When I was living in Colorado I made a monochromatic fringe garland for the front porch and I enjoyed seeing it blow in the wind with the Rocky Mountain foothills in the background. I could take a look at the garland from the window and if it was fluttering in the wind then I’d know how many layers I should wear if I ventured outside.
Now that I’m living in Santa Cruz I have a concrete backyard so I decided to expand upon the project and make something more colorful to brighten up the place. I ended up making a 50 foot fringe garland with yarn + rope and it energizes the space perfectly. It still dances on windy days adding movement and cheer to the concrete backyard. The photos below show the fringe making process as well as some fun had while dancing with a 50′ roll of fringe and throwing it into the air.
My mom instilled in me an appreciation for color and nature. We both happen to really like lichen, too. Lichen is a tiny composite organism that grows on rocks, bark, leaves, walls, etc. and looks like a crust of paint. Out of all the photos I took from my hike on Mt. Whitney, she asked me to print out the one of the lichen growing on the bare rocks so that she could hang it on her wall. I like to think that the photo reminds her of the resilient characteristic of lichens- they can survive and thrive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. She amazes me. This series of photos is for her.
While conducting some inventory overhaul at work I came across a piece of tattered, gold paper. I could still see some beauty and potential in this paper and used it to conduct some initial backdrop test shots with product placed in the foreground. I used an X-acto knife to cut a triangular pattern in the paper and worked with my photographer friend, Michael, to create lighting and shadow effects that would add more depth to the overall pattern.I really liked the results of the first test, but I wanted to take it further because I knew that a monochromatic backdrop would be more subtle and allow for more lighting experimentation.
This is Michael (below), my photographer friend who helped me conduct the backdrop tests. Here he is standing in front of the backdrop against a white wall. I like the sense of scale that this photo provides…and I love his smile here.
The results of our second set of tests are below. We were both really happy with the results. I styled the flowers and Michael lit the paper from several different angles which changed the look dramatically. The possibilities are endless and I love how light and shadow interact with a simple piece of paper to create such variety and depth. I will definitely experiment with more paper backdrops and also devise a way to make them more durable for reuse.
It is perfect to drink on a hot Summer day.
It looks like late Fall or early Winter.
And it tastes like Spring.
- Gather fresh herbs + flowers
- Freeze them in ice-cube molds with filtered water (I use a Berkey water filter).
- When the ice-cubes are ready pour yourself a delightful water cocktail!
I chose the following from my garden:
- nasturtium flowers, buds + leaves
- mint leaves
- lavender leaves + flowers
- rosemary leaves + flowers
- nutmeg geranium leaves and flowers
A very rare bout of insomnia prompted me to finish a task I have put off for some time- cleaning my computer and deleting unnecessary files. I found some photos that I intended to post a while back of my Night Blooming Cereus plant that flowers for only one night. I realize that a full year has gone by since I took the photos stored on my computer because now the plant is blooming once again. I guess some things stay on the to-do list for a year. The time has come to share some photos from both years of blooms. Aside from the peony, this is my favorite flower and it has a most amazing scent that is worth staying up all night to experience.
I’m starting a three-day juice fast and all I can think about is food. For the most part I have a healthy diet but I realize that a break from digestion is very healing for the body. I’m thankful that food is so pretty, tasty, comforting and nourishing. Here are a few photos of food I’ve enjoyed (or sculpted) over the past few months.
After completing the personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology I am officially “INFJ” (Introverted 78%, Intuitive 38%, Feeling 75% and Judging 67%). A few other notable INFJ personality types are Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Our group also includes the likes of Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck and Jerry Seinfeld (?!). INFJs are often mistaken for extroverts because they appear outgoing and are genuinely interested in people. Allow me to speak for the group by stating that typically we don’t like having unexpected visitors show up at our doorstep. But there is a lil’ gal who set up shop about 10 feet from my back door and it looks like she’s here to stay for a while.
This is what her house looks like above. I watched her gradually build her comfy nest on a low-lying branch that is just above eye-level. She warned my husband and I on more than one occasion to keep our distance. We try to be respectful of her space and pass without startling her. I hope that the garden that we have around the corner will provide some quick meals for the new neighbors.
Our garden is in an experimental stage because we don’t get full sun but we’ve managed to harvest some delicious strawberries and radishes so far.
And here she is…
The lady hummingbird in her self-made nest.
She is so tiny and so adorable.
For scale, this is a photo of a leaf from the same tree measuring under 3 inches.
We named her Mrs. Oodle and we anxiously await her tiny additions to the neighborhood.