Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To See In The Dark

"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly-
they'll go through anything"
-Aldous Huxley (English Novelist and Critic, 1894-1963)

My day job...using art and technology to interpret science.  Here I've created illustrative interpretations of radiological studies


Cervical Vertebrae

Italian artist Benedetta Bonichi uses science and technology to create art.  Her X-ray pieces make mermaids, hybrid creatures and skeletons come to life.  Eerie, yet beautiful.

To see more of her work, check out her website


Sunday, November 27, 2011


"For some, shopping is an art; for others, it's a sport.  It can be a vice and it can be a cause.  Some love it,  some hate it"
-Pamela Klaffke, Spree

Artist:  Janet Hill
via here

Black Friday and Cyber Monday...the thankful season has quickly turned into the wantful season.  What do those on your Christmas shopping list want?  How about include the recipient in the process...a new site allows just that.

Tell WANTFUL.COM a little about the person you are buying for and they "curate a set of sixteen perfect gift ideas."

What type of home would the recipient like to live in?

How does the recipient like to spend his free time?

Viola...Wantful provides a menagerie of unique, artisanal gifts to choose from in your specified price range.

They deliver a beautifully curated catalog to the recipient allowing them to pick their own gift which is then delivered directly to them.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Carolina Thanksgiving

"All art is autobiographical.  The pearl is the oyster's autobiography"
-Federico Fellini

You know it's going to be a great party when the directions include "through a field, through some woods, and then into a clearing where you will see a cabin."

Mischief's first encounter with oysters

"It was a bold man that first ate on oyster"
-Jonathan Swift

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks

Rifle Paper Co.
via here


 The friends and family that filled our tables...big and small

for wine...and no whining

and for believing wishes come true


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I guess someone was paying more attention to my Thanksgiving preparation than I thought

Was ready to call it night...then I saw this.  Mischief's festive Thanksgiving spread


via here

Need often fosters creativity.  We are hosting Thanksgiving this year...we need holiday arrangements but I don't need to spend any money.  Time to be creative.

Inspired by recent Sunday School lessons on how to live more simply and the Kinfolk belief in a  "natural approach to entertaining" I upcycled decorations from my October Garden Club meeting for Thanksgiving.

Decor for October meeting of the
Spring Beauty Garden Club
My ornamental cabbages, while pretty in October, looked like this in November

As the leaves browned, I trimmed their stalks to create  cabbage roses which I cut and used in lieu of  flowers

The miniature pumpkins I sprayed with satin gold paint to complement the ochre buds on a fresh batch of now blooming loquat branches

Greenery from the yard is plentiful and thankfully free

I harvested loquat branches which I mixed with strips of dried palmetto fronds that I already had on-hand

To hold arrangements in place I wrapped the stems with spanish moss harvested from the banks of our neighborhood creek

Also from the neighborhood, I was able to upcycle some oyster shells from a neighbor's oyster roast

Washed shells drying in the sun

Perfect for holding large branches in place...and for building my excitement for the oyster casserole on Thursday

The tables are set and ready for our guests.  Thankfully my arrangements will last for days, for I had to prepare our house Tuesday night.  A much needed hair appointment on Wednesday...even if the reincarnated Pocahontas and  Pilgrims show up at my house, they will have to wait until after my hair appointment.

Bring on the feast!

Happy Thanksgiving


The kinfolk are coming!  We're busy preparing the table, decorating with fall foliage and planning our Thanksgiving meal.  Looking forward to heirloom recipes, candlelight and conversation.  Thankful...and thankful to have found a delightful site (via PVE Design) that reminded me that sharing a meal with friends and family is what "anchors our relationships and energizes us."

A Guide for Small Gatherings

From the Kinfolk Manifesto:

"Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings...entertaining should be:  simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived.  Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends."

This site is a feast for the senses...the photography, videos and design inspire me to live more simply and take a more "natural approach to entertaining."

All images via Kinfolk Journal and Magazine

Whether the Griswalds (and cousin Eddie), the Clampett's or your Norman Rockwellian family are coming to visit, take a quiet moment to watch the video below...guaranteed to lower your blood pressure.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Watch in full screen mode, beautiful details

vol. 1 from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.
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