Friday, October 24, 2014

Studio Ahorj

These are so rad! Studio Arhoj is an interior & design studio originally founded in Tokyo, but now based in Copenhagen. I started following them on instagram a while back when I noticed their really cool ceramic objects. I love that they they are abstract but are given faces so they are like little creatures. And all the bright colors and cool glazes really get my creative motor running. They kind of remind me of my ghost sundaes. I miss those guys, I should doodle some new ones!

These ones are supposed to be ghosts! You know I love that.

All photos are from the Studio Arhoj website or their Instagram feed.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


On weekends, we make it a point to turn off the TV at some point and put on a record.

An end of summer carne asada party at my friend Rachael's house. I like going to her house because she lives in a canyon that is very far away from everything, so it's kind of like a mini vacation. She has chickens and grows her own veggies. The salsa on the bottom left was made of stuff from her garden. 

A birthday treat from my friend Beth at work. Lavender milk tea from Home Brewed Bar. Very drool.

Chillin' in her jammies. Also one of my favorite activities.

A badly lit photo of my new plant, and an ottoman I got at Target (similar to this) to put our record player on. Prior to this, it was on the floor, so I am glad to have a more polished-looking area.

Zeppole from Cucina Enoteca. They change it up seasonally, and this one was my favorite. It had orange and cardamom, with an apple cider dipping sauce. Kyle said his only complaint was that it only came with 4 :)

We went to San Diego on a whim one Sunday and ate at Empirehouse in Hillcrest. It was cute inside, and it really used to be a house. This was their teeny tiny bar. They had a selection of very “approachable” small plates (hummus plate, house made pickles, mac and cheese), burgers, salads, and street tacos. But what really stood out is that they had an entire section of their menu devoted to tater tots and various things you can top them with.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


The first time I noticed Bend furniture was when one of my favorite restaurants, Cucina Enoteca opened. Their patio is full of Bend "Lucy" chairs in orange, and inside they have the barstool version.

If you really want a place in my heart, make a companion to the "Lucy" chair and call it "Ethel," pictured above. 

For more goodies and color options, check out their website.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

This exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum is the world's largest Hello Kitty retrospective to celebrate her 40th birthday. I've been a Sanrio fan since as far back as I can remember, and even have memories of my mom taking me to "the Hello Kitty store" when I was 4! So it was pretty awesome to come see this exhibit with my own daughter who is 4. 

The exhibit runs through April 26, 2015.

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Inspiration lately

Pom pom headband, via Ship & Shape. I like this for color palette and the abstract designs created within the pom poms.

Yesterday I was driving home, and by driving I mean scooting through traffic for 2 hours, and I was having all these creative epiphanies. If I'm driving and I don't listen to my favorite podcast, my mind starts to wander and it goes to some pretty glorious places. I had all these ideas for things I want to make, and I wished there was a way to take a picture of the picture inside your head so I can remember when I actually have time. Despite all my creative thoughts, I still have to go home and take care of my family, or some nights I go to the gym because I gots to take care of me, too, baby. 

These images are from the Instagram account of a store in Australia called The Family Love Tree. Even though I will probably never actually go to this store, I love all the colorful art and interior shots they post.  The rope baskets a few pictures up are by Gemma Patford who hosted a workshop there, also shown above.

What I need to do is set aside a Saturday to just go buy canvases or make some wood panels and restock some of my supplies that by now are surely dried out. And maybe I should just leave them out somewhere so that I can just do some drive-by creating. What if I did a little tiny something that took 15 minutes every night?

Hand painted beads by Jen Love Kev.

I think it's great that I have a creative job because if I didn't at least get to create something, I wouldn't be as happy. But sometimes I use all that effort during the day and I don't have anything left at night. I ought to do something, though, because I am tired of the same old complaints in my head about time. Get a hold of yourself, self. Nobody likes a complainer. Go to bed 20 minutes later or something.