Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Tunes / James Ferraro

Are you at an age where you remember the early 90's (like me)? As a child, did you go to the video rental store to borrow laser discs of early computer animations (like me)? Then you might be reminded of those fantastic & primitive electronic worlds when you listen to James' Ferraro's music.

Enjoy it!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Big Big City: Chicago !

For the past month Rebecca of BIG THINGS and I have been plotting and planning to bring you The Big Big City: Chicago, a pop up art market! The first stop in a series of year long pop up events going on across the country. 

Come join us on February 7th, at Public Works Gallery, right in the heart of Wicker Park and just a few steps off the Damen blue line, for this one night only event, featuring some of Chicago's best artists and designers. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by our vendors, as well as a bakesale and fun drinks with all proceeds to benefit 826 Chi

We hope you will stop by! Its going to be a bright, warm and fun thing to look forward to in the middle of these grey winter days. 

•••  Get updates about this event and vendor features through this blog and my twitter and at Rebecca's blog and twitter!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Roll W1102

Last year, I didn't shoot very much film at all. This is strange, since I'm very much a film person. During DH & I's annual visit to upstate New York for the holidays, I decided to leave my digital camera at home and took my trusty pentax 35mm slr. I've always been pretty loyal to pentax for this format and fuji for film.

After about a month, I finally dragged myself to get my rolls developed and picked them up a few days later. I forgot how much like Christmas it is to get your film back from the lab. This was the first roll I shot. The first pictures taken during June and the last pictures in December. Above are a few of my favorites.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Necklace Exchange

Last holiday season, Janette of Fashion Loves People, organized a really fun necklace exchange.  Like the secret santa of jewelry pretty - ness! I saw it mentioned by a few people on the tweeters and signed up right away.

This is the piece I made for my recipient -- quartzite, glass and brass beads on leather chord. I was really happy with it so you'll be seeing it at AHC soon!

This is the necklace I received in the mail from Kendra of Life Pastoral and Summer Street Photography! I love how it is beaded and braided and I love the black and gold combo. So perfect for me.

See the rest of the necklaces here.

I'm pretty excited about the next one !

[[ I kept meaning to post about this but after seeing Rebecca's post about it on bigbigbigthings, it kicked my butt into gear! Thanks, RG! ]]

How Come

A strange, sweet, slightly unsettling and, ultimately, beautiful video by Hans Appelqvist.

via DH's facebook share, via Mrs Tsk*

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Getting Away

We finally got some snow here in Chicago late last week and by no means was it a ton of snow, but there was enough that I finally felt like winter was here. While the storm was fun and, in a weird way, reassuring, today I'm dreaming about getting away. 

I love how these vegetables are displayed in a market in Thailand (via Austin Bush Photography) and this basket from Ghana (via Dull Diamond).


Yesterday, DH and I were talking about how funny it is that it was well within our reach to just go buy a ticket to some place and then go there. We could be on a plane in a couple of hours ! Being an adult is crazy because you can do these things! Of course we would get there broke and then come back and be even more broke. Being an adult sucks.

What is your #1 country you want to go to?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Emergency tunes

Loose Ends - (Emergency) Dial 999

IT Crowd - 0118 999 881 999 119 7253

Sunday, January 8, 2012



I am very excited to announce that 5x7 has published a small book of some of my new work, entitled NOTE WELL! It is a photographic journey spanning the last half of 2011. It was a total pleasure to work on this project and the book turned out beautifully.

You can ready more about it, see more images and purchase it over at 5x7.

Keep your eyes on these guys. Word on the street is that they've got some really amazing stuff coming out this year ...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Some things I ate in 2011

Pizza Party

Home made improvised weird asian noodle soup

I roasted this squash for squash millet muffins

I baked a lot of bread from this recipe

& I ate it with lots of butter and cured meats

The BEST lemonade
The most delicious rice porridge from our
fave Izakaya in Chicago(land). This had seafood
and a ball of roasted mochi on the bottom.

Apfel Strudel from the Österreichisches Bäkerei

A gifted palmier 

First baguette in France

One of many croissants and cafe cremes in Paris

Amazing markets in Paris

The most beautiful cafe for drinks,  food and food photos was found in Antwerp

Amazing markets in Antwerp

Hush puppies @ Lillie's Q

Overflowing bowls of soup

I made Maanchi's recipe for Emergency Kimchi 

It looks like a mess but this bowl of Samosa Chaat was SO GOOD

Canned coffee drink fail

BBQ @ Detroit's Eastern Market

Red Hen bread is Chicago's best Artisan bread company.
These were at the Oak Park farmers market where we went
specifically to eat these donuts.

I'm not a huge fan of pizza but I really loved this 'bar pizza' at
noted pizza place & dive bar Vito & Nick's.

There was a few weeks where I made a bunch of granola bars.

On our anniversary we went to the Morton Arboretum and then warmed ourselves with Pho afterwards.

I ate many avocadoes

This tomato butter changed my life 

I roasted lots of chiles for this stew

I made donuts for the first time. They weren't great.

Bibimbop 4ever

Kimchi jigae 4ever

Someone left out a plate of smarties the day after Holloween

Our no good bunny left a piece of carrot wedged between our couch cushions.