Monday, March 28, 2011
My kitchen is big considering my house was built in 1933. The only bad part is that there is very little counter space. My handy friend Brady has recently started working in poured concrete. He built me a beautiful island to go front in center in my kitchen. He welded the base out of iron and poured the top out of concrete. Instead of using pebbles as an aggregate in the concrete top, we collected 37 pounds of glass, busted it all up and let it figure out where it wanted to stay. There are a couple of big pieces on top and a lot of tiny ones around the edges and throughout. My favorite is a triangular piece of light blue glass on top. Don't my little owl buddy cookie jars and salt/pepper shakers look right at home? I am loving it! Function, meet form!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
- 1 pkg. noodles (cooked, rinsed, and cooled)
- 1/2 head thinly sliced napa cabbage
- 1/2 head thinly sliced purple cabbage
- 1/2 bag baby spinach
- 1 whole red bell pepper, sliced julienne style
- 1 whole yellow bell pepper, sliced julienne style
- 1 whole orange or green bell pepper, sliced julienne style
- 1 bag/container bean sprouts
- chopped cilantro (up to 1 bunch, to taste)
- 3 whole scallions, sliced
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 whole cucumbers, peeled and sliced
- 1 can (about 10 oz. whole cashews, lightly toasted in skillet
- 1 whole lime, juiced
- 8 Tablespoons olive oil
- 8 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 whole hot peppers or jalapenos, chopped
- chopped cilantro
Mix salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Mix noodles and veggies together with tongs or hands and gobble it up!
*Note: dressing keeps for up to three days before serving (without cilantro)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Merrilee Challis is and has been for quite awhile now my favorite local artist. The ultra hip co-owner of Birmingham's bar/venue Bottletree creates whimsical paintings that I adore. Her color palette makes me swoon (filled with pastles, neutrals, and punches of bright colors throughout). Her imagery seems to often include a lot of woodland animals and insects combined with gorgeous organice shapes and often eerie figures.
When I was in graduate school, I had the delightful experience of learning under her. She taught a figure drawing class I was enrolled in. A couple of years ago, I attended an "art in the park" event and ran into another old art professor-and fabulous artist-Doug Baulos. He is a good friend of Merrilee's and they often collaborate. I bought a piece by them that is hanging in my living room now (will post later). For now, check out these awesome pieces by Merrilee. And if you are interested in seeing more of her work, check out her website here.
Monday, March 7, 2011
I always seem to get into things right before they become a big trend. Maybe I should have been a "trend forecaster" like my friend Kiki. Maybe I'm connected to the strings that tie our global cultures together by some ethereal goop. Maybe not.
One of the trends that I am seeing more and more of that I absolutely love and adore are the Russian nesting dolls (sometimes called stacking dolls, babushka dolls or matryoshka dolls). Whatever you call them, they are fun to play with and as cute as a button!
Aside from the traditional stacking dolls, they have started popping up in many forms: magnets, stamps, pillows, textile patterns, measuring cups, jewelry, and more. Check out some of the ones I have and other that are on my wish list...(in order of appearance: stamps, costmetics bag, pillows, bedspread, bitchin' tattoo, white measuring cups, pendant, christmas tree ornaments).