Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Resoltion #3

Finish all the books I started in 2009.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kick Starter

I just found this amaaazing site. It's a microfinancing site for artists. Where you can put up your idea and how much it will cost to make it a reality, and incentives for investors, then people give you money to make your dream a reality.

Read more here.

Resolution #2

Eat More Vegetables

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Champagne Beer (not miller high life)

I heard about this on A Chef's Table (one of my favorite podcasts). It's beer that's brewed in Belgium and then shipped to the Champagne region of France and goes through the same fermentation process as Champagne. It's also placed in caves to mature, and I'm impressed by things that mature in caves. I once tried a blue cheese from the cheese man that was aged in caves that were airated by bats. Batman cheese.

Anyway, I want to ring in the new year with Deus Brut Flanders.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Best Christmas Present Ever

Schwartz made me and Jason this video of our wedding for Christmas. It captures the day so perfectly. It's the best Christmas present ever.

Jason & Haley from Michael Schwartz on Vimeo.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Miranda or Brigitte

From these photos I can't decide if I would rather be artist Miranda July within the portrait or Brigitte Sire the photographer who took these photos.

Via Hot Child

Polaroid + Charles & Ray Eames

Polaroid SX-70 Promotional Film from Ekim on Vimeo.


Jason made a lovely book of our wedding with Blurb.

You can preview it here.

You can either use their editing software which is just really slow, but Jason ended up using indesign and it apparently worked great. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE FINAL PRINTED PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Netflix Workout

I am the kind of person who needs to make time to work out or else all the energy that builds up from working in front of a computer most days erupts in me being super stressed and I can't focus.

My new favorite workout is what I call the "watch it now workout". Netflix watch it now has a pretty good selection of workout videos which are super convenient. 30 minutes in your living room.

The Self Magazine videos are my favorites.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Winter in Fishtown

Christmas in Philly sometimes means you buy your Christmas tree from the beer distributor. :)

Also we opened our door on Saturday and look what we saw...SNOW!

What a lovely weekend.

Friday, December 04, 2009


Does anyone have any good podcast recomendations through itunes?

On my current playlist:
This American Life
A Chef's Table
This I Believe
Imago Dei
and Dave Ramsey

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Heading to Alabama for Thanksgiving.

See you Sunday.


Monday, November 23, 2009


I'm having trouble documenting lately, having trouble taking photos and coming up with things to write about which is strange because I'm enjoying life so much right now. Really enjoying being present and engaged with what's going on around me. Enjoying connecting with people and working really hard.

I'm feeling content.

This weekend I made
these earl grey butter cookies
and this focaccia bread with parmesean and onions

probably because I'm having lana withdraw.

Cooking has been a nice outlet. It's a great creative process with relatively little time commitment and instant satisfaction.

I'm loving weekends at home.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ruffles and Frills

My new outlet for all things painfully feminine. Here.

Savon de Marseille

I think my favorite purchase from Portland was a big block of rose and olive oil soap from the french import store nationale. It's one of those soaps that you can use on practically anything from your skin, to dishes, and even your floors. It's kind of like the french dr. bronners, but it smells nicer. It smells like flowers and sunshine. I'm mildly obsessed.

From their website:
Big blocks of olive oil based soap have been crafted for one thousand years in the South of France. Since 1688 French law has declared that only soaps that are crafted using ancient methods, and containing only the purest ingredients, shall bear the famous mark “Savon de Marseille.”

It takes the Maitre de Savon (soapmaster) two weeks to make Marseille Soap. The delicate mixture of olive and vegetable oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean Sea salted water are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons.

Monday, November 16, 2009


No photos.
The week away was super inspiring.

Potland was awesome. Friendly people, great vintage and handmade things, and the best food I've ever had at Mother's Bistro.

Seattle was pretty, but hard to navigate and very little vintage. It felt like a city of young professionals in REI jackets. It wasn't really my favorite. But we made some nice friends at the Field House pop up shop. And they also had some of the best chocolate I've had in a while.

Vancouver was nice. It was beautiful driving over the Canadian border. The city is super walkable, and the highlight there was most certainly Macleod's books. Stacks and stacks of books organized by genre. I wanted to get a big wingback chair and spend all my days reading through all of the antique texts.

The trip was rainy and gloomy, but still magical. Especially driving from city to city on a treasure hunt.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Leaving Today

Portland : Seattle : Vancouver

Going for work, going for inspiration.
It should be an adventure. It's going to be rainy.
I'm going to drink lots of coffee.
Take lots of pictures. Soak it all in.
See you in a week.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


For some reason I'm always suprised when people buy things from my etsy store. I list things and then forget about them until I get an e-mail saying that someone has discovered my little shop and purchased one of my treasures.

All that to say I have one Peruvian blanket left in my shop. Just one.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Pac Man

Our costumes.

Halloween : Lewes DE

Jason and I went to visit the fam this weekend in Lewes. It's the cutest little town and we had about 200 trick or treaters while we sat on the front porch and ate chili. I think this was by far my favorite costume:


Thursday, October 29, 2009


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for your afternoon.

Tammis Keefe

Smitten with Tammis Keefe's 1940's hankie prints.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jason Hackenwerth

Jason Hackenwerth was a painting major who worked his way through art school making balloon animals at kids parties. Now his balloons are his art. I love that they look like blown up microorganisms.

Jason's having a really great art installation at the 2424 building on York street in fishtown. The opening is on Friday, and you better go now because the balloons tend to wilt over time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quilts are Quool

I think Quilters should be considered the first Graphic Designers.

Pretty Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilts.


I got a hair cut the other day. I don't really like it. I didn't want bangs. It looks like this:

Vancouver Taxidermy

I am super excited about my upcoming pacific northwest trip. Especially the Museum of Vancouver's taxidermy exhibit.

Here's what their site says about the exhibit,

"Displaying the Museum of Vancouver’s extensive collection of taxidermy for the first time in decades, Ravishing Beasts investigates the provocative and strangely alluring world of taxidermy.

Whether a hoarding of exotic curiosities, a scientific archive, a hunting trophy, or a stuffed pet, taxidermy always exposes longings to capture animals and tell stories about their significance within human lives.

The exhibition confronts viewers with the visual power of taxidermy. It invites us to examine taxidermy’s cultural aesthetic, scientific history, and revival in art and design, and to question the legacy, current value, and future relevance of the practice."


Here's a great article about the exhibit.

If you can't make it to Vancouver check out Evolution in NYC instead.

Urban Taxidermist
living in Brooklyn

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Patterns Finds

Would someone please tell me how the Japanese crafting culture got so cool? Look at these books that come with full size patterns for you to create more clothes and bags. Their design is so minimal and tailored and BEAUTIFUL!

Favorite Number 1

Favorite 2


I want to learn how to sew better. I can sew a straight line, and can make curtains or pillows with relative ease, but I think I'm ready for the next step. I want to make some clothes. So I ordered a couple patterns from the Simplicity website.

I figured I would start with the Built by You series, and then try my hand at something a little harder with the Cynthia Rowley Pattern...I'm really excited about that necklace!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wilson Bentley

If you like snowflakes, and science, and photography you'll love Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley. He's responsible for the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike, and was the first person to photograph a snowflake. He was was an American farmer and snow crystal photomicrographer, who during his lifetime captured some 5000 snow crystal images. They can be seen is his book Snow Crystals

I like the idea of that they're all unique, but also that they won't last. That they are fleeting beauties.

“Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.”

“When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Predator Mittens

Aren't these predator vs. prey mittens so cute?! I used to have hyena gloves, but I lost one on a road trip. I'm a nerd for puppets.
thanks for the heads up emily!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


As scatter brained as I am, you might be suprised that I love day planners especially new empty day planners. I like the idea of the possibilities that they hold. The one I chose for 2010 is the Rhodia Planner. LOOK HOW AWESOME IT IS! Super simple, clean lines, and graph paper. It also comes in black.

You can get it here:

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm sorry I had to

The Little Fashion Gallery is just way too cute.

disclaimer: I do not want babies yet.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I wonder

I wonder what tumblr's doing to us.

Exposing us to so many images, completely seperated from context. Total visual overload. One after the other after the other after the other. I'm realizing that I find most of my inspiration completely seperated from it's intention and reduced down to lines and shapes and colors. I can barely remember designer's names anymore. Nothing has a story. I want more stories. I want more than just pretty pictures. I think I need more than just recycled images.

I want to go to the library.

Pacific Nothwest

Just booked a trip to Portland - Seattle - and Vancouver.
Pacific Northwest here I come.

photo via here