game to go out with two good friends. Being a creator and designer, the evening was visually stimulating for me in so many ways.

The best piece of Beats Antique was the dancer Zoe Jake. She oozes sexiness. She is gorgeous, and is a belly dancer. Well, I am no belly dancing expert and really have not seem much, but her performance was fabulous. Her costumes were very cool. My favorite was a leather, antler headdress she wore. She travels with another group called the Yard Dogs Road Show. I hadn't heard of them, but their web site describes them as a hobo cabaret, a living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll and based on these images below the show looks wonderful. I am going have to go see them as well.




Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Future By Corning


Well I am a technology geek. I love new technology. I love being connected. I like pretty much everything in this cool video, although I have one question, and that is where are the microphones in this new glass? All the visuals make perfect sense. Watch it and see what you think. Click here to watch the video.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Sterling & Bakelite Hairsticks

Hair Stick
I discovered this fabulous sterling silver hairstick the other day at Solo. I had to bring it home as inspiration. Being a gal with long hair I often stick things in my hair to put it up. I was surprised that this hair stick was so short. and had a flattened section. But I am going to try it. I think I may create some sterling hair sticks that are inspired by all of these.
Bakelite Hair sticks

A few years ago I came across this book that featured these amazing bakelite hairsticks from Asia. I am completely enamored with them. Of course the Asian mum is my favorite. Do you use hair sticks. What is your favorite length?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Plants plants and more plants

Awhile back I was at a local yard sale and I picked up a book called Hawai'i A Floral Paradise by Leland Miyano.



You can buy it here
When I started flipping through the book I knew instantly I had to buy it. It instantly took me back to Hawaii. Which coincidentally when we first saw our house and the tropical plants all over in the back yard reminded me of Hawaii and I was hooked and wanted it too. Hawaii has a warm spot in my soul.

Tuesday, I got a tip that Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach has Leucospermum or Pincushion protea which my book describes as looking like red sea urchins, which is dead on. When I got to CG I was delighted to find the plant below. Well I am going to have to save up to buy it. The good size plant was $149.00.
Leucospermum Species or Pin Cushion Protea
These are native to South Africa and Australia.

And also this Grevellea Banksii

Grevellea Plant I bought yesterday.
Grevellea Banksii, is also called the Kahili Flower. I have another favorite Kahili flower which is Kahili Ginger. It is rampant in my yards. I came home with Grevillea, which I am told hummingbirds love, so the ones that frequent my yard will be happy. This exotic flower also had a smaller price tag of only $15.00. Well, I will be saving up for my Protea. And I also want a Purple Passion Flower vine like this. But I may opt for the edible variety, I just love Lilikoi juice.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Molds on display at Solo

Yesterday I took a quick trip to Solana Beach to the Cedros Gardens to scope out some plants. Well I cannot go within walking distance of my favorite store Solo, across the street with out popping in.

There were a few items that really caught my eye.

Molds for Resin Eye Glass Frames

These are real halves of an actual mold used at one time for making resin glasses. I am personally fascinated with eyewear. I have a small collection of vintage glasses that I treasure. And some day I hope to make eyeglass frames. For me this was a little peak into how frames are made. Which after seeing these looks extremely similar to some of the processes we already do for our jewelry making. If the other halves were there I wouldn't have been able to resist buying them. But now I am a step closer to making eyewear.

Pewter Casting Jewelry Molds at Solo

Another very cool item on display and for sale at Solo were these Pewter casting molds. I just visited a pewter caster last week and saw some molds similar to these. You can tell they are for pewter by the hole in the center. I love the way Jennifer Price has displayed these. Absolutely stunning.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Get your Heart On Today

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Happy Valentine's Day. We have been busy baking over here. Ginger and I cooked up some fabulous funfetti heart shaped cupcakes for her class. Her favorite parts are licking the beater and sprinkling the sprinkles.
My favorite part is taking the photos along the way.

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