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Thursday
Aug222013

animal rescue: tesla

Nicknames: Tesla Rose is named for Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor/physicist best know for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system—and the very cool Tesla Coil which emits high voltage electric discharges that create a pretty good light show.

Tesla’s middle name, Rose, comes from the movie Titanic. There’s a scene where Rose poses naked for Jack on a couch. Early on we realized Tess loved lying on her back for a good tummy rub—and her favorite place for it is on our red velvet couch. She sometimes even brings one of her front paws up over her head, similar to Kate Winslet’s pose!

Before she was famous: Tess is a 3 year old beagle/Australian shepherd mix. She was adopted in October 2011 from a P.A.W.S. shelter in Tinley Park. We don’t know much about her past, but just days before she was adopted, the P.A.W.S. staff found Tesla at a kill shelter in Indiana. She was a bit beat up with a split tongue and crooked jaw, and she had just had a litter of puppies. They brought her across the border to Illinois, where they were able to find her a loving home.

Talent Show: Tesla has lots of energy and loves to play with everyone. She likes nothing better than meeting new people—she gets so excited when someone new opens the door that she spins in circles and jumps up and down until they flip her on her back and give her a good scratch.

Tesla’s best friend is another beagle mix named Darwin. Tesla chases Darwin around and around the yard as fast as she can—and when Darwin finally lets her catch him, they wrestle for hours.

Favorite Snacks: Her favorite treats are peanut butter, deer hooves and fresh bones from her grandpa the hunter.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…approximately 4 million pet dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to overpopulation.
…25% of pet dogs euthanized in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Friday
Jul122013

how it's made: bleached linen panels

1. In a spray bottle, dilute bleach with water—about 2 parts bleach plus 1 part water.
Hint: we used two types of bottles, with two types of sprayers, for variations in the effect.

2. The process gets messy so put down some plastic to protect the floor—either a tarp or trash bags.

3. Hang each french-belgian linen panel as wrinkle free and taut as possible and be careful to not double up the fabric when hanging it since the bleach will seep through and affect the second layer.
Hint: we used clothespins to add weight.

Remember: the bleaching action breaks down particles—in this case the color molecules thereby removing the color—so take this into consideration going forward.

4. To maintain as straight a transition as possible, mark both left/right sides of the panel where you want the gradation to start/end—then start spraying the bleach mixture at the very bottom of the curtain.
Hint: since the bottom will be completely bleached out, use this space to practice the desired look of the final gradation—so you have the technique mastered by the time you get there.

5. Moving from side to side, spray the panel with the mixture going up a bit each pass. When the marked height is near, start spraying more gently. For best results, wait between spays to make sure it’s creating the desired gradation.

6. After the panel has been fully processed, make sure the bottom isn’t blotchy—spraying multiple times may be necessary to get it as white as possible.
Hint: edges of the panels are stitched with a polyester thread which will not be affected by the bleach and will retain their original color. Also, once the color has been bleached out, don’t be surprised if the fabric is a bit more off-white than white-white.

7. Let air dry to stop the bleaching action.

8. To further stop the bleaching action—which could eventually break down the fabric’s fibers—rinse the bleached area with cool water in a large sink or tub.

9. Launder panels per their care instructions, then hang!

Note:
As with any DIY, results will vary so—at your own risk—please proceed with caution.

Monday
Jul082013

'the honest life' by jessica alba book signing event

What: Meet Jessica Alba
When: Tuesday, July 9, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Where: CB2 Santa Monica

With the goal of creating the safest, healthiest environment for her family—in The Honest Life, Jessia Alba shares her personal discoveries, tips and strategies for living naturally.

It’s a treasure trove of opportunities to experience healthy living stylishly. RSVP here.

Friday
Jul052013

animal rescue: bruna

photo by: Bridget Gotz Photography Nicknames: Bruna Mae, B-Dizzle, Bru-Dog, Bruey, B and Softykins—because her fur is bunny soft.

Before she was famous: Bruna was adopted 5 years ago by two volunteers at C.A.R.E.—Community Animal Rescue Effort—who rescued her in Evanston, IL.

It wasn’t easy to convince Ben that another cat would be a good idea—Bruna lives with brother Otto and sisters Kafelnikov and Ueli—but how can you resist those big yellow-green eyes?

Favorite snack: Chicken flavored Temptations®… served after hunting the feather wand toy.

Favorite hangout: Under the covers.

Talent show: Bruna has taught us a lot about patience and is a great addition to our rescue family.

Thursday
Jul042013

independence day, 2013

photo by: aa7aeHave a safe and very happy 4th of July!