Friday, September 17, 2010

Cute of Course

Poor little blog, how I have neglected you. I've been writing A LOT over at, which means many ideas I would normally post here have been fueling the creativity there. And sadly I have not been toting my camera with me all that much. 

I'm going to Bartlett Lake with my roommate tomorrow, so it will be a firm goal of mine to take some photos there. In the mean time, all of you angry/BORED READERS [ ; ) ] out there should check out this etsy shop of cuteness: The Secret Nest. I may need to get one (or five) of these prints for my future apartment. Simple but cute... I especially like the ones with holes. 


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Moma Goodies and Hullo

Hey! Sorry I've been away for a bit. Life has been quite busy, with its ups and downs, and has included a trip to D.C. exploring fun places with Lindsey, playing outdoor/indoor soccer (that's indoor soccer on an outdoor arena) and getting an exciting new job with Drawbackwards and I'll be contributing blog entries for and doing project management at Drawbackwards. I'm pretty pumped and excited! But I'll also continue to update here and try to get back on the regular-post bandwagon, since I'll be online much more often now. For now, enjoy these fun objects from the Moma shop. 
Items from the moma shop
Cute, no? I saw a few of these items at Tabletop, a home accessory shop at Dupont Circle, D.C., among many additional awesome items.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Japan, edition two: Tasty Treats

If Japan = Fun
and Food = Awesome
Japanese Food = Fun and Awesome.

Or something like that.

I promised some more Japan pictures, and I decided it was about time to upload the edibles edition. We experienced some interesting foods, but mostly we just ate semi-familiar things and plenty of sweet treats, which was fine by me. So please take a peak at this little catalog of treats. Click over through any photo to view my other photos from Japan on flickr.

And once again, we can see how much color and the art of display is infused in everyday life there.

First we ventured into the subway, and found a cute little bakery with glossy pastries and bright fillings.

Subway food, count me in
They don't even look real
Then we enjoyed our first meal in a Tokyo mall. Toshi, my friend Kerry's boyfriend, took us to have some okonomiyaki, a casual, fun meal where the attendants grilled cabbage and egg cakes (and three wieners that somebody requested) right on the table. I stuck to the veggie and beef variety, but there was one with some very rubbery looking tentacles. We sampled various condiments with the patties as well.
Okonomiyaki Group
Next we went to visit the Sensō-ji Temple and wandered into a ramen shop down a nearby alley. Definitely different than its freeze-dried counterpart, this ramen was tasty and had a hard-boiled egg, fresh veggies and piece of pork floating around in it. We showed are appreciation by slurping it down. Slurp Allen, slurp!
Allen meets Ramen
Remember Tamagotchi? Just outside of an entrance to Harajuku there's a little tamagotchi shop where the little eggs are much more high-tech than I remember, and attached to the shop is a magical mini donut shop (yes, mini in both ways)! They were so cute.
Remember Tamagotchi?
The food stands in Harajuku were bright and cheery and offered an awesome variety of sweets. My personal favorite: The crepe stands, and as my cousin "reminded" me, "it's "crep" not "crape"!"
Yum Yum Yum! Please excuse my condiment themed outfit and the fact that I could not stop sampling, even for the picture.
Sweet Box Crepes
Also fun: Ice cream stands. They show the flavors of everything with artificial foods. This case contained some weird ones, like rum-raisin, black sesame, rose and almond jelly.
Frozen yogurt flavor display!
Aisukurimu! I'll let you figure that one out.
And we wrapped up our trip with a japanese-style restaurant complete with private rooms divided by sliding rice-paper doors, removing your shoes at the entrance, and of course, sake!
Friends and Food
Sake Set
And, apparently, even the japanese enjoy some meat-wrapped-cheese occasionally.
Bacon wrapped cheese
And That concludes our mini-tour of random foods consumed in Japan! Look out for more Japan photos down the road. Thanks for stopping in : )

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cute... and free!

Who, may I ask, does not love that!?! Lizzy House, an awesome textile designer, kindly created some bookplates to share with the world. The designs are based on her latest fabric line: Castle Peeps. You can download them here. (There may even be a few references some of you fantasy nerds will appreciate : ) )

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Milan Bozic and Olive Editions

Hellllloooo my friends! Recently I ordered a copy of The Crying of Lot 49 and had it sent to Mr. Brandon as a little surprise (along with some fridge balls, which apparently have worked thus far to help keep his CSA goodies fresher longer). The cover was different than the version I ordered for myself a year or two ago, and I thought that the new version was pretty neat and unique. This week I was able to examine the paperback more closely and found that the illustrator responsible is Milan Bozic, whose website is pretty darn cool, though mostly under construction. I discovered that the book is indeed part of an edition realeased by Harper Perennial: the olive edition.
I forgot to take a photo of the spine, but I found this one floating around on the internets, at Out the Other's bookshelf:
Each book is $10, and rings true to the tag line "Look, they fit in your back pocket," with their petite size, it seems they would travel well, like a little moleskine. Once again, I show my affinity for bright and simple illustration.

I also like this cover by Bozic... yet another wise decision by Chabon (or his publishers):
I just love the world of book cover design. sigh.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hanging by the strip

Well, not reaaallllly, but I am waiting in the Las Vegas airport waiting to connect to Pittsburgh. There are slot machines everywhere, ringing and dinging and hogging all of the outlets. The colors and game designs made me want to look for some vintage vegas photos, so here you go! I love the faded but bright color pallets. As much as Vegas has expanded and grown and multiplied its led light displays, I feel like it has lost some of its glamor. What do you think? Click on photos for a link to source. 


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Movin' right along...

Hello amigos and amigas! I'm on the road again, or en-route on various flights, and returning from a fun and relaxing trip to see my friend Demee and her lovely family (and a heard of domesticated doggies) in North Carolina. It was a fun little getaway, during which i unfortunately did not take any pictures : ( But , I'll be putting up some new posts soon! 

In the mean time, enjoy a visit from this little snail and a thrift store friend he recently acquired. The shells are from a day trip to california and the leaves from the flowers brandon sent me a little ways back. 
Bunny Turtle buddies