Over a year ago, my sisters and I took a trip up the California coast, and on our last stop in Big Sur, we collected an armful of branches with the plans to make branch weavings for each of our homes. Needless to say, those branches sat in my pantry collecting dust month after month. Until yesterday, when I decided to use a sick day at home sitting on the sofa to take a stab at this wall hanging project. It ended up being quite reasonable in cost (under $20 for materials), fairly quick (3 hours start-to-finish) and ready to hang by the time the Oscars were over.
I selected two tonal yarns to make the poms and kind of eyeballed the measurements for hanging each strand. The fun part about this project is that you could make it in most any size and color to suit your space and taste. As for the branch, I’d recommend using one as straight and as sturdy as you can find so it doesn’t snap while you’re working. In case you’re curious, I used Patons Classic Wool Roving yarn for this piece, and tied everything using an off-white hemp yarn. I was thinking one of these would make a great house-warming gift too. Happy crafting!
1. The Solid Brass W102 Lamp by David Chipperfield.
2. The breathtaking design of Finish Tower Rotsee by AFGH Architects.
3. Everything about this photo — the floral arrangement, the color palette, the window light.
4. This kitchen in the Toronto Mjolk house.
5. The Circuit Necklace by Bandelier — all in the details.
6. Brian Ferry photographs the new look book for Bela NYC.
7. Beautiful hand-woven handtowels perfect for any bathroom (I ordered the white one ).
8. A recipe for Smashed Beet Crostini on Sunday Suppers.
9. The packaging design for this Rodin candle.
A day late, but hope this finds you cozy somewhere indoors looking for a bit of weekend inspiration. A crazy rainstorm has hit Los Angeles these past few days, and though my old home hasn’t faired too well with the downpour, I’m still enjoying staring out at the raindrops as I work on waterproofing. Wishing you a wonderful few days ahead!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
As I’m trying to wrap my head around how this is already the last week of February, I thought it’d be fun to share some 2014 adventures to date so far (and help me feel like the year isn’t escaping us just yet). Do you prefer to spend your weekend’s unwinding, or packing in all the activites you don’t get to do during the week? I go back and forth between the two, but have been surprised at how much a Friday-night-to-Sunday-night getaway can feel like a week of vacation if done right.
01. Ice cream at Carmela in Alta Dena. I finally stopped by this joint on my way home from Palm Springs a few weekends ago, waited in the crazy line and got a double scoop. It was worth it.
02. A hike through Yosemite National Park in the snow.
03. A cozy cabin outside of Yosemite.
04. A colorful french toast breakfast at the Saguaro in Palm Springs for Modernism Week.
05. In the Dogpatch District of San Francisco, shooting a new collection for Project Bly.
06. A roadside stop in Traver, California to admire the cherry blossom in bloom.
07. An early morning bike ride to breakfast on the last day of Modernism Week.
08. An amazing cactarium at Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
It’s a rare thing when I stumble on a photographer’s work that really hits the right note for me, but when it does happen, it’s like listening to a beautiful song for the first time where all of the elements come together to create this terrific harmony (the light, the tones, the subject, the mood). The last time it happened was when I landed on Valeda Stull’s website, and before that Trevor Triano.
Today, it was Momomi. Similar to Valeda and Trevor, she captures light, nature and everyday forms in a thoughtful and stunning way. It was pretty hard to narrow down my favorites, but here’s my attempt. Any photographers whose work you’re captivated by lately? Do share!
—Photos by Momomi.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I love making soup for many reasons: 1. The recipe typically yields enough to last throughout the week. 2. It tastes better on day two. 3. You can freeze it and reheat when you don’t have time to make dinner from scratch. 4. It’s easy to pull together on a week night; add a loaf of fresh bread and you’re golden.
This recipe is one of the easiest I’ve dabbled in to date and pretty fool-proof. I paired mine with a loaf of sourdough from a nearby bakery and it was delicious. The lemon adds a nice kick, and I’m becoming a firm believer that every soup tastes just a bit better with melted parmesan in it.
Broccoli, Lemon and Parmesan Soup
You will need:
2 pounds broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cups homemade or low sodium chicken stock
3/4 cups grated Parmesan
Crusty bread for serving
1. Bring a large, heavy pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and boil for five minutes. Drain the broccoli well and set aside.
2. Add the olive oil and garlic to the pot over medium heat. After a minute or two, when the garlic starts to soften and turn golden, add the broccoli, season with salt and pepper, and stir well.
3. Cover the pot, turn the heat down as low as it will go, and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is soft enough that it yields when you press it with the back of a wooden spoon.
4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer the soup for 5 minutes.
5. Carefully puree half the soup in a blender or food processor, using a kitchen towel to hold the lid on tight. Stir the puree back into the pot. Stir in the Parmesan and lemon juice to taste. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot with plenty of crusty bread.
Recipe found here.
—Photos by Jessica Comingore.