Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This morning I woke up very early and sped (by how much, I can't reveal) to the airport to pick up my sister who is back from her 6 months in Australia.

I had to get there early because:

1. I had to get a cup of coffee
2. I had to watch the planes land.

p.s. If you live in LA you must go the little park at the intersection of Sepulveda and Lincoln right by LAX. You can get a burger and milkshake and just sit pretty much right underneath the landing path. I love it there. So do other people.

p.p.s. it's very hard to take photos of a huge moving object with a cup of coffee in one hand.

Friday, April 24, 2009

I finished my first set of School Girls. The taller one is in Grade 5, the shorter one in Grade 1.
{now sold}

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Concrete pendant lights by Benjamin Hubert Studio.

Stunning, right?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Last week I was awarded a Kreativ Blogger award by Wendren! Many thanks :)
And for my acceptance speech, I need to list seven things I love.

I sat in traffic today for hours, both morning and afternoon, though I actually found myself able to concentrate and think about these things, the things I love, of which there are actually too many to name. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

I dare not say: I love traffic.
Though for the first time in weeks I found myself happily trapped in my car, no movement, no mobile phone, no music, nothing.... I just enjoyed moving slowly.

Today I loved traffic. But don't quote me.

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Seven Things I love, by Debi van Zyl

1. I love watching planes take off and land. I can honestly never ever get enough of this. I am not exaggerating when I say I can watch it over and over and over...... and over again.
{image via ffffound!}

2. I love my plants... voila: my makeshift garden at the studio.

3. I love Neko Case's latest album, Middle Cyclone.

4. I love it my guitar even though I'm still really bad at playing it. Taking lessons has been the best thing I've done in a while. You are never too old (or jaded) to learn something new.

5. I love typrography, in all it's forms. Wish I could practice more.
{image via typetheaory}

6. I love history. I can't get enough of it. And this is a secret.... but, I frequently imagine/fantasize about having lived during the Roman Empire, in Victorian London, and the roaring 20's. And actually, if you've read the latest National Geographic's article on the She-King, Hatsheput, which I just read this weekend, it makes me want to live during her reign as well.

And last but not least, and for which I have no photo:

7. I love finding $20 in the pocket of a jacket I haven't worn in months... that was really great. I still have it. Haven't even spent it. What a find!

..... . . . . .. . . .. I think I'm supposed to pass this on, but I'm going to be lazy for few days :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Images from a wonderful textile blog, Suika Laboratorio.

I am in love with these two images. They convey a softness I feel I like am trying to find for myself in my own work. I could look at them all day.

You must look at Kaisu's post about her jacquard weaving. Go... now. Look!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I bought this fantastic pot a few months ago. And yet, it remains empty.

I can't decide what plant (and let's face it, it's going to be a succulent or cactus of some sort) is going to be planted in it.

I feel like whatever I plant will take away from the pot, you know? But I can't bare to leave it empty either. I'm usually pretty good about making decisions, but this one stumps me.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Yesterday I went to a friend's house where I had a lesson in making chili relleno and got to pick fresh loquats from her garden. There is nothing like eating fruit straight from the tree, or reaching into a bag of fruit you just picked. It was a perfect Sunday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday... I don't really have anything to say to you. I thought you were yesterday.

But still, you are a deadline accomplished, a bottle of champagne opened and shared among friends, and also a long night of work ahead.

Keep in touch,

{fish head lady by crankbunny}

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dear Wednesday,
You felt genuinely like a Thursday. Not quite sure how you did that, but you had me fooled.

Looking forward to the day I thought was already over.


{mushroom vessels from sonrisa... even better in person, be warned}

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dear Tuesday,

I did indeed ask for bursts of color, dare I say spots of color, for my week.
This is a great start.

Thank you,

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hello Monday,

I know its just starting out, but if you could arrange for the rest of my week to look like this, I'd be grateful.

Clear, simple, and with little bursts of color here and there.

Best, Debi

Thursday, April 2, 2009

If this was my work environment, you'd never hear a complaint from me again.
{via Felt and Wire}