LOVE! I saw this on notcot, a beautiful video set to a beautiful song:

Broadcast 2000 “Get up and Go” from Jordan Clarke on Vimeo.

The video is by Jordan Clarke, who I hadn’t heard of before, but who is clearly a super talented new media artist. And what a fantastic way to fall in love with a song! And in fact, a band, because so far I love everything I have heard by Broadcast 2000. Check me out!

Broadcast 2000 – Get up and Go (Sample)

And you can listen to the whole song on the hype machine. Big digs! Ethereal glockenspiel – who would have thought? And my other favourite – slightly off-key harmonies. Love love love. Enjoy!

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Trickle trickle goes the flow of new jewelry…

Check out the Wood Slice Earrings I just posted to my etsy shop! They are sterling silver with a rosewood inlay. These are some of my favourite pieces. I love wood and metal though, so I’m probably biased.

Have a Happy Gate Night, everyone! Don’t get into trouble. : )

Well this is so simple that its barely a recipe, but hey, ’tis the season, right? And on that note – here is a photo of the pumpkins my friend Anna and I carved this week:

jackolanterns by anna and danielle

jackolanterns by anna and danielle

And we exercised a classic halloween ritual this year: carving jackolanterns, then watching the Nightmare Before Christmas while eating delicious roasted pumpkin seeds! I love that movie especially because its a Christmas movie AND a Halloween movie – twice the enjoyment! You should watch it. And you should roast some pumpkin seeds!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 pumpkin worth of seeds
  • Ground pepper
  • Seasoning salt
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Separate seeds from pulp and rinse in a bowl of water. Drain.
  3. Spread damp seeds out on a baking sheet – if it was a really big pumpkin, you might have to use two.
  4. Sprinkle with pepper, seasoning salt, paprika and garlic powder, then mix. If needed, sprinkle again.
  5. Bake 7-12 minutes. Keep a close eye on them – like all nuts, they go from white to burnt really quickly! Take them out when they start to turn dry and poppy, an dmaybe a little golden.

Enjoy! Also works with squash seeds, if you get a big enough squash. Happy Halloween, Kids!

Slowly I am getting all the new stuff up online. Next item up for bids: The Equalizer Pendant!

Equalizer Pendant

Equalizer Pendant

A dotty, colourful pendant to go with the new musically themed rings. In brushed sterling silver with yellow epoxy resin inlay. Check it out at my Etsy Shop! And have a good Monday.

You know, I don’t usually like Snow Patrol. But this song, I really like. Maybe I will like it until they start playing it the radio. I am a jerk like that. Its kind of folksy and acoustic, but with a nice alt grit to it and echoey choruses, which I dig. Check me out! Safely at the Hype machine:

Snow Patrol – Lifeboats

No more copyright infringements for MOI!

OK, back to work. Lata on, fools.

Keep the volume on those hands in CHECK! I posted new rings with dots to my etsy shop today. Pictures!

The Equalizer Ring

The Equalizer Ring

I love dots! Dots and colours. This is the perfect ring for me. See more at my esty shop! Peace out, homeslices.

In honour of my squash-tastic visit to the Ottawa Farmer’s Market today, I am posting a go-to recipe that I’ve been making for so long that i don’t even remember where I got it from. Its really versatile – I like butternut squash, but it orginally called for Acorn, and the other day I made it with pumpkin. In the summer, you can cook the squash on the BBQ, which is handy. Also, it works great in the slow cooker.

And as an additional bonus, here is a fall-themed photo I took on the way to the farmer’s market today!

Oak Leaves at Lansdown Park

Oak Leaves at Lansdowne Park

Squash Soup

  • 3 Butternut Squash (Or substitute Acorn or Pumpkin)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3-1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne
  1. Cut squash in half, scrape out seeds. Bake face down in shallow pan @ 350 degrees F for 55 minutes. Let cool on cutting board, scoop out pulp and discard shells.
  2. Saute carrot and onion in water over medium heat, adding more if it gets dry. Cook 12-15 minutes or until carrot is soft.
  3. In two batches, puree carrot mix, broth and squash in blender or food processor.
  4. Combine pureed soup and all remaining ingredients in large pot or crockpot, simmer 15 minutes or until all ingredients are hot. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

And thats it! Serve with some delicious bread and you’re golden. A nutritious delicious soup with which to fend off the upcoming winter. And its vegan! Bonus. For the animals. 🙂

revived!

October 20, 2008

this blog was dead for month, mainly because it was FROZEN because of my copyright trouble! i am so bad. another good reason why it took so long to get resolved was because I was busy founding a new company!! this is a side venture, sort of a spin off from the web design company I was working for this summer. except THIS time, I am PARTNER! woot. you can check out our site:

www.breathemedia.ca

We do web and print design, web app development and branding. And my role is generation of ideas, which is kind of my thing, so I am really liking it so far. So let us know if you need a website! I have real coders on my team now, so your code won’t be totally hacked like on my phasesix.ca site.

anyway – enough about that. now, back to our regularly scheduled broadcast!!

dinged!

October 20, 2008

Sooooo I got busted for copyright violation.  I blame the kings of leon. its not MY fault their album got leaked onto the internet, is it? IS IT!>?

anyhoo – theres still a song you should hear, and these guys are from winnipeg, so i think their position will be that they need all the press they can get! Just to be safe, go to their myspace page and listen to it. They will appreciate it!

http://www.myspace.com/oldfolkshomemusic

to begin with: i love the album cover! and they are from winnipeg, which you have to fly through on the way to paradise, so bonus points there. also, the boy-girl harmonies and sort of electro-synth-pop thing that is popular now. also there is clapping, which i dig.

and in other news – things have been busy around here. ballet classes being started, hats being sewn, rings being cast… jobs being done! possibly a move in the near future…partying with a minor-league baseball team. all kinds of random stuff.

more importantly, the general feeling of the season is one of the end of summer, and on that note, a SUNSET! from my recent Kenora honeymoon camping trip to Little Gordon Lake. When I die, this is where I want my ashes spread… This is my paradise!