Friday, March 26, 2010

pretty pottery!

Made by a local artist..I think these would make a lovely gift for someone! She also has some nice paintings...Dahlhaus Studio

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Spring!

First Day of spring sprung upon us yesterday. I just want to start gardening! If only I had a garden....or if there wasn't a massive year-2 year waiting list to get a community plot at the garden I so conveniently live 1 block from. I guess I will have to make due with my patio. I was definitely getting a spring vibe yesterday, I just realized that I kept coming across gardening stuff coincidentally. For instance, I almost threw out a receipt that I had written a note to myself to look up these really cute gardening boots that I saw in a magazine The website is diannebbest and these are the boots I saw..... Then I realized that her site's sole purpose is to provide an online shopping source for her favourite gardening gear. Which is pretty cool, but I think she should've at least noted the designer of the boots! Anyway, so there's some really cool/trendy gardening stuff on this page. You can buy the whole lot of it for $400. I can just picture some rich little ninny coming across is and deciding she's going to take up gardening and buying all of it and never using it.

So then I was reading a vogue I picked up at used book store, its from like November 2009...haven't the slightest idea why they would be featuring gardening in November...but they had a full spread of a gardening photo shoot called Midnight in the Garden of Good.

The article talks about Guerrilla gardeners. I had just bought a book called "On Guerrilla Gardening" a few weeks ago and its someth
ing I have been interested in over the last little while. Guerrilla Gardening is kind of a movement where people decide to cultivate whatever land
they like. The book's opening quote is "Let's Fight the filth with forks and flowers!" People spring up gardens in peculiar places to try and beautify their cities. This is a great example in Calgary, I used to walk by this car every morning on my way to the train, I di
dn't know then what Guerrilla Gardening wa
s and thought it was a little crazy for so
meone to do such a thing to their car, but its actually pretty brilliant, espec
ially if the car doesn't run anyway. This garden has a solar powered water fountain and the car was rescued from a farm where it had been for the past 9 years.

So now I am well ready to start planning my own balcony planters/ guerrilla gardening endeavors for this spring! The Vogue issue I previously mentioned also featured in the index steps to grow Arugula or Roquette in a planter. I love arugula! How great would it be to just snatch some from the balcony and sprinkle some oil and vinegar on it for a fresh salad. yup, i'm going to do that this year. and my seed catalogue has come in! So I have to decide on some others. The catelouge is free if you are interested in having one sent to you! or you can also get a pdf. of it here. They do have arugula in the salad greens section....$2.79 for 1g of seeds. They say to sow a short row as soon as possible in early spring so that would be NOW! I better get on it! Happy Gardening!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wish List!

its hard not having a full time job. i've started compiling a wish list of all the things i want lately. its mostly all books too.....i always find myself perusing amazon and just clicking "wish list" whenever i see something that looks interesting. That list is now at 27! yikes! anyway, i thought i'd better start keeping track so that I can know what best to spend my money on when i get some! haha!

1. a bicycle- this is more of a necessity
2. good but stylish walking shoes-also a necessity
3. tickets to every good show that comes to vancouver-there are A LOT-necessity?
4. A subscription to every fashion magazine
5. The DVD The September Issue
6. a whole bunch of cds
7. a whole bunch of books-as i mentioned in my oscar post, i just want a great library of inspirational books these days. Here are some I've come across:

The Selby Is in Your Place

fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby began taking portraits of dynamic and creative people—authors, musicians, artists, and designers—in their home environments and posting them on his web site. Nosy by nature, he wanted to see how personal style was reflected in private spaces. I LOVE seeing inside peoples houses! I am so nosy too! especially artistic people. A magazine I had brought you into the house of Kim Gordon and her husband Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and they just looked like they had the best lifestyle in this artistic cool house. anyway, this book isn't even out yet. I'm so tempted to pre-order it so its in my mailbox in April!

Shocking Life
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Best known for translating Surrealism into fashion art. Known for her flair for the unusual, she was the first to use shoulder pads and animal prints, and is the inventor of shocking pink. Her garments are part of the permanent costume and textiles collections at major museums.
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begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant
A mishmash of foodie writers dispute, humorously or more self-seriously, the pros and cons of cooking and dining alone.


Sunday, March 14, 2010


Saturday, March 13, 2010

add some colour to your life

I found this on a design blog and thought it was really cute and clever! what a nice way to liven up your dreary place in the winter....I would perhaps attempt to crush little balls of colourful wool between my fingers and attach them to a twig if only there weren't so many fresh beautiful flowers at every store front in Vancouver! I just got these lovely tulips yesterday and they are definitely improving my dreary rainy sore throat day....

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oscar's Art Book Store! fabulous!

I ventured out to find this tiny book store today that has been recommended to me many times...little did I know I had been walking right but it!
It's amazing...I could spend hours upon hours in there. It has so many different art books, architecture, interior design, graphic design, fashion design, art history, everything that's cool! They are good prices too! and they will order in any book that you want, and always have discounted books. There were so many fashion books that I wanted to buy....all I want now is a great collection of books that you can just flip through and be absorbed by the beauty on the pages. So this book store is on Broadway and Granville and beside it is an amazing magazine store called Magazine Emporian with many international magazines, and down about 2 stores from that is a used book/comic book store with a whole bunch of old magazines which i find really useful for my never ending school projects requiring me to scour magazines for various things...but its interesting to get some of the old issues of vogue from britain and stuff like that. I've found that my apartment building laundry room is a good place to find those too!

inside Oscar's on Broadway