Sunday, October 31, 2010

Miniatures: Scales

Petit Princess, 1:¾

Lundby, 1:2/3 (1:18)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scooters, Trikes ... Wheels!


At first glance, Wishbone Design's vehicles seem a little too "cross country" or SUV.
But I love their capable aesthetic and their Transformers gimmick is great: buy it as a tricycle for your toddler; later flip the frame, convert it to a two-wheel "balance bike" and, ultimately convert it to the "running bike" configuration. Now. what does that entail? A running toddler? Or is that me running after him? Regardless, what a clever tranformational design.
Until further notice, this is my first pick for a scooter thingamajig.

ANother interesting model is the Y-Bike from South Africa ... but also available at Amazon.

Skuut is the offering from the Netherlands ... once again available at Amazon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Amnesia: Art

I have a terrible memory or maybe it is a mental block for useful information. In any case, here is the artsy stuff I need to remember:
Andy Goldsworthy
Joseph Cornell - creepy 3D collages
Patrick Dougherty - whimsical and creepy twig architecture
Hassan Fathy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Big Boy Room: Chalkboard

Martha Stewart makes the common chalkboard A Good Thing with a little (unsanded) tile grout.
Shopping List:
flat-finish latex paint
1 cup of paint into a container
2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout
a paint stirrer
a roller or a sponge paintbrush
150-grit sandpaper
a piece of chalk
a barely damp sponge

Monday, October 25, 2010

Miniatures: Sources

Mini Modernista - lovely execution of iconic pieces
Dollhouse Retro Mania - retro wall and floor coverings
Elph Miniatures
Delph Miniatures
PRD Miniatures

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wing Chun ... Ktl.

I need to start a list of notions I have that maybe Big Boy might like:
Swimming lessons (to keep BB from drowning)
Wing Chun

Monday, October 18, 2010


Better start making a list now in case Big Boy wants to go camping some day.
The Pines at Yosemite
Costanoa at Santa Cruz

Big Boy Room Update

We are still setting up The Big Boy Room.

The outstanding items seem to be toy storage and closet door treatments. Our current "deluxe" storage system, which uses a combination of old shipping boxes and some of my knitting baskets, cannot continue! I am all but sold on the baskets pictured above from Land of Nod. They are not quite as cheap as I wish they were but they seem super durable and are just the size needed.

I am still haunting Spoonflower to find something suitable to starch to the closet door. Here are the latest candidates:
Nautical Birds On A Wire by ttoz
And then there is still Marimekko's SATEENKAARI

Here is what we do have:
True Modern low dresser.
Room and Board crib/toddler bed.
Sea Gift's Signal Flags bunting.
Port hole picture Frames at Pelican Bay.
Magic Lantern with underwater theme.
Smith & Noble Black out blind in Sky Blue.


Image by Erin Kunkel.

I need to try Oakland's Scream Sorbet, article in the NY Times.
Plug courtesy of Siri.

For ice cream inspiration, click here.

Temari Balls ≠ Suprise Balls

surprise ball by kate spade new york.

Beautiful Temari by Suzik at Etsy.
Oddly enough, I thought for awhile that these were the same as suprise balls and could not imagine unwinding one of them. Thank goodness I figured it out before destroying one!

Suprise Ball inspiration at SF Gate
DIY Easter Suprise Ball Tutorial at Craftzine
DIY Suprise Ball Tutorial at Not Martha
Go Make Something's Tutorial uses wrappings other than the usual crepe paper.
Super-sized Suprise Ball at Kiosk
Kate Spade's video of a Suprise Ball
No time or crepe paper on your hands? Get one prêt-à-porter at Tops Malibu.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Preserved Lemons

Easy-peasy style at Bitten.
Unfortunately, they must be refrigerated and used up within two weeks. Halving the recipe might be in order.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Felt Sources

$2.25 per 9" x 12" sheet at Heather Bailey.
$7.98 for 18" squares at Magic Cabin.
Ten 12x18 inch sheets for $18.00 at Benzie Bazaar on Etsy.
Ten Pieces 9 x 12 Wool Blend Felt at Bobbie Soxie, also on Etsy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Big Boy Room: Fish Stool

Image by Huset

Wouldn't this look great here?

Huset - Your House For Modern Scandinavian Living

I love this and this and this and this and this and this and this.
I love this site!

Baby Big Boy Websites

Huset - Your House For Modern Scandinavian Living

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pretty Video

Wizard Smoke - Skater Boyz + Flour, Beautiful Contrails

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Next Camera

I have this camera, in black, mind you.
I have been pleasantly suprised by and pleased with it. I (thought I) wanted a dslr but it has turned out to be a dslr with training wheels or, some might beg to differ, a dslr wannabe.This is significant since, when I bought it, I thought I wanted something like this camera but it was not within the budgetary constraints.

Now it has come to light that we have LOADS of reward points that could "purchase" one of these cameras. But which one?
Hours of research to follow!

It's also hard to justify since my current camera works fine. Usually I wait for my camera to break before I upgrade.

Travel: Photography

Art Wolfe Photography Tour

Monday, October 4, 2010