Friday, September 29, 2017

Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market

Over the 4th of July weekend, we took a great trip to LA to see a couple of friends, play in the ocean, get out of the heat, and overall, had a fun time with the kids.

626 Night Market

We drove to LA during the day on Saturday of the long weekend, and made a stop on the way to Santa Monica to check out the 626 Night Market in the late afternoon.

One of the nostalgic things about past trips to Taipei are the night markets, where you can get snacks like stinky tofu. I'm not personally a fan of it (they don't call it stinky for nothing), but you know the 626 Night Market is legit when they have a stall selling stinky tofu.

While at the 626 Night Market, we had strawberry lemonade in a donut-shaped drink floatie from Lucky Ball Korean BBQ:

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I had boba in a mason jar from Boba Bear:

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We shared a snack of fried chicken and churro from Naughty Churro:

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Introduced the kids to okonomiyaki:

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And since it was a tad hot, we had some sorbet-filled fruit from Gelati Celesti:

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Shadi, Bru's Wiffle, and Santa Monica Pier

On Sunday, we met our friend, Shadi, for brunch at Bru's Wiffle, along with her then-boyfriend, now-fiance, Sam. When she told me the name, at first I thought she made a typo and it was "Waffle," but no, it was indeed "Wiffle".

Before brunch, we had some time to kill, and so we walked around Westwood Village. We had donuts from Stan's Doughnuts, and I also took a picture of the historic Fox Theater across the street:

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Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

At Bru's Wiffle, we ordered Parker a side of hash browns while I had a red velvet waffle:

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Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

After brunch, we visited Santa Monica Pier, where we rode the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park, as well as had some ice cream at the Soda Jerks in the Carousel Building.

Downtown Disney, Dana Point Harbor, and Anh

On Monday, we tried to check out the Jewelry District in downtown LA, but we hadn't considered that many places would be closed because of the holiday, so we kind of struck out. We then headed to Orange County and walked around Downtown Disney for a bit before heading to see our friend, Anh, and her family.

For dinner, we went to Baby Beach at Dana Point Harbor with our friends, where the kids were able to play on the beach (not something we can easily do in Phoenix!).

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Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Original Pancake House and Cabazon Outlets

We headed back to Phoenix on Tuesday, but had breakfast at Original Pancake House with our friends before starting the drive back. We also made a stop at the Cabazon Outlets to poke around since we were expected holiday weekend sales. It was crowded at the outlets, though not as crowded as when we passed by driving to LA the Friday before (there were people parked on the street!).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Watercolor Cacti Cards

A couple of weekends ago, while Greg and Evelyn were in Montana for the weekend, I took Parker with me to check out made. a local market for the first time.

We poked around for a bit, but a squirmy toddler who is too big for a stroller and also too big to be constantly held makes for a distracted shopping experience. In any case, I found a few goodies:

from left to right, top to bottom: Boho clear stamp set from Boho Cottage | Macrame keychains from Moss Points North | tassel keychain from Hampton Press | Sizzlin’ Cilantro Salsa spices from Gonga Breath Salsa and Dip Co

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I hadn't expected to come across a stamp set while at the market, and so I looked forward to making some cards with it, especially since those cacti were ripe for watercoloring!

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Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I used regular cardstock for the watercoloring instead of actual watercolor paper, so that may have contributed to some bleeding when the cardstock got really saturated with water. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36-Color Set watercolors.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit

I felt compelled to see the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at the Heard Museum last weekend, seeing as how this weekend is the last, and this is the only North American stop.

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It was a little crazy trying to find a parking spot even last weekend, and the exhibit was crowded. Thankfully, my brother agreed to watch Parker while I checked out the exhibit, otherwise I feel like it would have been even crazier trying to wrangle Parker plus deal with the crowd at the museum.

A couple of famous paintings by Frida Kahlo:
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Photos from her life:
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Clothing style:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

A couple of spots at the museum meant for social media. Since I was alone, I didn't have someone taking a picture of me and I didn't want to do a selfie, but I still liked the backgrounds:
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

And lastly, not Frida and Diego exhibit related, but I liked this colorful glass installation:
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wiksten Tank Dress and Charcoal Suiting

After finishing the whale print chambray Wiksten tank, I decided I wanted to tackle the dress version.

I picked a suiting fabric, mostly because I wanted something that could be washed and dried without wrinkling, so then I don't need to steam or iron every time I want to wear it. (The pre-wash and dry of the fabric is a good test for how it holds up during my preferred wash and dry cycles).

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I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern:
  • Extended the length of the dress a couple of inches so it wouldn't be too short.
  • Raised the neckline an inch

I also meant to adjust the cutting of the pattern around the neck in the back (like here: Striped Wiksten Tank by Made by Rae), but I forgot to do that while I was cutting out the pattern. Since the neckline gaping wasn't really an issue for me, I wasn't too broken up over it.

The dress is a pretty relaxed fit since you just pull it on, so the plan is to wear it belted to define the waist.

Finishing this dress means I've completed Fringe Association's Summer of Basics Make-along (holla!). My other Summer of Basics projects:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Parker's Satin Binding Obsession

Both Evie and Parker have baby blankets of the same style: minky with satin binding.

Parker didn't take to a stuffed animal like Evelyn did with Roo, but he is attached to his minky blanket and in particular, he likes to suck on his thumb while feeling the satin.

I thought it was funny and cute when Parker quickly honed in on the satin-like tags on a set of Mario-themed pajamas and the thumb-sucking commenced, because he associates the satin with his blankie and going to bed.

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Parker's Satin Binding Obsession | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The toddler stage is occasionally trying (more so for me sometimes, I think, because Greg has a more commanding presence than I do), but generally adorable, and I enjoy seeing how much Parker is picking up (ABCs, counting, vocabulary, etc.). He seems to be learning a lot recently and I'm surprised when he says or does things that I didn't know he knew, such as words in Spanish that he gets from the daycare teachers. Just the other night, he busted out "rojo" after saying "red" while referring to Lightning McQueen, ha ha!

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