i've been dreaming a bit about going to paris, egged on by my sudden panache for french bistro food that i've been cooking lately and the discovery of a great new blog (new to me) little brown pen. follow this mother of two boys and her husband as they begin their new lives in paris. so jealous! and the next time i visit, i'm totally looking into to staying at something like this! above photo from flickr. allez! on mange! photos from here.
artist, peter callesen, creates the most amazing papercuts and sculptures. his large scale work is amazing! i'm talking castles, ladders, staircases, all out of paper. amazing... this one is so delicately sad.
this movie looks so good, a feast for the eyes. i would love, love, love to be able to work on a film like this. everything is handmade. here coraline walks through a forest of cherry blossoms which are actually popcorn painted pink (800 hours, 250,000 pieces of popcorn!). and remember the tiny gloves from here, well the same knitter, althea crome knitted her gloves and sweater. i love finding out how they created effects, like; kitty litter for gravel, faux fur for grass and cotton balls with hairspray for steam!
what a day, so inspiring.... some of my "takes" from this great day... best moment: taking the oath best dressed: malia and sasha (such little cuties) best photographer: malia (i got such a kick out of her pulling out her camera before the swearing in best comic relief: aretha franklin's hat best wave: joe biden's "gun" acknowledgement how can you not like this guy! what a great smile and his wife is such a cutie! best quote: "first african american president, it better be good. have you started yet?" malia to her dad about his inauguration speech how cute is this! best moves: obama dancing with soldier, margaret herrera (was i the only one who was thinking...this girl should be weak at the knees) 2nd best quote: "no m'am, i'm a soldier and we handle pressure very well" when asked by anne curry about worrying about keeping up with him 2nd best moves: nbc reporter planting a kiss on colin powell at end of interview 3rd best quote: "wow, you are on fire tonight" brian williams' response to awkward kiss best arms: michelle obama, wow! best evening wear: michelle obama (by a 26 year old designer) most amazing statistic: no arrests!
every now and again i get obsessed with certain objects. the latest, tin cash registers. some purchased on ebay, some from local antique stores. for the most part, i've gotten great deals, like my latest (the little black one at right), it was "won" for a $1 on ebay. this little gem is my favorite and cost the most at $16.99 on ebay (judging from the ornate paint job, i would say it's the oldest as well). i tweaked one out with my business name and the cash drawer holds my business cards. it almost got more interest than my dolls and bunnies at my last craft fair!
i love this woman. i know she is a train wreck but i like her music, she once dated ed norton, and she's a survivor, ladies! so i happened upon her myspace/blog yesterday and it is, in a word, confusing! but the woman gives all these shout outs to etsy. like johnsbasketcase@etsy is OMG HOT! she is hilarious! courtney and etsy, who knew?
when i was a freshman in college i thought i wanted to be a microbiologist. didn't pan out. but if i had seen these slides then, god only knows???? look at these beautiful specimen slides via pink shirts and car wrecks from the now defunct blog, the nonist. i love the elegant script, the classic type and the ornate borders. these would look quite lovely mounted on a light box.
its been a while since i visited all my "regularly scheduled" blogs. so last night i spent a few hours on some of my favorites and they didn't disappoint. photographer, sharon montrose via sfgirlbybay is like catherine ledner without the wallpaper and carpet. her images of animals are so serene and pure. i ordered the doe and it will soon grace my walls. she keeps a blog and be sure to visit her dog photo booth project, very cute.
inspired by emily's beautiful holiday macaroon gifts and the latest issue of MS, j. and i tackled the persnickety french macaroons. look how beautiful they turned out! we took some tips from emily, used this macaroon recipe and this buttercream filling. YUM. they are the most beautiful cookies.
my goals for this coming year: more patience with my kiddies (mmmm this was last year's goal too...) a boy doll more designed cards in shop audrey fan club/pen pal roll out (intriguing, isn't it???) growing online business getting my work space in my house up and running remaining a stay-at-home mom (see growing business)