3/26/12

Cheshire Cat Moon

"Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"
Despite how beautiful a full moon can be, my favorite kind of moon is one that smiles back at you. I always think of this quote from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland whenever I catch a grin in the sky. Here's to a happy week. 

P.S. I really hope I have some time to cook this week, cause I have some kale recipes I want to share!

3/22/12

Wishlist

  

1/ Le Mont Saint Michel Striped Top from Madewell
2/ Double Dipped Rope Necklace by Tanya Aguiniga from Sight Unseen
3 / "Enjoy Everything" Camera Bag from Korean eBay shop
4 / Baggu Leather in Apricot
5 / Porcelain Origami Heart Pin by Alyson Iwamoto
6 / Illesteva Leonard from The Supply Room

Since popping into a few local shops (Myrtle in Echo Park, Individual Medley in Atwater Village, and Broome Street General Store in Silver Lake), I've been thinking more and more about how I'd like to shop less (and less) at large chain stores. Supporting independent stores and designers is now a shopping priority! Granted, prices may sometimes be steeper, so I guess that means less shopping for me. Less crap and more unique, quality pieces. Seems like a good tradeoff, no? (By the way, after ogling it online for far too long, I finally saw the Baggu Leather in person today. Buttery leather goodness. I sense a splurge happening soon.)

3/17/12

Concrete Ocean


There's a small stretch of the LA River Greenway trail that cuts beneath the 2 Freeway. Kind of crazy how closely the sounds of cars overhead resemble those of ocean waves. 

3/13/12

You are the 100% perfect girl for me.

This is one of my favorite short stories by Haruki Murakami. You could imagine my delight when I first read that Murakami described 1Q84 as "an amplification of one of his most popular short stories, "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning."' I'm surprised I didn't lose all my Twitter followers that day, cause I promptly blew up my feed with Murakami-related tweets. I bought a BüK last week which consists of a print out of this story. It was only a dollar fiddy. (Cheapest thing I've ever bought from Kinokuniya...) I even got an art project out of it. The booklet cover is pretty darn awful - pixely image of a random anime-style girl complete with Comic Sans text - so I'm going to try and design my own. (Some inspiration here.) Apologies for the crappy scans, but please read on for not-at-all-crappy story! 

P.S. Future husband, take note. That line (re: post title) would totally work on me.

3/11/12

Week(end) Recap

More linocuts + playing around with Pugly Pixel's tape strips.

This past week I...

Biked quite a bit. The weather lately has been pretty perfect, so I've been getting some more time on my bike. Would I look completely ridiculous riding around with a motorcycle helmet? Yeah, I already know the answer to that, but I considered it multiple times on my ride to Century City. Especially when I'd cycle through neighborhoods during what I assume are peak gardening times. (Like full on leaf blower-clad gardening.) Getting hit in the face with twigs, leaves, and dust is not so fun.

Had a couple mishaps in the kitchen. My attempt at broccoli polenta resulted in a sludgy mess. Did you know that you can buy dry polenta? Er, yeah, me neither. That log-shaped ready-to-go polenta is stealing the show at supermarkets, cause that's the only thing I knew polenta to be. I tried to wring out my squished spirits by making some lemon curd immediately afterwards. This was less of a failure, but the texture was a little grainy. I'm pretty sure this is because I overcooked it. I gotta say, though, I feel as if a veil has been lifted. What else can I curd?!

Went to a stand-up comedy show on a rooftop in downtown LA. I don't know about you, but that's not the kind of event I frequent. Me and my friend were quite giddy over the swanky views of the city. The gorgeous full moon in the sky didn't hurt either. The venue was definitely better than the comedy, but it was still a fun time.

Thought a lot about this article. It seems simple enough. You find something you love, you do it. But I've been struggling with what this looks like in my own life.

Went to a brunch + crafting party thrown by my super crafty cousin, Mary. I really should have taken photos cause the tablescape was so lovely. We made these party hats and individual apple pies, as well as some other goodies to modpodge. It was so nice to share stories and laughs over crafts and good grub. Thanks, Mary!

Got a job as a Production Assistant at a letterpress/stationary company. I'm pretty excited, not just for the new job, but to be commuting by bus. So many books to read! Any recommendations? (And I guess I got this resolution covered.)

3/5/12

Make: Linocut Stamps

Stamps are such a fun way to decorate. Pair with some washi tape, and you've got a cute letter/package/gift in the making. I love browsing through the stamp selection at Kinokuniya, but I don't always love forking over the money to buy some. (It can get expensive!) So, I thought it'd be fun to make my own stamps. I booked it to Blick's, got my supplies, and got caught in a stamp making frenzy. I still need some practice in precision, but I love the handmade look that linocut creates. All you need is linoleum, a linocutter, and some stamp pads. (I might also get an ink brayer to see if that makes a big difference.) They're pretty fun to make, and it's nice to have the freedom to make whatever stamp you want. Plus, if you're anything like me, you'll somehow gain a few temporary tattoos in the process. 

CSA Hoard!


Look at that beautiful box of produce! I have been seeeeriously lacking in my veggie intake lately, so I thought I'd jump-start my healthy food consumption with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription. I ordered from South Central Farmer's Cooperative and picked up my box at the Whole Foods in Pasadena. (They have multiple pick-up points around LA though). I didn't think I'd get this much stuff, so I definitely let out a little squeal when I opened up the box. I got a ton of kale, celery, and broccoli. The moment I saw the broccoli, I knew I wanted to make broccoli polenta. I've never had, read a recipe for, or even thought to combine broccoli with polenta, but that was strangely the first and only thing to pop into my mind upon first sight. Get a CSA box, yo. These farm-fresh veggies will speak to you.