Tuesday, December 29, 2009

please do not recycle your toilet paper rolls

Anastassia Elias,toilet paper roll,art from toilet paper rolls,recycled paper products,upcycled,recycled art
please do not recycle your toilet paper rolls: send
them to artist Anastassia Elias so he can do his magic on them! i am not sure how he fabricates these radically up-cycled miniature dioramas, but i love them! thanks, weburbanist, for the intro!

Monday, December 28, 2009

tavi is my favorite mini fashionista

tavi claims to be a fashion rookie, but clearly she has a deep, deep fashion sense. this 13 year old fashion blogger, new girl in town and insightful person has a great blog that is well written, funny and very interesting. so interesting that the ladies at rodarte partnered with her and target to publicize their new collection for target...which is sold out, so forget about it unless you want to buy via ebay. i got three dresses. i rocked this one on christmas at the in-laws.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MacBook pro

finally talked the mister into getting his own MacBook pro
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

extra help for the holidays at the post office

i had to ship several over-sees orders from herban elements and high contrast today: the line was out the door at the post office. mothers let children run wild: round and round, repeatedly punching the life-size cut out of a postal worker, while the dutiful clerks at the united states postal service worked over time...not.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

winter wonderland?

winter wonderland or icy hell hole?
you decide...
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blizzard time

looks like we will break the 77 year old snowfall record for December:(
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Friday, December 11, 2009

a show of hands

love retail! so, i don't do much wholesale these days. one of the galleries a really believe in is a show of hands in delray, alexandria, virginia. not only do they sell beautiful things: they are honest people who believe in their community and their artists: a true rarity in ethical behavior these days.
please make plans for a shopping trip to their space on mount vernon avenue because its awesome!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

driving past the lincoln memorial

yeah...headed to jimmy's studio on capitol hill so we can go to delray in alexandria to exchange our work at a show of hands gallery. i am currently driving past the washington monument and frankly, i never get sick of admiring dc's beauty.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

downtown holiday market

this is my last day at the downtown holiday market, but I wanted to highlight some of my awesome neighbors ... javid of kashmir imports has the most exquisite hand embroidered textiles. I bought one of his jackets for my mom's birthday. if you can't make it to the downtown holiday market today, check out his website @ www. kashmirimports.com.
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top chef washington, dc

ok: dc has risen to the top of the proverbial 'food chain' as far as american cities go these days: everybody wants to be come here, be seen here, make their mark here. so why not have top chef dc?, asks chef spike. you can participate in the lobby-ing for top chef washington, dc.: suggest possible locations, ingredients, events, elimination challenges and guest judges at capital spice, and possibly win top chef prizes and shiz. hurry up though: you only have til 10:00 pm tomorrow to do it-right before the top chef finale-so get creative and be decisive!

Monday, December 7, 2009

serious jammin'

-it's a party-party at the downtown holiday market.
please join us!
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boys in blue

dc's finest always shop at the downtown holiday market: you should too!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

first snowfall!!

we had the first snow fall of the season yesterday: not a fan!
it did not dampen the spirits of holiday shoppers at the downtown holiday market, however.
today is supposed to be much nicer:
please come visit!

Friday, December 4, 2009

downtown holiday market

please come visit me at the downtown holiday market! check www.downtownholidaymarket.com for more info.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

fojol brothers of merlindia

headed to set up my booth at the downtown holiday market when i encountered a traffic jam caused by the delicious musings of the fojol brothers of merlindia.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

how to cook a thanksgiving turkey on the grill

i had big plans this weekend, but due to the dog's surgery on friday i kind of hung out with him saturday and sunday: i organized my clothes/closet when he was relaxing in bed...i watched a little tv when he sat on the sofa looking out of the window at the blue jays and squirrels: i saw bobby flay from the food network cook his thanksgiving turkey on the grill: intriguing! coming from california, i use my grill almost every night to cook everything from vegetables to pizza, so this is a technique i want to try! i love turkey and could eat turkey sandwiches forever, so i think i am going to do this. my husband works at a family company and every year in conjunction with a food drive for s.o.m.e., all 300+ employees receives a turkey for thanksgiving (and a ham at christmas!). so, my dead bird will be here tomorrow, and I'm cooking it-stuffed with wild rice and sausage stuffing-on the grill... i better get a new meat thermometer as i melted the last one...oh wait: this wild rice and goat cheese dressing sounds way better!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

my poor dog

my wonderful partner and companion had to have major surgery last night...I picked him up today: he's in a lot pain and hasn't stopped sobbing for five hours now:(
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how to use tape to make graffiti

amazing tape artist buff diss rocks it out electrically.

new age music: there's an app for that!

not that i want you (or me) to sound like michael bolton (notice: no link?) or yanni...but i love me some iphone apps!...and Ocarina is yet another app in my arsenal of silliness...and time wasters. the developers use the Iphone’s built-in movement sensors and touch screen to form a keyed instrument…or a kind of flute, by detecting the passage of your blown breath and translating it into intensity of sound. you can upload your new age masterpiece to the Ocarina online community and listen to the work of others. can you get more contemporary than a virtual instrument that automatically shares its output ? ...and its an iphone, of course: how cool are you?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

master of your own domain? there's an app for that!

master your domain with the master gardener app for iphone and itouch! i have been using master gardener for a few days to organize my winter crops and plan for seedlings in january. i have a wish list of edibles i want to grow consistently, and the huge data base of 40,000 plants makes specifications so easy, plus i have wikipedia access for research and link purposes. i have to say: when i typed in 'arugula' i got a blank screen and had to enter it manually, but it was really simple and quick, frankly! i can easily add other gardens to my journal and include my own photos for reference. it is a gardening tool i can utilize in so many different ways! excuse me for saying 'it is kind of awesome!', because my brother, anita and myself designed it after a conversation last christmas dinner...eleven months later-and a lot of hard work- it was accepted into the apple store last thursday! please check it out and let me know what you think: we will try to improve it and version 2 is already in the apple pipeline for release asap. i love my iphone and this is just another reason i cant live without it: please join me!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

adorable guard dog

dropped the mister at the motorcycle shop...the adorable guard dog greeted us at the front door and demanded to have his ears scratched.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

tasty dinner

quick dinner at tasty diner.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday, lovely Sunday

hope everybody had a great weekend!
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fish story

went with the mister to buy fishing stuff at rw sport shop and take photos for my fake fishing blog...they have cool stuff there, including an abundant-and neatly organized- fish spice selection. who knew?
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

nor' easter + tropical depression ida= nor'ida

the weather channel got a big kick out of themselves for coming up with the name "nor' Ida" to describe this week's storm, which combined a nor' easter with tropical storm ida. whatever...the water got deep around here! the water was over the sea wall during today's high tide. you can see the water line in the leaves from yesterday.
no damage though so, all is well!

please note my awesome bertoia chairs which I got at a tag sale for $5 each. yes: i said "FIVE dollars"!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

thievery corporation on current tv

i love thievery corporation: they produce one of the few types of music the mister and i agree on! not sure if that has anything to do with the fact he used to work with them at the fifth column nite bar/art club back in the day, but whatever! tonight, current tv features the hometown-dc mega stars in their new embedded program thievery corporation underground dc djs @ 11 est. if you are not familiar with thievery, they are a sound system, featuring two djs, live band and multiple rotating vocalist to create their unique sound. i never miss an opportunity to see and hear the group. above is a photo i took with the iphone from the upper bar at their show @ the 9:30 club last january 28th: so great!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

taxidermy squirrel-fish

like my mother said, "if you dont have anything nice to say..." but regretsy is so funny! there is some weird stuff on etsy: glad i dont have to sift through it all to find all my loves wrapped up into one. i just noticed the price has increased from $350 to $1000 since it was featured in regretsy. sheesh: almost made me upchuck my squirrel fish sticks.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

how to make a flying carpet from astro turf

astro turf in the house doesnt have to be tacky! a flying carpet from spanish design power studio, emiliana is pretty cool!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

the metropolitan cooking & entertaining show

too bad the metropolitan cooking & entertaining show wasnt any of the last three rainy weekends: it is supposed to be nice today, and i really dont want to be indoors. but if i did, i am not sure i would pay up up $75 to see food network stars Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence or the Neelys present live cooking demos or sign a cook book. Top Chef Contestant Richard Blais will be hosting Culinary Innovations seminar...i think i will head to chef spike's and grab a burger instead. but if you want to check it out, it runs saturday 9-7 and sunday 10-5 @ the convention center.

Friday, November 6, 2009

walking the dog

the dog and i had a wonderful walk this morning: we found more walnuts to collect; saw a beautiful red tailed hawk; lots of different woodpecker-type, tree clinging birds and generally enjoyed being outside. it was a very nice day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

squirrel problems

this is not another squirrel problem because i am so excited about my new squirrel pendant from Petites Curiosites' shop on etsy: it's coming all the way from paris, france, europe: that's nuts!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

how to fire up your creativity

need some inspiration to fire up your creative spark? book a seat in barbara lewis' torch-fired enamel work shop this saturday at annmarie garden sculpture park and art center, and you will bring it home! literally, you will bring it home: eash participant will make 40+ beads and assorted pendants. barbara is a fantastic artist/jeweler and a fellow etsian with two great shops: painting with fire and barbara lewis.

Monday, November 2, 2009

grey skies are gunna clear up!

yet another rainy weekend...and it gets dark so early these days: i already cant take it! I think the end of it is in site!
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colorWatch app for iPhone

ok...it's monday and we all got an extra hour of sleep thanks to the end of day lite savings time. but, im pretty exhausted from spending the weekend changing time on my vast collection of clocks: i think i have over a hundred... make that a hundred and one cuz i just loaded the colorWatch app onto my iphone! This is the iphone-Version of the Chromachron Watch, designed in the 1970's by swiss designer Tian Harlan. The color circle represents the course of the day by light and color degrees. very colourful! With a little practice, you'll be able to tell the time with an accuracy of about 3-5 minutes. Not exact? Well, that's the point! By using the Chromachron watch, you'll be less stressed, because it's always "about... 5:00"! hey, that's the cocktail hour: lush!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

what time is it?

i collect clocks, so i really never have to ask that question out loud...but changing the entire collection is super time consuming when daylight savings time comes and goes. found this awesome vintage howard miller starburst clock at a tag sale:$15.00!

moustache salt and pepper shakers

the moustache trend remains strong! if a large stuffed 'stache is too bold of a statement for you, put the hotness on the table with these moustache salt and pepper shakers from paper doll woodshop on etsy. super bad!

mushrooms on the brain

i am a fan of the super flat because i love japanese modern robot design! this adorable -and completely weird- custom "munny" from artist yukako tanaka is my new favorite: there is a mushroom garden in munny's head. i love mushrooms!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

quick halloween costume for dogs

DO NOT make your dog into a bunch of grapes-or anything else-for halloween, why would anyone do this to a beast who gives nothing but unconditional love? NOT COOL! (yes: shouting).

last minute halloween costume for baby

some people should not have children. this guy thinks he has 3-fer: halloween costume, diaper, pumpkin seeds...uhmm...maybe someone should call the police?

Friday, October 30, 2009

hedwig and the angry inch

i had never seen the film hedwig and the angry inch before last summer...it's so weird and great! forget the rental because its also musical theater: see it tonight (or tomorrow) @ the warehouse theater.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

how to make a giant moustache

if you are not familiar with the website instructables, you are missing out: they have crazy shizzz! they tell you how to do anything and everything, including skully cupcakes, biohazard beer barrels, scary make-up, and lobster costumes. this giant stuffed moustache can be fabricated by you to wear saturday night...halloween. or better yet: make one for your kid: how cool will she be trick or treating with this great 'guise?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

vintage vessels

i went thrifting last weekend and found these fantastic vintage planters from mccoy and red wing.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


love this crazy robot sculpture thingy!
very japanese...and the boots are fantastic!

Monday, October 26, 2009

reverb chair

the influence of the ball chair is, well...iconic! this year alone i have noticed multiple clones, including the reverb chair.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shenandoah national park

why drive to all the way to skyline drive in shenandoah national park when you can see all the beautiful fall colors in your own back yard?
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marine corps marathon street closures

today is the the 34th annual marine corps marathon! its too late to enter the people's marathon (ahhh!) but you could cheer these hardcore athletes on...or watch it on tv...or just avoid the traffic jams due to street closures in the area. i heard a spa is trying to set the guinness book of world record for foot massage by rubbing 400+ feet (200 people) of the runners. super stinky!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

storms roll through

it got up to 80 degrees today: crazy but great!
the inevitable storms rolled through this evening though, cooling it down to 69!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

tasty diner

a tasty dinner at tasty diner in Bethesda
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

crape myrtle flower pendant

alene bought this sterling silver crape myrtle pendant from my herban elements etsy shop for her birthday
happy birthday to her!

beautiful beauty bush

How gorgeous is this beauty berry bush? purple and green is one of my favorite color combinations!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

too scary for halloween

uhmmm...no: not festive, just frightening.
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