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How can we make Trump’s Wall a good thing for America

How can we make Trump's Wall a good thing for America

So last night I was thinking about this post I saw on FB by Don Freeman:


We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don’t make the world a better place. Everything that’s ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, viagra canada engineers, generic viagra scientist, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose lover over hate.” Don Freeman

And then I got to thinking “What are some of the ideas that Trump has that people object too”, and how could we create something that could be a win vs bad. And how could we get more people behind the idea and make it a great idea.  So my wheels starting turning and briefly a photo I saw somewhere went through my head of a pink wall described as what Trump’s wall might look like.


And I thought no that’s lame.  What if this wall, could have all sorts of “GOOD” packed into and people would want it built.

What if the wall was large,

sort of imagine The Great Wall of China.


But a modern version of it.



And What if the wall was built from “good things” liked recycled plastic that they pulled out of the ocean like this product below by ByFusion from New Zealand.



Here is a video on the product.

And what if the top of the wall has a Solar Road way on the surface, like this idea by Solar Roadways:


Where the surface of the road looked like this.


Or this, heck Solar Roads already has a contract with US DOT in place.


And what if this solar road on Trump’s wall did things like this:


And in areas where bridges are needed what if the wall looked something like this:


And generated wind energy.


We could take this wall even further, what if the sides of the recycled plastic bricks are clad in Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles like this:


How much energy do you think this wall could generate?  Maybe it would be 100% LEED Certified?


And last but not least what if this wall had two more components, such as providing low income housing or housing for homeless within the wall, maybe something like this:


And last but not least what if we built Trump’s wall by putting all the unemployed millennials that love tech and can’t find jobs, to work creating this wall of the future that maybe we should rename Trump’s Smartwall.


Put America back to work.


And so in closing, I side with Senator Elizabeth Warren, “Let’s put aside our differences and work with Trump on this task.”

And let’s build things that we can all get behind and create a lot of good..






Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Inspiration

Recently I escaped off island and went to Southern California to visit my son,which meant I had a chance to visit a few of my favorite shops. IMG_5550

Loved these Kokeshi Ornaments I spotted at Solo,in Solana Beach



More treasures and wonderful display at Solo.





Love the disk garland at Solo,by Jennifer Price.


I thought these Wax Sachets were interesting and beautiful.



A fun Cigar box type display.IMG_5557


Some fabulous looking soaps by Finchberry that look edible. IMG_5561

I love the base of this ceramic cake stand with the colorful mushrooms.


Retro glass ornament with such fabulous colors.


Anthropologie’s Winter Gingerbread like display of course is wonderful.


And I love the VW Bus in the window too.


And ginger bread looking star snowflakes, love the peak a boo view and the colors used.


This is a note to myself to make Dish towels.

How to create patterns for Fabric Design

How to create patterns for Fabric Design

I have been dabbling in Textile Design and Fashion Design,a> here are some of the things I have been trying.

I started with a watercolor painting that I did on our trip to Bali this past summer of a Protea or Sugarbush Flower. Here is a photo of the painting.  Then I scanned in the artwork and created a design with text to be repeated as the fabric design.  Also shown below is a photo of the design printed as fabric. These designs are for sale on Spoonflower: I have quite a few more designs in the works,  I just haven’t made time to get to them up online yet. If you haven’t been over to Spoonflower, click on over there and give it a looksy.  My brain goes into hyperdrive with all the possibilities I start thinking about.





Click the photo below to watch a video on my design process.

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Below is an example of a tunic design I have been working on.  I designed the fabric and the sewing pattern, then had the items printed on fabric using the spoonflower site.  This was just a trial, a work in progress.  Since I created the sewing pattern as well, I did have a couple kinks I had to work through.  Which I have now.  Now I just need to print the final design again and sew it together.

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Here is a photo of the work in progress on me.  Once I get this design finalized and complete I will post another update.


Here is a video that explains the repeat design process.

An Online Skillshare Class by Julia Rothman



Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Hideaway-Leather-classSome of my favorite maker friends Dean & Madeira Semple of Godspeed Leather and Hideaway Leather Supplies are offering classes on tooling leather at their studio | store in San Diego. They are hosting their first workshop Nov 14th from 12-4pm at their space at 7854 Convoy Court, San Diego 92111. Come make a personalized flask for yourself or somebody on your Xmas list. This is a great entry level leather working class. They’ll cover working with tooling leather, tickets for the class here:  I bet I can convince my leather duo friends to come here to the Big Island and teach their skills while they are here.  Comment below if you’re interested.

Cool New Store in LA – H.D. Buttercup

Cool New Store in LA - H.D. Buttercup

Coastal Modern Living

Coastal Modern Living

My girlfriend recently purchased a new house. I put together some fun Coastal Modern Inspiration Images for her house. She is less than a mile from the beach, generic cialis pharmacy and her bungalow has some retro flair and great character. I think many of you Southern Californian’s might enjoy these images as well.

Pattern Junkie Love

Pattern Junkie Love

I was screen shopping over at Pip last night and found this fabulous book with an incredible pattern on the cover.
Check out their site if you haven’t in a while. It is wonderbar.

Filigree Spheres

Filigree Spheres

These sphere lights from Terrain are wonderful. They have a Moroccan flair to them. They are created by hand hammering the brass shapes and then silver plating them. I think these would look fabulous in some of our southern California Retail spaces don’t you?

Hot Rod Garage Studio Spaces

Hot Rod Garage Studio Spaces

I am studying cool studios and garage spaces. And I love the photography of Dirk Behlau. This Hot rod garage he photographed is amazing. Want to see the entire set. Click here.

Clean Bathroom Design

Clean Bathroom Design

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viagra usa discount sans-serif; font-size: 13px;”>Came across this beautiful bathroom image this morning and wanted to share it. I have been redesigning our master bath, so when we have the funds to execute it we are ready. I really like these sinks. Do you think the sinks really have no plumbing under neath visible? Maybe it is hidden behind the shelf. Love the tile on the wall too. Go to DWR for more info.

My Dream House | Alicia Hanson

feature_266_516cb8ce831d7_Myers_West-LA-House_610x392Well, discount cialis some of you will find it to be no surprise that my dream house resembles a garage. Barton Myers is an amazing architect in Los Angeles. His firm designs projects from residences to large urban developments. My favorite house is his own house that was a working experiment to address his taste and the environment where the residence is located, specifically fire danger. The home is located in Toro Canyon,  Montecito California. The house is comprised of 4 pavilions. To preserve against wildfire danger the pavilion roofs are comprised of recirculation pools that double as reflecting pools at this terrace home. The home also has steel roll up doors that enable to house to be completely shut if a fire does come through.

He has since built another similar house in Santa Barbara. I want to build something similar someday with large roll up glass garage doors.



I want to build another shed-outbuilding on our lot. We have a lil metal tool shed that is taking up a fine cement slab that would certainly love one of these buildings on it. The top shed is certainly my favorite. I can’t get enough of garage doors. In fact, sildenafil my favorite house is pretty much entirely garage doors. I will have to blog about that next.

I have a thing for corrugated metal, not sure if it is because it is shiny and silver or what, but I am drawn to it like a moth to light. My front counter in my old sign shop had it. The bottom shed is from the site Reclaimed Space. They will be at this years Dwell on Design Show in LA June 25-27. Check it out. Did you see the cool outdoor furniture in the las picture. Love it…

Love this shot.

fashion - umbrella and swim cap

My Grandma used to wear flower swim caps like this, viagra generic seek I recall hers was blue and white. I love the umbrella and colors..

Event Planning & Children’s Birthday Parties in San Diego County & Orange County

Event Planning & Children's Birthday Parties in San Diego County & Orange County

Did you know that Hi Octane Design does event planning in Oceanside, sildenafil diagnosis San Clemente, Encinitas, Carlsbad and surrounding areas? We have a team of creative, crafty girls who know how to create a magical themed event on a affordable budget.

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We are a resourceful group of girls that will create an amazing, memorable event that doesn’t empty your purse. Our team creates custom parties around your budget. We re-use and recycle where appropriate and have a network of vendors in place to help coordinate every detail. Check out our web site and portfolio for more info. Are you on facebook? Become a fan of our team here.

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