Thursday, September 29, 2011


A little French Bulldog with a touch of red for the holidays (gotta start early!) Hoping to do more dogs, what breeds would you like to see?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Recipe: Apple Crumble

Last night I was craving something distinctly fall, so I made an apple crumble (or, Allie, should I say, CRAMBLE) and had it over ice cream. It was ridiculous and yummy and seasonal and I thought I'd share the recipe (from here).

I N G R E D I E N T S :

10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted

D I R E C T I O N S :

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.

3) Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apples.

4) Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

5) Serve warm over ice cream


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Recipe: Brie + Apple Flatbread

I made this on Sunday as an afternoon football snack after seeing it posted here on Sugarlaws. It sounded so good and perfectly seasonal for this time of year, and ended up being really, really easy.

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1 small whole wheat pizza dough (picked it up pre-made from Heinen's)
1/2 lb brie cheese
1 large tart green apple
2 tbsp honey

D I R E C T I O N S :

Preheat oven to 400° and roll out dough on pizza stone/pan (or baking sheet if you don't have one).

Bake the pizza dough about halfway, about 5-8 minutes (or follow instructions for the dough you purchased), remove from the oven.

Lay slices of brie on pizza dough, then layer thinly sliced apples on top.

Drizzle with honey and pop back in the over for another 5-8 minutes.

By then, the apples should be warm and maybe browning a tad at the corners. I added a bit more honey after the bake since it dried up a little.

Slice like a pizza or however you want, and enjoy with a good beer or cider. This was totally drool-worthy, and convinced me that a football snack doesn't have to be greasy and artery-clogging. Plus, anything with cheese on it? Who can resist.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DIY: Glitter Wedges

I have a love/hate relationship with the star shoe of the season: Miu Miu's glitter heeled booties. They come in so many sparkly, magnificent colors and I just want to squeal when I see them. I mean come on:

They're amazing. And since they cost more than my rent, I'm left emulating them at home. I've found quite a few DIY posts (namely this one) floating around and finally decided to try them with Brigitte.

S U P P L I E S :

Mod Podge or Glue
Paint - waterproof acrylic - ours was actually very cheap from the craft store
Painter's Tape
Clear Spray Fixative

We looked for a cheap pair of heels, but ended up with wedges and thought this would be an interesting way to bring in the accent of color (like in the Miu Mius) by painting the sole and wedge a color, and applying the glitter to the upper. We found these wedges at Target, they were about $25.

Wipe the shoes clean, and brush one coat of gesso over the sole and wedge. We painted the bottom of the shoe as well so the black was totally covered.

After the gesso dries (about 30 minutes), apply two coats of paint, allowing them to dry in between.

This process takes some time, so I recommend a glass of wine and a good show.

I used a coral pink paint (to go with gold glitter) and Brigitte used turquoise to go with silver glitter.

*In retrospect, we should have added a step here. After finishing, we both realized we should have also painted the upper of the shoe to match the color of the glitter, so the black gaps weren't as apparent. We solved that with metallic paint pens at the end, but I would recommend painting the shoe just to make it easier, and to give it a solid colored base for the glitter.

Next, mix the glitter and glue together in a bowl. You can use whatever ratio you feel is best, ours was about 1:1. By mixing the glitter in with the glue, it won't shake off and make a mess. Brilliant!

Tape off the painted area, then brush the glitter over the shoe. Here is what it looked like after one coat.

And here they are after 3 coats. Starting to lay on thicker (and taking longer to dry). We did about 4 coats, and on the last coat, shook some loose glitter onto the shoes to fill in any gaps. Be light-handed about the loose glitter, as it will be more likely to fall off.

After the final coat dried, we shook off any loose bits and sprayed the shoes with a light coat of spray fixative to seal them.

Then they're done! And you've just saved yourself about $850. High five.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missoni Madness

The ubiquitous partnership between Missoni and Target launched today after months and months of hype and anticipation. Since the Target site was crashed for most of the day I managed to scoop up a lot of pieces at our local store (since apparently no one in Cleveland seems to know—or care—about Missoni...oh well, bonus)! The knitted flats and silk scarf were at the top of my list, as well as some dinnerware which I ended up not purchasing (my cart was so full and...I panicked and put it back), but I had some pleasant surprises come home with me, including the suede pumps (which I actually LOVE), the silk lounge pants, and a bunch of office supplies, mugs, and a cosmetic case. I am on chevron overload. OH and a got the black wool floppy hat too (hidden in the bottom picture). Some of the clothing was a tad disappointing, the cotton knits were nice but the cardigans, skirts, etc. felt poorly synthetic, which I guess is to be expected with Target fabrics so I just passed over those pieces.

I love the colors and the different palettes offered...will definitely add a good dose of brightness as we head into fall.

Did you get your hands on anything? What are your favorites?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Welcome, Fall

Falling leaves, apple spice, crisp cool air, pumpkin treats, cozy days...around the corner!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ekko & Panda

My friends Nathaniel and Val have two completely gorgeous Siamese cats, Ekko and Panda. I always thought they'd be so fun to draw, and recently they asked me to illustrate them. It was an interesting challenge..not only was it important for the cats to look right, but also to get their different personalities into the piece. Panda (on top) is a super fluffy lover who is always laying on a windowsill or dangling her paw from a shelf. Ekko (bottom) is sleek and aloof and is always flipped on his back or laying in a box. There were a lot of other layouts I considered but liked this the most. They aren't the most playful of cats, so drawing them just chilling out in their favorite spots made the most sense.

I did their fur with watercolor washes that I did by hand, which I picked apart and collaged together digitally to get their markings right. The linework and the rest is all digital.

I'm so happy with how it came out, and that Nathaniel and Val loved it!

The two kitties are below so you can see how cute they are in real life :)