Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Illustration Love: Inaluxe

Prints by Inaluxe, available January 28th from their online shop.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Snapshots: It's Beginning to bla bla bla

Things have been getting real Christmas-y here around Xanadu. We have decorated, watched Elf, and gone through 1.5 containers of soy nog. 

On Friday night we did our annual BFF gift exchange. We do this every year (see last year!) and this year's was earlier in the month than usual because we are all so busy. It was also way more casual. Usually, we make all sorts of fancy appetizers, or we do it Rachael's house and she cooks dinner for us, but we totally "phoned it in" this year and ordered pizza. It was nice to not have to worry about doing a bunch of stuff before the party, and throwing out a couple of cheeses with some condiments I already have on hand is a cinch. 

I did manage to whip up the cake above. I was proud of myself for trying a few different Pinterest things this weekend. This one being, "how to make box cake mix taste like homemade." Apparently all you have to do is substitute the usual water, oil, and eggs for milk (I used buttermilk), butter, and one extra egg. The verdict - it helped the texture a lot. Maybe I'm a cake weirdo, but I do not like those fluffy, spongey store-bought cakes. I like a dense, moist cake. It was still kind of overly sweet like cake mix. I'd still prefer just baking one from scratch, but if you are in a time crunch, this trick is totally worth trying. The frosting was browned butter frosting, which I kind of winged. I originally looked up a recipe that called for 1/3 cup browned butter and 3 cups of powdered sugar, and I thought it sounded disgusting, so I altered it a bit to use more butter and less sugar.

Sorry, no pictures of us because some of us were hags that night. And by "some of us" I mean "me" and by "hags" I mean "wore pajama pants to my own party" because duh, cheese, pizza, cake, booze.

There was meat on that platter next to the olives, but I didn't take a photo until it was already devoured. The cheeses on my board are both from Trader Joe's - white stilton with cranberries (mellow and creamy with pieces of cranberry) and one I'd never tried, which was their featured cheese - Cinco Lanzas. I loved this cheese. It's a similar texture to Iberico, and it has a sweet after taste. 

A couple of other "Pinterest things" we tried this night were 2 cocktail recipes - a Cherry Whiskey Smash, which was really good and refreshing, and a Spicy Ginger Man, which tasted good, but was over the top sweet. It was like drinking dessert.

I moved some things around on the dining table and tried to make it look holiday-ish. I know whales aren't very holiday-ish, but that Jonathan Adler pitcher is one of my favorite things I own, and it stays! I've been eyeing the cable knit sweater vases at Target, but I found these ones on sale at Michael's. All the Christmas stuff was 50% off, so these were like $2.50 each!

Zoey made this gingerbread house! She was so proud of it. Look at that angelic face. Later that night, we tried to drive around and look at Christmas lights, but homegirl was not having it. There is this one house in Nellie Gail where you tune into a certain radio station and their lights flash along with the music. But Zoey was in total 2 year old melt down mode, so we just drove past it and enjoyed the 3 seconds we saw of it and decided to head home. Of course, right when we turned out of their neighborhood, the crying suddenly stopped and I turned around and she was asleep. Poor tired baby.

We ended up having a lazy day on Sunday, since it was all gloomy and rainy outside. This is what half of Xanadu looked like at the end of the day. On one hand, this is why I would prefer to go out and do something on weekends. But on the other hand, this mess is kind of proof that Zoey still managed to have a fun day.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Windsday Pop Up Shop at The OC Mart Mix

Colorful Tabletop

Colorful kitchen and dinner ware from Nicole Porter Design.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Caposhi Handmade

A couple weeks ago, I shared a space at the Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Fair with the lovely Stajia of Caposhi Handmade. She's been on the show circuit for a while now, so I tried to pick up a few tips from her. She was so nice, a great booth mate, and extremely talented. I wanted to share some of her awesome jewelry with you! Visit her shop if you are looking for a unique gift for a friend.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Color inspired by Beci Orpin

I loved these images from Beci Orpin's craft book Find & Keep. They are perfect for drawing color palette inspiration.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Friends

I saw the photo directly above on Baggu's instagram feed and was instantly smitten. They are weavings by New Friends - Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski (how many Kelly Kapowski jokes do you think she got growing up?).

I've never worked with textiles or weaving, or even really have any interest to, but I was totally inspired by the color and graphic patterns on each piece. I really like it when I get inspired by something that is a completely out of my realm, and I look forward to seeing how this inspiration creeps into what I do.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Patchwork Santa Ana Holiday 2012

I made this sign on Saturday! Not to sound like a wusslord, but I don't usually build things, so I was proud of myself for buying wood and using a drill and stuff. It was easy. Painting the words on it is what took the longest.

I was really excited about my new gold glitter hearts! Here are just a few, but I made a lot. I only sold one... to my friend (sad trombone). But that's okay because now I have lots of inventory for the pop up shop next month, and to list on Etsy.

New print offering since the last Patchwork in May.

New drippy print in teal, and new pom pom pins.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

They see me rollin'

I have officially begun a new hobby – roller derby. I took this picture after my first night of practice. Even though I was really nervous before we started, it was so fun and everyone was really nice. The first hour we talked about what's going to happen and how the game works, and we spent the second hour actually skating, learning about different ways to fall without hurting yourself, and doing knee slides, which was really fun. I never realized how awesome knee pads are. And the best part? Sore booty and thighs this morning! I love that feeling.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday + Upcoming Events

Happy Friday! This weekend should be fun because it's my best friend Rachael's birthday. She recently bought a house, which means now she has a guest room. We will be breaking that room in slumber party-style with our girlfriends this weekend. There will be much cheese-eating, cocktail-drinking, and elastic waist pants-wearing. We are going to play Cards Against Humanity, and I was thinking of making us a super schweet ladies' dance party mix in case things get super fun.

In the meantime, I want to remind you about next weekend's Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival in Santa Ana. I will be there, sharing a space with Caposhi Handmade. She makes accessories and her stuff is super legit, so I am going to try my best not to make her look bad :)

And a new event! Between December 13th and 16th, my friends at Windsday Handmade will be hosting a pop-up shop at The OC Mart Mix, right on time for some holiday shopping. They have asked me to be a part of their shop, along with Whodini Handmade, Beards N' Locks, Lo & Chlo, and Peace Love Swagger. If you are in the area, please check it out.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Most Wanted

Inkwash Tie-Dye Shift Dress, Anthropologie. It looks good in this catalog photo, but I do not like the way they styled it on their website.

BDG tall leather boot, Urban Outfitters.

Monday, November 5, 2012


A few new colors of my drops print. I am loving the green!

A chocolate ice cream bar, dipped in dark chocolate, and rolled in potato chips. From Longboards ice cream truck. That red spot on my shoe is my sock. Those are some perfectly worn in Converse.

Zoey (dressed as a witch) and her princess cousin trick or treating on Halloween. It was Zoey's first time trick or treating, and damn it, it was the cutest thing ever. Best part? The next day she didn't even remember that she had a bucket full of candy, and hasn't asked about it at all! Don't worry, I'm not a total Halloween Scrooge - we let her pick out a few pieces to eat when we got back home after trick or treating. Most of the candy she got made me nervous anyway. Lots of choking hazards in that bucket.

Outside OC Roller Skates, where I went to buy all my roller derby gear. Bootcamp starts in 2 weeks! I am kind of nervous. I am mostly joining because I need a new way to get some exercise. I tend to do better in group or team-like situations because I don't want to let people down by not showing up. So, in that aspect, roller derby is perfect for me. I used to feel that kind of camaraderie at Crossfit back in the day when it was all my friends in the class, but after a 2-year hiatus and going back for 5 months, I decided I just wasn't feeling it. I still totally love Crossfit though, and I will miss all the fun weightlifting.

I was sick early last week and I ended up staying home from work on Monday. Mondays are my grocery shopping day, so the pickins were slim at home and I was really wanting sushi. I used Restaurants on the Run and had it delivered! Verdict: The service is expensive and not really worth it unless there's a good reason you can't go pick up food yourself. However, I thoroughly enjoyed having sushi delivered and am glad I tried it out.

Every night Zoey starts out in her own bed and ends up in ours. I don't really mind, and in fact have come to look forward to having her snuggled up next to me. This was on Friday and she woke up calling for me earlier than usual. I was still up watching TV with Kyle (we started watching Mad Men finally). Luckily, when I brought her to our room she fell back asleep as soon as I laid her down, so Kyle and I were able to continue our TV fest. 

We just had the best weekend. The weekend before this was crazy with a wedding on Friday night, working on our costumes Saturday day time, a big Halloween party on Saturday night, and then a trip out to Kyle's parents house all day Sunday (when I was starting to get sick). And before we knew it, it was Monday again. So this weekend we decided to lay low. On Sunday we all stayed in our jammies until 5pm, when we finally got dressed and went out to dinner, then came home where we ended up right back in our jammies. I usually like to go go go, but we really needed that.