December 31, 2009

25 Before 26

I've spent some time brainstorming goals, adventures and challenges for the next year (and I had great help from Becca). Some questions I focused on: What makes me happy? What makes me feel confident? What do I look forward to? What am I afraid of? What can I do for others?

Here's the list:

01. Monthly Design Project
02. Launch Etsy Shop
03. Hire Ampersander Studios for Etsy Shop promotions
04. Submit work to a Design Competition or Show
05. Cooking Class: Knife Skills
06. Gardening Class: Houseplants 101 (Check!)
07. Jewelry Class: Basic Beading
08. Dance Class: Couples Dancing (Check!)
09. Self-Date: Go to dinner & a movie by myself
10. Finish crocheting the blanket from last year
11. Bake no-knead crusty bread (Check!)
12. Read a book a month
13. Design something to benefit the UD Honors Program
14. Explore a First Friday (Check!)
15. Meet with a personal trainer
16. Begin a MWF workout routine (Check!)
17. Visit my family and old friends in St. Louis
18. Surprise my coworkers with something
19. Send homemade birthday cards/gifts
20. Write more letters
21. Meet with an advisor about obtaining my Teaching Certification
22. Volunteer with students
23. Annual Girls' Weekend (April 16–18) (Check!)
24. Begin a new tradition with friends
25. Plan a monthly secret date with Scott (Check: Jan, Feb, March, April, May)

And there are many more things that I'm already planning on (weddings, reunions, traveling). 25 things added up fast.

I'm pretty excited.

What are you hoping to achieve in the next year?

(See last year's here).

December 9, 2009

The Best Music Of 2009

All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2009.

Check out the awesome list + listen to samples right here.

Hooray tunes!

December 1, 2009

Cutest Kitteh

If I liked cats, this would definitely be the reason.

November 20, 2009

Root is Delicious

And! My friend (and fellow UD VC grad) designed the logo.

November 16, 2009


Oh, I'll tell you that I
I love you by and by
I don't know if I'd survive
Without a friend like you in my life

Brett Dennen, By & By

I'm so unabashed about my love for love, family and friends lately.
And did I mention that I'm happy?

Sunny Sunday

My new favorite treat is sipping a pint of porter
on a sunny Sunday afternoon on the porch of a pub
on South Street with Scott. And alliteration.

November 11, 2009

Bangin': Continued

So I did it :D

Think I'm going to like them!

Sorry for the poor picture quality.
Took it on the computer in fluorescent light.

November 3, 2009

24 before 25

Well, it's my 25th birthday! I did pretty well on this little list, but I missed a few. They'll just have to go on my 25 before 26 list — I'll post that in the next week. And maybe I'll do a little recap of the things I did get to do. A lot has happened in a year!

(Gray items on the list have been completed!)

01. start my own Etsy shop
visit Kelly and Becca
go on a leisurely bike ride with Scott
04. design my first set of wedding invitations
05. go to the first wedding of one of my friends
06. become involved with the UD alumni association
07. design a logo for my brother Chris' new biz
08. go camping
09. bake cupcakes
10. make a project from this book, Printing by Hand
11. make a project from this book, Sock and Glove
12. eat dinner in NYC with Scott, my Dad and Peggy
13. make my mom's lasagna (and get my mom + mark to visit me!)
14. start a new blog for my Etsy shop
15. go to a concert at World Café Live with Scott (went to Johnny Brenda's instead)
16. go on a roadtrip + take lots of photos
17. create my postcard project
18. picnic at an AVAM summer outdoor film (did this in Philly instead)
19. go on a Baltimore harbor water taxi bar crawl with friends
20. finish crocheting my first blanket
21. make a new friend
22. go to a restaurant I haven't yet been to in Baltimore
23. discover my favorite podcast (The Moth)
24. finally visit the Baltimore aquarium

November 2, 2009


I simply cannot get enough of this song. I love everything about it.
It's called Home, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Thanks for introducing it to me, Haley.

Ginkgo Leaves

The ginkgo became my favorite leaf when I did my 7th grade science project on leaf identification. Their veins are unlike those of any other deciduous tree's leaves (which are either palm-veined or parallel-veined). I thought that was pretty cool.

© Sarah Rosenthal, 2009

More Neato Facts about Ginkgo Trees:

• they're often planted in cities because they thrive in polluted air
• they are considered living fossils

Sassafras leaves are a close second. Followed by yellow poplar.
If you're really lucky, I'll explain why in a later post.

November 1, 2009

Homecoming on Halloween

Me + my college roomies:

Seeing you guys is such a treat. :D
Had a great weekend.

October 19, 2009

To Market, To Market

Yes, it's true, folks.
3 grocery bags of produce for $15.
I will never stop being amazed.

6 bell peppers
6 jalepenos
4 monster carrots (seriously, footlong carrots)
2 yellow onions
2 avocados
1 red onion
1 tomato
1 huge head of napa cabbage
1 nub of ginger
2 lbs string beans
1 bunch of green onions
1 lb mushrooms
10 bananas
2 limes
$15 at Reading Terminal Market

And—case you were wondering—it's all beautiful.

This week: two-bean chili, veggie stir fry and black bean burgers.

October 14, 2009

Tweet tweet

I've been tweeting all the cool stuff I find instead of blogging it. Tweeting is faster.

See my tweets here, if you please.


October 11, 2009

Three Years Together

This past year:

Some favorites:

And in case this post is too sentimental:

October 5, 2009


Bangs, I covet you.
Lovely on a heart-shaped face.
I've made up my mind.

October 2, 2009

True Up

Image from

Really admire this blog header design. True Up is all about fabric and patterns. Definitely worth bookmarking — a great reference site full of inspiration.

October 1, 2009


I would like to eat here some time.

Cake with Giants

All images from

Love the whimsy in Amy's illustrations and typography.
Check out her site:

September 30, 2009

Nobody Knows Me At All

This little ditty
popped up on my
Last.FM radio station this morning.
By The Weepies.

I like.

The National Parks on PBS

© Sarah Rosenthal, 2009

Excited to watch the documentary film series
The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns.

Don't have cable at the moment, but good news!
You can watch it online for a limited time (for free!).

Via Good.

September 29, 2009

I Like Wayne Pate's Art

© GoodShapeDesign, 2009

And I like his name.

September 27, 2009

From the Top of My Heart

© Denny Renshaw

Scott, Bill and I were lucky enough to score tickets to Sufjan Stevens concert at a teeny, tiny venue (Johnny Brenda's) last week. He played a bunch of new music, and I've been itching to hear it again but haven't been able to find it. Finally someone from a later concert posted this — Impossible Souls:

I loved three of the new songs, including these (though they do drag on a bit—would like to hear tighter versions). I'm still in search of my favorite, though, which had the lovely lyric, "I love you from the top of my heart." What a great line. Let me know if you know where to find that song! Or if you even know the title.

And a little bit more — There's Too Much Love:

September 25, 2009

Recent Work

© Sarah Rosenthal, 2009

I just posted some of my most recent work on my Facebook page, including a few different concepts + the chosen one.

It was particularly fun to work on these because I used to live right down the street from Bad Decisions. It's the kind of place where you make friends every time you go. Like Cheers, but with flaming shots.

And it's becoming rather known for its monthly bacon + beer happy hour.

You should go. And buy a shirt.

: )

September 24, 2009

All The Single Babies

I love this baby so much.

September 21, 2009

Freelance Design Update

Just wanted to share something I'm excited about: I have a new freelance gig at The University of Delaware. I'm designing a few days a week for the College of Engineering. So far I've been designing posters, postcards, recruitment brochures and alumni newslettery goodness. I especially like having the opportunity to design some multi-paged materials with lots of copy, which I haven't done in a little while (some might think I'm crazy, but I'm being sincere!). I love me some InDesign paragraph styles.

I'm still open for other freelance projects as well, and have had a pretty awesome variety lately. I worked with Caspari McCormick to create a press kit with customizable stationery for the Delaware Children's Museum. I'm wrapping up a t-shirt design for one of my favorite neighborhood spots in Baltimore (thank you John). And! I'm working with Brody to create some thank you stationery that complements the wedding invites I designed for her. Going to print them on my fancy new printer.

I've had much fun working on these projects, and I feel fortunate to have such great clients/collaborators. Thank you. And thanks to all of my lovely new fans on facebook!

As always, if you or a friend are in need of design, please get in touch with me. I'd love to hear what you've got in mind.

That's all of my shameless self-promo for now ; )

Hope you had a delightful weekend.

[Above // Part of my view when I'm designing at home: S, front window, and my new curtains from Mom]

September 16, 2009

States United

this print is lovely
by Beauchamping on Etsy
discovered it here

We Make Words

This little blog makes me smile:

"we like words. and we like arranging objects. and we like taking photos too. so we invented up a little project to keep our over-active imaginations occupied. we take it in turns to photograph a word made of things, each word somehow relates with the word that has gone before. we like this idea."


September 15, 2009

Trailer: New York, I Love You

Would like to see this one, too! In theatres October 16th.

Also need to see Paris, Je T'Aime : )

September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Time for fun facts about Labor Day. Yay! Grabbed a few lines from here:

• Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers

• It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

• The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882

September 3, 2009

New Favorite Flower

Though its name is ridiculous, my new favorite is the Ranunculus.

[Photo from the story girl's Flickr stream]

September 2, 2009

Couch Searching

I've been browsing craigslist for a new couch for a while, just waiting for a perfect treasure. Been hoping for a chocolate brown leather comfy goodness, or perhaps something with a bit more personality (but still comfortable!). Today I came across a craigslist posting that linked to this blog, FoundMod. They collect and sell mid-century furniture in the NJ/NY/PA area, and boy do they have a good eye.

Here are some of their previous finds (photos from FoundMod's blog):

Check out these beauties! Oh, the lines! The simplicity! The perfectly placed details! So lovely.

I've now been drooling for about an hour.

I generally don't even like blue for myself, but I'd gladly put any of these in my living room. Unfortunately they don't have any couches for sale at the moment, but I'll be checking back often.

I almost didn't want to share this, for fear of one of you snapping up the next gem, but I was just too excited. Excited about couches. Yes. It's like I'm a grown-up.

September 1, 2009

On that note...

I'm thankful for my weekly chat dates with Becca + Kelly : )
I sooo look forward to them. See you (online) tonight!

And I love when my mom calls me on Sunday evenings.
It gives me that warm, fuzzy Sunday feeling.

Annnd! I'm thankful to the folks at Caspari McCormick,
for hiring me to help with a few really fun design projects.


My favorite ways to show thanks from here:

1. Send a thank-you note
2. Give a free hug

3. Give a little gift

4. Acknowledge someone publicly

5. Surprise someone

August 31, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

Inside all of us is a Wild Thing. October 16th.

August 28, 2009

Fajita Fixins

Sautéed in a little butter with onions and cumin-spiced chicken, topped with a dollop of sour cream, rolled up in a tortilla. Mmm mm loving veggies lately.

August 27, 2009

Invitation Design

Here's a little sneak peak at the invitations I designed for my friend Brody's beach-side wedding. We chatted a bunch about why she and Miguel chose to celebrate at the beach, and I was inspired when she told me she loves the ocean "because of its constantly changing color."

Brody, I absolutely loved collaborating with you. Thanks for choosing me to design for your special day!

And once again, congratulations! Can't wait for the wedding : )

August 26, 2009


Thank you, sir. May I have another?

Crafted by Scott.

August 25, 2009

Feltidermy + Confession

GirlSavage's Etsy shop cracks me up. I want one.

And I confess: I used to think jackalopes were real.

Until about two years ago.

It all started with Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier) on America's Funniest People, mixed with a lot of trickery from my brothers during my childhood.

It was a tragic realization, because I thought they were awesome.

[photo from
girlsavage flickr]

August 24, 2009

New Gadget

Hello, hello! Just wanted to point out a new little gadget to the right—it's a link to my Graphic Design Facebook Page. If you're a Facebook user and you like my design work, please feel free to fan me. And of course, if you or someone you know is looking for a designer, I'm available for freelance or full-time (based in Philadelphia).

Thanks for listening to my little plug!

Movie: Taking Woodstock

Putting it on the list! In theaters this Friday, August 28th.

The list so far:

– Paper Heart
– Art & Copy
– Julie & Julia
– Taking Woodstock

August 22, 2009

The Avett Brothers

This warm, rainy Saturday morning is pefect for The Avett Brothers.

They are my new favorite.

Thank you, Scott, for introducing me to them : )

August 21, 2009


These are the treasures my mom and I scored when she visited. Thank you, Fabric Row! The 1970's yellow spiral will be our new curtains for our front window. The 1940's vintage black print has metallic gold in it. Pretty sure my knees buckled when we discovered it.

Mom took 'em both home and sewed up some lovely gifts for us. The 1940's print is now a set of beautiful cloth napkins. And I'll take pictures of the new drapes in the window as soon as we get a curtain rod.

Thank you, MOM! I feel so lucky!

In the meantime, the rest of our living room is coming right along. So far, it's a nice mix of gifts from family, craigslist gems, and ikea fillers:

A Note from Mom (because I keep interchanging "drapes" with "curtains"):

Vocab lesson: A curtain is a flat panel of fabric (these are curtains). A drape has sewn in pleats (it "drapes" just from hanging there, not gathered on a rod). So minor...probably only interiors teachers and designers know the diff.

August 19, 2009

Block Printing

Experimenting with block-printing. I cut the design out of a rubber tile, rolled on the ink and stamped it onto muslin. Excited to play with some new techniques to inspire my graphic design.

Plus, it reminds me of my 6th grade art class. Glorious.

: )

August 18, 2009

Jewelry Inspiration: locallibrary

Lauren Haupt makes some beautiful jewelry. I've been coveting a few of her designs for a while, now. Love the mixture of gold tones with wood. So simple, with lovely details.

Lauren's Etsy shop: locallibrary.

[photos from Lauren's Etsy shop]

August 17, 2009

New Biz Cards

Hello, Monday! Hope you all had a delightful weekend.
I designed new business cards and had them printed by Moo:

Very pleased with the prompt customer service (I emailed to ask if they print their own logo on biz cards—they do not), cost, speed, print quality and recycled paper.

This Guy

this guy makes me laugh
eating his philly taco
posing for photos

I love him.

August 16, 2009

Julie & Julia

Another movie I'd really like to see: Julie & Julia. I can't remember the last time there were so many movies I wanted to see at once—it's fantastic!

Breakfast & Sunday Funny

Cupcake recipe from here. Super rich and moist. I cheated and used Betty Crocker Vanilla Whipped Icing. I, uhh, didn't prep the pan properly so they are bottomless cupcakes. Everyone knows the top is the best part anyway.

Ooh and I get to cross another thing off of this list!

August 15, 2009

Art & Copy

Ooh boy I'm interested in seeing this one.

Warning: trailer contains foul language.

Here's the official website for the movie Art & Copy. There is a screening in Philly on Friday, October 23rd. Who wants to go see it with me? There are also two showings in St. Louis (10/2 and 10/4).

PS That ampersand... swoon. They got me.

August 14, 2009

Goat Cheese Zucchini Pizza

Om nom nom! Eating whatever is in season has been so madly delicious lately. One of the perks to having lots of free time is that I'm able to make things from scratch and experiment with trying new recipes. Boy oh boy, have we found some good ones!

This is another recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Don't skimp on the lemon—follow it exactly as she says—it gives it a great little bite.

I'm amazed so far that there is not a single recipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog that I've wanted to tweak. Everything tastes perfectly seasoned.

August 13, 2009

Craft Day Sunday Funday

I think I have a favorite neighborhood bar, and if you remember this, then you can probably understand why. They have craft Sundays! This week's craft was robots. Supplies are free and sandwiches are half-price, but you have to drink a beer if you want to make a beer-can robot.

Oh, darn.


August 11, 2009

Jewelry Inspiration: Sulu

Love these by Sulu. $15.

And pretty much everything by Sulu, really.

[Photo from here]

August 10, 2009

Movie Trailer: Lemonade

"If you've been laid off, then this movie is for you"

Found on Twitter via @RachelStuart, @slantsixneal and @agencyspy.

Looking forward to seeing this one. I think it'll be inspiring.

I got laid off, and I learned to freelance, traveled cross-country, moved to Philadelphia, reconnected with old friends, started riding my bike, hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains, visited family and friends, had them visit me, learned to cook more, started an herb garden, and today I'm diving into printmaking. Art. Just for fun. Because I want to.

It's definitely not all bad : )

How about you?

August 9, 2009

Music and Dancing

I would like to take a ballroom dance class now, please.

(Why Do You Let Me Stay Here by She & Him. She = Zooey Deschanel).

August 8, 2009

More Foods.

Cooking and baking have served as my creative outlet lately. Nothing fancy (I don't think a bowl of cereal counts as cooking), but I've been trying some new every-day stuff. I want to try just about every recipe at Smitten Kitchen. So far everything I've tried from there has been pretty easy to make, inexpensive and delicious.

Loving our plain white Ikea dishes and living room window for food photos.

Clockwise from top left...

Pita Pizzas: a family tradition. To ensure a crispy crust, stick the pita in the oven while you preheat (500º). Prep the toppings. Top pitas (you can use a whole pita or split them), then bake. Great for random leftover veggies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Smitten Kitchen. For Scott's lunch (er, I guess I ate a few, too). Great recipe! Didn't have any pecans, but I'm sure they'd make 'em extra delicious.

Breakfast: fresh strawberries, shredded wheat, milk and a pinch of brown sugar.

Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta & Slaw from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe is a keeper! I wouldn't normally think of Feta on tacos, but it is an killer touch. And I'm a huge fan of corn tortillas (YAY CORN TORTILLAS!). Tragically, we ran out of Feta half-way through our batch of tacos, but cheddar worked okay. We used field greens instead of cabbage because it's what we had. So fast, so simple, so yummy.

Breakfast: fresh blueberries, kashi granola, milk.

Corn Toasties: from A Good Appetite. Scott got all nostalgic when he saw these at the grocery store. When those ran out, I decided to try and make our own. Perfection! When it's homemade, all the ingredients are things I can pronounce.

And one more recipe that I didn't take a picture of when I made it (because it was too delicious-looking and we couldn't wait to eat it)...

Pizza from Smitten Kitchen. This includes easy-to-understand directions for making your own pizza dough from scratch. The honey is very subtle. It is so simple and so worth it.

I want to bake more than I can possibly eat.

August 7, 2009

Mom & Mark Visit

I loved having my Mom & Mark visit more than words can express. I wish I was able to spend more time with them, but hey, I guess the distance makes the visits that much sweeter : )

Thursday we explored Reading Terminal Market (my favorite place to buy produce). Ten limes for a dollar! Two pounds of beautiful Jersey beefsteak tomatoes for a buck! Two pints of blueberries for 99 cents! Can't beat it. We bought food for a picnic later in the day.

On the way back, Brian and his horse, Blueberry, convinced us to do a carriage tour around the historic monuments and 18th century homes (including ours!). I'd been itching to do a tour, since they clip-clop by our house every half-hour, but I was waiting until I saw a tour guide I couldn't resist. Brian won. The volume of his voice reminded us a lot of Brian Fellow. And! He claims to be an extra during a chase seen in the movie National Treasure with Nick Cage (*nod to Becca*). We rented it, and didn't really see him, but I recommend him, no less.

We tried out cheese steaks at John's Roast Pork, a lesser-known steakery to tourists, but we've heard around town that it's the best. I missed the whiz and prefer the chopped-up meat at Jim's, still, but Scott has a new favorite. This house is officially divided.

Thursday night we went to go see a free outdoor screening of Baby Mama (set in Philly!) at Penn's Landing. Hilarious! And, thanks to Brian, we know that Tina Fey is from Philadelphia. Scarfed down our RT Market picnic. Om nom.

Friday we walked to the Italian Market. On the walk, I got my mom to identify every plant on every front stoop. Sweet potato vines are my new favorite (pictured, top left, lime green + purple). We got a bunch of random things at the market for lunch (octopus salad, fancy cheese, bread, pistachio and biscotti gelato), and picked up some fresh-cut linguini, broccoli rabe and sage-sausage for dinner (which Scott made, and it was fantastic).

We like to eat (and I like parentheses).

Friday afternoon my mom and I checked out Fabric Row, in search of curtains for our front window. I was thrilled to have a partner in crime, because I'm completely lost when I go into stores like these by myself. After scouring 15 shops owned by a curious variety of characters, and as the sky was looking rather ominous, we stumbled upon Paul's — window treatment fabric from the 1970's. Bingo. Paul himself is a crotchety old man who didn't seem too pleased that I picked a fabric on the top shelf, but he softened up when he realized it was the same fabric his wife used for their windows.

Or does he say that to everyone?

Just as we were wrapping up, the momentous downpour commenced. We were a solid 12 blocks from home. Without car. Without bicycle. Without umbrella. We booked it. Soaking. Drenched. Sopping wet. People pointed from the store windows. Creepy men laughed. Ankle-deep puddles. Warm summer rain. Glorious. (Pictured, top right).

Saturday we decided to get some exercise since we'd been such gluttonous pigs (though we'd done a lot of walking!). We did a 20-mile bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Absolutely gorgeous, and much to my liking because there were almost no hills. Just prettiness. Everybody was super patient with me since I'm still getting the hang of biking. Working on those crowded-city-intersection starts.

Grabbed lunch at the weekend Farmers Market at 2nd & Pine. The pork tacos. Ohhh, the pork tacos. With a chunk of grilled pineapple. Cilantro. Corn tortillas. Oh-so-yummy. Not to be missed.

Saturday afternoon we collapsed. Taught the 'rents how to play Dr. Mario. Chris, you better watch out. Mom's comin' to getcha. Ok not really, she didn't get past level six. Not bad for one day, though! She couldn't put it down.

Early Sunday morning we bid adieu. They're off to Canada for a week of cycling. Go team!

And phew. That's it! Two weeks worth of food in three days!

Mom & Mark, I love you and I hope you visit again before too long : ) It means so much to me that you made the trek out this far to see us in our new home and city! Hope you had as much fun as I did.

Saved for next time: Battleship New Jersey & the Philadelphia Art Museum

August 6, 2009

Focaccia, Round 1

I'm eager to try bread-making lately. I've heard focaccia is one of the easiest for beginners, so I started there (after a horribly failed attempt at french bread). I used this recipe, but I changed the toppings up a bit. I used sundried tomatoes, red onion, big slices of fresh garlic, rosemary and coarse kosher salt.

The recipe only tells you to let it rise once and then punch it down, but we were skeptical. I had enough from the one recipe to fill two of my 9" cake pans, so after dividing the dough and spreading it into both pans, I followed the original directions for one, and let the second one rise for another hour. Before sticking the second one in the oven, I pushed a few of the toppings down into the dough again.

The second way (pictured, rise twice) is definitely the way to go.

I also had to bake mine for longer than 20 minutes (both times), and it still never got very golden brown on top. Tastes good, though!

Om nom nom.

August 5, 2009

500 Days of Summer

Going to see this tonight with old friends and new ones at the Ritz.
Six dollar Wednesdays, woo!

I have a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel.

A random fun tune from the soundtrack (why not?):
You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

I have a gift certificate to iTunes.
I think I may go download the whole soundtrack.

August 4, 2009


Lightly breaded eggplant on a bed of penne + homemade sauce (with capers), topped with Parmesan cheese. Decadent, yet inexpensive.

I find the sweet deals on the most beautiful produce every time I go to Reading Terminal Market. Annnd the lighting through our front window just begs me to take photos of dinner every night.

August 3, 2009

August 2, 2009

Mediterranean Salad

Iceburg lettuce. Roma tomatoes.
Green olives. Balsamic chicken.
Feta. Capers. Om. nom. nom.

Loving the bigger pictures and wider column on my blog.

August 1, 2009

Thought you escaped?

Probably my all-time favorite night spent with my uncles Mark and Curt. Ever.

Scott's mom kept the three-hour-DC-traffic portion of the ride home upbeat by rolling down the windows and shouting things like "Echo echo echo echo" to the guy driving the Toyota Echo.

Awesome trip. Thanks everyone.