Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Corners of our Home at the Start of 2012: Instagram Snapshots

I’ve been busy this month cleaning, sorting, and de-cluttering — a really great start to 2012! Here are a handful of snapshots from around the house, snagged from my Instagram feed.

View from our bedroom, looking out into the living room. Taken the first night back in Florida after Christmas vacation

This is the cozy view through our bedroom door, looking into the living room. I took this the first night we were back in Florida after Christmas break.

I really want to leave these lights up forever. It's always so sad when they're taken down after Christmas.

I think I’d like to keep these lights up forever. It always seems so sad and dark in January when the lights are packed away.

Top of my dresser with London grid art via TexturedINK on Etsy. I need to pick up some frames so I can hang these prints!

The top of my dresser –the amazing London grid art is from TexturedINK on Etsy (and I won it via a giveaway on the Happy Interior Blog!) I really need to pick up some frames. I’ll have to post some additional photos once I get the art hung properly.

Seriously, is there anything better than salsa?

I mean, really, is there anything better than salsa? I’ve been eating it with every meal lately.

Working on the first Japanese-inspired creature of 2012. This will be in the shop later this year. The first one is for Aveline's first birthday!

I worked on this little Japanese-inspired creature over the weekend. Aveline will get this particular one for her first birthday (which is on the 19th. THIS MONTH. Ahhhhh!), and I’ll list subsequent ones in the Oaxacaborn shop. (Did you see the kawaii plush I made her for Christmas?)

A rare cool fog which makes me miss the California coast like crazy.

This morning’s rare and heart-breakingly beautiful fog made me miss the California coast something awful. Someday, someday.

Just got these three strands of beads in the mail from Nakate Project. LOVE this cause!

And oh yes, last by not least, my new Nakate Project beads. I love that purchasing these beautiful necklaces helps women in Uganda eat properly, put a roof over their heads, send their children to school, and start small businesses. (P.S. Right now the ENTIRE Nakate store is 50% off when you use the code NEWYEARSALE.)

Full disclosure: Yes, I am the Systems Administrator for Nakate, but I’m not being compensated in any way for my posts about them. I talk about Nakate often because it’s important to me, not because I have to. :)

Guest Blog

Guest Post: Join Me in Turning Every Light ON for Earth Hour 2011

My brother Andy recently posted this as a note on his Facebook account.  With his permission, I’m re-posting it here.

Lit lamp against floral drapes - Earth Hour 2011

Today Earth Hour happens. At 8:30PM we’re expected to turn our lights off for an hour. Join me in turning every light in the house on for an hour.

I do this to protest the increasing trend of meaningless social causes.

You want to make a difference? Turn the lights off every day for an hour. Turn your air conditioner up a little or don’t turn it on right away at 5PM when you get home. These things will save you money, and that’s actually meaningful. Educate yourself on energy source options. Attend public planning meetings for local and regional utilities. Consider upgrading your furnace or hot water heater a little sooner than you need to. Turn your lights off and go for an hour walk because it’s good for your health. Turn off your lights and go check the air pressure in your car tires. Still want to feel like you did something socially meaningful? Turn the lights off and call your grandmother, she won’t mind if you chat in the dark. Go down to the local VFW and shoot the bull with a veteran. Smile at the checkout girl when she hands you your receipt; if said checkout girl is at the VFW, tip her. If she’s good looking, make her day easier by making yourself not memorable; nobody likes a creep.

Wearing a certain color on a certain day isn’t going to save the koala habitat, not pumping gas for a day isn’t going to break the structure of the oil economy, and turning your lights off for an hour isn’t going to save the world. Participating in things like this does more harm than good. People get the warm fuzzies, think they did something, and never get around to doing actual good or making a real change.