Monday, December 26, 2011

Sketch Tastic

I've been in a sketchy doodle mood lately. (OMG did that sound like Sarah Palin?) I particularly enjoyed this little collection of weird sketches I made last week.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas Card Story

I decided to make my hubby an illustrated Christmas card. Some of the sketches made me laugh so I thought I'd share. Of course this card features the one and only...Murphy! 
Getting the head shape correct is crucial to a good Murphy drawing. Unfortunately, the face shape on the top looks more like a wolf or fox. The second sketch is getting closer, but the ears look rough!
I was really liking the direction this card was headed in. However, at the bottom I decided that just having Murphy's head there would look weird, so I quickly added a body. Unfortunately, this was after I drew the ripped paper and it ended up looking like a deformed bikini top.

The winner! Yay Santa Dog! Good job opening the package! Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Restaurant Shout-Out

I have to give a restaurant shout-out to Mamacitas in Asheville, NC. I was hooked on this place from my first visit! The setup is like Qdoba (choose your ingredients), that's where the similarities end. All of the food is super fresh, there are some really unique ingredients (kale and sweet potatoes anyone?), and it's way affordable. Plus, it's a local business, which is even better! My favorite (so far) are the fish tacos with cabbage and fruit salsa. They even have a salsa bar...try the tomatilla! Last time I was there I took a couple crappy iPhone pics. Try Mamacitas ASAP!

Just look at all those mounds of delicious ingredients!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chocolate Time

I visited one of my best friends, Abby, in Asheville, NC recently and she took her sister and I to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, an amazing chocolate cafe!

So many choices!
I got the Madagascar truffles, 65% dark chocolate...heaven
Abby had the creme brulee, perfectly crisp on top yet oh so creamy inside!
And the mother load...Amy, Abby's sister, got the LIQUID CHOCOLATE. Yes, I said it, liquid chocolate. It's a mix of chocolate, cream, and butter...every bite is life changing! Thanks for sharing Amy!
Photo by Amy
Thanks again for a great weekend girls!

Monday, December 19, 2011


I practiced some dog photography on Abby's adorable dog, Alabama. Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa Paws

Last weekend I had the privilege of volunteering to take photos of Santa Paws for the foster rescue, Catering to Cats and Dogs. The event took place at the Canine Cafe and my day was filled with adorable furry friends! Only a few of the dogs seemed scared of Santa but managed to trust him after a few treats from his pouch. I was surprised at how many just let Santa pick them right up and plop them on his lap! Here are a few of my faves!

There was so much cool stuff in the Canine Cafe! The homemade dog treats looked absolutely scrumptious! Murphy enjoyed a petit four and a cannoli.

This expression makes me laugh every I love the puppy mohawk!
There is totally some Boston Terrier in this dog. Check out that pouty lip!
 What a fun event! I'm thinking there needs to be a lot more dog photography in my future!
Happy Holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Little Things...

I've been crackin' lotsa walnuts this holiday season, and I couldn't help but feel particularly proud when I managed to get two complete halves without crushing them with my nutcracker!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recipeats: Volume II

I'm back with some more Recipeats! In case you missed my other post, recipeats are recipes worth repeating! These two were delicious...

My first homemade loaf of bread! It was really easy and just requires several bouts of waiting for dough to rise. The best part? No weird unidentifiable ingredients like the ones in store-bought bread. Check out the recipe, courtesy of Summer Harms.

Next up, this Wild Rice Salad found on Harper's Happenings. I altered the recipe a bit and used edamame instead of peas, skipped the tomatoes since they're out of season, and used diced white onion instead of scallions. For the dressing, which is amazing by the way, I cut the oil down to a half cup (and will cut even further next time), used rice vinegar, and left out the paprika since I didn't have any. This is seriously addictive! Also, the dressing is wonderful drizzled over some sauteed kale. Get to cookin'!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Youth Revisited

In early November my mother and I cleaned out my childhood closet. I was shocked at how emotional I got! I'll admit, I have a tendency to hold on to things, but I couldn't believe how much I'd saved from my childhood. The closet had items ranging from my elementary school years all the way through my first year of college! I was able to recycle, donate, or trash all of the items. It was a nostalgic whirlwind that nearly ripped my heart out at times and made me question myself at others. Since I was in the mood, I cleaned out my current closet the next weekend. As expected, this one contained items from my first year of college through now.

It's amazing how much I learned about myself during these experiences. I saw aspects of my creative self that have always been there and I realized that I need to tap into them more often in my adulthood! I saw other sides of myself that have been around for too long and need to go! Next project...the attic!

On a related note, check out I'm Remembering if you haven't already. It's a website filled with photos of toys, games, and food items from the 80s and 90s. Here are a few shots of items I found!

Awards were a tough one for me. I ended up compromising with myself. I saved about 8 of the trophies and got rid of the rest, and donated the ribbons and medals. I figure these photos will be enough for me to remember. I put the trophies in my workout room for motivation.

 Oh man, don't get me started on books. I donated most of the childhood books I found, but kept a special few. I was particularly happy to find Where the Sidewalk Ends. I'm hoping to find There's a Light on in the Attic in my attic! Did you know Shel has a new book out? I'd love to add that to my collection. Oh nostalgia, what a cruel temptress you are!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Antique Finds

Last weekends one of my best friends, Christine, came to visit and we had a great time! The day consisted of cupcakes (oops I ate it too fast to take a pic), a giant antique fair, lunch at Luna's, an art museum downtown, and some delicious Mexican dinner! I saw some strange things at the antique fair...thought you might like to check them out!

I love the design of these vintage fans

The shapes and colors of these hose handles really inspired me!

This pile of old sign letters was awesome, I really wish I had some cool project that needed giant text! They were only $20-$40 apiece!

 Um...bottle opener anyone?

The antique fair is never lacking for strange and spooky toys. A whole shelf of clowns? Gives me the chills...

Lunch at Luna's was a "Skinny Witch" veggie burger; a typical veg burger wrapped in a raw collard leaf, served with salad on the side. It was really good, but next time I'm going for the Muesli! Thanks for visiting Christine!