Do I even need to say that I haven't followed up on my New Year's Resolutions? Well, not to be too hard on myself, I have made a couple of mediocre recipes (or was it my cooking that sucked? recipes) from the Vegan Fusion Cuisine, and I have taken out a couple of books on Shakespeare. That have yet to be opened but are already overdue. I have gone to bed every night with a firm decision and even a sort of weird excitement about exercising tomorrow, and about digging into my overblown wardrobe and pulling out some new and unusually refreshing combination. But, non, mon ami, non, non, non, so far, I have exercised only my temper tantrums and wore 2 of my sweaters. Hey, there's always tomorrow! Bla, bla, bla.
So, to make myself feel a bit better and slightly accomplished I have compiled a yellow wish list (no. 5 on the NYRL) and it goes like this:
Find it in Sara LeeAnn's ethereal, romantic and so sexy thebunnycageEtsy shop, where she sells her beautiful photography and paintings.
Why The Bunnycage? Sara explains: "When I was a tender, young thing, I hid in the rabbit pen behind our house in rural Nowhere, California. I went to that fuzzy-soft place to be quiet with myself - sometimes with my paperback books, the pages dog-eared and worn; often with my muddled thoughts and grandiose dreams. If I sat perfectly still, the bunnies would venture closer and brush against my bare legs or maybe even rest beside me awhile. Though only a figurative space in my memory now, the bunnycage is no less inspiring or beloved."
Last couple of Mondays I've woken up a bit crabby and blue. The Monday Blues playing its fine melody on me. Today, a collection of not so finely tuned construction workers joined in with the band in the downstairs apartment, creating some serious wall tearing session. My considerable crabbiness and my husband's growing irritability on the fast track to Unpleasantville... we just had to get out of our nest.
So, with our good excuse sorted out, and guilt free, we started our working week by playing truant. Last week our excuse to go to wonderful Baker Beach was the weather. Exceptional 72 degrees in January! Today, the noise and the shaking of the apartment were most certainly preventing me from papercuting & Terry from writing. Steady and quiet is what we need. So we headed for the SF Arboretum. And what a great decision that was! We recharged our batteries, we took a lot of pictures of succulents & squirrels and we finished off our little truancy with some good & cheap Tai noodles on Haight St.
Here are some photos to share:
We are entering the...
We tried not to interrupt his lunch too much...
A perfect branch for sitting on or hanging off of...
Aloe in bloom...
Spot the hummingbird...
Doesn't it look like there's some kind of computer code hidden in the leaves?
Couldn't figure out what they were staring at and if that was a huge turtle they were lounging on...
"LouLou Loves You was born out of one girl's personal love affair with lingerie. When she realized that she owned over eighty pairs of knickers and thought it was time that she turned this obsession into a business."
Lately I've become a total sucker for all things polka dot, ribbon, lace, all things bow and stripe. Moi, the ultimate, all time goth princess of the underworld (well, yeah, in my teens). The no fuss, no bold patterns, and no objects (read bows) sticking over my bum. No dots (read round) that will make people think of me as round.
Well, I've got a crush on all things girly it seems, and it doesn't feel at all embarrassing. It feels like I'm all giggles. And that ain't so bad. Ain't bad at all.
So, here are some, just some of my favorites...
Strapless Polka Dot Dress, w/huge red bow, by Jovani (this is a dress that I would actually like to wear every single day... while cooking, while cleaning, while working in my studio... )
Just a quick hello to the hardworking readers of the blogosphere and an announcement of new items in my shop.
Shoe connoisseurs, here is a shoe collection for you...
In a pile...
Rows of shoes...
On the wall...
Available each shoe separately as: My Shoe Collection, #1, #2 & #3.
Each piece is entirely handmade and signed on the front. This is an original Papercut, not a print. The artwork is hand-cut out of paper, mounted on beautiful parchment paper and displayed on a sturdy 6" x 7" black mat. The artwork is sealed with several coats of clear protective finish. A little ribbon loop for hanging is attached securely to the back of the mounting board. The artwork is ready to be displayed on the wall of your home. Each piece includes a unique certificate of authenticity.
The weather has been truly amazing here in San Francisco. I believe it went up to 72 degrees yesterday, which my husband tells me is the perfect temperature. Perfect for sitting in the park and watching the dogs chasing the ball. Perfect even for sitting in your studio all day, working on new papercut designs and watching the Golden Gate bridge through your window. Which is what I chose to do yesterday. Well, I did squeeze in a small park break, because it would be simply a sin not to.
I've been very much in the Valentine love spirit (I know it's a bit early, but I do have a thing for love), and have created several of the love themed papercuts.
Starting with a little touch of Cupid...
which goes well as an overture to the one I created a while ago...
followed by a nice walk to...
... The Lighthouse
and continuing with exploring the world together...
A World Tour
It's January 15, 6.30 P.M.and it's 65 degrees. How wonderful is that?
I'm not sure, but I'm pretty certain, that you don't have to actually start following your New Year's resolutions if you are not fully done making them. And since I'm still not finished making mine I don't feel guilty at all for not having my Pilates hour today. Hear that, Mr Pilates, Miss Darcey, London Royal Ballet? Hear? I'm not feeling guilty.
But seriously, this is going to be my second and last instalment of my NY resolution series. From tomorrow (famous last words) I will become more serious about my body, my mind, my soul. I will become more focused, more funny, more beautiful, more thin, more... well... it goes as follows:
5. Wear more yellow.
I've always hated yellow. In the old country, yellow was the color of the institutions where you go when you are a wee bit mentaly tired. Yellow is the color that makes you look overweight and a bit nutty, yellow is the color one should eat, not wear. But recently, I've started feeling more and more drawn to yellow: the sunny side of yellow, the make you feel good yellow, the zesty yellow, the cute yellow. So, since yellow is so underrated in my life I will make an attempt to wear more yellow, and to prevent from looking like a giant Meyer lemon, I will move quickly, be slik and agile as a gymnast and will attempt to look exceptionally cute, juicy and zesty in a very bright yellow. I'm exhausted already. Too much vitamin C.
and try to convince my husband that the beautiful and shabby chair we ran into on the street was not left there because it sucks and because somebody peed on it, and that the clothes in vintage stores are chic, full of character and not just some old ladies clothes.
7. Create a masterpiece. Be it a papercut, a painting, or any other media, I feel like this is the year for me to create a masterpiece. I feel like I'm ready. I want to do it. I need to do it. Let me do it. Please!
Guernica - Picasso
8. Be more humble. "Don't be so humble - you are not that great." Golda Meir
9. Be more brave. I already feel more brave just by saying that. I bet I will not be running from the bathroom to my bed later on in the night, in the dark, thinking that somebody is just about to grab my leg. Running back to safety. 'cause I'm brave. I am.
Is it too late to state one's New Year's Resolutions? I guess it isn't. I could still do it.
And let me pretend that I'm looking forward to them. No, seriously, I am looking forward to them, 'cause this year I've decided to make only pleasurable New Year's resolutions. I'm lowering the serious-meter here, no more exercise, no more healthy eating, no more organise your closet, no more read Shakespeare. The infamous ones that will make me feel completely awful if I fail to abide by them.
Get to the bottom of the big Shakespeare-hubbub. Understand what all the smoke, steam and sparks are about, and try not to pull all my hair out while doing it. I'll even liberate myself for the occasion and put on my spectacles, instead of contact lenses. See if I can look a little bit more intellectual, and at the same time test my vanity. I think my hubby will like it. The intelectual-vain part, that is.
2. In order to be a bit more contemporary & go on par with times (media), I'll follow in the steps of the new Nora Ephron movie Julie & Julia, and cook a lot. But instead of making every single Julia Child recipe, as an alternative to gutting chickens, stuffing chickens and spinning chickens above my head to make them more tender I will make every single recipe from the most wonderful Vegan cook book called Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. Maybe by the end of this task I will be 10 Ib lighter and less agressive. You know, all this bird food, no lacto, no oveo, no cheeso, and no meeto makes you a better person.
Hopefully, by the final recipe I will not become a total wimp.
3. Do at least an hour of Pilates every day and by the end of the year have a physique undistinguishable from Darcey Bussell - and as a reward star in The London Royal Ballet's 2010 production of La Bayadère.
4. Wear every single item of clothing I own, at least once. If perchance something is completely unwearable (this is my get out of jail free card) - make it wearable by thrifting, redesigning, reshaping, sowing some bows, arrows and flowers onto it, etc. Something like that. Wow, this is a major resolution, what AM I getting myself into? Do I realize what hides in my closet?!!
I'm really thrilled to be able to combine my love for papercuts and my love for jewelry and design these pieces.
They were created using a print of one of my papercut images set under a clear cabochon dome measuring 40x30mm, a lovely antiqued bronze filigree base, a vintage cream rose bead and an adorable cream with black dot satin ribbon. The filigree base measures aprox 2 inches, the full size of the pendant (including the bead) measures 3 inches. The length of the ribbon (including the clasp) is 17" Princess Style Length. The pendant falls beautifully on the neck. The necklaces come with a little certificate of authenticity in a beautiful and elegant pinstripe jewelry box. They make a wonderful addition to any outfit, will make you look sophisticated and beautiful, and feel so romantic:).
I'll start with some stripes and some dots:
Then, some dots and some romance:
Dots and courageous hairdo:
Hmmm... dots and... a bird flying out of a birdcage?
And, I think dots go pretty well with girls on swings, too: