January 28, 2018

Draw a Thing 1/22/2018: Succulent Spread

I had inked out a few succulent designs and tested some of the marker colors in my Traveler’s Notebook before starting the actual project in my other notebook. Two goals: First off, to do more ink drawings without outlining in pencil first; Second, the color the background without it being super streaky (compare to the rooster picture posted a while back). The yellow marker unfortunately started to run out of steam on the second half of the spread. I should have given it a break between pages to “recharge.”

It doesn’t seem to matter how thick the paper is, alcohol based markers bleed through absolutely everything I guess (Leuchtturm = 180gsm). Tools used: Pens and markers.

January 10, 2018

2017 In Summary

A compilation of random short videos that I have recorded on my phone in 2017. All videos filmed, edited, and uploaded from my phone. I had forgotten about this project until about May, thus the lack of videos during January and February.

June 3, 2017

Draw a Thing 6/3/2017: Cacti

My campaign to draw and/or paint a thing once a week kind of turned into draw and/or paint a thing once a year :X. I saw a YouTube video of someone watercoloring cacti and succulents so I thought that I would give it a try. Watercolor consistency ended up being too watery. Also, I think I need more than literally one brush.

April 2, 2017

Succulents: April 2nd 2017

It is really tempting to water the lithops, but I know that I am not supposed to until the old leaves have completely dried up. No double splits this year unfortunately.

My echeverias were getting munched on and are just starting to recover. The flower stalks as well as some of the leaves were infested with some black aphid. I also ended up moving into a sunnier spot where they won’t get covered in pepper tree crap.

Lots of new leaves popping up on the baby toes.

April 2, 2017

Succulents: Mid March 2017

I found some succulents (2x lithops and 1x fenestraria) at Ace Hardware the other weekend; We had stopped by to look for a couple of things after watching Beauty and the Beast (really enjoyed it, highly recommended). I had ended up repotting my lithops with the new plants into a one of the terrocotta pots that were discovered in a corner of the yard.

March 16, 2017

The Getty Center

We drove up and spent the day at The Getty Center last Friday. The mother-in-law, who was in town that weekend had not been to The Getty Center yet so we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to go, particularly since we have had an itch to visit for a while. I chose not to bring my camera because I didn’t really feel like dragging it around all day; I did however snap a few photos on my phone:

March 14, 2017


Lithops are supposed to be “living stones” but everyone knows that they are really miniature butts. I am honestly surprised that they are still alive. Unlike the Baby Toes and other finicky plants, the lithops were more or less left outside and ignored for most of the year (I take some of my plants in when it rains to avoid overwatering and rotting).

The original plant came with 4 leaves. Shortly after purchasing it, a rabbit munched on one leaving me with 3. Lithops will flower in the Fall and split in the Spring. At around March every year each leaf will start to split, revealing a brand new leaf underneath. Occasionally 2 new leaves will appear. I was lucky enough to recieve 2 double splits bringing me up to 5 leaves.

At some point, 2 leaves died leaving me with 3. Overwatering is suspected as they were left out in heavy rain (we received a lot of rainfall lately). Since there is still quite a bit of room in the pot, I would love to fill it with other lithops. Unfortunately though, they seem to be hard to find in good condition if at all.

Also, for what it is worth: Never place anything under or near a California Pepper Tree, lest you wish for berries and shit to rain upon all that you love. So messy…

February 20, 2017

Dashi Recipe

Dashi is a type cooking stock that is used in virtually every Japanese soup. Authentic dashi is not that hard to make but it is a bit time consuming compared to instant dashi, etc. It is however, much more rewarding to make and tastes much better in my opinion. This recipe is based off of my grandma’s recipe. I don’t remember how much kombu to use so I just sort of “estimated” that part.

Ingredients: Around 8 cups of water, 2 4″x4″ pieces of kombu (dried kelp), 2 hand fulls of katsuobushi (bonito flakes).
Tools: 2 medium soup pots (one to put on the stove and one to strain the dashi into), fine mesh strainer.

  1. Soak the kombu for at least a half hour (I’ve heard that overnight is better).
  2. Slowly bring the dashi to a boil over medium heat. You may have to skim the white crap off of the surface of the water.
  3. Just as the dashi starts to boil, turn off the heat and immediately remove the kombu.
  4. Let the dashi cool off for about 10 to 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add the katsuobushi and bring the water to a boil again.
  6. Once the dashi is boiling, turn off the heat. Let it sit for a minute or two.
  7. Strain through a fine sieve

To make miso soup for example: Make the dashi first, then add the miso paste + tofu and stuff in afterward.

February 18, 2017

Vlog: NorCal

Not so much of a vlog as it is a collection of videos from my phone, mashed together, and then uploaded from an app (which did a shitty encoding job). Shortly after Christmas, my husband and I went on a short vacation up the coast of California to visit family. Fun trip, would love to drive up Highway 1 but maybe during a less busy time period.

Newer Posts
Older Posts