Kobo at Higo

Long time Seattlites will remember Higo on Jackson in the International District. It was the first family owned Japanese Variety store in Seattle, founded in the early 1900's. It moved to it's location on Jackson in the 30's and was open until a few years ago. It was one of the last Japanese owned businesses from the pre-war era. Well, a group of artists have moved into Higo and have started Kobo at Higo. Kobo is Japanese for "artist's workspace". The large gallery space focuses on artisans whose work has a Japanese aesthetic. You should check it out if you find yourself in the I.D.


Let's get serious

I learned a lesson on Web Etiquette today. A blogger whose photo I used to show my readers what Maple Blossoms look like emailed me and asked me to remove the photo. Even though I had given this person credit and linked to their blog, I had neglected to get permission to use the photo. My apologies, I feel yucky about it. While ignorance is no defense, I just had no idea what a faux pas I was commiting. But it makes me wonder how the blogosphere keeps on rolling if everyone has to ask permission to use a photo from another site. If I were using this person's photo to sell something, or claiming it as my own - that would be shitty, super shitty. But I wasn't. And other people have emailed to thank me for blogging about them. Bottom line, I guess, is that I do not own that photo, the other blogger does, and they have all the right in the world to control that photo. The mister says that people should ask permission, and that this and other issues regarding Creative Commons are hot topics in the blogging world. So, I will learn this lesson and change my ways, for sure.


Big changes round here!

Hello to all my faithful readers! From now on, please view my blog at Petaline.net: Daily Buzz of Delightful Things. Update your bookmarks, because you won't see my new posts at this current (www.petaline.blogspot.com) address anymore!


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Before you jump to conclusions, check out this book: The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics: A Philosophy for Achieving a Radiant Mind and a Fabulous Body .

She's got a website too.

Baby Stuff

One cannot help but notice how trendy babyies and pregnant women are these days. As I peruse the web I come across some of the cutest darn baby stuff - here, let me share some with you:

Baby tees from Bonitas

Adorable onesies from eight3one

Quite possibly the cutest bibs ever from Shannon by Hand

Super Cool tees for mom, dad and baby from Mielefresca

New web finds

Check out these amazing artisans:

Letterpress art and gifts from Yee Haw Industries

Hand tooled leather goodness from Moxie and Oliver

Unique and gorgeous jewelry from Claudette Jewelry


Sunday veggie surprise

Tonight the mister and I made an unusual selection of vegetable side dishes after our trip to the Ballard Farmer's Market. We made:

Fiddlehead Ferns



Both have to be parboiled or blanched before use. The ferns need to be softened a little bit before sauteing and the nettles will sting you unless you cook them. Cooking kills the little hairs that cause the sting.

I sauteed them (separately) in butter, just to get the real taste of the plants. The larger fiddleheads were a touch bitter, but had a cleave like asparagus. The nettles were delish. I could eat those all day long. Mild and fresh tasting, nettles are just full of vitamins and minerals and the young fresh shoots are often eaten in soups and used to fill ravioli. I had never had Fiddleheads before and I can imagine how good they would be sauteed with morel mushrooms (another great spring veggie).

Even though we had gross weather this weekend, the fact that we were able to enjoy foods foraged from our local area made the gray and rain seem a little less depressing.

New Favorite

Ready Made magazine.

I just checked out their site (that's where I got the topic of the next post from) and noticed that they blogged about the benefits of planting Native Plants. I love this magazine so much, I might just marry it.

This is such a great idea:

Your picture on your cupcake! PhotoJoJo.


Maker Faire

I don't love Make magazine (it's too tech-y for me), but I wish I could be in San Mateo on April 22-23 for this. A whole faire filled with classes and seminars for crafty nerds like me. Bliss.

Spring Project

Thanks to inspiration from Martha, I made this for my living room:

I found a branch on a walk one day and added cut out velum Cherry blossoms to it. I love Cherry and Flowering Plum trees. Last year at this time I was planning my wedding, and I was so inspired by the Cherry trees, they are so gorgeous and sweet smelling and add so much cheer to our dreary Seattle spring.

Don't you just love my green vase? It was made by Seattle artist Stephen Glover. Ain't it purty?

I love broccoli raab

We've planted these:

which will turn into these:

Broccoli raab is slightly bitter and despite its name, is not related to broccoli at all - it's actually related to the turnip! It is a popular in vegetable in Italy and China and is also known as Rapini - I'm not sure what it is called in Chinese, but I do know that it is high in Vitamin C and Potassium. I love to saute it and add it pasta with goat cheese and fresh tomatoes. Look for it in your supermarket and give it a try.

Some photos of stuff I've knit recently.

You can read more about these projects here

Sadly, I haven't been knitting as much as I would like lately. I'm hoping to get my tank top finished in the year 2006. That might be optimistic! Now that the mister has taught me Photoshop, I will be posting more of my personal photos, so there's more to come!


Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa

Bleeding heart is a native plant to the Northwest that is easily crowded out by the invasive Herb Robert, which is a Geranium species that looks like this:

The leaves of Bleeding Heart are fern like, but the flowers are the amazing part. They are heart-shaped and inflated and droop down in clusters.

Bleeding Heart grows along the Pacific Coast, Idaho, Alberta and Montana and it likes shady, moist thickets and forests.

As a Flower Essence, Bleeding Heart is used for heartbreak and loss, following the Doctrine of Signatures which suggests that what a plant resembles gives a clue as to its medicinal qualities. Bleeding Heart name is based on the Doctrine of Signatures.

Medicinally, the root is used and it is useful in situations where you need calming. As Herbalist Michael Moore says in his book Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, "Internally, the tincture will help calm down and center you if you are shaky, nervous, frightened, or uncontrollably angry as an aftermath of physical violence, an accident, rushing someone to the hospital, landing at LAX with one engine out - or taking a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to change title on a car, but without a notarized bill of sale and with only four hours off from work within which to get in accomplished." **According to Michael, it is contraindicated in pregnancy and for people on prescriptions drugs. It can show up as a false positive for opiates on drug tests.**

Are you Crafty?

If so, sign up for this great e-zine that I just discovered. It's called Hello Indie and it promises to be "filled with a handpicked selection of designers and crafters for you to explore, along with original interviews, articles, events and new store profiles. It's everything you need to get in tune with indie handmade." And they're out of Portland. Big ups to the PNW.


(Thanks to Rose-Kim Knits for cross posting this gem from Chow blog.)


Everybody needs a goal

and mine is to eat at El Bulli in Spain which was voted the #1 restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine. The magazine just released its World's 50 Best Restaurant list for 2006. El Bulli is only open for 6 months and reservations get snatched up in a millisecond. Chef Ferran Adria uses the 6 months that the restaurant is closed to create new and innovative dishes. Tony Bourdain visited El Bulli on his Food Network show.

Thinking a little more closer to home and perhaps a little more realistically, I also want to try #20 on the list Chez Panisse.

It's in Berkeley and is owned by Alice Waters, a pioneering chef who began to buy produce from small local farmers in the 70's. She emphasizes organic, seasonal and locally grown items on all of her menus. Her cookbooks are the bomb-diggity, here are the ones we have:

Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook

Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza, Calzone

Gum Blonde

This look like just another painting of Marilyn Monroe, doesn't it? Look closer - it's made out of chewing gum on plywood. Don't believe me? Check out: Gum Blondes. I'm grossed out and intruiged all at the same time.


Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade is a gem of a site. Each artist has their own page to display their wares, so it's like they have their own personal website - with the added benefit of being in a community of other artists. I just bought the coolest ring for 6 bucks from Tigerlillyshop that looks similar, but not identical to this:

And I have my eye on this cuff from yabettasupadont:

Many of the items are one of a kind - so on Etsy the time to buy it is when you find it!

Wanna garden

but are a little intimidated? Have I got a website for you! It's called You Grow Girl and it was started by a young, urban, yardless plant-obsessed woman named Gayla Trail and has evolved into a vibrant online resource for gardeners of all levels. There's even book called You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

which fills the new gardener in on all the most important things about gardening from soil to seed to harvest. And they have great merch, as well!

Check it out!


Lucky Sunday

I walked past this little boutique called Click in West Seattle and saw this in the window:

Eva Zeisel!
I spied many other gorgeous items through Click's window. I'm eager to go back when it's open and investigate further.