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Summer is NOT Over

Apparently, fall began at 5:05 A.M. (EDT). Well, NOT HERE my friends. While sitting around a campfire several weeks ago, or should a say glamp fire (g for glamorous), I had a fond memory from a number of years ago when I met the man, the myth, the legend: Robert August. Swoon, can't lie.

For you surfers out there or anyone who visited Verndale, you know what I'm talking about. Hot pink and orange...mmmmhhhhmmmmmm. My signed version of this gem is packaged and ready to live full time in sunny Southern California.

Without my reminder of the possibility of an Endless Summer hanging on my wall or an ocean in site, for the next 365 days we will all be living the summer lifestyle on my BRAND NEW tumblr. site!

Follow me, ask me questions, comment, let's bask in the summer sun year round! Every day there will be new summer fun to inspire you. Seriously, EVERY day.

I will be blogging when the mood strikes me; I still have several projects to share and add to my portfolio but with all this summer sun- well, I've been distracted from the internet to say the least. Summer lovin' happened so fast....summer lovin' had me a blast...dream on my friends!

My Newest Project

I found this delightful old light fixture at a fabulous antique store and I have grand designs for it! The only issue is finding the kind of solar lights I need to make this shine...

Summer Nights

Project horseshoe pit / pétanque court is in progress! We're spending so much time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and long days that I was uber motivated today to completely weed and dig up the area that in the coming weeks will become our outdoor game room. Until then, we'll enjoy the outdoor lounging area!

The Words of Rand Brought to you by Heller

A prerequisite for any of you attending design school at Boston University is an unflicnching devotion (obsession?) to Paul Rand. With that I thank Steven Heller for posting "Paul Rand: A Designer's Words."

"On April 3, 1998 the School of Visual Arts held a Paul Rand Symposium in New York City. To commemorate the event Nathan Garland, Georgette Ballance and I edited a keepsake titled “Paul Rand: A Designer’s Words,” a collection of many Rand quotes from various sources. It was printed by Rand’s favorite printer, Mossberg & Co., typeset by his favorite typesetters, PDR (A Division of AGT), and produced with his favorite paper, Mohawk Superfine. Nathan Garland’s design was true to Rand’s typographic aesthetic." - From Steven Heller's sight.

I just love the idea of someone's career being celebrated and appreciated and having all the little details included: favorite printer, typesetter, paper...wow! The first quote in the collection jumps out at me:

"I had the courage or audacity or stupidity to take a chance. I didn't know what the hell would happen." -Paul Rand

I need any combination of those three at the moment...

Going to the Birds

It's no secret I'm a bird lover and this year I've been so lucky! There are at least two Swainson's Hawks nesting near our house and these past few days pretty much any time I'm outside it isn't long before I spot one. They love the tall willow and cottonwood trees, along with telephone polls and the open grassland. On Saturday I was commenting how cool it would be to see one catch something (like one of the 8 rabbits in our yard) and on Sunday...it was nature in 3D. It wasn't a rabbit, probably a vole but awesome! Trying to photograph birds is fun. You've got to be quick and ready but patient and able to sit for quite awhile.

Wagon's Got Me Whistlin'

Can you blame me? This wagon is AWESOME! This little lady is gonna' be put to work year round. Firewood in winter and gardening in summer. It's all terrain and makes appearances on our deck to shuttle dinner and drinks from the kitchen to the porch table. Check out dem wheels:

It's already been put to good use helping to shuttle heavy stone for our most recently completed project: We created a mini walkway that connects our elevated deck to the ground and that flooooowed from the back garden (work in progress, photos later this summer). Plus when we have a bonfire the heat warms the stones and you can stand barefoot on them. SO nice. These palomino gold stones are perfection, especially at sunset when they shimmer and sparkle.

My goal is to create an outdoor living space that is Alice in Wonderland/xeriscape/zen garden. It's going to be amazing. To finish it out we placed this heart shaped stone...aaaahhhh....designed and built with love. xoxo!

Packaging is Everything

A cool way to dress up any letter is to seal it with a piece of novelty tape. It gives the paper an extra wow!

Cinnamon Buns!

Working on perfecting a cinnamon bun recipe. This was the first try...they were yummy! Very yummy. But, I know I can do better...

New Year = New Organization Solutions

Space is limited and I always love things to look neat so making room for everything can be a challenge. I recently found these wicker picnic baskets at a thrift store and thought they'd be the perfect way to store things under my antique drop-leaf table. Now everything looks neat and is protected from dust.

My Kitschy Kurt Wirth Plate

Check out my kooky plate, originally designed for Swiss Air by Kurt Wirth. Just found it in a thrift store and thought it would fit into my crazy plate collection.