Tuesday, May 19

Philly Photo Cards on Apartment Therapy.com


Wow, I'm so psyched to be featured on apartmenttherapy.com! I really like this site, they have the coolest spaces to look at and get ideas from and they feature stuff you will want to have, or at least post pictures up of.

Sunday, May 17

Spiffy Blog Features My Paintings

I'm so excited to be featured on spiffy, a blog by etsy seller flapperdoodle:

Click on the image to go to the article!

Saturday, May 16

Happy Cat Organics Plant Sale and Flea Market at the Garden

Today I got to buy my peppers and tomatoes from Happy Cat Organics in my garden, Spring Gardens, and get them right in the ground (no schlepping them on the bus!) The selection was great and I got peach, white, red tomatoes and purple, red and green peppers. They carry heirloom tomatoes and unusual varieties that taste great and make good sauces and sliced sandwich goodies. They are at Head House (around 2nd and South Streets in Philly) every Saturday. Check out Tim's Blog for more info.

Friday, May 15

Interview on Manufactured Dissent Blog

Ruth from the handmade Philly Team was nice enough to interview me for her blog, www.manufactured-dissent.com and it's up right now. They were good questions and I really had to think about some of my answers. I was thinking later I should have said something about wanting to go more handmade and green in my craft sales, but I didn't think of it until later. I'm looking to use all handmade frames and recycled papers for my cards, and I may have even found a company that has "plastic" sleeves for cards made out of vegetable matter. It's going to be a slow process changing over, though, because of cost. I am looking to find a frame maker in town to create wood frames of different sizes.

Thursday, May 7

Food Inc. Movie Premier and Eats & Beats

I went to the Food Inc. movie premier tonight (free tickets were given out to see it at the Ritz Borse) and it was much of the things I know from work, corporate food vs. local growers, but some new stuff: the companies that control the chicken, beef and pork, corn and soybean seeds.

There were the usual experts: Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan author of Omnivore's Dillema, but the best character in the movie is Joel Salatin
owner/farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia, who feeds his livestock grass, and has the most matter of fact way of describing how scewed the food system has gotten when he describes how his cows eat grass.

I've been trying to wean myself off of plastics and this movie made me think more about cutting out traditional food products, esp. industrial meat. I've been shopping almost exclusively at Whole Foods, but I really don't know where the turkey I bought came from, or if the salmon is fed corn. And it makes me strongly consider buying the meat products at Farm Fresh Express or farmers markets. I knew about the industrial mechanization of the meat corporations, but I didn't think about the chemicals and poo and ecoli and where it comes from (even on spinach).

This is all connected with my work for the Urban Nutrition Initiative and I'm excited to go the the Eats & Beats dinner on Saturday night, 5:30-8:30 at 48th and Baltimore Ave. The high school farmers and chefs are doing the most of the cooking, but they also have donations from many local restaurants and farms. I took photographs of the garden they tend at University City Hish School, my garden at Spring Gardens Community Garden and at Reading Terminal Market at Iovine Brothers and Fair Food Farmstand and they will be on the silent auction tables, matted and in sets of cards.

Friday, May 1

Paper N Stitch Shop is Up and Running!

I really love this shop and I'm happy to be a part of it. The sellers have really nice looking stuff. Check out the shop and tell me what you think!


Heart my shop if you like it. There is a prize for the shop with the most hearts!