Saturday, May 18, 2013
Yes, Summer is very much just around the corner now, but I've been on the hunt for the perfect Spring jacket for months now, and it has been maddening trying to find something I like online and in stores.
In going through some of my inspiration, I'm noticing my love for loose-fitting, flow-y coats. They look so versatile and comfortable!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
How about these postcards that I found in an Ikea interiors book? I took a trip there with my sister for a bit of list-making/idea generating and came out with their collection of three Ikea interiors books. To be honest- I wasn't too impressed with a lot of it, though there is some fun styling.
Tucked in an envelope on the inside cover of one of them was a handfull of postcards that seemed more 'lifestlye' than 'artificial-lit set' and I just had to share.
I love that about Ikea- most of it seems flat and unspecial- but every now and then they'll surprise you with some gems.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The weather is (finally!) warming up around here, and with it, a new sense of excitement and inspiration. I've been attacking home projects like crazy on the weekends, getting closer and closer to my vision for our home.
A bit of a recap of the last few weeks via my Instagram feed:
1. Caught this scene of someone working on a backdrop in Anthropologie - one of my favorite stores to wander on my lunch break.
2. One pop tart. Plain and untoasted, please.
3. Inside Black Bamboo- a modern furniture store we visited while in Kansas City a couple weeks back.
4. Typical Sunday breakfast of eggs with shredded spinach and goat cheese.
5. Some street art seen on my daily commute downtown on State Street.
6. A wall in progress- the color is by Martha Stewart and is called "Bone Folder". It's a gorgeous cross between white and a sunshine-y eggshell.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I was a late joiner to the Instagram craze, and now that I'm a part of it, I completely understand the allure. I love that I'm able to follow all of my favorite artists, photographers and bloggers all together, and in an equal format. It's such a great way to connect to people and to follow interesting lives and careers. Not to mention the ability to keep tabs on my close friends!You can find my feed here.
Some of my favorite Instragrammers:
Who are you following that you can't get enough of?
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Spring is finally here, but with it came more snow and freezing mornings. I'm trying to relish in the last bits of cold- as I always seem to miss it as soon as it's gone.
One of my favorite meals to make lately has been a chicken broth-based soup of some kind- made with a simple grocery store rotisserie chicken, picked clean and eaten with rice, then stewed with vegetables and water for a few hours until the bones are clean.
The soup above was split pea with mushroom. I used this recipe as inspiration.
I sure have missed this space. It feels good to be back into the semi-swing of things after so much change and craziness since November when I started working downtown.
I can say with some confidence that I feel I've carved out a bit of a groove for myself amidst the chaos, and I feel newly resolved to throw myself back into art and writing and the projects that have been resting on the back-burner of my mind for far too long now.
It feels good to be back.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This time of year gets so busy...
The holidays creep up (Christmas is in six days!), the days are dark and cold, and I'm hard at work at my new job- trying to learn all that I can before I transition into my official position as an admin at the bank. It's all I can do lately to find the quiet, light moments in the day and really relax into it. I relish in the weekends- the mornings I can sleep in and make a nice breakfast. Most of my shopping is done, save for a few small, last minute things. Trent and I had the idea of buying each other knit stockings this year and filling them with small gifts. I have my hopes up for some black licorice and Burt's Bees hand salve.
Also- Our little Charlie Brown tree is a great- no messy needles! I'm enjoying the no-pressure approach to Christmas decorations this year..
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Much delicious food was had and many feelings of gratefulness were felt.
We visited family and explored a little farm full of goats, chickens, and a flirtatious cow.
I scribbled notes on green and yellow paper leaves and pasted them to a hand-painted kraft paper Thankful Tree full of things like "friends", "family", "self-service checkouts", and "high water pressure".
This year we were also invited to a post-Thanksgiving "everyone bring something" dinner with close friends, and I'm convinced that this will become a yearly thing. All the traditional dishes were present (and then some), with good wine and even better conversation.
Above: fixings for a truly incredible pecan pie. Corn syrup- free, with maple brown sugar and roasted cinnamon. I adapted the recipe from here.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
As I scrolled through my morning blogs on Sunday morning while sipping coffee, I suddenly had the urge to make something delicious that embodied the autumn weather we're in right now. When I pictured it, I imagined something moist with ginger and pumpkin puree, so I went to work researching a simple recipe I could whip up quickly and throw into the oven.
I used this recipe as a jumping off point- and a substitution of coconut oil for canola oil added even more subtle flavor.
It was warm and fragrant, and became more and more delicious every day. I highly recommend you eat it on a lazy Sunday afternoon with no agenda. (It would also be fantastic with some slivers of dark chocolate.) I can only imagine what fresh or crystallized ginger would have done.
Pumpkin-Ginger Banana Bread:
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The floors are chilly, and my winter clothes are strewn about the bedroom because I have no room in my closet for anything more. I have yet to sort through it all. This week I focused on catching up- I took the week off from work to organize my thoughts and clean up the house. Over the course of a few months, the small things that used to be manageable were overwhelming, and I knew I needed a time-out.
I woke up late, drank tea in front of my computer for hours, washed dishes by hand, and got a haircut.
I set my Pandora station set to Caribou radio, and it’s been fueling desire to get things done.
I joined Istagram and attempted to wrangle my iphone camera. I pinned. I revisited my tumblr. I tweeted. I read and caught up on my favorite blogs.
I am about to start a new job. It is on the 13th floor of a tall building in downtown Salt Lake City, and I have that nervous flutter in my stomach every time I think about it. The change is as scary as it is good.
For Halloween, we spent time with close friends. We drank cider and ate pecan pie. Pumpkins were carved, and a scary movie or two was watched.
Overall- life is good. We are happy.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I'm rediscovering simple pleasures after a two week long business trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for the company I'm working for.
I love simple living, but after a few days of travel-sized everything, I started to yearn for small, seemingly insignificant comforts.
Things like drinking out of my own coffee mugs in the morning before work,
the smell of our towels after a hot shower,
watching my favorite movies in bed,
and slow cooked, home-made meals have a whole new depth and pleasure to them.
It feels so good to be home.
The sassy teacup above is the creation of Michelle Christensen, a wonderful artist and illustrator I met at the 9th and 9th street fair a few weeks ago. It was amazing to meet her in person. I'm a huge fan of her illustration work, and her collection of hand-painted dishes was irresistible. I need to own them all!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I want this to be my life always right now.
To be able to stay in bed forever and never leave these two.
Over the last few very busy weeks, my favorite pastimes have become:
-Staring at the unpainted corners of my bedroom.
-Acoustic versions of my favorite songs.
Hope you are doing well as well.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
My neighborhood is changing. Sugarhouse has always been this old, charming bit of town- far enough from the city to feel intimate, but close enough to feel connected. I've always loved it for that reason.
A big shopping center is being built, which I'm sure will bring a lot of money and opportunity to my part of town, but it's hard not to feel nostalgic about the change.
Change is completely inevitable. I find myself battling against it- sometimes without even realizing it. The most shocking can be when you suddenly look around and realize that the change has already happened, and you're now in a different present than you had previously thought. It's a double-edged sword. Like anything, it becomes whatever you make of it.
The most I can hope for is that I can do what makes me happy. And I am happy. Very happy.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Steel cut oats with toasted coconut, soaked raisins, and slivered almonds.
Toasted coconut- it really does taste good on everything.
I just threw a handful of it into a small frying pan and set the stove on low heat until golden. I ate most of it out of the pan before any made it into my oatmeal.
So simple, so delicious.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Products from Twig Creative- a local business here in Salt Lake City. I'm such a fan of their woodwork, and particularly their handmade woven chairs. The toy cameras and tablets for children are too cute. I don't think I'll ever grow out of my love for children's toys, especially ones of the wooden variety.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
My mind feels like an immersed sponge right now, leaking bits of my short term memory as it fills up with the endless tasks of my nine to five work day. By the end of each day, I'm in a fog, and I've been pondering how best to deal with the physical and mental stress of my job.
Last night, as I looked at what I had to eat for dinner, I saw a pile of tomatoes, freshly picked from Margherita's garden and suddenly couldn't stop thinking about tomato sauce. I sent her a quick text asking for a recipe, and she replied with an invitation to bring whatever ingredients I had next door to her house.
I packed up the tomatoes, a bit of fresh basil, two shallots, and knocked on her door.
I was greeted with a glass of red wine, a purring orange tabby, and an old-fashioned radio playing NPR-style jazz. She told me in a heavy Italian accent to turn on the burner and began thawing beef to brown. We worked side by side for over an hour, chopping and adding ingredients into a pot on the stove. The sound of us in the kitchen even managed to draw out George, her husband, who more often than not will spend his time away in the attic when I come over.
It may have been the wine, but I felt relaxed and at peace. We spoke like family.
The sauce was wonderfully thick and rich, in that way that food gets when it is carefully prepared.
I brought it home in a large dish to share- and while we ate it, I reflected on how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life.
A meal cooked with love is filling in every sense of the word.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Food is something that is very important to me. I premeditate a lot of what I eat, which involved lots of careful lists and planning to make sure things don't go bad before I get a chance to eat it. I absolutely hate wasting, and my notebooks are full of meal ideas and grocery lists based on what I currently have in the fridge and pantry (and my neighbor's garden!).
My go-to salad right now is simple, and it has all of my favorite flavors and textures packed into one.
Spinach, avocado, tomato and garlic hummus topped with cracked salt and pepper.
The thick dressing packs a punch as far as flavor goes, which I love. To me, spinach is normally pretty bland (unless it's cooked), so this is my way of getting all those good vitamins and antioxidants and still being able to enjoy myself.
It's also really delicious with chopped nuts on top. Right now I'm on an almond kick. I've also been having this weird toasted coconut craving... it seriously tastes good on everything.
If anyone has any awesome salad ideas, I'd love to hear them. I totally have a pinterest board dedicated solely to the art of quick summertime meals.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Golden treasures found amidst the riffraff at the Salt Lake Flea this morning.
I'm delighted with my finds, but was very saddened by an experience I had there.
Someone stole a pair of very beautiful French gold earrings right under my nose.
I was sure they were going to cost more than the cash I had, and turned away for just a moment. After a few moments of thought, I decided to inquire about them anyway, but they were gone. I searched for 10 minutes to make sure they hadn't just been lost among the others, but they were definitely gone. I'm positive they weren't purchased, because the owner was on the other side of where we were at the time. It really saddens me that more people don't hold honesty in higher esteem.
Small and slender, they had tiny, delicate engravings etched into the bar. They deserved to be bought.
Aside from that, I had a lovely, leisurely morning alone wandering the stalls. The next flea is a month from now, on the second Sunday of the month. Maybe I'll see you there?