Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Humor: Things Overheard In Urban Outfitters...

Girl 1: What do you think about this?
Girl 2: It looks like a Mom Dress.
Girl 1: Yeah, but that's coming back into style.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Photography: Holiday Beach Family Shoot

L & B are two of my oldest LA friends.  I've shot a handful of their holiday cards over the years.  It was extra special when they asked me to photograph them this year because this is our first shoot with their precious little bundle of joy!  These guys are such troopers.  You'd never know it from these photos but the elements (wind & freezing temps) were definitely working against us that afternoon.  But seriously, can a family get any more beautiful?! 



Life: Double Rainbow'd

Life:  Double Rainbow'd
Life: Double Rainbow'd
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

A little gift from the rain gods. Ask and ye shall receive.

Due East...

Due East...
Due East...
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Weather strangeness.

Life: Not A Double Rainbow

Life: Not A Double Rainbow
Life: Not A Double Rainbow
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Life: Green Smoothie Testimonial...

Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Thanks, Jimmoi!

Life: Christmas Status...

Christmas 2009
Shutterillaville Christmas 2009

So far...

...no Chritmas lights up on the house.
...no Christmas tree.
...no Christmas decor in the house. (The photo above is from last year.)
...no baked Holiday goodies.


...all gifts have been purchased and wrapped.
...some of our Christmas cards have gone out.

That counts for something, right?!

Why does it feel so hard this year?  Too many other things on my plate right now, I suppose. 

Bah Humbug.

LIfe: My First Disney Concert Hall Experience

The Bots invited us to see the LA Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall last week.  Sadly, Mr. Bot was called away on biz so he wasn't able to join us after all.  However, his seat was filled by one very lovely Evil Bunnie who was kind enough to remind us that it's not customary to clap between movements (which I totally would have done).  Throughout the evening Mrs. Bot, our classical music historian, shared fascinating tidbits of info on Haydn, Mozart and Cherubini.  Then at intermission Farilla treated us all to Champagne where we (very appropriately) toasted  to Framily! Our evening was as glorious and festive as all get out!  'Tis the season!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life: Okay, Seriously....

My folks came into town back in October for Lil L's birthday. They stopped by the house just long enough to drop off SEVEN FILE BOXES of my childhood stuff they still had sitting up in their attic.

Life: Okay, Seriously....
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

I'm just posting this photo so that you're not caught completely off guard when you get a trophy with our holiday card this year. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THESE?!

Art: GR2 Post It Show 6

Last Friday was the opening for Giant Robot's 6th Annual Post-It Show. GR2 (as the gallery is known) currently houses hundreds of the most affordable original pieces of art in town! Numerous artist (including Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Kozyndan, Travis Lampe, Ana Bagayan & Bob Dob) contributed over 1500 post-its to this collection...most of which are priced at only $20.

I missed the opening (which I heard was a crazy-packed) but managed to stop into GR2 last night before closing. I had the place to myself as I methodically perused each and every remaining Post-It.

Here's what I picked up...

Top left: Ana Bagayan Top Right: Susie Ghahremani Bottom: Fernanda Cohen  - "loco"

There's a good chance I'll be back for more.  And don't forget that these very affordable little gems would make fantastic holiday gifts for your favorite art collector.

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Music: Florence & The Machine - Cosmic Love

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Film: Revenge Of The Electric Car (Official Trailer)

Unfortunately I don't make a follow-up cameo appearance in Revenge but don't let that stop you from seeing this film! *wink*

Life: Proud Owners Of A New...

Life: Proud Owners Of A New...
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Ahh, bring on the dinner parties!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art: HP ePrint & TRON: Legacy Projection Mapping

You must watch this in full screen with headphones...

HP ePrint & TRON: Legacy projection mapping - complete animation from Guided Collective on Vimeo.

From Vimeo...
The full projection mapping sequence from the HP ePrint & TRON: Legacy Experience on the the roof of the QEH on London’s Southbank, late Nov/early Dec 2010.

[Thanks, Farilla!]

Monday, December 6, 2010

Life: My First Dress Form!

Life: Santa Arrived Early To Shutterillaville!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Santa Arrived Early To Shutterillaville! Now if he could just do something 
about those mini AND vertical blinds.

Life: Recent Pi Sighting....

Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Life: Alive And Kicking...

Life: Reserected...
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

I just did the math and realized that these Lug Soles have been with me for 18 years.  I upgraded to new Vibram soles about 12 years ago.  At which time the shoe repair fella said they weren't worth replacing and that I should just go buy a new pair for boots.  Who's laughing now, Sucka!?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Family: Fish Hard, Live Long

Family: Fish Hard Live Long
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Meet my Dad. He likes to go fly fishing with
the Dudes in his fly fishing club.
Yes, there are such things as fly fishing clubs!

Catch and release, yo!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Life: Holding The Light!

Life: Holding The Light!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Just as the sun was rising this morning I recieved word to light up a
dear friend's blessingway candle. Right now as I type a new baby is
being born into our Tribe! Squee!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

DIY: Tutorial - Framed Vertical Succulent Garden...

...or as I like to call it, Living Art!


UPDATE 2.20.12: It's thriving...
Succulent Garden Update!

UPDATE 3.19.11: It's filling in...
Life: It's Filling In!

I have a small pile of vintage frames collecting dust so I thought I'd use one to make a hanging succulent garden.  I didn't have much luck finding one particular tutorial that best suited my needs so I gathered mental notes from a few sites, measured my frame and went off to the hardware store with little more than a concept of how it was all going to come together.  I also brought Farilla along to help carry supplies for moral support.  He was none too pleased once he realized I was kinda making things up as I went along...but he finally came around!

My Supplies:

1- Vintage frame with a 16" x 20" interior opening
1- 20"x24" piece of 1" Chicken Wire
1- 9' long piece of 2"x"2"
1 - 22"x 26" piece of oak plywood for the backing
a bunch of nails (some 2 1/2 " & some 1")
1 spray can of clear satin water based outdoor Varathane Diamond Spar Urethane
~10 lbs of cactus soil
50+ succulent clippings

Work Gloves
Wire cutters

First, I applied about 4 coats of Spar Urethane varnish to the front and back of the frame.  I let each coat dry completely before applying the next.

With the frame laying face down I pressed a large piece of 1" chicken wire down though the interior opening making sure it was flush with the front of the frame.  Farilla then stapled the chicken wire into place on the back side of the frame.  We removed all the excess wire with wire cutters.  I highly recommend wearing work gloves while cutting the wire.  Those edges are sharp.

Next, we used the 2 1/2" nails and secured the four 2"x2"wood strips (cut down from the 9' long piece noted above) to the back of  the frame like so...

In order to keep the cactus soil from falling through the wire I lined it with Spanish moss.

Once the wire was completely covered I filled the framing to the brim with the cactus soil.

Then, Farilla secured the plywood to the wood strips with the 1" nails.

As a precaution, I slid an extra piece of plywood under the front to help keep the soil/moss from squishing out through the wire mesh as we flipped the frame up-right.  This thing is seriously heavy!

Once we had the frame facing right side up I began filling it with the succulent clippings I've been collecting during walks around our neighborhood.

I also picked up about 15 more succulents from the 99 cent store....the best deal in town.

The ultimate goal is to fill the entire frame with plants. I'll be sure to post a photo once we get it all filled in. Due to the weight I don't think we'll be hanging our vertical garden but I'm convinced it will look just as lovely leaning up against the wall on our back patio.  I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome thus far!

A couple things worth noting:  Next time, rather than 2"x2" strips of wood I'll only use 1" thick strips.  And then I'll use screws to attach those wood strips into the back of the frame (rather than nails).  This thing is so heavy the screws will help make it more secure.

Saturday, November 6, 2010