April 15th, 2014
Daniel and I just got back from Washington, DC. We drove up for our friends’ wedding celebration, but stayed to explore a little since neither of us had been since high school. We hit some museums downtown and visited the zoo. (By the way the Smithsonian National Zoo has nothing on the North Carolina Zoo!)
The famous cherry blossoms happened to be in full bloom, so I wanted to walk down to the waterfront “real quick” to see them in all their glory. Before we knew it we got sucked into a massive cherry-blossom-seeking mob. There were thousands of people pressing in from all sides trying to get the best look at the blooms. The trees were gorgeous, but I was more focused on resisting the urge to thrash around violently in an attempt to clear myself a bubble of personal space. Thankfully I was able to snap a few photos that I could appreciate later with the mayhem cropped out!
April 10th, 2014
For the next 3 weeks I’m going to do this 15 Day Drawing Challenge I wrote up. I’ll post 5 days worth of drawings at a time for the next 3 Thursdays. If you want to join in, hashtag your drawings #15DayDrawingChallenge over on instagram so we can see each other’s work!
THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things:
1. a pattern
2. an animal
3. your favorite thing to wear
4. something you found on the ground outside
5. recipe instructions
6. a word
7. an insect
8. a cross section
9. an animal doing something only humans can do
10. something in a jar
11. a diagram
12. something you’re afraid of
13. a plant
14. your favorite food
15. something microscopic
UPDATE: Here are my drawings from the challenge!
- drawings 1–5 are here
- drawings 6–10 are here
- drawings 11–15 are here
April 8th, 2014
I love chai, but it’s so warm and spicy that I can’t bear to drink it in the spring and summer. I usually just stare at it forlornly in the cabinet and look forward to fall. Luckily my favorite local tea source, Tin Roof Teas, posted this iced chai recipe on facebook recently. I’ve been making it almost daily ever since. I never would have thought of putting maple syrup in tea, but it’s pretty genius.
By the way, these glass straws are the best.
This serving board is also the best.
2 tsp of your favorite loose leaf chai (steeped in 6oz boiling water for 5 minutes)
1 tsp maple syrup
2 oz milk (or use half milk, half cream to make it extra creamy)
1 glass of ice
Combine the chai, maple syrup and milk. Pour over ice. Guzzle!
April 3rd, 2014
The big terrarium I put together two years ago desperately needed replanting. See? My aloe plant was trying to escape!
I don’t really have enough light for succulents, but I get them anyway and just replace them when they start getting leggy and sparse. This time around I planted non-succulents.
I chose plants with different leaf sizes and colors, and I made sure they all had the same light and water requirements.
In case you missed it here’s how I made my little terrarium mushrooms, and here are my basic terrarium planting instructions.
Now, let’s see if I can keep these alive for 2 years!
April 1st, 2014
Once in a while someone will ask me what’s behind the big curtain in my studio. Unfortunately there’s nothing as exciting as the Wizard of Oz back there. I just needed storage space for inventory, paper, envelopes, and such, so I put up some shelving and hung curtains in front. It’s nice to be able to pull them closed and make the room seem tidy, while still keeping my stockpile within arm’s reach.
Ok, those are just begging to be made into a gif…
Oh yeah, gif-y goodness.