I know, I know. This week is far from over. But I would just like to share some lovely things that you can do over the weekend.
First, you can check out the love story of my favorite author Neil Gaiman and his lady love, Amanda Palmer. It’s a recording of Neil’s speech during his bachelor party. From reviews, I hear it’s quite touching and utterly romantic! One reviewer even said “I didn’t want it to end.”
Next, drool over this beautiful master bedroom makeover by designer Emily Henderson for Cup of Jo.
You can also teach your kids (or nephews or nieces) how to make a giant snowflake by following this super simple tutorial.
And while you’re having that special bonding session with the kids, maybe you can also do what this loving dad did here.
Lastly, since Christmas is just around the corner, you might want to do some Christmas crafting. I know I would!
There. That should keep you busy over the weekend. Or not! Click on the images to get to the sources.
Food for Thought:
Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.
I have a confession to make: I can spend hours looking at other people’s workspaces. No, I’m not a stalker.:) I just find great inspiration in how creatives arrange furniture, decorate their rooms, and generally make their surroundings conducive for work.
I love bright, airy worskspaces with huge windows that bring the outdoors in.
I love walls that showcase their occupants’ personalities.
I love seeing cabinets or shelves that are cleverly organized.
I especially love it when a workspace reflects the creativity and ingenuity of the person who owns it.
Most of all, l love workspaces that tell a story.
Paul Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence
Pablo Picasso’s studio, 1965.
George Bernard Shaw’s hideout.
Frida Kahlo’s studio in Mexico.
How about you? What kind of space inspires you?
As always, please click on the photos to get to the sources.
To see other Inspiring posts, click here.
Food for Thought:
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
I once declared that I will ‘never use Instagram’. Ever. But due to a blog-related development, I
was forced had to create an account. Long story short, here I am, using the application at every opportunity. The truth is, Instagram has become a great venue for me to practice photography. I don’t carry my heavy DSLR all the time (who wants to do that?). So with my handy phone camera, I am able to capture things, places and moments that would otherwise be lost forever.
So, among other things, I’ve been ‘instagramming’ about food lately. I don’t usually take photos of my ordinary/daily meals (unless I’m shooting really delcious food for Pinay Traveller) but it’s nice to practice my food styling skills once in a while. After all, I did take a food photography course a few years ago. So now, every meal is a chance to apply my unused skills.
I call this The Top Shot Series for obvious reasons. All photos were taken with my iPhone 4, with very minor editing (just adjustment on contrast and exposure). I rarely use filters on my food shots as I feel filters take away the beauty, color, and texture of the food being photographed. In some cases, I think filters can even make food look bland and unappetizing!
The thing about shooting using a camera phone (like my primitive iPhone 4) is that one has a very limited tool in one’s hands. I don’t use flash (even with my DSLR, unless it’s necessary) so for me, available light is very essential. Most of the time, I end up with very grainy photos. But that’s okay. It adds to the charm, don’t you think?
Follow the Top Shot Series on my Instagram. As for my travels and culinary adventures, click here.
“Ampayat ni Korina!” (Korina is so thin!)
I’m sure a lot of you have uttered these words recently. Admittedly, I have, with a teeny weeny bit of envy. Like her or not, she looks darn good!
So what’s Korina’s secret? How did she get from this:
Korina’s present slim figure
Well, apparently, she’s into the Cohen Diet. I know a few people who have gone through this diet and have successfully lost weight. I would, too, especially if I were paying Php50,000 for it.
Korina says she lost 15 pounds after being in this diet for a month. Here, she gives us a few tips on how to lose weight without having to pay so much.
It sounds a lot like South Beach Diet, though. And SBD is so much more affordable. Check out my sample 2-week menu for Pinoy SBD Phase 1 here and Phase 2 here. (Disclaimer: Please note that it’s always best to consult a doctor or a nutritionist before getting into any kind of diet.)
Food for Thought:
“The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.”
“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.”
— Jackie Gleason
Apart from being one of the oldest and most visited pilgrimage sites in the world (3rd only to the Holy Land and the Vatican, respectively), Santiago de Compostela is also a favorite wedding venue. When I was there last July, I chanced upon a group of people who were just coming out of the church. Apparently, they were part of a wedding party and were walking to the nearby hotel for the reception. It was great to see the women in their colorful dresses and hats, and the men in their suits and colorful ties. As the bridal car sped away, I caught a glimpse of the blushing groom. Although half of his face was hidden, I could see how radiant he was. Clearly, this was the happiest day of his life.
If you find yourself in a rut, you might want to follow these 12 simple steps. I know I will! Source.
Actually, the title should read “Last Week on Instagram”. I was just too tied up with work to post anything last week.:( But I promise to be more ‘present’ this coming week. I promise. *crosses fingers* Have a great week ahead!
1 Kofi in the morning | 2 Capiz windows at Bahay Bakasyunan where our office had our annual team building | 3 Mayo the Cat hanging out | 4 One of two Batibot chairs I’ve had for 10 years | 5 A table made of wood | 6 The Batibot chairs on exhibit in The Block 7 | 7 Morning light in our bedroom.
Deborah Bowness’ refers to her wallpapers as Trompe L’Oeil, a French design style that ‘tricks the eye’, creating an illusion of space and rendering flat images into almost three-dimensional objects.
“My prints feature life size domestic objects – I’m inspired by everyday objects around me. The paper I make is unique. I worked out my own production techniques and combine digital and silk screen printing. I often describe the look as an old style tinted photograph. All the paper I design is printed in the small factory run by my sister in the north of England.”
-Deborah Bowness (Source)
The objects on Deborah’s wallpapers almost look real, even when set beside or against real objects.
My favorite are these bookshelves. Imagine all these books on your wall sans dust?
“I really wanted to make my art useful and wanted a functional surface with an instant result which took me in the direction of printing onto paper as opposed to fabric.”
See more of Deborah’s wallpapers here.