Sunday, March 28, 2010

Today I finished my Easter Brunch menu and shopping list and I'm getting SO very excited for Sunday! If everything goes as planned we will be enjoying:

{photos & recipes from}

Menning Mimosas, Hibiscus-Honey Iced Tea, Honey-Orange Baked Ham, Spring Greens Salad, Spinach and Gruyere Quiches, Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks, Coconut Layer Cake, Sugar Cookie Bunnies, & Bird's Nest Cookies!

I just love brunch.
Happy Sunday.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Short Story:

Today I tried using my:

But then the prints looked like:

Then I found out I needed a new:

Which made my face look like:

The E N D.

... so bottom line on this lil story is that I tried finding a really good distraction from my homework but failed and now I have no prints and worse: no essay. Dang.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Its been good eats... mostly.

Recently I wrote down a few goals that I wanted to work on in my "near future" and one of them was to try at least one new recipe a week. So, with that in mind and a serious craving for really good fish & chips in my gut I tried this recipe from the Food Network.

It was A.MA.ZING! Seriously. The batter was perfectly crispy and the tartar sauce... well I don't think I can go back to the bottled store bought stuff! This recipe was super delish and easy! Try it, I promise you will be impressed!

Later in the week I was feeling up to another recipe test so I tried this Caesar dressing from my BH&G cookbook....

Lets just say it looked better than it tasted, and while it wasn't terrible we just wouldn't make it again. I had high hopes since the book claimed it was one of their "best loved" recipes but it simply didn't deliver. So this week I'm on a mission to find a good, no, great Caesar dressing recipe. If you have one your willing to share please, please, please let me know!

Now, off to do some homework and find my next test recipe for the week.
Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I just never thought...

1. Mamiya Super 23 polaroid tribute, 2. Photography, yay!, 3. Contact Sheet, 4. Walgreen's Studio 35 Brand Film, 5. Untitled, 6. Mamiya Super 23 polaroid tribute, 7. Photography, yay!, 8. 3rd time self-develop~ Yeah!!, 9. Walgreen's Studio 35 Brand Film

... Id ever miss developing, processing, and printing in the darkroom the way I do now.

I miss the specific creative energy I found in that calm, dim, quiet, and thought provoking room. There is a certain magic that happens as you wait minutes and more often hours to see the results as you are processing art in a lab or darkroom... and it feels like a slow creative process but it might also be the best... or at least one of the best.
Art has been on my mind so intensely the last couple of days. Recently, with a running mind and sleepless body I have spent hours in my sketchbooks and journals processing how I feel about my art, how my focus has changed over time, how I need it, what it does for me, and how terrified I am of loosing it.
When I decided to take all GE classes this semester to just "get it over with" it looked good on paper and sounded good in my head but the reality is:

it was a terrible idea.

Somehow its planted this little seed of doubt in my mind(which I am aware of and am fighting). I'm finding myself scared that my life will somehow get so busy with other things (like jobs, chores, a household, eventually kids, etc) that I wont have time to create and then I will loose it.

Loose my creativity because I'm not nurturing and exploring.

Which is what has happened lately. There have been so many things that "need to get done" that I don't have the time or energy to create once all the other "stuff" is taken care of. When I'm taking art and photography classes I have to make time to create. I don't have to justify it and I don't feel guilty about creating when there are a million other things I "need to do".

1. a potter's hands, 2. Pottery Greenware, 3. The Studio, 4. Pottery, 5. young potter, 6. Pottery, 7. Dharavi Matka II, 8. bowls, 9. Throwing on the Wheel: Hands and Clay

So, now that I'm in this predicament for the semester it has me thinking about how I will(or want to) balance my need to create and explore artistically. I guess this is part of growing as an artist. I'm just uncomfortable while trying to figuring out a new balance for my inner artist.
I'm feeling a strong pull towards throwing ceramics and exploring with film again. Both have a special place in my heart and both make me feel a certain kind of "grounded-peaceful-ness".
Which I crave. No, I need. So I'm hoping a brilliant artist revelation is in my near future to resolve this whole thing.
(end of ultra hippie-arty-soul-sharing post.)
vanvleck out.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Easter has been on the front my mind lately. I think its because I took down the valentines decor and once again the house is just looking so bare! I have been searching around my usual inspiration spots (thanks!) and of course they don't disappoint!

So I am throwing around the idea of hosting Easter brunch this year. Q and I hosted thanksgiving the first year we were married and we invited 45 (yes 45!) family members into our little house and ended up having an awesome time. Our house now is about 1/2 the size of our first place but a small, relaxed, Sunday brunch sounds like something we could pull off here.
I'm seeing small picnic tables, canopies with pastel satin ribbons, goat cheese and asparagus fritadas, french press coffee and a few of these for favors:

so... ya, like I said: I'm just throwing around the idea! ;)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Editing. Lots of Editing

Today has been all about editing. Photos, business cards, t-shirt designs, websites, and homework are just a few on the list.
Sometimes being productive is just so dull.