Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A while back I was fortunate enough to have purchased a Japanese Bento set in which I have only recently (today, haha) been able to use. I am converted!!! I tried a few dishes for my lunch; let's walk through it shall we?

Cute tote that carries...

My bento!! But what's inside?!

A 'Naruto Roll' is something I tried from my bento cook book (and no, ha ha, it isn't related to the anime). It's super easy; roll together a slice of cheese, ham and nori strip and cut into bite size pieces. It actually tastes good; the nori goes well with the cheese and ham.

The teriyaki chicken with sushi rice is unbelievably good. SO GOOD. Once upon a time there was an actual Japanese restaurant here in Reno that served actual Japanese dishes (not sushi). I can't even begin to tell you how heartbroken I was when it went out of business but this teriyaki chicken tastes just like it was from that restaurant! So happy.

Side dishes. When I got my bento set I was a little dismayed by the size. Like any good American I'm used to supersized proportions so these little bitty containers that fit into the palm of my hand seemed like if I actually used them I would end up starving. Ah, how wrong I was - between the top and bottom layers of my bento I wasn't able to finish everything here. Not only that but everything was low calorie, delicious and filling. I am SOLD on bentos, I could absolutely eat something like this everyday. The only super sad thing is the Japanese use a lot of eggs in their diet and I'm super allergic to them, so that cuts out a lot ideas to fill my bento. What I love is you don't have to stick to a stictly Japanese style meal, hell you could make PB & J if you wanted. The only problem is -

Preperation and cleanup. It is SO totally worth making but somewhat time consuming with the cooking, chopping, boiling. Maybe I'll get faster with practic. Now! The dishes!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Little sketches for future kokeshi that I want to paint. Got out the oil paints and looking forward to revisiting my (very small) painting talent.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I think this would make a fun sticker - I wonder if Kinko's does that? Pen and ink and Prismacolor.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I found this hilarious old pattern for fabric fruit that I think was originally meant for a Thanksgiving center piece but I decided to modify it a bit. Included are a pineapple, pear, orange, apple but also a pumpkin (ohh, Halloween fun!) carrot and eggplant (eggplant?). I think I need to make a whole horde of fruit/vegetable people. haha, the pattern also include a giant fabric cornucopia.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Going through my collection of pulp fiction I realized I owned doubles of these particular books SO if anyone is interested in buying them go to my Etsy site!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Very Vintage Weekend: 3
What's the fun of having vintage accessories if you can't wear them? The poor vintage umbrella has condition issues so this is probably the only time I will open it until I manage to somehow repair it a bit.

I wonder how ladies kept their hats from sliding off like mine did a couple of times? I suppose that is what hairpins are for. So all in all a very happy very Vintage weekend.

Very Vintage Weekend: 2
Fantastic clothing and accessories! I walked by these hats at Savers and it was like a lightning bolt! I had to have them! Before that day (I don't know why) I never paid a lot of attention to vintage clothing, probably because my gigantic size made sure I don't usually fit into old, tiny clothing (being almost five foot ten makes me a giant in comparison to tiny five foot nothing women of fifty or sixty years ago)

The blouse and lacy tank/undershirt are actually from Xhilaration but the lovely blue coat is from the Salvation Army.

Woot! all these items were bought for a dollar each! I don't know why I bought the cane, I saw the handle and fell in love (I have renamed it 'the poking stick')

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Very Vintage Weekend: 1
some days you just seem to hit it right and find a plethora of All Things Vintage, like this weekend. I have more items to share, just because.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The local university has one awesome fossil and mineral collection that I visit every so often. So these are some sketches of some fossils that I liked.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What can I say? I've been inspired (though I still haven't seen the movie I did enjoy reading Alice in Wonderland as a kid). This is what I did all weekend and most of yesterday. I really wanted to take photos of my creations outside, picnic style with cute saucers and a nice green background but the weather isn't cooperating and it's still to early for green (maybe I'll reshoot later in the spring).

The Cheshire Cat is all felt and he looks a little crazy doesn't he? I had fun making him.

The White Rabbit is all felt except for his jacket which is made from a recycled coat.

and lastly Alice took a reaaallyyy long time to make mostly because my sewing machine is a troubled creature that needs to be coaxed (i.e. tampered with, smacked, re-threaded, re-oiled, God-I-wish-I-could-afford-a-better-one). Her body is made out of...hmmm...I think it was muslin or canvas, I can't remember I bought the fabric a couple years ago for a different project and everything else is felt and scraps of lace and tulle I've collected. Yes, I think I will retake pictures when the weather is better.
oh. the little cake is all felt too.

Friday, March 05, 2010

In the spirit of the new Alice in Wonderland movie I went a web browsing to find related things and came up with these. I'm not ashamed to admit I really want this playset (have you noticed it's kind of hard to find Alice in Wonderland toys?). Sadly, it's sold out right now.

I love the photography of this one.

Isn't that interesting? Alice in Wonderland related nail polish? and it's not even colors I like but I DO like the packaging.

Ohhh cupcakes AND Alice in Wonderland; that totally works. I want to throw a tea party now.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Quick girly sketches with Copic markers.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Had a bit of a fieldtrip yesterday - after visiting my grandfather with my mom we stopped by Carson City at a favorite hole-in-the-wall used bookstore and had the following adventure.

Books! Books as far as the eye could see! Or rather about ten shelves crammed full of everything you can imagine. This was the Sci-fi shelf.

I came home with an impressive amount; seeing how they were selling twenty paperbacks for five bucks. In the world of vintage and antiques pulp fiction is getting scarce, so I grabbed everything I could find. My favorite are the Sci-fi pulp fiction books from the 60's.

I didn't know C.S. Lewis also wrote Sci-fi but there you have it. LOVE the covers.

And finally some of my favorites; Alfred Hitchcock in paperback. I have a handful of these and the covers absolutely crack me up.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Felt flower with seed beeds, so pretty, so easy to make