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Archive for January, 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Blog Feature: Five Ways to Document Your Pregnancy by Lil Sugar

Thanks to our friends at Lil Sugar for once again featuring our belly growth chart, this time as part of their five fun picks for commemorating a mom-to-be’s midsection!


Friday, January 28th, 2011

Count me in for THIS Tupperware party!

from Jamie

Remember the post last week about Shanghai, city of block and bowl? It reminded me of this awesome exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) that a friend went to a couple of years back. I couldn’t resist adding it to our growing collection of posts on recycled art. Unlike the last post which was all about building up (and who doesn’t have a build up when it comes to plastic); this one achieves the same groove factor by suspending long strands of the colorful, fun shapes.

p.s. Images and adorable kids courtesy of Erin Pata, one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. Look for a profile on living the good life, Erin-style, next week!


Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Read all about it: The Library Friends’ Shop

To bookworms like us, libraries have always been cool, but did you know you can find books AND gifts at the Public Library of Cincinnati? The Library Friends’ Shop now carries a nice selection of Egg2Cake cards and will be making room for some new additions (i.e. Momglish product) in the Spring.


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Pop Art

from Kate

A favorite tradition to keep is movie night — especially when it’s cold and wintry outside! No movie night is complete without popcorn, so I was very excited when I found the corn still on the cob at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market!

The ears were air-dried to go from fresh corn to popping corn.

It was not exactly the easiest task to get the kernels off the cob, but one ear generated about a 1/2 cup of corn — more than enough for a good-sized treat.

Check out Alton Brown’s recipe for great tips on how to get every kernel to pop.

Mine didn’t turn out perfectly like Mr. Brown’s, but the flavor was delicious and the popcorn was crunchier in consistency. The uncooked kernels were also tender and easy to eat.

If you ever come across popcorn still on the cob, I highly recommend dressing up your movie night with a little savory experimentation.


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In Good Company: The Felt & Wire Shop

We’re tickled pink (and orange) to be included in the Felt & Wire Shop, a curated marketplace of designer paper goods. The collective is a unique group made up of designers, printers, bookbinders and artists who relish the unique, the beautifully crafted and the handmade. Good company, to be sure.


Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Think Pink: Merah Muda

from Jamie

One of the great things about being a designer is having so many friends who just OOZE creativity, whether at their day jobs, dream jobs or during the wee hours of the night. And since we’ve known most of these friends for a very long time, it’s so exciting to watch them evolve and grow over the years and find their niche in this big ‘ole world. This is just the first of many inspiring profiles to come, highlighting good-hearted people following, you guessed it… their hearts.

Misha Kurniady is a graphic designer who also loves photography, sewing, and being a mom. If you’re wondering about where the name, Merah muda, comes from, it means pink in Indonesian (Misha’s husband was born in Bali). And it’s one of her favorite words to say in that language. So what’s Misha up to these days? She’s making super cool upcycled messenger and market bags. Her fabric comes from Goodwill and remnant shops.

Misha’s latest line is for Valentine’s Day and represents the beginning of her adventure into silk screening. She also just completed a custom order for a child’s birthday party, where her bags were a huge hit. (I just ordered my bag and can’t wait to get it any day!) You can check out Misha at the following links:

etsy:
http://www.merahmuda.etsy.com/

facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/merahmudaispink

blog:
http://merahmuda.tumblr.com/

twitter:
http://twitter.com/mkurniady


Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Blog Feature: Eggstreme Travel

Thanks to Anne Ditmeyer, creator of the Prêt à Voyager travel blog, for the two-part write-up featuring Egg2Cake! Anne quickly discovered what our family and friends have known all along… we love to travel! Anne is also a contributing editor at design*sponge, for the “sneak peek” interiors column. Stay tuned for part two, slated to appear next Monday on Anne’s Boarding Pass column.


Friday, January 21st, 2011

It’s the little things…

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

(Plaque by Patina, found via Creature Comforts.)


Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Let it snow, let it grow, let it…

from Jamie

Even though it’s January there’s a lot of beauty to be witnessed inside and out!

Remember the joy of snow days growing up? They may not get you out of work these days, but they can still be savored by taking a few minutes to stare out the window, take a walk or toss a snow ball.

Inside: Who says your green thumb has to go dormant until Spring? Create some colorful cheer with a blooming Amaryllis or cactus.

The only flowers you’ll find outside, of course, are snowflowers.

Inside: orchid

Just say no to the snowman! This penguin was made using simple, flat foam shapes.

Inside: Jade plant.

When all else fails, try this Magic Garden, an origami-like paper scene which turns into blooming crystals overnight. Super cool and easy!


Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Memories: Morning Bouquet

from Kate

When I was a kid, I ate cereal nearly every morning from these bowls. And every morning, when I got to the bottom of the bowl, I was greeted by the same bouquet of stylized fruit.

The bowls were handmade by the Hadley Pottery Company based in Louisville, Kentucky.

M.A. stands for Mary Alice Hadley, who founded the company in 1940 and created all the designs.

M.A. Hadley Pottery is still made the same today as it was nearly 70 years ago. It is incredibly durable and the Bouquet pattern is one of the oldest and most collected of Mary’s designs. The stoneware comes in many other styles — some with a modern feel and others with a more whimsical touch.

The Bouquet pattern, however, will always be my favorite. My mother passed down her collection to me and I’m looking forward to adding on to it. To me, it will always be a lovely reminder of childhood days, and it will always whisper, “rise and shine.”