10 12 / 2013
08 12 / 2013
"Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time" by Sufjan Stevens; video by Nora Ashkar Ripple.
It looks like Nora posted this video on YouTube five years ago, and that she was a high-school student at the time. She writes this about it: “I had to storyboard an idea for a music video for class and chose the aforementioned song. I liked my idea for the music video so I put more work into it and turned it into an animatic. It’s all one shot, starts with a tilt down, and as the music plays the camera moves away from the two characters at the same pace that they walk towards it. It’s a long winter stroll with many fun surprises along the way.”
06 12 / 2013
05 12 / 2013
02 12 / 2013
This morning I read about DreamBank. It’s a new creative space located in that neat old American Exchange Bank downtown on the Square. You know, this place:
According to its Web site, DreamBank is “a place for dreamers to come together to help build successful and sustainable communities. We believe in the power of individual dreams – those ideas and passions that enrich our personal lives – to be used for positive change in our families and our communities.” Oh, okay. Sounds pretty good, in a vaguely positive sort of way.
The Web site is very slickly designed, and of course DreamBank has a presence on all of the major social media outlets. The interior of the actual bank looks bright and lovely:
DreamBank is run by a staff of “Dream Curators.” And there are a bunch of free, interesting events coming up at DreamBank. A sample: “The Transformative Power of Gratitude: The Silver Lining Phenomenon with Darcy Luoma,” “Resume Clinic for Landing Your Dream Job,” “Dream Big Series: Publishing Your First Book,” and “Holiday Picture Frames.” Topics span crafts, careers, kids, entrepreneurs, emotional well-being, and more.
I think I like the sound of all of this, but it’s hard for me to really get a grip on exactly what it is and why it’s there. A complicating factor is that it’s run by American Family Insurance. A bit weird, right? But I might go check out one of the events and report back. If anyone wants to come with me, give a holler.
(P.S. Do you think they’d get mad if I told them my dream was for them to put a space between the words Dream and Bank in their name? It’s really irritating to type it without one. But you know me: really, my dream is to have “Dream Curator” on my resume.)
All photos via www.amfam.com/dreambank
01 12 / 2013
I can’t remember where I read about this one-bedroom English-style cottage available on VRBO. It’s near New Hope, Pennsylvania, in its own medieval-style village. The other homes (also shown on the site) are equally charming, and there’s even a very romanitcal restaurant you can walk to within the village. According to the VRBO listing, architect Morgan Colt built the mini village to be his home at the turn of the century.
The photos above and below show private homes you would see as you stroll to the restaurant, probably as moonlight shines down on your chestnut hair or as snowflakes glisten on your long eyelashes.
Looks like fun, doesn’t it? And since I’m on the house rental topic, this is a good article from designer Emily Henderson on her experience renting an airbnb in New York City. It shows a number of places she considered and talks about the process you need to go through to get approved.
Images from VRBO.com
30 11 / 2013
26 11 / 2013
I’m rushing the season a little here (sorry, Thanksgiving), but I’ve started thinking about tiny traditions for Christmas. I’d like to add some more to our celebrations and I’m looking for ideas. What are some of your favorite small but special traditions?
Here’s one of ours: at our house, Santa puts pickles in our stockings because we all love pickles so much. Feel free to ask Santa to do the same for you.
26 11 / 2013
I am in need of boots that I can wear on a daily basis in the winter. They need to be easy to wear while driving and they need to keep my feet warm and dry. Easy, right? Oh, and I don’t want them to be ugly.
I really love these Kamik rain boots, but will they keep my feet warm?
I’m really in love with Sorels. I tried these on and think they might fit the warm-comfy-cute bill.
And then I just saw these! While not as practical for me (since I wear yoga pants most of the time, plus, the price!), I think they’re awesome.
Do you have favorite winter boots? Any recommendations?
Kamik image via Zappos; Sorel photos via sorel.com
25 11 / 2013
22 11 / 2013
The Princess Bride is being turned into a play — hopefully a musical! It’s been tried before but never actually made it to the stage. This time Disney is behind it. So that’s good and bad as usual. I’m still recovering from Disney buying Star Wars (INCONCEIVABLE!) so I’m not sure if I’m ready for this, but I’ll take it.
Also, I may or may not have walked down the aisle to Storybook Love, The Princess Bride theme song. Ahem.
You can read more about it here.
Image via NY Daily News.