Monday, August 30, 2010

Burning Man 2010: Black Rock Barbie Sleeps

Burning Man 2010: Black Rock Barbie Sleeps
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

...along the 447. We're about 5 miles from Gerlach. Glad to report we've had a very uneventful journey thus far. So close!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Burning Man 2010: Who Says Burning Man Isn't Civilized

From the JRS...


Nice. Vintner writes to offer:

"The Black Rock Wine Cellar is once again opening its subterranean wine storage facility for public use - if you have a precious bottle or two you would like to store in our refrigerated facility, swing on by and speak to our sommelier. In addition to storage, we look forward to hosting the occasional tasting, in which we share some of our own special selections. If you would like to participate in any capacity, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Light and heat,

7:30 off the Esplanade

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Music: Shutterilla's First DMB Concert...Together!

Music:  Shutterilla's First DMB Concert...Together!
Music: Shutterilla's First DMB Concert...Together!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

We went to our first Dave Matthew's Band concert together last night. What a wonderful little break from our Burning Man prep. I gifted Farilla tix to this show back in March on National Pi Day. He packed up a picnic dinner for us which we enjoyed at The Bowl before the show. They played SO MANY of my favorites! A memorable night, indeed!

One of my favorites:

Farilla sings it to me all the time. *swoon*

Music: MGMT - Congratulations

Hoop Dance: Bliss

"Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free." ~Rumi

Music: Florence and the Machine-Blinding

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Burning Man 2010: Playa Hoop Transporter Status: COMPLETE!

Burning Man 2010: Playa Hoop Transporter Complete!
Burning Man 2010: Playa Hoop Transporter Complete!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Thank you, Farilla! You are the bestest boyfriend in the whole wide world. And thanks to Obi-J for the design specs.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Life: Measure Twice, Cut Once

<Life: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Life: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Farilla working on his White Procession attire.  I love a man who knows his way around a sewing machine!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Food: Charles Phoenix's Cherpumple Pie Cake

Add cookies and you have my DREAM dessert...which Farilla and I like to refer to as CupcakeCookiePie. 

As in....
Me: I'm hungry for something sweet.
Farilla:  What do you want?
Me: CupcakeCookiePie

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Burning Man 2010: Nage Mahal Construction

For those of you who think Burning Man is all fun and games....

We work hard, yo!

Shot by Special Ops
Edited by ModMan
Lead Performance by Commander Spinal Fluid (aka Nage)
Back-up Dancers: Camp Homeslicers

Life: Whiplash...

...is no joke.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Humor: Are You Going To Burning Man This Year?

"I love Bassnectar. He is the best DJ in the world."

Burning Love

DIY: White Procession Vest...Yes, For Burning Man!

August is upon us.  Many of you know what that means!  This is the final planning, creating, purchasing & packing push before we depart for the Playa.  Here's a sneak peak of a little something I've been working on for the White Procession...

During a recent outing to my favorite thrift store I found the perfect white jacket for the Procession.  I was immediately drawn to it because of all the frayed edges and beadwork.  I generally go into Playa attire hunting mode with two things in mind a) color and b) texture.  This allows me to scan through packed racks relatively quickly.

Since I'm always down for a good Playa vest I first removed the sleeves! Then, rather than taking in the armholes, I decided to ruche (for lack of a better description) the shoulder seams in order to pull them in a bit.  This process was way faster than taking in both armholes...yet, it totally accomplishing the look I was hoping for.

I wasn't super excited about the lapels (but I did like the beading on the right side) so I decided to add ruffles all along the left lapel and up around the collar.

Original plan was to keep the exposed beadwork on the left lapel.  That was until my vest started taking on a Bjork-esque appearance.


Um, no thanks!  So I removed the beaded medallions and continued the ruffles all the way around.

Once I had everything pinned into place I was faced with the dilemma of how best to secure the ruffles.  I did a few tack stitches by hand and quickly realized that this project would never see completion if this was how I was going to have to secure ALL of those ruffles. So, being the corner-cutter that I am, I decided to shove those lovely puffs under my sewing machine needle. 


As you can see, top stitching did flatten things out a bit but not nearly as much as I was expecting.  Honestly, I couldn't be happier with the results!  And the fact that this entire project was completed over the course of a couple evenings makes me all the happier.

Life: Circus Cat

Life:  Circus Cat
Life: Circus Cat
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Photos: Guess Who Turned THREE?!

Super Dre, that's who! Man, where does the time go?  For the full set of photos of this Super Hero filled day click here.

Food: Buratta & Arugula Pizza Pie!

Food: Buratta &amp; Arugula Pizza Pie!
Food: Buratta & Arugula Pizza Pie!
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

This is our favorite pie over at Pitfire. Farilla decided to recreate it at home last night. Dude...Molto delizioso! Thanks, Honey!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Life: Bubble Of Amazement

Life: Bubble Of Amazement
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Last Thursday evening while washing dishes this little bubble took up residence here on our veggie brush. I didn't actually notice it until the following morning.  Imagine my surprise when I found the bubble still perched on the bristles of our veggie brush late Saturday afternoon!  Unfortunately, we lost our little friend when the dish soap bottle fell over on top of him (how apropos) LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON! That magic bubble survived for three days, Internet. That's gotta be a record...or magic! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

DIY: Thank You Card For Farilla's Mama

DIY: Thank You Card For Farilla's Mama
DIY: Thank You Card For Farilla's Mama
Originally uploaded by Sanctuary-Studio

Farilla's Mom made me a lovely set of handmade jewelry. It was a complete surprise when the package arrived in the mail. Above is the Thank You card I sent back to her. You'd think by now these hand embroidered spirographs would be a snap...but, nope! Third time was a charm. I hope she likes it!