My fantastic brother bought me this set of repurposed wine bottle lanterns, which I hung along the curtain rod in my living room. They look so magical.

{source: BoMoLuTra, on Etsy}



The windstorm a few months back left my neighborhood – and yard – strewn with branches from all kinds of trees. A pine tree down the street was one of the many local casualties, though we benefited from this loss in the form of a lovely new pinewood bench for our garden.

{source: my fiancé’s considerable talent}


{source: mavericks a la mode}

Though this blog is primarily about the growing economy of digital images in general, I have been on a real fine art photography kick lately – possibly because of the work I saw at LACMA’s ‘In Wonderland‘ exhibit the other week. Today I found some photographs by Amy Friend, and they’re part of a series she did called Daré alla Lucé, which means “to give birth” (“to give to the light”) in Italian. To create these images, Friend altered vintage photographs to allow light to pass through them – making the effect of online reprints quite different than the originals.

So much for photography lacking an aura.


In college I learned to work with glass, and nearly sliced my fingers off at least once a week. Some of the sculptures I made have my blood suspended between the shards. I like to think that this means I will be cloned a thousand years from now.

Meanwhile, I’m in love with the idea of reclaimed bottles. Sam Rodia, the creator of Watts Towers in Los Angeles, used found bottles – along with ceramic tiles, scrap metal, and seashells – to construct his masterpiece. Glass seems to undergo a kind of state change when it’s original purpose has passed, as it moves from mass-produced packaging to creative material. In the case of the candle holders, the transition is from beer to garbage to upcycled home product. Genius.

{source: BsaB Candles}

{source: L.A. in L.A.}