Monday, October 31, 2011

self portrait on the record player

sitting in my newly situated office, enjoying emerson's company and Let Me Go spinning around. I thought I would share some things I found in recent days that I like.

look at kiki's work here. It's beautiful!!!
pretty ceramic light from lightexture.
robin pecknold photo by spencer bray.
map blanket by

Friday, October 21, 2011

i crush you




feather dresses

McQ by Alexander McQueen dress

McQ by Alexander McQueen dress (see more feather print dresses)

Alexander McQueen from here.

from here.

from here.

from here.

in reference to style-for-style's post...

feather dresses! mine is from tibi.

here's one in brown:

from here.

diy ottoman

I'm in the process of making my own ottoman, following someone else's step-by-step guide. This was a good one here. Mine is a round table. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get those buttons to stay down, aka tufted. I have the giant needle and fishing wire, but it's not staying taut. hmm

photos soon.

dinner before breakfast

(sorry for my bad photos, i misplaced my camera!)

I'm making maple tempeh with sprouted sunflower and olive bread from avalon, for sammy's. but in the meantime, I thought i would start soaking some garbanzo beans for something later and i found this recipe that cracked me up:

I’ll admit right up front, I’m not sure I’m going to do this one again. Sure, these garbanzos are better than canned. But 12-hours-of-lead-time better? I’m not sure about that.

Maybe I’ll try some in soup. Hmm … time to go look up some recipes …

Oops, sorry, drifted off for a second there. So anyway,

(this is the best part)
if you don’t mind starting on dinner before you’ve had breakfast, (ha! so true!) here’s how to do it.

If you grew up seeing chick peas on the salad bar, yes, we’re talking about the same thing. Well, probably. There are actually several related varieties of beans: Garbanzos (Spanish), Ceci (Italy), Chiche (France), Chana / Bengal Gram (India). See Clove Garden for pictures and descriptions of the difference. The ones I’m using here are the Kabul type.

If you’ve soaked beans before, you don’t have to actually measure things. But since this was my first time, I decided to follow the guidelines. So, one cup of beans.

to read the rest, go here:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

hello baby.

is it a coincidence that I found this card today after being kinda obsessed with this song right now?

Monday, October 10, 2011

pickled things

more things in vinegar:

8-10 small pickling cucumbers (about 3pounds/1.5kg)
2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar
2 cups (500 mL) water
2 tablespoons (25 mL) pickling salt
4 heads fresh dill or 4 teaspoons dill seeds (20 mL)
4 small cloves garlic

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did you say two thousand?

i went to an estate sale for this bookshelf, as i dreamt all week about installing it into my dining room, but it was $2000. yikes. George Nelson piping bookshelves are usually pricy, but I was hoping it wasn't actually Nelson. The arco and mushroom lamp were gone. Someone was there at 4:30am waiting for that $150 mushroom lamp.

instead, I got two $5 planters:

paint me

I found a few of these cute chairs in my neighbors trash. I am waiting to get some sandpaper to smooth out all the paint layers, and then this baby is getting a new coat. I liked these chairs I saw on Craigslist, so I'm going for this look.

Monday, October 3, 2011

pickled beets

*don't forget to save the beet juice to add to your vinegar and honey. super easy and yummy treat.
I'll probably try this slight variation next time, with s&p, cider vinegar and mustard.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

the shell collector

i made this shadowbox for my mom, labeling each shell with their scientific names. i think i want to make one for myself too!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


is that how you would spell white ees? anyway, i found all these plastic farm animals at Rust Belt, a craft fair this weekend and selectively took out all the white ones that i could afford. i like them so.

Monday, September 19, 2011

lil' project

i bought these little dishes from ikea with the intention of painting them gold inside, but the martha stewart paint didn't work out so well. Here's the project I was inspired by.

but then, as you see, it was looking horrible, so i resorted to old stand by: krylon!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

bday wishes

ok, a lot are just wishes really. so don't get all crazy and "what are you thinking" on me.


flash diffuser


ooh parfummm

McQ by Alexander McQueen dress

McQ by Alexander McQueen dress (see more empire waistline dresses) remember when this dress by Alexander McQueen was $200 instead of $630??

i really want this capelet from anthropologie. but i think they are gone now. boo.

want, but too much. $80. :(

chemix w filters


Saturday, September 17, 2011

la dolce vita baby

a friend and i went to a party of (mostly Sports) photographers held by one of the best people ever! (Thanks Leon!) and in the lil' window just outside in the courtyard was this lil' sweet 5mo. old bebe. i was petting her for ages when i noticed the people on the other side of the window mouthing the words, "TAAKE HERR HOOME!" I went inside and the family sitting at the table heard that she was dropped off this morning there, about 7mi and Woodward, in Detroit, and she needed a home. So, without any second thoughts I took her home to my parents who live kind of close by.

When we returned, everyone clapped and were very happy that we had rescued her. :) She is still with my parents, and I think everyone is falling in love w her. She purrs the second you pick her up and just flops into your arms.

my mom wants to call her Bella, or something Italian to remember where we found her.

Friday, August 26, 2011

our annual up north camping adventures in Honor and Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI.

and if you care to watch a snippet of their leap off the wall, watch this lil' video. It may take a few minutes to load.
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