Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here are some of his photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building:
View of the building rising to about sixteen stories, Lewis Hine
Connecting the beams, Lewis Hine
Icarus, high up on Empire State, Lewis Hine (this is my absolute favorite)
Worker torch-cutting steel, Lewis Hine
Worker signaling below, view looking north east, Lewis Hine
Plumbing up a column, Lewis Hine
Workers guiding hoisting cable, Lewis Hine
A worker hanging on to two steel beams, Lewis Hine
A worker at the edge of a platform, looking north, Lewis Hine
Can you even imagine what it must have been like to work there in the 30's? No hard hats, no harnesses, no welding masks... And you're building the world's tallest building! And I'm pretty sure they didn't have Afflack or Worker's Comp to support their families if they were injured or killed on the job! I'm so glad that Hine's work led to stricter labor laws.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Darjeeling dining table from CB2, $899.
Reclaim, restore, re-train. Rare saal wood is reclaimed from old Indian railroad
ties, restored, and pieced in a natural plank mosaic dining surface of raw awe.
Supported on industrial metal square tube legs, blackened with exposed welding
marks. Legs are inset flush at the sides and notched in the top, becoming one
with the patchwork. Wood is left unfinished in its natural state. Seats up to 8.
It has excellent reviews and is definitely unique.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
3. Make dentist appointment for Stan & I.
4. Take Rebar to the vet.
5. Finish painting.
6. Put my office back together. Not necessarily clean my office... but put everything back where it was. It was chaos before but it was organized chaos. Now it's everything's-all-effed-up chaos.
7. Do workout video twice a week.
8. Go running with Stan and Rebar twice a week.
I have more goals but I think I need to stop somewhere if I want to attain any of these.
I might go start on #6 right now. I'm sewing a baby present for my boss for the work shower I'm throwing her on flipping Tuesday (and I'm not nearly finished figuring out the food/decorations!! ack!) and it would really be in my best interest to clear off my sewing table so I can sew.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
He was the first cat our family had since we were babies. He taught us kids how to be cat owners. We used to do a lot of crazy things to that poor guy! For a while we'd bathe him... we even bought a cat harness and leash! The baths lasted longer than the harness. He used to follow us as we'd walk to elementary school in the mornings. He used to drink out of my beta's fish bowl (but never tried to get the fish). When I'd take a bath he'd come sit on the edge of the tub and I'd turn on the faucet a little and he'd sit there on the edge and drink from the faucet.
He was a really good cat. I'll really, really miss him.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
You should definitely treat yourself to one of these (or treat me for that matter! I won't mind):
Sterling Silver Addie Earrings by thepebblecollection. $20 (pretty affordable!).
Cultured pearl Edythe Ring by thepebblecollection. $21. She makes it to your ring size too. This would be a neat non-traditional engagement ring.
Sterling silver and grey quartz Edythe Ring by thepebbledcollection. $21. Also custom sized.Lillians Treasures Sunlight Necklace by twochickstoo. $33. I like necklaces with charms.
Sterling silver Gummy Bear Necklace by livewire. $56. Cast from a mini gummy bear!
OK I saved the best for last. These handmade rings are titanium bands with a stone tension set into between the two ends. I love almost all of ShadeJewelry's rings in this series but these are my favorites:
Titanium Super Shiny Band Tension Set 1/2 Carat Blue Diamond Ring. I think the color of the blue diamond (conflict-free) is GORGEOUS! He makes these rings in whatever size you want. Get ready for the price tag... deep breath... $1,500. Now, I know this is totally worth it and is in fact a lot cheaper than most engagement rings (not mine though), but still... this is definitely out of my reach!
IF I won a million dollars I'd have a hard time deciding between the ring above and the one below. The one below is a saphire which is what my engagement ring is. I'm a sucker for saphires (something about the deep blue color pulls me in) so I might just go with the one below.
Titanium Tension Set Twist of Fate Band 1/2 Carat Round Blue Sapphire Ring. Isn't that saphire BEAUTIFUL??? I could just stare at it for hours. I think something about that color hypnotizes me a little. This one is closer to my price range (ha!) at $750... not gonna happen in this lifetime. :-/
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Bella's leather bag in the movie. It's the exact bag too because the prop people bought it from the seller when they were filming Twilight. She has a cute little story about it on the item listing. I love it. It's attractive, it looks sturdy, and I like the teal feather. Plus, as I was watching Twilight, I kept thinking to myself "that's a really cute bag!" It's really expensive though. Too bad I already got my (expensive) birthday present. Looks like I'll just have to drool over this for awhile.
We'd like to put on a metal roof (grey/silver not green). White siding. Dark blue shutters and front door. Paint the ceiling over the front porch a light blue.
Turn the hobby room into my darkroom. Turn the dining room into our office. Bedroom two becomes a craft room/exercise room. Bedrooms three and four are guest bedrooms.
I've always wanted a darkroom and I love that this house plan has a space we can convert to one pretty easily (without having to remove a bathroom)!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Swell, Southern Ocean – near 50° S, Antarctica by Stuart Klipper (buy print here)
The Constellation of the Elephant by Alexander Beeching (buy print here)
11.83 acres outside of Livingston, TX! Equal distance from Stan's work (Humble) and mine (Huntsville). It is technically 12 acres, but the county built E. Capps Road on part of that 12 acres. So it's 11.83 usable acres.
We've already been dreaming about what we'd put on our property if we do this (baseball fields, walking trail, stocked pond, gardens, pool) and what our dream house would look like (holy cow there are a lot of house plans on the internet!).
Fun stuff. Keep your fingers crossed!