March 22, 2012

Make This: Springtime Wreath

I made this springtime wreath a month or two ago when I decided we weren't really going to have a winter. Super simple and easy project to dress up any bland white door.

You will need:
  • styrofoam ring
  • yarn
  • ribbon
  • fun flower
  • glue
Start off by tying your yarn around the styrofoam ring to attach it. Glue the yarn down so it doesn't move around. Then just start wrapping and wrapping the yarn around until the ring is completely covered. Make sure you're pulling it so it's snug as you go. Once your right is covered tie off and glue down the ending knot. I made this part the top of mine. Cut the stem off of your flower and glue it to the wreath. Cut a piece of ribbon to a desired length and attach it to the yarn covered ring. Glue it so the ribbon doesn't shift around. Hang it!

I caught my craft store at a good time when the yarn and flower was on sale. I think it cost me around $10 total with plenty of yarn to spare.

March 21, 2012

A Lovely Little Thought

I have started to suck at this blogging thing. I'm not quite sure what's been distracting me. Possibly it's that I've started reading books again. My TV hasn't even been on for more than a couple hours in the last week and a half. Usually its there for random noise. Maybe it's that I've picked up running every day as a new hobby. Or it could be after spending 8 hours sitting front of a computer a day, my brain just can't handle it after hours anymore.

Meh, whatever the reason, my apologies. Hopefully I can get my act together.

March 18, 2012

Sculpture Garden -- Round 2


Photo overload. Finally had the chance to upload and edit photos that have been sitting on my camera for a week. My nose was busy buried in The Hunger Games.

Last weekend when I was in the Cities, I went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden again with some friends. It was so gorgeous out, much better than the first time where it was freezing. Loving the t-shirt weather we are having in mid-March.

March 11, 2012


This weekend I joined The Hunger Games bandwagon. When I was in the Cities, my friends Marlon and Alyssa had the trilogy on their bookshelf and after hearing some people talking about them at work earlier in the week I decided to give them a shot. I've already blown through the first book and am halfway through the second.

Between cleaning, errands, and going for a run I've been parked on my couch engulfed in the books. It may be kind of strange but when my brain really gets into a book, I kind of lose the outside world. Everything I read turns into a live action movie reel in my head. Before I know it I'm 100 pages in and time has flown by. I also have a really bad habit when I find a book that really interests me after those first 100 pages I skip ahead and read the last page. Then, especially if its a type of cliffhanger, I have an even harder time putting it down and focusing on something else. Any one else out there have weird habits when they read good books?

During my run tonight I was kind of thinking about the Game is very much like modern day reality tv. How people are chosen to compete for a prize/glory and then one by one picked off until there's last woman/man standing. How we, like the crazy citizens, of the Capitol get so much joy and entertainment out of other people's embarrassment and failure. How after a new episode airs we chat with our friends about, pick at the contestents/"stars", and make bets as to know how long they will last. Then I got disgusted and confused as to how something like that can be entertaining, thrilling to watch, and addictive. (Apologies if you watch reality tv, not meant to pick at people.) I won't lie, I've watched my share of reality tv, but I pick my brain afterwards to try and understand why I did.

It's been a pleasant day without the tv turned on even once.

Rant done.

March 7, 2012

The Grand Experiment

This week is a Doomtree week. During my run yesterday I had The Grand Experiment on repeat and got struck with a bit of inspiration.

The Grand Experiment by Doomtree on Grooveshark
"I don’t mind putting on a bit of mileage, but I won’t auto pilot with my eyelids shut. I’m still gunning, but I learned what’s worth hunting. And I learned what’s worth nothing"

March 5, 2012

Have some time? Listen to this.

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Skip ahead to around 6 minutes. 

Last week Dessa of Doomtree gave a presentation at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in MPLS. I listened to it last night and just had to share it. She is a very inspiring and driven person. Her presentation was on the rap and hip-hop community and it's social/moral issues of oppressing groups of people with the language and lyrics. It made me want to go through my iTunes and delete all the mainstream trash in it no matter how catchy it may be.

The biggest thing that hit home to me was the portion about where you come from affecting where you end up in life. Dessa talked about these artists making it sound like just because you come from 'the hood' or whatever that means your life is going to end up a certain way and you're going to act a certain way. The stereotypes of growing up in a certain neighborhood. When in fact, there are plenty of people who are growing up in unfortunate situations who are turning their life around and making something positive of themselves.

Why is it okay for songs to degrade and humiliate people with horrible language and words? Why do we listen and endorse it?
"If the choices are: feel discomfort for sharing well-considered, fundamentally held moral views, or feel discomfort for NOT having shared well-considered, fundamentally held moral views, than I choose the former discomfort."
Props to you, Dessa, for speaking your mind and being an inspiring person.

P.S. If you look back at any old posts and see a doubled signature, just ignore it. I figured out how to have it automatically put in and didn't want to go through over 300+ posts to take out the original...

March 1, 2012

History Lesson: Polariod

While I was in the Cities last, I picked up a photo annual of a snowboarding magazine and found a little article about the history of the Polaroid cameras. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it. Somebody find me an old Polaroid...

In the 1900's, Henri Cartier-Bresson, a famous French photographer, coined the term "the decisive moment." Bresson, known for his candid photography, describes this as capturing a split second of a significant event on film. Thanks to inventor of instant film, Edwin Land, countless generations have been able to capture their own decisive moments and view them first hand.

In 1926, after completing his freshman year at Harvard, Land took time off to work on polarization research. He successfully created a prototype of a synthetic polarizer. Polarizing materials screen light waves by blocking out light waves that produce glare while allowing other light waves to pass through. In the 1930's, land and George Wheelwright III, a Harvard physics professor, went into business together. They crated various products from non-glare headlights to polarized sunglasses, and even polarized filters for Kodak. These filters, which were later called Polarioids, contained a pieces of polarizing material. They allowed images sot in bright conditions to have more contrast and less glare. Land's most notable accomplishment was crating instant film and the cameras that could produce them.

On December 25, 1943, Land was inspired by his daughter, Jennifer, to create instant film. On that Christmas Day, Jennifer asked her parents to see photographs they took that morning. Five years later, Polaroid's first camera, the Model 95, was released. It was named 95 because that was the original price tag. Polaroids became an instant success, selling out as soon as they hit store shelves.

Over the years, Polaroid has released several different camera models such as the Swinger, the SX-70, the Spectra and the Joycam. Various types of Polaroid film also exist: early renderings measured 4"x5", but the standard image size came to be 3"x4". Polaroids were unique in their square image format and white border.

A box of Polaroid film is approximately the same size as a box of crayons, each pack generally containing eight exposures. The sheets of film are loaded into the camera, and the chemicals used to produce the image are stored in the border of the film. As you take the photo, the film sheet moves through the camera and then ejects. Once the film is exposed to light, a chemical reaction occurs and the image is crated. In Polaroid's early days, only sepia film was available. At the time, a roll of film cost $1.75. It wasn't until the 1950's that black and white film because available, followed by color film in 1963.

In 1998, Polaroid stopped producing instant film. Fujifilm still makes their version of instant film, Instax. Things like Instagram are bringing back the Polaroid look in digital form.

Article written by Ilissa Maiatico in Snowboard Canada. Photos from Pinterest.

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