Sunday, November 28, 2010

Crushing!

Just discovered this book: Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson in the latest Dwell magazine. So like I do, I research the crap out of her…figuratively :) Anyway, now I not only love her subject matter but her photography is stellar! Check it out!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hello Lucky is on Special!

Gilt Groupe has a super special going on for Hello Lucky holiday cards. Was $60 for a pack of 24, now $28. Can't beat that for cute letterpress cards!





Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Red

Getting in the mood!

forest tea towel plush fox fossil paint • loyal loot chanelcamp socksvitra

The Gladstone

While we were in Toronto we stayed at the historic Gladstone Hotel. This place was awesome. Each room was redesigned by a different artist with a different theme for each room. We stayed in the “Faux Naturelle” room. This room was hilarious especially the naked forest ladies wall rug.

common areas


Faux Naturelle room




cute packaging from the mini bar

the gladstone

The Beaches

When the hubz and I went to Toronto in August we went to “the beaches,” which was recommended by my coworker who is from there. It was crazy because we came from downtown and then all of a sudden we were in a neighborhood and then all of a sudden there was a big beautiful beach. Kind of cool how close these people live to sand and lake :) It was more like ocean than a lake. Anyway, I bet it is probably 20 degrees and snowing by now.









Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Heritage meets Hipster

Did I just see a Tommy Hilfiger commercial with Vampire Weekend while watching Glee? Sure did! Meet the Hilfigers!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Easy Read

My friend Caroline said if you liked the Twilight series then you are going to love the Vampire Academy series. I was skeptical, especially because the cover art sucks! First, I tried it out on the amazon kindle app, by downloading a sample. but OMG I can't put them down. Seriously try it!

vampire academy

Put a stamp on it

Last year I made my Holiday cards with Paper Source stamps. I thought they were fun because each one came out with a different design. This year I think I will try it again. I found that if you also get an address stamp (my fave are paperwinks) that it really does cut down on the production time and your hand cramps :)

address stamps: telegram chirp jollyimprintstars highway
ink padvintage stamps
yellow owl stamps
papersource stamps 1 and 2

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New blog

Atomic Remoderns
Check out my new blog chronicling the restoration of a mid century modern home that the hubz and his business partner are remodeling.

Fiery Chicken Chili


I have probably been using this recipe for 3 years now. It is soooo good and soooo easy and by the way makes a TON! My first tip on this recipe is to do everything first. Chop everything, cut everything, open all the cans. The first time I made this I had trouble catching up on everything once it got going.

Here it is:
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped, sauce reserved
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, thinly sliced
  • Two 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes with their juice
  • Three 15.5-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed
  • Chopped avocados, cilantro leaves, grated cheddar cheese, chopped scallions and sour cream, for serving

Smart move
Freeze the chicken for about 30 minutes before slicing.

Directions:

  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and paprika and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and the spices are fragrant, about 7 minutes. Stir in the chipotle and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until the meat begins to turn opaque, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat and simmer the chili briskly, stirring often, until thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Add more adobo sauce to taste


recipe

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What a Hoot!

Christine Shmidt from Yellow Owl workshop, who makes some of my favorite stamp kits and note cards, is putting out a book. So Excited! Get ya one and you too will be printing in no time. Pre-order from amazon and get it Dec. 28th!

amazon

Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday Cards Already?

Rifle Paper Co. is awesome. I love the color palette, the illustration style, the content, the whole kitten caboodle!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Love me some Bee Things!

So excited about the Bee Things backyard sale. Last year I picked up this sweet Barn Owl print that is in Beckett, my nephew's room. Super cute! Along with Bee Things, there are other great gifts from other local designers. Check it out!

Beckett's Barn Owl
Bee Things!
and more!

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Case of Neko

Love her voice!

Imogene + Willie

I finally got my Glady's dress in chambray from Imogene + Willie. It did take forever because they were out of stock and had to get more made, which when I got it today was so worth the wait. Ian at I+W was so very sweet and very helpful.


I+W

Thursday, November 4, 2010

C’mon Get Happy

From the fun store Happy Los Angeles! I am really drooling over this David Weidman print on the right. Love him! Check out his book here.

owl pillowsagaformzebra pillowbutterfly print

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hesitating Beauty

Besides this drunk guy from Kansas singing, this is another Wilco/Mermaid Avenue fave! Oh Nora Lee!

Down with the Lauper

On Hellcats tonight there was a very interesting version of Girls Just Want to have Fun. I kind of dig it.


Miss Cyrus's version is very fast and she has no problem busting out the pipes!


Oh but! check out the Killers and their version of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you have ever tried to sing this in the car, you know it is not easy, unless you are a for real singer. I think the lead singer of the Killers is humbled by this song. You can see it on his face how it is hard to sing. Anyway I still think it is fun to see a bunch a boys sing this song. :)

Cool Factor

I would say these gals are way cooler than me. Check'em out!



naag

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Make the logo bigger?

What is up with this? I dislike a lot. These logos used to be around an inch, now they are around 3"-5". They went too far :)

lacostepenguina&f

Wilco “California Stars”

One of my fav songs from my fav band.

Poor Zoe

My poor baby had eye surgery today. She is a full breed rescued St. Bernard, with all the full breed health issues. Her eye lashes were inverted, so every time she would blink her eye lashes would scratch her cornea. :( So now she has to heal and wear her super fashionable "E" collar (short for Elizabethan) for two whole weeks.

balls

Because that is what they are called.

balls: onetwothreefourfive

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wee the Free!!!

Oh my good golly!!! Could this be any freaking cuter? Free People is introducing Wee People their new kids line. Uhhh…now I just need a kid. I will get the hubz right on that.

p.s. I ♥ pictures with puppies!

wee people

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