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Busy week

Hi, sorry if I’ve been lagging with posts.  I was working at the LA Textile Show, studying for an Algebra exam, and planning a baby shower for my friend Kim.  The show is now over, test taken, and the shower a success!  A very busy week indeed.   Next week is Spring Break which will be nice.

A nice cloudy day

macaroons, french, nicoles gourmet foods, thelooksee


1.  Some french macaroons I bought along with some harissa paste and some frozen mini-quiche crusts from a little local spot called Nicole’s Gourmet Foods, which I’d highly recommend.

2.  My sleepy cat.  Used to be a hellion, but you’d never know it.

Another cappuccino from Urth

So, do you think it trumps this one in the cuteness department?

Urth Caffé

A delicious and oddly adorable cappuccino that I had today.  I’ve seen cappuccino hearts and flowers, but a teddy bear!!! Totally awesome.   Kinda made my day.

urth caffe, cappuccino, drink, thelooksee

Carved, painted, stamped, and sewn

So this year we decided to make Christmas presents for our families.  My husband and I hand-carved stamps and then decided on three colours to use for our layers, and came up with layouts for each of them.  It was a really fun process…  we were clearly feeling inspired by Native-American patterns.   This is the design we ended up with:

hand-carved, stamped, sewn, fabric, DIY, printed, thelooksee

And here’s a glimpse of our process…

hand-carved, stamped, sewn, fabric, DIY, printed, thelooksee

hand-carved, stamped, sewn, fabric, DIY, printed, thelooksee


I don’t usually post much food-related stuff that often, but I thought I’d just mention that I made this recipe from Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks (clearly, the gorgeous photo below is hers, not mine)… it is such a good soup recipe!  Seth and I came back from Portland with colds, and so were feeling like soup would be great when I saw this recipe was posted.  I added some soy-chorizo to mine at the end for protein, and I definitely recommend it.  Delicious (especially if you don’t mind a little spicyness and want it to be more filling).  It was very satisfying and hearty.  Heidi’s notes say that it doesn’t make good leftovers, but I didn’t find that to be true with mine.  Maybe because I didn’t leave any broccoli in the leftovers…?

101 cookbooks, couscous soup, quick recipe, heidi swanson

Well-designed cappuccino

Since today is slow in the design department, I thought I’d show you a beautiful cup of coffee.  Cappuccino from Intelligentsia to be specific.  My friend Kim and I went there over the weekend and split a piece of coffee cake, and had lovely cappuccinos with hearts on top.  Something about getting a drink with a heart on top makes you feel special.  Especially on a drizzly, dreary day like Saturday.