mid-century textiles

Found these patterns in a book chronicling 20th century textiles. These are from the 1950-60s. I love the colors. They have a great illustrative quality to them.



public domain

patent pending industries

sellout industries

Naive: Modernism and folklore in contemporary graphic design
I saw this book online from skinny laminx's blog, and got it on interlibrary loan recently.
I love the patterns and the graphics reminiscent of Saul Bass. These are a few of the images in the book. Working at a library again has opened up my resources to find tons of amazing images and artists.


my name is mackenzie and hot dogs are my favorite food.

We went to Philly this weekend. Tyler's parents and his brother came to visit. We had a great time, I went to my second rainy baseball game in a week. I think I noticed more great things about philly this time, last time I was too distracted by the heat. We checked out a couple sights and then found the cheese steak of my dreams. Last time we didn't find a good one, but this time we went to campos, and I got my cheese whiz. I was in heaven. Tyler was grossed out but I have a soft place in my heart for processed cheese. Some things you never grow out of. I am not ashamed. Like I am not ashamed to love hot dogs. Some of my hipster classmates at school recoiled in horror, but I didn't care. It's just not cool to love hot dogs.


maple is lovely.

New ice cream this week: maple. My in-laws are coming tomorrow and my father-in-law loves maple ice cream, so it was good timing. Everything is better with maple, like maple bars. yum. I bought my first real maple syrup, thank goodness for wegman's amazing name brand stuff. I decided to make an oatmeal praline, partially because Tyler ate all my almonds for the almond praline. It's been a few hours and it's still kinda crunchy, but maybe it will soften up. But it tastes sooo good! Both recipes from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. (best ever!)



I actually posted some items to my shop this weekend. I will be adding more, and also adding screen printed postcard sets. Thanks for checking it out!


soup season!

I love cold weather. It's no secret that hot weather makes me cranky and whiny. This summer was amazing, only a few days of humid heat. Now the chill is really setting in, and it is officially soup season! I started with our favorite soup, white bean chili. It is from a recipe that I got from our friend Lindsay Costello, and I modified it a little over the years. It's one of my favorites for when I have people over. When we would have our sis and her husband over on sunday afternoons we would all overdose on it, and lay around like beached whales.

White bean chili

1 med red onion minced
2 med. pablano peppers, (or any mild-medium heat green pepper, anaheim works well)
4 cloves garlic minced
3-4 cans great northern white beans, rinsed and drained
two C cooked shredded chicken (optional)
6 C stock
2 T cumin (I use the rachel ray two palmful method.)
1 T oregano
1/8-1/4 t cayenne pepper depending on desired heat
1/4 t black pepper
1 T salt

Roast peppers: use gas burners or broiler to blacken pepper skins, put in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap let steam for 10-15 minutes. slip skins off and mince.

In dutch oven or stockpot heat to med with 1/4 C olive oil or just coat the bottom of the pot.
Put in onions, peppers, garlic and spices. Cook until onions are soft about 10 minutes. Add in chicken, beans, and stock and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, monterrey jack cheese, lots of cilantro and tortilla chips.

*sometimes I use a food processor with the onions garlic and peppers until they are super fine almost like a paste, but it depends on if I feel like hand chopping. I also have pureed half the beans before to make it thicker.

*wegmans organic blue chips are a revelation, also super cheap!


mid-century magic

Tyler finished one more refinished project, our amazing dresser! It looks beautiful.




saving money never tasted so good!

I love to make many things. One thing I love to do is cook, and bake (if the oven deems to not screw me over). It's a great feeling to labor over a great meal. I'm lucky I have a very easy to please taste tester!

This summer I started making ice cream. I bought an ice cream maker a long time ago to re-create my favorite treat--tangy pinkberry. But once I stepped into the relm of milk, cream, custard and sugar, I haven't looked back! An article in my favorite food mag everyday food caught my interest. I tried it and proceeded to make about 15 batches for Tyler's birthday party. I have made ice cream ever since, I haven't bought any! It is cheaper to make your own, and I love experiment with flavors. And since I buy all my dairy from the farm down the street, all the ingredients are fresh and natural (and hormone free).

This week since we were hosting a few of Tyler's classmates I made two favorites, salty caramel, and vanilla with butterfinger swirl. The caramel is to die for, it has a base of real caramel that keeps it nice, soft and creamy, no matter how long it sits in the freezer (I haven't made the caramel swirl yet, but I will!). Other favorites: dark chocolate with dark chocolate chips, philly style vanilla with peanut butter patties and fudge ripple, cookies and cream (with tons and tons of oreos). Up next to make, maple ice cream with almond praline, vanilla with caramel and hot fudge swirl, cinnamon and oatmeal praline, pumpkin pie, cheesecake ice cream with carrot cake pieces.... I think I could go on forever!

Tyler is as happy as a clam to try out everything I make, sneaking to the freezer anytime he can! I told myself that if I keep it up, I can justify getting a new electric ice cream maker, my donvier is great but I need more air volume.


sketchbook 2

These are some of my favorite patterns that I designed. I love nothing more than drawing a repeating pattern for a few hours. I find it soothing, like knitting. Which reminds me, fall is starting and my knitting obsession will likely return soon. skeins of beautiful wool are calling my name!



I am so happy (and honored) to be accepted into second storie indie market for this year! I am so excited to meet new people and see friends from last year. If I can get my act together I will have my etsy store stocked asap.
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