Masterpiece Classic – Emma

Since joining Netflix, my husband and I have been enjoying the abundance that is Blu-ray, Instant Play and Monarch of the Glen. We both have our own queue’s set up that almost on a daily basis supply us with new movies. I was really thinking, “How would I want, need or desire anything else out of life” when Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo posted about a new series on Masterpiece Classic, Emma. My mother has been raving about Masterpiece Classic for what I can recall most of my life.

Even as close as yesterday I can hear her musing to me,

“Danielle, you really need to check out Masterpiece Theater. Does this Netflix have such things?” Well it was a close enough quote to what she did say really.

( *hold that thought while I reprimand my very muddy dog for using my legs as his personal scratching post! )

My mother has always had a keen sense for, well just about anything. From design to, music and even movies. I felt foolish to snob her off for so long, especially after seeing Joanna’s post about Emma. I am very much enjoy Romola Garai whom I feel in love with in Amazing Grace and whom I am also pleased to announce plays the part of Emma. I am looking forward to putting my Netflix queue on hold for a bit while I catch up on this beauty.

If you missed out don’t worry, you can watch them online.

28th, 2010 / Danielle

iPad – incase you missed it.


Apple announced today the arrival of the new iPad ( well if you want to call it new.. Really to sum it up it’s a larger scaled version of the already well known iPod touch or iPhone. ) I was curious to see what exactly this iPad was going to do and how well it was going to do this. I am not by any means a Apple Snob, even though between my husband and I we own a fair amount of their products, but sadly I don’t think the iPad will be added to our list. I’m not sure what the user case is around this techy new gadget. But I do know it doesn’t include myself. Below are some of the features of this handy little toy.

Size and weight

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model


  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

TV and Video

  • Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Composite A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Input and Output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speakers
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)


I’d be interested in seeing what someone in my shoes has to say after using it for awhile. Personally I’ll stick to my laptop for now, or unless I get 1k that I just need to burn. :)

27th, 2010 / Danielle

Twitter for the Mid-Century + dee adams

Love twitter? Love Mid-Century design? Pretty sure Dee Adams has JUST the thing for you! She has designed some beautiful full color blank cards ( postcards, gift cards or framed art ) just for you.

Make sure to check out her Etsy store that has a handful of other products you may be into as well.

Happy tweeting!

{ images dee adams

25th, 2010 / Danielle /

Weekly Wrap Up + i. klee

This week a lot did and didn’t happen for me. I officially registered my business which means I am now “in the system” so to speak and one step closer to making my dream of 3+ years come true. Merry Poet has been something I have dreamed of since moving here to Utah after graduating from Art School and I want to emphasize how much it means to me. I have some very ambitions goals to reach this year all while holding down a full-time design job, freelance work, a house and everything else that adds up in life. At times, yes I feel overwhelmed but I am going to face all the good and bad with the hope that I come out of this alive. ( laughs )

Alt Summit SLC was also going down this week that for to many reasons I was unable to attend. I’m kicking myself over it and I’m already planning for next years event that I will not miss. I do hope, however that anyone who was able to attend enjoyed themselves enormously and I will be seeing you all next year!

To end my week I am going to express my complete glee over i. klee and her FABULOUS new key chains that just hit her etsy shop. I am always on the look out for a new key chain and since finding this one, I’m pretty sure I’m back on the hunt again. Thanks i. klee for bringing me a smile this week.

{ images i.klee

22nd, 2010 / Danielle /

“That” milk box.

When I was growing up milk cartons for lunch was a thing of the past. We were the age of “stick your straw in this plastic bag looking square that looks like it should be holding some sort of iv liquid”. It was all about saving “something”. At the time I had no idea what we were trying to save, and why beloved chocolate milk just didn’t look or taste the same. I was then officially off milk.

Honestly up until a few days ago I didn’t think anything of it. I’m not in school, don’t have kids in school and still don’t really like milk. But after finding this little delight I’m thinking I need to take that “hobby” back up again. Of course I love all things glass and this would be a perfect addition to my dining room table. There is some reassurance in finding milk back in a bottle or in this case it’s mini carton. I’m excited to have found and hopefully own a few of theses treats. ( $14.95 each )

{ Glass Milk Pint

20th, 2010 / Danielle / /

Urban User Design { Copenhagen

While opening my email this morning at work I was eagerly greeted with a happy little note from one of my co-workers. She bluntly stated that it would be in my or our ( as she had sent it out to our whole team ) interest to look at the link she had attached. Now, this co-worker has never lead me astray before so of course I would follow her instructions and click on this said link. Boy am I glad I did.

Anytime someone designs something with a “user” in mind it completely captivates me. User interface design is one of my favorite types of design. Understanding human behavior and interaction within the constraints it lives in. Props to the City for caring enough to take the time to help the local bikers have it a bit easier each day.

I like when people help other people with design.

{ Images: Copenhagenize

19th, 2010 / Danielle /


Halloween has to be one of my favorite times of year, hands down. I love all of the movement and energy around this time of year. The creative costumes, the fabulous house decor and of course the handfuls of candy. Instantly this made me think of one choice item I have had my eye on for awhile, Dreamlets. I get this overwhelming desire to just hug and carry these little creatures around with me everywhere I go. You know, I’d be that person walking down an isle in the grocery store having one of theses little darling poping out of my purse. One of those kinds of people.

So on a gloomy sick day here in Utah these little Dreamlets ( as well as my adorable other monster finds ) have brought a smile to my face.

{ Dreamlets

{ Paperfingers

{ Garnet Hill

18th, 2010 / Danielle /

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

To all he was, is and continues to be.. I express my gratitude for what he stood for and the sacrifices he made in order for our country and many peoples lives to become better.

Thank you.

18th, 2010 / Danielle

English Country Style in Australia

I am a sucker for most things “cottage”. My dream would be to live just like Iris in The Holiday which if you haven’t seen, I would highly recommend. As always Hans Zimmer music score is breath-taking making this movie easily one of my top ten movies. But as for the cottage, Iris’s cottage is quaint and small. A special place where living looks easy and non complicated.

Hooked on Houses featured a wonderful post on Fig Tree Cottage that brings two of my dream places together into one. “English Country in Australia”. As luck were to have it this place is for rent for all of your holiday getaways and I can honestly say I am not sure if Id ever get the chance to take them up on this offer. But it will have to be enough just knowing that places like this exist.