Sunday, October 18, 2009

The first and last image

This summer I had the privilege of visiting an old friend and taking a road trip along the coast of California. We drove from Los Angeles to San Fransisco and allowed ourselves to be in awe of the majestic beauty of the coast, the wild life and moments of pure bliss watching the sunset against the Pacific Ocean. When we came back to LA we were sitting in my friend's room wondering how he could re-work his space to capture the strength he felt while out traveling, finding new music and spending time with great people. It occurred to me that a simple shift of where his bed was would suddenly open up his space and give him a big beautiful wall to work with. When we sat on his bed looking at this wall it occurred to me...what is it that he would want to see every morning when he woke up and every evening when he went to sleep? What would be his first and last image?

Friday, October 16, 2009

RAINBOWS without the rain

Sitting in my kitchen on a cool autumn day I look around me and see rainbows everywhere. Moving, shifting, floating around the room and my house and I smile. I smile knowing that outside, it is cold, cloudy, windy and with the slightest hint of a chilly rain to come. So how, might you ask, have I been able to make rainbows in my kitchen? Well, with a little help from the mischevious London sun it's simple.

If you don't have a wonderful Astronomer friend like mine who will give you one of the coolest gifts ever then you have to go out and get yourself a Rainbow Maker. It is a cool solar powered device that has a beautiful crystal that produces rainbows when hit by the sun. The energy of the sun makes the crystal turn so the rainbows move all around your room and home.

While it doesn't look particularly amazing it is a beautiful device that surprises you. Especially in a country where the sun peeps out every once in a while for a few minutes to say hello and remind you that it exists.

I can't tell you the number of times I've come home seeing

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The greeting card gone GREEN

The California Academy of Arts and Sciences. Besides being an amazing place to re-discover the power of science, view beautiful animals and be inspired by an incredible living roof, it is a place to discover new and beautiful "everyday" items turned new.

Being a fan of sending cards, yes even in this age of emails and texts, I was thrilled and absolutely chuffed to find these greeting cards that are not only made of 100% recycled material but they are recyclable themselves. No, it doesn't stop there.