I really appreciate it when I come across something beautiful in a very unlikely medium. Take for example, a simple cube of Jello. We all know of this traditional wiggly, fruity food, but never would I expect to describe it as beautiful. That is until I came across this awesome version shot with a high-speed video camera (6200 fps). Check it out:
I would like to start this post with a big ‘Happy Birthday!’ to Elijah Redding, who came into this world May 4, 2011. And congratulations to his wonderful parents, Dickie and Bethany.
When my husband and I got word that his cousin and wife were expecting we knew no ordinary gift would do. I had seen this project in one of my sewing books and immediately thought of them. Of course I put my own spin on it, coming up with a little story called “How to Make a Rainbow”. The book consists of 10 soft ‘pages’ made from pre-washed flannel, embellished with various images made from equally as soft pastel patterned flannel fabric – educational, yet snuggly! It was fun to try out some new sewing techniques as well (hand embroidering and applique). I was really please with the finished project and it felt wonderful to send along a gift with lots of care and love behind it. Check it out for yourself!
I’ve always been fascinated by old abandoned buildings. In the last town we lived in there was an entire hospital complex that had been long abandoned and I always gawked at the sight (even though I’m too much of a wimp to actually explore them), partly expecting to see some ghostly figure in one of the windows, but mostly because the architecture was so beautiful yet haunting. It’s a shame that the buildings were never repurposed. While scenes like this are initially thought of as frightening, I think there can be some beauty in it as well.
I stumbled upon Ward.nine’s photography blog the other day and this is a perfect example of capturing the beauty in these types of environments. The work is self-titled “Urban Ruins Photography”. Not only is the subject matter fascinating, but the camera work is also beautiful. I also applaud their courage to venture into these sometimes eerie (and often legally off-limits) properties.
All photos via ward.nine photography.
This past weekend it was beautiful, we’re talking warm (78), sunny, with just the faintest breeze – perfect grilling weather. My husband and I just got a new grill and we had to have friends over to christen it. The only thing we were missing was someplace to eat outside so, we kicked The Door project into high gear, got into the studio early, worked for a few hours and, voila – outdoor dining table complete! The matching seating will have to wait another weekend or so, but the table worked out just great. Check it out…
Here’s an update on The Door:
Spring decided to go back into hiding and it has been too cold lately to work outside (yes, we even have had a few days of snow, ugh). Luckily my husband and I were able to haul it into his studio to do a little work to it.
As mentioned before, The Door came from a neighbor who was throwing it out and so reclaimed materials are going to be a recurring theme. Keeping with that idea we cut and measured some boards from old shelves to make inserts for the where the glass used to be on the door. In order to make them level with the rest of the surface we sent them through a planer a few times, a machine I was slightly terrified of but was assured it was practically the safest thing around (apparently). Then we glued and nailed them in (I got to use a nail gun, which was very fun). A few of the boards even had some nice knots in the wood, which I think add character.
Next we have to scrounge up more materials for the base and seating, stay tuned!
Better late than never!
This Wednesday I’m sharing not one, but three very cool videos. These artists have gone beyond working with paper as a 2D or even 3D medium, and taken it to the next level with motion. They are each a little different and all worth seeing. Check out the link at the end to see the making of one of these videos.
To see how they created “How to Get to Napa Valley”, click here.