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Thursday, May 15, 2014

I've got the gardening bug! Seems to be going around the blogosphere these days - growing house plants are all over Pinterest. So far, I've managed to keep some succulents alive. ha! Anyone know what this flower is? I took this snap at a greenhouse we visited a few weeks ago. Hope to have my own greenhouse some day. :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the wonderful moms out there. This is a printable I found while perusing the Martha Stewart magazine; there were these gorgeous watercolor printables to wrap flowers and mother's day cards. They were smaller in size than I expected, so I ended up making half handmade card I suppose. :) Chem them out, there are a bunch of prints that can be used for many different occasions.
Hope Y'all have a lovely weekend with your mom's. Cheers!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: Andy Warhol Prints

I've always liked Andy Warhol's work, but never seen much other than his famous ones like the tomato soup cans and Marilyn Monroe paintings. I saw this huge monster of a book when I was at the library; I couldn't stop flipping through - it was a massive collection of his popular and some unpublished works. I have to admit, the flowers were my favorite. I like the mix of colors he used and the sketchy lines. To me, it looked  more organic than his more famous pieces. 

By the way, you can buy this book for just $1325 new on Amazon. Yes, it's over a thousand dollars..I was surprised also at first, but it makes sense once you see the book. Lucky for you, there are used ones for $500ish..not so bad, right? haha.. Any fan of pop art will enjoy this book - a good excuse to check out the neighborhood library. :-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lately..

Hope your weekend was splendid. I worked on some projects..more tray making and potting plants.. The illustration on the tray is a watercolor painting I did based on a vogue editorial from 2004. It's my absolute favorite - I believe Tim Walker was the photographer, so of-course it would be breathtaking!
Some addition to my real life moodboard.
I made Polenta rounds with mushroom/carmalized onions. I used ready made polenta from Trader Joe's. Pan fried the rounds. Added sauteed mushrooms, and onions with a sprinkle of sauteed almond slivers on top. It was pretty good! I might bake them next time instead of shallow frying. I plan to try one new recipe a week, let's see how that goes. :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

DESIGN WEEKLY: { 7 } FREE IPHONE WALLPAPER

This week has been interesting to say the least. My mind has been all over the place...so I went shopping and got these Tulips from Trader Joe's. Here's the rest of that story Like Lana Del Rey's Lyrics, "I believe in the kindness of strangers." Instead of panicking about things I can't change, I'm trying to 'be still' so to speak...take a deep breath and tackle one thing at a time. I hope you have a chill-axing weekend. :)
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Paris Versus New York

I spent my Sunday afternoon at a library nearby - it was long overdue, don't think I've been to one in years..I'm a bookstore/cafe kinda gal. Naturally, I went to the design section first and found some cool books! I've seen this book cover around the blogsphere for some time, but never paid attention till now. I was pleasantly surprised.. It's filled with beautiful imagery. One of the best work I've seen in one book - every page was Pinterest worthy. The book captured the essence of both cities without compromising their integrity.
I'm sorry New York, Paris all the way with these windows.
Love the use of color contrast.
I mean really, how cute is this?! No explanation  needed. 


Of-course, it ends with Amelie and Carrie. ha! 
There is so much more goodness in this book y'all - go get your self a copy! It's perfect for coffee table reading.

images by me 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DESIGN WEEKLY: {6} HIMALAYAN PINK SEA SALT

I picked up a bottle of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt the other day and I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities! Prettiest salt I've ever seen. I'm kind of obsessed.  ha ha. I first saw it on Pinterest that led me to this Oh So Pretty body scrub DIY blog post - well styled pics! I read article after article about them, apparently it's a better salt to consume and great for skin. I've been researching to find a scrub I can make with this salt - I'm thinking Lavender. I already have enough empty candle containers for them. lol. hmmm..I think I have a candle addiction, we'll take that topic up another day. :-)

By the way, I was supposed to post an April desktop wallpaper with a Game of Thrones theme, but..it just didn't come out right no matter how much I worked on it. Maybe, I'll show it one day... Anyway, I'm such a GOT geek, can't wait for Sunday night! :D

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