Monday, January 31, 2011

What I've been up to (part 3)

Sorry for the lack of posting my few, but precious, readers!

I've been busy putting together 4 designs for minted's latest contest, shown below:

You can't vote yet, but I'm sure you'll be getting an email from me to remind you when voting does open ;)

The latest contest was for calling cards/business cards. I kept everything simple, as I think calling cards should be. It is a little unnerving going into this contest, seeing so many cute designs/patterns, but I went into this challenge with the main intent to practice my illustrator skills, which I think was accomplished so I'm happy with how things have turned out. Hope you guys do too!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reflections

Earlier this week the 老公 and I went to Tarragon because we have a couple restaurant.com gift certificates  to use up before we move and the 老公 made the following observation on how marriage has changed us:
So I guess I was wrong when I said getting married didn't really change us.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Idea

We recently ordered some batteries from Amazon because they are half the price of what our local stores charge, but when things the size of a USB flash drive arrive in boxes like the one below, I wonder if we made the right decision, in terms of environmental impact (vs. buying at our local Target).

My recommended solutions:
1) Amazon adopt the use of envelopes to mail small and, overall, flat items such as these.
2) Amazon partner with UPS and have UPS be a drop-off center for used & flattened Amazon boxes to re-use for future shipments.

Logistically, it would probably add more load to their operations, but think of the environmental benefits of re-using boxes instead of buying new boxes that may or may not have been made with recycled materials (probably the latter). I left packaging feedback on Amazon with the above suggestions, so let's see what happens...

Tools

These days there are so many tools at our disposal, whether it be a gadget or widget or some other -dget. After reading through the new magazine, Matchbook earlier today, I checked out issuu.com, which is how Matchbook is published online, and it looks like something I could use, but not sure for what yet... I've got way too many "projects" waiting to be made real so perhaps I will just add this to the list of things I will come back to some other day. But in the mean time, there is some great material on there worth reading!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I love...

This dress, from Ann Taylor. I have no occasion to wear it to or justification for spending $250 on a dress, but I am really drawn to the flow of it and the bow on the shoulder.

Friday, January 21, 2011

What I've been up to (part 2)

Something else I've been working on is helping out my friend L. with a presentation about the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I put together this title slide for her.

I am now in the works of creating a printable semi-illustrated chocolate chip cookie recipe card and some other images to put into her presentation, on top of the many other things I should be doing (eg. minted's latest calling card design challenge).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What I've been up to

I'm working with Sustainable Silicon Valley right now and the focus of my work in the new year will be mostly helping them out with the re-design of their EcoCloud website and general things they need help with on the design-side. I developed this logo for EcoCloud. I've received a lot of positive feedback on it, but no word on it definitely being used.
This was another version I did but I think the cloud image is too... abstract? That's what one person said.



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MLK weekend

MLK Day isn't a holiday most people get off, but the 老公 was lucky he had the day off. In the spirit of the long-weekend, we had a bbq on Sunday before heading out to his hockey game and man, was it delicious.
 On the menu:

Kalbi (Korean-styled short ribs)
gamja joram (Korean potato side-dish)
baby spinach salad with mandarin slices, almond slices, and raspberry vinaigrette
Freshly-baked focaccia bread with rosemary and parmesan cheese

Yum. I sadly forgot to take a photo, so there is no proof that we made any of it except for the memories of the bread and rosemary aromas filling the house and the delicious bbq smoke wafting into the house. I  wish I had looked up the short rib recipe at least a day earlier because an extra day of marinading would've made them taste even more heavenly. Oh well. At least now I know an over-night marinade-process isn't an absolute requirement to make tasty short ribs! With the potato dish, though, I definitely did not sauté them for long enough 'cause they turned out mushy on the outside and a bit crunchy on the inside vs. my expectation of them being soft throughout. With the bread, it tasted much better after letting it cool and sitting for 30-45 minutes. I was hoping to recreate the Acme bread herb slab, which has an airier feel and definitely more rosemary, so I have many more bread-making attempts ahead of me.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I love...

They're out of sizes & colors online, but their stores have a lot of stock and the other colors it comes in are white with red stripes or grey with white stripes and available for 40% off this weekend.

I love...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fail

With my little "I love" series (which I think is not so much a series anymore given its sporadic updates, but I digress), I'm learning how hard it is to post something every day. What's even more difficult is motivating myself to sit down for a solid hour or two thinking of something meaningful and drawing something decent to reflect on that. My excuses? I'm terrible at motivating myself, spending way too much time watching terrible tv, and spending way too much time playing around with our new PC. In the meantime, as I try to catch up (again!) with the posting, here's a pic I came across the other day of the boy & I on our anniversary:

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dumplings & won tons

I turned my kitchen table in a little won ton/dumpling factory over the last few days and managed to produce a whopping 101 won tons and 92 dumplings. Would've had 100 dumplings had I remembered which wrappers to get the boy to buy me, but I think 92 will suffice.


Along with 2 packets of medium won ton wrappers, 1 packet of potsticker wrappers, and 1 packet of 餃 sue gao wrapper, below is a list of the ingredients I used. I used cilantro in the won tons but didn't list here because the boy thinks its best paired with the won tons on the side rather than incorporated into the filling, which I would agree with. 
I first made the won ton filling and wrapped them and then used whatever was leftover for the dumplings. I minced everything that could be minced and eye-balled the sesame oil and soy sauce, so those numbers could be off, but ultimately you just want to add enough sesame oil to get everything moist but still sticky and enough soy sauce to lightly color everything. I'll post a pic of the mass of won tons and dumplings later this week.

I love...

Friday, January 07, 2011

Taye Diggs

Can I get a Taye Diggs, which is black and extra strong and smooth but also very sweet? 
                                             - Laurie from Cougar Town, ordering a coffee.
Best line ever.


On another note, I know... I'm already behind on the posting from my "I love..." series BUT I promise to catch up by the weekend! I've got ideas jotted down but I got caught up with stuff this week. And I definitely think I need to push the posting to be a reflection of _yesterday_ yesterday (I'm so used to italicizing words in gtalk) since posting on the same day is a little much. So yeah, bear (bare? I could never figure that one out...) with me here as I sort out the logistics of this!