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Here’s what I’ve been crushing on lately.

Satsuma Press‘s letterpress lovelies.  They make invites, stationary, calling cards, wedding invites, and just a whole lot of pretty letterpressed things.  I’m a sucker for it, I know, but they have nice modern design with a bit of a natural edge that’s really appealing.

I know that jewelry is all over the place, but that makes the occasional item that stands out all the more interesting.  I’m loving the line by Gemella Jewelry – the pieces are intricately crafted, with beautiful high-quality gemstones and a lovely approach to a traditional medium.  Great for mother’s day!

I was always taught in art school to NEVER use typography unless it killed you, especially in painting.  This lovely print makes me smile and say, screw that!  Love the message, love the execution.   Part of the 20×200 project (offering limited editions of awesome art prints for just $20!) I think that I need one on my wall.  Unless this year happens to kill me first.

Has anyone ever heard of this blog, Decorno?  I stumbled across it last weekend and did the thing where I clicked back so far, I felt a little ashamed of myself and had to stop.  At some point, it just gets creepy.  Anyway, the information is interesting, and the writing is FANTASTIC.  I’m not sure if it’s nobel-prize worthy, but it makes me laugh, and damnit, that’s enough for me.

I’m not afraid to admit it.  I go to garage sales A LOT.  At least I did before I moved to Arizona and discovered the wonders of one-stop flea market shopping.  However, it’s been a lifetime hobby for me and I can’t imagine going much longer without returning to the futile chase.  This amazing app solves the problem of “how do I hit as many garage sales as possible in one quick, efficent route?”.  It uses vulcan mind-meld to work google maps into craigslist listings and creating the perfect internet use.  All hail the almighty lifehacker.

A photographer from Boulder, Colorado is attempting to photography one million faces in just one year.  She’s turned it into a great way to raise money for charity, as well as meet lots of interesting people and support lots of interesting causes.  It’s fun to keep up with her progress and to see all of the amazing faces out there.  Check out more about the project here.

Speaking of photography – wow.  That’s all I can say to describe this photograph.  Taken by someone called Funambula (?) you can check out here tumblr here.  I love the sense of whimsy, and that color combination is just to die for.

Speaking of whimsical, who doesn’t want some rainbow cupcakes?  I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately and I’m dying to try to make some.  It looks like someone turned a leprechaun into a delicious, sweet sugary mess.  That’s right, I said it.  You can find a tutorial here to make your very own – if you do, I’d like to see what they look like!

That’s all for now, folks.  Thanks for allowing me to slowly dig through my bookmark list.  I hope you find something to pique your interest.

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I’m in Colorado, and though the weather can’t quite decide what it’s doing (somedays it’s cold and rainy, somedays its 70 degrees) the days are getting longer and the weather is moving towards something a bit more consistent.  There is absolutely nothing better than a summer in the mountains, with a full creek running by a field of aspens and gorgeous wildflowers.  I feel lucky to be able to experience this even once in my life, but it also gets me to thinking about having the possibility of doing it full-time.  Obviously, that’s never going to happen, but it’s a lazy Sunday, and a girl can dream, right?

If I could have my own little slice of heaven, it would be in an alpine meadow somewhere in a tent or a yurt.  I know that sounds pretty unpleasant, but I think that the market has definitely gone more upscale.  I ran across a flyer for a company called the Colorado Yurt Company, and they manufacture yurts, tents, and tipis to fufill all of those Sunday dreams.  You can go lo-buge, or you can also go all out and get your framework house wired and plumbed and all of the good things that make a woodsy retreat palateable for the long term.  Yeah, I want one.

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The immigration debate drives me a little bit nuts.  I’m going to say that I have a pretty liberal view towards it, and I really have a lot of empathy for all of these workers who come here just to try to make life a little bit better for their families back home, who have no options.  The sacrifices they make in order to maximize the money they send home are simply astounding.  And that’s why I love Dulce Pinzon’s Superhero series.  She photographs ordinary immigrant workers in New York, going about their jobs, in superhero costumes.  The pictures are a little bit fun but speak to a deeper truth that is really poignant.  Featured on the photographs is a note about how much money they send home every week.  Here are a few of my favorites; I hope you’ll check out the whole series here.

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My bookmark list is slowly but surely growing out of control.  There’s so much amazing inspiration out there, and I’m continually overwhelmed by all of the creative energy and beauty floating around the internet.  Here’s some of the things I’ve been digging on lately.

Forty-Sixth at Grace is an astounding blog that she calls “a saving account for things I like”.  Beautiful photographs, soft and ethereal.  Great finds and lovely writing.  What’s not to like?

Jordan Ferney seems to live a life filled with friends, fun and art (I’m jealous).  She has a lettepress studio, she does photo styling, and an event planner.  Her blog is filled with all sorts of wonderful things and is a good place to go to jump-start your imagination.

MagCloud might be my new favorite find.  Who among us hasn’t dreamed of one day working for a magazine?  With that option quickly disappearing out the window, why not take the initiative and publish your own.  That’s exactly what MagCloud is for.  You just upload a .pdf of your magazine, and they do all of the work!  The price is right too – you pay nothing to create the magazine, but having it printed costs $.20/page.  You can set your subscription price above that to make money, if that’s what your after.  In this day and age where it’s so hard to set yourself apart from the crowd, I’m thinking that a magazine would be the way to do it!

I am in love with this photography from Bobby Neel Adams.  He takes portraits of different generations of the family, prints them out, and manually stitches them together.  The family resemblance is really striking, and he juxtaposes the faces in a way that borders on the macabre.

I love nothing more in life than a good flea market.  There’s tons of them in Arizona, but I’m not sure if any of them match the top 10 flea markets according to Travel + Leisure.  This is a great slideshow showing some pictures – I’ll be off plotting my next vacation.

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I’m not really having a lazy Sunday –  I’m going to Colorado for 6 weeks and I have tons of packing/cleaning/arranging to do.  However, if you’re having a lazy Sunday, and would like some awesome content to be brought to you, here’s some links you should be checking out.

First, if you have any appreciation for farmer’s markets, farmers, locally grown food, etc.  you really need to check out this legislation that’s heading through the tubes.  It’s possible that they will be taking all of that away, and your only choices will be to a) buy things approved by Monsanto or b) grow all your produce yourself.  Yikes.  Check out the article here.

If you like comedy, and all things ec0-friendly, check out Dave Burdick.  He’s the Business and Green editor at the Huffington Post.

(The real trouble, incidentally, came when I later had a few Guinnesses at a show later; never mix carbon-neutral wine with imported beer. The hypocrisy hangover is not pleasant.)

His articles are witty and interesting, and usually get around to making a good point.  This article is about how not eating meat one day a week can save the earth.  Really!  You should try it.  It’s magic.

I think I might be a late bloomer with this New Math blog, but I think it’s fantastic.  Plus, I love pirates, so it’s a win-win.  A great place to check out for some wry, geeky, math-related humor.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to make something more interesting with Easter Eggs.  Instead of using food coloring, why not use an old silk tie?  I love the patterns that it produces and the great watercolor-like effect.

I love this blog.  Colorful and cheerful, and it’s really well designed.  I know that’s sort of a weird thing to geek out about, but all of her blog posts have custom images identifying them, and they all work together.  You can tell that she’s put a lot of thought and effort into it.   I’m also a big fan of her Etsy shop for all of the same reasons.

I just found out about Zilok, and I couldn’t believe how brilliant it was.  Its potential to make life much easier is amazing.  Say you need a power sander to refinish that dresser, or an extra bike because you have a friend coming to town.  Instead of buying one, or begging around in the hopes that someone you know might have one, you can rent whatever you’re looking for from members of your community.  You can rent motorcycles, a loft in New York, or a mechanical wave machine.  How cool is that?  I think it’s a great idea for those of us who put things off forever because we can’t justify buying whatever we need to finish a project.


I am totally enamored with the incredibly fresh and modern paper products from SusyJack*.  Bright colors, big fun.  Check it out for yourself, and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

That’s all for right now.  Hope you enjoy checking out some new things.  Please feel free to share what you’ve found – I’m always on the lookout for some new great stuff!

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I’m an avid book collector.  I’m not ashamed of it – if I had all of the money in the world, I would buy all sorts of books and have a house full of big beautiful bookshelves filled to the brim with volumes of all shapes, sizes, and subjects.  However, I don’t have all of the money in the world, and so, I love the library.  I mean, it’s a great place to check out books and CD’s and all, but libraries are also beautiful in an architectural and design-related way.  My sister sent me some awesome pictures of “library porn” so I thought I would share some of them here, for those who are similarly inclined.

BNF Paris

BNF Paris

REAL GABINETE PORTUGUES DE LEITURA RIO DE JANEIRO

REAL GABINETE PORTUGUES DE LEITURA RIO DE JANEIRO

TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY DUBLIN

TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY DUBLIN

HANDELINGENKAMER TWEEDE KAMER DER STATEN-GENERAAL DEN HAAG

HANDELINGENKAMER TWEEDE KAMER DER STATEN-GENERAAL DEN HAAG

RIJKMUSEUM AMSTERDAM

RIJKMUSEUM AMSTERDAM

There’s more images to be found here (which is where these come from).

I love the books, but I find the giant spiral staircases to be equally compelling.  It’s funny, I live in this crappy little town and the library is SO NICE compared to every other building in the county.  It makes me happy that they put importance on something like that.  Also, a wonderful thing for the broke among us – unlimited CD’s.  My library has a pretty funny and eclectic mix.  Yesterday, I checked these out (in case you wanted to know)

The Decemberists, John Lee Hooker, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Irish Folk Songs, Nickle Creek, Depeche Mode, Cafe Tacuba, Willie Nelson, and some bird song collections (I’m going to figure out what has been terrorizing my front yard).  Rock on!

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I’ve seen these altered photographs all over the web, but the instructions were always too maddening for me.  I love the way they take a scene and make it look like it’s miniature, and now a new web site has popped up to make it easy for you to tilt-shift your very own photographs!  Here are a few of my favorites.

I love this one, it looks like the tiny Colosseum is made out of paper!

This one is some buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, but it looks like the whole scene was made from a model train set or something you could get at a hobby shop.

This is one of my favorites!  It’s a lovely town in Amalfi but it looks like it’s just a little toy!

Visit the website and make your own – I’d love to see what you do, so please let me know!

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