Top 40 Posts Of 2012

A few weeks ago I was taking a look through the past year in posts and decided to put together a Top 40 collection for 2012. I had hoped to spread it out over a few days and organize everything a bit, but a family death and extended stay in Pennsylvania over the holidays set me back and I had to lump it all together. Thank you so much for continuing to help make this site such an amazing part of my daily life – here’s to 2013!



15 Chances to Find Your Ultimate Mac + Cheese // Day to Dinner to Party // New Addition //
Berry Lemonade Vodka + Homemade Blackberry Vodka



B-B-B-Buffalo // Best Word Ever // Campfire Cologne // Celebrated



Coriumi // Popsicles + Poptails – Take 2 // Little Corners // Courtney Martin



Electrolux Design Lab // Mojito Madness // Top Knot // Fluffy Raspberry Mousse



You Can Do It: Create a Gallery Wall // What I Learned: Alt 2012 // HP Designer Matchup //
Luxe Liquors



You Can Do It: Golden Glass Bottles // I Like Notebooks And I Cannot Lie //
Mixtape 17: Where All Your Girls Are Pretty // Mobile Foodie Survival Kit



Mosantimetre Turkish Coffee Pots // Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats // Pete //
Paper Sculptures



Pumpkin Marshmallow Pie // Magnetic Wallpaper // Sigils of the Houses of Westeros //
Wall Tape



Song Map // Dream Thanksgiving // Paper Flowers // Tiffin Lunch Kit



Tobias Tovera // Urban Geodes // Mighty Summit 2012 // Camp Brand




Hot Dog – my longest foster at 3 months – was adopted by the most lovely couple.
Roxy had surgery and recovered like a champ!
Piper and I finished buying + wrapping gifts right on schedule. PS: I like dogs.
Automobile Alley in OKC was all dressed up.



Volunteered at an amazing adoption event (again, I like dogs).
My mom adopted a new kitten, Noel!
I made an ass out of myself mid-Target. And was proud.
Received so many pretty cards this year.



Scored this Oklahoma pride tee from Shop Good in a Dirty Santa.
Gifted/own my first turntable since the age of 10.
My favorite part of O’Hare Airport.
Made bobiki for the first time entirely on my own. (Rolling needs work!)



Raided old photos at my Grandma’s house. My Grandpa was such a looker!
And she’s not such a Plain Jane either.
The essence of my childhood.
Three cats on a box and one inside. Because.


Block Shop



Artist Lily Stockman is lovely in every possible way, and now she’s partnered with her business-minded sister Hopie to create Block Shop. The story behind how this Indian textile company came together is truly inspiring and the scarves are nothing less than stunning. Each one is stamped individually with vegetable-based dyes onto Indian silk-cotton blend fabric. It’s virtually impossible to choose a favorite, but if pressed I’d go with the coral arrows. Well done, ladies!








I’m kind of a cookbook junky. Okay not kind of, I am. Winter always puts me in homemaker mode which means lots of time spent in the kitchen, and this past year has seen lots of fantastic cookbooks that I’m still dying to get in my hands. Do you own any of these? Do you love them?

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces, Seasons: The Best of Donna Hay Magazine, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes, Modernist Cuisine at Home, Bouchon Bakery, Vintage Cocktails


Taste Tour: Pachinko Parlor


Pachinko Parlor sits on popular 9th Street in Midtown and is sort of an enigma. There’s sushi for the sushi lover and the sushi hater (try the Philly cheesesteak roll or the chicken curry salad roll). There’s noodles and Asian-inspired dishes and even classics. Basically, you’re sure to find something you like no matter who you are.



My friend and I stopped by for dinner on a Thursday night a few weeks ago. Pachinko has an indoor dining room, but they also have a gorgeous outdoor seating area that’s part porch/part patio and makes you feel like you’re eating at someone’s house. Even though it’s December and the evening was in the 50s we decided to brave the outdoors to take advantage of the view and the fire pit.



Pachinko‘s menu is a perfectly curated mix of appetizers, soups and salads, noodles, sushi, entrees, and desserts. They also have a stellar beer and cocktail list that follows suit.




We opted for the mulled wine, a seasonal favorite that gets requested as soon as temps drop below 70 degrees and a perfect fit for this chilly night. It was so good that it deserved two pictures, trust me.



I couldn’t get enough of the tempura fried fresh green beans with sweet chili cream dipping sauce, basically they could have been my enter meal!



For our first course we order the house salad (Which was described by my friend as having a “snappy” citrusy dressing – YUM!) and Udon noodles which was tossed with flakey salmon and a sake cream sauce.



It was sooo difficult to stop eating those noodles, but I had a roll to focus on…



A crab rangoon roll to be precise. See, I told you there were unique food combinations here! It came with a sweet chili dipping sauce and was the size of about two and a half normal sushi rolls. I ate three pieces and was about to pop. (Pssst… the noodles and even the roll were still tasty the next day!)



The presentation of everything was clean and simple, focused on the food. And the sashimi measured up just as well as everything else.



I’m a big fan of Pachinko Parlor and definitely recommend it for a casual lunch or dinner. It’s located in a great part of town so you can wander around shopping and exploring before sitting down to nosh.

All photos ©Caroline Cohenour
Disclaimer: Pachinko Parlow provided both meals discussed above. All opinions, ideas, and thoughts are my own.



Studio522-1-Design Crush

Earlier this month I featured one of Studio522‘s designs in our Super Duper Christmas Card Roundup and then went back and explored the shop a little more. I’ve been on the hunt for a clean and modern return address stamp for a few years now, I just can’t ever seem to pull the trigger and buy one. Then I saw this design and knew I’d found The One. (I wish I could show you my stamp here, but my address is on it. Duh.) It has a great sturdy handle so you can get a nice and even press, I can’t wait to try mine out with different colored inks!


Studio522-2-Design Crush


Studio522-3-Design Crush


Being the bibliophile that I am, I was also really excited to get this coordinating bookplate stamp. I’m looking forward to inking my collection sometime soon. And I’m also looking forward to coming back to Studio522 for a few housewarming gifts!

PS: Use the code DESIGNCRUSH12 for free shipping on your order!



Peppercotton-1-Design Crush


These colorful necklaces (and bracelets) from Peppercotton – the team of Patrick Culpepper and Aurelia Cotton – are created from tube mesh and Swarovski crystals. Brilliant, creative use of materials and just the kind of piece to wear for taking a simple holiday outfit to the next level. (via Honey Kennedy)


Peppercotton-2-Design Crush


Peppercotton-3-Design Crush



2013 Calendars – Part 10


1. Cats I Know Wall Calendar from Little Paper Planes  2. 2013 Rock Collection Calendar from Little Paper Planes  3. 2013 Wall Calendar from Krisztina Vona  4. Pudge the Cat 2013 Wall Calendar from Pudge Shop  5. Unlucky 2013 Silkscreen Calendar from Little Friends of Printmaking  6. 2013 Letterpress Printed Wall Calendar from Paper Boat Studios  7. 2013 Fortune Cookie Wisdom Wall Calendar from Messy Bed Studio  8. Mini 2013 Letterpress Calendar from K Is For Calligraphy  9. Frankie Calendar 2013 from Frankie Press  10. 2013 Year Planner from Cachette