Month: August 2015

AFOL.

We went to Brick Fest for my nephew’s 12th birthday. He taught me some new lingo – “AFOL.”  It means “adult fan of Lego.” There really is no age limit to being a Lego fan though. I had been hoarding a box of Legos since college, and, yes, I did buy them while in college. Talk about AFOLs. I just couldn’t get rid of them. And then, a few days before Brick Fest it dawned on me: I should make Lego shoes! Because when going to Brick Fest, you must walk around in Lego-dazzled shoes. Am I right? My Dad dug up my box of Legos from the garage, I grabbed a pair of wedges from Payless, and then I got to hot glueing! An hour later: Lego shoes! Hoarder schmoarder. I have a pair of Lego wedges now! These were the perfect accessory for the occasion. My feet have never been photographed as much as at Brick Fest. Ha! Happy birthday Nephew! AFOLs!!

beautiful bowls.

I love soup. Even if it’s warm out, I’m game for a hot bowl of comforting pho, chicken noodle, curry, hot & sour, egg drop, sinigang, soon do boo…Mmm. Feast your eyes on these beautiful bowls of comforting broths, tender meats, and fresh greens. Beef Noodle Soup While waiting out an oil change, the fiancé and I found ourselves having lunch at Taiwan Bento in Uptown Oakland. I had the beef noodle soup which was especially delightful on this day because I hadn’t had it in at least seven months. The pickled greens, melt-in-your-mouth beef, and the sweet carrots provided a nice balance to a rich, savory broth. Recommendation: pair with the house-made soy bean milk. Korean Noodle Soup Ah, Spoon, one of my favorite East Bay eats for two big reasons. (1) They have delicious spicy tofu soup. I can’t get enough! And (2) they open at 10a so I can get a Korean soup fix for weekend brunch! On this visit, I had symptoms of an oncoming migraine and I was feeling dehydrated. …

sj made.

Last week I hung out with my crafty friend Angel of Todos Organics at the SJ Made Summer Series event at Whole Foods, San Jose. She had a booth and I was her assistant for the day. I met some super fun people and thought you should meet them, too! My friend set up her booth with her botanically infused coconut oils. Behold, her signature collection (Calm, Heal, Love, and Warm) and limited edition scents (Lift and Mind). I enjoyed being a helper coconut lady for the day. Mostly, I liked bragging about her products because they are super great. I swear by the Heal coconut oil on all bug bites and dry, itchy skin. Our neighbor was Laura Johnston of Le Animalé. She makes the cutest polymer clay creations, a line of totems she calls “fat-fats.” I spotted hummingbirds and I picked the fattest/cutest one. Throughout the day I spent a lot of time admiring all of her little creatures. Fun fact: Lauren is also a painter! Sarah White of Suite Sailing Soaps is …

coastal life.

Front yard pool parties, bonfires, and no pants — A typical weekend day in surf city, or perhaps a typical day in general? I recently visited Huntington Beach for a friend’s wedding. Along with wedding festivities I had to squeeze in some getaway time, too. My fiancé and my first stop: our favorite poke place. Ok, maybe it’s the only poke place we know but we do know our tuna and this place has got the good stuff. Behold, his and hers poke bowls from North Shore Poke Co. I picked the spiciest sauce on the menu (Kalihi-kine) and paired my poke with avocado and thinly sliced cucumber. He got his with a shoyu based sauce (Pipeline) and added fresh mango. Both are served over steamed white rice. The tuna is tender and melts in your mouth. Afterwards, we walked along the beach to rest and digest and get some sand between our toes. I love strolling on beaches and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. For a moment, I had no …

craftmaster part two. 

In my last post I took a stroll down craftmaster memory lane and shared some snaps from the July Sunday Crafternoon at Modern Mouse. Now let’s take a look at August’s event: Bubble Art! As usual, fans got to vote for their favorite DIY. It was between bubble art, framed pin cushions, and jewelry dishes. Watercolor bubbles won! We set everyone up in “testing” stations so that bubbles wouldn’t float from one art piece to the other. I had blue, red, yellow and white paint and crafters got to mixing! Look at all these vibrant colors. Pop the bubbles when they are floating and get splatter. Let the bubbles sit and get circles. The longer the bubbles sit, the darker the color. Here is some work from our awesome artists! Halfway through we got extra fancy and started using stencils. I made this piece for Modern Mouse! I might be a wee bit obsessed with bubble art now. And that’s a wrap with our guest Craftmaster duties. Next month, Resident Craftmaster Niki Baker of Foreignspell …

craftmaster part one.

This summer I was a guest Craftmaster at Modern Mouse’s Sunday Crafternoon series. What an honor! Modern Mouse is a gift shop on the island of Alameda and is a super fun place to purchase locally made awesomeness for friends, family, or for yourself! They carry some of my felt creations in store and every time I drop goods off I spend a lot of time browsing their newest products and admiring all of the talent housed in their space. For the Sunday Crafternoon sessions Modern Mouse fans get to vote on what project they want to work on. In July we made rock cacti with coordinating pots, and in August watercolor bubble art. I love showing samples of a craft and then seeing other people’s renditions. In part one of this two-part post we’ll  take a look back at those rock cacti creations. Every station was set up with all the necessary craft supplies including a fan to (1) help dry paint and (2) inform you of upcoming Feed the Fish co events! I …

go bears!

Family friends came into town so we gallivanted on my old stomping grounds – UC Berkeley. Go bears! Our tour started at Sather gate. It’s a must see and just so happens to be a registered California historical landmark (#946 to be exact!). I was reminded of the beautiful structures on campus – Just take a look at the detail on this gate. Our next stop was where I spent a number of hours in biology lecture and lab – Valley Life Sciences Building. It was also my library of choice. Visitors big and small love it because there are dinosaurs! Here’s the T-rex plus one of my lovely bridesladies with her niece. The other fun thing to do on campus is to visit the Campanile, the campus’ bell tower. I remember hearing the bell tower as a student; even when I lived a mile off campus, I could hear the bells chime on a clear night. You can ride up to the top of the tower and look out for miles. This time we …