July 30, 2010

Mila's Daydreams

Adele has the most fascinating maternity leave hobby. While her baby daughter Mila is taking her nap, she creates scene around her and takes quick snap photos.

(Thanks to Joanna Goddard.)

No Longer Empty

With so many yellow wood frame houses that were used as military housing, churches, a fort and even a castle from a time so long ago,  Governor's island is currently home to installations by over a dozen artists inside the houses of Colonel Row. No Longer Empty is participating in the Governor's Island Summer Festival and is open Fridays thru Sunday's until October 10th.
Visitors feel this sense of dislocation from the moment they step off of the ferry after just a few minutes ride. The selection of artists and artistic interventions in all media, are intended to address this sense of displacement while exploring notions of memory, residual entities of the past and transitions between worlds.

July 28, 2010

Joana Vasconcelos

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos currently has an exhibition taking place in London's Haunch of Vension titled "I Will Survive" that embraces the vintage art of Macramé, crafts and folk art. She incorporates objects from daily life into expansive assemblages combined with the use of old style craft techniques. Her witty and sometimes provocative work is inspired by everyday life and imagination focusing on the politics of gender, national identity and class.

Thanks to my brother for telling me about this.

July 25, 2010

Organic Chicken Sauteed in a Peach Balsamic Reduction Sauce with Crimini Mushrooms

This is one of my favorite dinners and my friend Garrett recently asked for it, so since it's all typed out, please feel free to enjoy it :)


  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 skinless, boneless organic chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 orange marmalade (can sub. peach or apricot preserves)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced or diced
  • 1 handful of crimini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 cups arugula or baby spinach (optional)
In a large skillet, heat the extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the onion and lightly sauté. Season the chicken with salt & pepper and add to the skillet. Sauté the chicken until crispy and brown, 8-10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter.

Whisk the balsamic vinegar and marmalade into skillet, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute, adding butter and mushrooms at this time. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat and if you'd like to add baby spinach or arugula, you can do so at this time.

This dish can be served with pasta, rice, potatoes or salad. My favorite is with a sweet potato.


enjoy, Christa

July 24, 2010

Rivane Neuenschwander

There is currently an exhibition at the New Museum by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander titled A Day Like Any Other. The concept amazes me. Visitors are invited to select ribbons printed with a wish to tie around their wrists. When the ribbon falls off, tradition has it that one's wish will be fulfilled. Visitors may write another wish and place it in the empty hole. Your wish may be added here.

July 19, 2010

Introducing Willa

Willa will be in the shop soon. She likes to dance and is looking forward to many adventures! Find out her details here.

July 17, 2010

New In The Shop

I'm so excited to announce another handmade folk art doll! His name is Toby and as I said earlier, he is a bit shy. Have a look at him here because he's looking for a fun home.

July 4, 2010

New In The Shop

He needs a friend.

Walter is eco-friendly, hand knit from fine wool, stuffed with fleece and cotton, patched with a reclaimed cotton sweater, looks lovingly at you with his safety eyes and he has a cotton hand stitched soul.

He loves to cuddle and his button jointed arms help him hug back. Walter sits or stands and keeps warm with a hand knit cabled Mushishi ogre hat.

Walter is 12 inches from the tip of his warm hat to his feet when he's standing.

Most of all, he wants to be hugged and loved. He's looking for a forever home.

Walter is new, never played with and READY TO SHIP. I'll gladly ship international, so please send me a note for accurate shipping rates. You will receive this exact one-of-a-kind doll. Buy it for yourself or someone you love.

All of my items are created in a smoke-free environment! Find Walter here.

July 3, 2010

July 2, 2010

Fourth of July!

I saw a post on Design Therapy and had to share it here. Artist Rosemarie Fiore discusses her firework drawings in advance of her exhibition. Click here to see the post on Design Therapy. Have a safe & happy Independence Day!
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