Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Commuter Fingerless Mitts, a knitting pattern by Laura Sapergia
Biking will save the world!
The Commuter Mitts are a big huge thank-you to all the commuters who are out there biking their way to work or school everyday. Sometimes it is harder/colder/wetter to commute but you do it anyways, here is a pair of mitts to keep your hands a little warmer for those rides that are just a bit uncomfortable. They’ll keep you stylish and warm while you dodge traffic, leap across intersections, and stop criminals in their tracks.Thanks for making the world a safer and better place, you are a superhero!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|Seth's friends play with my home made moustaches!|
|DIY smilebooth at my son's birthday!|
A 35mm camera OR cheap-ish digital camera, preferably with a delayed shutter and a hole on the bottom to screw into said tripod (make sure the camera has a FULL battery!)
4 pieces of poster board
Streamers and birthday themed decorations
What I did was centre the four poster boards in the middle of the wall and pin them to the wall. They went as low as mid-thigh on a relatively sized adult (haha). Using crepe paper I then taped down the right side and carried it across the width and then cut it, twisted it about 6 times, and taped the end down. I repeated this with all the crepe paper I had (and I ran out!) in lines going horizontally across the back drop. I then taped on the birthday themed garland and the HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner and literally, I was finished. I also made some mustache props by drawing mustaches on thick cardstock with a black marker and filling them in. then I taped them to the narrow end of chopsticks. It's that easy!
I then set the tripod up with it facing the smile booth perfectly and showed a few people how to use my digital camera. The kids got full reign of the camera and took some amazing shots! You could also use a funky curtain or table cloth as a back drop (or even a sheet of plywood anchored to the wall). And you could get a tickle trunk of masks and clothes and funny hats for your guests to wear! If you try to keep it to a theme, though, your pictures will look a bit more cohesive and planned (if that's what you want).
Lastly, I want to talk about exposure/flash. I had my camera on automatic flash for all the pictures, turned on the bright overhead light, and opened the window wide (it was a bright day). If it's a bit darker, or night time, you could attach some spot lights or even those clip on desk lamps to the tripod facing your guests at chest level so there's no really weird shadows. Well, unless you want to highlight someone's double chin?!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Speaking of favourites, here's my favourite kick starter projects, including some all time highs!
Vere Sandal Company
Vere is a company that saw the waste and bad environmental policies of overseas sandal making and decided they wanted to bring the manufacturing back the US and make good sandals as sustainably as possible. They utilized Kick Starter to raise the 12K they needed to fulfill their initial orders (and gave supporters things like custom sandals) and ended up raising over 56K! Incredible!
This series of portraits of homeless transgendered teens in NY is quite inspiring, but also an interesting project for opening the dialogue on youth and sexual orientation and some of the barriers they face when choosing to be who they identify as their true selves when their worlds and families deny that in them.
The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
This book is one of the projects that I've helped "kick start". It's a compilation book that looks at design. now. It's a super exciting project and I was more than honoured to take part! Frank also met his fundraising goal by 415% !! Incredible!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
|My Rikke Hat|
COMMUNITY: On Monday I was in Vancouver for work at a celebration and strategic planning of our program (it's got a provincial scope, but I'm working at the Port Alberni site). Anyway, a few things happened for me that day and things are starting to make more sense for me about the importance of culture (I always knew it was important to have, but now I really KNOW, you know?) in the work we do, but also that the most important way to make your community work succeed in a community is to build relationships. If that means I identify a difficult relationship for my project then I have to work extra hard to make sure that in two years I'm having Christmas Dinner with that person who resisted and had a difficult time with the project or letting us in. It means I do things for them, get to know people around them, get to know them beyond work, and honestly and sincerely appreciate a lot of things they do and support their work in our community. If I can build trust and a relationship with that person then they will support my project. Next time you're at work or in the community, chat someone up about something you know nothing about them. Invite them out for coffee. Or ask them if you can help them put together X for X event. Relationships (good ones at that) are key.
CRAFT: There's a new knitting store in town (!! yay !!) and today on my lunch break I went to their daytime stitch n bitch. It was so nice to see some faces I know and meet some new ones! I cast on a new hat (Rikke Hat) with some Noro yarn I picked up there a few weeks back when the shop opened. So nice to have a knitting group to go to!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
regular recipe [less sugar recipe]
1. Mix in a huge bowl:
1 ¼ cup large flake dried coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup hemp hearts
2. Mix in a smaller bowl:
½ cup sunflower oil or melted coconut oil
¼ cup warm water [less sugar recipe increase by 1/4cup]
2/3 cup honey [for less sugar recipe reduce by 1/3 cup]
1 tsp vanilla extract or syrup
3. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, mix well.
4. Split the granola onto two cookie sheets (jellyroll pans-with edges work the best because there is less mess). Checking every 5-10 min. and stirring every 10 min, bake for about 30 min total or until most coconut pieces are browned. Stir the granola after the cooking time is done, leave the works on the counter until cool.
Friday, May 13, 2011
|M.I.A. is the QUEEN of wicked tights. You can get some similar ones through here.|
|I really love these vertical zig zag tights from We Love Colors too! They come in 50 colours!|
|Bows on tights from Asos!|
|I die for Marc Jacobs in general, but these tights are so good.|
|And these ones! with the boots and long socks! and lace? nice. (courtesy of flickr).|