Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MIDWEEK MAKINGS: Draw Something.

Just like I mentioned Monday, Draw Something seems to be the only thing capable of getting my creative attention this week... and it's getting a lot of it.  I also successfully got my mom addicted. Love that! Anyway, I decided to take screenshots of some of my favorites and want to share them today. 

Wanna see if you can guess what these ones are? 

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W  U  E   R  C 
P   A   L  Y  K

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E  L  C  S  A
S  O  N  F  R

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N  E  S   I   T
A  W  S  O  R

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E  R  G  R  P
A  T  T  S  K

How'd you do? Apparently I like red hair, huh?

If you're reading this and we already have a game started, I apologize. I know I take forever to get my drawings done and that the replay must be a little agonizing. If you're reading this and we don't have a game started, we should... Look for AlyAga. 

See ya!

Monday, March 26, 2012


I haven't felt inspired these past few days. With the exception of my new addiction, Draw Something, I haven't done anything very "arty" in almost a week. I think I just have a lot on my mind trying to get set up for life after Singapore. Finding a job and an apartment on Craigslist is exhausting. So, no painting this weekend. That's okay. I did other stuff!

We saw The Hunger Games on opening night. Which was disappointing. I don't know why I went into it with high hopes. Duh. The book is always better. But disappointment or not, I always love going to the movies, and in Singapore it's a real treat. You can pick salty or sweet popcorn (easy, salty!), Toblerone trumps Snickers, and you order your tickets ahead of time, picking out your seat from a map - just like when you buy a plane ticket! (Except in this case I don't prefer the aisle...) Why this excites me, I don't know. The thrill of trying to "beat" others to virtually nab the best seat in the house, maybe? In some theaters there is an option for "couples seating"! Bow chicka bow wow. Heyyy, grimey movie theater love seat. Unfortunately, the Hunger Games just had "common" seats, which was a bummer. Totally would have been a better use of my time to fool around in the dark theater than to watch the book be defiled on screen. Jokes.

Saturday night we had the pleasure of eating at Heart of House for the second time. And by eat, I mean drink delicious beer. Thank God for Heart of House. I ran across it online during a desperate search for a bar selling more variety than Tiger, Singha and Heineken. And I totally hit the jackpot with this place. Beer aplenty from all over the world. And so what did I order, you ask? Why, a beer brewed right here in Singapore! Ha! Jungle Beer Kiasu Stout. I was skeptical, but turns out it was really one of the better stouts I've had! Funny, too, because I had just learned the meaning of the word kiasu that morning. Weird how that happens, you learn a new word, suddenly it's everywhere... And now I know how to define the ridiculousness of those barging their way past me to get on the escalator/through the door/on the MRT/you name it.

I rounded the weekend out with a trip to MacRitchie Reservoir. It was hot and sticky, but I was just happy to take a break from the city (and Craigslist, that beast) and hang out by the water watching monkeys, turtles, water monitors (holy crap, I saw one that was like 6 feet long), and dragonflies. It's a beautiful place. And since it's just a short bus ride from us, (and because Stu was super jealous I saw the water monitor AND monkeys doin' it and he didn't) I took him down this evening to see it and hang out for the sunset. Thankfully, that hoss of a water monitor was out on display again! Stu's a happy boy.

Sorry no water monitor pics. He's too good to watch to want to take photos...

Looking forward to a new week!

And getting pumped for my trip to Ho Chi Minh City which is only a few days away now. Yipee!

Friday, March 23, 2012


This week you'll find Midweek Makings over at the This Heart of Mine blog. And you'll also find that it doesn't really count as "midweek" considering it's Friday... but I'm giving away some free art, so that makes up for it, yes?

Amy asked me to be a part of her Spring Fling series a few weeks back and, of course, I said yes! I hope you enjoy checking out my post, Amy's blog and all of the other great contributors to the Spring Fling series.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012



Some snapshots of the mess I'm making this week... and my new hair accessory.
I've been having a lot of fun with a little spring project I'm doing, but can't share it until Friday. 
Until then, a little sneak preview below will do.

Happy Spring, people!

Monday, March 19, 2012


Oh, Pinterest. You're so addicting. And so full of beautiful images and great ideas. Except, I'm kinda mad at you for this new layout. Boo! But after months and months of pinning... I realized that all of those ideas were still just that. I needed to get off the computer, stop making these online lists and start DOING... Which turned out to be pretty painless considering I got to eat two out of the three things I made. 

I started really simple, and made some banana "ice cream". So easy and tasty! I didn't even use a food processor. I just mashed those bad boys up with a fork and added a little soy milk. Ta da! 

Next were yogurt drops. Even simpler than the "ice cream" and super tasty. I added blueberries to mine and decorated a few korean strawberries, too. 

(Note: best if frozen for just 30 minutes, then eaten. Mine were left overnight and got pretty icy!)

The latest endeavor is a little more complicated: granny squares. I'm still working on this one and probably will be for a while! But so far it's been fairly easy to learn and I haven't wanted to poke my eye out with the crochet hook yet. 

Fingers crossed, that one day those circles will turn into squares.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Nothing beats getting a roll of film developed and finding out that you did NOT shoot the whole roll with the lens cap on, or expose it when trying to get that bad boy out of the camera and that, in fact, a lot of the pictures turned out pretty cool!

These all seem so dreamy to me, and that's pretty accurate. Sapa was a dreamy, dreamy place. Yay for film!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Isn't that mum amazing? I picked these up on Sunday just outside a Buddhist temple a few minutes from our apartment. I know their intended use is as an offering, but I thought they made a nice welcome bouquet for Stuart's mom who is in town this week. 

I'm looking forward to a week showing her around! We have plans for art museums, the zoo, the orchid garden and even some acupuncture - yikes, needles in my foot! Wish me luck.

Friday, March 9, 2012


Okay, more tiny things. Baby mangoes! 

I have actually spent most of my life hating mangoes. For whatever reason, the taste had always reminded me of smelly pits! But I snapped out of it one day when I had the perfect mango in Costa Rica. 
Man, it was delicious... made me pine for all the mangoes I had ever passed up! 

So now I eat mangoes. And their babies. And they taste fantastic.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


More pattern making this week. 
This time a little more on the... creepy side? 
I was watching a lot of Breaking Bad.
Still, it's cute-creepy. I never can manage plain ol' creepy. Darn.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Monday has been grey and rainy and has left me inside nursing a cold. Or allergies. Or just something really annoying happening in my face/head. But Saturday and Sunday were beautiful! We saw The Artist, finally. Good flick! Made me want to wear itty-bitty hats and tap dance... We also did a lot of reading by the pool and went on a long walk in the sunshine. It was such a nice weekend to be outdoors and stumble upon some new stuff. And some not-so-new-but-often-unnoticed things as well. Hello, industrious ants, fashionable spider!

This is the closest I've voluntarily been to a spider since I was probably about six (used to let daddy long legs crawl up my arms - eek!) but he and the ants were both really captivating and looked like good guys to me. It was nice to spend time admiring these tiny things.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Just some walls, doors and corners of Hanoi I thought were neat. Enjoy!

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