nicholas by David Robert Bliwas
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but for some reason this photo speaks to me. I don’t know if it’s because this boy is trying so hard – you don’t know if he really knows how to play or if a horrendous screech is flowing from the horn. Perhaps it’s the determination on his face – he wants so bad to play the horn well. I think that every child has this kind of determination to do something – maybe it’s to throw a baseball or ace a spelling test.
Whatever it is, it’s fabulous!
During our recent trip to San Francisco, my husband and I went to the Steinhart Aquarium, which is part of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. And since he’s stoked about getting the new aquarium, my husband had to visit. It’s really quite a wonderful aquarium full of more than 38,000 live animals from around the world.
It’s difficult to take photos of the many remarkable animals behind the glass, but here are a few of my “pretty-OK” shots.
White seems to be everywhere I look these days – and I like it. I’ve seen tons of white rooms that look so pretty, but I’ve never been one for white walls. I don’t know why. Colorful backdrops have always appealed to me more in real life. I do have a zillion white shirts. So many that I have to make a conscience effort not to just grab white when I’m clothes shopping. I guess when it comes to clothes I figure white goes with everything.
I have come across some lovely white things that I wanted to share with you.
I love this dress. I found the photo on a blog not long ago. (I’m sorry I don’t remember where. If anyone recognizes it, please let me know and I’ll happily link to the proper place.) I love the shape of it. I’ve started making some clothes (yes, one of the shirts I made was white) and thought this would be a lovely piece to try my hand at – though I’m probably kidding myself!
This is a beautiful laptop bag from Kate Spade. When my hubby and I were in San Francisco last weekend, we stopped into the Kate Spade store on Grant Avenue, and I saw this stunner! I thought perhaps it would be a great bag to carry the iPad in that I’m dreaming about!
Furla is an Italian handbag company that I discovered several years ago on a trip to Amsterdam. I’m a big fan of Furla. Again, we popped into the Furla shop in San Francisco last weekend. I don’t know what it was, but this white bag jumped out to me and begged me to take her home. Unfortunately, the salesman refused to let me walk out of the store with her without handing over $1,000. Goodbye, sweet girl! I will admire you from afar.
And then there are these lovely flowers. If I could have these in my home everyday, I would! (Again, I’m sorry I don’t know where this photo came from. If you do, please let me know.)
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Good morning, Junk Lovers! Today I’d like to share my vintage 8mm movie projector and films. As I’ve mentioned before, when we lived in Peoria, Ill., we did lots of antiquing. This was one of our best finds ever!
Yes, the Kodak movie projector is cool, but the find of the close to 20 movies is even better. We have two cases full of home movies from a couple who traveled the world. When we first started watching the movies we felt like we needed to give the couple names – so we named them Helen and Walt.
Helen and Walt traveled a lot during the late 1940s and 1950s. The movies show them in places like Sweden, Canada, Mexico, France, California, and New England. They filmed a bullfight in Mexico (not my favorite but quite interesting), a fishing trip in Canada, and beautiful scenery in Europe. It is wonderful seeing these places through 1940s/50s eyes – the clothes, the cars. Unfortunately the films do not have audio, but I guess that adds to the mystique.
It’s a shame that Helen and Walt’s family didn’t keep these films in the family. I’d be devastated to lose such wonderful glimpses into my parents or grandparents lives. But alas, we now feel like Helen and Walt’s family – and we’ll never give up the films!
Until next week!