January 29, 2007
Last Thursday I went to Nobu as part of Restaurant Week. We went last summer as well and really enjoyed it. The menu was basically the same except for the dessert. So the only new picture I took was the dessert. I got the rock shrimp tempura again (YUM!) and for the entree I got the black cod with miso (YUM!). Pete also got the rock shrimp tempura and this time he got the sashimi plate. Oh! We also each got a piece of sea eel too. It was delicious! When you order unagi, you usually get fresh water eel so I was curious about the sea eel. The waiter explained the difference, which totally went in one ear and out the other but basically it had a gentler, fresher taste. The dessert was a chocolate spice cake with a bunch of chocolate and some currants. I LOVE chocolate but I didn't really care for the spice cake. I liked the summer dessert better.
January 19, 2007
Well, I got my rejection letter in the mail yesterday from Soho Photo Gallery's Krappy Kamera show. Entered 3 years in a row and didn't get in 3 years in a row. I'm sad but can't say I'm really surprised. I just need to be more innovative and take more chances. I think I'm too safe. And I don't take enough photos. Well, here is what I submitted this year.
This year they are keeping all the entries and are going to display them 'collage' style in the upstairs gallery. It will be interesting to see all the different entries that didn't make it. I'm sure I'll be blown away and can't wait to see it.
January 18, 2007
Wa wa wiii wa!
Tonight was the cd mix of the month meeting and the group surprised me with a baby shower. WOW! I was totally taken aback and was in such awe and amazement that the group did that for me!! What a great bunch of guys. And there were cupcakes from yummy Sugar Sweet Sunshine even though I had bought one for myself before I went in. HA! Who says I can't have more than one?? We had it the old trusty Magician, where it all started. Shoot, even Yves came by and surprised me! It is very rare for him to come out on the weeknights since he wakes up at 5 every morning for work.
So, check out the swag the baby got!!
There's a CDMOM bib (!), an I heart mom onesie, lime green pacifer, crib cd player, an I refuse to be pacified tee, alphabet cards wall art, photo mobile, an ipod onesie, a 2 cd baby mix, Stay Awake music cd, Prokofiev's Music for Children cd, a $25 AmEx gift card and a cute teddy blanket. The baby is off to a great start!! Thanks to Joy, Brenda, Cindy, Ali, Nuno, Carrie, Josh, Bill, Laura, Ken, Ben, Robyn, Eric, Jonathan, Matthew and of course my honey, Yves for coming out!
And of course, here is my mix for the month!
Here Comes A City • The Go-Betweens
California Waiting • Kings Of Leon
Mexico • Morrissey
Canada Vs. America • Broken Social Scene
Chicago At Night • Spoon
Detroit Rock City • Kiss
Escape From New York • Chris Mills
Fake Tales of San Francisco • Arctic Monkeys
Florida • Grandaddy
Omaha • Tapes 'n Tapes
Police Helicopters Over Brooklyn • The Sound Of Urchin
O Valencia! • The Decemberists
Tennessee • Arrested Development
Twin Falls • Ben Folds Five
Get Out the State • Spoon
From Georgia To Osaka • Gene
London, London (feat. Devendra Banhart) • Cibelle
Homesick • Kings Of Convenience
January 17, 2007
In the year 2007 I resolve to:
I don't really make New Year's resolutions mainly because I always resolve to better myself on a regular basis. What difference does it make that the calendar says it's a new year? Every morning starts a new day! With that being said, I'm resolving to be more productive craft wise before the baby takes up most of my time.
Back in 2004, my friend Sheila took pinhole portraits of me and Yves on the roof of her building before she moved to Arizona. In October of 2004, we went to Arizona to the opening of her gallery with a show I was in. That's when she gave me the prints. I started this mosaic frame sometime in 2005 and I resolve to finish it before April, 2007.
I think I had only done the clear glass and orange glass when I pulled it out during the Thanksgiving holidays. Then I did the blue and reddish glass. All I have to do is cut glass for the outer sections, grout it and then viola! Done!!
I am proud of myself for starting and finished this next project within a reasonable time. Granted, it was a small project but I'll take the credit! I had these wood blocks from a stamp set and the blocks were so perfect, I couldn't bare to throw them out.
I drilled holes in the side in case I want to string them and hang it. Then I painted them and now I'm at a standstill! I guess they are done?
January 15, 2007
I'm slowly starting to get out of my creative funk and of course, I'll probably be full steam ahead right when the baby decides to join the world in April. HA. Here are some Mona Lisa ATCs for a swap on nervousness that I joined back in November.
And I actually made this birthday card for a fellow crafty blogger (which will be late!) yesterday MORNING before meeting my friend Pete for lunch in the East Village. I don't usually have that drive in the morning right before I go out.
And today we went to the Ragshop in Boro Park to find some fabric so i can attempt to make curtains for the nursery.
I couldn't decide which I liked better so I bought both of them. As I feared, there is too much green. I'll have to look in my stash to see what I might be able to pair it with and then I was watching this episode of Uncommon Threads and a light bulb went off. I probably won't do so many different patches but it got me excited! I also really liked the other apron they were making too.
I also got excited about EZ Screen Print that I ordered the starter kit Saturday morning and it came TODAY!! Talk about fast! And they are in Arizona. I didn't expect it to come so fast and can't wait to give it a try since I haven't done any silkscreening since I took the class at Pratt a couple of years ago.
January 11, 2007
Being blah in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum lobby
Being at home all day while waiting for this baby to pop out has gotten me restless. I'm not doing as much creating as I would like to and I haven't taken many pictures because I don't really go anywhere. My motivation and inspiration are lacking but I'm slowly getting out of it. It was worse last month where I was moping around too bored to do anything about it. So I've been wanting to check out Annie Leibovitz's exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum before it closes at the end of the month. I figured that would inspire me. I'm a fan of AL's from her Rolling Stone and general celebrities work. I know there is a certain talent in taking portraits but I'm not overly impressed with it because it's such a staged thing. I know that portraits are harder than they seem because you have to get your subjects comfortable in front of the camera. I know because I've done this. Capturing things that are happening right now and out of your control and getting right in there is what I'm impressed with. I lack the courage and strength to do any kind of photojournalism myself so I really appreciate that type of work. With that being said, I was a little disappointed in the exhibit. I enjoyed her celebrity portraits and her Sarajevo work. She even has a portrait of the Bush administration from December 2001 that I found really striking. If I didn't know any better, I would have been proud of our president just from that photo. Eek, shiver! There were a lot of personal photographs of her family and such that I didn't really care about. I don't know, maybe it was my frame of mind, maybe it was because it was more crowded than I thought it would be for a Wednesday morning.
What I really enjoyed was Ron Mueck's exhibit. He does amazing life like sculptures. Truly, truly amazing. Photos weren't allowed and I was too chicken to try and sneak some. His latest was a huge sculptor of a baby still attached to the embilical cord. Since I'm popping one out soon, I couldn't really bring myself to look too closely to it, it was so lifelike!
I milled around the watercolor and Egyptian exhibits but was already growing tired so I called it a day. I'm glad I went and got out of the house. By the way, it was freezing! Winter finally came and it was around 35 degrees and really windy when I went out that morning. It was less windy later on that night when I met Joy and Tammy for dinner with Yves at Spring St. Natural.
January 09, 2007
The latest creations
I haven't done much stamping or crafts lately due to my fingers being numb all the time due to my pregnancy. I did manage to make a few holiday cards that I turned into New Year cards. I kept it really simple.
I sandwiched glitter filled acetate (really just the protection from my 120 film when it's developed) between the card to make a glittery snowglobe. I made about 5 different variations, changing the cardstock and the photo. All the photos are ones I took of New York, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and the Verrazano Narrows.
I made a quick birthday card for my mom-in-law. Nothing too fancy because I wanted to get it out to her and who knows how long things take to get to Jamaica. I put a picture of Skippy inside for her.
Here is a pink and brown deco I participated in from nervousness.org. The picture doesn't really show the shimmery chalks I used for the background.
And now I finally tried this technique I learned from Technique Junkies awhile ago called Opalite on Opalite. I like the way it turned out. It's a thank you card for my former co-worker, Theresa, for surprising me and sending me a pound of LiLac chocolates for Christmas.
January 08, 2007
Red Hook, Holga 2005
Yves took me out to eat Saturday night to this restaurant in Red Hook that got great reviews called Good Fork. We went down there a bit earlier to perhaps take some night shots of the area since I've hardly been out to shoot. Well, I got sidetracked. I had forgotten about the Fairway that opened up there. I went inside to use the restroom and ended up picking a few things up. It's HUGE! Yves was initially upset with me for going shopping but really, it was so big that it took me awhile to find the restroom and them to leave. It really just took me less than 5 minutes to pick up the few items I bought. In the above picture the Fairway is in the building to the left of the streetcar. Although I was super excited about the Fairway, it was kinda sad that a parking lot is now in the place where the streetcars were. At least they didn't dump the streetcars, we saw them behind the market but there weren't any lights back there so am not sure if they altered them in any way.
Well, back to the food at the restaurant. Excellent! It's a really small place, cozy with wood veneer, I guess? Anyway, for appetizers we got the homemade dumplings (pork and chives) and crab cake. YUM. For entree I got the korean style steak and egg with kimchee fried rice. YUM. Yves got the scallops with roasted brussel sprouts. YUM. The host was really nice but I really wasn't that thrilled with our waiter. He wasn't terrible but he wasn't the best either, he just seemed indifferent.
January 04, 2007
Yves was home from work the past 2 weeks, he just went back on Tuesday. While he was home, he did a lot of home stuff in preparation of the new arrival in April. One of the first things he did was move everything out of the third room, which was our storage/guest room. All the shelves moved down to the basement, we got rid of a lot of old clothes to goodwill and sorted shifted things around. He cleared some space in the cabinets and his first handyman project was hanging up the pots like we had in the old apartment. I was secretly trying to hold him off of this project until after Christmas so he can use his new drill, which he loves! Here is the finished project:
I think it came out great! We still have some pots in the cabinet but these are the ones we use most often. The lids are still in the cabinet too. Those will have to stay in there.
Then he painted the soon to be nursery. We are pretty sure of the sex of the baby (although they told us it's only 100% when the baby comes out), we didn't want a typical color for either sex and picked something that we think would be good for either sex. Lime green! Well, the official title is Tinker Bell. I wanted something a bit more deeper but Yves thought it might be too bright so we compromised. We decided to do white stripes to break up the green. Then I thought I'd add highlight colors later on via wooden shelves and other accessories in orange (of course!), violet, blue, and other colors.
From dark blue to lime green
Adding tape to make white stripes was harder than we thought. Yves was concerned with keeping it straight but since we weren't even making symmetrical columns, I didn't think it mattered that much.
Revealing the first stripe!
We also went to Ikea to check out some book shelves, in which we are in dire need and we're talking mega bookshelves, not meager ones like we have. It's about time to get serious! We found one we really liked although there were 2 we wanted to see but couldn't find the other one. We'll have to go back and pick it up with the help of dad. It's going to go in the living room and the next big project will be packing away the cds. Since we hardly reference the cds once it's on our computer, we might as well pack them away.
They'll be going from this...
We'll be getting rid of the plastic cases and this aluminum case is supposed to fit 1,000 CDs. I'm not sure how much it will fit once we put in the booklet but we can always get more. This case was only $80 with free shipping!
Now for baby furniture....
January 01, 2007