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July 16, 2009

i sewed

And I swear it might have been the most satisfying thing I’ve done in a long while. My friend Deja and I took a class at The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica (right behind the Peets on Main Street) and it was so fun.

Adding to the list of things I need

New sewing machine that does fancy stitches with the twist of a knob. I’m pretty sure I was more excited about our test stitches than the final product.

I made a pillow. Wheeeeee! I think I will make pillows for everyone for Christmas this year. Forget about jam and other canned goodies. 2009 is the year of the pillow. Unless I learn to make something else in the next few months.

Also, even if you are a proficient seamstress, they give classes in every sort of craft you can imagine. And they have a great little supply shop that sells all sorts of essentials and really cute fabric.

I even bought a few pieces. For “research” as I’m calling it. Poor Brock. He is such a good sport.

June 25, 2009

a sitting room…

full of sunshine and succulents. Wouldn’t you die to have one?

From Melanie’s dear friend Kate’s house (her mom’s house actually), an insanely beautiful, special, walk-around-with-jaw-on-the-floor type of California craftsman in Hollywood.

This sunroom used to be a porch on the second floor but some time in it’s history, was enclosed and turned in a perfect home for books and plants and afternoon readers.

I wish I had a better picture, but alas…

April 6, 2009


Friday night, just finished dinner with friends at AK on Abbot Kinney and there, parked in front of the Brig, glowing like a beacon of the promised land, is Kogi. JUST finished dinner, as in stepping out of the restaurant and into line behind a taco truck. We had no choice.

For non-LA residents, Kogi is a Korean taco truck that roams the streets of LA declaring its whereabouts though it’s Twitter feed. Which means these tacos can be elusive, especially if you’re not on Twitter. Delicious culinary delights I say, that as it turns out are perfectly sized for a post dinner snack. Spicy kimchi topped dessert, if you will.

If you live here, you need to eat these.

(bottom pic from Kogi)

February 9, 2009

new flowers from hoot & heart

If anyone out there is looking for an LA florist, you should definitely talk to Hoot & Heart. Something about opening a flower shop that sounds so romantic and fun and idyllic. Like you’d never get tired of going to work because it would be just about the same as skipping through a meadow on your way to a picnic every day. I’m sure this is how florists would describe their jobs as well.

They did a beautiful job with our wedding… which I will post soon, I promise.

January 16, 2009

heath LA opening… muy tarde

Sooo, I keep forgetting to post this! But I’m going to anyway, even though it’s old news because the store is great and ceramics are greater and the opening was really fun.

I went with my friend Deja, who is an interior designer for Marmol-Radziner here in LA. (She slipped me the invite because Heath is one of their partners). Isn’t she cute?


They have a whole inspiration board wall showing their process and colors and such. I heart things like this:

Commune (insanely awesome design company whose houses are some of the coolest interiors I’ve ever seen) did the store, and released a limited edition set of linens for the opening. They were beeeeauuutiful. and I was all set on buying the charcol table cloth, until I read the price tag. yikes.

Plus, they have their whole line showcased which is quite obviously the most beautiful thing in the entire universe in it’s timeless simplicity.

I was literally walking around going, “Have it. Have it. Want it. Need it. Have it….” I felt like I was at the opening of an artist I reallllllly like. And collect. And John C. Reilly was there. Which was cool because I LOVE him. It was also kind of funny. You go to a Shepard Fairey opening, you get Adrian Grenier. You go to the Heath opening, you get John C. Reily. Makes sense.

And possibly the neatest thing was, look:

Skinny Laminx at Heath! I love Heather’s work. And I love how Heath supports independent artisans in their shop. Those cutting boards are beautiful as are the salad tongs from Jonathan’s Spoons. Both of which I MAY or MAY NOT have. Yes, I registered for the entire Heath catalog.

Anyway, the new store is beautiful. And now we don’t have to go ALL the way to Sausalito for factory seconds.

(excuse iPhone photo graininess, please)

January 8, 2009

urban craft center in santa monica

I stopped at Peets on my way in to work this morning and was AGAIN reminded of this super neat little addition to Santa Monica: the Urban Craft Center. I can’t wait to really check it out… as in, go inside instead of taking creepy stalker-like iPhone pictures through the glass.

Being that one of my 2009 resolutions is “remember how to sew,” I think I’ll need to investigate their classes. I mean, I at some point did know how to sew, but I don’t do it enough and the whole bobbin thing just mystifies me for some inexplicable reason. But I do have a sewing machine, so I am fully committed dusting it off this year.

It looks like their schedule comes out this week. yay.

December 15, 2008

prettiest flowers for an as of yet to be determined event

So since the wedding has passed, i’m going to need to come up with an event that is important enough to rationalize employing Dandelion Ranch. Their work is so rad.

seed pods. love seed pods and persimmons and asparagus fern and succulents all together in one pretty vintage vessel. I’m trying to weasel my way into future sister-in-law Melanie’s (now referring to her as FSIL Melanie) appointment with them. Maybe I can hire them for floral decors for my make believe backyard banjo party in the summer?

Images from Dandelion Ranch, (cutest name, BTW). Found via Daily Candy.

December 9, 2008

banjo jam at the hollywood farmers market

WELL, we didn’t come close to doing all the things i claimed we were going to this weekend… I mean, obviously. but who cares, right? I don’t.

Instead we did things like go, for the first time in the 7 years that I’ve lived in LA, to the Sunday Hollywood Farmer’s Market. Just the musicians alone made it worth the trip. That and the salted carmel ice cream.

I <3 this trio. They were so into their music, so soulful with their banjo and fiddling and old-timey music. I need to invent an excuse to have a party, next summer, in our backyard... so they can come play.

This is why you travel. Because then you come home and you look at your own city like a visitor and you again appreciate all the beautiful moments it has to offer. Plus for a thoroughly contented west-sider, going to Hollywood IS like traveling. We don’t get out much.

December 6, 2008

Heath LA opens this weekend

I’m nearly as excited about this as I was about our wedding. Okay, maybe not THAT excited. But I’m pretty delirious with anticipation. Whhhhyyyy do I love housewares so much??? It’s like coffee. My life would probably be a lot better if I didn’t drink it, but it’s sooooo good and warm and thoroughly essential to the very core of my being.

(pictures from Heath, invite from my friend Deja who works as an interior designer for one of Heath’s partners, Marmol Radziner. Thanks Dej!)

Also this weekend, we are getting our Christmas tree, going to this, making our Thank You cards (yay – projects!), and continuing to dig ourselves out from under the wedding debris that is still covering our house (and our life) with a light to medium dusting of supplies, boxes, projects, and other ephemera.

Yay, weekend.