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Little Bits for a Monday

Little Bits for a Monday

July 11th, 2011

My dears, this morning I have a stunner for you from Warpaint. This new video was directed by Ted Newsome and creates a Technicolor parallel universe, underwater. The four women of Warpaint — Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa — step into alter egos and gather for an Alice in Wonderland style tea party. The magical underwater world is so enthralling, you’d never guess it’s just a public pool in Echo Park. See how you think it compares to the last Warpaint video featured on Little Bits.

Image and video via Warpaint

As the summer months progress, my thoughts turn towards flats of fresh berries. Preferably stretching out like a multicolored carpet across my counter-top. One of my favorite U-pick blueberry farms recently closed, so I have been perusing the incredibly useful site (though packaged in a woefully dated design), Pick Your Own. It allows a fairly comprehensive search by region in in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and a few other countries. And it’s not just berries or fruit. Consult the crop calendar to see what’s in season and available in your area. Do you have a favorite farm?

Summer also means watermelon to me. We’ve breezed through three in the past week, aided by the arrival (at long last) of the sun here in Seattle. If happiness has a taste it is cold watermelon whose juice must be slurped from sun-warmed wrists. I wouldn’t mind testing out this recipe from Sugar and Charm for watermelon mojito popsicles, and seeing how they contend. I mean watermelon mojito! Watermelon. Mojito. Yes.

Image via Sugar and Charm

For these summer months, one cannot have enough books at hand beside the couch, lawn chair, hammock, or beach towel. I must offer my huge thanks to Joanna for pointing out the genius site, What Should I Read Next. Just type in a the title or author of a book you’ve enjoyed and it will return a long list of tomes other like-minded readers have loved.

And what would summer be without hikes and camping? Though it’d be more than a summer adventure, we’ve been scheming for years of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I recently found this video, which documents a similarly epic journey: six months along 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The video reinterprets the journey into five minutes of stop-motion beauty.

Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.

Have a lovely week!

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