Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweenz! {Iz a LOLCAT!}

It's never a good costume when you have to explainz it. Oh well. Happy Halloweenz! Me as kitty. My friend Billie as a zombies. And a lolcat. Because. My t-shirt sz I can haz candy. I'm going to go trick or treetzing tonight. I'm already sicks wit coffee and candeh. Listened to a great rendition of War of the Worlds on Flagler College Radio last night (which was the 70th anniversary of the original airing) and ate fettucini alfredo and pumpkin pie with my mom, dad, and Joshu. Iz needz to go back to wrk nao. Next year I'm going to be Bjork in her swan dress. Okthxbai!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bake, Bake, Bake

My friend Tina once had the most beautiful dream, one in which she entered a bakery, a beautiful bakery, and found me beaming in an adorable apron making cupcakes. So. I have a bit of an obligation, don't I? The first, of course, is to become an incredible baker with a divine touch for deliciousness. I think this book, Baked, from Brooklyn's Baked Shop, would be an exceptional lifting-off point for my baking career. The images above can all be attributed to the fine establishment's Web site.

Book Lust


Just one, for today. Elizabeth McCracken, the incredibly brilliant and soulful and cantankerous author of The Giant's House and Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry, has a new memoir out, titled An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, chronicling the conception and untimely in utero death of her first son, Pudding. I want to read it up.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cool, Cool


I love these shirts. I have cottage industry dreams of making all kinds of things and selling them for a living. Until then, I'll be happy just wrapped in the feeling that I have tons of cool friends making all kinds of cool things I can wear and be proud of, and most importantly, look really cool in. It's all that mattahs, you know. Anywho, these supereffingcool shirts are from variously faneffingtastic artists whose wares can all be found on Blood is the New Black site. And these are people I wish were my friends, I think. ( T-Shirts from top-to-bottom: Jesse Spears, Blood Flowers, and Andrea Shear).

{All Things Bright + Beautiful}

I'm so excited about my friends in St. Augustine starting to sell their gorgeous items online. The bright and beautiful jewelry below is handmade with love by a girl who is all bright and all beautiful all the time. Her shop is Twisted Sisters, and she's listed under twistedsistersstaug username in Etsy. Peruse, if you will, the pretty. She's just getting started, so any and all support is way appreciated. Plus, customs are available. Love, love, love, and Happy Monday, Ama.

Cherry Everybody Wants ($25). Gorgeous orbs of tiger cherry quartz both pink and brown reflect light like balls of glass. Complements of sterling silver and tiger's eye round out this fabulous bracelet in falls perfect colors! A rounded pewter circle and bar hold it all in place.

My Orange Crush ($20). You won't be able to keep your hands off these super-smooth flat ovals of gorgeous carnelian, a fine semiprecious stone you'll love to show off or give as a gift. Colored in a fine deep orange, often patterned with flashes of white, this bracelet brings elegance to any outfit. Complemented by textured pewter discs, sterling silver beads, a pounded pewter circle and bar hold this bracelet all together.

All Things Bright + Beautiful ($20). Handmade of bright and beautiful flattened disks of turquoise, thick and detailed strips of sterling silver, and gorgeous smashed circles of red sponge coral, this fine splash of light is kept together with a beautiful , detailed circle and bar clasp of pewter.

Ocean, Returning ($50). Return to the ocean with this stunning turquoise, pitcher jasper, palm wood, and sterling silver necklace, handmade with love and beautifully complemented with a blue-green ceramic pendant. Matching turquoise, pitcher jasper, and sterling silver dangling earrings round out this gorgeously one-of-a-kind set.

Friday, October 24, 2008

What I Know for Sure {Part 2}: Women Rule


{Beautiful Baby Girl Maive on Flickr.}
{Absolutely Inspiring India.Arie. Couldn't find photo credit!}
{Photo by Annabel Mehran, found on Creature Comforts}

{Awesome Old Lady + Husky Dog on Flickr}
1. Even little girls, in all their blithe, unharrowed innocence, have a presentiment of sorrow, hardship, and adversity...of loss. Women, throughout their lives, have an intrinsic and profound understanding of Keats' sentiments about "Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips Bidding adieu."

2. This sage knowledge of, and ability to abide, the inherently fugitive nature of happiness somehow accounts for the extraordinary beauty of women as they age.

3. Women have an astonishing capacity to maintain their equilibrium in the face of life's mutability, its unceasing and unforeseeable vicissitudes. And this agility is always in stark and frequently comical contradistinction to men's naïvely bullish and brittle delusions that things can forever remain exactly the same.

4. Women are forgiving but implacably cognizant.

5. Women are almost never gullible but sometimes relax their vigilance out of loneliness. (And I believe most women abhor loneliness.)

6. In their most casual, offhand, sisterly moments, women are capable of discussing sex in such uninhibited detail that it would cause a horde of carousing Cossacks to cringe.

7. Women are, for all intents and purposes, indomitable. It really requires an almost unimaginable confluence of crushing, cataclysmic forces to vanquish a woman.

8. Women's instincts for self-preservation and survival can seem to men to be inscrutably unsentimental and sometimes cruel.

9. Women have a very specific kind of courage that enables them to fling themselves into the open sea—whether it's a new life for themselves, another person's life, or even what might appear to be a kind of madness.

10. Women never—no matter how old they are—completely relinquish their aristocratic assumption of seductiveness.

And here is one last thing I know—and I know this with a certitude that exceeds anything I've said before: that men's final thoughts in their waking days and in their lives are of women...ardent, wistful thoughts of wives and lovers and daughters and mothers.

{The sentiment above, written by Mark Leyner, can be found in O Magazine, October 2008, on newsstands now, as well at Oprah.com, specifically, in the What I Know for Sure section. Mark Leyner, a husband, a father, a son, and a brother, is the author of eight books and a co-writer of the movie War, Inc.}

Kitchen LOOOOVE

This kitchen makes me want a baby. Plus the hanging apperati look lovely and cheap. And I think there's a pully thing going on over the stove for easy access to cooking stuffs. And this pic also makes me want to hang herbs. Gorgeous all around, copywrighted and provided by David Giles Photography, whose interiors shots capture life being lived, explaining to me why I now covet what my precocious mind found so mundane...domesticity.

I am totally getting this kind of whatever it is thing with holes in it and painting it red, pink, or green. Then I'm going to put "S" hooks to hang my shiznit. I can't believe I know what s-hooks are. I can't believe I'm so excited about decorating my kitchen. This is also courtesy of Apartment Therapy.
I love the color here, love the flowing pattern, its movement, its liveliness. And I think it would make a wonderful kitchen wall decor. Kinda like collage and mosaic work you can put on your wall. Plus, plus...inexpensive. Found this on the loverly Apartment Therapy site.
Found on the lovely SF Girl By Bay blog, this pic is actually my desktop image. The bright pinks and reds make my eyes dilate with dopamine happy pleasure brain chemical love. I think Ima take some color inspiration for my own kitchen (chicken in my kitchen, two-bedroom chicken, I mean kitchen...anybody get the film reference? Girl, Interrupted.) Word.

I Can Haz Cheezburger Roundup (For Gramma Jeanne)

Talking to my Gramma Jeanne on the phone recently, she told me she loves to read my blog! I asked her how she found out about it, and she said it just appeared on her computer one day. For a moment, I was thinking I might have some inappropriate material on here, then I realized that I probably could do very little to surprise the woman who raised 4 boys, most notably, my father. Wait a minute, I take that back, most notably, ALL OF THEM. So, Gramma, I'm so glad you read this! In your honor, in honor of those beautiful gold life-size cat figurines that stood half my hight in your beautiful, wide-open Oklahoma living rooms and filled the little girl me with such tactile deep wonder and pleasure, in honor of our mutual adoration of kittehs, and in honor of Friday, I present my I Can Haz Cheezburger Roundup. Love, kisses, and hugs, hugs, hugs, Ama.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Compulsions Die Hard.


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It's Gettin' Hectic

Here's some badass art for Obama, including Ada, my friends Matt and Angela's gorgeous, bleedin' heart liberal Australian shepard. She loves playing fetch, jumping, and engaging in lively political debate. First image is from Cody Harrison. Second pic's from Okay Great via Mint (download the wallpaper, if you like). The third pic is from the official Obama campaign, and the last pic is Ada. She sent it to me in one of her thousands of political rant e-mails. If you don't vote, she's gonna come find you. So...VOTE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

{Compulsions? What Compulsions?}


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{Art is Work}


It's the birthday of science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, born in Berkeley, California (1929). An interviewer once asked her advice for writers, and she replied,
"I am going to be rather hard-nosed and say that if you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you're writing. And if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn't flow, well, what did you expect? It is work; art is work."

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