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My Five Favourite Things

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What’s better than having one favourite thing? Five Favourite things.

Actually I could have come up with a whole lot more when the gorgeous Malinda from My Brown Paper Packages asked me to guest post and provide her with my five favourite things, but I showed great restraint and stuck to the brief.

So I would love it if you popped on over to Malinda’s blog today and said hello to her – she is really lovely, and whilst you are there check out the five things I narrowed my list down to.

Head on over to My Brown Paper Packages here and happy Friday to you lovelies.

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Mango & Kiwi Crepe Cake

Weekend Rewind – The Flipping Book Week Edition

Kid’s Bedrooms Both Of You Will Love

Homemade Cinnamon & Apple Chips

The Upside of Hibernating

A Change of Environment

What’s The Story With Flipping Baby Sitters?

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6 world-class ads by the winner of D&AD’s President Award

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Read more about 6 world-class ads by the winner of D&AD’s President Award at CreativeBloq.com

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most respected and acclaimed art directors, Alexandra Taylor has gained an international reputation for her prolific award-winning work in advertising. With over 200 entries into the D&AD Annual, Alex was this year presented with the D&AD President’s Award. Here she takes a look back at six of her favourite campaigns from her illustrious career…

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hat of paper

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this week, the Documented Life Project challenged us to use numbers,

and it reminded me of a fun song my little dutch sweetie 

used to sing to our kids when they were younger.

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it’s a very popular counting song about a sweet little paper hat.

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the song doesn’t include a bear or a heart-balloon….

but, when you’re dealing with kids and paper hats,

a bear and a heart-balloon really are must-haves, don’t you think?  

 :))

here’s the rough translation:

one, two, three, four, 

hat of, hat of,

one, two, three, four,

hat of paper.


it’s a really cute little song and it sounds so much better in Dutch.

especially if it’s being sung by someone with a sweet little Dutch accent. xox

you can listen to it here!

supplies for the week thirty-four DLP challenge:

moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 lb. HP paper, pitt pens,

watercolor, washi tape, 5B graphite pencil, scrapbook paper

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Hair Salon by 90id, Taichung – Taiwan

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Art Museum Parkways of National Taiwan Modern of Fine Arts (NTMOFA) is the first non-smoking public area in Taiwan; nearby residents and stores fuse the serene ambience, environmental awareness and community force, create a “green corridor- LOHAS,” showcasing the aesthetics of leisure life and attracting the attentions of all islanders; and gradually becomes a trend in the artistic area.image

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Social Distortion’s Mike Ness Named Red Kap Ambassador

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Red Kap x Mike Ness — that’s an American dream team. Red Kap, the world’s largest automotive apparel manufacturer, has named Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness as a brand ambassador. Red Kap will feature Ness in upcoming advertising and marketing programs in addition to future product

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A Photographic Tour of Haruki Murakami’s Tokyo, Where Dream, Memory, and Reality Meet

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Last week saw me in line at one of Los Angeles’ most beloved bookstores, waiting for a signed copy of Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage upon its midnight release. The considerable hubbub around the book’s entry into English — to say nothing of its original appearance last year in Japanese, when it sold a much-discussed million copies in a single month — demonstrates, 35 years into the author’s career, the world’s unflagging appetite for Murakamiana. Just recently, we featured the artifacts of Murakami’s passion for jazz and a collection of his free short stories online, just as many others have got into the spirit by seeking out various illuminating inspirations of, locations in, and quotations from his work. The author of the blog Randomwire, known only as David, has done all three, and taken photographs to boot, in his grand three-part project of documenting Murakami’s Tokyo: the Tokyo of his beginnings, the Tokyo where he ran the jazz bars in which he began writing, and the Tokyo which has given his stories their otherworldly touch.

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Murakami’s “depictions of the loneliness and isolation of modern Japanese life ingratiated him with the country’s youth who often struggle to assert their individuality in the face of societal notions of conformity,” David writes, noting also that “such comparisons fail to do justice to his unique brand of surreal fantasy and urban realism which seamlessly blends together dream, memory and reality against the backdrop of everyday life in Japan.” Knowing the city of Tokyo as well as he knows the Murakami canon, David works his way from the Denny’s where “Mari, while minding her own business, is interrupted by an old acquaintance Takahashi in After Dark“; to Waseda University, alma mater of both Murakami himself and Norwegian Wood‘s protagonist Toru Watanabe; to both locations of Peter Cat, the jazz café and bar Murakami ran with his wife in the 1970s and early 80s; to Meiji Jingu stadium, where Murakami witnessed the home run that somehow convinced him he could write his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing; to DUG, another underground jazz bar visited by students like Toru Watanabe in the 1960s and still open today; to Metropolitan Expressway No. 3, from which 1Q84′s protagonist Aomame climbs down into a parallel reality.

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David also drops into spots that, if they don’t count as fully Murakamian, at least count as Murakamiesque, such as an “antique shop-cum-café” opposite the first site of Peter Cat: “Like a surreal plot twist in one of Murakami’s books the scene of me sitting there amongst the mounds of antique junk drinking tea from a porcelain cup was verging on the absurd. More than once I glanced outside the window just to check that the real world hadn’t left me behind.” If you find he missed any patch of Murakami’s Tokyo along the way, let him know; he has, he notes at the end of part three, almost enough for a part four — just as much of Colorless Tsukuru‘s follow-up has no doubt already cohered in Murakami’s imagination, that fruitful meeting place of the real and the absurd. Here are the links to the existing sections: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Related Content:

Haruki Murakami’s Passion for Jazz: Discover the Novelist’s Jazz Playlist, Jazz Essay & Jazz Bar

In Search of Haruki Murakami, Japan’s Great Postmodernist Novelist

Haruki Murakami Translates The Great Gatsby, the Novel That Influenced Him Most

Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture and writes essays on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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