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User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 22, 2018 5:13 PM (UTC)
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User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 21, 2018 8:31 PM (UTC)

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Some of my latest little pieces. I’m currently working on an organic looking vase. Can’t wait to glaze it. I’m excited to start selling these soon. #ceramics #handbuilt #thatglazetho
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:50 PM (UTC)
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Brrrrrr...I know I’ve been saying #springiscoming but clearly #winterhasreturned ❄️ Well, “winter” for us wimpy coastal Californians! #babyitscoldoutside #backyardblooms
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 20, 2018 8:43 PM (UTC)

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Have you ever had a kumquat? They’re like mini oranges that you eat like grapes—skin and all. They’re called Kinkan in Japanese, and deliciously tart and sweet at the same time. If you can’t get past eating the rind, you can slice them up, put them in a jar with a simple syrup, which makes the rind less noticeable. They’re super yummy over yogurt, plus they’re full of fiber & vitamin C!!
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#kumquat #kinkan #citrusseason
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 19, 2018 5:38 PM (UTC)
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User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 18, 2018 3:43 PM (UTC)
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User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 17, 2018 4:03 PM (UTC)
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Food on a stick when you’re traversing through mountain post towns makes the perfect snack. Food on a stick is pretty great even when you’re in your own kitchen. Yakitori, grilled squid, and satay with peanut sauce—yum. This sticky rice treat on a stick is Gohei Mochi from the Kiso Valley. It’s made with regular Japanese white rice, not the sticky rice used for regular mochi. The rice is pounded until it’s sticky, and then grilled over an open flame with either a miso, soy or sesame paste. #delish #goheimochi #foodonastick #kisovalley #nakasendo
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 15, 2018 5:22 PM (UTC)

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When you get a text from your friend from the hospital saying she’s headed into major emergency surgery, it shakes you up. That and news of a mass school shooting you didn’t know about because you weren’t checking your phone all day. 😳 Life is precious. Our time here is limited. Makes you think about how you want to spend it.
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 14, 2018 5:48 PM (UTC)
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It’s definitely a pink flower day today! 🌸 🌺
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#happyvalentines #peachblossoms #bloomingbranches
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 13, 2018 6:44 PM (UTC)
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User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 11, 2018 7:19 PM (UTC)

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Mom’s birthday weekend = succulents and siphon coffee.
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 11, 2018 4:27 PM (UTC)
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Hit up Succulent Gardens in Castroville yesterday and I was well impressed! This place is ah-may-zing! It’s over 3 acres large, has over 400 varieties of succulents, some of which are space creature-like and rare, so you have to see them in person. They also have classes and events! @succulentgardens
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 10, 2018 9:13 PM (UTC)
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There’s a new post on my site on my recent trip to the Kiso Valley and walking the Nakasendō trail. Find the link in my profile.🌸 #chrysanthemum #kisovalley #nakasendo #中山道
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 10, 2018 3:56 PM (UTC)
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Blooming branches are here! It’s way too early for cherry blossoms (although these are likely pear blossoms, and it’s still too early for them), 🌸 but if the weather is saying it’s summer in February, and I were a branch blossom, I’d be blooming too. #globalwarmingisreal
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 9, 2018 10:12 PM (UTC)
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Dungeness is the best. 🦀 in cioppino at The Old Clam House in San Francisco, opened in 1861—the same year Lincoln was inaugurated. Their cioppino is pretty tasty.
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#oldskoolSF #sf #cioppino #dungeness
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 9, 2018 1:22 AM (UTC)
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I see an atlas in your eyes...
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 8, 2018 1:18 AM (UTC)
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be you. whoever that is. your purest truth. be a blinding anomaly.
~nayyirah waheed
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#kisovalley #nayyirahwaheed #beyou
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 5, 2018 5:04 PM (UTC)
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More flowers blooming in the backyard! 🤩 Feels like spring. #daffodils
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 4, 2018 7:12 PM (UTC)

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Just finished listening to Beth Kirby of @local_milk and Sara Tasker of @me_and_orla on the #HashtagAuthentic podcast. I love the real talk on this podcast about the joys and challenges of running a creative business and I credit Beth with teaching me how to use my camera! It was a fun and helpful listen, ladies.
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The podcast reminded me of how far I’ve come with my photography, and that there’s still a lot I’d like to learn. #perpetualstudent The first photo shown here is the first one I took in manual mode 😳 at Beth’s #localmilkretreats retreat in Kurokawa, Japan in 2015! There are more from that retreat, and a few from another on in Surrey, England in 2016. I love these photos—they show how much I’m still growing and learning—but I bet if I were to shoot these today, I would approach and edit them differently. It’s fun to see the evolution of creativity and how I see things differently now.
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Thanks for sharing your experiences and the inspiration, Beth and Sara.
User Image aikodesigns Posted: Feb 4, 2018 4:46 PM (UTC)
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where
you are.
is not
who
you are.
~nayyirah waheed
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I’ve been thinking about failure lately, as some things I thought would work out haven’t, and this has sort of jolted me. I shouldn’t call this failure, though. These are route markers, directional guideposts, leading me forward. What could have been, won’t be, and I’d much rather spend my time on what is, getting excited about what’s coming, cuz without a doubt there will be more, and I’m looking forward to that.
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#bigsur #centralcoast #californiacoast #lookingforward