Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I like to move it, move it...

We just moved for the second time in ONE year because we got a notice that our landlord wanted to "reoccupy the home" and therefore our lease would not be renewed. By the way, we don't believe that for a minute because our neighbors got a similar note, moved out, and a "for rent" sign went up in the window. We got the gossip from another neighbor that the owner of that place wanted to raise the rent by like $400, and since you can only raise it so much by law, he had to make them leave. Pretty sure that's what is happening with us, too. Rent prices are insane right now, and we got that place for a pretty good price considering the size. I can't help but wonder if my kitchen update hurt us in the end...

We had 30 days to pack up everything, find a place to live, and move. I am feeling pretty badass because we did it in more like 14 days! Even though we liked where we lived, after getting that letter we could not wait to just get out of there and move on. And we found a nice place!

That's our new living room. My bullet planter is missing it's plant because it got damaged in the move, but I will replant it soon. I need to raise our curtain rods (they were already here) because our curtains are too long. I am thinking about getting a real coffee table. We got rid of ours when Z was a baby so she had room to play, but now we are kind of missing it.

We have a lot of space for art, but I might keep this wall blank since I am thinking about doing some corner shelving on the other side and I don't want it to look cluttered. I made a little landing area at the bottom of the stairs, next to the front door for keys, mail, shoes, purses, etc.

Even though there are downsides to renting, like not being able to customize to your taste, or having your landlord suddenly decide you have to move, one of the things I have fun with is configuring the things I already own into a new space. This place was a little challenging because it is slightly smaller than our last place. We had to get rid of a table and a dresser, but I was kind of glad to do it. I like having less stuff.

I am still working on the rest of the place, but here is a during picture of our cute patio. It's a great size, with enough room for Z to play, and to have this little seating area in addition to our table/chairs. And so far the sunsets have been epic.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Kroft in Anaheim

The Kroft is located on the lower level of The Anaheim Packing House.
440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zin + Bert

 I love all the bright colors used by Zin + Bert - artist Erin Devenish's line of vessels that are both beautiful and useful.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sketchbook doodle for Hugo

A little sketchbook fun for a very special little guy. My friend Marianne's 1-year old son Hugo was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is working hard to annihilate it. Through the magic powers of the internet, people far and wide are cheering him on. You can support Hugo and his family through his Facebook page, or via this link raising money to help them pay for medical costs.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New print

This hand-lettered print is now available in my shop in 8x10 and 5x7 formats.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Anaheim Packing House

The Anaheim Packing House is a new community dining hall featuring local food and small businesses. It's adjacent to the Packard Building (which houses Umami Burger and the Anaheim Brewery), and between them is Farmer's Park. Together, these three make up the new Anaheim Packing District

The Packing House itself has a rich history. Built in 1919 along the Southern Pacific rail line, it served as a hub for the local citrus industry, as citrus from local farms was trucked in, washed, crated, and shipped off via train. Inside is bright and open with 2 floors full of restaurants, food stands, and kiosks. You'll find gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Indian food, ice cream, gelato popsicles, a butcher shop, crepes, ramen, sushi, seafood, a bar, coffee, waffle sandwiches, a juice bar, and soon there will also be soul food, pizza, and Mexican food. There's even a flower kiosk. For a full list, check out the Packing House website.

Before we even left our house, we were creeping the instagram geotags for each place, and we decided we had to try The Kroft (pictured directly above) because the pictures everyone posted of prime rib sandwiches and poutine looked crazy delicious. Our plans changed once we got there and saw how long the line was for The Kroft, so we did a lap and decided to try a couple of different places. 

We had Zoey with us, so the obvious choice for kid-friendliness was Black Sheep for grilled cheese sandwiches. Expect them to be a little more refined with high quality ingredients. No diner style thick slabs of over-processed cheese here. This worked out great because after splitting a #3 (Swiss raclette, cornichons, pickled red onions, potato chips) with my friend Rachael, I wasn't too full to move on to the next place. 

I heard that Adya was really unique because it's not the typical American version of Indian food - buffet-style and full of heavy, saucy dishes. Instead, it's fresh and light and inspired by street food. We ordered chickpea chaat (it was like eating Indian nachos!), pani puri, and my favorite thing I ate all day - keema naan (naan stuffed with lamb) with a side of cucumber raita.

The Packing House is not too far from Center Street Promenade, where you'll find Center Street Cheese Shop and Home Eco:comics, so when you are in the area be sure to check out both spots.

The Packing house is located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


I made these grapefruit cucumber cocktails from Joy the Baker. They were refreshing and summery, and I will for sure be making them again. 

Juniper and Fir (top) and Kelso Doesn't Dance (bottom) at Patchwork Craft Fair in Long Beach.

A couple of things I bought at Patchwork. The California-inspired print is by Hero Handmade. I lucked out because on my way home I stopped at Michael's to get a frame for it, and the frame was 40% off. On top of that they had an extra coupon that you could apply to your total, and it included sale items. I ended up getting a $50 frame for $19. Nice! I hate it when the frame costs more than the artwork, so I was happy. 

The California pennant flag is from Miriam Dema. I decided it might be cool to do a little California-inspired art collage on this wall.

I was so proud when Zoey requested "The Munsters" on "Nickflix." Gotta start 'em out with good taste while they're young! Occasionally I will run across someone in their early 20s who doesn't know anything about pop culture pre-2000. It's a total bummer and we want our kid to know about stuff, even if it's as old as her grandparents. She's also becoming pretty well acquainted with "I Love Lucy."

Kyle and I both took a week off from work and had a "staycation." It was my first time taking 5 consecutive days off in like 2 years. All 3 of us slept in until 7:30-8am every day. I normally wake up at 5am, so I got 3 extra hours of sleep every night! I could really see the difference in my face.  

The top photo was taken at the Desert Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego. There were so many awesome cactus and succulent plants, and this one was my favorite. It was huge!

The bottom photo is part of the menu at Soda & Swine, also in San Diego. This was my favorite meal of our entire vacation. Not only did they have these meatballs you can order in various ways, but a selection of small plates as well. I got a banh mi slider, an apple salad that had manchego cheese and toasted hazelnuts, and we all shared THE BEST FRIES IN THE WORLD. 

We went to a wedding at the Marvimon House in LA. It was the coolest little place.