Archive for May 2010


nymphaea nouchali

Frans Lanting.

Posted at 10pm on 5/25/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: photography | read on


made by hand

Here it comes! From the ridiculously talented Pia Jane, her new book in the (growing) *made by hand* series… it arrives June 1. I’m so looking forward to my (armchair) trip to Amsterdam ^_^ !

This is the second Made by Hand guide by stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk. The first, Paris: Made by Hand, received an ecstatic reception around the world from magazines such as British House & Garden, Vogue Living, and Martha Stewart Living, and on dozens and dozens of design blogs from design*sponge to decor8. Amsterdam: Made by Hand takes readers to dozens of boutiques, studios, and workshops offering not only newly created items fashioned by hand, but also vintage objects and found objects that may have been reworked by a talented artist. Also included are shops providing exclusive European supplies if you want to make your own objects: fabric, vintage silk tassels, yarn, handmade buttons, flowers in feathers and silk, and more. Pia describes her book the best:

“As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring—which is why I adore all things handmade. Amsterdam: Made by Hand is an insider’s guide where you’ll discover Dutch ateliers tucked away on the cobble stoned backstreets of the old canal district, and boutiques that Dutch designers and stylists have kept well-hidden inside their black books. . . until now. Between its pages you can expect to find woodworkers, flower artists, jewelry designers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: with the backdrop of Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and wonky buildings, you can expect to see this quaint old city in a whole new light.”

Posted at 9pm on 5/25/10 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing, photography | read on



I came across these beautifully designed (Penguin) classics at Anthropologie and became a little obsessed with collecting them all. (They’re almost half price via a certain online book seller that shall not be mentioned because it’s better to support your local bookstore, right? Eeek.)

Posted at 8pm on 5/25/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


20 seconds of your time

I just sent the below email to my Senators urging them to get GMO’s out of the Global Food Security Act. Will you send an email to your Senator too? Let’s all of us help to put an end to genetically modified crops. Especially, since organic agriculture is far more environmentally and ECONOMICALLY sound in the grand scheme. All of your voices are precious! Click here to send the below email.

The UN recently released a report saying that Africa’s best hope for the future is organic agriculture. Yet the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed S.384, the Global Food Security Act, that would require “research on biotechnological advances appropriate to local ecological conditions, including genetically modified technology” as a condition of US aid.

Instead of cynically cloaking corporate welfare for chemical companies like Monsanto in agriculture aid packages, why not support the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Initiative?

A new survey by the UN Conference on Trade and the Environment and UNEP in East Africa found that over 90 per cent of studies show that organic or near organic agriculture had benefits for soil fertility; water control; improved water tables, carbon sequestration and biodiversity.

This allows farmers to extend the growing season in marginal areas. The research in East Africa was among 1.6 million organic or near organic farmers from seven countries working on 1.4 million hectares.

Other findings include an increase in crop yields of 128 per cent since switching.

Higher incomes too are a result of not having to buy fertilizers and pesticides; as is more food availability; higher prices are paid through certification schemes for both export and domestic markets – which addresses poverty in environmentally friendly way.

Close to 90 percent of cases showed an increase in farm and household incomes and because organic agriculture is more knowledge intensive it has led to improvements in education, community bonds and cooperation on market access.

The report concludes: “Organic and near-organic agricultural methods and technologies are ideally suited for many poor, marginalized smallholder farmers in Africa, as they require minimal or no external inputs, use locally and naturally available materials to produce high-quality products, and encourage a whole systemic approach to farming that is more diverse and resistant to stress.”

Posted at 2pm on 5/21/10 | 3 comments | Filed Under: do something!, environment, health & healing | read on


nestled in the woods

If anybody out their has ever obsessed over Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman, this first photo reminds me of Tatiana and Alexander’s little hideaway on the River Kama. Think I found it on The Hermitage, who definitely posts lots of old photos from Russia. Peter snapped the second photo of my cousins and I walking among the giants at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Doesn’t it have the vibe of a massive cathedral? Only better.

Posted at 10am on 5/16/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on


super human

We are so on the cusp of an evolutionary leap, and it’s all about mind over matter…

Soon we’ll be walking on water. Wait, we already are!

And if this is to be believed (I certainly do), some of us won’t even require food and water to survive, unless we’re in the mood. How come stuff like this yogi not eating for however many years isn’t on the cover of the New York Times, but rather stuck on the back pages of some MSN blog?

Posted at 10am on 5/16/10 | 3 comments | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on

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