Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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
Thursday, February 17, 2011
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.
These are native to South Africa and Australia.
And also this Grevellea Banksii
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.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
There were a few items that really caught my eye.
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.
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
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.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Well I put all the names in hat shuffled them about and drew one name and the winner is Fiona Cartolina - "The Dragon in the woods" winner of the Chinese New Year Necklace giveaway. It also just so happens that Fiona and her blog Cafe Cartolina give me countless hours of inspiration on a daily basis. -Thanks Fiona.
To everyone else that entered shoot me an email with subject "Chinese New Year" with your mailing address at info (at) hioctanejewelry.com and I will send you a lovely consolation prize.
Thanks to those of you that participated here and Facebook - Alicia
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
If you know me, you know I live and breath signage. I even design it in my sleep. It is something that I am truly drawn to and enjoy. Being of a lover of signage, I also can't get enough of great architectural graphics and I love when the are integrated in residential homes and and not just retail properties. I came across these great examples of a simple design that great in a residential application. I found these on the 3 Form Blog here.
Those fabulous swedes doing it again.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I came across these plates and dishes and couldn't help stopping to enjoy. I just love the big flower plates and bowls. The little bird dishes are fun too. Many of girlfriends are into peacocks and this design has those as well. You would think these dishes were at Anthro, but no they are at Macy's. I just love the soft aqua hues.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
In Celebration of Chinese New Year and the upcoming year of the rabbit, I am giving away this wonderful necklace to one of you lovely blog readers. I have fond memories of growing up in Hawaii and going to Chinatown this time of year and watching the dragon dances and listening to crack, and snap of fireworks. I remember the streets literally looked like they turned red, from the sea of red firecrackers paper on the ground. Something about this necklace brings all of that together for me, the hula girl of Hawaii, the Asian cinnabar, firecracker, carved looking beads, the blue and white ceramic beads reminiscent to The Ming Dynasty ceramics.
Giveaway details: Leave a comment below of your favorite Chinese New Year moment or your Chinese Zodiac Symbol. Don't know what Chinese Zodiac Symbol represents you try the Chinese Calculator here. Winner will be announced on Feb 18th, 2011. If you haven't done so sign up (Right column box) to get my blog delivered to your email in box.
I see that I am a Rat specifically a water rat. My husband is a rabbit, specifically a water rabbit. What should we expect from the year of the Rabbit? We can heal, transform, use diplomacy, be kind and pure with each other. Want more click on over here.
I am in the process of getting ready to launch my new web site, Alicia Hanson.com click on over and take a sneak peek.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Found this beautiful new store in Los Angeles, in a Interior Design html newsletter. The fabulous room colors caught my eye. Awhile back I blogged these cool filigree light fixtures. A local company in North San Diego County called Hi Octane Design can create large wall graphics like those flower graphics shown in photo two. The store is H.D. Buttercup. They are located 3225 Helms Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Well I am ready for an LA trip to go explore some new places. Anyone want to make a day trip?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I remember years ago when I was in High School and my parents came back from a trip to Sweden and Denmark. They said to me "Make a conscious effort to stop buying plastic. We watched a documentary while we were in Sweden about how bad plastic is and that it is thought to effect hormones in people and all sorts of things." Being in high school my reaction to this was ok and I made sure to buy soda in a can, we could even still get it in a bottle in Nevada then. And when presented the choice I always choose glass.
Opens at Cinema Village in New York on January 14, 2011
Director Werner Boote is Available for Interviews
NYC PRESS SCREENING
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11 a.m.
RSVP by January 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE INFO:
We live in the age of plastic. It’s cheap and practical, and it’s everywhere – even in our blood. But is it a danger to us?
The plastic industry annually generates hundreds of billions of dollars. Every industrial sector in the world today is dependent on plastic. The amount of plastic we have produced since it was invented would be enough to cover the entire globe six times over. But this inexpensive and convenient substance comes with a hefty price. Plastic stays in the ground and water system for up to 500 years. It is found on every beach in the world. Numerous studies have proven that the chemicals it releases (such as Bisphenol A) migrate into the human body and may contribute to or cause grave health problems, from allergies to obesity to infertility, cancer and heart disease.
For Austrian German director Werner Boote, plastic is personal. His grandfather was one of the early manufacturers of plastic and he introduced Boote at a young age to the magic substance that would change the world. Many years later, after reading about the global threat posed by plastic, he decides to embark on a quest to discover the truth about this pervasive substance. Traveling to fourteen countries, he boldly and humorously confronts manufacturers, scientists, government officials and consumers to ask questions that concern all of us: Why don’t we change our consumption behavior? Why is the industry not reacting to apparent dangers? Who is held accountable for hills of garbage mounting in deserts and seas? Who wins in this game? And who loses?
This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. Interviews with the world’s foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies and the health of future generations. Interspersing animated sequences and old commercials, this eye-opening film reveals how the world has wholeheartedly embraced the convenience of a substance it knows nothing about.
"'Plastic Planet' is that rare call-to-action documentary that might rouse viewers to do something more than nod their heads in agreement. A methodically researched yet engaging examination of the environmental and health problems associated with plastic, this wide-ranging warning cry uses an intelligent investigative style along with animation and vintage footage to drive home its message."
– Jay Weissberg, Variety
95 min, Color, English narration and subtitles, Dolby Digital
Written and directed by Werner Boote
Original Music by the Orb
Animation by Peter Hoehsl
Produced by Thomas Bogner, Daniel Zuta
Executive producers, Tom Glaeser, Ilann Girard
With: John Taylor, Peter Lieberzeit, Marques Brown, Othman Ilyassa, Klaus Rhomberg, Beatrice Bortolozzo, Felice Casson, Juergen Artner, Frederic Corbin, Robin Tharaldson, Hermann Bicherl, Vicky Zhang, Theo Colborn, Kurt Scheidl, Rupsha Raghuram, Charles Moore, Susan Jobling, Scott Belcher, Patricia Hunt, Gunther von Hagens, Badru Okidi, Hiroshi Sagae, Jeff Harris, Fred vom Saal, Craig Halgreen, Guido Brosius, Stefano Facco, Catia Bastioli, Ray Hammond, Margot Wallstrom, Elfriede Boote. Narrator: Mark Jefferis
Press materials are available at: firstrunfeatures.com/plasticplanet_press.html
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Here are my top 13 books about jewelry making and fabrication methods.
Practical Casting by Tim McCreight
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
While perusing my local Henry's market I came across, Pacifica Perfume Roll-ons. I tried a few and couldn't resist Tuscan Blood Orange. I don't know what it is about rollerball perfume, but I love the packaging and I am a sucker for Citrus scents.
The Pacifica Perfumes, contain their best-selling fragrances in natural grain alcohol. And, they are free of phthalates, nitro-musks, benzene, and other things you don't want.
Size: .33 oz.
Item #: 63027
You can get them online at Pacifica Perfume or at your local Natural Food's Market like Henry's.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I want to do more homesteading around our place. We have the room and I would love to be off the grid and self sufficient and some point in my life. This will be a good start.
Green Homes New Ideas for Sustainable Living by Sergi Costa Duran
I also ordered 3 more books that will be my business reading list. I will post those when they arrive.