Friday, March 30, 2012

Cinnamon Buns On My Mind

I want to try this Brioche Cinnamon Bun from 'wichcraft I saw on Serious Eats.  

I also want to try to make my friend Kate's Apple Cinnamon Buns that she wrote about with the recipe on her site Lettuce Eat Together.  

They both look so tasty.  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Thinking about giant flowers, magnolias, Georgia O'Keeffe and my desire to make some scarves and flower rings.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Moments

DC, family, cherry blossoms, rain, National Gallery, Picasso, O'Keeffe, Photoshop World, coffee, pho, brunch, waffles, omelets, buses, home

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Twelve Zodiac Animals vs. the Badgers

The MET has an exhibit called Storytelling in Japan.

The Battle of the Twelve Animals scroll was my favorite.  It tells the story of a battle between the twelve zodiac animals against the tanuki which is an animal like a badger or raccoon (translated to badger in the exhibit).  There is a poetry contest between the twelve zodiac animals and the deer is the judge.  When the tanuki sees all the attention the deer is recieving he decides he would like to judge the next poetry context.  The other animals laugh at this suggestion.  The tanuki becomes angry and fights against the twelve but they defeat him.  He attacks them again at night while they are asleep and the tanuki win.  This is the scroll that is in the MET exhibit.  

In the end the twelve zodiac animals defeat the tanuki who is enlightened and becomes a monk.  

I loved the depiction of the animals in the scroll and the clothing they wear, the colors are so bright.  

photos from the NYPL digital archive

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sneak Peek

I am working on some rings with garnets and topaz.  I am trying out a new technique for me that I learned about recently.  I am embedding stones into the wax to cast them together.  I am really excited about this process and I am looking forward to how seeing how they turn out.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I am so happy for Spring!
I am looking forward to lots more sun and more daylight hours.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Moments

coffee shop, started and finished The Hunger Games, which Ben has been trying to get me to read for two years, for some reason I thought it was about vampires, it is not, botanical gardens, beautiful weather, Japanese garden, magnolias, daffodils, Korean food, Bim bim bop, new rings, bubble tea, yogurt, my favorite soup

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Making Almond Milk

We have been really into nut milks lately.  They are very expensive to buy so we tried making our own.  
We followed this video and it is pretty easy and straight forward. 

My New Roots - How to Make Nut Milk
from My New Roots on Vimeo.

 And very tasty!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Moments

train rides, dinners, family, friends, cakes, reading, smoothies, braiding, yogurts, coffee, lots of sanding and Mr. Norrell portraits