Tuesday, October 5, 2010

we made it!

after a long journey, we have moved to wales! it seems like we've been stressed consistantly for about 2 months now. every day. but we're here. the stress hasn't ended yet, and we still have a lot of settling in to do, but we have an apartment and we have each other. plus we even have one friend. ok, most people wouldn't consider their estate agent their friend, but we can't really be picky. anyway, we'll have internet in a few days hopefully and will start getting some pictures up. for now, just know we're still alive. we love and miss you all.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

peanut butter and memories

i was shooting a product at work that required me to make a pb & j sandwich today. as i opened the fresh jar of peanut butter i got really excited. my grandma used to let us draw a design in the unmarked peanut butter, if we were the first to use it (and believe me there was definitely some argument over it with my siblings whenever that opportunity presented itself). so, having no competition, i lifted the seal and got right down to business. i drew what i always drew- a heart. i love my grandma and miss being able to spend time with her. that's definitely a priority when we go back to utah.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

lillian crowe jewelry

while at the brooklyn flea, i fell in love with lillian crowe's jewelry. i couldn't pass up buying one of her necklaces, although it was tough to choose which one. i ended up getting the small whistle.

but it was a tough choice between that, the ball locket,

and the silhouette.

all so cool. check out her website here.

best chocolate cupcakes

speaking of good desserts...

my sister trish introduced me to the world's best chocolate cupcakes. the place is the chocolate room, also in brooklyn. i don't even buy into the whole cupcake craze. cupcakes are fine, but they're not to die over. usually. these cupcakes, however, are so moist (but not like cake mixes that are crumbly) and the frosting, oh the frosting. i could eat a whole tub of it. in fact, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. it's super creamy and rich. it tastes like melted chocolate, and it's smooth, dark, and shiny. i don't know how it's possible, but it is the best thing i can imagine. go try it for yourself.

best darn red velvet cake ever

last saturday i went with my sister mip and bro-in-law hadleigh to brooklyn to check out the brooklyn flea (which had some really cool stuff, by the way). before we could make it there, we had to stop at the cake man's tiny brooklyn shop and get some red velvet cake for the road. that's all they sell there, with or without nuts. and it's amazing. go have some.

Monday, May 24, 2010


hey everybody, we're moving to wales! zack has been accepted into the mfa program at university of wales newport. the semester starts in october so we'll be packing up here in september, heading to utah for a bit, and then hitting the road for newport. we'll be sort of sad to leave new york, but we're so exciting to be moving on.

p.s. guess what the population of sheep is in wales. it's a lot more than people.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

self portrait

so my friend gaby got hooked up with this project where a bunch of photographers submit a self portrait and pay a little, and then a book is designed with all the portraits inside. those who participated get a copy of said book. when she first told me about it i was intrigued, but i didn't have enough time before the deadline. then, luckily, they extended it. here is my contribution.

i tried to go with a very natural looking, unretouched (for the most part), plain and simple shot. any thoughts?

Monday, March 8, 2010

vampire books

ok, so i'm obsessed with vampire books. what can i say? i'm sorry? i'm embarrassed? well, i'm a bit of both, but sometimes we just can't help the way we feel.

here's the one i'm just starting (after reading part of the house of night series, and part of the vampire diaries series). why not just be honest, right? anyone else out there with me?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

homemade bread, at last!

so i've been trying to get up the courage to make homemade bread for some time now. i don't know why the task seemed so daunting, but it's taken me months to actually do it. so that's how i spent my friday night, baking bread. i used my great grandma walton's recipe for whole wheat bread, and man is it good. here's what it turned out like.

i must say, it felt good using a recipe that's been in the family for so long. now if only i had the time to do it more often.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


just a little before and after i'm pretty proud of. i had to take the pattern on the glasses completely off and add other ones that were lighter (a painstaking selection, let me tell you). then i had to combine it with the yellow lemonade image. then i had to turn the yellow lemonade pink. anyway, that's what i've been doing today...

cool glasses will be available on uncommon goods soon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

reading again!

yay! i've gotten really into reading again. now i can stop feeling bad about myself for my lack of interest. i'm currently reading about 5 books, some not as challenging as others, i.e. wimpy kid.

i'm obsessed with books on tape too. they're so enjoyable on my super long commute. too bad i'm rapidly running out of my stock. while in utah a couple of weeks ago, i checked out several from the orem library (a great source if you're in the area) and downloaded them to my ipod. i have listened to "on chesil beach" by ian mcewan, "the scarlet letter" by nathanial hawthorne, and "washington square" by henry james. i am currently listening to "a very long engagement" by sebastien japrisot. then all i have left is the second harry potter, which i've definitely already read. anyone know of an online source for audio books?

Friday, January 22, 2010

the christmas season

i'm such a slacker at posting on this blog. better late than never though, right?

here's our christmas tree in ny. (not the one above obviously. that's the rockefeller tree of course) i don't think i was ready for that second picture but, unfortunately it's the best full view of the tree.

zack and i went to utah, where both of our parents live (about a 2 minute drive from each other). it's always hard to divide up the time between families and friends, but we sure try.

christmas day was busy busy. we stayed at zack's house, so we had christmas morning with his family. his brother josh called from his mission in canada. he sounded good. he's actually coming home today, and the whole family is very excited to see him. it's hard to believe he's only been gone 2 years, it feels like a lot longer. after a few hours at z's parents we went to my parent's, only to discover the family had already gone to my grandparents. so we made our way down there. we ate brunch and opened gifts. then quite a bit of back and forth between my parent's and zack's parent's, but we always love seeing family and the gift exchange is always exciting, to say the least. we even got to talk to my brother eric who is on his mission in guatemala for almost 2 hours. it's hard with 20 people trying to talk on 2 phones, let me say. but it was so good to hear from him. he was totally speaking with a little spanish accent. ha ha.

anyway, for christmas i gave zack these boots. he has returned a couple pairs now trying to find the right size, but we're determined to get it right. zack got me this keyboard. i'm so excited to finally have something to play and practice on out in ny. i also got a long desired wacom tablet for retouching, a new coat, several cookbooks, and lots of other things. for my sister trish, and my sister in law cora (who's names i drew) i made skirts. i wish i was a little better at sewing, must practice up on that.

the day after christmas we went up to salt lake. we ate at crown burger, which is usually really good, but was really busy cause of a jazz game, which really made everyone kind of upset we chose it. blah. then we went to temple square to look at the lights. it was freeeeezing outside and i was too cold to take many pictures, but here are a couple.

a couple days after christmas we went with zack's family to the manti, ut temple. i had only ever seen if from the outside, but it was beautiful on the inside. it was snowing that day, and very cold, but it was a wonderful experience. that night, we went up the provo canyon to meet up with my family who had rented a cabin in aspen grove, right by sundance. we spent the next couple days there snowshoeing, sledding, and hanging out. it was so much fun that we're hoping to go back again next year.

all in all it was a great holiday. can't wait for next time...

Friday, January 8, 2010

a little taste of amsterdam and antwerp

in november zack and i went to amsterdam and antwerp with my sister trish. it was meant to be a work trip for the two of them, cause their boss was having a show opening in den haag. but their boss didn't end up coming. so it was mostly like a vacation. it was pretty awesome.

this is what basically every block looks like in amsterdam. so pretty. and the building are all wonky. they said they were taxed on the width of the building so they built them thin and deep. and lots of these are older than the u.s. of a.

eating french fries with mayo. this was our first item of business i'll have you know.

the furniture hooks they built onto the buildings cause the buildings were too narrow to get furniture upstairs. they had to pull it up outside and put it in through the windows.

in antwerp, belgium zack and i took a tourist tram. it was really bumpy on those stone roads, but amazing none-the-less. this was our driver.

belgian waffles in belgium. zack's was warm and gooey. mine was cold, but covered in chocolate.

one of the many cathedrals in antwerp. so pretty. a man was playing his violin outside the doors and it really felt like we were in a dream or something. the music fit perfectly with the surroundings.

the same cathedral at night.

a not so old building in den haag. really, 1818 seems new there.

waiting at the train station in amsterdam to go back to the airport.