Monday, December 27, 2010

Crafty Christmas

I tried making a some of my gifts this year. I ended up knitting 4 simple rib scarves, 2 pair of knitted fingerless gloves, 2 8-bit art pieces for my boyfriend and a whole lot of rocky road bark with Dandies marshmallows!

Our friend Kyle and the scarf I made him - the scarf that started my month of crazy knitting! I used my camera phone and the a app with tons of film effects for something muted and vintage..

Mega Man portrait for Matt - my first big piece - I used some ideas I found off the net because I am still new to pixels and beads...


Mario piranha for Matt, my first time using 2 boards in a project:


Rocky road bark...It is a hit now and being requested like crazy!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I just want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and I hope everyone gets to spend it with the people they love! Be thankful for all the miracles in your life - big or small!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day Trip - Sacramento

So last weekend we headed a hour up north to Sacramento. Over the last few years I have really fallen in love with Sac! From vegan restaurants and Whole foods to walking around mid town and all the little shops.

Here are some of my favorite Sacramento places, some big and some small - however they are all worth checkin' out!

-First up is what I like to think of as the 'vegan house' on K Street. Sugar Plum Vegan and Never Felt Better team up to offer food, baked goods, stuff for the house and all your vegan cheeze needs! I love having so many choices under one roof!

Potato mashers at Sugar Plum:

-Staying on the grid I like going over to the Gluten Free Specialty Market that carry a lot of vegan products! Even if you are not GF (I am not) it is worth seeing what vegan stuff they have to buy!

-Lush in Macy's at the K Street Mall. The staff at this location are super nice, some of the nicest sales people I have encountered!

-Queen Sheba has a all you can eat vegan buffet for lunch Monday through Friday. The best day to go is Friday for the tofu tibs. The bread is so tasty you will want to smuggle it out in your pockets!

-Teavana in Arden mall is a good place to sample a lot of teas. I love the fact that they have sample stations and little cups you can help yourself to trying some exotic blends. Matt who is not a big fan of tea even likes the Strawberry Paraiso White Tea with popcorn bits...

-Whole Foods on Arden gets Bicycle Bakery fudge cake in - so damn tasty, you need a slice - now!

-On our way home from Sacramento we have been stopping at the recently opened Loving Hut in Elk Grove. We love starting off with something fried - which is a rare treat and I then take 20 minutes trying to pick something since I want to try it all!

Bonus picture - Matt at his gallery debut at Side Show Studios. There was a lot of cool art going on that night! I can't wait to go back and get tattooed by Char!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Season Of Germs

For the last few weeks I have been battling a cold/cough/runny nose. Once the cold was gone I have been stuck with a lingering cough. I have my arsenal of cold fighters to help me feel better and get back on track.

Once I feel a cold come on I reach for Emergen-C. I mix a packet in with my water and I continue doing so daily till I feel better. It kick starts the feel good energy in my system.

So this tea kinda tastes like herbal chest rub, however it really breaks down your cough and helps soothes a achy chest. It contains a lot of feel good herbs like cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom. Drink a warm cup in the morning to help you breathe better all day long.

Another tea by Yogi - this is more pleasant to drink and ginger is known to help stomach aches - good for when you really do not want to eat. Both of these teas can be found at Trader Joe's at around $3 a box.

When your appetite is weak reach for some Amy's "No Chicken Noodle" soup. It is comforting and will warm you up without making your stomach ache more. I think it tastes great with a pinch of nutritional yeast sprinkled in.

Remember get a lot of rest, take it easy and feel better soon.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sacramento Shows!

If you are in the Sacramento area this Saturday come out and check out these two events. My boyfriend and I will both be vending at the Sugar Plum Vegan/Never Felt Better event and my boyfriend's Lego sculptures will be at the Side Show Gallery!