roy g biv
he looked down
from the wet clouds tonight


What does your nest look like?

[I posted about this article when it first came out, but my students were discussing that *big* question...what is architecture? Well, it's a big question in architecture school...probably not so much outside of the architectural world. But animal and insect architecture came up and got me thinking about these fascinating little structures...]

What does your nest look like?

Mine is filled at the moment with pillows, and half-made cards, and books, and scribbled-on lecture notes, a broken over door, a chin-up bar I can barely hang from, my (five-toed!) running shoes, and the sound of early-fall-Gilmore-Girls on the dvd player. And did I mentioned the books?? [I am not a minimalist, in case you did not pick up on that…]

This nest of a rare bee is made of flower petals and holds a single egg.

Take a look at this little bees' nests. Or incubators, I guess. Wombs. Aren’t our nests wombs of sorts though, housing us as we grow?

Multiple flower-lined nests of the O. avoseta bee are nestled in the ground.

(Image, fascinating article – from NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126556246)


note to self

i've got to stop writing cryptic notes to myself in the half-asleep haze of my mid-night-perambulations. i am left wondering...
...what does "Bb shower 2" mean?
[ok that must have been some sort of reminder about my friend's baby shower this past weekend. everyone seems to be having babies these days.] [orrrr...it was a hint about something i remembered in the middle of the night about the "baseball shower" in the spring training facility renovation i am working on...]
and how about...
..."coloring/remembering dwg"?
whatever this is, i think i could turn it in to something poetic...
sweet dreams.


August Giveaway!!

From Etsy Team FEST:

Lily Inspired Dragonfly Hug Ring
Our FEST Blog Giveaway for August is a sensational Lily Inspired Dragonfly Hug Ring by Mad Scientist's Designs. Mad uses beautiful antique copper to fashion her whimsical jewelry masterpieces.

Side View of Ring
Her creative and lifelike representations are fanciful and exotic and this wonderful Dragonfly Ring is no exception. It conforms to your finger, is adjustable and comfortable with wings that hug your finger and a tail with a fanciful curl. HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win by visiting Mad at Mad Scientist's Designs or any of the FEST Team members listed in the Member Section of the Team FEST Blog. Find your favorite item, share it with us and tell us why you love it. Remember to add your email address so we can contact you if you are the Winner! Winner picked on 9/05/11. Simple and Easy! This is open to Everyone, the more the merrier!
Vacuum Tube Necklace with Hand Woven Filigree
Mad loves designing jewelry to match steam punk and goth fashion and also is committed to rescuing cats and giving them a good home. She initially started selling on Etsy to help pay for their food and care and this charitable endeavor has blossomed into her wonderful Etsy Shop with so many fabulous offerings such as the Vacuum Tube Necklace pictured above.


eat your fruits and vegetables

[carrots grown by my sister, avocados from my parents' yard, mangoes from a coworkers neighborhood. the rest i think all came from fruitville grove...]