The house is quiet today…well, except for Foxygen and The Clash playing in the background. This room was filled with a collection of my most favorite people on the planet one Sunday morning this summer. It was the morning after the concert and it was perfect. I got thinking how life sits empty until you do something with it. Until you fill it up. Then, you have to keep it up. It’s pretty simple if you look at it that way. Hope you’re all having a great day! Gonna leave ya with one of my favorite new songs for this introspective sorta day! :)
I was a Moonpool before I became a Pixie! Some of you know about my 90s glory band Moonpools and Caterpillars. I was lucky enough to make a bit of a living doing something I absolutely loved with some of the people I adore most in this world! lucky so much that we called our Elektra records debut Lucky Dumpling. After so many years we are back doing a SOLD OUT reunion benefit concert in Los Angeles this weekend. The buzz has been FAB and the excitement is tops!! Click HERE to read a fresh interview article about Moonpools and Caterpillars. Fun stuff! So happy to be apart of it!!
Anyone else on a juice kick? My best mix is apples, cucumber, celery, lemon, spinach, parsley and ginger. Just a little summer lovin! k.
Got some good juice combos?? Please share!
Some friends brought over Finding Joe. A film about finding what you love to do and then doing it. A hero’s journey. My favorite part and it rang so true, is that out of adversity and seemingly hard times come your greatest adventures! I thought at the end about my life. This blog sums up so much of what I really love and treasure in this life and provides a place to let it shine and I build new relationships as a bonus! Just doing what I do here has inspired me to tackle other projects, some of which have sat on my list for a long time. The thing that holds us back is pretty simple. It’s ACTION! I’m learning to take it!
Watch this movie. It might speak right to you! Have a great day!! kimi.
Click HERE for more about the hero’s journey and Finding Joe
Pure eye candy today! Maybe that explains the big smiles! I got a new map. HAWAII. It’s actually super old and I’ve stored it for a while but it’s up! A baseball card I can’t seem to part with and some other fun things. Enjoy this color spectacular!
It ends with a pic of my new love…Vintage Tamac pottery in Frosty Pine.
Ever noticed how you can not hear a word your whole life and then once you do, you hear it over and over? That’s how I feel about Ethiopia. It’s all around me right now and I’m loving it! I remember hearing about the Ethiopian famine in the early 80s. Sorry to say, aside from a few jokes making their way around the junior high, I didn’t even know much about that. Since I’ve read a bit about it I can’t believe it was anything to laugh at. I shared a deeelish vegetarian meal with good friends at an Ethiopian place in Berkeley a few years ago but still didn’t give it another thought. Well, now it’s become that word. The one that’s on heavy rotation in my world.
I started reading Dr. Gudata Hinika’s book Healer’s Light and I’m fascinated. To know that some doctors are so passionate about what they do is a treat to see and Dr. Hinika sit’s in the front row of that group. I’m working on the tshirt design for the Moonpools and Caterpillars reunion show in July. All proceeds are going to Dr. Hinika’s dream organization, Ethiopia Health Aid. It’s a group of medical volunteers that perform reconstructive surgeries on people that have had accidents or were born with disfigurements. The group has also started a school in one of the villages. As I sketched out the logo idea, I thought about how I’ve become a bit of a magnet for all things Ethiopia. I’ve become passionate about people I don’t know in a place I’ve never seen. I’m lucky to be going with them this fall. I can’t wait for the adventure. They’re so excited to be bringing 4 ambulances with them this time. They’re calling it a miracle, actually. A dream come true! I can’t wait to experience that joy when these gifts are unveiled and the possibility of being rescued from a traffic accident or maybe a fire become a reality for some of these people. I hear they are humble, happy and full of life!
Then there is this cute little chunk of Ethiopian love. It was hard for me not to bite her! My friends adopted her this year from an Ethiopian orphange. She was found in a rubbish pile. When nobody claimed her as their own, she was turned over to an orphanage. She looks a little uneasy in the pic, probably cuz I kept talking about biting her. She’s like candy! I couldn’t get enough…she is soooo cute!!! Look at that face and those little hands! She actually laughed at me and we danced like crazy. She is happy and totally loved by her new parents, a couple of the coolest people I know!
Ethiopia is just one place on the map. I wonder what will be next…
More California Pixie:
I like orange in small but strong doses. It all started with circus peanuts. Do you know what those are? My pops would bring them home as a treat. They’re marshmallow-ish peanut shaped yuck that I scarfed up as a kid. Anyway. I love seeing how people mix stuff with color and make it all work. Here’s a little orange glow walk through my place. Happy summer!
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Look at this wedding!!! It looked like a Free People catalog photo shoot! So simple and well done. That’s my 1970 Airstream. She’s a beauty!! I even have her stalked with vintage dishes. I’ll have to show you more of her sometime but today all focus is on this awesome wedding! I wish I had more pix. My job was to take pictures of peeps at the photo booth. Between that and my social butterfly thing I forgot to take more snaps of the decor. The food was served in pie plates and was BBQ galore. Mac n cheese, loads of fruit, pies, S’mores. The bride is one of my favorite people and I was stoked to be a part of her best day!
“Will you go get me some Bokchoy out of the garden?” Seemed simple enough but left most of my people frozen in the tracks of that request too many times. Even my friends that cook would just stand there looking at all those plants and go blank. Instead of making my loved ones out to be veggie idiots , I made garden stakes so they could painlessly go pick what I need in record time! Isn’t that how most great ideas are born?? Out of sheer necessity?? (Haa…speaking of idiot…I just spelled necessity so bad 3 times in a row, even the auto correct couldn’t read it!)
The garden stakes were an easy afternoon project. I scored some wood scraps leftover from a neighbors new fence. Glued and nailed them in a T shape. Hit em each with a coat of spray paint and did the labeling with one of those awesome Japanese Posca paint pens. These were outside in the garden for 2 years and they’ve held up great! I planted a couple new varieties this year so I just sprayed over the old stakes and wrote in the new plant name. Done!
Posca pens come in a rainbow of great colors and sizes. We use them mainly to paint designs on surfboards. They are super permanent. They’re also great to paint shoes and hats and whatever.
Some of you know I was in a band called Moonpools and Caterpillars somewhere in the 90s. The guys are still my closest friends, actually I’m married to one. My friend T is married to the drummer and has heard us talk about possibly playing another show over and over and over til finally, after 15 years, she decided to put a stop to it and make it happen. It’s not just any old show, though. She tricked us into it by attaching one of her favorite mantras, ”Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Ghandi. All proceeds from the event go to Ethiopia Health Aid. They are volunteers doing some great things in the villages of Ethiopia. (read about them HERE) . Some of us are going to Africa with the group this fall. I didn’t want you to miss out on seeing the video trailer created just for the event. It gives me chills and a big smile every time I see it. There are so many kind people in the world doing things you don’t even know exist. Hope this inspires you to go BE THE CHANGE in your own way!
Sundays written and performed by Moonpools and Caterpillars.
Just for fun, here’s our 8×10 glossy promo picture from the glory days.
I dreamed there was a room in my house with all my old toys in it. I actually woke up thinking there was a room in this house I hadn’t noticed yet. It was so real! I logged hours galore with this Fisher Price schoolhouse as a kid. It definitely helped raise me! I was ever fascinated by how curvy the school teacher is. Trim yet voluptuous, beautiful, bright and completely in charge without ever saying a word! TOTAL woman!
Anyone remember the Fisher Price barn? I always wanted the airport…LOVE the little round suitcases. :)
I spent the first hour in amazement at what people were and weren’t wearing. Like they took the 2 ugliest things they own and put them together to make one stunning festival fashion statement. I guess I’m content in my little vintage wear beach bubble cuz I’d never seen anything like it! I’ve since learned festival fashion clothing tips are in all the mags and online. I could have walked in looking just like the other 50,ooo girls there. DUH…sometimes I am so dumb!!!!!!
Hearing Johnny Marr perform How Soon is Now by the Smiths was a Coachella highlight! I’ve seen Morrissey do it but to hear Johnny work those strings took my breath away! Total serious!! I’d waited 2 years to see Phoenix. We managed to easily work our way to the very front!!! It was AWESOME!!!! There were so many bands I wanted to see that some played at the same time. Like Hot Chip and Grizzly Bear, LaRue and Vampire Weekend, Postal Service and Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix and New Order and Sigur Ros. A triple tempter! See what I’m sayin?? I had to do some serious thinking and make a few tough life choices. Still coming to terms with some of them! Coachella is crazy!! 90,000 people there each weekend but the place doesn’t feel like it. Garlic crab fries, rasta veggie steak wraps,falafel, mocha chip icecream, Taiwanese Bao and gallons of water!
It did leave me with a serious bug to make music again. I watched that guy from Stone Roses exert the lowest amount of energy possible and still rock it so hard. Sometimes I think it’s too late for me but after seeing bands both older and brand new play for thousands this weekend…I am inspired!!! The food was fab and my crew was tops, I can’t wait for next year!! I already have my outfit ready…Fanny pack and all!!!
Here’s a little phone cam sample.
Our excuse to go to Coachella this year was my kids 16th birthday! He is happy, look at the face on that boy! Me, Gugut and Jay have done the music thing for years! Logged loads of concerts and toured the US with our band. That’s what makes music such a treasure, it bonds like no other!
The X X. WOW!!! They are sooo good!
Some of that festival fashion I was talking about. There were so many cool things I wish I had pix of. My fave was a man with the most beautiful darkest brown skin wearing a huge Indian head dress and I think only a fanny pack. Now you’re wishin I took more photos, huh?? It was fun!!!
This giant snailed roamed the grounds and left a bubbly snail trail. It’s always on the move so as we tried to get our pic we ran into this babe posing for her glamour shot.
Here it is at Of Monsters and Men, who , by the way, got me totally excited for the Bjork show in a couple months with their Icelandic-ness!!
I have to show off my Coachella crew cuz they were perfect! Laughs galore!!
After LaRue I ran over to get one last dance out of Vampire Weekend. Feeling nostalgic.
I have this thing about stuff. It has to be organized and it has to look great! I strongly believe once you’ve figured out what you like you should stick with it in all things! A theme for life! Or for the time being, anyway! No plastic bins and boxes here. Most people love em cuz you can see in and they stack so neatly. I love the thought but I just can’t do it. I tried. I really did but I’ve reverted back to old ways. Well…organized old ways. So, check out my bright ideas for organizing sewing and craft. You might see something you like!
These vintage jelly jars have been with me for years. They were a dollar each at the YWCA thrift shop in Glendale California. Perfect for buttons sorted in rainbow order.
Behind closed doors organization works best for me. Open shelves are often too cluttery the way I pile stuff in. So mostly craft items and anything else that’s not eye candy gets shut in.
I love my chotchky. Try to keep it to a minimum and have dedicated nick nack areas only. This pink shelf is one such area!
Love vintage fabric. Even better if it’s out where you can enjoy the craziness of all the patterns. This cabinet with glass doors is perfect. Keeps beauty in and dust out!
Crazy for vintage tins. Perfect for sewing notions. Ok, I know they aren’t see through and totally stackable and stuff but you’ll get through it….promise!
There it is! My tiny little workroom in technicolor! Have at it!