Ready for the Great Outdoors

Look what came in the mail yesterday! Stitch’s new lifejacket and hiking pack. I cannot wait to take her out on some of the beautiful trails here on the island. So last night we walked down to the beach to try out her life jacket, but unfortunately I forgot about the high surf advisory. Poor Stitch was completely consumed by two waves before we could even get deep enough to see if her jacket worked. Better luck next time I guess. 

Stitch is mad because I wasn't taking out the leash...

Stitch is mad because I wasn’t taking out the leash…

 

Herb is the Word

Hi everyone! So, lately I have taken up gardening on my back patio, and the herbs have been going wild. I do not do am lot of cooking so in an effort to find ways to use my freshly grown bounty, I took to Pinterest. After a few searches on the proper harvesting techniques, I came across a plethora of recipes for infusing herbs into everything! Oils, vinegar, sea salt, water, etc. I probably wrote down about 17 recipes and I am so excited to get going. 

All the herbs I picked from my garden this morning.

All the herbs I picked from my garden this morning. You can see Lilo down in the corner

 

Classing Up Dinner Time

Now that I am finally settled in my new home here in Hawaii, I’ve been looking for a new project to break in my craft room. I came across some bargain bin fabric scraps I had bought for 50 cents at Michaels years ago. The fabric has this adorable victorian country scenes on it. After some Pinterest research I decided on cloth napkins as my project. The tutorial on the blog Blissfully Content was both simple and elegant. See my results below:

These napkins are the perfect compliment to my "fancy" flatware.

These napkins are the perfect compliment to my “fancy” flatware.

I now have three gorgeous cloth napkins to class up my next dinner party!

Meet Lilo and Stitch

Too Cute!

Too Cute!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you might have noticed a few adorable furry creatures on my instagram feed. The little beasties are Lilo and Stitch my new puppy and kitten. I adopted them from the Hawaiian Humane Society back in May, just after I arrived on the island. My mother suggested I choose a Hawaiian name, but not knowing too many and considering that Lilo & Stitch is one of my favorite movies and set here in Hawaii, I thought it might work. Stitch of course got her name because of her huge, Rat Terrier ears and poor Lilo is unfortunately a boy. But I think it suites him. They definitely keep my life interesting, especially since Lilo has discovered the top of my kitchen cabinets!

Anywho, I just thought I’d formally introduce all of you to make things less awkward in the future. So the next time you’re feeling down, head over to instagram.com/peterpaulandshona and take in their overwhelming cuteness.

Portfolio Collage

As part of our studio work we are to look through our previous body of work for insights into decisions and designs that have been repeated over time and apply them to our MFP project. So I have been doing some photoshop collages of portfolio work onto my site and here’s what I have so far…

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GD3 Slam Presentation

I am now well rested after the weekend and ready to post my GD3 Slam presentation. The event was very interesting and it was a great chance to see everyone else’s work, as well as a way to challenge myself to present everything in a concise and precise manner. So here you go, ActionReaction: Urbanized Natural Systems, Naturalize Urban Systems.

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When self doubt squashes ideas…

Tomorrow is our Slam, where every M.Arch GDIII has to give a 3 minute presentation on their project. I’m still working on my presentation, slowly but truly. I thought this video does a very good job characterizing the process of getting out ideas, something I am struggling with at the moment. The talk is by Rilla Alexander for 99u.com. Click for a flyer to the event: GD3 project SLAM is FRIDAY