Made to order: Neighborhood tasting stand

A little day-dream:
Wake up and brew coffee
Wander the garden in the soft morning light
Select today's delights
Peruse my cookbooks and create new dishes
Open up a tasting stand in my neighborhood
Just for fun.

All these lovely items are from FogLinenWork in Japan 
(that's a day dream for another day)
they do ship international ...


Because it made me laugh and I thought you might like a giggle too.

:: from Life ::


Flickr: Interior Sweetness

wishing this was my table

:: image from absoluutly ::

In love with these


Of things to come ...

I am awaiting.
The future looks grand.

staying here
eating here
dining here
wearing these
browsing this

:: image from the crossing ::

Uncle Sam Makeover

I think I've shared before that I'm a high school art teacher.
In my line o' work the "why do we have to do it this way?" question pops up frequently.
Anything that is old school or might pop up on a test
begs my students to challenge it.

He really does need a makeover.
He is soooo way last century.

Why don't you show what you're made of
and throw in a New Sam of your own.
Twyla Tharp dares you.

:: image from here ::


Dreamy Postal-ishiousness

It has arrived.
A little bundle of joy from 
the amazing, up-and-coming artist Linda Kim.

The mail-person
snuck it into my mail box
whilst I was gardening...

I must now curl up with her little booklet
of amazingness
and dream happy dreams.

Found in Searching

Found in the midst of searching.
A new series.


Pit Stop: Rudy's BBQ

Nothing like the "worst BBQ in Texas"to make your day.

:: images by Wendy Dooldeniya of Rudy's ::

Taking a Look

How often do we really get to take a good look?
We glimpse.
We catch a glimmer.
We sneak a peek.
We glance.
(sometimes sideways)

But our culture does not value 

I love how David Eustace took the time to really 
look at his daughter
search for something with her
get a chance to know her
as she transforms before his eyes

So, I dare you-
Take some time
Look at someone
Search for something with them
And get to know their insides

What beauty will you uncover in the journey?

:: images by David Eustace and daughter Rachael ::


MOMA on Music

a little ditty for your weekend
see more here

:: thanks bobulate for the inspirations ::

Flickr Friday: Going Places


Sahara and Swissalot

I've been telling stories of a make-believe lost town 
in the Sahara Desert
called Swissalot.

It was a haven for fondue
and weary travelers. And was founded
by a few very adventurous Swiss.

:: sahara image from flickr ::

Searching for New

We watched Nova's special on Pluto a few nights ago.
It has conjured a sense of wonder and questioning within me.

What new will be found?
Do I think Pluto is a planet?
How do ordinary people do extraordinary things?
Are there people in my life that are blessed with this 
What inventions are awaiting a builder?

What do you ponder? Would you share?

:: artwork here ::


Texas Sky

There is something to be said about a Texas sky.
It is akin to "things are bigger and better in Texas," but a wee bit less pompous.

The skies in Texas are breath-taking with spotted clouds
and kaleidoscope colors saluting the sun.

I've seen Japanese artists gaze at them with wonder.
"We don't have wide open spaces like this in Kyoto."

I've seen children lay on the ground
and be awed silent by the vibrant airborne landscape.

If you've been to Arizona or New Mexico, or Montana
you know the power of a big sky.
Yet, each is so different with the altitude and dust,
the smell of the air.

For now, I'll share a little sky with you
and imagine you are here enjoying it with me.

see more here

or here

and here

Summer Series: Day of Rain

Recently we had a lot of rain
and set aside our badminton and swimsuits
for boots and pencils.

Sometimes I wished it would last for a week
so I could sketch all those things I've been collecting
and bake all the goodies I've been dreaming of.
(except my children would go insane, and take me with them...)

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On Turning 40

In 35 days, I will be turning 40.
I don't know if you all have reached this cultural age mark yet, 
but it seems so different than when I turned 30.

As my family has learned about caring for grape vines
I find myself comparing life to the vine.
A new vine is gorgeous and supple, so much like our youth.
But the best wine comes from older grapes & a strong thick vine.
You and I are approaching our peak vintage.


Last summer I asked a handful of seasoned people (most aged 50+)
what they had thought about their 40s.
They ALL said they were fabulous 
and they were so happy to leave the 30s behind.
I was shocked by that - the joy of 30s past.

I'm beginning to understand that better already. 
No "I must do this" lists
Less "who am I?" questions lingering

My list of accomplishments is finished.

I've weathered storms and have come out more calm for it.
(broken hearts, cancer, loss of a job, loss of loved ones)

So what does that leave me to ponder at 40?


I do not know what tomorrow holds. 
But I have learned to be thankful for today.
It is glorious.
And so much better than 30.


Summer Series: Day 4

Childhood visions of water, glistening rocks, elusive turtles
It has been a fabulous, very good day.

Must See: Oly

Ohhhh, the lovely OLY and her quirky style 
stumbled across my screen one day in a flickr walk. 

She's got style, funk and some
 mad-sweet little sayings from her heart
in her shop.
Like this one:

my dear dear friends, this is my song for you, no matter where you are on earth, 
the 3rd planet in our little solar system. 
i wanna share with you, of all the magical little moments, 
of all the bitter and sweet small details, 
of all the endless small ( soft ) talks, 
of, the music that made of our everyday life, 
like heartbeats, like smiles, 
like, being alive, like, being in love :)

If you have a moment to relax in your day,
why not join her in her world
of images and illustrations
for one moment

:: images by oly ::

project alert: sticky circles

I stumbled upon the greatest old thing yesterday,
japanese dot stickers 
and - viola! - inspiration

and then a search began
for those also inspired by dots...

the lovely ray eames

and the Ben-day dot man himself - lichtenstien


Must See: Spartan

As I was wishing I could hop a plane to Toronto
to visit my favorite shops like this and this,
I found that a great one was right here in Austin - 

The online shop has excellent curated stock and images
Go dream there with me.


Summer Series: Day 3

We've been busy around here -
swimming lessons
rocks and beads mixing (a new version of mud-pie)
playing with the over-powerful air hand dryers at public bathrooms 
(who knew it could bring little ones such joy to see their skin blow around?)
gazing on the wild, summer sunflowers
debating strawberry or raspberry jam is best with peanut butter

ahh, summer


Summer Series: Day Deux

They awoke with the sun today
and a backyard adventure followed shortly thereafter...


The wind of inspiration

The lights are out in my home 
and outdoors
as the world quiets down.
I am up late sketching,
visions blooming in my head.
I need to send out these ideas
into the expanse beyond my house
as inspiration to the unsuspecting
as hoped delight to the recipient
as a life buoy to the wind
Where will the ideas land?
The anticipation is like that of a 3rd grader
sending up a balloon with a postcard attached
and awaiting the moment when it is returned 
to plot the course it traveled upon.

::  image by Wendy Dooldeniya  ::

Summer Series: Day 1

Announcing a summer series
Each week I will share images of summer

Use them as inspiration
as conduit
as reflection
as nostalgia

Most of all, I want you all to 

A backyard afternoon of laughter 
and the introduction of badminton
to my daughters.


Tea Time: Danish Ceramics

Ahhh, those Danes have got it.