Saturday, June 26, 2010

bon weekend

In a mere moment, E and I are skipping town.  We are off to San Francisco for the night, followed by 3 days in Big Sur.  We are staying in a yurt at Treebones.  I absolutely cannot wait!!  So, I won't be posting for a few.  I'll be in the middle of nature, lounging on a pink beach perhaps, hiking, chilling in hot springs, reading, laughing, and celebrating life, love, and the fact that five years ago on this coming Tuesday, E and I went on our very first date.  

Thursday, June 24, 2010

d.i.y. chalkboard

Was recently introduced to chalkboard paint.  This is such a rad concept because you can make anything a chalkboard surface!  I am sure you can OVERDUE the use of this big time! In an effort to play, but not overdue, I have been creating small framed chalkboards.  I made this one here for me and e:

Basically, I am just repurposing old picture frames or framed mirrors that I am picking up from thrift stores for just a few bucks at most.  This one above was a picture frame, so I painted the frame a light blue, and then the glass of the picture frame is painted with chalkboard paint.  Pretty cool, eh?!

I made my friends a white one, and photo doc-ed the project so I could share it here, with you!

Above is the mirror I found at a thrift store in Concord for $2.99.  I know it's hard to even notice the frame with gorgeous Zoe admiring herself in the mirror... 

It was easy to take the mirror apart.  All I needed was a screwdriver and the frame popped right off the mirror.  Below is the frame after I spray painted it white.  

Then I painted the mirror piece with chalkboard spray paint. 

Then reassembled the mirror - screwed it back together.  Eh, voila.

easy as pie

Side note,  after creating this, I had spray paint guilt.  It can't be good for the environment, right?!  So, I did some googling...  And as I suspected, not great for the world.  Just like the car.  Hey L, what's the name of that website you were telling me about a while back... where you can find out what products are good/bad for the environment?  

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

veggie stir fry

Made this for dinner the other night.  Super easy - and super tasty!

1.  In a small bowl - whisk arrowroot (or cornstarch) & vegetable broth together.  Add black bean sauce and agave, mix well, and set aside.

2.  In a large skillet heat 3 tbsp of peanut oil on medium-high heat. Once oil is heated up, toss in your tempeh cubes.  Allow them to brown on all sides without burning them.  Once heated through, remove from heat, and place on a paper towel lined plate.

3.  Return the skillet back to the stove on medium high heat.  Add 1 tbsp of peanut oil.  Once oil is heated add the veggies. Stir veggies together.

4.  Add red pepper flakes.  Once veggies are beginning to tender, dump the tempeh back into the skillet, add the sauce from the bowl and stir everything together for another minute or so.

I served this over brown rice and seasoned it a bit with soy sauce.  

enjoy !

Friday, June 18, 2010

cutest nephew in the world contest?

i win. 

happy weekend !

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 films i'd really love to see...

totally looking forward to seeing this new movie with catherine keener.  i love her.  and this looks quite good!  it opens tomorrow at tower!

&  this one isn't out until july...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

eleven heavy things - miranda july

There are countless reasons why I would absolutely love to live in Manhattan, one being the accessibility to some really amazing art happenings right there in your own city.  Like Miranda July's new art installation "Eleven Heavy Things" in Union Square Park going on right now!  It's on display until October 2010.

The installation is composed of 11 structures that engage the public to interact with the artwork. I love her use of text in so much of her work, and this piece is no different.  I am a huge fan of Miranda July's ability to touch the heart through a bizarre, quirky, and occasionally perverse way.  She charms.

photos from

More photos posted on Flickr 

Here's an interview with her regarding this work - and below an excerpt from that interview.

The hugging one — did it work? Did strangers hug each other?
It was fun to sit in Venice and watch; occasionally someone would ask someone. They’d do it, grinning their heads off. You saw a lot of people who already knew each other hugging. I guess what I also like is that the sculptures seem so inviting. Maybe they’re inviting enough that in the moment you don’t think twice about doing it to take a photograph, but then the artifact you have, the souvenir is a little more complicated.

I was already thinking about an end of summer jaunt to see ches and get my Manhattan fix for the year, and so here's one more compelling reason to go.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


a little lesson on  and equality

rest in peace, rue mcclanahan

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

girls & bikes

A  posse of ladies to ride around with all summer long? Yes please!  Perhaps a girl bike gang is in order... but you know, the good kind of gang.  Who's down?!

Photo credit - chicks and bikes

Thursday, June 3, 2010

rare bird of fashion

Come on!!  Who's cuter than Iris Apfel ??

I can only hope and dream to be full of this much style, energy, and charm when I'm Iris' age (88 !).

If you want more - check this lil video out  &  more great recent photos HERE.

I'm out the door... off to Minneapolis for a nice long weekend.  
Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and awesomeness !! 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

free gaza

Had an incredibly busy Memorial Day weekend, and tomorrow we are off to Minneapolis to hang out with Lana, Scott, and Omar!  So happy Eli is coming, and Z is meeting us there!

On a much less excited and upbeat note - my head is still spinning over this.  I have so much work to do, but I can't stop reading things like this and this, and being completely mortified at this news.  Is this the world's wake up call?  There is no debate on this one.  

shepard fairey prints