Tuesday, February 26, 2008

do it yourself!!!

Great article about the rapid decline in the past few decades of people's knowledge of basic mechanics and the general DIY attitude that has come back so strong of late.

Why am I so inept? I used to do projects like this all the time when I was a kid. But in high school, I was carefully diverted from shop class when the administration decided I was college-bound. I stopped working with my hands and have barely touched a tool since.

All my life my dad has always fixed things. He would open up the toaster, mom's hairdryer, the VCR, and have it working good as new. But we turned into such a throw-away culture, people just get rid of things and buy new ones. This ties in with our greater landfill problem. We are living on a pile of rubbish waiting to get rid of everything we have so we can buy the latest new gadget/toy/fashion. Doing it yourself is so much more rewarding and we are obviously coming back to this as a culture.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Possibly the best website in the history of websites

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

amen brother

“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” - Mark Twain

when i die

i want to go here

Friday, February 15, 2008

Prints on Plushy Pillows

It took me forever to find the right fabric for couch pillows, but once I walked past this fabric lying on the table at Britex I knew I had found it.

Sorry I don't know the designer of this fabric but it is a japanese print, and they also had it in a darker colorway.

I made the piping out of a coordinating rust colored fabric to offset the blue of the couch, and finished it off with a raw canvas. I love sewing, it's hard to believe I put off learning how to sew until two years ago. I always resisted home-economics classes in high school, and now I've been bitten by the crafty bug.

False Start

It has been beautiful here in San Francisco. Sitting at lunch with a friend today we were boiling in the sun and wondering what month it was. Whenever it's nice I like to have fresh flowers around the house just to bring some of the outdoors in.

I do have a small urban garden which is out on a tiny area accessible only by the hallway window, it at least gives us something pretty to look at in addition to our otherwise bland view of our neighbor's kitchen. The following photos were taken last summer when it was a bit more lush out there. Since then there's been a few plant funerals, and a few additions to the mix.

Another clue that this photos is outdated is you can peek in our living room there and see Stephen reading a book, which he never has time for anymore. The demands of start-ups and music careers and two dogs and a wife don't allow for such leisurely pursuits around here.
But ooh look how pretty my fuschia is! That plant seems to do well year round. I definitely don't have a green thumb but I've learned that most plants will do whatever they need to do to survive.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Just a note for my husband...

made with despair, inc.'s parody motivator generator

Friday, February 8, 2008

oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam

I am feeling very inspired and excited about life laid out in front of me. My husband and I are using this year to really focus on our lives and get things together to move in the right direction. On my meanderings through the internet websites today I came across this quote which is perfect for this moment.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

sunset from plane, originally uploaded by *Honeychild*.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

true inspiration...

A friend's daughter who has limited mobility and is wheelchair-bound actually stood on her own for the first time in seven years. This was brought on by hearing her favorite song at the last Social Distortion show here in town. Mike Ness is her godfather, everyone in attendance was amazed and I wish I could have been there for this truly awe-inspiring event. Scarlett is a reminder that you can overcome many obstacles put in your path, and who knows what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.

photo by Bob & Rosa Musgrave