Friday, December 24, 2010
Oy. I'm just going to go bowl on my DS because I can't knit anymore tonight. I was taking a break and doing non-retail knitting anyways, teeny eeny knitting for my darling little Thea!!!! More about her in a special post of her own! <3
Friday, December 17, 2010
Drafts + scheduled posts are gonna save my life.
Oh, did I mention that this was her FIRST tattoo?
This was right after completion, so it looks a little angry.
This was is just for fun, because they took a well-timed break and it looks like her tattoo has the stigmata :p
Done by the ever delightful 540 at Infinate Art.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Has anyone else ever had these? They're called something along the line of moon cakes. My thai cousin got them for us...they're very expensive and a very big deal. My gramoo saved them until Thanksgiving for everyone to try. Per usual, along with every other asian treat like mochi, etc, I was the only one in the family who really liked them. They're squishy, yet not, on the outside and have different fillings-strawberry was the crowd favorite. (amongst the 4 people who would even try them!)
Here we go! I got curious and wiki'd halfway thru. I would say in this photo is what they're describing as the "jelly" mooncake, but our box also had the traditional ones with the crust. I haven't tried those yet. Now I'm a little freaked out to after reading this article. Salted egg yolks? Chicken floss? Where exactly on a chicken would one find the *floss*?
Get schooled, read about my american family's azn dessert. :) Mooncakes on Wikipedia
Also, if your asian cousin ever gives you "snack mix".....read the ingredients. There could be rogue wasabi peas hiding in some sort of coating in there and you will not know until it. is. too. late!
Not pictured: Giant boat hanging from the ceiling. Yeah, you heard me. We didn't understand it either....especially because those are some narrow ass staircases. Its some loooooong skinny kayak canoe type thing.
Things I shouldn't do while trying to catch up on blogging:
1) Make potato pancakes
2) Not pay attention and almost set the house on fire
Are these two related? I'd prefer not to comment, thanks.
So look at those two little alpaca sweeties up there!!! Ryan and I went to the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo on October 23 aka BEST DAY EVER, despite me being jacked up on drugs from having my wisdom teeth pulled the Tuesday before. I was a trooper and still managed to stuff my face with Macaroni Grill. 4 Days of Frosties and rice had worn me down.
Back to the Fiber Expo...or as Ryan was adament on refering to it as "FiberFest."...in the days leading up to it, we fielded a lot of inquiries...because when you mention you're going to a Fiber Expo....well...it doesn't conjure up the best images. I had a lot of people concerned about my regularity, and wondering if I was going to come home with a ton of cereal samples, and knowledge of the newest supplements on the market. Yarn, people. Fiber yarn!
We trucked to the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds after what I consider to be a fair trade of me going to see Jackass 3D. Ryan does not consider this a fair trade. In my defense I completely offered him free reign to go to the gun show taking place next door and he declined. We saw booth after booth....after booth...after booth....of roving and yarn and fleece, oh my! 3 buildings of it to be exact. I really have to give the show organizers credit. When they publicized "over 200 vendors" they really meant it. I would have liked to see more real animals, but thats just because I like to poke real animals :) There were alpaca, sheep, and angora bunnies all represented, and angora bunnies make me die inside because they ARE SO FLUFFYYYYYY.
All of the vendors were super friendly, and the product was really well priced. I picked up a variety of roving from a few different booths, a drop spindle, and some adorable teeny wood buttons in the shape of Michigan and Ohio that I couldn't pass up.
If you missed it this year and get the opportunity to go next year I wouldn't pass it up...for three dollars admission its definately worth it. However-mind the name-FIBER Expo. If you're going looking for yarn or finished products there *are* vendors selling yarn....but by and large, the vast majority of the show was roving, batts, and fleeces. If you are going solely for your, I'd still go for the eye candy, but you are not going to come away with a giant shopping bag of stuff.
And we'll ignore the story about how we got lost in the scenic Michigan countryside for 45 minutes afterwards and how Blackberry Maps WILL direct you down pseudo-existant dirt roads. :)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Nice stencil buddy.
Elantronious on formal occasions.
I'll spare you the photos of the angry, dryly typewritten card with the message completely contradictory to what he requested. Don't worry, it wasn't anything like "We're breaking up"....it just wasn't the loving detailed greeting he expected me to see haha.
Happy One Year.
They're in the flower business people....not greeting cards.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
And always experiencing dress anxiety.
My mother and I watch Say Yes to the Dress every week. While I love the dresses a lot of the girls choose, I love them for *them.* Not for me. None of these dresses are for ME. And it's Kleinfeld people. Home of the eight million dresses...and not a single one I've seen on the show tickles my fancy. I see none of the Internet that do it for me. None in the many Brides magazines I check out from the library. Do you understand the panic this strikes in me for when I really do have a strong deadline and its you-need-a-dress-no-one-is-going-to-be-ok-with-you-wearing-leggings-to-your-wedding-dammit-Eryn?
Trust me, I already tried to tell Ryan this. Apparently our wedding has a no leggings allowed dress code. I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would need to have my dress custom made, which I was ok with, but then that left the issue of me having to design the dress.
FINALLY last weekend the gates of heaven opened....we were walking to Old Bag in Worthington and I saw a faaaaaaabulous dress in the window of La Jeune Mariee. After 5 emails back and forth I nailed down the designer of the dress....searched online...and wonder of wonders, I LOVE ALL HER STUFF. AND IT DOES NOT COST A DOWN PAYMENT ON A HOUSE.
Melissa Sweet, I love you. And the second I get an engagement ring that costs more than three dollars, we are making the trip to Cincy to try on every single one of your fabulous dresses!!!
And we're going to pretend that upon seeing aforementioned dresses, that my mother didn't say "you better start losing some weight if you think you're going to fit into those." :o
Thursday, August 26, 2010
People. Let's talk about this muffin.
Last Saturday my parents and I went up to Detroit to go to the Farmer's Market at Eastern Market...which is where I found this delightful little bite. We sampled a brownie from one of the stalls and about five minutes later I realized I absolutely had to go back and buy one. I ended up getting the brownie, a chocolate chip cookie, and the chocolate chip muffin pictured above. The point of this wordy post about baked goods?
THEY'RE ALL VEGAN. AND THEY WERE ALL AMAZING.
Seriously, if you're vegan and in/around Detroit, you have to try this place. Patisserie Ci could be the place that changes your mind if missing sweets is the only thing keeping you from going vegan. I'm not vegan, but I've tried a lot of animal free treats in the past that have fallen short. Nothing about these said "pretending." The chocolate tasted legit, the lemon cake my mom got was wonderfully moist, the brownie was fudgy. Also, despite being a specialty retailer, her prices were great!
If you're at the Eastern Market on Saturday mornings, go get some fresh baked goods from Celeste and her two super cute daughters that help her out...otherwise visit the Patisserie Ci website to order. And no, they're not bribing me with treats....I just really thought it was THAT good!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
This is what I do when Ryan and I have educational weekends and watch documentaries. This took the better part of Michael Moore's "Sicko" which I highly recommend, although I caution you...it will really make you take a good hard look at health care, other countries' health care, and if you work in any sort of industry that deals with health care (like I do) it's going to make you really angry and upset. You've been warned. It was fantastic though. Everyone should watch that, and "Food, Inc."
Anyways...in case you didn't know, I have more than a little "problem" with nail polish...which wasn't helped when I found out how cheap nail art supplies are on Ebay from Hong Kong! 500 nail tips shipped for like $3!!! How could I pass up such a deal! So poor Ryan gets to be anxious watching me shave away tiny pieces of acrylic with a dremel then I preen around with my fancy nails. I had two separate people at the mall ask me if they were Minx, and that right there was worth the two hours work I put into them. Plus its calming, handpainting teeny things. They're a lot more obnoxiously neon in person...you'll have to excuse Mongolian BBQ's quality lighting along with my Blackberry's white balance. Nothing but top quality professional photography here people!
I'm going to go dye my hair now. And by "dye my hair" I mean "hopefully not end up a leopard spotted mess like the last time I listened to those dumb hos, I mean *professionals* at Sally's instead of following my gut."
I should be fine. I did follow my gut. There will be none of this color remover nonsense this evening, and only ten volume developer. Its like if my hair was going to a party everyone else would be shooting Jameson and my poor jacked up hair is sitting in the corner sipping a Zima. Pussy. :(
Friday, August 13, 2010
So anyways. WHO IS BUYING THIS SHIT??? Where are you people?? Who is buying these CDs and somehow making the music industry think its ok to continue producing some of this trash? B.O.B? He's ok. Lady Antebellum? She's alright. The rest of the stuff.....man. I'm not even going to look at whats in the top 20 of iTunes right now because I'm pretty sure I just wouldn't leave the house for the rest of the day.
In prettier and so much more substance related news (ha!) is anyone else SO happy that little busybody Gretchen didn't win last night on Proj Runway? She's such a nosy nose!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
So also, in accordance with the art selling workshop, I have....drumroll, please....bought my own domain! Yay 2010! I am the proud owner of erynmarie.com. Notice no link there. That's because it's going to direct you right back here. Oops. Just because I said it was 2010 doesn't mean I'm fully here. We're still working on that 2000 piece Last Supper puzzle on the coffee table. Old fashioned fun never goes out of style!
So yes. That's all the snazz and pizazz I have to offer for tonight. Until I go to my parents and steal air conditioning, because I think I may cyber window shop and make myself a virtual birthday wish list....TWO MORE WEEKS!
I said I was wearing a tiara to my birthday dinner.
Ryan said I'll be sitting alone.