Friday, September 18, 2020

Unbelievably Unexpected

Every bottle of shampoo in the stores, even health food stores, has a long list of creepy toxic ingredients. This genius shampoo bar found hidden on a shelf at Whole Foods in its simple handsome paper wrapper is a godsend. It works better than any bottled shampoo ever (yes it lathers plenty) and has so many good qualities:

Monday, September 7, 2020

A New Trick from Paris

Prior to celluloid film there was the thaumatrope, paper images back to back  that spun combine to make a single image. These can appear to be three-dimensional also, depending on the artwork. This set came from Optical Toys in Putney, Vermont, along with some of the interesting history of Sir John Herschel, Dr. William Fitton, Dr. William Hyde Wollaston and Dr. John Ayrton Paris, who all simultaneously and independently developed similar ideas for these optical toys. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Big Seeds

I'm reminded of the beautiful ideas of Tom Robbins who wrote Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Another Roadside Attraction and other fun novels. From the man who invented terms like consensual reality and calling in well, who said,
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood," comes a conclusion that sounds like an introduction:

Pine Cones on the Tent

It's a cold, clear morning; the sun has come over the canyon wall, but you're still dozing around, when something hits the tent. Open the flap and the sun's in your face; the world is ready.

Let Amanda be your pine cone.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

future fiber

Soon there will be all kinds of new natural textile materials replacing traditional fibers and leathers. There are fascinating developments using minerals, mushrooms, pineapple leaves, algae, even jellyfish and manure--imagine wearing those! It will be interesting to see (and feel and smell) how these will perform in different conditions and hold up over time, in both couture and decor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Marinate & Rub

 With beautiful photographs and so many recipes to spice up your meals, you can't go wrong with this unique cookbook by Carol Wilson and Mike Cooper. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

We Need to Grow

The Need to Grow is the most important movie you can watch right now. In a world fraught with intense problems, it features a brilliant creation that offers  an incredibly wonderful solution to many important issues essential to human survival.
The Green Power House is a biorefinery with a photo bioreactor, an anaerobic bioreactor, and an organic carbon engine, three systems that feed each other creating a zero-waste closed loop as Paul Hawken wrote about in The Ecology of Commerse. 
From sunlight, algae and biomass, the processes result in negative-carbon electricity, green biofuels, high quality fertilizer, and fruits and vegetables with more nutrients than those conventionally grown. The Green Power House can produce in four days what would take Mother Nature 400 years to complete. Dirt can be regenerated into soil, and the world can be restored to a more natural healthy place. It makes me very happy to have happened across the documentary that highlights the kind of thinking that gives not just hope but actual solutions for sustainable energy and food production.

Monday, July 13, 2020

crying trees

It's an interesting phenomenon in this coastal town when it gets so foggy that moisture collected in the trees makes them rain. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Oui Oui Oui

The coolest yummiest yogurt of all time in an adorable little glass jar with a pretty foil top, just perfect!

Monday, June 22, 2020

just a little

Wouldn't it be sweet to get a little personal snail mail?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

basket case

I'm glad I hung on to this very unusual woven container from my early childhood, a present from my very unusual grandmother, Hazel Grant.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Wood wood isn't it good

 This chair was made by my dad's dad's dad, Grampa Karl, a long, long time ago.
 My mom bought this arc for my brothers and me, and we kept skinny little plastic animals inside it.
My mom made this mouse when she had a shop called The Loft. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

now we're golden

Never seen in cube form before!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

stuck inside

This funny sculpture came in the mail today, a fish on wheels with cams and cranks for three flapping fins and a jaw that opens just enough to see a little person frantically rowing a boat inside. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

the lying game

I could be wrong but after fiddling with this for way too long I've concluded it's impossible! 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Have you considered

rearranging the furniture?

Monday, April 13, 2020

give us this day our daily thread

Kelly McKaig does interesting stitching experiments and takes beautiful pictures of them and other textures, and other artfully pleasing things. She is a talented stylist who puts together a nice experience on Instagram and her own website. As we're counting the days until freedom, it's nice to discover new ways to make the days count!

Friday, April 10, 2020

making your own masks

The CDC has great patterns for masks including some you can make from tshirts without any elastic or a sewing machine. I adapted one pattern using three layers of a piece of a tea towel and one continuous elastic strap. I also added a wide twistie from a coffee bag so I can pinch the cloth over my nose. The elastic length can be determined before the final stitch, making a snug custom fit.  A tabby or plain weave is the smallest tightest weave and better than knits that are looser structures designed to stretch.

butterflies at sunrise