Day Trip: Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens


New water feature and drought friendly plants




California native plants


John Audoban’s Birds of America


Interesting story on Jack London’s book “Sea Wolf”


John Muir’s “The Yosemite”


It was a beautiful day!




Goddess Olivia


Illuminated Puck- interesting this one. See how the light just hits this marble so? Only a short period of day does this piece become illuminated this way. Caught it at the perfect time!

Art Cosplay Expo 2015

ace cosplay temecula

3rd Annual Japanese Traditional and Pop Culture Event here in beautiful Temecula, California

Together, Art Cosplay Expo and The Temecula Sister City Association  present a two day event celebrating Japanese traditional and pop-culture September 11 – 12, 2015 at the Old Town Temecula Civic Center, Town Square Park and Civic Quad. This is Art Cosplay Expo’s (ACE) third year and event organizers are excited about the fusion of partnering with the Temecula Sister City Association to add the traditional Japanese cultural component to this years event. Temecula City Council Member Maryann Edwards states “We are pleased  that the Temecula Sister City Association and ACE have partnered to bring an exciting event for our youth and young at heart that will promote cultural and artistic exchanges in Temecula”.

On day one of the event, organizers will conduct an Obon Ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 on Friday September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The brief remembrance ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the City Hall fountain. New this year, a Masquerade Cosplay Ball will be held at the Temecula Civic Center. This is an exciting evening of dancing and entertainment provided by featured guest cosplayers and other VIP activities. There are limited tickets available to the VIP Masquerade ball. The VIP Two-Day tickets include admittance to the Saturday All-Day event on September 12 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

On day two, event activities will fill the Civic Center, Chambers, Halls,  Town Square and Main Stage in the Civic Quad.  The majority of the Pop-Culture activities will take place indoors. This years Pop-Culture entertainment and panel line up feature world’s best-selling author of How-To-Draw books Christopher Hart, award winning writer, producer and director Kirk Kushin, graphic novel author Xinophin, vocaloid performer Yukie Dong, Temecula’s resident Improv Troup Pseudo Random Noise (PRN), Block Party Gaming, and more! This years event has many returning vendors including Tokyo Lifestyles, Anime Coast, Manga Mania and So-Cal Games and Comics to name a few.

The Japanese traditional entertainment and demonstrations throughout the festival will include Bun Raku Puppet Show, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Kendama Tournament (Kenama 951), a martial arts and Iaido swordsmanship demonstrations and Japanese food, crafts and activities (Greenwood Aikido). Cultural displays will showcase the cultural exchanges that have taken place between the City of Temecula and sister city Daisen in Japan.

A highlight of the ACE Japanese Festival and new this year is the inaugural crowning of Miss Cherry Blossom Temecula. The title holders will represent the Temecula Sister City Association as cultural ambassadors.

VIP Two-day admission tickets are $35.00 (Limited availability). The One-day admission tickets for SATURDAY ONLY is $20.00 there is a discounted ticket of $12.00 for attendees 12 and under.   For more information on the event and TICKETS, visit or

Series: 5 on the radar

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Uka oils hydrate parched nails and ragged cuticles. They can also be used as perfume and even lip balm.

Okuhoshima "Bunny" Island in Japan. photo c/o fromicetospice

Okuhoshima “Bunny” Island in Japan. photo c/o frommicetospice

Lush Hanami Scrub: to die for scent of lavender, rose, ylang ylang and sweet orange oil

Lush Hanami Scrub: to die for scent of lavender, rose, ylang ylang and sweet orange oil

Sakae art- incredible!

Sakae art- incredible!


Blythe dolls dressed in kimono (image from Junie Moon)

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Skincare Inspired By Geisha Beauty Rituals

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sublime space c/o Decoist

Series: 5 On The Radar

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furoshiki c/o

obsessed 8 yo ho brewing craft beer

The most clever beer can designs by Yo Ho Brewing

obsessed 9 hotel okura tokyo

Hotel Okura Tokyo: Beautiful Japanese hotel and design landmark

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Kokedama: hanging gardens c/o Design Sponge

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Naka Los Angeles: Discovered after watching the Netflix show Chef’s Table. New take on kaiseki art


Craft: Kawaii flower planter


After cleaning with soap, I just cut the top off



Next, I draw the design



Prime and Paint







Add “kawaii” features

Kawaii planter

After visiting the nursery, we added our flowers

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Kitty planter gets some wild, spiky grass

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Little bear and pig

kawaii planter 3

All three done!

This was a fun craft! The best part was getting to reuse something I would normally just toss in the recycle bin. We used old Silk Almond Milk and Horizon Half and Half half gallon cartons (water tight, no leaking). First, I cut off the tops and washed out with soap and set aside to let dry.

Next, we primed them using Premium Gesso Canvas Primer. It absorbs well to accept oil and acrylic colors, pastels, charcoal, pencil, and crayon. You can use it on a wide variety of surfaces besides just canvas. This acrylic Gesso primer is non-toxic as well. I would highly recommend using a primer. If you don’t, your paint may not stick to the material. We used two thin coats of primer before painting.

After the paint was dry we took a trip to our local Armstrong Nursery and picked out some colorful flowers and wild, spiky grass. You could also fill the planters with potting soil and plant seeds (wheat grass or catnip) or herbs.