New DIY Blogs

I just started some new blogs! This is quite bold of me, I know, but it gives me a virtual warehouse to stockpile my creative ideas. I will be sharing interesting and useful design concepts and craft projects that I find online, and in the future, posting my own tutorials and projects for inspiration.

Design & Style Inspiration for You and Your Home:
www.designerdiy.blogspot.com

Craft & DIY Projects:
www.athomediy.blogspot.com

Marin Handmade, a blog for our group art shows:
www.marinhandmade.blogspot.com

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Foodies for a Day

Today was not about [graphic] design, it was about the art of food. The original plan: Meet my mom for lunch and see a lecture at a bookstore then come home. What actually occurred: After seeing my mom’s artwork displayed in the window at Dimensions gallery in Petaluma, we had a yummy salad and caramelized-onions-with-lamb on a thin-crust pizza at Graffiti, did some impromptu antiquing (there happened to be an antique street fair going on), then landed at Copperfield’s book store to see a lecture by Cake Wreck blogger, Jen Yates, where we were served delicious cake balls and a chocolate cake made by local bakers. After all this we still had time to see a matinee showing of Julie & Julia. I love to cook, so this movie (and this day) was a total treat, and inspiring enough to make us go back to the bookstore to see what Julia Child cookbooks we could find. It seems they have a hard time keeping them on the shelf, but I ended up with some unexpected items — a non-Julia cookbook called “Curry Bible” and Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” which literally fell off the shelf on top of me. Being a fan, this was obviously a sign, so I took Anthony home with me as well. Looking forward to some good reading and cooking.

Bon appétit!

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

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deliciousI’ve known that “delicious” existed for a while, but never really checked it out or expected it to be something I would use. Boy, was I wrong!

How many times have you been at a friend’s house or client’s office, wishing you could remember “that website” that you bookmarked at home. Well, I’ve been there many times. I finally took a few minutes to look at delicious.com, and signed up to experience it myself. On Delicious you save all of your own bookmarks to an online account so you can access them from any computer with an internet connection. You can also make all or just some of your bookmarks public, so anyone else can see what sites you like. Pretty darn cool.

Now I can have my cake and eat it too. How delicious!

“Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet…

…bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere
…share your bookmarks, and get bookmarks in return
…discover the most useful and interesting bookmarks on the web”

Read more about delicious and why you should use it here.

StumbleUpon

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Mona Lisa – Starry Night, ©2006 Scott Wade

Happy Monday!
These are a few fun sites I stumbled upon last week, using StumbleUpon:

Unusual Art and Design

http://dirtycarart.com / Video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAonZ7FbfGQ

http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/08/ultra-realistic-paintings-on-wall.html

http://www.dontclick.it

Fun with folding

http://www.howtofoldashirt.net (a cult classic)

http://haha.nu/creative/how-to-make-roses-from-maple-leaves

This for my birthday, please!

http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

Enjoy the rest of your week!