Ooh, my favorite!

Light stencils
July 26, 2010, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Photography

Dandelions by TigTab

Look at these beautiful images from flickr user TigTab. These are photos composed of light stencils, so no post production work to create the beautiful effects. Bravo!

Check out the tutorial from tdub303 if you’re curious to see how to make your own.

Butterflies by TigTab

Beauty amongst rubble by TigTab

By the way I’ve been trying to get back into work mode so posting has been sparse lately. It’s amazing how three wonderful months off can completely knock you on your ass when it comes time to being a responsible adult again. Ahh, hopefully soon I’ll have my new routine set so that I can stay up past 10 o’clock every night. Believe it or not I used to be quite the night owl.

[via the wonderful Neatorama]

July 21, 2010, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Nature, Videos

Lots going on this week, so this soothing video was a welcomed addition to my evening. I’ll never tire of underwater videos.

Galapagos from Darek Sepiolo on Vimeo.

Life is good
July 16, 2010, 8:25 am
Filed under: Personal, Smile

{image via jessicainreallife}

Let me count just a few of the ways…

  1. My lover is coming home after a month away! (The Net is a strange place, so I didn’t mention this before.) I had a lot of fun these past few weeks: girls night’s out, eating excursions around the Bay, solo date night at the Opera and then again at the 4th of July Bonobo show. (Yes, I went to a club…on the 4th of July…alone. IT. WAS. AWESOME!). But as great as this time alone was I can’t wait to have my best friend come home.
  2. My LA friends are coming up to bid adieu to Foodie Friend Brian. Once again there is much to be eaten.
  3. I start a new job next week! A chance free-lance lead turned into a full-time offer. This is going to be fun….

Life is good.

Happy weekend, friends. Hope life is good with you too.

July 15, 2010, 10:42 am
Filed under: Home, Yes please

{image via flickr user elseachelsea}

Daydreaming of the beautiful room that sits behind this gorgeous balcony window in Budapest. Ahh, I can see myself just on the other side of the lace curtain.

I’m remembering
July 14, 2010, 8:51 am
Filed under: Nostalgia, Silly

Fisher-Price breakfast set

It’s been a long time since I posted on this, but I’m a sucker for all things pop-culture and nostalgic (especially anything that reminds me of being a kid), so I flipped when I came across the Tumblr site I’m Remembering. It’s the motherload of all things 80’s and early 90’s – pages and pages filled with things I remember and things I wish I could remember.

Most of these were from when I was really young, but I’m sure I’ll be posting some other goodies on occasion. The site is a gold mine.

McDonald’s Halloween Pails

Totally remembering these McDonald’s Halloween pails! I had the pumpkin.

Fisher-Price Cookie Counter

This one seemed so familiar, but it took a second to recall. When I saw the screen with Cookie Monster juggling the cookies that’s when it all came back. So funny how that works! Speaking of recalling…have you ever been suddenly overcome by a scent that instantly takes you back to a place or time? It hasn’t happened to me in a long time, but it’s always a crazy sensation, so powerful and surprising. I have heard that scent is the sense that is most strongly tied to memory, so it makes sense to me.

Snoopy Bow Biters

I never rocked these but I remember them. There were other characters too, but I’m not recalling those ones. Maybe Sesame Street?

Cabbage Patch Kids Comforter

I definitely remember this, I actually had this comforter but looking at it now I’m totally creeped out. The funny thing is that I had a Cabbage Patch doll that I couldn’t stand. I disliked her so much that I named her Odetta or Odeada is probably more how I envisioned it at the time.

Any of these doing anything for you? If not hop over to I’m Remembering to see what you can find. Come back and tell me if you find anything good!

[images via I’m Remembering]

Crixa Cakes – Berkeley
July 13, 2010, 7:20 am
Filed under: Food, Sweets

I mentioned last week that I had quite the food itinerary for the weekend with my soon-to-be-gone foodie friend Brian. We spent Friday night eating around Sunnyvale  with his roommate and all day Saturday on a sweets tour of Berkeley.

One of the favorite stops was Crixa Cakes, the cutest little Eastern European bakery with some of the best pastries and pies that I’ve had in a while. Very different from other styles of pastry, Crixa has mastered the art of avoiding the sickeningly sweet treat.

Inside is comfortable and homey with the lovely cases of cakes and pies giving way to the kitchen just beyond. Eight or so marble top tables line near the windows, or if you prefer there are a few tables and chairs just outside. It’s a great spot for a morning alone with a good book if you’re flying solo.

Since it was a farewell visit there was much to be tasted, and we didn’t even make it over to the cake side of the case. Since this was our second bakery stop (Arizmendi was first) I opted to start with a savory treat, so I ordered the dilled cabbage pirog. The cabbage was wonderfully tasty and had salt I was craving after my piece of coffee cake from the first stop. The pastry that encased it was perfectly buttery and flakey, and I only wish I had gotten there earlier so I could have enjoyed it piping hot from the oven. To accompany my pirog Brian ordered the cherry pie and the peach blackberry pie. Both were lovely, and without all of the sugar you’re able to appreciate the seasonal and perfectly ripe ingredients in each. Ah, what a concept

There was also a takeaway container for later, but we kinda got into that too. I believe there was an apricot cake, a cinnamon rugelach, and a peach blackberry pie. I had a bite of the rugelach and it was unbelievably good! Looking back I wish I’d gotten some to takeaway as well, but that would have been dangerous as I would have had to eat it all myself.

I’m already counting down the months until their pumpkin pie returns; my trip before Thanksgiving last year is still haunting me. Poor Brian, he will most definitely need some consoling when November rolls around. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful way to send him off, and an even better way to spend a beautiful Saturday in Berkeley.

Oscar Diaz – Ink calendar
July 12, 2010, 7:48 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

As each day passes the ink slowly colors the corresponding number for each day. Designed and created by Oscar Diaz. So cool!

[via leaplikelinda]

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