Copa do Mundo da FIFA 2014

World Cup 2014_Game 56

Exactly one year ago today at approximately this exact time, I was boarding a plane en route to Brazil to watch the World Cup. As a result, the inevitable feeling of nostalgia has been weighing heavily lately.

So many words can describe my experience and its impact on me and yet the sheer volume renders me speechless. Ergo, in lieu of words I offer you a view through my lens..


Home Sweet Home: Kitchen

{Progress shots as we make a house a home ♥}

Built in 1941 on a 4,996 sq. ft. lot, the house itself is only 848 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The last remodel wasn’t since the late ’70’s and it showed. It was dated and almost-near abandoned but I always saw potential.

We renovated the entire house. It had good bones so we kept all the walls but everything else was gutted. And being the nerd that I am, I created my own construction set complete with a demolition and construction plan, reflected ceiling plan, power & data plan, finish plan and enlarged kitchen plan. Now I can add “Residential” to my resume =P

The most significant change –and my favorite– was the kitchen. View transformation story below.

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I love it and it’s all mine! =D

View through the sunroof | The Samsung Building

On the northeast corner of Wilshire & La Brea Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA stands the E. Clem Wilson Building, or what many may call, the Samsung Building. Named as such for the huge, unattractive blue box affixed atop of the building bearing the Samsung name.

Or rather, the-building-former-known-as-the-Samsung-Building.


Taken prior to removal of lettering

Earlier this year, Samsung chose not to renew their advertising lease. Their signs “SAMSUNG” and “SAMSUNG mobile” were removed but the ghosted letters still remain. The electronic company held that spot on the E. Clem Wilson Building since the early 2000’s. Before that, signage was the Japanese beer label Asahi, and even before that, it was the Mutual of Omaha Tower since the 1970’s.



I used to work just one block east from this intersection and I always wondered why that box was up there. It was functional as a landmark for giving directions but what was it’s real purpose? Was it hiding mechanical equipment? Damaged structure behind? Surely it could not have been placed there just for signage. But oh boy, was I wrong. Welcome to Los Angeles, where anything can be a canvas for advertising. I should have known better.


Original building in all its glory! [ca. 1939]

  • Architect: Meyer & Holler (same firm that designed the infamous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well as the Egyptian Theatre)
  • Built: 1929
  • Style: Art Deco: Zigzag Moderne
  • Floors: 12
  • Main Use: Commercial Office with Street Retail
1939 & 1978 Images via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

An elephant never forgets..

Back in January of 2011, I posted about how my dedication for that year was to make and finish something creative every week. It was chaotic at times since I had several projects going on at the same time but I thrive at multi-tasking so I absolutely loved every minute of it!

That initial post featured Effie and Ollie Elephant by Heather Bailey. Since then I’ve been making Effie and Ollie Elephants for babies and also as a ‘just because’ for my friends. Every time I hope to get better at making them but the feet and trunk are always a challenge for me and I just can’t nail them down. But! Practice makes perfect! Back to the sewing machine it is.

Below check out a few of the little guys I’ve made so far =)

effie & ollie


I’m not one for making resolutions; but I’m great at starting things — and then taking forever to finish them. Deadlines are my friends. So a 365-day deadline actually works for me.

My 2009 resolution (or, rather, as I call it: ‘dedication’) was to visit a museum, gallery, or architectural landmark on every weekend of the year.

2010 welcomed the introduction of Shuttercal into my life as well as managing to lose (and keep off!) 20+ lbs.

And so, here we are with another new year.

My dedication for 2011 is to finish (key word: finish) something creative every week (work-related projects not withstanding). And the year is starting off wonderfully already! Week 01 project is complete and I just finished Week 02’s project last night. I hope to keep up the momentum and enthusiasm through the remaining 50 weeks. We’ll see how successful I am by Week 52..

Week 01 project: Effie & Ollie Elephant for Joseph

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…”

My Top 3 Obsessions (in alphabetical order):

  1. bears
  2. chapstick. I ALWAYS have need one in hand.
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch comes in at a close 4th, but I digress..

Pride. And. Prejudice. I’ve read the novel countless times and penciled notes choke the margins on almost every page. Although I have still yet to see (and own!) the 1940 MGM film featuring Laurence Olivier, I have DVDs (and CD soundtracks) of the 1980 BBC dramatization, 1995 BBC adaptation, and the 2005 Focus Features cinematic adaptation starring Keira Knightley. Throughout art school though, Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle – from BBC’s 1995 variation – kept me awake during all those all-nighter marathons. And now, while at work, I have the 11-hour (yes, 11-hour) audiobook blaring in my ears.

You can say that I am a wee-bit obsessed.

So, naturally, when I discovered that Marvel came out with a graphic novel of the literary acclaimed love story, you better believe I was on a mission to get a copy (or two).

Oh, the P&P goodness! And, since I was in such a joyous mood, I also picked up the Marvel graphic novel of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The graphics are just awe-inspiring.

:: via Fantasy Debut. Check out the discovery post here.

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