Saturday, October 31, 2009

quick halloween costume for dogs

DO NOT make your dog into a bunch of grapes-or anything else-for halloween, why would anyone do this to a beast who gives nothing but unconditional love? NOT COOL! (yes: shouting).

last minute halloween costume for baby

some people should not have children. this guy thinks he has 3-fer: halloween costume, diaper, pumpkin seeds...uhmm...maybe someone should call the police?

Friday, October 30, 2009

hedwig and the angry inch

i had never seen the film hedwig and the angry inch before last's so weird and great! forget the rental because its also musical theater: see it tonight (or tomorrow) @ the warehouse theater.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

how to make a giant moustache

if you are not familiar with the website instructables, you are missing out: they have crazy shizzz! they tell you how to do anything and everything, including skully cupcakes, biohazard beer barrels, scary make-up, and lobster costumes. this giant stuffed moustache can be fabricated by you to wear saturday night...halloween. or better yet: make one for your kid: how cool will she be trick or treating with this great 'guise?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

vintage vessels

i went thrifting last weekend and found these fantastic vintage planters from mccoy and red wing.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


love this crazy robot sculpture thingy!
very japanese...and the boots are fantastic!

Monday, October 26, 2009

reverb chair

the influence of the ball chair is, well...iconic! this year alone i have noticed multiple clones, including the reverb chair.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shenandoah national park

why drive to all the way to skyline drive in shenandoah national park when you can see all the beautiful fall colors in your own back yard?
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marine corps marathon street closures

today is the the 34th annual marine corps marathon! its too late to enter the people's marathon (ahhh!) but you could cheer these hardcore athletes on...or watch it on tv...or just avoid the traffic jams due to street closures in the area. i heard a spa is trying to set the guinness book of world record for foot massage by rubbing 400+ feet (200 people) of the runners. super stinky!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

storms roll through

it got up to 80 degrees today: crazy but great!
the inevitable storms rolled through this evening though, cooling it down to 69!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

tasty diner

a tasty dinner at tasty diner in Bethesda
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

crape myrtle flower pendant

alene bought this sterling silver crape myrtle pendant from my herban elements etsy shop for her birthday
happy birthday to her!

beautiful beauty bush

How gorgeous is this beauty berry bush? purple and green is one of my favorite color combinations!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

too scary for halloween not festive, just frightening.
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bethesda row arts festival

shop local and get some holiday shopping knocked off of your to do list today, 11-5 at the bethesda row fine arts festival. this is a great show with high quality fine artists.
what else are you going to do today?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

st. mary's oyster festival

ok...i don't care about the rain today in the mid-atlantic: i am headed to the st. mary's oyster festival today despite the crappy weather.

Friday, October 16, 2009

strange comfort from Brian Jungen

today an amazing exhibit of intensely crazy work from Brian Jungen opens at the national museum of the american indian. jungen combines iconic american stuff (nike shoes, plastic chairs) into traditional native american imagery: looks so fantastic, i cant wait to see it!

Capital Harvest on the Plaza

washington dc is suddenly thick with farmer's markets: i blame it on the obama administration. another one rears its delicious head today 1-5 on woodrow wilson plaza @ 13th and pennsylvania avenue, nw . capital harvest on the plaza will host 18 local farmers who will be selling their stuff and cooking demos from the chefs at equinox and ps7. sounds yummy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

etsy's handmade moment

awesome etsy, who hosts my herban elements and high contrast on-line shops, held a contest to see who could create the best handmade moment video for use in future advertising campaigns. daniel kwan won the competition and a check for $3250: congrats, dan! all of the entries were great, however: better than most large pr houses could produce.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


love the artist' series of iphone stands from ibend.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

shadow boxing

continuing with the artwork projects...i have collected some things for new shadow boxes...crappy iphone photo

Monday, October 12, 2009

president obama wins top honors again!

first the nobel peace prize and now the nyc burger bash? president obama cant be stopped! top chef contestant chef spike cooked up this dreamy dish (like the prez) and took top honors at the competition held at the 2009 nyc wine & food festival and hosted by rachel ray. i gotta say, chef spike really makes awesome burgers. good stuff!

solar decathlon

what do you do during a solar decathlon when its overcast and rainy? i dont know, but 20 teams of college students do: they have designed and are currently building solar powered houses on the national mall between 10th and 14th streets. that's cornell's entry above. the competition began last friday and finishes this sunday the 18th. see what they are up to monday thru friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for some reason, the exhibit is closed Wed., Oct. 14.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

hello, cupcake!

i made cupcakes today: first time ever! they turned out great: there are 2 of 12 left. i tried some fun flavors. i made lemon cake with lime frosting; fresh strawberry with strawberry icing; caramel with chocolate, and toffee with toffee frosting. delicious. please dont tell my friend penny, though: she owns hello cupcake at dupont circle and makes the best cupcakes, ever. much lighter and fluffier than this novice can bake with the yummiest icings around!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


tonight's sunset was awesome, as usual.

Friday, October 9, 2009

president obama awarded 2009 nobel prize!

congratulations to our great president obama for his 2009 nobel peace prize award! i am so proud, im going to rock my obama belt buckle all week, even while im in virginia;)!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

house on haunted hill scavenger hunt

tonite artist andrew wodzianski opens his latest painting exhibit inspired by the 50th anniversary of the campy film "house on haunted hill" at flashpoint gallery in penn quarter. the opening runs 6-8 and includes a funerary performance: that sounds like fun! though the film was released in 1959, andrew kicks it up to the minute at midnight by tweeting details of an audience participation scavenger hunt that runs throughout october, culminating in a costume house party on friday the 30th with non-stop pbr. sounds scary!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

draconids meteor shower for date night

inspired by the president and first lady, i struggle to come up with some brilliant plan for weekly date night with the mister, which actually hasnt happened yet, but will soon, i am sure! so, my idea for tonight is pretty budget-conscious, especially for me. i thought i could meet him at his office in georgetown around 5:15 (now!) we could cruise down to the kennedy center's millennium stage for a concert by the russian throat singers (?) the khogzhumchu ensemble @ 6:00: sounds a bit odd, but i am game for anything! i picked up some yumminess from whole foods: if the winds die down after sunset, i thought we cold walk toward the mall in front of the lincoln memorial and have a picnic, followed by front row seats at the draconids meteor shower. better grab a jacket!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

liberty farmer's market

penn quarter in dc is one of my favorite neighborhoods. i have been clubbing there since the 80's (?)...the national portrait gallery and museum of american art are there, as are hundreds of great restaurants and bars...i love basketball and the verizon center is on the corner. i do a great art show, the downtown holiday market there in december. the cowgirl creamery cheese shop rocks! the one thing they don't have there is a raw food source: a grocery store. welcome, liberty market! liberty market is a new farmer's market open tuesdays from 2:30-6:30 at the corner of 7th & k streets on the grounds of the historic society of washington, dc at mt. vernon square. help promote community sustainability by supporting your local farmers, musicians and artists!

Monday, October 5, 2009

laptop and iphone skins

laptop and iphone skins
my macbook pro is two years old and is a little knicked, so i have been thinking about getting a custom skin for it...that and i have seen multiple blog postings and ads in the last few days on the subject. there are a lot of cool options out there and companies like gelaskins employ some amazing artists and graphic designers, or you can customize it with your own design: the options are limitless! here is a great posting from weburbanist on the latest trends.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

dog drinking from bottle

my dog is so weird! he does a somersault on the lawn every morning before we go on our walk...he prefers toast...he carries his retractable leash were ever he goes...he drinks from a bottle.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

crafty bastards

go buy some cool stuff today at the crafty bastards annual fall arts & crafts fair 10-5 in adam's morgan.

taste of bethesda

hungry, yet? every restaurant in bethesda is participating in this year's taste: that's like a zillion restaurants, right? when i moved to the area from berkeley (aka, "the gourmet ghetto"), there was a swensen's ice cream , shakey's pizza...the crab house: not exactly 'foodie town'. times have changed and you should enjoy the town's bounty today 11-4, if you can find parking.

Friday, October 2, 2009


hey, yo: it's friday, people! it has been a busy week here in the nation's capitol...let's take a few moments to stop, drop and roll! nothing is more beautiful (not even paris: sorry, sister!) then the national monuments at night, so join a guided bike tour with sites@nite starting at the old post office pavilion @ 6:30, and leisurely peddle from site to site. they provide everything for about $35 a person. my word of warning DO NOT stop up the street at zola's for their happy hour prior to the ride!