Supporting Local

Third Avenue in Chula Vista has experienced a bit of a renaissance as of late. It’s great to see this old school neighborhood get a face-lift. But like any good plastic surgery, they didn’t try to change too much. It isn’t unrecognizable. I still know I am on Third Avenue, but it looks ‘refreshed’ rather than ‘trying too hard’. There are new businesses mixed in with the long-time businesses creating a familiar feeling mixed in with the excitement of change. As my long time readers know, I feel strongly about one having a good tailor. I feel the same way…

Humans are loud.

When I bought a sound recorder a few years back, I had no idea how loud humans are. There are just so many of us!  To be fair, I have really good hearing. My mom says I have bat ears. I often relate to Brick Tamland from the movie ‘Anchorman’: Basically that is me in a nutshell; especially when I am recording. Sometimes I wonder if Abraham Lincoln were to arrive on my doorstep today (#agirlcandream) what would be the most shocking aspect of modern life to experience: Internet, airplanes, microwaves, social media, mobile phones, Love Island, Vanderpump Rules…? So many…

Mid Century Modern in Palm Springs

This week in Palm Springs is Modernism Week which is a week celebrating Southern California Modernism in architecture and design. Personally, I wanted to focus on Mid Century Modern architecture because I love the shapes and design of houses and buildings from this era.  The large windows that aspire to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces, the Brise Soleil (“sun baffle outside the windows or extending over the entire surface of a building’s facade”; created to keep out direct or lots of sunlight- these can create incredible shadows and geometric shapes), and the simplicity of the design inspire me. Because…

The land that time forgot…

Have you ever seen a movie or TV show, where the person puts his or her hand through an imaginary wall or invisible shield only to enter into another dimension? That’s what the Salton Sea feels like to me. Last week, I took two of my nephews to see this odd little piece of geography. We headed east through Julian, then after a beautiful stretch of Anza Borrego and Ocotillo Wells, we ran smack dab into the 86. From there we went to Mecca and then headed south on the 111 to the official recreation area. If we weren’t on…

Inspiring Ceramics

I love my ceramics studio, the San Diego Ceramic Connection. For me, it’s so wonderful to step into this space, be myself and get my hands dirty. And it turns out I have one more reason to love it… the 20th Annual San Diego Ceramic Connection Community Chili Potluck/SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off. For those interested, here is the link with all of the information but essentially, SoNo Fest humbly began years ago with Kouta Shimazaki, the owner of the studio and master Japanese potter, who wanted to help out at his son’s school. Kouta began as a volunteer at McKinley…

California

It’s really good to be back in California, back in the United States. Whenever I see the American flag flying, this is what it sounds like in my mind: I know it’s a bit corny but that is how it feels to me. There is a poem below by Yahya Kemal Beyatlı about Istanbul that a friend sent to me. Although I love being home, back in the States, the words below could have been written by me:  

Sea Legs

Before coming back to the States, I read several articles about ‘repatriation’ or ‘reverse culture shock’. The gist being that it can be harder to come back home then move to an entirely new country. As happens, I believed that this wouldn’t apply to me so much because I wanted to go home; I wanted to be back in America so for me there would be little to no culture shock. And as happens, I was kinda wrong. To say that I am happy to be back in San Diego is an understatement. This morning I went to breakfast with…

After London…

Final project: Concept Board and Sample Board for my ‘Interior Design: The Essentials’ course through the KLC School of Design: As an overall introduction to interior design, this course fit the bill. With Monday dedicated to the Concept Board, the Design Process, Lighting, the next four days were equally jam packed with information: Tuesday: Developing a Scheme, Textiles and Trimmings, and Color and Texture Each section was followed by a workshop or task. With Textiles and Trimmings, we worked in small groups to identify the (many) different types of fabrics – I didn’t do so hot on this one but…

Designing London

When I was in Dubai, I took a free, online course called, ‘The Power of Colour’. The course is through futurelearn.com but the school that created the course is the KLC School of Design in London.  With the colour course, I found myself dead tired some days but still completing each weekly challenge(s). To this day, I refer to the course and I take my colour wheel with me in my carry-on luggage. #geekalert. After the course finished, I received a few emails about upcoming workshops and certificate programs. Great courses but I was in the UAE. So when my…