Monday, January 31, 2011

Put a bird on it!

I'm loving IFC's new comedy series Portlandia. Especially this video poking fun of crafters that get a little carried away creating items with birds. The series also pokes fun of hipsters, organic eating, fixed geared bikes, and how Portland is the place where young people go to retire. Below are some Portlandia inspired crafts from wonderful world of Etsy.

Bird Pillow by Classic by Nature
Glasses Print by Nan Lawson
Oregon Print by Two Sarahs

Bike Glassware by Vital
Portland Bingo Print by Bishopart

Saturday, January 29, 2011


"For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you wanna be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. ”

-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button via kiss these stars

image by Oh My Cavalier

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Encaustics at Fulton Hill Studio

I had a wonderful time working on some encaustic paintings in Lynda Ray's studio at the historic Fulton Hill School. Her studio was packed full of inspiration and contained lots of circular textures for me to experiment with. I hope to have a cozy little studio too one day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dear Ms. January,

♡♡♥♡ I thought it was impossible for you to out do the blue Versace dress you wore to Emmys last year, but you look even more amazing in tonight's red Versace dress. ♡♡♥♡

Tonight: Big Love!

So excited for the final season premiere of Big Love tonight. It's on at 9 PM EST on HBO.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Girl Talk Album: All Day

Girl Talk is a mash up artist and a favorite musician of mine. You might not think that the Jackson 5 and Britney Spears could work well together, but Girl Talk is able to blend them, along with 100s of other pop artists, together in a single track. His albums are really fun and great to workout with.

Because Girl Talk illegally samples from other artists, he is unable to sell his work. Fortunately, he can provide it to us for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

You can download his new album All Day for free here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Guilty Obsession: Beyoncé

There's nothing like coming home from a long road trip and finding Beyoncé in your mailbox! Trish gifted me the Beyoncé: I Am... World Tour DVD for Christmas, and it's seriously insane.

Now it's time to learn some dance moves.

Pennsylvania Adventure: Part I

Looks like I will be spending A LOT of time traveling to Pennsylvania over the next few months for a work assignment. So, I've decided to explore America's 2nd state as much as possible.

First on the list was a brief stop at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. While there, I learned a little about the history of the Hershey family and I got to devour a delicious s'more.
Next, was an excursion to Philadelphia where I walked along the river at Penn's Landing and had sushi at Morimoto (Restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto) I'm not sure what I'll encounter on my next trip, but I hope there will be lots to see!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Catstudio Embroidered Designs

Not sure if they're kitschy or trendy, but I love these hand embroidered geography pillows by California company Catstudio. There's a pillow for every state and even some cities and countries. They also sell glasses, dish towels, and bags. I picked up a San Francisco towel for my sister's Christmas gift. I think it'd be fun to have a pillow for each of the areas I've lived in.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cooking Love: Smitten Kitchen

I’ve been in Pennsylvania for work all week. Although I’ve enjoyed checking out some of the restaurants here, I can’t wait to get home and make something delicious.

Deb Perelman’s blog Smitten Kitchen is favorite go-to of mine for excellent recipes. Deb is like a scientist in her kitchen, testing classic recipes and modifying them to make them even better. She also photographs her cooking process with beautiful imagery. I’m excited to make a very wintry vegetarian dish of hers:

Mushroom Bourguignon

Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 pounds portobello mushrooms, in 1/4-inch slices (save the stems for another use) (you can use cremini instead, as well)
1/2 carrot, finely diced
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup full-bodied red wine
2 cups beef or vegetable broth (beef broth is traditional but vegetable to make it vegetarian; it works with either)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup pearl onions, peeled (thawed if frozen)
Egg noodles, for serving
Sour cream and chopped chives or parsley, for garnish (optional)

Heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter in a medium Dutch oven or heavy sauce pan over high heat. Sear the mushrooms until they begin to darken, but not yet release any liquid — about three or four minutes. Remove them from pan.

Lower the flame to medium and add the second tablespoon of olive oil. Toss the carrots, onions, thyme, a few good pinches of salt and a several grinds of black pepper into the pan and cook for 10, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for just one more minute.

Add the wine to the pot, scraping any stuck bits off the bottom, then turn the heat all the way up and reduce it by half. Stir in the tomato paste and the broth. Add back the mushrooms with any juices that have collected and once the liquid has boiled, reduce the temperature so it simmers for 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are very tender. Add the pearl onions and simmer for five minutes more.

Combine remaining butter and the flour with a fork until combined; stir it into the stew. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 more minutes. If the sauce is too thin, boil it down to reduce to the right consistency. Season to taste.

To serve, spoon the stew over a bowl of egg noodles, dollop with sour cream (optional) and sprinkle with chives or parsley.

*Image by Deb Perelman

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Etsy Love: United Thread

How adorable are these chicken watercolors? Etsy seller United Thread has all sorts of animal prints in her shop but my favorite have to be her chickens.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Three New Yorks

Feifei, thanks for sharing this fantastic quote with me:

"There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter--the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities the greatest is the last--the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion."

-E.B. White, 1949

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Michael Porten: Homesick

SCAD painting graduate Michael Porten is having his first solo show in NYC! His exhibition is entitled Homesick and features oil-on canvas paintings that were inspired by Albert Camus’ "thoughts on philosophical suicide, the dichotomy of human desire for understanding, purpose, and knowledge, and the desire to digress, self-destruct, and rest."

You can see his work at P.J.S. Exhibitions located at 238 W. 14th Street. Homesick opens January 7th and runs through February 27th.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bon Année 2011!

I had a wonderful New Years in Richmond with my friends Laura & Benoit from New Jersey. We explored Belle Isle park, shopped in Carytown, went to a 90s dance party, and had an amazing French brunch at Can Can Brasserie. I'll be spending the first part of 2011 in Pennsylvania for work, so it was good to enjoy Richmond while I can.