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365 Project: Day 34

July 31, 2011
In: Everything Else

I really didn’t feel like taking a picture today. But sometimes, with zero creativity you can get something rather nice. I love these colors, they certainly match my current mood.

365 Project: Day 33

July 30, 2011
In: Everything Else

A small section of my CD collection. I wasn’t sure if I should blur the titles or keep them readable… I really miss buying physical CDs. Opening the box on the way home and flipping through the booklet while listening to the music on my discman…

Digital files and mp3 players are just not the same. They’re much smaller and more convenient, of course, but they just don’t have the same feel to them. Another disadvantage for young people (which is not relevant for me, being married and driving everywhere), is that you lose the conversation opportunity there used to be when you had to change a CD on the bus (or other public location). People around you could see what you listen to, and start a conversation if they thought you were worth it.

Nowadays, how’s anybody going to know what you’re listening to? Unless you’re one of those obnoxious kids who play music of their cellphone’s speaker, like it’s a boom box and we’re back in the early 90s

365 Project: Day 32

July 29, 2011
In: Everything Else

No matter how I set up the table, Noam wants a pocket for his silverware. He takes whatever elaborate fold I made, takes it apart, and says: pocket, please! Today I tried a new diagonal pocket fold and he got what he wanted…

365 Project: Day 31 (color week)

July 28, 2011
In: Everything Else

This is how I imagine the world would look like if you were color blind. Though I don’t and can’t know what it’s really like…

365 Project: Day 30 (color week)

July 27, 2011
In: Everything Else

I was looking for items which have strong base colors which were not made for children. I was surprised at how hard it was. It seems that grown ups have a more refined sense of color, excluding the color block fashion trend (which I hope will be gone by next year). This further reinforces the sense that most colors in the world are actually quite vague, and that our insistence that children learn all the names of the colors is somewhat artificial. I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t teach them colors, only that we should realize that it’s hardly a survival skill.

Tutorial: Semi quilted picnic set (part 2)

July 26, 2011
In: Sewing

After we made such a nice blanket, we need a tote to carry it and other essentials (I never leave the house without baby wipes anymore).

I wanted to use the leftover fabric from the blanket to create a fun tote with a trim, but if you decide to make it without, simply ignore those instructions.

I remembered that I am also a web developer, so instead of providing absolute measurements and letting you calculate yourself if you decide to make it a different size, I’m proud to present a built in calculator. Simply enter the final measurements you want, click “Calculate” and all the measurements will be miraculously updated.

Final measurements:

Height: cm
Width: cm
Depth: cm

Calculate

Materials

  • Main pieces, cut 4: 32cm X 42cm
  • Side pieces, cut 2 & strap, cut 1: 106cm X 12cm
  • Trim, cut 2: 108cm X 4cm
  • Zipper pocket top, cut 1: 8cm X 42cm
  • Zipper pocket bottom, cut 1: 15cm X 42cm
  • Zipper at least 40cm long
  • If you’d like to use this tote on a stroller, you’ll need snaps or Velcro.
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365 Project: Day 29 (color week)

July 26, 2011
In: Everything Else

I had a girls day out with my sister today. We had a mini makeover and then went for a bit of shopping. We bought some earrings (which you see above) and sandals (we just didn’t have time for much more). She chose two pairs of sandals, one light blue and one pink (well, the second one was 50% off).

My mother made the necklace (we’re a crafty family), which is very long (I wear it wrapped around my neck 4 times), and full of different color stones. Following my own makeover, I found the ensembles with which this necklace works, and I’m finally enjoying it (instead of putting it on because I think I like it, looking in the mirror and taking it off), especially for adding a bit of color to a black dress.

365 Project: Day 28 (color week)

July 26, 2011
In: Everything Else

365 Project: Day 27 (color week)

July 24, 2011
In: Everything Else

This week is “color week”, because I just finished reading Guy Deutscher’s book Through the Language Glass, which I enjoyed very much. In the book, Guy discusses the relationship of language, specifically the words we have to describe colors, and our perception of color.

365 Project: Day 26

July 23, 2011
In: Everything Else

Saturday morning is the only day I allow myself to eat something like this. Not that I don’t on other days, it’s just that on Saturday I’m allowed. On Saturday I can enjoy this excellent pastry with little to no guilt.

By the way, I know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s really good. I have no idea what they put inside it to make it so tasty. Something sugary and fattening, I’m sure.