Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tyger Tyger

In 3rd grade, we had a to memorize a poem. I memorized William Blake's "The Tyger". Reading it now, I'm 100% sure I had no idea what it meant. Just that I got to say the word "Tyger", and the words sounded cool together.

The same is kind of true for this band, whose show I tried pretty hard to get to last night, but failed miserably. After fighting traffic (and losing), I went home, moped, put their music on,  and baked some bread.  I'm 100% sure I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but the acoustic jazz ensemble overlaid by traditional Hindustani vocals in a sort of indie style...sounds SO cool together.  Like nothing you've ever heard.

And Guess what? If you live near Normal, IL; Cincinnati, OH; NYC; Indianapolis, IN; or here in home sweet Chicago, you can see them this month too! Which is good news for me (shows after the jump).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall on the Prairie

^ The corner folded over on me!
Illustrating this picture.
This just feels like fall to me.

To you, from me,

kristen mrdjanov

<Last 'crafted' post: Repurposed Magazine Envelopes

>Next 'crafted' post: Skipping Stones

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fat Bottom Quiche

We host guests often.

Part of hosting is providing a bang-a-rang breakfast to start everyone's day.  That being said, I'm not a morning person. Me and my pillow are best friends at 6am.  This means, I try to get everything ready in advance, so all I have to do is pull things that have already been prepared in my zombie state.

Y'all are smart, so I'm sure you already know about baking bacon. If you don't bake your bacon, please start ASAP, and here is why (as if you needed reasons):

1. It makes less mess. You're not going to have bacon grease splattered all over your range, your teapot, your favorite shirt, your kitchenaid... I'm a mess. Anything I can do to alleviate my natural propensity toward turning everything in the kitchen into a cleaning war zone is quickly added to my list.
2. Bacon grease is at least 25% of the reason why I love bacon. Bakin' bacon means that the fat is rendered very gracefully (yes, gracefully) from the meat. The fat does not have burned particles floating throughout, and can be very easily poured off into a bowl/tupperware to save for Magical breakfast dishes. Like the crust of this Fat Bottom quiche.
3. You have bacon on hand for whenever. For breakfast in the morning (just flash in the pan, and they're ready to serve). Or for, you know...whenever the 'bacon mood' strikes. Which for me is at least every two hours.
4. Oh yeah. You can spend your time doing more important things than bakin' bacon.

So, if you love quiche, bacon, easy cleanup and easy preparation, this recipe is for you.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Repurposed Magazine Envelopes

Along the lines of the Repurposed CD Jackets, I rarely threw away my Anthropologie or Free People catalogues. They were just too pretty. Ethereal. 

Well, a few years later, and I had a stack of 'pretty' catalogues that I had moved to a new apartment. Instead of looking through and sighing at the dream-like pictures, I instead started ripping out the pages. Some I made into wrapping paper (future feature), and some I made into envelopes for letters, small gifts and my cards. 

Envelopes are not hard. At least, these aren't hard.  Instructions follow below.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Share the Love: Repurposed CD Jackets

About a year ago, I realized I was hoarding my letter-writing supplies for some indiscriminate future time. I am not geographically close to a single person in my family, nor many of the friends I grew up with, so I decided to start scribbling and stamping. "Someday" rarely arrives, and I imagined still saving my pretty paper, even in my old age.  We tend to save our love for grandiose gestures. 

I love imagining new uses for things.  I also realized recently that while I have moved five times in the five years I've lived in Chicago, I've saved ridiculous things because, "someday I will find a cool use for them". For example, I have a little box of all cd jackets from every cd I've ever owned. Why? Because. Someday.

Well, recently, that day arrived. Because I'm tired of moving boxes of  'someday'.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Double Exposure

Attempt at drawing a double exposure. 
Illustrating this picture
If it's too big for yer screen, try pressing CTRL and the minus sign a few times.

Love to you,

Kristen m

<Last 'crafted' post:
Illustrio Obscura Duo
>Next 'crafted' post: Repurposed CD Jackets

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012


                My co-worker recently had a baby girl, Nyla. She's made me think a lot about futures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Наша породица

Baba Mrdjanov
I like looking at old photos.

I especially like looking at old photos of my husband's incredibly beautiful family. If there was any question of whether his gene pool was going to produce good-looking children, one would have to look no further than these pictures to find the answer.

My family has it's fair share of babes too (and babies!), it's just that my very thoughtful sister-in-love scanned all these  recently and shared them with the rest of the family, so I have them in my possession.

Andjelka Mrdjanov, David's aunt

In time, I will sit down with my husband and his family to find out who each of these are.

For now, I like making up my own stories.

Friday, September 7, 2012

[Always] Taking Notes from Nana

My Nana at Joy's Noodles (back porch!) in June

So this post is a little bit about family, a little bit about longevity, and a little bit of "Oh, I can do that!" All of which is inspired by my mom's mother. My grandmother. This is her official introduction: We call her 'Nana,' but her given name is Nina - Janina, to be exact. Lot's of 'Ns' .... There will be quite a bit of lavender chat, too.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Chicken Pizza

I know. I cried too when Labor Day passed. I cried because of all the 'summery' things I'd meant to do, but never did. On our fridge is a 'Summer To Do' list . Here's a sampling of what didn't get crossed off:
1. Skip stones at the lake.
2. Night swim.
3. Breakfast on the patio.
4. Catch lighting bugs.
5. Picnic at the park
6. Make the best banana split.
7. Sparklers

But, here are some things that were enjoyed in all their summery splendor:
6. Play with water balloons.
5. Street. Fests.
4. Watch the sunset

and what was number one on my list? Me, the non-pizza person? 1. Invent a new summer pizza. I know. I was aiming pretty high there... but, guess what? After three months, I have got it!

The 90 degree temps here in Chicago are broadcasting that summer isn't really over. And really, everything on the first list is still in the cards... 'cause for as long as I can...I'm holding on to summer here, Muchachos.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Favorites: Radiolab

We share favorites here.

One of my favorites is 'Radiolab' NPR show that makes Science interesting. It's like Bill Nye the Science Guy for adults. Below is my favorite show of all time.

I've exhausted their radio archives ( )

Hope you enjoy Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich's banter
 as much as I do.

(Show starts at 1:08)

EDIT: Apparently, the show link below changes every week. To listen to Limits, please visit this link:


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