Craft Idea: Mothology Recycled Canvas Pillows

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oh, I love these recycled canvas pillows from Mothology! However, I think that they'll have to be a bit of DIY inspiration, as they are pretty pricey at $40 to $72 a piece. I'm thinking I could follow Say YES! to Hoboken's instructions for making a cross appliqué pillow. How cool would it be to make one that was neutral like this but in the pattern of an American flag?

My New Roommate

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

After a year of spending most nights here in Apartment 1B, my lovely boyfriend has moved in with me, and I'm over-the-moon about having him for a roommate. (That's him goof-ily demonstrating what a "superior" man he is above.)

Moving itself is a tough, stressful thing, but moving a second person into a relatively small one-bedroom apartment is even tougher than a regular move. Right now our apartment looks like there are hoarders living here (I won't even show you a photo). However, it's only been a couple of days and each day is infinitely better than the last.

Step one for making this move workable was me finding an office space, which it seems I have. The rest has involved a lot of trips to the Goodwill, unloading other stuff on Craigslist, a conversion of a closet space and more shelving for the living room. Luckily for me, my boyfriend has fantastic taste, so a lot of great-looking things are moving in with him.

Stay tuned for solutions for fitting two people into a space that one had very easily filled.

Grandma at The Future Perfect

Friday, May 21, 2010

Contemporary design mecca, The Future Perfect, is currently exhibiting a show called Lift Hold Roll for which designers were asked to create an object using caster, clamps and/or pulleys--or any combination of these. My old roommate's 92-year-old grandmother, known to me as Grammy, is one of the artists whose work is being shown. Her piece 'Euclid On A Roll' is above. How cool is that? Check out a full post on the show over at Core77--lots of great stuff!

How To Cook Fiddlehead Ferns

Last night we cooked fiddlehead ferns, which was a new culinary adventure. These crazy-looking vegetables are only available for a few weeks each spring, and I'm glad we got the chance to try them. I was surprised to see that none of my cookbooks had recipes for fiddlehead ferns, nor did, which is one of my go-to resources for recipes. Thank goodness for Google and the wide world of internets. Here's how we ended up cooking our ferns:

First, I trimmed the long ends off of the ferns with a pairing knife and rinsed them in some cold water. Next, I blanched them in a pot of boiling water for approximately two minutes. I scooped them out with a strainer saving the water for some whole wheat pasta.

After straining the fiddlehead ferns we immediately dunked them into a bath of ice water to stop the cooking. Then I drained the ferns and dried them (in my salad spinner, actually). Meanwhile, we put the whole wheat pasta into the boiling water.

Once dry, they were ready to be sautéed. I heated a large skillet and added about 1/4 c. of olive oil to the pan, when the oil got hot I tossed in the fiddlehead ferns. After sautéeing the fiddleheads for a minute or two I added six chopped (not minced) garlic cloves and cooked for a few more minutes.

Then I pushed the ferns to the sides of the pan and toasted a pin of red pepper flakes at the center of the pan (this "hot spot" toasting is a favorite trick of Lidia Bastianich). Then I added the juice of 1/2 a lemon, a healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper and some coarse salt.

Finally, we added the pasta to the pan and drizzled a little extra olive oil over everything and tossed. We topped the pasta with freshly grated Parmesean.

Ticking Stripe Upholstery

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have a club chair in need of a recovering (it's currently decked out in a Laura Ashley print). I'm currently dreaming about a blue and white ticking stripe for the new slipcover. Here are a few images that are inspiring my potential project.

I'm thinking I could save some money by purchasing this Berta Rand fabric in blue/white from Ikea (it's only $9/yard) and possibly experiment with bleaching it for a vintage feel.

Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville, TN 3/22/07

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I don't normally write about music here, but it's a personal blog, so what the heck? I love Dave Rawling and Gillian Welch perhaps more than any other contemporary musicians. Their songs and their music speak directly to me on a level that hits me to my core. I listen to their albums over and over again (often, I sing along). In fact, I finally understood what all the fuss about YouTube was about when I realized there were hours and hours of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings I'd never seen or heard.

This video of Gillian and Dave playing 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' from 2007 makes me love them even more. It also made me feel a little sad. Something about the combination of a song from my childhood (I was a child of the 80s and Cyndi Lauper loomed large) and something about Dave and Gill in some tiny, sweaty club made me feel old. But it's a kind of old that's okay, I may look back on my younger self with a touch of yearning, but my life is better today than it was five years ago, three years ago or even a year ago.

Dave Rawlings Machine is playing the Bowery Ballroom on June 2 and 3, and I'll be there for the Thursday show. I can't wait to see them live again. In the meantime, I'm re-watching their performance at the Beacon Theater from last August--it's amazing.

Häagen-Dazs Five: Lemon

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sure, Häagen-Dazs had its heyday in the 1980s, but I've never stopped liking this gourmet ice cream. I've been particularly enamored of the new 'Five' flavors, which launched a little over a year ago. (I'm also a huge fan of the simple but oh-so-smart print advertising campaign for 'Five.') My hands-down favorite is the new lemon flavor.

Me, oh, my: Go out and buy some and then try not to eat it all. It's flavor is clear and citrus-y, but mellowed by the creaminess of the cream and milk. We ate it with a little cut-up fruit (mango, kiwi and peach) and it made an elegant and easy dessert.

Undersink Fantasy

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I won't even pretend that my under-the-sink area is something I could show you. However, I dream of some day having a super-organized, clean space beneath my kitchen sink. When that day comes, I will own a cute plastic bag organizer and a roll-out garbage can like these ones from The Container Store. Until then, it's just darkness, shame and a messy pile of semi-neatly folded plastic baggies. Don't tell Martha.

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