Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The City

Last week I took to Pinterest in a mad search for inspiration on diorama building. With the ocean floor I created for the Summer Reading Program (and it being a hit), my mood for do-it-yourself projects and creativity is in full force, I'm anxious to make something new for the kids to look at. I figured  'Back to School' scenes would be appropriate and fun to  scatter around the Children's Room at the library. During my pursuit, I came across one of these amazingly intricate designs by the artist, Lori Nix. I was completely transfixed by the detail and precision of the models and had to find out more about her. The Kansas native has a love for climatic disaster which inspired Accidentally Kansas and a small obsession with the Apocalypse led to The City. These photos above are a few of my favorites from her city designs. With a degree in Ceramics and Photography, Nix explains her desire was to construct the image rather than find an existing image. Go to her page and be amazed at this incredible talent!     

(images via lori nix)

Leading Ladies

Five Things You Must Know About Dorthea Lange

1. Graduated with a degree in Photography from Columbia University and worked with Professor and infamous American Photographer Clarence H. White.

2. Contracted Polio at seven years old which left her with a permanent limp in her right leg.

3. In 1945 she was asked to teach for the very first Photography Department at the California School of Fine Arts (now known as San Francisco Art Institute) by Ansel Adams.

4.  Wanting to get out of the studio and into the streets, Lange focused her work on unemployed and homeless people, which led to her work with the Farm Security Administration. 

5. She and second husband, Professor of Economics at the UC Berkeley, Paul Schuster Taylor spent five years documenting the lives of migrant workers. 

Bonus: Her most famous photo

(image via anthony luke)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

 just loving my boys all time time.
 go to salad includes sun dried tomatoes and kale.
 out and about in this loft romper.
 favorite beauty bar products.
the last days of summer.

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Hey, don't worry so much. Cause in the end none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. If you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky and the stars that are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did." 
-Robin Williams

(image via modcloth)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Happy

When my mom passed along the news that someone from our hometown (a very small farming community) was an Amazon top selling author, I  had to do some serious research. Turns out she she went to high school with my brother and I know of her parents. I couldn't help but get the book immediately, check it out for myself and get in correspondence with her as soon as possible. What's making you happy this week?

(images via elsa takaoka)  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Showings

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, sold! What If looks like a fun, cheeky, light hearted and a feel good romantic comedy. Anything with Zoe Kazan, I pretty much love so I'm a little psyched about this film. I'm so in need of good rom-com, suggestions?

Friday Mornings

Good Mornings readers, how has your week been? I've been keeping my lips sealed about some big news and until my start date became official I didn't want to blurt out that I've taken on a new job. I've been working part time for a little over two years at a local library as a librarian assistant and I've finally made the move to accept a full time position as school is winding down. My new job is a big step up and that much closer to becoming a Children's Librarian. Now if you remember I started my gig at my current job as a volunteer three years ago, so the feelings of leaving is very bittersweet. I have nothing but wonderful memories, friends for life and a team I'm going to miss very much. But I'm also really excited for more responsibility, bigger projects and a whole new team of friends and workers. With that said, I'm off to enjoy a couple days off, celebrate and work one more weekend while taking in all the greatness that this job has given me. See you all on Monday :)

(image via deadfix)