lego day!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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For our second Big Geek Little Geek day, we played with Legos. We gave them a challenge (try to build a model of the library), but in the end we just let them built whatever they wanted. We ended up with two spaceships, one that included a horse drawn carriage to be used when they landed, and a pyramid, complete with a treasure chest on top. We had so much fun with this event that we planned another one for this month. 

I would really like to build a fort out of Legos one day. What's the coolest thing you've ever built?

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ten things

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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1. destroyer tall boot from Free People / 2. machine gun stockings from The Cultlabel / 3. OPMOD battle mug / 4. green jacket (found on google) / 5. Zombie Sunglasses from Spencers

An etsy shop named Skeletal Dropkick sells adorable hand thrown ceramic zombie face mugs. Oh, and if you're not into zombies, there's tons of other cute and quirky containers to check out.

I geek out over school supplies so bad. Right now I really want some of these fun colored Post-Its.

There is apparently a group of people that make awesome Star Wars helmet mods. "The As You Wish Project is a charity art event featuring reimagined Boba Fett and Clone Trooper helmets which will be exhibited at Star Wars: Celebration VI and then sold on eBay with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation." (from their facebook page) How flippin cool is that?

These Christmas decorations are the best I've ever seen. Hands down.

This post from A Beautiful Mess makes me want to have my own cute little bar cart to put all my cute little booze on. And then I will make pretty drinks for all of my friends and feel like a real adult. :]

Is there anything you're really into this week?
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Fizzle Fizzle Pop

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Since food was the overall theme of our summer reading program this year, we decided our schedule wouldn't be complete without a little food science.  This is the second year we've done a science program, and I am very pleased to say that they are some of our best programs attendance-wise. And cheap and relatively stress free, if you don't mind dealing with a huge mess. At our library, we don't mind messes at all... as long as we get to blow something up. :D
If you haven't noticed from all of my ten things, I'm kind of obsessed with Pinterest. It made planning this day SO MUCH easier. Here's a list of the recipes/experiments that we used, and the links to go with them!

We also did the Mentos and Diet Coke trick. The first time made a geyser just like always, but we decided that was a little boring, so we tried it a second time. This time we quickly put the cap on it, shook it up, and then threw it (hard) into the road. It came down, sat for a second, then exploded. It flew up... and up... and up... it finally fell, but not before hitting the top of the trees beside our library. I didn't get any pictures, unfortunately. I was too busy worrying we were going to one of the cars parked in the parking lot! haha

We also planned for a few other experiments, but they failed... such is science, right? I'll leave some links here, though, just in case you'd like to try on your own.

We didn't plan ahead enough for this. Sometimes I forget key steps... like boiling the sugar water. Doh.

We've done this experiment before, so I know it works. We think that our film canisters just didn't seal properly.

This worked a little. I didn't measure the water correctly, so when i combined all of the Skittle-water it turned an ugly murky orange. I'd be willing to try again, because I think that it could work if you followed the directions to a T.

Would I do a food science program again? In a heartbeat. The little kid in me giggled every time I saw that colorful vinegar foam up. And being able to play in a tub of flour? Heavenly. 

And what about zombie advice, you ask? Well, I don't have any really good pointers today, but I am left wondering what would happen to a zombie if you filled it's belly with Diet Coke then popped some Mentos in...

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inspire me... Jimmy McBride

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Okay, when I say the words "space quilts" what do you think of? Probably something monocromatic and simple. A blanket of stars and a moon, maybe. 
Well this week's artist is Jimmy McBride, and his quilts, featuring gorgeous views of space, are anything but monochromatic. According to his website, McBride works "for an shipping company called 'intergalactic transport'"  He even has an explanation for his odd choice of medium: "there's a lot of time to kill up here so i downloaded a grandma program and she's been teaching me how to quilt. there's no 'log cabins'or 'poinsettias' around so i just stare out the window until something catches my eye."

Even if you don't know what his quilts represent, the work is beautiful. He color and pattern choices are magnificent, and the pieces are put together in an incredibly complex way. I've never actually made a quilt, but I've watched my mother piece together a few, so I have an idea of the kind of work that can go into a piece like this. Usually quilts are highly geometric, so the overall organic look of these quilts is a wonderful break from the mold. At $10,000 per quilt (which I think is a totally fair price), I don't think I'll be owning one any time soon, but it sure does inspire me.

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ten things

Friday, July 20, 2012

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4. Time is Money clock from Modcloth / 5. modern trim and ceiling found on pinterest

Pool noodles just got more awesome thanks to this inspirational party.

I love watching Dodger's gaming news. She's adorable, and she talks about games that she's super excited about, which gets me super excited about them. Her personal vlog is also super entertaining to watch (... super).

This search on pinterest. So much inspiration.

This post from Little Chief Honeybee. I love when people post about their methods for working at home

This tutorial from Smile and Wave. What an adorable way to display your favorite lyrics!
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Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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No ten things post today, because right after work I'm heading over to my boyfriend's place to hang out with this little dude...

It doesn't matter what kind of day your having. Kittens make everything better.
This is Stormageddon. We saw him on our vet's facebook and instantly fell in love. My boyfriend actually named him before I told him that he was a adorable ball of dark gray fluff, but it fits him, don't you think? 

Here's the bit of Doctor Who that inspired his name:

I'm hoping one day, in the very distant future, him and Odin will be able to be buddies, because Odin needs some cat social time. Right now, though, I'm pretty sure Odin would just see Stormy as just a particularly annoying type of food.

If I had named the cat, it would have been Loki. No brainer, honestly. Odin and Loki? Epic cat friends forever.
Do you have any names that you think would fit the Dark Lord of All?
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July giveaway!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I'm constantly finding adorable vintage items that I either can't fit into, or don't have the room for. Rather than let these cute little finds go to waste, I've decided that I'll snatch up a few items to give away every month. With this month being my first giveaway, I thought I'd double the fun. Not only do I have a real life prize to give away, but I also have a wallpaper to share!

These three adorable glasses were waiting to be bought at my local thrift store. They've got three messages: "Thinking of you" (the owl), "You're one in a million" (the fishies), and "Knowing you makes me feel special" (the turtle). If these glasses look like something you could see in your home, leave a comment saying so. Remember, they're free, so of course I'll pay for shipping (within the United States). 
Winner will be picked at the end of July.

Onto free goodies for everyone! I totally took advantage of the tutorial I posted in my last ten things, and made a cute little game controller wallpaper. The two images look a little different, so if you want to set it as your wallpaper, take a look at both of them. :)

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inspire me... Alberto Seveso

Monday, July 16, 2012

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The artist that I want to show you today is Alberto Seveso. Seveso does a lot of design work that transforms humans into beautiful works of lines and smoke using photoshop, and some pretty cool typography work. My favorite of all his works, though, is the "a Due Colori" series. 

Seveso's site says that these pieces are "high speed photographs of ink mixing with water." All I know is, whenever these pictures pop up on my dashboard (which is quite a bit) I just want to jump in and take a nap in the middle of all of that. It looks like the softest silk ever known to man. 
The detail of the shots is breathtaking, and the composition is unconventional while still highlighting the subject. What really makes these pieces stand out, though, is the vibrant colors on the off-white background. It's calming and energetic at the same time, and so full of motion that if you look away for two seconds you swear that it moved.

Artist's portfolio: Alberto Seveso
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ten things

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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It's Comic Con weekend, so that means I've got San Diego on the brain. Actually, here's a little secret that's not so secret if you know me... I've always got San Diego on the brain, regardless of what weekend it is.
I miss that sunny town.

1. make art not war shirt... dunno where it's from! (anyone know?)  
/ 5. wild herringbone print fount on pinterest / 6. Cardboard Safari deer head decorated with maps by Steph Goralnick

I'm in love with wood paneling. Not the lame kind, but the cool kind. Like this headboard and this staircase.

I've always wanted to have a fresh supply of avocados. With this tutorial, I can start a tree from a seed... though it might not bear fruit. :[

This is such an inspiring styling. (by Deborah Bowness) I love the wallpaper just hanging off the wall. Very simple, but could dramatically change the feel of a room.

This tutorial shows you how to make a design look like it was printed on a letterpress. Maybe this will appease my love for now.

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this week I..

Friday, July 13, 2012

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I'm going to post "ten things" on Saturday this week because have been wonderfully busy for the past two days arranging our library's video game championship. BUT I do have some photos from my week to share with you, and a giveaway coming up very soon! (Woooo!) So be sure to check back in.

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Allerton Park

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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My boyfriend and I are always looking for beautiful places to visit in the midwest. I have seen a site listing Allerton Park as being one of the "7 wonders" of Illinois. After looking through the very limited amount of pictures they had online, I decided I had to go.

The one thing that really caught my attention was the beautiful mansion. I could totally see Darcy strolling through the halls (Pride and Prejudice, anyone?). I wanted to stay there in a bad way, but since Allerton is a park and all, it looked like my chances of being a star in my own Austen novel were pretty slim. That is, until I stumbled upon a page that listed a bed and brunch weekend. That just happened to be on my birthday.

So that's why we spent two hours of my birthday on cruddy back highways, and even a few country roads. But oh... was it worth it. We got a delicious picnic for dinner that we could take anywhere on the grounds. We got to stay in a gorgeous old house with ornate doorknobs and hardwood floors. And the gardens... words can't begin to describe how breathtakingly beautiful (and stunningly symmetrical) they were. In fact, I won't even try. I'll just leave you with some pictures. :]

As I said, gorgeous grounds, and amazing birthday. I feel so lucky. Are there any other places in the Midwest that I just HAVE to visit? If you can think of one, leave an answer in the comments!

Oh, and here's a piece of advice: In a zombie infestation, a hedge maze is the last place you wanna be. 
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arrr you ready for...

Monday, July 9, 2012

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At my library, we're a little obsessed with pirates. We can't help it, they're just too cool. Every year we have a pirate themed storyhour, so we couldn't resist putting one on our calendar this year. When it came down to it, we were so busy that we had to plan the day before.
So this event was really simple. We divided the kids into two groups, having one group be the Blue Ship, and the other the Red Ship. Then we read them a book of pirate trivia, and had them answer questions to earn points. Educational and easy-peasy.
But eventually, like all good pirate get-togethers, the talking gave way to swordplay.

(Once again, pool noodles prove how awesome they are.)
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inspire me.. Koralie

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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Koralie. Her work is... amazing. Spectacular. To me it seems like a blend of folk art and Japanese anime, with a touch of street art. The characters that are created for each piece are calming and lovable. Their outfits ornate dresses with gorgeous details, with hair styles that Queen Amidala would be jealous of. The works are lined with thick black lines, which could make the work look cartoony, but she adds the perfect amount of details to make you take it seriously. The pallet of colors that she uses are fresh, and the scale of a lot of her pieces are amazing. 

I've included the video that introduced me to her work. Every time I watch it I get the itch to paint a wall.

(the finished piece)

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ten things

Thursday, July 5, 2012

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I love this gorgeous flower crown.

This space was designed in Sims 2 by Deep and Superficial. It makes me want to have an outdoor party so bad.

This proof press. Or any letter press, really. I've talked about my love for printing before, and I'm afraid it's just growing over time. Someday, proof press, we will be together.

These Tetris pillows. How cool would they be if they were made out of vintage material? 
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Why I play WoW... still...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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There are a TON of reasons why I love the game World of Warcraft. Go ahead, groan. Even I am aware of how absurd it is. But today I want to share one of the reasons I just can't let this game go... the scenery.  I promise I won't share in-game screenshots that often (if ever), but I don't think you have to play to appreciate the beauty.

(For those of you that actually play WoW... here's Giacometti's profile.)
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