Scalloped birthday card

I collect lots of paper. The soft, crinkled tissue that comes stuffed in a new pair of shoes, security envelopes (because their insides hold the prettiest designs), magazine clippings, dried-out coffee filters you name it — I tuck them all away neatly because I know I’ll want to repurpose it later, somehow, into something beautiful.

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This scalloped birthday card is a simple way to put old scraps to use. The abundance of layers and patterns pop nicely, and add elegance with their subtly curved shapes.

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You’ll need:

– Scissors
– Glue stick
– 1 sheet of card stock (or other thick paper)
– An assortment of paper scraps (I’m using tissue paper, a security envelope and origami paper.)

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1. Fold the sheet of card stock in half to create the body of your card.

2. Cut 1 1/2 inch long petal shapes out of your paper assortment. (I fold the paper into a fan, cut out the shape and snip a little off the straight edge to do several at one time.)

3. Run your adhesive along the straight side of a petal and stick to the card. Start with the bottom row, cutting your petal to fit if it falls past the card’s edge.

4. Stagger each row to create more dimension, altering colors as you go*. Space out each row as much or as little as you’d like.

*I tend to use more tissue paper than opaque paper, because it allows the bottom colors to seep through quite well.

Three-Panel Portraits

I have been toying around with the concept of portraiture lately. To me, a proper portrait captures not only the subject but also a little of what lies below the surface. There are two dimensions where you can access personality: the shot and the medium.

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The images of E and me are pretty basic, but I felt self-conscious and a bit stuffy about hanging something that classic up on our apartment wall. By adding vertical panels along the photo, I was able to inject a little fun and unpredictability into the pieces. When you’re standing at a different angle, a new picture appears!portrait merge sideview

Show and Tell: Canvas Ceramics

I recently picked up this beautiful, small dish made by Canvas from Poketo’s brick-and-mortar, and it has been the perfect sidekick to all my culinary pursuits. 
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It’s delicate in shape and size, with a perfect halo of coral paint around the rim to highlight a slice of cake or pie. The rounded lip keeps dipping sauces and oils at bay. It begs to cradle the bottle of wine guests pass around at dinner. Yet the design is modest – I haven’t hesitated to set the dish on my stove top, piled high with shelled garlic and minced shallots.  It’s often the destination for a curry-laden spoon.

These mornings I find that there’s nothing better than basking in the soft light creeping through my window, accompanied by a glass of milk and a crumbly piece of grapefruit, rosemary and olive oil cake on my Canvas dish.
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Find the Abbesses dinnerware collection here.

The Blog:

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College graduation 2011 was a hasty goodbye, a swirl of black gowns and tetris of cardboard boxes. The gown has long been packed away, but my belongings have followed me in suitcases, shopping bags and dusty closet spaces as I’ve worked and traveled throughout the past year and a half. A friend told me once that he imagines I float from place to place like dandelion fluffs do, nomadic. While I won’t deny the accuracy in his words, I think I’ve found a place to take root for awhile.

This blog is an outlet where I can document how my boyfriend E and I have been gradually making our L.A. apartment into a home, as well as a space to showcase household designs and day-to-day sightings that inspire me.