Saturday, September 4, 2010

a hunt for the perfect coaster = failure

Sooo... our old coasters for our living room coffee table are looking a bit... erm... under the weather.

[photo of our forlorn coasters coming soon]

While I love the letterpressed coasters from Sesame Press-- I'm ready for something new. While looking around, I found the perfect coasters for my boyfriend's new home studio/office-- but nothing that I really wanted for the living room. (Okay, I'm lying: I found thee most awesome coasters ever... only to discover that they were a limited edition run--and not for sale.) ::sigh::

I've decided to screenprint my own!! mwa-ha-ha!! Now I just need to find plain heavy-stock coasters... any ideas?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

holiday dessert party countdown: 6 days

For the past few years now I have thrown a black-tie holiday dessert party for my friends and family. It's something that my Auntie used to do--and it has always stuck out in my mind as one of the best parts of the holiday season. And if there's one thing I can do in this world: it's bake!

As much as I love throwing this party, the stress does get to me a bit. I'm always worried I will run out of time, or burn something, or make something too terrible to be consumed. I know that these fears are (so far) unfounded--but it doesn't stop me from being a nervous wreck for the entire week leading up to the party.

Here's the menu thus far:

Raspberry Almond & Rose Tart
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Chocolate Peppermint Cake
Lavender Shortbread
Hawaiian Pineapple & Coconut Tartlets
Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Spice Roll-Out Cookies
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Meringue Stars (Vanilla, Chocolate, and Coffee flavored)
Homemade Chocolate & Pistachio Dipped Marshmallows
Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles
Cinnamon Vanilla Toasted Almonds

I am toying with the idea of a white chocolate and cranberry biscotti... but still haven't found a decent recipe. We'll see what else makes the cut in the following days.

Wish me luck!

PS: Do you know the story behind Cream of Tartar? I didn't until I looked it up tonight--it's pretty interesting, actually-- you should read this page!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

baby steps...

It's been way too long since I've done anything creative... so I'm thinking baby steps. I will start by making a table cloth for our kitchen table out of this new Ikea fabric that D. has had her eye on.

What's your latest project?

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Trying to think of ways to get myself to create something more than just once in a blue moon when I happen to have a spare second and actually feel like creating something... I keep coming back to the miniature format... (I've always been fascinated by portrait miniatures.)

I had a professor at CCAC, right before I left, that had us do pieces on flash cards everyday, as a kind of exercise... I eventually moved to the ATC format size-- just because I liked the ratio better--but then I discovered that I didn't really care for 99% of what I got in return from the ATC trades I was involved in...

But who knows-- maybe I'll get back into it... see if there's anything out there that I want to trade for... in the meantime: here are a set of three (rather rushed) ATCs for the last trade I did (like, two years ago!).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Been playing around in Illustrator for the last month or so... actually had someone come by to show me a couple of tricks of the trade... (Since I know virtually nothing about Illustrator... despite knowing my way around Photoshop just fine.) ...Talk about totally different animal... it's been a challenge to wrap my head around working in this program-- but I am determined to get used to it and use it to my advantage. We shall see... ... ... more on this later.

For now: I just learned that Muxtape is dead, but viva 8tracks!

Also: you all should send snail mail love to a random stranger. (I miss postcardX...)