Weekend Round Up: Coachella Edition

By |April 17th, 2013|travel, weekend round up|

Coachella sunset ferris wheel

Music, friends, sunshine, dancing… it’s pretty hard not to love Coachella- and this year was no exception. I took a half day off work on Friday and drove out to La Quinta where my friend Lo has a house just a few miles from the Empire Polo Field (aka Coachella land). There were 8 of us this year, some of us seasoned vets, and some first-timers. It was so fun to catch up with everybody.  Most days we hung out by the pool in the morning and left around 330 for the festival. As much as I would love be there at 11am every day, 13 hours in the heat is just too much for my old bones!



The music was (obviously) awesome. Everyone always asks what my favorite band was- and that’s just an unfair question! Part of the allure of Coachella is that you see such a variety of music genres and that makes it hard to compare. So no, I won’t pick a favorite, but here are some highlights:

Throwbacks: Jurassic 5,  Postal Service, and Wu Tang (pictured below)


Dance Beats: Major Lazer, Kill the Noise (pictured below) and Pretty Lights


Alt/Indie The Lumineers, Passion Pit, and James Blake

There were a lot of other sets I enjoyed but unlike in previous years, no single performance blew me away above and beyond the others.  What did blow me away was the wind. Sunday a huge windstorm came in and the temperature suddenly dropped from the 90’s to the low 50’s and sand and dust filled the air. It was gross! I didn’t bring a sweater (rookie move, I know) and had to buy one there. Steve was sweet enough to wait in the long store line with me, surrounded by other shivering girls also ready to drop $50 on an ugly hoodie to survive the chill. Whatever- totally worth it! We drove home late Sunday night and let me tell you Monday was rough! But I made it to work on time and with the help of multiple starbucks trips made it through the day.


Bravo Coachella, bravo.

love and candy,



52 Projects: Audio Wave Form Art

By |March 7th, 2013|52 Projects, Art, crafts, DIY, Us, VIP|

Steve is quite the audio buff and has been getting really into producing music of late. He is always fiddling around with audio equipment covered with knobs and switches, making cool sounds.  This past weekend he was working on said sounds and I was crafting, playing around with buttons on a black canvas. I was looking at the cool wave forms from his music and got the idea to use the designs to make some art. I had Steve record himself saying the word “love” and took a screen shot of the wave form of his voice- pictured below.
Love Audio wave form art

I traced the waveform from my computer screen onto a piece of paper. Printing is a more accurate/aesthetically pleasing way to do this  but I was inpatient and didn’t want to use up my dwindling black ink- so good old paper and pencil won out.

Wave Form Trace

Clearly I wasn’t going for accuracy, just an idea of the outline that I could use as a guide to laying out the buttons. Then it was just a matter of placing all of the buttons in the pattern and in an order I liked and gluing them on. It proved challenging to be accurate on the tight curves because I had a small canvas and relatively large buttons to work with. Even though it’s far from a perfect replica, I love the way it turned out, and think it’s special to be able to see the sound of love.

Love Wave Form Button Art

 love and candy,