Monday, April 26, 2010

Orange cups and saucers

A couple of weeks ago we happened upon an antique store in Westport, CT (on the same trip that I bought the herbs and looked at pictures of midcentury houses), where Dave noticed a fantastic set of plates and cups.

The plates have an indentation where you're supposed to put the cup--more of an oversized saucer, I guess, perfect for coffee and cookies. But they'd also make decent mid-sized plates. We really didn't need any more dishes but I couldn't resist them--I love the orange and the triangles. I have more and more been finding myself drawn to orange things. The color is just so bold and striking.

Dave enjoys his morning coffee out of a new mug.

Monday, April 19, 2010

More herbs for the window

Last weekend we drove up to Westport, CT, and visited Gilbertie's Herb Farm in hopes of buying some basil and cilantro for the window. We were not disappointed.

That entire left side of the aisle is made up of all different varieties of basil. If we actually had a yard we might have left with much more than we'd intended on. But there's only so much window space.

We found this cat sleeping in the shade--sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon!

Anyway...for the basil we went with "Sal's Italian Choice" (pictured on the right next to the thyme from Sprout Home, which is doing nicely). I figure Sal must know what he's talking about. His name is Sal, after all. We also picked up some cilantro but then learned that it is better to grow them from seeds, as they don't last very long (our plant is already wilting).

But the basil is a different story. Here it is, just one week later, and look how much it's already grown! We need to start making some tomato sauce, stat.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fresh-squeezed orange juice

We recently were the recipients of a massive fruit basket, which contained seven rather large-sized oranges. So it seemed like the only sensible thing to do was to make fresh-squeezed orange juice using my trusty new juicer. It turns out that seven oranges makes exactly the right amount of juice to fill up two of our Angela Adams glasses--it almost seems like the good people at Stew Leonard's planned it that way.

It made a very nice addition to my usual breakfast.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More window films

After finally finishing the raindrop window films, over the weekend I finished the design on window #2: triangles. I actually managed to more or less make them the same size, though the rows are a little bit crooked when you really examine them. But to the naked eye I think it looks pretty good.

A pile of triangles on the windowsill. I love the triangular shadows cast by the films.

Now I just need to do the huge double window on the adjacent wall. Not sure just yet what sort of pattern it's going to be.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dreaming of our midcentury home

Saturday we drove up to Westport, CT, to check out an exhibit about the midcentury homes in the area. It mostly consisted of 5 x 7 photos of area homes and buildings (including a house once owned by legendary designer Paul Rand), with a small but very nice display of midcentury furnishings (there were definitely a few things I wanted to reach in and bring home with me). But it definitely made both of us fantasize a little about our future house (not that we have any money to buy one). One can dream!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Get creative with Penguin!

The last few months at work I've been working on—among many other things—a new show for Penguin's online video and radio network. It's called Get Creative with Penguin and focuses on creativity and crafting, which of course is right up my alley. Above you'll see the awesome stop motion style show intro that one of our designers created using hundreds of still photographs. For the rest of the show visit and learn how to sew some really cute stuffed owls, make a sandwich, and build a worm bin for your garden (much less gross than it sounds).

You won't see me in the videos (thankfully) but I made one of the owls (about 10 times over in various steps) and drew the giant backdrop in the first video. And if you look closely you'll spot my Catherine Holm lotus pot in the background of the cooking segment. Set decorating might be my new calling.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Starting an herb garden

I've been wanting to start a little herb garden in the kitchen window, so the other day I ventured over to Sprout Home and picked up some thyme and rosemary. I also want to get some cilantro and basil, which they were out of, so I'll have to try somewhere else (maybe somewhere closer to home--I love Sprout Home but it's not the most conveniently located for me). I can't wait until they start to grow a bit more--one day soon we'll be making a seriously delicious pizza using freshly picked ingredients.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Another walk on the High Line

Saturday we went to see a Billy Childish exhibit at White Columns, and we were so close to the High Line that it seemed silly not to take a walk along it, especially given how nice the weather was (okay, it did get pretty cold later on). All of the beautiful wild flowers aren't in bloom just yet, so it was a bit of a different visual experience from previous visits. I ended up taking some pictures, even though I'd taken quite a few the first time I went (see the best of those here)--there's so much to take in that you can notice new things each time you go.