I invited a cowboy for dinner and fed him a pineapple


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Curried Pineapple Fig Salsa

This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!

art @ stephanie's

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good vibrations + beach boys + eat your vegetables,darling.

I bet you are wondering what the Beach Boys and vegetables have in common. Well, nothing really, except I was eating in a well known deli in Los Angeles, where Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys usually shows up every Saturday. I think the deli holds a table for him, whether he shows up or not, but most times he does. It so happened that he arrived the day I was there. I strolled over to the farmer’s market in their parking lot. If you have not been to a local California farmer’s market, I took some photos for you, and as your mother would say, “eat your fruits and vegetables”, or as my mother from England would say, “eat your fruit and vegetables, darling.”

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“artichoke” water color by eileen tomson

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snow pea watercolor by eileen tomson

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A New Year: “Be True to Yourself and You Will Never Fall”

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Starting my 2014 year with working on designs for stationery notecards and gift tags

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I have been silent for awhile, it has been three months this week that I was laid off from my graphic design job. You would think with all the extra hours, I would be posting blogs on a weekly basis. Those hours were spent catching up on rest, getting rid of stuff that clutters your house, your mind, and spending time with friends that were missed. Being a creative person, one needs to replenish the creative spirit. One of the ways I started doing this in the New Year was being around creative like minded people. When I was in Los Angeles I was so excited to attend a calligraphy workshop by the talented Lauren E. from Blue Eye Brown Eye. The workshop was held at one of my favorite blogger’s studio, DesignLoveFest in the downtown Art District. Bri’s upstairs studio is an a wonderful building full of creative artists that compliment each other. The space is called

The Unique Space

1275 E 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Neighborhoods: Arts District, Downtown

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The Calligraphy Workshop

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http://theuniquespace.com

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sonja-rasula-the-unique-space-creative-workspace-tour-198301

http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/the-unique-space-la.php

Every Leash has a Story…and a Dog


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My name is “Rascal”
Dogs have always been man’s best friend, but even more so when you get an animal from your local animal rescue and local shelter. I was in San Francisco two weeks ago and stumbled upon Ryan Dempsey, and his company called “Dog Patch SF”. Dog Patch SF is a small San Francisco based company, focusing on dogs and cats and how to improve their lives through beneficial products and reaching out to a variety of animal charities and shelters. One of their main products are the dog leashes made out of recycling climbing rope,
“Ropes for Rescues”.
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 People and businesses donate their old climbing ropes so that Ryan can make them into custom leashes, donate them to shelters and sell them at art fairs with the proceeds helping rescue dogs. I love how Ryan printed up a paper with a personal vision of the climber’s journey and a tidbit about them.

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Dog Patch owner, Ryan Dempsey and his sweet Australian Shepherd named “Rascal”

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Show Ryan your support for his cause by “liking” his Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Patch-SF/136557566485479

http://dogpatchsf.co

Scale a Wall + Smell a Flower = Vertical Landscaping

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The Ruebens Hotel at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city’s largest “living wall”, a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding.

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The wall took two months to construct and covers a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will adorn the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as buttercups, winter geraniums and strawberries.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this magestic wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. The wall will do a wonderful job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, boosting the area’s green appeal and attract wildlife into the dense urban environment.

Affectionately nicknamed The Green Lungs of Victoria, the wall boasts significant environmental benefits, such as improving the air quality for those working in and passing through the area and attracting much-needed wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds.

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In celebration of the wall, The Rubens at the Palace Hotel has launched a Living Wall-inspired menu, designed to incorporate plants and flowers featured in the wall itself.

The bar team at the Rubens at the Palace have also been inspired, and there will be  a new cocktail menu designed, including the English Garden, featuring Bloom gin, elderflower, ginger ale, basil, strawberries and lemon and the Green Goddess packed with mint, lemon verbena, lime zest, Chase vodka and lemonade.

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Given the height and scale of the wall, it graces not only the side wall of the Rubens, but also that of its five-star sister property Hotel 41, recently awarded

Hotel of the Year 2013

http://vimeo.com/72804575″>London’s largest living wall | The Rubens at the Palace from Red Carnation Hotels on Vimeo.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3017384/londons-largest-living-wall-takes-root#6

http://www.rubenshotel.com/about-us/history

http://www.redcarnationhotels.com/about-us/media/press-releases/2013/august/londons-largest-living-wall-unveiled

http://www.decoration-ideas.co.uk/architecture/londons-largest-living-wall-will-combat-flooding/

http://www.archdaily.com/423990/largest-living-wall-unveiled-in-london/521f976ae8e44e56b5000062_largest-living-wall-unveiled-in-london_-jpg/

http://greenroofconsultancy.com/