Friday, January 29, 2010


Remember that gorgeous couple that Drew and I photographed in December? The ones who met in Tanzania as expats and fell into an amazing love story? Well, I've just finished editing their photos and I'm jazzed about the outcome. I'm on my way to drop them off, so I can't show you too many, but here's a peek at some special edits that I did for them.

Photographing friends means that I can take creative liberties without really offending anyone. I'll try to post a few more images of their wedding soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


It's a shame this is such a sad song, because wouldn't it be beautiful for a wedding? I think anyone could sing this song and I'd probably like it, but I especially like this rendition with Mr. Timberlake and Matt Morris. I may or may not have an embarrassing celebrity crush on Justin Timberlake, and maybe a new crush on Matt Morris after hearing this song. I mean, come on, that voice? the hat? and hello, he has a beard. Good thing everything I just described sounds like a carbon copy of my fiance, or I might be in trouble.

Our Save-the-Dates and Yudu Screenprinter Review

I have been so excited to share our save the dates, but I was waiting until all of them had been sent first! It is details like these that I love about party planning.

We're going for a "modern vintage" feel for our wedding, mixing vintage details with modern design. Now, I totally think that Save the Dates are unnecessary for a budget wedding such as ours, but I just love paper goods and I couldn't help myself! I'm hoping that these little gems get our guests excited about celebrating with us!

I wanted to print on both the paper and the hankie, that way if our guests found some clever way to use the hankie (oh trust me, my aunt made us a stuffed bunny out of one...), they still had the paper to hang on the fridge!

You know what the best part is for a bargain-hunter-diy girl like myself? These babies cost us a total of 65 cents a pop! We're trying to save on postage by handing them out in person to those who live close.

Yudu Review:
There are good things and bad things about this machine. The good... It is all self contained, which is super convenient and makes it so easy to print anywhere with a large flat surface (dining room, kitchen, garage, etc). My two favorite features include the light-tight dryer, which you stick your screen in after applying emulsion or washing or whatever, and the tacky printing surface. The tacky surface makes registration so great. I chose to purchase this machine because, since I've graduated, I no longer have access to a printmaking studio. I feel like at this point, it is meeting my screenprinting needs.

The bad... If you are not an experienced screen printer, this machine might seem amazing upon first glance. However, without experience, you may have a really hard time getting it to do what you want. I had to make many modifications to my machine in order to make myself not regret this purchase. If you are an experienced screen printer, this machine might seem a little chincy at first, but with some tweaks, it works pretty well. The screen isn't the best, and it's definitely not made for more than like 5 wash outs. Also the Yudu ink, which they say to only use (of course) is completely overpriced and really dry. I tried it and got really terrible prints, very spotty. After that, I didn't even bother with it, I just went ahead and used Speedball. Also, the emulsion remover works really well and really fast, but bleach works just as well. The emulsion sheets are very convenient, but they don't work as well as good old liquid emulsion. Plus they are super pricey. The squeegee is just terrible. Do yourself a favor and go buy a good squeegee at an art supply store.

I guess it might seem like I have more bad things to say... but I really had a lot of fun using the Yudu machine. If you're thinking of buying one, my advice to you is to make sure you do your research on how to modify it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Clothing

Here is another awesome shirt benefiting relief efforts in Haiti. I'm proud to say that the guys who own this company, Joel and Tim, are really great friends of mine. So sweet to see so many talented friends using their gifts to help a cause.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Check It

Help Haiti Rise tshirts available here. 100% of the proceeds go to Partners in Health. What a small but great way to help contribute toward relief efforts in Haiti. They're only $15!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


This is a dream of mine. Swimming with whale sharks. They are herbivores, and very docile!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Grey Dresses

I told my bridesmaids that they should pick their own dresses. I figure, let them buy a dress they actually like for a price they can actually afford. Plus, I didn't want to deal with finding a dress that looks good on 6 different body types. I did, however, want to steer them in the right direction, so I made this dress guide.

I told them, "You are each choosing your own GREY dress to wear for the wedding. Find something that will flatter you and allow you to be in a tie for the SECOND hottest girl at the party (emphasis on second). It’s not a big deal to me that the color of your dresses match exactly, in fact I’m sort of going for the opposite effect. I just want you to feel fabulous in what you are wearing. I’ve tried to do a little research for you, because I don’t want this to be stressful. Below I have made some suggestions of styles I particularly like, though I definitely want you to be in something YOU like too."
I also said, "My personal favorites are #7, 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18. Can you tell I’m kinda into ruffles right now? Things I’m not into and it would be sweet if you could avoid: jersey knit, black details on the dress (though white is okay), and hoochie mamas. I understand that many of you are on a budget (who isn’t?). So I tried to appeal to all levels of spending. Many of these
dresses are on sale, so if you like any of these, feel free to go for it! Otherwise, I’d really love to see your dress before you decide to buy. I’m willing to bet that there will be some fun dresses that come out for spring, but if you don’t like being a Last Minute Lucy, then I’d start now!"

Links: 1 ,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I'm not sure how I've missed nieniedialogues in all my years of blog stalking, but I just came across her blog today. I also just read her story here. I am crying. You should read it and have a good cry, too.

Cue the mouth watering:

This is what I have been craving for, oh, the past two weeks or so. Since the last time I had some.

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds of Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • ¼ cup of Plain Yogurt
  • 3 tsp. of Ginger (Adrak) (minced)
  • 3 tsp. of Garlic (Lehsan) (crushed)
  • ¼ tsp. of White Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. of Cumin Powder (Pisa Zeera)
  • ¼ tsp. of Mace
  • ¼ tsp. of Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. of Green Cardamom Powder (Ilaichi Powder)
  • ¼ tsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirchain)
  • ¼ tsp. of Turmeric Powder (Pisi Haldi)
  • 3 tbsp. of Lemon Juice (Nimbu Ka Arakh)
  • Margarine (melted – for basting)
  • 4 tbsp. of Vegetable Oil

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • 2 pounds of Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. of Green Chillies (Hari Mirch) (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp. of Cloves (Loung)
  • 8 Green Cardamoms (Choti Ilaichi)
  • 2 tsp. of Ginger (Adrak) (julienned)
  • 1 tsp. of Fenugreek
  • 5 ounces of Tomato Paste
  • 10 ounces of Tomato Puree
  • 2 tsp. of Ginger Paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 2 tsp. of Garlic Paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 1 tbsp. of Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp. of Butter
  • 2/3 cup of Cream
  • Honey (Shehed) (to taste)

1) Whisk together all of the ingredients (not the sauce ingredients) in a large bowl. Add the chicken breast, cut into 2 inch cubes. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bake the chicken for 8 minutes, basting with margarine twice. Drain excess marinade and bake for another 2 minutes.

2) While doing this, make the sauce. Deseed and chopped green chilies. Put tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato puree in a pot and add approximately 4-1/4 cups of water. Add ginger and garlic paste, green chilies, red chili powder, cloves, cardamoms, and salt. Cook over low heat until reduced to a thick sauce. Strain through a strainer and bring to a boil. Add butter and cream. Stir. If the sauce tastes sour, add honey to taste. Add fenugreek and ginger juliennes, stir, and serve with the chicken.
Serving Suggestions: Serve Hot With Plain Rice, Chapati Roti or Nan

Chicken Tikka Masala is the most famous Indian dish in the world, why isn't it made in the home more often?

In another somewhat related note, I've been trying to get Drew to go to culinary school since the moment he mentioned he might have some small interest in it. How amazing would that be? I will never let go of that dream. Our relationship is a bit unconventional in that he does the majority of the cooking, and I do the majority of the fixing/building. So, don't be fooled: the fact that I posted this recipe just now certainly doesn't mean that I'm actually going to attempt it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hand Embroidered Note

from Craftzine.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

I have this new obsession over finding the perfect salt and pepper shakers. The problem is that a year or so ago, I found this amazing pair at Anthropologie. They were robin's eggs, and one sat upright and the other on it's side. They were on major sale, but I just didn't need them at the time, so I didn't get them. I've regretted it ever since!

These next few are nice, but they will never be able to replace my longing for the robin's eggs.

Vita Salt and Pepper Shaker, MichikoShimada, $28

Wood Salt + Pepper Shakers, Branch, $56
Whale Salt and Pepper Shakers by Johnathan Adler, Bloomingdales, $48

Egg Salt & Pepper Shakers, Neatorama, $7.95 (!)

Circus Pony Salt and Pepper Shakers, BROOKLYNrehab, $20
Finally, I came across this sweet tutorial from Design*Sponge for how to make your own salt and pepper shakers! Out of russian dolls! How great is that?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Yudu Screenprinter

Oh man, I am so jazzed. I am about to leave to go pick up this:
so that I can make these:

I've been putting this off for far too long! Our wedding is only 5 months away, and maybe it's a little too late to send save the dates, but I don't care! I'm sending them anyways, because I'm in LOVE with them!

December Wedding

Drew and I photographed a wedding a few weeks ago of our dear friends Grace and William. Their story is so unique. In a nutshell, Grace was living in Tanzania when she met William, who is from South Africa. Well, they fell madly in love and were making plans to get married in Ohio. William's visa was on major delay, and after months of waiting, the couple decided to get married in Tanzania in August, and throw a separate celebration here in the States once his visa finally came through. We were so honored to be a part of their special stateside celebration! Here is a little peek at the gorgeous couple. More to come on their Africa-inspired wedding. Enjoy!

DIY Lampshade

I have a growing number of DIY projects for my new apartment (which I'm not yet living in, but my handsome fiance, Drew, is... I'll move in come June when we get hitched!). I saw some of these lampshades at Anthropologie a few weeks ago, and, like so many things in that store, I said- hey, I'm going to make that! How many times have I actually gone through and executed said project ideas? Well, not many, if any. But! like I've said before, look at all the time I have on my hands now that I have my fancy Fine Arts degree under my belt! So, you just wait a few days, blogworld, and let's see if I can't wow and amaze you with my crafty abilities (and maybe with the help of this great tutorial).

Yuken Teruya

Look at this amazing installation by Japanese artist Yuken Teruya.

Doesn't it make you want to bust out your exacto knife and make pretty forests out of toilet paper rolls?

Happy New Year!

New Years Resolution: keep up with this blog! Now that I've graduated, I'm telling myself that I should have plenty of time to keep a blog, right? There are so many exciting things coming up in the year 2010- new apartment (so naturally I'm all into interior design right now), new job (well, as of I'm wearing a big, fat UMEMPLOYED sticker across my forehead, but I'm hopeful), new husband!! (not until June, so you KNOW I'm obsessed with all things wedding), new travels (can we say honeymoon?), and a new enthusiasm for all things creative!

Funny enough, my first post of the new year is going to be about Facebook. Have you seen their new office? Hi, Facebook, want to hire me?

I mean, I definitely wouldn't object to working in that environment.