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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lately..

Hope your weekend was splendid. I worked on some projects..more tray making and potting plants.. The illustration on the tray is a watercolor painting I did based on a vogue editorial from 2004. It's my absolute favorite - I believe Tim Walker was the photographer, so of-course it would be breathtaking!
Some addition to my real life moodboard.
I made Polenta rounds with mushroom/carmalized onions. I used ready made polenta from Trader Joe's. Pan fried the rounds. Added sauteed mushrooms, and onions with a sprinkle of sauteed almond slivers on top. It was pretty good! I might bake them next time instead of shallow frying. I plan to try one new recipe a week, let's see how that goes. :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

DESIGN WEEKLY: { 7 } FREE IPHONE WALLPAPER

This week has been interesting to say the least. My mind has been all over the place...so I went shopping and got these Tulips from Trader Joe's. Here's the rest of that story Like Lana Del Rey's Lyrics, "I believe in the kindness of strangers." Instead of panicking about things I can't change, I'm trying to 'be still' so to speak...take a deep breath and tackle one thing at a time. I hope you have a chill-axing weekend. :)
{click the picture to download}

Monday, April 7, 2014

Paris Versus New York

I spent my Sunday afternoon at a library nearby - it was long overdue, don't think I've been to one in years..I'm a bookstore/cafe kinda gal. Naturally, I went to the design section first and found some cool books! I've seen this book cover around the blogsphere for some time, but never paid attention till now. I was pleasantly surprised.. It's filled with beautiful imagery. One of the best work I've seen in one book - every page was Pinterest worthy. The book captured the essence of both cities without compromising their integrity.
I'm sorry New York, Paris all the way with these windows.
Love the use of color contrast.
I mean really, how cute is this?! No explanation  needed. 


Of-course, it ends with Amelie and Carrie. ha! 
There is so much more goodness in this book y'all - go get your self a copy! It's perfect for coffee table reading.

images by me 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DESIGN WEEKLY: {6} HIMALAYAN PINK SEA SALT

I picked up a bottle of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt the other day and I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities! Prettiest salt I've ever seen. I'm kind of obsessed.  ha ha. I first saw it on Pinterest that led me to this Oh So Pretty body scrub DIY blog post - well styled pics! I read article after article about them, apparently it's a better salt to consume and great for skin. I've been researching to find a scrub I can make with this salt - I'm thinking Lavender. I already have enough empty candle containers for them. lol. hmmm..I think I have a candle addiction, we'll take that topic up another day. :-)

By the way, I was supposed to post an April desktop wallpaper with a Game of Thrones theme, but..it just didn't come out right no matter how much I worked on it. Maybe, I'll show it one day... Anyway, I'm such a GOT geek, can't wait for Sunday night! :D

Photo and layout by me

Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY: FLOWERING SUCCULENTS

A few years back, I got into succulents and made a bunch of arrangements - it's on my old blog. As pretty as it was, they died after a while. I know what you're thinking...what kind of person kills Succulents?! I made two crucial mistakes: I didn't use cactus soil nor rocks or sand at the bottom for proper drainage. It's important to have good drainage when potting succulents in planters with no holes at the bottom. After a lot of Googling and Pinteresting, I think I got it right. Hopefully these pretties will last a long time.
I went to Home Depot and found these flowering succulents - I couldn't help my self! Best of both worlds! They're pretty hard to kill if potted right and they have flowers that will last longer than cut flowers.
Planters are old candle holders. Easiest way to get the left over wax out of candles is to put them in freezer overnight - they will pop out pretty easily. I cleaned them up with soap and oil. The blue vase coloring was fading away, so I painted them in white and used gold pen for accenting around the rim and sides.
These are called Lemon Ball succulents. It's pretty wild - I'm waiting to see how much it will grow in this small planter.
I did see quite a bunch of succulent arrangements at Home Depot for very reasonable prices under $20 - they were pretty large in size with different types of succulents. I wanted to make my own version, so I didn't buy the ready made ones and none of them had the flowering succulents. I wonder why they didn't add the flowering ones - I think I will ask someone the next time I go there. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the arrangements. They're so easy to make - I think everyone's getting a succulent from me this year. :-)
  Note: No design weekly this time, but I'm working on something cool which I will be sharing next week. 

                                                                                                        { photos by me }

Friday, March 21, 2014

DESIGN WEEKLY: {5} MIS-UNDERSTOOD

It's been one of those weeks..I just couldn't get a break. Being misunderstood by your doctor is a never a good thing. sigh...but, I'll elaborate on that another day. On the positive, I kinda like how this turned out. If you look closely, you might find a face - can you spot the fella? Also, here are a few links that made me smile this week. ☺
  1. Oh Allen..you never seize to amaze me. 
  2. Snoop + Emily Henderson = Boss!
  3. This was a few weeks ago, but I can't get over the gorgeousness of Kate Arend's MN home!
Have a great weekend all.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blood Orange and Asparagus Salad

It's the best time to make this salad since blood oranges and asparagus are in season. I decided this year to try more recipes and post them here. Asparagus is my absolute favorite veggie - so easy and delish! I'm not the best at giving exact recipes but here's the gist of it below.


Blood Orange & Asparagus Salad Recipe
  • One bunch of Asparagus
  • Two Blood Oranges
  • A pinch of Garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • One tablespoon of Olive Oil
Saute the asparagus in olive oil.  Sprinkle the Garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook for about five minutes in medium heat. Cut the blood oranges in circles and assemble. I added some pickled onions and cilantro chutney on the side. I think I will add candied walnuts next time. Again, this is such an adaptable recipe - you can add/subtract ingredients to your liking. You can't go wrong with asparagus - it will always turn out tasty!