Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Favorite Reading: Liz Climo

Liz Climo draws pretty hilarious animal comics. She also draws charming Halloween comics. So I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. (I love the hedgehogs!) Oh, and you can buy her prints at her Society6 shop!

Gangnam Style
How we roll
Super squirrel

All images belong to Liz Climo

Monday, October 29, 2012


Autumn in Tucson can be quite frustrating. The cool evenings and light breeze provide a welcome respite from the heat, and all around the city life springs up again. The mornings are crisp and clear, the perfect weather for sweaters and boots*. However, with afternoon highs still hitting the nineties, it's the season of on-again-off-again layers, the time of teasing weather, of "just-wait-a-little-longer-fall-is-almost-here-for-real-this-time." These photos from Prescott remind that it is indeed autumn somewhere, at least. And perhaps autumn will be here soon as well.

*anything under 75 degrees is sweater-and-boot weather here in Tucson

all photos belong to Kara Haberstock, all rights reserved

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Songs for Sunday: Bon Iver

This week I found another amazing live session that I simply must share. This performance by Bon Iver at AIR Studio's Lyndurst Hall, a former church and missionary school, features one of the most beautiful renditions of "Babys" I have ever heard. All of these pieces are performed by Justin Vernon and Sean Carey on two grand pianos, and the result is absolutely stunning. 

1. Hinnom, TX 
2. Wash. 
3. I Can't Make You Love Me 
4. Babys 
5. Beth/Rest 
Director: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard 
Recording & Mixing: Jake Jackson with Brian Joseph 
Recorded in London at AIR Studios, October 16, 2011 
"Hinnom, TX", "Wash.", "Beth/Rest" (c) 2011 April Base Publishing (ASCAP) "Babys" (c) 2009 April Base Publishing (ASCAP) "I Cant' Make You Love Me" (c) 1991 BMG Songs, Almo Music Corp., Bird Blues Music, Hayes Street Music (ASCAP)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Friday!

just living, tripod diaries

It's finally the weekend! I just turned in a 3800-word literature review yesterday, so now I'm procrastinating on writing another essay by rounding up links for you all. Can you believe it's the last weekend in October? Fall is flying by so fast...

A fun, fall-inspired craft project

How cute are these stamps?

Make your own sugar cubes

A beautiful 1969 home in Australia

Does anyone else love brussel sprouts? (Because I do!)

A DIY bike light

I love this table

These gin tonics look fantastic

The case for handmade costumes

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Short Film: The Green Ruby Pumpkin

Since Halloween is right around the corner (next Wednesday!), I thought I'd share this enchanting CGI-animated short film about a particular wondrous pumpkin. What blew my mind is that this entire film was shot in a living room! I'm quite impressed:

The Green Ruby Pumpkin is a magical and fun short film that captures the enchantment of Halloween.
It was a passion project that was created by two Senior visual effects artists. Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma.
This entire project was shot in the living room. watch the making of here: https://vimeo.com/51538157
If you enjoyed the film, please take a moment to vote for us by clicking here:
You can see our other visual effects work at: www.monstersculptor.com
You can watch this film as well as Other directors films at the Stage5 site: : http://www.youtube.com/stage5

Oh, and in case you're curious, here's the making-of video. 

This is a small selection of some of the assets, and VFX created by Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma
for the short film "The Green Ruby Pumpkin" watch here: https://vimeo.com/51358765
The entire project was rendered on 7 computers, Running Maya for 3D, Mudbox for sculpting,
Mari and Mudbox for Texture Painting, Vray for rendering, Nuke for compositing. A lot of shortcuts had to be used in order to manage our render times Including 3d projections in nuke, miniatures, and practical elements.
The majority of the vfx work was just us two, however we had great help from friends on the rigging and animation side of things. We wanted to make sure everything you see on screen was designed and or fabricated by our team.
We learned a lot and hope to keep improving as storytellers and visual artists. Thank you for watching.

Is anyone looking forward to Halloween?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Inspired: Melinda Beck

the objects in my house talk to me

I discovered these illustrations by Melinda Beck via Creature Comforts. And I love them.

The inanimate objects in my house tend to talk to me too. The plants don't though-- they just listen to me ramble on and on and on...

(P.S. all of these illustrations and more are for sale in her shop!)

Small Type
keys to places I use to live

They seemed like a good idea

All images belong to Melinda Beck

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dusk in the Desert

A little while back, Nate and I hiked up around Gate's Pass after work. It was that time of day when the sun has just fallen beneath the horizon and everything is still. The moon was just beginning to shine over the mountains above us, and all around the desert was slowly coming to life. Small creatures began to rustle around in the bushes as a cool evening breeze swept over the mountainside. Lacking flashlights, we headed back to the car before the light faded altogether, quiet in the hush that came with the end of day. I took a few shots, mostly in black-and-white since the light was so low- a few glimpses of the desert at summer's dusk.

All photos belong to Kara Haberstock, all rights reserved

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday's Music: The Lumineers

I think this live sesssion by the Lumineers was my favorite find this weekend. I know "Ho Hey" is the song that everyone's familiar with, but "Charlie Boy" is my favorite song by them by far (cello + mandolin= love). Overall, I think it makes for a great listen on a sunny Monday morning:

The Lumineers performed a live, intimate session with Liveset from @thecajunboy's house in the lower garden district of New Orleans. The Lumineers played, Liveset filmed, Brett cooked, and we all retired to his back porch after the show to relax and hear stories from the road. Produced by Ross Hinkle, Rachel Puckett and Ben Lavender for Liveset. Shot by Hunter Holder. Bottlerocket mics provided by Tyler Barth at Blue Mic. With special thanks to Wes, Jer, and Neyla, Hank and Brett (@thecajunboy).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Friday!

Roasted Beet, Pear, and Walnut Salad, by Jean Donofrio via In Season

It's finally the weekend- and I actually have part of my thesis written! It's a tiny, tiny piece, but it's still a bit, which feels very monumental. It's so nice to finally feel like I'm finally making concrete progress. I will be putting the books away for at least part of the weekend as I head up to Phoenix for some pre-wedding festivities (my mother's wonderful friends are throwing a bridal shower for me- how nice!). I hope you have some fun weekend plans. Per usual, I've gathered up a few links for you before I go:

A beautiful fall salad

Want to help put together Anthropologie's holiday displays?

The toll of war, in photos

Rain as art

This packaging tape is adorable

A modern beach house in Uruguay

DIY origami desk organizers

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Simple Supper: Guacamole Egg Cups

This is one of my favorite weeknight suppers- it's a super-simple vegetarian, gluten-free meal that's actually quite packed with protein and fiber. Plus it uses one of my favorite foods- Avocados!

Guacamole Egg Cups
serves two
2 medium avocados
1-2 tomatoes
juice from half a lime
Garlic powder
Chili powder
[optional] peppers of your choice
[optional] small purple onion
4 eggs
Sriracha or salsa of your choice

1. Dice the tomatoes into small cubes. (Do the same with any desired peppers and/or onion). Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the flesh, being careful to keep the outer rinds intact. 
2. Mash the avocados in a medium size bowl until only small chunks remain. Mix in the lime juice along with all the spices to taste. Add in the diced tomatoes (and onions and peppers). 
3. Scoop the avocado back into the rinds, dividing them evenly between the four rinds.
4. Poach the eggs. I'm pretty lazy and unsophisticated in my poaching technique, but this guide from Smitten Kitchen is great for anyone who's not so familiar with poaching.
5. Dry the poached eggs on a paper towel before placing one on top of each of your cups
6. Top each cup with Sriracha or salsa 

Eat and enjoy!

Photos and Recipe by Kara Haberstock

Short Film: The Worst Football Team in Britain

This short documentary, filmed for Britain's Channel Four, provides a glimpse of the Madron Football Club-- a team unceremoniously deemed "Britain's Worst." Though their record may be poor, the team's commitment and hope is quite charming, and this film beautifully captures the heart and passion of these footballers for their team and the game. 

A short documentary about Madron FC, one of the worst football teams in Britain- a title given to them after they suffered the biggest league defeat in history.

Part of a series of films made for Channel 4 by Somethin Else - http://www.somethinelse.com

Directed, filmed & edited by www.armourylondon.com

To view other films in the series please visit... http://www.playsuperme.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Inspired: Emma Leonard

about a girl

Emma Leonard is an illustrator based in Melbourne who draws ethereal and often melancholic pictures of lovely girls using a variety of mediums. I think I love her ink-and-watercolor illustrations best of all. There is something quite delicate and wistful about them. One almost expects a splash of color to whisper off the page on a slight breeze.
girl reading
a dream within a dream

All of these prints and illustrations and many more can be found in Emma Leonard's Etsy Shop
(She also has a lovely blog)

All images belong to Emma Leonard

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunflowers and Sunshine

The sun shines brightly this morning. The air, crisp and cool, imparts a slight chill and whispers that autumn has finally arrived. I gather my books and nudge the door shut behind me as I make my morning commute from my cozy apartment home to the campus coffeeshop affectionately known as my "office." A slight breeze ruffles the slender trees framed in the sunlight streaming through picture-glass windows. I sit with my coffee, open my book, search for my pencil, and get to work.

Days like these remind me to be thankful.

Fall is my favorite season. The creeping cold brings welcome respite from the summer's scorching heat, the plants spring back to life, and it becomes again possible to sleep with the windows cracked open, under a cool evening breeze. And for some reason, perhaps a telling mark of my American upbringing, fall seems to be a season of exceptional gratefulness. It offers a gentle reminder of the beauty of the city I call home, a chance to marvel at the wonder of changing trees, and the rediscovery of simple joys of hot drinks and curling up under a warm blanket. 

I finally caught up on my photo editing after weeks of being buried in other, more pressing tasks, and it was wonderful to stop, slow down, and remember some of the things I've seen and made in the past few months.

This morning I have a few photos of sunflowers to share-- the last remnants of summer that found their way to my table, a reminder to be grateful for passing beauty, a happy pop of color on a Monday morning. I am thankful for sunflowers and sunshine. And I now happily look forward to fall. 

All photos belong to Kara Haberstock, all rights reserved

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Song for Sunday: Feist

I stumbled across this beautifully haunting cover by Ben Gibbard and Feist of Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song" the other day, and I couldn't help but share it. It calls to mind the coming chilled nights and winter storms.

"Train Song" cover by Feist and Ben Gibbard from the album Dark Was The Night. The original was released as a single on Columbia in May of 1966 by Vashti Bunyan.

P.S. Another Feist duet

Duet of the Title Track, "Look At What The Light Did Now" from the documentary film about Feist and her collaborators. Directed by Anthony Seck. Produced by Jannie McInnes. Screenings in select cities. Check listentofeist.com/lawtldn for more details.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Weekend!

via IgniteLight

It's finally Friday! (Which means that tonight I get to take the night off!) I hope you have fun and restful weekend plans. I've got to keep working away on the thesis, but before I dive back into the books I have some links for you:

How to choose the right apple for almost any occasion

Real actors read Yelp reviews (this one's my favorite!)

Would you ride in a jacuzzi boat?

A bright, eclectic London flat

Thoughts on work and leisure

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Short Film: The Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats

This animated film is simple but wonderfully whimsical. I love the lots and lots of goats and (of course) the sleepy goat herder.

Winner of the Independent Animation Award 2012 at The Blue Plum Animation festival Tennessee and chosen by Vimeo for their 'Staff Picks'.
Inspired by my two year old niece who having seen a goat herder in Spain kept chanting 'lots and lots and lots of goats!'. The story follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain. 

Andy Cabic, lead singer of the band Vetiver http://vetiverse.com/ kindly gave me permission to use his track for the film which was fantastic.
There is no dialogue. The story is told using sound and movement.
I created this film during a break between animating on 'Peppa Pig' and 'Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom'.
I would love to make this in to an app for the iPAD as an interactive animated storybook for kids.
MUSIC: ‘Soft Glass’ written by Andrew Cabic, licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Ltd. and Bella Union Records http://vetiverse.com/
'Goat Herder' composed and performed by Tom Gisby
SOUND: JM Finch at Fonic Studios
See my interview with @inkygoodness here http://inkygoodness.com/blog/interviews/interview-will-rose/
See more work at http://wilbojonson.tumblr.com/

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to go find some goat cheese.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Zara Home

Oh, and I almost forgot! Zara's Home collection launched today in the U.S. You can now buy all of their lovely home goods online-- and many items aren't too terribly expensive. Here's a few of my favorites so far:

Check out this short film for the overall feel for their fall/winter 2012 collection:

music: "Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra

Inspired: Joy St. Claire

This weekend, I had the chance to spend a few days in Prescott, AZ, and it was beautiful. The weather was cool and crisp, the night skies were clear and bright, and the leaves were just beginning to turn gold and crimson. It was a wonderful taste of fall that we often miss out on down here in the desert; and I spent it with the lovely women of Moxie, which meant we had lots of fun.

Anyways, all of the lovely autumn weather reminded me of Joy St. Claire's gorgeous fine art photography. St. Claire captures all sorts of still life and vignettes of natural landscapes around upper Midwest. Her use of light in her work often conveys a sense of nostalgia and gives her photographs a soft, dreamy aura.

Autumn Mist
Was it all a dream?
Golden Sunset Bokeh
I awoke to fog
Vintage Apple
Beauty with age
I dreamt of the beach

All of these prints and more can be bought in Joy St. Claire's Etsy Shop
Check out more of her photography on her website.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Short Film: Luminarias

Luminarias documents the annual "Luminarias” festival in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. The visual composition and the use of audio in this film is absolutely beautiful-- Haines masterfully captures the sound and feel of this event.

Director: Tom Haines
Producer: Ilduara Lamas & Tom Haines
Exec Producer: Tamasin Glasson & James Studholme
Original Soundtrack: UNKLE
DOP: Steve Annis
Sound Recordist: Andy Paddon
Editor: Julian Eguiguren
Sound Design: Sven Taits
Colourist: Ben Rogers
Camera Assistant: Alvaro Gonzalez
Runner: Miguel Costa

Luminarias is a short visual documentary that mixes powerful images captured during the two day “Luminarias” fiesta in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, with a rich soundtrack comprised of an original UNKLE score, location sounds and a reading of the Rafael Alberti poem “Galope”.

Using grainy 16mm film, Luminarias portrays the drama, confusion and traditions of the event in a painterly way, while the multi-layered collage of sound design and music and text render the drama of the fiesta. The festival takes place every January and involves “cleansing” horses and their riders as they pass through burning pine brush. Horsemen and women of all ages from infants to octogenarians take part in the purification and despite the dramatic, sometimes scary images Haines has captured here, accentuated by slow-motion photography, there is an overwhelming sense of pride, respect and care that the villagers have towards their animals, as one rider said “Luminarias is something from another world, for me a horse is a King, I understand and love horses”.

Galope by Rafael Alberti  (poem and translation provided by Tom Haines)

Las tierras, las tierras, las tierras de España,
las grandes, las solas, desiertas llanuras.
Galopa, caballo cuatralbo,
jinete del pueblo,
al sol y a la luna.
¡A galopar, a galopar, hasta enterrarlos en el mar!
A corazón suenan, resuenan, resuenan
las tierras de España, en las herraduras.
Galopa, jinete del pueblo,
caballo cuatralbo,
caballo de espuma.
¡A galopar, a galopar, hasta enterrarlos en el mar!
Nadie, nadie, nadie, que enfrente no hay nadie;
que es nadie la muerte si va en tu montura.
Galopa, caballo cuatralbo,
jinete del pueblo,
que la tierra es tuya.
¡A galopar, a galopar, hasta enterrarlos en el mar!


Land, Land, Land of Spain,
The large, the lonely, the bleak plains,
Galloping, white-footed horse,
Cavalier of the people,
under the sun and the moon.
Galloping! Galloping until they are buried in the sea
As a heart it sounds, resounds, resounds
the land of Spain, in its horseshoes.
Galloping, cavalier of the people
white-footed horse,
Horse of the surf.
Galloping! galloping until they are buried in the the sea
Nobody, nobody, nobody, there is nobody ahead;
death is nobody if it rides on your saddle
Galloping, white-footed horse,
Cavalier of the people
the land is yours.
Galloping! galloping until they are buried in the the sea!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inspired: Vivian Maier

I'm back! Two papers, two exams, and one job application down, all in two days. It's quite nice to be done with the midterm rush. Today's post was so much fun for me to write- Vivian Maier is one of my favorite photographers. I could look at her photographs all day.

10 Sept 1955
Self Portrait
Vivian Maier is a fascinating figure.  Working for all her life as a nanny in New York and Chicago, she carried her camera with her everywhere, capturing scenes of everyday life.  Little is known about her personal life-- those who knew her describe her as a quiet, solitary person. Her negatives were only discovered by accident when the contents of one of her lockers were auctioned off; and her tremendous talent was only realized after her death. Since then, John Maloof, the Chicago real estate agent who discovered her work, has been curating and archiving her work, which has drawn international acclaim. 

1955,  New York, NY
Maloof described Vivian as giving a voice to the voiceless with her camera
2 Dec 1954, New York, NY
But Vivian's work captured all sorts of people, rich and poor
1953, New York, NY
Her photographs document everyday life in the post-war boom
22 Aug 1956, Chicago, IL
Both moments of rest
1957, Chicago, IL
And of work
Undated, Canada 
The young
1958, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
The old
Undated, Unknown
And beauty

All photographs by Vivian Maier