Archive | June, 2009

Fruit and Labor

30 Jun

I have something kind of shocking to tell you.  If you dig holes in the ground and drop seeds inside, things will pop out of the ground for you to eat.  All you have to do is pour some water over the hole once in a while and make sure the sun is shining on it.  I’m not kidding.  I know it sounds fake, but it’s totally true.  I tried it.

My mom always had a garden when I was a kid, but two things have always stopped me from having one of my own:

1) I have been too transient in my young adulthood to actually commit to staying in one place long enough to cultivate a garden.

2) Part of me doesn’t actually believe it will work.

Having, for the moment, found myself fairly settled here in Knoxville, Shawn and I decided to put number two to the test.  Turns out, it actually works. Here’s proof:


My, what a lovely package you have.

25 Jun

I’ve always been a fan of good packaging.  I’ve been known to buy things, expensive things I don’t need, simply because of the way they’ve been packaged or artfully displayed.  And I’m not alone in my appreciation.  The folks over at Lovely Package have devoted their blog to chronically the very best package design they can find.  Check it.


nail polish

nail polish


herbs and spices

herbs and spices



banana juice (this ones my fav)

banana juice (this one's my fav)


24 Jun

Have you heard of Ramune?  I hadn’t until a few years ago when my cousin, who would later go on to study abroad in Japan, told me of this magical Japanese soda.  It’s special because it’s sealed with a marble that you push into the soda bottle, which then rattles around during and after your consumption of the soda.  

the marble

the marble

My cousin’s description sparked my interest, but I’d not had the stuff myself until last night, when I picked some up at an Asian market while shopping for ingredients for this delicious hot and sour soup recipe.  I bought peach flavor.  The verdict? It tastes like carbonated peach candy. And there’s a marble in the bottle. So, not bad.

Old Book Illustrations

23 Jun

The purpose of this post is to inform you of, a nice little collection of public domain images scanned from old books.  Here, I present to you a gallery of my favorites that I may or may not use in upcoming screenprinting projects:

A Rose is a Book

22 Jun

During the weekend July 10, Chrystal Wallace, an excellent teacher, wonderful cook and great friend will soon be marrying Michael Giles, a talented painter, smooth dancer and formidable fashionista.  Chrystal, an English teacher, is by no surprise a bibliophile (when I first typed this, I wrote “bookophile” and then thought, “hmm… that doesn’t sound right”) and so I endeavored to make her a wedding bouquet of book pages.  The result is different than I’d expected and it’s certainly not perfect, but it’s not bad for trying to create a bouquet out of books and pipe cleaners with no assistance other than a semi-applicable instructional youtube video here or there.

Step 1: I painted the pages pink, as the wedding colors are pink and green. 

DSC01671Then I laid them out to dry:


Step 2: Once dry, I took batches of two book pages and cut them in half (making 4 petal sheets, the ideal number for each blossom.  I then folded the sheets in half, cut them into petal-like shapes, and folded them like an accordion to give them a little texture.


Step 3: I arranged the four petal sheets on top of one another and snipped two holes in the center.  I then stuck a pipe cleaner through these two holds and twisted it just below the blossom to secure it.


Step 4: Next, I took a small piece of lime green duct tape (oh, how I love colored duct tape) and wrapped it around the very base of the blossom to hold its shape. Flower complete.


Step 5: Once I had all my flowers complete, I arranged them as I pleased (this was difficult. pipe cleaner flowers are far more flimsy than real ones) wrapped some green duct tape around the stems to secure them, and then wrapped the entire group of stems with a green ribbon, which I sewed (despite my dire lack of sewing skills) in place.  Finally, I tied a bow with the large green ribbon around the stems, and then sewed a green bejeweled button onto the center of the bow.  There are no pictures of this process, as I found it too tedious and frustrating to chronicle, but here is the finished product:

DSC01686Happy Nuptuals, C&M.

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More Talented Than I Am: Deb Sokolow

19 Jun

I first saw Deb Sokolow’s drawings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago several years ago.  I don’t remember what the show was, but I know hers was the piece that most interested me.


On display was a huge drawing called “Someone tell Mayor Daley the pirates are coming.” There was so much I loved about this piece– the sprawling diagrams, the hilarious and dark display of paranoia, and the childlike approach to solving the problem of pirates in Chicago.  I’ve found myself remembering this piece as I’ve been listening to story after story on the radio of real life pirates, so I thought I should share with you. Below are a few details of the pirate piece.  Visit Sokolow’s website to look at more of her work.


The Hills Are Alive

18 Jun

There have been several times when I’ve wanted to post a song up here, but as I am mildly technologically-challenged, I haven’t quite figured it out yet.  But lucky for us, several other folks with more tech savviness and better music taste than me have devoted their blogs to sharing their favorite music.  Check out some of my favorites:


Said the Gramophone: Good music.  Interesting and well-written (if sometimes only tangentially-related) descriptions of music new and old (mostly new, mostly indie).



1.618: Again, mostly new, mostly indie, mostly good.



Nothing But Green Lights: “An mp3 blog of new British music worth its salt.”



Moistworks: Posted in themed playlists.  Very eclectic. Lots of older stuff.



Largehearted Boy: Daily downloads of new musix.