Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today I Like ... Artsy Iphone Cases

Fine Art Iphone Cases

I'm feeling about ready to replace my current iPhone case and it's AMAZING how you can basically get a phone case of anything you want. Why not get your favorite work of art? My friend Bret has the Egon Schiele case at the top left and it always looks awesome. These are just a sampling of what's out there:

  1. Egon Schiele case, $43 at Zazzle.
  2. Mark Rothko case, $35 at Society 6.
  3. Van Gogh pink roses case, $41 at Zazzle.
  4. Erte sketch case, $35 at Society 6.
  5. Warhol Marilyn Monroe print case, $25 at Boxy Tech.
I'm pretty obsessed with the Rothko one...but knowing the choices are limitless makes it that much harder to choose! I pinned some more cases here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Portsmouth Day: Gosport Tavern & Appalachian Art

 One of the happy things to come out of working in a museum is that I have more desire than ever to be a tourist in my own area. On Sunday, Sean and I trekked out to Portsmouth to view an exhibit on Appalachian art at the Portsmouth Cultural Art Center. I grew up in Appalachia, so it's always fascinating to see how it's interpreted anywhere outside the region.

After finding our first choice restaurant was closed on Sunday, we decided to try Gosport Tavern, which ended up being a great choice! I had The Effingham, a sandwich of Virginia ham, green apples, brie and ale mustard. Every bite was delicious.

Sean, who is a bit of a burger connoisseur, was very impressed with his burger made with a mix of ground beef, chuck and short rib on a pretzel bun. 

 The cocktail menu is no joke either! I can't wait to go back and try the Champria!

 The Appalachian art exhibit explored both traditional folk craft and modern fine art, and where the two meet. I especially was intrigued by this quilted wall hanging by Murray Johnston.

And I liked this vibrant rooster and especially loved the rough-hewn framing, by Charlie Tysver. The show certainly made me proud of where I'm from, and of the tradition of arts and crafts that is so much a part of living there. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Best v. 200

Seated Woman by Milton Avery

Whew, today was a busy day, so forgive me for posting late! We've had a fun and busy weekend, a sort of prolonged birthday celebration for Sean, which has been fun. It's been warm like it's summer, so I'm daydreaming about long weekend trips, beaches and festivals. In the meantime, here are some favorite links:
  • A hilarious article charting the development of the basic bitch.
  • The cutest, sweetest pictures of Prince George.
  • An adorable Vine with Elmo.
  • Drake goes undercover to find out what people think of Drake.
  • Why McMansions are the worst.
  • Need a reminder that you're blessed? Take the privilege quiz. (I scored 61!)
  • Solange Knowles has a sweet back-up dancer at Coachella.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marbled Footed Bowl: The Finished Result

 My pottery piece is back from Color Me Mine! It's cool to see the finished product, but I have to admit...I thought it would magically look much more marbled!

 It teaches such respect for ceramicists because they can tell if they've done a good job glazing before their pieces are ever fired. I'm definitely just now learning that! The inside is a little streaky, and I really thought I had it just right when I finished! Lesson learned.

But, I do love its unique look and think it will be a great complement to my other pieces of pottery, which tend to be green and aqua. Now I just want to try again and again until I get it perfect!

Have you ever successfully glazed pottery? What's the trick to seeing the future and knowing you've got it just right? I'm guessing the trick is practice!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Spy: Cool Vases, School Lockers and Serveware

Long time, no antiquing! On Saturday, I hit up my favorite Virginia Beach spot with my friend Melissa. Found some great pieces, but I'm trying to hold back these days, so let's just go virtual window shopping!

One of the first things I spotted was a pair of these lovely lotus flower cloisonne lamps. The lamp shades are too much, but I think it would be lovely with a plain black shade. It would be a great piece to pull a color scheme from. I didn't catch the price, but I don't think the pair was more than $45.

 I loved the pyramid pattern of the grain on this lovely midcentury chest...inside, it had perfect lateral shelves for an office. A glamorous office indeed!

 I was smitten with these enamel "sizzle" plates, which were about $14 each. I'm not sure what exactly a sizzle plate is, but I imagine it's perfect for fajitas.

 I also was coveting this super chic tortoiseshell glass pitcher and tumblers...the perfect addition to a bar and just $32.99 for the set!

 As you know, I'm always hunting for the perfect future man cave art. Not sure if anything could be better than a map of Alcatraz Prison!

 I also saw plenty of very cool and unique vases, including this $14 clay vase that looked possibly Mexican or even Indian?

 And this $15 gorgeous porcelain vase...another great inspiration for a color scheme!

These old sewing machine drawers would be the best office supply holders ever to give your desk some character. It was $45 for the pair.

 I think having authentic lockers in a mud room or playroom would be the coolest thing ever. This set worked perfectly and I think was around $300.

 I thought the pattern on this $8 vase was reminded me of a lot of the famous patterns by David Hicks.

 Ceramic stools are incredibly versatile in the house or in the garden, and my friend was seriously debating taking this one home. It was a gorgeous example, with beautiful colors that would blend with any color scheme and handsome lion-shaped handles on the sides. It was a steal at $48!

I couldn't find a price anywhere on it, but this midcentury chair is a classic and the upholstery wasn't even bad! It was insanely comfortable. Maybe it's free? ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Best v. 199

Peggy Guggenheim and her most amazing sunglasses.

My best-of list this week is small...I have mostly spent my spare internet time looking at real estate online! But here are some small treats:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today I Like ... Oh Joy for Target

One of the first blogs I ever read was Oh Joy...I've been reading since she got married, started her own design company, moved to San Diego, moved to L.A. and became a mom! So it's especially fun to see her newest endeavor, a party line at Target! Everything in the collection is cute, but I'm especially in love with these amazingly well made and roomy reusable bags that are $7 each! I bought two and I'm keeping one in each car so I can finally start taking reusable bags seriously. It helps if they're cute!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gal Pal Day: Painted Pottery, Movies & Burgers

Yesterday, I had the sweetest friend date day with my bestest pal Ashleigh! It was a rainy, icky, blustery day and all of the antique stores were closed, so we spontaneously decided to go to Color Me Mine in Ghent and paint pottery! I've never done that before, believe it or not. I always thought it seemed kind of corny; somehow I got it into my head that everyone paints garden animals or piggy banks and I just had no interest in that. But I've recently seen some of my favorite illustrators creating beautiful painted pieces at similar paint-your-own pottery spots and was intrigued. It was so much fun, and now I'm inspired to do so much more!

The best part? They let you bring your own wine.

We opted to created a marbled effect, so with a little help from the instructor, we drizzled our glaze colors onto a bed of shaving cream, then used the end point of a brush to swirl the colors.

I then dipped each side of my bowl in the shaving cream swirly mess and rinsed the shaving cream off in the sink. Amazingly, the colors stuck once the shaving cream was gone!

Ashleigh decided to make a butter dish and guys, it is going to be Anthropologie-cute.

How gorgeous is that?!

Once you're done, they overglaze the pieces and fire them; they'll be ready for pick-up in 7-10 days. I can't wait to see how they turned out!

 After our pottery adventure, we went to the Naro (a great old movie theater that is legit my favorite thing in Hampton Roads) and saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was fun and kooky and beautifully art-directed, bur Rushmore will always be my favorite Wes Anderson movie.

For dinner, we opted to give 80/20 Burger Bar another shot. Both of us have had so-so experiences there in the past, but all of our friends insisted it's the best and we were wrong. I'm glad we did, because this time everything was perfect and delicious! The fried mozzarella is even revelatory (served with alfredo dipping sauce, too...mmmmmm).

We picked two different burgers and types of fries and then shared everything. I ordered the Steel City burger, with pepper jelly, grilled onions and meunster cheese, with a side of house fries smothered in parmesan, garlic and rosemary. Ashleigh got the Heritage, with thick-cut bacon, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese. The burgers ended up tasting quite similar, but I might give the Heritage the edge.

All in all, it was a perfect I'm just dying to see our finished pottery!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Best v.198

Shew lord, I'm behind on blogging. Not only do I have a little weekend trip to Wilmington I haven't even mentioned, but I've been working my butt off. In the between times, I've been insanely addicted to beating this 2048 game. Oh man, it's been crazy. So with that in mind, here's a super-sized Sunday Best of the best links from the past two weeks:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wine Club: Fondue Night

This week, I hosted a Wine Club game night with the Zin Zig wine trivial game. I wanted to make sophisticated game night food and to me, that screams fondue! And what's really better than dipping a bunch of random things in melty gooey goodness? Nothing, I tell you.

I served up three plates of items with dips. First, classic fondue with emmenthaler and gruyere cheeses. To dip, I had a selection of veggies, chicken bites seasoned with herbs de provence, baguette slices, apples and salami.

 For a dessert option, I had hot fudge (no time to make real chocolate fondue!) with banana slices, strawberries and madeleines.

 And I slaved away making Chef Mike Isabella's pepperoni sauce, with gnocchi, cheese and spinach ravioli and baguettes. It was all delicious if I do say so myself!

The game requires bringing bottles of wine to sample that will eventually be concealed, so we didn't have a theme per se, but every bottle was delicious!
  • Little Penguin Pinot Noir: This was a spicy pinot with a little kick, but a great finish. Ashleigh said it's so cheap she couldn't figure out why we haven't been drinking it!
  • Red Diamond Malbec: This was really truly a delicious Malbec...notes of pomegranate, but super smooth and drinkable. This bottle was finished first!
  • Rosemount Estate Shiraz: A great cheap shiraz from Australia with hints of blueberries and oak.
  • Belle Ambiance Red Blend: I couldn't find a site for this one, but let me tell you...I might not be the most sophisticated wine drinker, but I love a good blend and this was scrumptious. It was a little sweet, but had a strong hint of vanilla that I found I really enjoyed. Extremely easy drinking with this one!