Archive for November, 2012

My Pom Obsession.

For those of you who want to chew on some pomegranate seeds without the seedy mess {oh, but it is so much fun to pull one apart in search of those small apartments of snuggled pom seeds!}… let me introduce you to my newest fresh food love. I could seriously eat a few cups of these lil fresh arils a day. Gotta love the simple spoon and clean hands post snack attack.

Parent Rap.

With baby on the brain, I’m googoo gaga over anything child related that is sent my way {hold on the junk snail mail that’s filling my mailbox!}. Just got this video from my sister. Bring it kiddo!

Happy Monday!

I am Fast Becoming a Pinning Machine.

This weekend, I have a lot of catching up to do on my social media side of life… networking and blogging of course. I’m fast becoming a pinning addict at Pinterest. It’s so darn easy to save a picture and link from any webpage. Much easier to organize then my piles of tear-sheets and tear-outs throughout my home and office. I also find it a great tool for my clients to pull together their own preferred tastes and style to help my design firm navigate specific projects with greater direction. It’s a Win Pin Win situation! For those of you “pinterested” in what’s on my Boards, check out my Pins!

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Light as a Feather, Strong as a Bag.

My husband can vouch that I’m quite the talented acquirer of any kind of soft storage sack with one or two straps. Totes, satchels, cross-bodies, you name it. I want it. I’ve yet to place my order for one {or all four colors}, but this Air Tote Bag from Meet Me Here is on my immediate bag radar list.

black mesh air tote bag with leather strap

blue mesh air tote bag with leather strap

It would have been excellent for days at the beach and even a catchall for weekly dry-cleaning. With a baby on the way, I also imagine it carrying those odds and ends that seem to overflow the typical tote. Inspired by Japanese origami, these simple bags are made from remnant mesh and vegetable tanned leather. They measure about 16″ x 20″ x 4″ so they are perfect lightweight carry all for your everyday needs.

white mesh air tote bag with leather strap

orange mesh air tote bag with leather strap

 And the leather straps dress up the simple mesh fabric. Now, which color should I designate for fabric samples from the Design Center… which for baby toys?

Cut the Turkey.

Two weeks away from Thanksgiving celebrations and feasts everywhere. We’re still trying to sort though our plans for that weekend {also my %$^ birthday weekend! holla!}. This two-piece cutlery carving set at Barneys could be the perfect tradition to Thanksgiving Day turkey carving.
Berti Cutlery Carving setThe ox horn handles lend a rustic and warm sense to the food -packed holiday table. They come in a great natural wood box and are made in Italy.

Creativity and Your Dreams Last Night.

I am a serial dreamer. During the night, my mind seems more active than all of the creative thoughts and problem-solving it performs during waking hours. And let me tell you, this is tangent-girl talking so my mind truly does not take a break. You could say I’m also a serial multi-taker at heart as well. But what part of my own dreams have I applied to my life, creatively?

I thought I should share the following write-up by Marita Steffe for DesignTAXI.com. Looks like many famous humankind have had successes from their night sky imaginations.

We all have dreams and they can be a great source of inspiration. I’m not talking about the wishes we have for lives but those nocturnal dreams we have when sleeping. They come unbidden to us and often are gone before our feet hit the floor.

Scientists are at a loss to explain them: why we have them or what creates them. Still, many of the greatest innovations of our day came to their creators in dreams.

Music, including Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, and great works of fiction like Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, have both been attributed to dreams. If these works can be based in dreams, then what can we mine from the depths of our own dreams?

The best way to begin is by keeping a note pad and a pen beside your bed. When you wake in the morning, write down your impressions and any memories you have of your dreams. Do not wait until you’ve brushed your teeth or had your first cup of coffee as dreams are fleeting and will be gone by then.

Just reach for the paper and pen and begin writing, even if you feel as though you are still half asleep. You can even do this if you waken during the night. As long as the dream is fresh, write down whatever you can remember about it.

Later, when you look back at your notes, you may have little understanding of what you had been dreaming. Or, you may discover that you have touched on a spark of inspiration that will lead you to some new work of art, piece of music or bit of prose.

Even negative dreams can have value.

Consider the case of Mary Shelley’s dream. Frankenstein may not have been the most enjoyable dream she ever had but it ignited her imagination and she penned one of the classic pieces of literature of all time. Never dismiss a dream out of hand. Sometimes, when you look at it in the light of day, you will find that the answer to a problem you had been trying to resolve is looking back at you.

The randomness of dreams is a benefit to the creative mind. There are no surefire ways to control what you will dream about or how the dream will end. This leaves your creative mind open to endless possibilities. Take advantage of those possibilities and you may find your life improved by this wellspring of inspiration.

Get out and Vote! Polls close in 4 hours!

vote election 2012 ballot


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"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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