Thursday, July 26, 2012
Last night I went to Japan-Cuts at the Japan Society, the Japanese film festival, and I saw Rent-A-Cat. Such a sweet and charming movie. Really funny, the actress is adorable and quirky and the kitties are all little stars. The movie is about a young woman, who's been living by herself for two years after her grandmother passed away with a house full of cats. She walks around the park with a cart full of cats and kittens to rent to lonely people. The cats fill the "hole" in their lives and she gets to interact with other lonely people like herself. She has a tranny neighbor who is constantly making fun of her, she tries to beat the heat in odd ways, she also has multiple weird jobs aside from renting cats. She lives in the most adorable Japanese house. The movie is visually beautiful and highly entertaining. I really recommend watching it when it is publicly released, or comes to your area. Here are some stills and the trailer, unfortunately I couldn't find the english subtitle one.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've been working on these prints for gift wrap/art papers in between my design work this past week. I will be putting up a set for sale in my etsy store shortly keep an eye out. You'll get 6 pieces 2 of each design, Ditzy Dots, Pastel Trifecta, and Auntie Em's pink gingham. Plus a sheet of labels to cut and paste on to your gifts, notebooks, sketchbooks or turn them into tags like I did here in the pics. I'm considering adding a mini zine with how-to's on making the flower pom, trifecta poms and accordion bow. Stay tuned in the next couple of days and I will let you know when its up in my etsy store.
Monday, July 23, 2012
I started making these, salmon avocado seaweed wraps, after I had one at my favorite japanese cafe in Greenpoint I thought I'd share since they are really easy to make and quite tasty.
Things you'll need:
Makes 4-5 wraps
-Nori (roasted seaweed wraps not the little snacky ones but the full sheets)
-1 can of salmon
-pinch of salt
-1/4 teaspoon sriacha
-2 tbsp kewpie mayonnaise
-1 ripe haas avocado, sliced into quarters lengthwise
-1 cup of steamed sushi rice
Step 1- cook rice according to package. Let rice cool a little, it should be warm not burning hot.
Step 2- add pinch of salt to salmon
Step 3- slice your avocado into long slices like these. Avocado should be ripe.
Step 4- cut with a pair of scissors your nori into 4in wide strips, leaving them long to roll.
Step 5-mix sriacha and mayo, it should be like peach color when mixed. Also you can adjust spiciness to your taste by adding more or less sriacha.
Step 6- Assemble! lay the Nori on a flat surface, on one end put a good amount of rice, then add your salmon, your spicy mayo next, and lastly a slice of avocado. From the end that's filled with all the goodness, start rolling the steam of the rice will help it all stick together.
Repeat to make more, I usually eat two. You can always refrigerate your ingredients separately and warm the rice up again to have it the next day.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I received my awesome package from Hiki-chan's store Uguisu, yesterday. I was so excited! Some of the prettiest paper goods I've ever laid my eyes on, and it got here soooo fast! I love that Hiki has a total no-hassle store that ships to the U.S., I will absolutely order from her again. I can't even say which is my favorite they're all so pretty. I definitely will be covering some sketchbooks and make some paper crafts with these. Hiki-cahn also included here lovely black & white photo zine of indoor gardens it's beautiful and a wonderful addition to my zine collection. Thanks Hiki!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This weekend we braved the Brooklyn Ikea to get a few things for the apartment. Among our finds were these cute dots and stripes comforter duvets. Here are pics of the bedroom, we have a few little quirky things living in the space (oh and the weird electronic black thing in the corner is a theremin)
Monday, July 16, 2012
My growing collection of MT tapes and other washi tapes needed a home from the start, so I used a really nice box from a pair a Tretorn sneakers I purchased. The lid is connected on one side so it's a flip top. As much as I love a kraft box I wanted to cover my box in exciting MT tapes so this morning I set to it and made this....
Thursday was a bit of a nerve wrecking day, so I needed to make a little something to ground myself. I have a lot of little bits of scrap fabric and trims that I save for tiny projects and this was such a project. I made a tiny house brooch pin that can go with me anywhere. I was thinking of making these for my Etsy store what do you think? Also I had a bit of luck at Target the same day. I say luck because when you live in a very urban area and all 8 million people living in your city shop here you generally can't find what you are looking for. I found some washi tape! Target made their own brand of paper tapes. I bought two three packs, the blue/purple one and the red/pink one. There is also a turq/green one. The only thing I don't like about them is that they have a plastic core, which is very wasteful. I like the Japanese tapes best because it's all paper based. I didn't realize it until I opened the packages. I will recycle the centers when I finish the tapes. Also, they have the cutest magnet dots! Again, they have them in the same colorways as the tapes to match. I got the pink/red pack.