Thursday, August 18, 2011

life: lil

My friend Vicky sent this to me yesterday. She knew I could totally appreciate the whole cat-who-thinks-she's-human. I mean, come on, look what I'm dealing with...

What I imagine she is thinking: "Drinking out of glasses is so great.... now if only I could fit my head in a bit further...."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

new things

check out our new blog local.tourist.philly!

... it's carrying the torch from Steven's last local tourist blog, local.tourist.london

we will try update it at least once a week

read the ever-evolving list of activities we want to do, from museums and parks, to restaurants and random activities!

Monday, August 15, 2011

clothes: fall chic

I pulled these clothes choices from J.Crew and Anthropologie. Most of them are J.Crew (i.e. all the model ones.

I'm loving blue/green combinations, as well as more vibrant hues combined with neutrals. I like the subtle 40s/50s influences as well, such as the sleeveless dress in the bottom right.

I think I've reached the point in my life where I can appreciate the subtle pop of color. Of course, I will always love blacks and browns and creams, but sometimes color is fun, especially when there's so much color in nature during our northeast autumn!

explore: race st pier

Went to check out the Race St Pier park with just opened this summer. There are lots of unused piers in Philly and never enough green spaces, so this was a pretty cool idea to implement! It's really peaceful looking out on the water from this vantage point, actually better than the view from Penn's Landing, I guess the pier juts out a bit further.

Here's a panoramic photo I pieced together of the water and greenway :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

crafts: plant dye

I was just watching old episodes of the BBC program Edible Garden, when I saw this and immediately thought "I need to do this. Now."

In this snippet the presenter, Alys Fowler, makes leaf prints with a friend. She says this is an old Japanese technique.

They first went out to find strong colored leaves and flowers.

They say that fleshy leaves in strong colors and shapes have the best effect.

Then get a natural fiber fabric, place the leaves in your preferred arrangement, fold the fabric over (or place another piece of fabric over), and hammer with a mallet until it looks like the color has been absorbed.

Then open the fabric and peel/rub off the excess leaf.
And you are left with beautiful patterns.

Vibrant colors and perfect patterns.

It even works with flower petals, look at those delicately preserved violets!

When the prints are totally dry, iron the material to fix the plant dye.

Are you ready to go find leaves?

*all photos taken from episode 5, originally broadcast May 5, 2010

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