Thursday, June 28, 2012

Floral trend

Floral is back. If you were like me, you may not want to really commit to floral quite yet. You may want to play safe and pick out a few accent pieces that are "safe" in the design sense.  I started out with a decorative pillow (thank you, Connie) using Esplanade-Rouge by P Kaufman. I bought a sample fabric square which is the perfect size for a decorative pillow.

I then picked out Richloom Studio Esme Graffiti to give my 4 dining room chairs a new look.

Not sure what my next project will be but one thing I am certain is it'll incorporate one of the following: 

Bold and colorful Marimekko

Eclectic modern Joel Dewberry

Swedish design bantie

Canadian family-owned company Tonic Living 
Bedazzle, Silver lining


Mumsy, Dawn

Vinery, Dawn

Pom pom play, Spa

Or just an Orla Kiely with pretty floral prints. (I had to.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Goodwill Hunting: Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin', what a clever title! lili and I went back and forth about a title for this month's theme. We knew we wanted it to be related to summer, weddings, and white. We thought about June Bride and White Hot (which I had no idea what it was until I Googled it), but we don't want it to be too confined. Then lili came up with Summer Lovin'. How cute and how perfect!  In fact, today is the first day of summer. Flowers are blooming beautifully and the weather is warming up nicely. We've even experienced 3-digit temperature on Father's Day weekend. That was no fun.

For this challenge, I was hoping to find something lovin', such as a romance novel or a movie about love, but I ended with clothes.

The first one is a cute eyelet white skirt by Zara. I found it at Goodwill for $4. I have a feeling I'll wear this a lot.

Then I had to stop at The Shop which is just a block away and found these white pants from Abercrombie for $8. Based on my Goodwill hunting standard, they're not a steal by any means but they are just too perfect to pass up.

And lastly, I bought this brand new "Life is Good" onesie for my nephew for $8. I had to. It was brand new and originally at $25! Technically, I saved $17.

That was fun! Let's see what lili found. Next month, Red, White, and Blue.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Two spaces or one

One space after a comma, two spaces in between sentences.  Is that how you were taught?  Is that what you do?

In the old days, those of us who took a typing class on a typewriter (mine was electric, at least) were always taught to type two spaces after a period.  That was the proper way.

My mom was a typing style professional.  She published a manual of typing style for the organization she worked for.  She was (and still is) very particular about writing format and accuracy.  She can't stand the ic's and u2's.  She can spot the most hidden typos, spelling errors, word use mixups (it's vs its, there vs their), punctuations misuse, wrong spacing and indentations, etc.  (Don't let her see this, she may find a few errors.)

As a result, I was excessively careful with the accuracy of my writing ever since I was in grade school.  That's when I was learning English as a second language.  Now that I've been speaking English on a daily basis for quite some time, I've changed.  I actually make mistakes such as here vs hear, which would never happen to someone who learned how to spell before learning how to speak.  Dreaming in English is probably a good indicator that you would start making those mistakes.

Anyway, back to the spacing topic.  The new thing is one space in between sentences, not two. This was first brought to my attention by husband.  So of course, we had a discussion about this.  I was so sure that I was right. The truth is, we both are.

In the old days, we used monospaced font, that is, every letter or character occupied the same width of space.  By putting two spaces between sentences makes the passage easier to read.  (Courier is a monospaced font.)  Nowadays, we use proportional typeface which contain glyphs of varying widths - that is, the letter "i" takes up less space then a "w". Some argue that the readability improves when using proportional typeface and therefore there is no need to put two spaces between sentences.

Did you notice I started this post using two spaces and then about half way through I switched to one space?

While I was doing some research on this subject, I was surprised to find that some people have really strong opinion about this.

What do you think? Are you a two-spacer too?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The prom 2012, Mysteries of the Deep

The highly anticipated Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School prom was held last Friday. Here's a video and an article about the event.

Kathy, her team and the volunteers put in endless hours to make this event possible. I had so much fun volunteering at Anthropologie, this time I got to go to Dreamworks to help! 

When I walked into the big conference room turned work area, I was in awe. Look at these coral reefs. The creativity is impressive. I mainly worked on the kelp on the floor.

These colorful coral reef are mostly made out of everyday things. Let's get a little closer.


Jumbo pasta shells and coffee filters.

Pipe cleaners and plastic spoons.

Cannoli noodles, wire sponges, and Q-tips.

Shark made out of foam, duct tape... still needs eyes and teeth.

The big day, June 1, 2012.

In the submarine... getting a little nervous. It's the unknown, you know?

Wow, what is this place?  Disneyland?

Remember the fish from Anthropologie?

Dreamworks in action.

Now, what is this?

B taking a huge risk to find treasure. It's all worth it.

This boat is made out of cardboard paper by volunteers. Unbelievable.

More games, more prizes.

What an amazing and meaningful event. I feel so honored to be involved. Just wish I could put in more time. Next year.

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