Doodle Dump - June 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

“All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.”  ― John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing

Photos from my Instagram account - ejstivers

Photo from my Pinterest account - ejstivers


Smorgasbord Saturday - 06/23/13 to 06/29/13

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hmm...this doesn't seem to happen when I start scribbling on paper...

Check out Louisville's recent March of the Colonels

What if John Lennon had auditioned on The Voice?

"Weird" stuff you can check out at some public libraries

The editor of The New Yorker's cartoons reveals his 11 favorite submissions

Need your heart a little warmer? Read this.


Brooch of the Month - June 2013 - The Scarlet Flower

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This over-sized flower pin is probably the brooch that gets the most attention when I wear it. It's definitely not the most interesting one I own, but it's the most flamboyant for sure. I'm pretty sure that someone has commented on it every time I've worn it - even when I wore it daily on my coat last winter. 

I actually purchased it at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was around $2! I love it because it goes with anything (one of my fashion tenets is that bright red and orange-red are neutral and can go with any other color), and it's an easy way to get more color in an outfit since I tend to wear a lot of black (not that there's anything wrong with that!). 

You can also see this flower pin in action with another brooch in a previous Brooch of the Month post.


Travel: 5 Things I Love About Cleveland

Monday, June 24, 2013

A couple weekends ago I had the pleasure of spending time with my college best friends, Shelby and Rachel. One quotation that always reminds me of Shelby and Rachel is

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 
C.S. Lewis

I remember being really nervous about leaving for college after I graduated from high school in 2006. I didn't have high hopes that my future roommate (Shelby) and I would be fast friends. I was convinced we wouldn't have anything in common and that she would judge me for my likes and dislikes. Needless to say, I'm very happy that I was wrong. I'm thankful too that Shelby was a year ahead of me so that she could introduce to me to amazing people like Rachel! I couldn't be more pleased that the three of us have continued to travel across many miles several times a year since college to see each other for long friend weekends!

Photo from Shelby's Instagram account - shewill09

This wasn't my first time to Cleveland, but I think it was the best trip there yet! It goes without saying that the best part was seeing my friends and Shelby's wonderful family, but I thought it'd be fun to list some of my secondary favorites too.

1. Little Italy
I wasn't really aware that Cleveland had a Little Italy. I have since told many people about it, and none of them has known either. I was pleasantly surprised by the charm and wonderful atmosphere. Our first stop was Presti's - an Italian bakery and gelato shop. I got hazelnut gelato and it was delicious! I think Shelby got gelato as well, but Rachel had tiramisu.

Photo from Rachel's Instagram account - rfulkman

One of the best parts of being in Little Italy was that the weekend I was there was one of their semi-annual Art Walk events! Lots of stores were having special events and there were different sidewalk activities set up. I chose to participate in painting a square of a large mural. Big thanks go to Shelby and Rachel for waiting for me and also holding/getting my paint! :-) 

2. Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Shelby graciously bought Rachel and me tickets to see a Cleveland Jazz Orchestra concert! According to their website description, it "feature[d] trombonist Jay Ashby and jazz infused with Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern and other world rhythms." We loved it - especially the bass solo in the final number!

3. Backyard Vacation Destination
Probably my favorite part of the trip was getting to Shelby's house after it was already dark on Friday and being immediately ushered to her back patio for snacks. Rachel and I were able to relax after our drive and it was the perfect time for us to get caught up with each other.

Chloe joined us too!

4. West Side Market
Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to the West Side Market to buy brunch ingredients. We ended up getting two kinds of bacon, fruit, cheese, and bread (which I didn't eat, but it smelled delicious)! I had never been before, but I really loved it!

One neat thing about this market is that a lot of local restaurants use products from the market. For example, we went to Piccadilly later that day for frozen yogurt and they had a sign up that mentioned they got all their fruit from West Side Market.

5. Sweet Lorain Antiques
I had originally heard about Sweet Lorain (also referred to as Suite Lorain) from one of my favorite blogs, The Dainty Squid, so I was really excited to go in person! One thing that is different about Sweet Lorain is that everything is super organized into different departments (e.g., one rack of clothes was just "1960s print cotton day dresses"). I ended up getting some jewelry and a birthday present for a friend.

Oh, I would also like to note how friendly the staff at Sweet Lorain was. A lot of times I feel like a victim of ageism at antique stores, but both employees we interacted with were very accommodating and pleasant. 

I'm sure I'll be adding to this list the next time I visit Cleveland! Thanks to Shelby and her family for all their wonderful hospitality!

I can't forget to mention that two highlights were hanging out with Jason and Chloe! I first met Jason back in March, and he had grown a lot! He's a sweet goldendoodle puppy. Chloe is a stray that the Shelby has adopted. She stays outside but gets food and lots of love!

Jason and me - March 2013 compared to June 2013



Check out my last travel blog - 5 Things I Love About Austin


Smorgasbord Saturday - 06/16/13 to 06/22/13

Saturday, June 22, 2013

My favorite, favorite ice cream shop is up for a Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation award!

One cake decorator misunderstood directions for a cake and the client ended up with this happy mistake

15 reasons why cat lovers aren't crazy!

Video of Mister Rogers telling of an encounter with his grandson


Smorgasbord Saturday - 06/09/13 to 06/15/13

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Derby pick, Palace Malice, may have lost the Derby, but he won the Belmont Stakes!

My favorite breakfast/brunch spot in Louisville has expanded :-)

One librarian uses old catalog cards in a creative way

Danny DeVito's mom's letter to Kirk Douglas

Neat way to teach kids about Michelangelo!

Jeopardy! was named the best game show of all time by TV Guide

Creative people say "no."

Two parking spots in Boston sold for $560,000


Smorgasbord Saturday - 06/02/13 to 06/08/13

Saturday, June 8, 2013

8 new rules for sunscreen from the New York Times.

Celebrity/Historical lookalikes 

I just found out you can watch full episodes from past seasons of Antiques Roadshow online. Check out this one from Louisville!

Germany drops its longest word: Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.

Jim's pancake art

There's a new Mister Rogers music video from the people who brought us "Garden of Your Mind" last year!


Smorgasbord Saturday - 05/26/13 to 06/01/13

Saturday, June 1, 2013


The Perks of Being an English Major

Apparently some Canadians think their new currency is maple-scented.

An out-of-towner asked me for Louisville gift recommendations this week and I gave him around five suggestions. One of the suggestions he liked most was for Modjeskas. Several Louisvillians around us hadn't heard of them, so apparently I have to get the word out to my generation! :-)

Californians claim that J.C.Penney's new teapot looks like Hitler.

A sloth who's a picky eater!

Realized that I see this word semi-often, but I wasn't really sure what it meant. So interesting!

Paper-Source released their in-house calendars for 2014! My favorites are always the Wall Art calendar and the Letterpress Desk calendar. They didn't do a 2013 Letterpress Desk calendar, so this year I just "reused" mine from 2012, ha.

This is exactly what I think is happening when I try to parallel park! :-)


Furry Friends

Furry Friends

Danny in NYC

Danny in NYC
Photo by Amber

Zelda Fitzgerald & Grandma Moses in NYC

Zelda Fitzgerald & Grandma Moses in NYC
Photo by Spenser

Lola in New Albany

Lola in New Albany
Photo by Grace

Delbert in Louisville

Delbert in Louisville
Photo by Kimi

Jason in Cleveland

Jason in Cleveland
Photo by Shelby