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Natural Design – Mushrooms & Torreya State Park

Life is just so hectic sometimes. How is it almost 9 o’clock? I’ve sat down on my couch for the first time today. It makes you wish for a place to relax. A place like this:


That was the view about twenty feet from my campsite. Some friends and I went to Torreya State Park for a birthday celebration hike. Oh yes, I hiked that. Well, some of it. It was quite intense. However, before the heavy, labored breathing kicked in, I did get some great snapshots of natural beauty. Since this blog focuses a little on design, I think it’s time to give Mother Nature some credit.


I really can’t offer any help in stating what type of mushroom this is. My gut told me oyster, and my stomach wanted to agree, but my brain was too frightened.

TurkeyTail Mushrooms

I think these are turkey mushrooms.


They look so tasty (but please don’t eat wild mushrooms)…

Mushroomsand so pretty.

Mushrooms are just like humans; they like to sunbathe too.

MushroomsThis little guy was my favorite. It was velvety and looked like it should be soft and squishy, but then it was very solid. It looks like something that belongs under the sea, right?

the weekender 09/10/10

Good Morning. I hope everyone does something fun this weekend. It’s well worth it.

Here is some food porn to make you wish you weren’t on that diet: 15 Desserts that Could Replace the Trendy Cupcake.

These are Bakerella’s famous Cake Pops (not credited on site, or at least, I couldn’t find it.) These are the first in a line of crazy cake pops that she’s done. They’re incredibly hard to make. Mine turned out more like cake lumps, but I’m going to try them again.

Apartment Therapy has me wishing I lived under the sea with more marine life art.

Really, it took a lot of effort not to add the giant octopus triptych print as the main photo. Because, I don’t want to be that girl. But you should really check it out. However, the jellyfish is equally stunning.

Here are some old photos of the All-American Cowgirl. My favorite is this cowgirl fashion one.

via Flavorwire.

Before I depart on a Friday filled with work, then fun, I’d like to share this Zen Habits post on The Brief Guide to Life. I’ve been reading it every day. Zen Habits is one of my favorite blogs. This is copied from the site:

the brief guide

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles

Happy weekend, all. I’m going camping for a birthday and celebrating my friend’s cancer-free body. I hope everyone finds something fantastic to laugh at.

desiring: hudson linen pillows

Ok. So I’d rather not be known as one of those people who are obsessed with cephalopods. But let’s face it – I am. And it’s time to stop denying it, because I’m dying to get my hands on these pillows from Hudson.

How simple and adorable. It’s also in white.

The Seahorses are also super cute.

There’s also a starfish.

I really could go on and on. All of their pillows are beautiful, as is the rest of their furniture. Here’s one more with some color.

They’re having a sale right now. But that’s probably not going to help much. These beauties are priced at $185. ouch.

the weekender

Happy Friday all.  Here area few things to start your weekend off pleasant.

Amy Kligman’s new acrylics are beautiful. I love the patterns and that weird feeling that I can relate (I hate to say things like “I can relate to art.”) Her new series is Thoughts Before Sleeping. Thanks to DesignforMankind for the heads up.

This peplum skirt from PSIMadeThis is absolutely darling. She made it out of a curtain. I hear about these repurposed curtain projects (very sound of music-esque) but I haven’t been able to find a cute and lightweight curtain fabric.

This guy at Manhattan Nest redid an ikea frame and made this

It’s gorgeous. And cheaper than similar beds of that style. Check out his tutorial.

[edit just found this two hours after original post] I have to remember that things like outer space exist. It’s so easy to forget about it. Check out this lovely photo gallery of The Summer’s Sexiest Images of Saturn.

Looking for colorful inspiration? You should check out ColourLovers. It’s sort of aimed toward the computer crowd (with RGB mixes and Hex codes) but it is still a good source to break through that creative block. To start, pick a color and search their pallets.  They’ll provide cute color mixes to work with. I have an awful eye for complementary colors. I find this site very helpful.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. The in-laws are coming. I can’t wait. <3

desiring: lampe berger

Lately, I have been obsessed with Lampe Berger items. Pleasant household scents are important, especially when you cook curry, have a cat, and don’t have a washing machine. I’m guilty of all three.  And I hear Lampe Berger isn’t as thick or syrupy scented as the air fresheners you can buy at a store. Candles are a nicer and cheaper option, but I only really light them in the winter. Also, my cat has been known to catch his tail on fire, poor thing (he’s fine).

Lampe Berger Picks
Speaking of kitties…

Amici de la Luna

Generous in red

Bingo in grey

Milk in white

What I’m most interested in is the scents. Anything in their Oriental Dreams collection seems dreamy and cozy. I’ve been eying the Winterwood scent the most. Also, these things have history. Lampe Berger patents began in 1897.