Friday, January 30, 2009

thoughts on color from an icy tundra of grayness.

O! Color! why have you gone out of this cold grey world that I live in? If you didn't read Sarah's (weeders digest) post on d*s you should do that right now. It is a hysterical & all-too-accurate account of what life is like in Brooklyn this frozen January!

I have been working quite dilligently on a project for a hair designer in the Dallas area (read: lots of fun colors!). And while searching for inspiration for the perfect color palette (here) I have had a growing love for one of my already-favorite colors right now. Pantone's Mimosa. Is it cliche? You tell me. But everytime I see it (or any of Mimosa's siblings, Curry, Turmeric, Mustard...) My heart leaps! And in the grey, ice-covered city that I live in she is a beacon of better things to come.

Also, a fantastic typeface found on itsnicethat (which you should read every morning for inspiration) by Marc Alcock.

Monday, January 26, 2009


I should also take a minute to say that Marissa came home from Iraq yesterday.

Thank you, sister, we are so glad that you're home!

Come visit us in frozen NYC soon! xo

6 months ago, today.

It's taken me this long but I think I'm finally getting to the point where going through wedding photos doesn't make me start hyperventilating. (not because of the hitched thing... but because it was a very stressful time. so maybe I'll post some more in the future?)

Thank you, Justin for being a better husband than I could have imagined!

*all photos by my very talented friend, Hillary, except the last one...taken at dinner tonight.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Change of Heart // Animal Collective

Do you listen to NPR's All Songs Concidered?
J does. (that means I get to, by default...I love it. I mean... we love it!)

After battling with my feelings about Animal Collective for sometime Leanne & I confessed this weekend, boys present, that we can't really get in to them (Animal Collective, that is, not the boys). They just cross that line of "I can't focus while I listen to this mayhem!" But. this evening. J & I were listening to All Songs Concidered and they're featureing the new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. I'm amazed. truly. It's phenomenal.

*Animal Collective poster by The Small Stakes (Jason Munn).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

a little something.

A gift to someone important's family...something they called, "the best Christmas gift they could ever receive."

It was more about the contents of the little books I created than about the books themselves... But I felt the contents deserved a little something more than a nice envelope.

I made 10 total. I did use an inkjet printer for the inside, and ran the muslin "title" through the printer as well I sewed the bottom of the pages with a, they aren't entirely "handmade" (but I like to think that their pretty close).

at long last...

Yes, I'm alive...busy, but alive.
some projects coming soon(ish).

*please forgive questionable photography. I literally held my computer up above the cake to take the picture with my fancy new MacBook. (thank goodness I didn't drop it!)

Pistachio cake by my friends at Baked.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas Dinner // Island Fish Stew

About 3 days after I graduated from high school I traveled to Martha's Vineyard with 2 of my friends, we lived in an old lady's attic for $25/week...for the whole summer. It was HOT. We had no way to do laundry. The only laundromat was out of town & we didn't have a we did laundry maybe 3 times in 3 months. We each worked 2+ jobs that summer. I did everything from working at the Black Dog General Store in Vineyard Haven to working in a fancy Brazilian restaurant right on the water, to babysitting & yard work. It was wonderful. We were always tired but the vineyard was something that certainly set the tone for the way I would plan all of my summers – go away for the whole summer & work your tail off while you do something totally new and different.

[maybe that was an unnecessary preface to this recipe. oh well, I like sharing stories.]

J & I spent Christmas in Boston's fabulous, Italian, North End. I literally felt like I woke up Christmas Eve in Italy...everyone was speaking Italian (even J with his theatric & throaty "Ciao Bella's!") and the area had a wonderful old-world charm. We went from tiny shop to tiny shop searching for all of the ingredients for our Christmas Dinner – Island Fish Stew in the Black Dog: Summer on the Vineyard cookbook.

*If you can't read the recipe fully & would like it, just leave a comment or shoot me an email, I would be happy to get it to you!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Flea Market Finds

We've scored a few rad new items at flea markets lately. The first is an electric clock circa 1970. Even if it's a little slow, it's so much cooler than the blegh ones I've seen at Linens N Things.

And a pair of amazing horn-rimmed glasses that I actually plan to have some new lenses put into.(yes, Mom, just like the ones you used to wear!) J even got the seller to throw in the awesome granny style glasses case for free...(but the guy called J a "prejudice bast***"!) ah, New York!

Happy New Year to you all, I hope to resume some sort of regular posting soon-ish.