Screaming Through Winter

A slideshow/stop-motion film composed of 4,906 photographs.

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The Carmadillo

Story by Kristine Tofte for The Austin Chronicle

"His body was sculpted by hammer and hand, his mean little face crafted with love. Built from the ground up by his two dads, C.J. Anderson and Avi Hartman, and mom, Kate Bower, the Carmadillo was then taught, or rigged, to shoot flames out of its eyes while going 30 mph. A short ride around the block garners stares of awe; some even bow.

Bower is from Southern California and Anderson from upstate New York. The two met at Burning Man in 2001 and got married there two years later. They moved to Austin in 2004 and now call it home. They wanted to show their newfound Texas pride, and with help from their friend Avi, the Carmadillo was born, a mini metal art car that comfortably seats two.

Carmadillo construction began earlier this year (2008), with a goal set to have it debut at this year’s Burning Man. We sat down with Carmadillo and family after their return from the festival in September.”

Read the interview with the creators HERE.

Fun Fact:

"Carmy" also won a "Best of Austin" award in 2008 for "Best New Little Armored Ride" - a blurb about that can be found HERE, along with some of the other winners.

Lake Austin
Photo by Unknown

Lake Austin

Photo by Unknown

Lake Travis
Photo by Unknown

Lake Travis

Photo by Unknown

Spirit Lake House by James D. LaRue Architecture

James D. LaRue Architecture designed the Spirit Lake house in Austin, Texas.

From the architects:

"An Austin couple purchased a stunning, sloped, acre and a half lot with tons of trees and vowed to have a house designed to save every last one of them. They hired an architect with a knack for designing homes with a soft contemporary flare and an equal desire to let the lot design the house and ended up with these spectacular results.

The home is a 2 story, upside down house with an office and balcony overlooking the tennis court on a third floor. The family consists of 5 kids ranging from ages 5 to 12 and two adults. They wanted spaces that they could all work and play in together without having to participate in the same activities. The Game Room boasts a perfect view of the tennis court and the outdoor living below gives a view of the pool. Both of these rooms have doors that can be thrown open completely to make them a part of the outside.

The stone on the house is a local limestone that is mixed periodically with a fossil stone. This feature is found on the interior of the house as well. The house has very little art on its walls because of the wonderful natural stone and wood features placed through out each room.

The house has a wonderful livability and flow to it within its nearly 9,000 square foot spaces. It was made to function well for this large family with details such as a low refrigerator drawer at kid height in the island for snacks. It was also made to be aesthetically pleasing with its numerous windows and repeated horizontal line details. The house has a bit of a tree house feel to it from the formal spaces.

When designing the home, the architect and owner both agreed they are fans of Frank Lloyd Wright house “Falling Water”, and though there are no features of the house that are borrowed from this great design, it does share some common themes and feeling.”

As seen on KarmaTrendz

Photo by James Langford

Photo by James Langford

Zilker Zen Garden
Photo by White Hot Phoenix Photography

Zilker Zen Garden

Photo by White Hot Phoenix Photography

Zilker Botanical Gardens
Photo by Jim Nix

Zilker Botanical Gardens

Photo by Jim Nix

Photo by Cameron Russell

Photo by Cameron Russell

This is a day late but that’s okay, it’s still amusing.
"Bouquets of beer" for Valentine’s Day (as seen at HEB)

This is a day late but that’s okay, it’s still amusing.

"Bouquets of beer" for Valentine’s Day (as seen at HEB)

NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY