Of Things That Float

After the hunt for a mouse (my computer mouse went on a joyride this morning), my drafting software decided to crash on me all afternoon. Boo hoo. Anyway, right now I just want to sleep or go someplace calm, nice smelling, and with good massages. I’ve just described a spa. In the meantime, I’ve unleashed a zombie army on a farm, and conquered. Sometimes, you just need to win.

One of my happy thoughts is flying. Others involve disappearing cats, top hats, extra creamy chocolate, Christmas, and secret girly fantasies like sitting on a boat with fire lanterns cascading from the sky travelling via hot air balloon.

Come to think of it, they look a lot like glowing marshmallows, don’t they?

A Girl Who Can Fly

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Manic Mondays: Against the Grain


(video via Black Eiffel)

To start off another busy week, here’s a video of Against the Grain, a track of Melbourne-based artist Hudson. The clip was made by Jonathan Chong (aka VJ Dropbear), featuring happy pencils come to life. This stop motion clip isn’t exactly new since its been on the internet for quite a while. But just in case you haven’t, check it out.

By the way, the song can be downloaded for free here.

On a semi-related note, I’ve been listening to a couple of playlists with songs that reminds me of Christmas and cafes. Apparently jazz songs and Christmas lights can make work feel a great deal more pleasant. In case you’re looking for a soundtrack for your week, take your pick between a moody bar with a glass of wine, a cozy cafe, and breakfast in Paris. If you know any similar playlists, do share.

Have a great, panic-free week ahead!

I Want to Go There: Fields of Light

Christmas is over and the new year is five days old. But the holiday cheer still lingers on here at home, where Christmas lights make everything feel warm and special. Someday, I hope to hike in the Maniwa Prefecture, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or anyplace where humans haven’t scared off millions of fireflies. #bucketlisted

A series of long exposure photographs were taken in locations around the Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan. The perfect time to go here would be during June to July (rainy season) after thunderstorms, because this is when countless gold fireflies come out to mate. It’s so brilliant and spectacular!

(via thisiscolossal via polaroid dreams) (click on the photos for a larger size, or go here for more)

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Makoto Azuma

Makoto Azuma is a florist who creates insanely fantastic works of art using plants and flowers. He owns and manages flower shop Jardens des Fleurs.

His involvement with this kind of craft was unexpected. When he formed a band in junior high school, he decided to move to Tokyo to pursue music. He was looking for a job, and found work in a flower shop near his house through the classified section. Initially he didn’t even like flowers or was interested in them. But as he moved further into this world, his interest grew and changed.

Below are some Azuma’s works:

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Future Home

Out of the army of photos invading my hard drive, a few images constantly pop out and stick with me.

As long as you have the patience to look, there are thousands of amazing interiors a click or page turn away. If you’re like me, its easy to get lost in the sea of inspiration. Fortunately, this first year of getting my hands design dirty has given me a clearer idea of what I want for my future home.

This amazing house is owned by Arthus Casas (an architect) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was designed by Martin Eisler. I’m a sucker for big windows that frame gorgeous views. Mine doesn’t need to be a rainforest, but I definitely want the inside of my house and nature to have a visual dialogue.

(via Wanken)

Beautiful view in Sussex, England. A winter landscape would be ideal as well.

(via Dezeen)

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