Starbucks… their logo is green (perfect for upcoming St. Patrick’s day!) -AND- more importantly the company is GREEN, as in Eco focused!
As a true born-and-raised Washingtonian, I <3 my local coffee company. They have always brought out the best in so many ways but their latest store opening in south Seattle made out of recycled shipping containers is quite simply BRILLIANT! And a good GREEN focus here on the eve of St. Patrick’s day and everyday for those of us that choose the color Eco-Green all the time!
Just check out their brilliant architecture…
and how could you beat that this store is fully transferable to another spot? Yep, they just have to break it down, ship it up and reposition it on another spot for true multi-use-functionality!
Thanks Starbucks! For taking our GREEN agenda here in the PNW and expanding it with your vision yet again! There are other coffee houses, coffee companies and coffee choices… but as long as you keep leading this environmentally conscious direction, I am eternally your follower!
The making of a good story sometimes takes many forms… journals, diaries, post-it notes, even google documents. For me, my stories are art.
Even more direct… FOUND ART.
(A Beautiful Existence, my personal storybook)
My stories take some time to put together. I collect bits of ephemera and fabrics and every 2-4 years find myself “redefining” myself, my personal style, my dedications and goals into a storybook of sorts; taking all those found bits of inspiration and taping, glueing, copying, coloring and sketching them into who I am or want to become. A life’s work of sorts.
(pages from my personal storybook)
Once I’ve acquired quite a bit of ephemera I will categorize them into “areas of interest”. If it’s a personal story, then I will take items I want to buy, hairstyles I want, ideas for things to explore and learn, etc. and group them into sections of my book. I will often color-code these sections (like if you were putting together a presentation for a meeting) and sometimes even put tabs on the sections. I usually use slip-covers for each page and bind them in a three-ring but won’t go so far as to create an index. The complexities need to stop somewhere for goodness sake!
When they have been grouped that is where the creative side starts to emerge. I look at the blank paper and jigsaw the pieces into a miss-match of information on that topic often highlighting and making random notes about objects along the way. I’ve found that I like to circle and emphasize things with exclamation points and underlines, but this is where the real YOU comes out. Design it however you want. Feng-shui the book to your liking, because you are creating your own story here.
When my books are complete (which can take months depending on my inspiration and the coming-together of the visual and informational pieces) I will keep them in plain sight as a sort of “reference” document. Often turning to them before I go shopping or start creating my latest Amazon.com list. Whatever form these storybooks take in your life just appreciate the fact that you’ve created something one-of-a-kind, truly original about who you are in a mixture of words, paper and creativity. When you look back it will help remind you of the different inspirations and periods of your life, page by page.