December 31, 2011

Quote of the Week - Buddha


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Happy New Year!


December 27, 2011

Design Lover - Louis Weisdorf Multiposition Pendant Light


images © rewire
designed for Lyfa Denmark, circa 1960s, adjustable shades, brass, last auction price $915 USD
available at rewire

December 23, 2011

Tip of the Week - The Scented Holiday Room


Pick up some colored vintage glasses from a thrift store, drop some essential oil onto an unlit tea light - for a Christmasy scent use pine, cinnamon, cedarwood and/or mandarin - light it, drop it into a glass and enjoy.

December 22, 2011

He just asked me what I want for Christmas


1. Leather journal from Erin Templeton or from Czarque for you Australians


2. Lounging attire from James Perse


3. a reasonable facsimile of this lingerie from the 70s


4. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones (he's taken mine over)


5. another white gold bangle

December 21, 2011

December 20, 2011

How to Make Chocolate Cointreau Truffles - Easy Recipe



I'm getting pretty good at these smash, melt and refrigerate recipes.

The Cointreau gives the truffles that Terry's Chocolate Orange flavor. yum.


What you need:


• 8 oz well chopped high quality chocolate (62% cacao or higher)
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1-2 tbsp Cointreau
Truffle coating
• cocoa powder
• little bit of espresso

What you do:

1. In a small, heavy saucepan bring the whipping cream to a simmer - be sure to stir and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every few minutes. Stir in Cointreau.

2. Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth. This chocolatey goodness is called ganache.

3. Allow to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours. Remove and with a teaspoon roll out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Roll in cocoa powder and espresso blend.

Serve right away or keep in the fridge for awhile. They last quite a long time. We had ours in the fridge for five days. They taste better at room temperature.

Makes 30-40 chocolate truffles.

December 15, 2011

Quote of the Week - Ayn Rand



What if I went on strike? What if all the creative minds of the world went on strike?

December 13, 2011

Best Mens Winter Coats

Parka
Basic Pea coa-tish coat source

Trench Coat or Balmacaan source
Camel hair or cashmere polo coat
Water repellent coat source
Quilted or down jacket source
Wool or flannel jacket source

Cashmere or wool scarf source

December 11, 2011

December 8, 2011

Quote of the Week - Walt Whitman


Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.

December 7, 2011

Go Toward the Light

Does Tilley have SAD too?

Interpretations of the phrase, 'Go toward the light', speak of near death experiences, salvation, or the Poltergeist movie (personally I was thinking more along the lines of Ghost Whisperer). Quite fitting considering what I'm using the 'Happy Light' for.

The 'Happy Light' arrived at our house a month ago - and not a day too late. I wanted to use it for a solid month in order to give you a proper review. I started out using it for 30 minutes first thing in the morning. I simply turned it on and sat in front of it while I drank my morning coffee and checked my emails etc. Although I was feeling a noticeable difference within the first week, our skies got awfully dark awfully quick, I had a sudden mood swing and received some sad news. You know how it goes. I've upped the time to 45 minutes for the past three weeks. This is the 'dose' that works for me right now.

Why do I think this light therapy works for me?
I can sleep!
I caught myself dancing in the living room.
I answered the phone.
I don't obsess (as much).
I can see with minty fresh eyes.
I feel 'lighter'.
In May 2012, when it stops raining around here, I'll be able to give you a more definite answer.

Do I recommend the Happy Light?
Yes.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is common. If you are feeling the winter darkness please go talk to your doctor. Light therapy may be covered by your Canadian medical plan as it can be used to treat SAD (it's not approved as a treatment by the US FDA).


My Happy Light is actually called the NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp and I bought it on Amazon here.

December 6, 2011

Design Lover: 1980 Omega Dinosaure Watch



Design year: 1980
Quantity: Limited edition of 595. Limited, but not numbered, series of 7 pieces with transparent dial under ref. BA 191.0114
Thickness: 1.35 - 1.48 mm
Material: 18K solid yellow gold
Case: Rectangle, 18K solid yellow gold
Retail price (1980): $12,000.00 - $15,000.00
The watch came with a 18K gold keyring in the shape of the watch, used to set the correct time.

December 3, 2011

Currently Listening To


Tickle the Invisible


Skeletelepathic


Mind Mountain


Reminds me of Nothing's Shocking era Jane's Addiction.

Weird Owl - from Brooklyn NY. Two free downloads at RCRDLBL or you can buy their limited edition purple vinyl here, and I think I just might.

December 2, 2011

From Barn to Home - Stanley Tigerman Converts Frog Hollow




images from Better Homes and Gardens 1974

Stanley Tigerman removed nothing from the old barn but added:
black asphalt shingles
graphic windows
vertical cedar siding
four levels
brightly colored exposed pipes
spiral iron staircase
charcoal carpets
dimmers on all lights


For more on the Chicago architect, see Amazon.

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