September 30, 2007

La Festa at The Hill

Mom and I went to a little festival at The Hill today, and boy was there some deliciously unhealthy Italian food. Toasted ravioli (if you haven't experienced this, you NEED to come to St. Louis and have some), calamari, eggplant, italian bread, and caprese salad on a stick (made by my grandma and her friends, even though she isn't italian). They added olives, which is a no-no traditionally, but I loved 'em.

Thanks for the special invite, Peggy. Hope they didn't mind the "tourists."

September 29, 2007

Socket Candle?

Spotted this Kerzenhaltding thingy on NOTCOT. Confusing, eh?

This is a non-electric candle holder that you plug into a socket. Doesn't seem to be available in the US, though : (

[image from Kerzenhaltding site]

September 28, 2007

Stina Persson Watercolor

Stina Persson
makes me want to paint with watercolors. Stunning.

[image from Stina Persson site]

September 26, 2007

Modern AstroTurf

I saw this on It's Nice That, by Emili Ana Design Studio. You can move the gray felt-covered wedges around under the green carpet. I love the look (at least in a stark-white room), but I'm not convinced it's comfortable.

[Image from It']

September 25, 2007


This little ad is so cute, and educational! I first saw it on NOTCOT.

September 24, 2007

Brand New

Kevin kindly sent me a link to this very interesting blog, Brand New: Opinions on Corporate and Brand Identity Work. The guy shows a before an after picture of several different makeovers. Very interesting, even if you just look at the pictures and don't have time/interest in reading the text (although of course I do!).

By the way, I love the Coke makeover (old news, I know). Back to the basics!

September 22, 2007


Tomorrow is the first day of fall! Discovered these leaf lips on a Saturday morning stroll with the Mom. Pucker up!

September 21, 2007

Do You Rememba

...the twenty-first night of Septemba?

I do. There was a delightful birthday celebration for Justin at Dad & Peggy's.
Happy Birthday (tomorrow), Justin!

September 20, 2007

Farrrrmer's Marrrrket

Yesterday the mom and I went to the Schlafly Farrrrmer's Marrrket. And it just so happened to be Talk Like a Pirate Day. My sincerest apologies if you missed out.

It was one of the last farmer's markets of the season, so I took the camera along and soaked up some summer colors. As you can see, I was fond of the macro lens. That's all, really!

September 19, 2007

Hooray for Hypoallergenic!

I can wear earrings again! Well, I could always wear gold ones.

I'm super duper allergic to nickel, and it is in pretty much every form of not-gold jewelry (or maybe that's just what I tell the men in my life, hehe). Most things that say they are nickel-free are some how lying. I always end up with gross, red, itchy, puffy, [I'll spare you more details] ear lobes. Even after only wearing them for five minutes! It's bad.

Howeverrrr, last week I was on a mission to find hypo-allergenic nickel-free earring fish hooks, and I finally found them for sale on Etsy – a package of 36 for $2.75. How lovely.

The test came today, after I used some handy dandy needle-nosed pliers to strip the original hooks off these earrings (pictured) and to put the new hooks on, and tried wearing them for a few hours.

No itch! Wahoo! I can wear cheap earrings again, but I'll still try to keep it classy : )

September 18, 2007

Shave My Yeti

Bored? Shave my yeti.

And then pluck some nose hairs. Gross, yet oddly irresistible.

September 17, 2007

Type the Sky

Lisa Rienermann = love. I'm sure many of you already know about her, but I'm posting it nonetheless.

For one of her projects at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Rienermann created this alphabet made from the shapes building-tops make against the sky when she photographed them from below. She presented her alphabet in a book, Type the Sky. I'd love to have a copy, but I'm not sure it's for sale.

The only bummer about it is that she does admit to using photoshop to help tweak some of the letterforms. Still, I think she did a pretty fantastic job.

Download her portfolio pdf at her website for more interesting stuff, like this collection of photographs:

[all images from]

September 16, 2007

Song of the Week: KT Tunstall

Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall.

I just watched The Devil Wears Prada last night (which was much better than I expected it to be!), and this is the opening song. It makes me feel all happy inside.

Not the most interesting music video, but this way you can hear the song.

She also sings Black Horse in a Cherry Tree, which is a great dancing song, too.

September 13, 2007

Breakfast with Jon Huck

Photographer Jon Huck has an interesting series of portraits of people and what they eat for breakfast. Simple. Interesting. It kind of reminds me of those cholesterol ads when the people look like whatever they eat (but better...what are those ads for, anyway? I can't remember).

[photo from Jon Huck's website]

I wonder if I resemble my breakfast (not that that was necessarily Huck's goal, but some of them definitely do). Lately I've been having Dannon Plain Yogurt, Kashi Crunch, and fresh blueberries all mixed together.

Do you look like your breakfast?


And I just discovered his couples series, which fascinates me even more:

The way he displays the photos for his gallery installations is refreshing.
Who needs frames, anyway? It kind of implies that the couplings aren't permanent...

September 12, 2007

Colour Like No Other

According to NOTCOT, the next Sony Bravia commercial is going to be made up of these play do bunnies running all throughout New York. People all over NY have reported seeing the bunnies in action (shooting for the commercial) all summer. I can't wait for the new one! But man, this process sounds tedious.

You can find out more about all of this at

And if you haven't seen the other two Sony Bravia commercials, they are worth the five minutes of your time!

Bouncy Balls (my favorite):


[Photo from, videos from]

September 11, 2007

Yellow S

From a parking lot at UD. I've become such a sucker for yellow.

September 10, 2007


I'm looking for ways to liven up the long-distance relationship, and lemme tell ya, nothing is hotter than a game of online Scrabble. It emails me when it's my turn!
Oh baby. Thank you, Scrabulous.

I win! 271-219. I get to brag because I don't beat Scott at Scrabble very often. My favorite play of the game was turning Scott's "aged" into "tragedy." Woo Woo!

: )

September 9, 2007

Mama Zero's Puttanesca

Mama Zero's Puttanesca is loved by all. And all love to say it. Or try to say it, in my uncle Mark's case (although I think he's just trying to be funny). Scott has won over my entire family based on this recipe. I made it for the first time on my own tonight, for my family. [Zeros, please correct me if any of this is wrong? Thanks!]

• shell pasta (1/2 pound)
• 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (red pack or muir green)
• minced garlic (fresh, or Mama Zero will scold you)
• green olives (no pimentos), sliced
• black olives, sliced
• 6 anchovies
• 1/4 cup capers, drained
• 1/2 cup chopped parsley
• 1/2 cup chopped basil
• red pepper flakes
• extra virgin olive oil

• sauté garlic in extra virgin olive oil (the Zeros call it EVOO)
• add tomatoes, olives, chovies, capers
• simmer 10-15 minutes
• add parsley, basil, red pepper
• serve over pasta (top with fresh shredded parmesan if you please)


[My apologies for the grainy / poorly lit photos... it smelled too good to take the time to find good light]

September 8, 2007

St. Louis Art Fair

This weekend was the weekend of the oh-so-lovely St. Louis Art Fair (as well as the Schlafly art fair). It's safe to say that it's one of my favorite St. Louis events, right up there with fireworks under the arch, cardinals games, and christmas-time in tilles park.

My hands-down favorite artist at the art fair this year was painter Will Corr (that's his painting, above, from his website). I was actually familiar with his work before this art fair, because Peggy emailed me about his work after she saw him at last year's fair. I've had his site bookmarked since, and boy do I love his paintings even more in person.

His color palette is a wonderful, warm, inviting mix of yellows, browns, soft, muted blues, muddy greens and splashes of rusty red. He does various subjects, including many of the ocean, but my favorites – the ones that really call to me – are the open fields. It reminds me of driving cross country. And the midwest. Even though he lives in Florida.

There's also a certain simplicity that I'm really drawn to in his work. An elegant, yet still playful, simplicity.

I would really love to have one of his pieces in my living room some day. I'd use it as inspiration to decorate my future home : )

September 6, 2007

All Over the World

My UD friends are all over the world!

Bill's in England.
Rachel's in Australia.
Robyn's in Sierra Leone (West Africa).
Kiersten's in Spain.
Kelly's in Spain.
Courtney's in France.
Radley's leaving for Austria.

And of course, a few of us are still in the States.

How cool is that? UD's study abroad programs are freakin amazing! 60% study abroad once, 12% study abroad more than once. And really, I think those numbers represent the whole University, not just the students who are seniors. I'm willing to bet 80% of University of Delaware students have studied abroad by the time they graduate. I love my alma mater : )

I wish I had lots of money and could fly to visit them all this semester. For now, reading their travel blogs and emails will have to suffice. I had to get all old-fashioned sounding, but it's pretty darn cool that none of them feel that far away with things like instant messenger and Skype (free phone calls & video chat from online computer to online computer, anywhere in the world).

I sure do miss them, but it'll be so fun to visit everyone in the spring. Can't wait!

Robyn's a sweetheart and thought of me when she saw this St. Louis box o' sugar way out in Sierra Leone. Small world! Thanks Robyn!

[I sound like an advertisement for UD and for Skype, but I promise neither of them made me do it]

September 5, 2007

Four Hands Guitar

Neato! Two guys playing on one guitar. Hopefully this one hasn't been posted everywhere already. Also, check out Scott's blog today for hilarious skittles commercials.

September 4, 2007

Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach. Hot. And playful.

Yes No Morph I
Gouache on paper

September 3, 2007

Old Book Scans

I came across this lovely website, Liam's Pictures from Old Books. It's a library of images scanned from old books, downloadable (for free!) at pretty decent resolutions. You have to do a little searching to find the good stuff, but it's a great resource for design and even just to study looks from certain time periods. Everything is cataloged to perfection, though of course I always find myself wishing the library was even BIGGER! Naturally.

I'm a big fan of the yellow floral border (top left, I found it by doing keyword: border), and many of the pages with type.

It's a site worth bookmarking for future reference!

September 2, 2007

Eat Your Heart Out

Yum yum! My mom busted out this recipe for steamed artichokes yesterday. It's so good, you don't need any butter or olive oil for dipping. Although... we did indulge in a very modest amount of melted butter when we got to the hearts. Then it seems like a real treat.

And, on a random note, I'm definitely feeling this color set.
I think I'll steal Becca's idea for color inspiration tagging.
(Hope you don't mind, Becca!)

5 artichokes (or any # that'll fit, really)
1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 T oregano
1/2 T tarragon
1/4 t thyme
1/4 t black pepper
sea salt to taste

[typsetting with tabs in blogger is hopeless, by the way!]

Wash, trim fresh artichokes. Fill a two quart pot 1/4 full of water. Begin to heat to full boil. Place in all the herbs, oil, squeeze lemon in & drop it in (rind & all). Bring to full boil. Place artichokes in pot stem-side down (to get them wet), then roll them stem-side up. Cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook until done – about 45 minutes. Test to see if a leaf pulls off easily. When finished, use tongs to remove each artichoke. Drain upside-down in colander. Eat!

September 1, 2007


Neato. Scott says he is, in fact, playing with his feet.

The amazing ways some people compensate for what they lack boggles my mind.