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Element Clay Studio: See through her eyes maybe?

March 31, 2011

Randomly came across Heather Knight’s Element Clay Studio on Etsy today. And then, because I was so impressed upon, I immediately proceeded to Google her and found her website and blog.

I love how her creations are so organic feeling. Like they are alive. Just makes me want to reach into the computer screen and touch them. Really, do these even look like hard objects?

Best of all, I perused the latest entries on her blog and she’s the real deal. She just recently had the opportunity to fly to NYC to be on television and long story short, she remained determined to be herself and not be told what beauty is or is not. That kind of spirit is really inspiring and makes any artist worth following.

~Light

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Teach every child about food.

March 28, 2011

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize Wish: Teach every child about food.

As most of you know by now, Light Waters is pretty passionate about real food. Preservative free, addititive free, corn syrup free, real food. If there are children or teens under the age of 21 in your life, I encourage you to watch this. But more importantly, get them to watch it.

And then make the necessary changes. Let’s help our children have a healthy future by nourishing them. For real.

~ Light

Budget Baker?

February 10, 2011

We’ve been on strict budget lockdown over here at the Light household. It’s been amazing that my baking skills have resurfaced! I’m a fairly good baker. But I wouldn’t call myself a “baker”. I don’t dream of scones and trifles and tarts. (You hear what I’m saying, right?)

However, this week, I have baked more consistently than I have in years. I made an awesome batch of double chocolate caramel chip almond cookies. I made yummy rosemary black pepper biscuits. I’m also hunting down a new banana loaf recipe!

And the dinners I’ve been making have been getting better and better. (Cajun Jambalaya, anyone?) The old phrase “Necessity is mother of invention” is really ringing true. Who knew our budget would be so inspiring?

~Light

PS. Pardon the bad iPhone quality pic…

The Girl Effect

December 8, 2010

This is a little bit of “old news” dating back to September – but I think it’s a big deal. The Girl Effect is about inspiring change. It’s about making a difference through awareness. Have a look.

Ladies & Gentlemen… The Girl Effect.

What are you thinking? I’m thinking we can all do something.

~Light

(Image screen shot from The Girl Effect)

Dancing through the Dark

December 6, 2010

“Hope and despair are not opposites. They are cut from the very same cloth, made from the very same material, shaped from the very same circumstances.  Most of all, every life finds itself forced to choose one from the other, one day at a time, one circumstance after another.  The only difference between the two is that despair shapes an attitude of mind; hope creates a quality of soul.

Despair colors the way we look at things, makes us suspicious of the future, makes us negative about the present.  Hope, on the other hand, takes life on its own terms, knows that whatever happens God lives in it, and expects that, whatever its twists and turns, it will ultimately yield its good to those who live it well.

When tragedy strikes, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads beween hope and despair, torn and hurting. Despair cements us in the present; hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see.  Despair says that there is no place to go but here.  Hope says that God is waiting for us someplace else.  Begin again.”

[Taken from a letter to Renee Loux on her blog Dated March 1, 2010. PS. Renee is amazing!]

Things that Inspire | Functional Design

December 3, 2010

Christmas shopping isn’t something I do with great fervor.
However, good things have happened to me along the way.
For example, I’ve had the great fortune to be introduced to the artisan side of the “One Of A Kind Show” and have been getting free admission for some years with a vendor pass from a friend. Wandering around the show with this pass (hung about the neck!) usually is a gateway to sympathizing with the long days, dull food and dry air the artists deal with at the show.  But it also usually opens up conversations that you normally don’t have with the creators who are sitting inside for 10 days straight (not to mention, some wheeling and dealing).  That’s a fun part of going for me.  Really meeting these people.
Also, the kind of digging I like to do for Christmas shopping means I’ll go into stores I wouldn’t go into for myself and a discovery of some great stuff.  Like this Toronto design company, imm Living.
So, my discovery of the day, courteous of imm Living:
Little Helper Juicer!!!
Good thing my birthday is in February…
~Waters

(Photo Via imm Living)

Dressing Up Dinner

November 27, 2010

I mentioned earlier this week that J-Snap and I have just settled into new digs.  These new digs involve a lovely large common space we use as our living room-dining room combo.  This involves me pining for places to put things on display.

I’ve been pipe dreaming about this beautiful hutch (as I know it, on the website it’s called “Apothecary Display Cabinet”) all week.  So I thought I’d share it.  This is something worth tucking my tips away for until it comes into fruition.

Emily & I always have agreed that it’s better to save fastidiously for something fabulous rather than settling for something sub-par to your desires.  Thankfully, J-Snap feels the same so we don’t have to rush out to purchase things we will just want to replace down the road.

In the meanwhile, a good friend has donated a beautiful dining room table to my cause and my house is definitely becoming a home.  One small project at a time!

~Waters

(Photo via Restoration Hardware)