Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A few nice March blog features

Actually more then nice features, they're rather great! Thanks! Some notes on napkins (above) has great graphic design and Megan from Planning to Elope (& Not Martha) took great photos of my ring sizers for her feature. Way better photos of them I took. (Yes, mine do need a retaking.)

Also thanks to a few others I've seen- Trend De La Creme's Currently Obsessed With: Two Finger Rings, Avie Designs and last but not least Dahl Haus Art's my vancouver etsy wishlist.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oslo International School in Norway

Reading one of my new favourite blogs Arch Daily, I came across the cheery and modern Oslo International School in Norway by Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects.

It's a small private school with roughly 500 children from more than 50 different nations, divided into kindergarten, reception, primary and secondary school and includes special facilities for advanced studies. What lucky kids!

It's fun when I'm watching tv and see somebody wearing my work

Photo via

I saw a bracelet I made on Canada's Project Runway. What fun! My geometric bracelet was worn by Genevieve Graham. And she was a winner this week!

She did not sit down and talk about it, mention it, or spend great amount of time gesticultaing (so as to show it off better) but it was there, on her wrist, and nice to see. And funny as I was just thinking of making another of those. (What odd timing!) It was of only a very couple made. Sold to her years ago through a local shop Dream in Gastown. (Vancouver, Canada)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Past, Present, Future

I see many things that I like and admire but very few that I need when I see it. This is one of those. This is just marvelous, modern, zen and cheeky all in one.

And of course practical.

'Past, Present, Future'
Designed by Daniel Will-Harris
He's acted, won awards, writes and edits, designs clothing and watches, and graphics programs.

Found on the charming site watchismo. They have an amazing selection of vintage and new watches, a couple dozen of which I'd be delighted to own. I've wanted a nice vintage jump watch for ages.

Have you ever wanted to live in a cave?

Have you ever wanted to live in a cave? I have, I spent ridicuolous numbers of hours as a kid whiling away waits at bus stops by designing an ideal home inside a mountain. (Amoung others.)

Curt & Deborah Sleeper did more then dream! They bought a cave, built a house inside, lived in it, almost lost it and now may get to keep it. They set up an auction on eBay that became a huge news story that has possibly solved their problem and led to financing. So by Mar 11 (tomorrow) at 21:19:49 EDT they may have sold it or they or may have managed to keep it. The story of so, so many people now (but with press and inside a cave). See the listing on EBay!

Their what, when and why below
What: An five year adventure of a lifetime. Our home in a cave.

When: Our story begins in December of 2003, St. Louis Missouri. Curt found a cave while searching for commercial property in our area on Ebay. That’s right, we found our cave on Ebay! A couple of weeks later we visited, and fell in love with the place. It took us nearly five months to complete the purchase, and just over four years to build our offices and home here. We managed to sell our home in Sunset Hills and use that money as 50% down payment and the balance created a five year Balloon note. That note expires on May 1st, 2009.

Why: We never considered an economic bomb to hit the country at the same time as our balloon note.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The 'Yellow Treehouse Cafe' in New Zealand

I was rather amazed when I saw the Yellow Treehouse cafe by Pacific Environments Architects. One of those wonderful designs that are immediately exciting. It opened recently North of Auckland and is built 10m up a redwood tree.

I always wanted a tree house as a child (well, really, who didn't) and this answers both my love of tree houses and 'environments' for eating/ drinking things in. And indeed, reading the designers vision this idea of childhood dreams and fantasy was part of their (quite successful) plan.

It's conceived of as many things, a cocoon, an onion/garlic clove, a sea shell or a glowing lantern at night time. the Yellow Treehouse concept is also inspired by the ‘enchanted’ site which is raised above an open meadow and a stream on the edge of the woods. Via busyboo