Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Crazy cake!

Yes, I love fun cakes- the sillier the better.  This beauty is made with sculpted and shaped white chocolate over a 3- tiered cake.  I did a double take thinking it was cardboard at first, but it's sugar, all sugar!  I think this one would impress the guests.  It's ridiculous...

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Well, I'm no Kate Moss, but I love the idea of a beautiful Gypsy Caravan to ride around in for the summer.  I picture it to have wooden bunks, a little table and lots of beautiful textiles strewn about, and a vase for flowers picked along the way.  Wouldn't the world be a more beautiful place if the campgrounds and roads were full of these instead of Winnebegos? 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Swinging = good times

Swings make everything better, no matter what (unless someone falls off it!).  Look at these fun options I came across.

Swinging beds from Coastal Living Magazine- what could possibly go wrong here?
And the Anthropologie chair I've been lusting over- so beautiful! I think I could make this, if I only had the time...
Just take a moment to swing, relax, dream.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Wheat Field

A new artist that I admire from Asheville, NC -The Wheat Field.  I found this while searching around for nursery items for my new niece on the way... The palette would be so happy and different for a baby girl, and the messages just relax me, plan. and. simple. I love them all, but my mantra these days is SLOW DOWN, so that piece may find a home in my abode.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Let your freak flag fly!

On Thursday evening I went to the last Thursday arts festival on Alberta- it was so inspiring! Dancing, music, art, fire, lights, food, drinks, light up hula hoops- more of the things I love.  I am still thinking about everything I saw!   I live in the suburbs amongst families and pretty straight laced folks.  Not the case for ALberta.  It helped to remind me of my earlier days of being free and wild.  So then I came across these photos on Flikr and I am inspired to do something silly for the 4th of July, I mean, who cares! I think most will appreciate it, I'm a mom, and a bit of a dork anyhow.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Perfect Summer Evening

via Design Crush

I hope this evening finds you with open windows, cool breezes, happy thoughts and sweet dreams.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Amy Wenzel Photography

So I just Google stalked myself and I came across this adorable photo shoot with my sailboats used as props. Love it Amy! You can see more of her work here.  It makes me want to be a kid again, playing on the beach with my sister... it also makes me want to shell out for a photo session with Amy!

a slice of heaven

For the first time I really explored my little town of West LInn and was blown away by the Green Door Nursery -absolute paradise! A Koi pond, beautiful birds, carniverous plants big enough to eat a bird! I felt so inspired and told the owner he was like Willy Wonka, but with plants, and nicer.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Party Planning

I am an absolute fool for Birthday parties! Currently I am dreaming up a Cowboy's and Indian's party for my almost 2 year old. I am sewing a teepee and making feather head bands, and have purchased cowboy hats and a county jail fort.  Here are some more pics that have me dreaming....

The goody bag and vintage cup cake holder are both Etsy finds. The Top illustration is from a vintage kids book Cowboys and Indians by K and B Jackson.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kitchy Modern Native American

Happy indian, originally uploaded by kitschcafe.

After seeing so many feathers in design lately, this has to be the next step, a celebration of all things Native American. Well this is is silly and cute, but just wait- it is an emerging design trend as well...

Modern Native American Style

via Wikstenmade- great Native American Inspired Jewelry from the Lena Corwin sale based on of-the-moment triangle shapes for jewelry.

Native American Museum

Native American Museum, originally uploaded by scilit.
Facade side view of the newest museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC, called the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum houses the history, artifacts, and art of over 500 tribes of indigenous people of the USA. The five-story, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2), curvilinear building is clad in a golden-colored Kasota limestone designed to evoke natural rock formations shaped by wind and water over thousands of years. The museum is set in a 4.25 acres (17,200 m2)-site and is surrounded by simulated wetlands. The museum’s east-facing entrance, its prism window and its 120-foot (37 m) high space for contemporary Native performances are direct results of extensive consultations with Native peoples. In 1991, architect Douglas Cardinal won an international competition to design the museum. The museum’s architectural firms are Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects Ltd. of Seattle and SmithGroup of Washington, D.C. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The new zoo boat!

This is another customer request and I think it is so cute! And it reminds me I am overdue to take the boys to the zoo... Alexander Henry does it again!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Feather fixation

I am beginning a yardage screen print class this week at Modern Domestic PDX and am thinking about what kind of prints I want to do- I keep going back to the feather idea- so pretty and perfect for a teepee!
This image is from my new favorite blog

This painting is so pretty I could look at it all day !(from artist Lara Harris. )  I wonder if it would work for screen printing to blend the colors like she does... I suppose we'll see.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Viewmaster love

My latest Ebay score- a vintage Viewmaster and a million amazing vintage reels- old westerns, Disney, travel, Native Americans- I wish there was a way to show you them all! My sons were enchanted by the "magic box".  I was looking for one forever, but could only find the big plastic ones that are so commercialized I think it would be slightly embarrassing to be seen with.

Which reminds me, an old friend made her art school portfolio into a Viewmaster reel and sent the reel along with a vintage Viewmaster for job inquiries. How smart is that?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Small somethings

Small Magazine sent a little love my way in their new summer issue.   Take a look at this publication, especially if you haven't seen it yet... the cute factor is astounding! I did a tutorial for their Spring edition, and am oh-so-flattered to be included in the Summer edition as well. Thanks Small!!!

Sweet things for sweet kids

A celebration of things simple and beautiful.