Improvised Life http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:31:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Sea Shell Printed Cookies and Pie Crusts http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/25/sea-shell-printed-cookies-pies/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/25/sea-shell-printed-cookies-pies/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:29:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44557

Catherine Gratwicke

While putting together our post on Sea Shell Salt Cellars the other day, we stumbled on this lovely idea: impressing cookie or pie dough with a small ridged scallop (or other) sea shell. Then we wondered what to we recommend that we KNOW will take the impression? H-m-m-m.

Eh voila! Our friends at Kitchen Repertoire’s Sand Dollar Sables look just perfect… (more…)

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Improvised Life Love http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/improvised-life-love/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/improvised-life-love/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:00:32 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44567

With thanks for your many generous ways of supporting and collaborating with us!

 

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Graffiteed River Rock Monster http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/graffiteed-river-rock-monster/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/graffiteed-river-rock-monster/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:17:03 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43938

We found this clever river rock monster on Anonymous Works. It’s a vintage albumen print with year 1915 penciled faintly on the back.

We LOVE that guerrilla art was alive and well a century ago!

AND the idea of being a guerrilla ANYWHERE!

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Annals of Bad Design: COS Lightweight Backpack + Our FIX http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/annals-bad-design-cool-cos-backpack/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44522

Sally Schneider

When we looked at images of the COS Lightweight Backpack online and read the product description we thought PERFECT. Just what we’re looking for:

Made from a lightweight technical fabric, this cotton-lined backpack has an all-over print and fastens using a magnet and wide drawstring. Multi-functional, it can also be worn as a tote bag using the two top handles.

We ordered one and the harsh realities set in. (more…)

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Freeform Architecture LEGO Kit in Monochrome White (+ D-I-Y Alternative) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/freeform-architecture-lego/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/freeform-architecture-lego/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44412

LEGO

Having long been enamored of building blocks both miniature and life-sized for their cool modularity and open invitation to improvise, I find this jumbo building kit from LEGO is the perfect thing for adults to play/plan/build with. Whether to envision a real-life project in small scale or simply get out of your own head for a minute, these blocks are great as an office toy or something to share with a curious, independent kid in your life. (more…)

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Exploration: Maria Robledo’s Frame Series http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/exploration-maria-robledos-frame-photographs/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/24/exploration-maria-robledos-frame-photographs/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:30:30 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43957

Maria Robledo

In May, we gave photographer Maria Robledo an antique silver picture frame that had no glass or mat; you could see right through it. Hand-wrought, it had a built-in stand of two crossing silver poles. To our surprise, Maria started using it as-is to frame cut flowers from her garden. Over the past weeks, she’s sent us a number of photographs of what has become quite organically her “Frame Series”. Gradually, the images have evolved to get increasingly daring, culminating in this remarkable one of a plastic bag. (more…)

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Kid’s Drawings Made Real http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/kids-drawing-made-real/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/kids-drawing-made-real/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:21 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44387

Telmo Pieper

Dutch artist Telmo Pieper saved his drawings from childhood. Many years later, he used modern-day digital painting skills to make prototypes. The resulting works comprise his Kiddie Arts Series, an amazing example of a kid’s vision made REAL. (And what an idea THAT is!)

We TOTALLY covet the car and think his beetle is pretty awesome.  (more…)

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Chic Newspaper Hat (Inge Morath) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/chic-newspaper-hat-inge-morath/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44119

Ilse Bing

We love this curiously stylish newspaper hat that a new dealer wore in 1947 in Paris at Place de la Concorde. Captured by the great Inge Morath.  Dig the little ends turned up. “Chic” can be fashioned out of pretty much anything!

 

With thanks to Chris Eldredge! 

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Concrete Block Planters and Raised Beds http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/concrete-block-planters/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/concrete-block-planters/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:25 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44369

Zac Benson

In addition to a cool shipping pallet table, we found another great DIY at Urban Garden Center: a concrete block planter (below). We’d seen images of them before like the one above that houses succulents and at this Pinterest devoted solely to concrete block gardens. The basic idea holds lots of possibilities, some rough, some curiously sleek. (more…)

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Rough-stitched Ripped Linen Pillow Covers http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/rough-stitched-ripped-linen-pillow-covers/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/rough-stitched-ripped-linen-pillow-covers/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:11 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44375

IKEA

Just as we were wrapping our head around learning to use our new sewing machine, we noticed these big pillow covers on IKEA’S blog Livet Hemma

…which sent us hunting around Ikea USA to discover that it is selling 100% linen by the yard for 7.99 a 59″ yard in white and gray.

We’ve long been fans of washed, shrunk, ripped linen and these couldn’t be easier: (more…)

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Kenzo’s FAB “I’m Not Afraid of Losing” + 24 African Dances to Brighten Your Day http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:05:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44389

(Video link HERE.) We love Eddy Kenzo’s joyful “Sitya Loss” (“I’m not afraid of losing”), featuring a group of boys and a girl performing on a dirt road in Uganda. After hunting for the lyrics (which are in Swahili), we found this interpretation from youtuber  jerzeykid2006able:

“In life we do not have to fear losses because we are the bosses of our own life, we have to enjoy the little life we have by shaking our bodies (dancing), as strong youth we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest because when we look at our past lives, we get to notice quite a (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/feed/ 0 Gif of the Week: Feel the Sand http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/gif-week-feel-sand/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/gif-week-feel-sand/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43898

It’s summer. Time to play in the sand.

 

 

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In Praise of Shadows and Quiet, Muted Interiors http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/farewell-solstice-praise-shadows/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/farewell-solstice-praise-shadows/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:00:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44277

Petra Bindel/ myscandinavianhome.com

I’ve been yearning for shadows since June 21st when the world took a tumble towards autumn, trailing crayon-bright, midsummer color and loud solstice revels. Parched by the bleached Scandinavian cottages and austere, no-tint white rooms that are everywhere online, I’m craving soothing darkness and a place to sequester in silence. This stark, in-your-face, white duvet bedroom suddenly hurts my eyes…and my soul. I want more yin, less yang.

Seeking solace, I turned to Japan, and a meditative book of essays, In Praise of Shadows,” by novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki. He expresses his nostalgia for the shadowy beauty once so characteristic of traditional Japanese houses, now fallen victim to rapid modernization. (more…)

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Sea Shell Salt Cellar http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/sea-shell-salt-cellar/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/22/sea-shell-salt-cellar/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44353

Virginia del Giudice

Our friend Virgina del Giudice sent us a lovely vacation email with the subject line: “Improvising“:

We were on vacation in La Pedrera, Uruguay (very beautiful place!)

My husband and I rented a forties garage converted into a cozy little appartment for two. The kitchen was small but perfect for improvising nice recipes like croquettes with the seeweed across the street. But we did not have fancy stuff, so I improvised this salt little dish with a shell. I was happy when I used it!

Sea shells indeed make lovely vessels, often with memories attached! (more…)

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