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Sunday, April 12th, 2009
10:02 pm
Monthly Theme: Life is the Big Romance

Here's the first of the monthly themes. This'll run till the end of April (yeah, it's a bit late, but there's still plenty of time to post stuff).

I know Eloise will be home in the morning with vegan blueberry muffins and a cantaloupe. She will say, "Sabrina, your love must not depend on sad-eyed boys. You can be in love with sunflower dresses and vegan lasagna and Rice Krispie Treats and rain and skateboarding and Martha Graham and angel fountains. Then the sad-eyed boys will come. Eventually their fear will fade and they will come." --From the short story "Safe Love."

What is your love about right now? This month, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to post pix, links, lists, stories, etc. embodying the things which make your life a big romance. You can focus on anything, romantic-love or life-love or any kind of love that illuminates your life.

So be creative, have fun, and get postin'! :)

1:28 pm
Helloooo out there!!

Hey everyone!! This community needs some firing up, no? I'm thinking of starting some loose monthly themes to encourage more posting. Will post said theme in a bit, but in the meantime here's some photos!!


This is why I love the town where I go to school:

This was in the window of a local restaurant/bar/music venue, The Sierra Grill :)

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
11:34 pm
lovely singer from the European lower lands

Her name is Anouk, se is from my birth country - this is the Netherlands - and I think she is quite bombastic and magical... so I felt the need to share her here, hope you will enjoy her, too.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
10:28 pm
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
5:43 pm
L.A. Garden
Photos of a beautiful Los Angeles garden, straight out of FLB's books!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
8:35 pm
oh my god
This may be the most beautiful house in the world. I wish there were more pictures, but the descriptions are to die for...
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
10:42 pm
Monday, August 27th, 2007
9:52 pm
My writing and some pix
Hey hey! So sorry that I haven't been posting lately (bad mod! Bad!), life's been rather crazy and may get even more so because I'm headed back to school. But here's a poem I started waaay back in July and only finished recently. Inspired by my current object d'amor and a henna tattoo I drew on myself back then. Enjoy and let me know whatcha think ;D

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Current Mood: hot
9:32 pm
Web 2.0 at its finest: Polyvore.com
So in between waiting for calls (I am on zee job hunt), cleaning my room, and researching library software, I discovered the dangerously addictive Polyvore.

The quickest way to explain it is a website that lets you play paperdolls with the internet. I've spent an entire afternoon noodling away with it, and have come up with these:

Black and White and Blue All Over

2 More Under the CutCollapse )

Signing up is a snap; you can find me as user RrieSelavy.
Monday, August 20th, 2007
4:34 pm
Axelhoney: The Art of Melissa Contreras

Phil: What do think influences your art?

Melissa: Everything. I can't help it. I'm a sponge. The hard part is squeezing
something out. I really like Folk art. I love the simplicity and genius of
it. A lot of current illustrators I love today remind me of it.

Phil: What is your art about?

Melissa: I'm still working on that part. I think right now it is mostly about
attempting to create pretty pictures full of beauty and imagination. I
recently said this: "Most of my work has an underlying theme of escapism
stemming from the environmental, political and social issues facing us
today and the internal angst of dealing with it."

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~Melissa Contreras interview at im right your wrong

Meet Melissa Contreras at Decor8

axelhoney loves you!: gallery and shop
miss_contraire : artist @ livejournal</lj>
Friday, August 17th, 2007
8:32 pm
hand made book
I am making my first "zine"...i guess, more like a hand-made book, with poetry, prose, illustration and photography. i'm doing it stab-bound and french fold. does anyone have experience with this? what kind of paper do you use? thread?
Monday, August 13th, 2007
5:41 pm
Lavender Diamond's "Open Your Heart"

What makes “Open Your Heart” effective, as with all of the Los Angeles quartet’s material, is the simplicity of melody. It carries the song, primary to the amorphous lyrics, and makes Stark’s command to “open your heart, tear it apart” more an ecstatic act than, well, a heartbreaking one. With Stark sounding every bit the indie chanteuse (token use of of the descriptor “winsome” here), Lavender Diamond might feel laden by the latent crossover potential, if they weren’t so uplifting. That, and if Stark didn’t so charmingly/disarmingly claim that all of her songs are written to be sung by Lavender Diamond, a character in a play she once co-authored, who is “a bird, but also a human, and her job is to invent peace on earth.”

Then the damn strings come in.

Do you hear your original Lavender Diamond character in “Open Your Heart”?
Well, yes I do, because Lavender Diamond is a character of being. It is a description of a resonance, a quality of sound. That sound is focused on sharing love and joy with people. And the whole world is made up of energy, sound waves, vibrations. According to modern physics there is no such thing as solid matter—everything is made of vibrations.

Do you still write with that character in mind?
Yes, I always write with this character in mind, that is, with the idea of sharing love with people. I always write with the idea that someone might hear the song and that it could make someone feel better. When I write a song and when we invent music together as a band what we’re doing is the opposite of thinking. You have to release yourself from your critical mind and let your heart speak. But I do think a lot about what a song could mean to someone singing it to themself and that it could have a strong effect.

Becky Stark on "Open Your Heart"
at Paper Thin Walls
Lavender Diamond's website
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
7:54 pm
La Rosa Campsite and Bazaar
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe 20 acre site is specifically designed to be low impact and environmentally aware of this area of outstanding beauty. With this in mind, the camping is low energy (oil lamps and fairy lights), low pollution (no nasty chemicals or generators) and respectful to wildlife (the quieter you are the more chance you have of seeing the deer). Our showers are in a converted byre and the compost loo is in a vintage wooden shepherds hut. We like to hope that being green does not mean you can't be comfy, have a laugh or eat chocolate cake. The site has a limited number of visitors at a time, making it undercrowded.

We hope you find it a fantasy land full of nostalgia, romance and all things kitsch, camp and bohemian. There are vintage and classic caravans including chrome Roma's full of etched glass, a converted truck with woodburner and a tipi with decadent interior. Each van is furnished in keeping with it's theme and includes funky decorations, vintage fabrics and kitsch items chosen to make you smile.

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"After much walking we arrived and wondered round in a daze, discovering the lush caravans, the circus marquee and all the wonders inside. We showered in a candlelit byre, and all refreshed lazed in the sunshine and made dinner in the marquee. visited the serve yourself sweet shop and sat in each caravan one by one - each was decorated with a different theme. The vans had names like the safari suite (70's africana), 50's housewife kitsch, the Shanti Shack (Indian gods and peacocks) and Spanish gypsy flamenco decor.

We had hot chocolate and chili, and sat round the fire in the tipi, drumming into the night. It was so cosy in there that we all decided to sleep in there. I woke up early in the morn as the fire was just burning out. We had yum porridge with melted chocolate, cinnamon and almonds for breakfast. Had another luxurious shower and lazed in the hammock in the sunshine, eating sweets and listening to the sound of the happy bees dancing in the foxgloves while lying in a hammock..."~smicksy 
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La Rosa Campsite of Whitby, North Yorkshire

Or, visit La Rosa Bazaar for sequin covered bowler hats, collage art, ferris wheel shot glass holders, Beatles aprons, and vintage candy boxes filled with rose and violet cremes and chocolate fish.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
8:51 pm
Where do you go on the web for writer's block inspiration. do you guys have webpages that you visit that can spark an emotion or idea in your head?
i usually goto persephassa.com which has art, photos, novellas, notebooks and press, but lately my mind has built up a tolerance to it.

where do you go?
1:21 am
The Red Victorian
From all accounts, the Pink Gingerbread from "Dragons In Manhattan" appears to be based on The Red Victorian, a very real venue in San Francisco...

The Red Vic B&B is more than just a historic hotel on world-famous Haight street near Golden Gate Park. It is a peaceful world travelers hotel; a cozy, colorful friendly gathering place for people, ideals and ideas for a better world. We prefer personal relationships over TV, reasonable prices over maximum profits. We are a business founded on love and dedicated to doing our utmost for a just and sustainable world. Sami has designed each guest room to inspire, amuse, relax or enliven you. Each room is a please for you to actively do something to care for our world.

I believe that the Peace Bedroom is the most like the one Tuck spent a night in, in the story.

The Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast and Peace Cafe
Red Vic Movie House
Monday, August 6th, 2007
11:56 am
i just wanted to say hello & thank this inspiring community for existing, all of you.
i'm dumping this noon poem out of my head now...
sitting in the understory
it is heavy heavy green
many bashfull breezes licking past the mossy trees
they find leaves in the dark
lifting fireflies
playing with the rain
carving through the rocks
knocking on this chest to hear its beating singing heart
there is no sky but space for stars to peek through
branches & feathers & applauding leaves...


Current Mood: cocteau*twinsy
9:27 am
You are so charmed!
jIt's one of my little materialistic dreams to own a Jodi Bloom original someday...

We had my favorite cake and all of the animals came. This collection of rare sweets for the wrist includes plastic beach balls and marbles, glass-based pearls, rhinestone-studded beads, large pink seed-beaded bead, a teeny piece of hyper-realistic super-yummy birthday layer cake on a miniature porcelain plate and a gaggle of vintage enameled Japanese charms including: quirky bird, red bear, blue kitty, pink horsie, bird in flight, and squirrel. Sterling silver findings and several Memento Mori bone skulls, just for fun.

soCharmed on Etsy
My So Charmed Life: Jodi Bloom's blog (I love her daughter's artwork!)
Interview with Jodi Bloom at StyleMaven

edit to add interview,8/6
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
10:51 pm
Enchanted Manor

The British fantasy artist Josephine Wall recently designed much of the decor for a Victorian-inspired bed-and-breakfast on the Isle of Wight called " The Enchanted Manor." In addition to the gorgeous decor and charming setting (urrgh do I sound like a travel brochure here or what?? :P), the B&B has stuff like art retreats, spa services and ghost-tour weekends. Please check out this site, this place looks absolutely stunning and reminds me a lot of the enchanted hotels in FLB's books, perhaps something that would be in Orion's hometown in "Ruby" or something akin to the Pink Hotel in "Necklace of Kisses." The themed suites also bring to mind the Pink Gingerbread (the hotel in San Fran where Tuck Budd stayed in GG #9). http://www.enchantedmanor.co.uk/index.asp

And PLEEEEEASE check out Josephine Wall's artwork if you haven't already; it's so elaborate, ethereal, and gorgeous. http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/josephine.html

                      The untold story

                      Wood Nymph

          Titania & Oberon 2

Current Mood: lethargic
10:37 pm
Some Girls Wander
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I think Emily Martin has the most beautiful sense of personal style that I've seen documented in the blogosphere-all vintage elements, muted colors, and deconstructed details. Just lovely.

Some Girls Wander

She's a talented artist and proprietor of The Black Apple, which has its own fabulous blog.
Saturday, August 4th, 2007
11:02 pm
Speaking of muppets and synchronicity...
I know a lot of you guys are Labyrinth fans. My friend Krista and I were talking about the fate of Toby Froud (the son of Brian and Wendy Froud, who played baby Toby in the movie), so I did a little googling...

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What a handsome satyr he's become!

And to prove that all things come full circle, Toby worked on the puppetry in the video of "She's My Man" by the Scissor Sisters:

Here's an article about the making of that video: Toby Froud Returns to the Labyrinth
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