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Today is a gift: Quote source

Categories: Uncategorized
May 31, 2010
Today is a gift quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

Today is a gift. Art by me, quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

My goodness that Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman ahead of her time.  I suspect that if she was born into this time, she would have a shot at the Presidency.

More quotes by Mrs. Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ”

“Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: “No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

And more quotes here

Link-Love Friday: More Eco-links

Categories: Earth-Love,LinkLove
May 28, 2010

One of my favorite commercials ever for Discovery Channel by design agency 72andSunny

I love the whole world.  Thankfully, so do these people:

  • Planet Green: Not only did Discovery Channel create that awesome commercial about loving the whole world, they also have a great site about preserving it.  Planet Green is a little ‘corporate sponsor-ish’ but it has tonnes of really good tips and information about living responsibly green.
  • SetPower: A free downloadable application that allows you to set up an enhanced power management schedule for your computer based on how you use it in everyday life.  Windows has power management settings, but SetPower gives you more control and flexibility, which means you are more likely to use it…which means you are more likely to save around $10 per month in energy costs.  Source: Jeff.  Thanks Jeff!
  • Easily Upgrade to a Dual Flush Toilet for only $20 (or so) with instructions courtesy of the cuties at Young House Love.
  • Green Depot: I will be doing a full post on this soon to list some of the products that I would like to buy if only they shipped to Canada, but they don’t yet, booo.  So this link is for my U.S based friends.  An online super-store of really, actually, not just ‘green-washing’ eco-friendly products for the home.  All at decent prices, and all with full disclosure on how they are made and what they are made of.  Awesome!    Source: Young House Love.
  • The Tesla Motors Model S is our five year dream car (ok, maybe 10).  Completely electric, you could conceivable charge it with Wind or Solar power.   The roadster is already out, the Model S sedan will be out in 2012.  Sweet!  Source: My husband.

And here I thought a lego kitchen island was a silly idea.

Categories: House & Home,Neat-Oh! Thursday
May 27, 2010
Lego House

Lego House

James May (the guys from car show Top Gear), apparantly a way bigger Lego afficionado than my husband, used 816 million pieces of Lego to build this house in the countryside.  Sadly, it was demolished just weeks after construction.  The upside is that all 816 million Lego pieces have been donated to charity.

More on the project here.

Found via Penguin Creative.

One decorating idea that I won’t let my husband talk me into…

Categories: About Me,Family
May 27, 2010

Dear hubby, we are not putting a lego work-island in our kitchen…sorry.

Lego Island Kitchen Island from Dwell
Lego Kitchen Island from Dwell Magazine

Not that he has tried, but Scott loves lego an awful lot considering he is in his…er, mid to late thirties…so I wouldn’t be suprised if he tried to lego-ize at least one piece of furniture in our ‘future hypothetical dream-house’.

This is pretty cute, but my goodness, considering the cost of lego these days, the price per square foot would be astronomical!

Found via poppytalk, see her fun lego round up here.

 


 

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  ~Chili Davis

 

I saw your heart awaiting, set apart from all the rest

Categories: Uncategorized
May 25, 2010
Hearts in a row

Bleeding Hearts -- Canon Digital Rebel xT

Changes are a-comin’

Categories: Getting Started
May 20, 2010
Tori Walker Open Book - New design preview

New design preview. Header and top navigation

I’ve been hard at work on a new design for this site.  The current design is lovely but not exactly representative of me.  The new design, on the way, is getting closer to how I see myself in blog form.  The closer it comes to being finished, the happier I get with all it’s wonderful newness.

I am really excited to reveal the finished product, so excited that I had to give you guys a preview.  And trust me, I have been far removed from web design for so long, that it’s been a hard fought battle to get this far.  I’m in the coding phase right now, and I’m actually getting the hang of php, but it was so different from my vb and javascript background that I felt like I was in kindergarden most of the time.

The spiffy new version will include:

  • Separate sections and sub-categories for different topics that  I enjoy writing about, such as House and Home, Inspiration, Community, etc.
  • Hand drawn graphics by me (Woo, I love my new graphics tablet!  More on that later)
  • Easy to follow navigation
  • Lot’s of white space so that content and photos get all the attention.
  • And much, much more…

The only scary part is that once I’m finished this, I’ll actually have to get back to writing, ha!  Please do let me know what you think so far.

Today is a Gift

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
May 19, 2010
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift...That's why it's called the present.

Art by me...Quote by _________

This is my favorite quote from the movie Kung Fu Panda (yes, the children’s animated movie starring Jack Black.)  Can you guess who the origional source of the quote is?  No cheating!

A new member of the family

Categories: About Me,Family
May 17, 2010
Newest member of the family

Newest member of the family - taken by Scott with a Canon Digital Rebel xT

You were born from a very brave mother into the arms of a gentle father.  Let me tell you my little niece, you picked the perfect parents to raise you.  They will give you every opportunity, and the gift of unconditional love.  If your sister and brother are any example, they create really great kids.

You were born the day after your brother’s birthday, so chances are he will think of you as his little gift.  He will protect you…if the size of his feet are any indication, he’s going to be a big strong guy, I am positive that no one will mess with you.  And, if your sister is anything like her mom was with me, she will guide you, teach you, and boss you, like a third parent would.  Be nice to her now, because you will need her for advice on fashion, friends, and boys in the future.

As for your extended family (me included), we are all amazed by how calm you are. You barely peep as you are passed around to your devoted fans.  Around you we talk, we laugh, we play with your brother and sister, and all the while you sleep peacefully.  I have taken to calling you ‘Zen Baby’ because you look like a little Buddha.  Your uncle Scott is moony over you.

Welcome to the family Little Quinn, already you have so many people who love you.

LinkLove Friday: Refashioning Pillowcases

Categories: Crafts,LinkLove
May 14, 2010
Pillowcase Apron Betz White

The 10 minute pillowcase apron by Betz White (Click photo to go to tutorial)

Did you know that there are actually 4 R’s to helping the environment? Yes, there is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and…Refashion!

Refashion is just a combination of Reuse and Recycle…tweaking an unwanted/unused item to create a wanted/useful item = less feed for the landfill = happy conscience.

There are so many Refashion gurus on the internet, it’s hard to name just a few. But, here are some great tutorials, specifically on making things out of old pillowcases, that you might like if you are crafterly inclined :)

Your finished look will vary greatly depending on the style of old pillowcases you have lying around.  For one thing, I don’t have many brightly flowered pillow cases in my linen closet, most of my old pillowcases are grey-white with drool stains (yes, I drool in my sleep, TMI).   Maybe I should check out the local thrift store or get out the dye or fabric paint.

Simon’s Cat

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
May 12, 2010

Bwahahaha…I love this cat!

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Hi, I'm Tori, and welcome to my open book. I'm a freelance writer and web designer. This site is my scratch pad for thoughts and ideas, experiences and inspiration. Go ahead, eavesdrop on my life a little bit, you know you want to...