Friday, May 27, 2011

Taking it back to the early 90s...

I was inspired by this picture (second one down) of Lara from My Milk Glass Heart when she was 14. Doesn’t she just look like the epitome of the early 90s? It’s so funny how that stuff is back now. Here’s some feel-good 90s music to start out the Memorial Day weekend. 

Matthew Sweet - "Sick of Myself"

Archers of Loaf - "Web In Front"

Pavement - "Cut Your Hair"

Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Not Sleeping Around"

Dinosaur Jr - "Start Choppin"

Sonic Youth - "Sugar Kane"

The Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Zoey!

We had a little birthday party for Z over the weekend. It was just right! It was small, with just our families and a few friends and their kids. It was a perfect day – she took a 1 and a half hour nap (which is epic for her) and woke up right before our first guests arrived. We served lots of healthy fruits and veggies. I baked her birthday cake from a recipe I saw on Smitten Kitchen, but swapped the frosting for vanilla buttercream. Kids blew bubbles on our patio. She got a lot of really nice presents and after everyone left, we took her to the park to go on the swings. She was pooped at bed time and crashed out easily. And the party clean up was pretty easy too!

Remember the pom poms from Shortcake party picks I posted about? 
Zoey was the most tame first-time cake eater I have ever seen. Maybe because I gave her a piece instead of an entire cake. She took dainty little bites and there were barely and crumbs on the floor when she was done.
I saw this idea on Pinterest. I just covered up the light fixture over our dining table.
We made this little picture display with some of our favorite Zoey pictures.
These are bubbles!
That big poofy heady piece came from Princess Pie Bowtique on etsy. I swear she's happy.

Seed People's Market

Seed is a store at The Camp in Costa Mesa that specializes in handmade, local, and sustainable products. The store is huge, with one side of it being dedicated to the more "outdoorsy"crowd, and the other side being dedicated cute handmade accessories, plush and other kids items, books, home items, paper goods, soy candles, natural beauty products, vintage items, and more. I really like Seed because it has that whole sustainable thing going on, but it's geared more toward a design savvy crowd, and less toward the Teva sandal-wearing patchouli crowd. It's a great place to find a gift.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I finished a sketch book!

This is BIG, people! Sketch books used to scare me. A blank book just waiting to be filled with awesome stuff, and I was afraid of letting it down. I've started countless sketch books over the years, only to get a few pages into it and decide that I had ruined it. Why? It's just a sketch book. It's not a canvas to paint on, or a fancy piece of art paper for a really great drawing. It's just a book to doodle and sketch.

So how did I get so scared of a little book? I blame it on college. When I was a kid, I doodled all day. As a teenager, I wrote my friends notes in class with funny cartoons of us, or I drew their names all fancypants. Then I started taking drawing classes in college. In every drawing class, the teacher would tell us that part of our grade would be to keep a sketch book. Gulp. I was going to be graded on my doodles? Not only that, but I suddenly felt very guarded about what I was drawing, because someone would be looking at it, judging it. I quickly learned that no teacher ever kept to his or her word about the sketch book thing. But every semester, I bought a new sketch book anyway, with big plans of filling it. This even continued after college.

This blog is the reason I stopped being scared of my sketch book. Sharing my doodles not only gave me something to post, but a reason to keep doodling. I may not be making innovative stuff here, and maybe I draw way too many unicorns or hearts, but it's just my sketch book, so it's okay! Plus, some people actually visit my blog! Not very many, but the ones who do? AWESOME. High fives to anyone who comes here regularly, because that gives me even more motivation to doodle.

And now, I would like to introduce you to my new sketch book. That spiral bound sketch book was very non-threatening. Let's see how I do with this hard cover guy. First thought: Needs some decorating.

Robot dance.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Order

I always forget how much I like New Order until I hear these two songs.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday was the Patchwork Indie Arts & Craft Festival in Long Beach. It did not disappoint! Here are some photos I took while I was there.

I thought these ceramics by Eri Sugimoto were really pretty. Dare I saaaay, beautiful.
My favorite vendor was Backyard in a Jar. I've been really interested in jamming and pickling lately. It feels like such a summery thing to do. Creator Delilah Snell offers classes in food preservation, and my best friend Rachael and I intend to take one! We each bought her wild onion marmalade.

My other favorite vendors were all the people selling terrariums and the really cute ceramics by Andrea Luna Reece. And yet, I didn't end up buying anything from either! I have a terrible habit of bypassing the "pricier" items because I budget myself and only carry so much cash, and I get worried that if I make a big purchase when I first get there, I might see something I "must have" toward the end and not have any cash left. But of course, I end up squandering my money away on odds and ends, because $4 for this and $8 for that isn't so scary. That adds up, and by the end of the day I ended up with a hamburger ring, a cute print for our living room, a drumstick (as in chicken) brooch, and a belly full of expensive food truck food. That's all nice, but a terrarium or cute ceramic plant holder makes a bigger statement, and I probably would have been happier if I just bought one of those and called it a day. I think next time around, I am going to change my technique!

I thought these knit plant cozies from Freyja were pretty adorable.
Donut hat (hello, amazing) and fun crayon creatures by CrayonFawn.

Cute scarves by Made in the ALI. Plus she was nice enough to pose for a picture without thinking I was a creep.
Prize ribbons with initials or numbers on them, perfect for little ones' birthdays! Made by Clover Threads.
Jewelry by Enchanted Leaves.
V is for Violet had really cute stuff, like felt hair clips in the shapes of donuts, drumsticks, and popsicles, bacon plush, cloud plush, etc. Plus the girl was super duper nice!
Finally, photographer Martin Franco Vielma II (phew!) was on the scene taking free professional photos. We didn't get in on the action, but we did get a picture taken of Zoey. Can't wait to see it when it becomes available!