Nov 19, 2007
Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Pie Crust (seriously, just buy one)
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin and milk. Stir in the sugar, flour, lemon peel, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Pour this mixture into the pastry-lined pie plate. Cover the edge with foil so the crust doesn't over-brown. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, pecans and butter until combined. Remove foil from pie and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the pie. Bake for 20 minutes more or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours. Enjoy!
Nov 14, 2007
CCA Holiday Fair
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2007
Oliver Art Center on CCA's Oakland campus
5212 Broadway (at College Avenue)
Nov 11, 2007
-- Coco Chanel
I'm keeping this quote in mind as I work through my Ladies Who Launch incubator process. It's been quite inspiring thus far. More updates soon...
Nov 8, 2007
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Oct 26, 2007
made from fake nails, hair clips, false eyelashes and other drugstore miscellanea
Oct 23, 2007
Oct 19, 2007
I'm really hoping to just forget this week happened. I'm looking forward to getting up tomorrow, making brunch for some folks, having a mimosa and heading to open studios. Here's hoping next week brings better things for us all.
Oct 17, 2007
Another night on the town for the wandering Band of Bloggers! This time we managed invites to a concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their new series called BluePrint. This first concert was titled, Synethesia: Bridging the Senses. It featured music from a number of composers, including Philip Glass and was conducted by Nicole Paiement.
I'll keep this short because I really don't know much about music and would rather not come off sounding like too much of a dingbat. I knew there was going to be experimental music. Did I love it all? No. Did I really love some of it? Yup.
I'm very grateful to have had an experience that helps me to form my tastes and opinions. I felt stretched and that's what good art should do.
Oct 12, 2007
Oct 5, 2007
We had lots of fun last night at Swarm. Hooray for bloggers and friends! I thought the whole night was enjoyable (okay, maybe not when the insane elderly man wandered in) and was so happy to show off all the cool stuff we do at Swarm to some folks. See you all again on October 13th when we go to the SF Conservatory.
Oct 4, 2007
In case anyone knows an artist looking for a studio, here's the listing for two studios that just opened up at Swarm in Oakland...
About the Studios
Studio 6 and Studio 10 available October 1, 2007.
Studios available are 225 sq ft and 160 sq ft.
Contact Swarm for viewing, or visit during gallery hours
Swarm Studios provides an atmosphere of creativity, production, inspiration and opportunity for working artists in the Bay Area. High redwood ceilings and an industrial concrete floor characterize the beautiful studio space. There are 11 private studios and a large common space.
Swarm Studios is ideal for artists working in painting/drawing, small sculpture, jewelry, bookmaking, sewing, multi-media projects, digital and more. No large/loud sculpture fabrication.
24-hour secure access
Natural and artificial lighting (fluorescent and halogen 0-UV)
Common clean-up sinks and bathrooms
Canvas and personal storage
Parking on evenings and weekends
A mailing address / Virtual tenants OK
Month-to-month rental agreement
The building is safe and well lit, located in the commercial district of Jack London Square. Studios range in size from 80 – 225 square feet
Artists may apply for a private studio by downloading a rental application form and submitting it by email or snail-mail. Swarm will host events such as openings, classes, and workshops, which may preclude the use of the common space. Drop-in day and week rates available for common work space.
Oct 3, 2007
Sep 25, 2007
I'm headed down to Los Angeles tomorrow and I'm so excited! I'm such a travel junkie. Most people hate to fly but I crave that stale air, baby. I'm planning to catch up with friends and relatives and do some serious gallery hopping. By the time I get back, it should be time to reveal the project that Kevin and I have been working diligently on for the past few weeks. Life is good.
Sep 20, 2007
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Sep 10, 2007
I bought this awesome little piece from Dana Robson yesterday. Not only is she a really wonderful artist but she's also my neighbor! She invited me over to her apartment which was one of the cutest places I've seen in SF. I'm quite happy to be adding her work to my tiny collection.
(I stole the image from her website 'cause all the photos I took kinda sucked. Thanks, Dana!)
Sep 8, 2007
Sep 7, 2007
I came across this awesome blog yesterday. It features some really great artists, some of whom I know and others that are new to me. I love finding out about artists I haven't heard of and being reminded of others that I haven't checked up on lately.
(Image is a work by Chris Pew. Check out his portfolio here.)
Aug 31, 2007
Kevin and I are setting up another Blogger's Night event, this time at the lovely Swarm Gallery. You'll finally get to see what I've been blabbing about! So if you came to the symphony event, or even if you didn't, mark down October 4th for a night of artsy fartsy fun! Email me if you wanna be put on the list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 12, 2007
One of the works by Erik Friedman
Detail of a piece by Ema Harris-Sintamarian
Jul 19, 2007
Until last night I had never been to the symphony before. Sad, but true. I was among the lucky few who was invited by the San Francisco Symphony to a performance conducted by James Gaffigan.
The entire evening was lovely. The staff who greeted us were lovely, the performance was lovely and every person there looked lovely. I was particularly enchanted by Gaffigan, the young and ebullient new conductor. Even though our seats were fantastic, I was almost wishing we had what people probably believe to be the bad seats, those directly behind the musicians, so I could watch his face as he conducted. I also very much enjoyed the fact that this organization was really making an effort to reach out to bloggers and to young people. I can't wait for my next trip to the San Francisco Symphony.
Jun 24, 2007
If I were a religious person, I would get down on my knees right now and thank The Baby Jesus for the season that is Summer. I've finally graduated (link to my thesis coming soon) and I feel like I can relax just a bit. For the next few months I will be interning at the Oakland Museum as well as the Hayward Area Historical Society. I've got really interesting projects going on at each place including doing some digging through objects at the amazing Meek Estate which you see pictured here. Having already graduated means that the staff can trust me, at least somewhat, to be on my own and just work. I finally feel appreciated and it's a good feeling. I'll also be working on my resume (if anyone has any tips, PLEASE give them to me!) and trying to land a real gig for when the summer ends. Oh and in my spare time, I'll be eating cupcakes and drinking bubbly. Happy Summer all!
Apr 15, 2007
Two months from today I will be turning in my master's project. It is a mess right now but I hope to work it into something I can be proud of by that time. I thought I would post just to say how much I appreciate everyone being understanding while I dwell in the Cave of Despair just a bit longer. While I am gone, please enjoy this photo of tiny dogs in the park with a random tranny's castoff wig in the foreground. You're welcome.
Mar 6, 2007
- Take a little time to study a map of downtown and North Beach. You'll need to know lots of street names as well as restaurants and landmarks.
- Bring snackies! This should be obvious though because everything is better when food is involved.
- If you are as woefully out of shape as I am, avoid the Fillmore steps at all costs. Sure, the views at the top are breathtaking but they are hellish, my friend.
- Another thing to stay away from: the crazies running in single file with head lamps on. If anyone on a team is yelling, the fun is immediately sucked out of it.