Friday, May 28, 2010

Loving the R2

R2

So, after stitching Forbidden Love, I had such a crush on little R2 that I had to stitch him all by himself. Maybe I should stitch a billion of these and gift them to all my nerd friends?

With my gigantic hand for scale:
with hand so you can see how small he is

On an unrelated note, lately, I love bridges.

I'm fascinated with snapping pics on the Manhattan Bridge every time I cross it. They're blurry and so-so, but they make me happy.
foggy

Thinking of home

fam

Here's another pic that makes me think of home. Like most of the early family pics, it includes everyone but me. :) I'm assuming my dad was holding the camera.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Three things that remind me of home

tio jaime
Tio Jaime


I'm going home in 2 days, so I'm feeling particularly dreamy.

austin

There is a state of mind I'm in, every time I'm going home, or coming home, where my brain and body seem to float between two places, never fully inhabiting either.

bridge

It feels like I'm not rightly in any one spot - and my head fills with pleasant dreams.

Hope this summer weather finds you well and filled with dreams of everything that is beautiful to you.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Week #5: Favorite Places - Bronx Zoo

Week #5: Favorite Places - Bronx Zoo

So I know I've been remiss about my assignments - sorry! However, I visited one of my favorite NY places this weekend, so I had to share it with you. Bronx Zoo - ever been there?
peacock

The zoo is one of my favorite all-time places to be. One of my most bittersweet memories as a child was visiting my grandmother in Mexico: like all surly 11 year olds I was bored out of my mind until a kind, distant relation in her 20's adopted me for a few days. She let me sit in her room, watch black and white TV, braided my hair, and told me excitedly that the next day we would go to the zoo. The next day. No, the next day. Well, that day never came, but just sitting there with a kind person, dreaming of the zoo, was rather lovely enough. So, maybe this is why, even as an adult, anytime I see a zoo, I've gotta be there.

And the Bronz Zoo is simply amazing:


Surrounded by green forest on all sides - delicious shade when it's hot, the Bronx River, and even the local wildlife is beautiful.

I love the odd, stinky Madagascar and monkey house:


It's always unbearably hot and smells abominable, but the payoff in cuteness is huge.

Monkeys:


Lemurs:


Otters:


Creepy-cute tree kangaroos:


Breathing fresh air afterward always feels like a special treat.





I highly recommend the Bronx Zoo, anytime of year. I went with my sister in early December, in the dead of winter, and found the birds very active and not shy at all. And since there's no one watching, you can more easily perform shenanigans like the following:

rhino

Well, keep those assignments coming - I know I haven't been great about completing them, but they definitely keep inspiring me! :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nerdily stitching



My nerd quotient was rather high yesterday as I finally ironed and finished up Forbidden Love. I was even watching back Glee episodes. Yes, it was that bad.

I had no less than 30 different hoops to frame it in - from vintage metallic to cheesy 80's faux-woodgrain, but in the end I chose the standard:



Then I hooped up another little bit of fabric for a teeny-tiny project which I stitched while watching Priceless, a recent French film I adore.

And, since we're on the topic of nerdy stitching, I though I'd share something I found while digging around on my hard drive last week:
Pac man

Yes, you never know what you're going to find on your computer when you're a stitching dork like myself. :) A bit of web research told me that I'd likely found these patterns here, and from this Make post.

Is it just me, or is Pac Man looking a little wonky? I'm not sure I could stitch this without first creating a sharper-looking Pac Man:
Pac man

Seriously, this Pac-man and matching ghosts are far superior. :)

But the Pac-mania pattern has a decidedly wonky charm:
Pac-mania

Well, they're all in my Flickr stream if you care to have a nerdy go at it. I'd love to see if you make anything fun from them. :)

A kind of hilarious aside to this is - they are in a Flickr set I call "things that make me happy." I was talking to my sister on the phone the other day and she said rather worriedly, "I saw how small that set was, and it made me sad." :) No, really! A lot more things do make me happy! I just forget to add them there. ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

3 things i like: blue

3 things i like: blue
3 things i like, on Flickr, from the following people:
1. bigroom_emb1 by steph_lui
2. clasp by achuka
3. Untitled by kayla coo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Slacking



I've been slacking, on just about everything, due in part to the glorious weather, the contest on Feeling Stitchy,  etc. So, I have nothing new for you, and have not completed an assignment.

Instead, I'll share stills from one of my favorite films with you, Paris, Texas.



I don't have any words for how much I loved this movie. I just did.



I loved Nastassja Kinski - she has such a gorgeous simplicity, and is flawless.



There's such a meditative quality to it. If you loved Wings of Desire at all, I think you'll like it...



It's a slow-moving film, but if you watch nothing else, watch at least the opening moments in the desert. You truly won't regret it. Any favorite movies out there? This is one of those movies I could watch a million times...