Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Before I die...

One of the many charming men I have in my life brightened my day on Monday by alerting me to a rather spectacular community initiative. Before I Die is the work of Candy Chang, a public installation artist who has a strong social conscience and a desire to make her community a more livable place. Essentially, she's used a stencil to create an enormous blackboard on which people create a collective list documenting their hopes for their lives.

Her words to describe her work are thus:

"Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us."



Once the board is full she documents the responses and wipes it clean. On the website they mention the possibility of collating them into a book.

Not only does this project help to clean up the community appearance, it brings people together and gets them thinking about what's really important to them. It's an exercise in refocusing and as a supporter of all things "social change" and "positive psychology", I think it's marvelous.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hells yeah

Check it out, I'm street style famous. That's right, your very own blogger has been blogged. Needless to say I (and my fellow coffee companions at Satis) were pretty chuffed about being photographed by the super lovely Capital Thread.

Hells yeah that's me, wistfully looking into the distance. Cos that's what you do when getting your picture taken, right?

Our photos were posted awhile ago, but I only just found them. I'll admit I may have checked the blog incessantly for a week after the photographs (embarrassing!), but then I forgot about it. Because my memory is a sieve.

My gorgeous friends Cara and Grace

Make sure you have a look at Capital Thread, it's always exciting to see the creativity Canberra has to offer!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Things I love today

Photograph by Victoria Hannan

The beautiful, warm autumn light.

A blend of Russian Caravan and Creme Brulee teas from T2 and the kindly sales lady who recommended it.

Party Down

The Blue Hour

Washing my face with baking soda. So tingly and smooth.

McSweeny's Recommends. A recent re-discovery.

New season nashi pears and apples from the farmers market.

Buying second-hand books online from Abe Books.

Skipping. I can do some sweet cross-overs.

Kate Bush. Today and forever.

Early nights with a good book (even on a Friday).

Chocolate coated sultanas with roasted almonds.

What's floating your boat, filling your cup, or getting your goat today, my dearest ones?