WOW indeed

August 4, 2012

IMG-20120725-00959 Otherwise known as Wade Oval Wednesday, WOW is a summer programming spectacular put on by University Circle Inc. that takes place on the lawn between the Botanical Gardens, CMA and the Natural History Museum.  Weekly through August 29th, live music fills the park. Occasionally, films play in the park, too, and although I can technically say I sat through a screening of the Academy Award winning The Artist, ambient noise killed even a silent movie. Albeit a less than ideal location for viewing silent films, the atmosphere is otherwise perfect.

People flock to UC from all around, but we are fortunate to have Wade Oval in our backyard, making every Wednesday an optimal Wine (or Sangria, pictured above) Wednesday.

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And what wine tasting would be complete without crafting?!

That’s right, wine, live music, dancing and decoupaging. Admittedly, I’m the only nut who carries a bag of brushes and glue around the park, but so far its been my most productive downtime and also a great way to garner compliments from people who are amazed at my talent of gluing paper! 

IMG-20120716-00836 For this project my inspiration was Trader Joe’s whimsically illustrated brown paper bags that cheekily ask whether it counts as recycling if you hang the bags on the wall! Happily, Stephen is a die-hard recycler and he just happened to have three awfully mundane wall hangings left from a previous tenant, left.

IMG-20120801-01050And because the modgepodge used as an adhesive creates a watertight seal, my droll art hangs behind the kitchen sink, sprucing up a dull backsplash, right!

For a decoupage tutorial jump on over to ALITHEARCHITECrT where I’ve posted guides to this and other DIY crafts even novices can master!

For more on WOW, scroll down!

IMG-20120725-00964Stationary paper and paper bag art on the lawn.

IMG-20120725-00960 Tiffany and Sagree enjoying our set-up at WOW.

IMG-20120725-00963The Artist” co-sponsored by CMA.

IMG-20120725-00969 My favorite photo of Tiffany, ever. If this doesn’t capture the happiness of summer nights stargazing in the park listening to Reggae, I don’t know what does!

533327_366518343390029_538182201_n Mark August 22nd on your calendar as a ‘must go’ for WOW. Stephen’s band, Son Gitano, will be playing for the second year in a row. Their Latin fusion music is tremendous and will have you dancing on your blankets!

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/son.gitano.9

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how NOT to be social

August 3, 2012

While we haven’t literally written a manual for our followers on how to be social, it cannot be denied that we wrote the book (figuratively).

Some suggestions from those who know / want to be famous (aka us):

547712_10151099437112239_1591207454_n (1) Always wear one statement piece, preferably from a thrift store. It’s an easy conversation starter AND you’ll have more cash to spend on things like cosmos. YUM.

(2) Always laugh when there is a camera in sight. People like happy people. Newspaper / Magazine photographers should like happy people. This theory may have to be tested further.

(3) When announcing plans for the evening, recite your awesome schedule really loud so other people can hear you and be jealous.

(4) When someone asks you do something next Tuesday, smile and politely/smugly announce that you have of course been booked for months: Tuesdays are for wining and crafting, what could possibly interfere with that?

IMG-20120722-00917(5) Post photographs of all the awesome things you do to all social media outlets. Of course, everything you do is awesome when you are a socialite, so POST, BABY, POST!

(6)  Always be fashionably late. Socialites don’t have time to wait around.

(7) Wear really obnoxious sunglasses, again, preferably from a thrift store.

(8) When people ask if you’re famous, say YES! These people on the wall weren’t famous until Andy Warhol said “are you famous” and they were like, “yes, I think so”. And so then they were. That is a true story.

(9) Take budding socialites under your wing. After all, they always say its lonely at the top, so you’ll want to reject that silly stereotype and bring lots of happy, shiny, fun people with you!

(10) Live. Love. Eat. Never sleep until you get Mono.

Conversely, here is something you should not do.

IMG-20120802-01055 This Little Italy abode houses very anti-Cleveland Socialites! EWW!

Euclid Beach Blast!

August 1, 2012

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think, “Man, this girl should be at a beach party right now!”? Well, I do that almost every day. Since it’s incredibly tiring to organize a beach party every day, I instead go on my Kindle and read inane books like La Seduction and How to be a Woman. Sometimes I play Scramble with friends.

BEACH PARTY. Ok. You guys should all come to Euclid Beach Blast this Saturday, August 4. According to their Facebook Page, “Celebrate Euclid Beach Park with an evening of art, live music, games, food trucks, summer sunsets and an after party at the 3rd Annual Euclid Beach Blast! Free and fun for the entire family! Saturday August 4th 5pm-830pm” AND THAT SOUNDS AMAZING, DOESN’T IT??

On Monday, Ali & I joined some other people (including Steve, who organized this event!) at Nicole’s Plenty Underfoot (which is an amazing organization about reusing materials for art WHICH I TOTALLY SUPPORT) and started getting stuff ready for the beach trash mobiles that you will be able to make if you attend! YAY BEACHES.

Here is a picture of me cutely chopping up some beach noodles that are reused from CMA’s Summer Solstice party which I was very rudely not invited to and/or forgot to buy tickets.

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A random assortment of all the supplies you’ll get to use when making your mobiles!

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And my mobile that I made as a demo. Everyone is going to want this mobile. But it’s mine! JK I have no idea where I put it. Ali put her mobile on her head for some reason. IDK why. But it looks like a very effective hat.

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A blurry picture of the worker crafterbees!

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Come to Euclid Beach Blast! August 4! 5:30-8:30p or something like that!

Social Balloon

July 24, 2012

3-mr-7web Lately, I have felt like my CleSocial life is ballooning to enormous dimensions.

Weekly, I forge new friendships and existing relationships in the 216 strengthen. I relate this phenomena to the Midwestern friendliness I feel all around me, but its honestly not a position I thought I’d find myself in only 1.5 years after uprooting from the East Coast and moving to this city where I didn’t know a soul!

3-cf-6-web I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful, giving, hilarious, intelligent and creative people. So much so, I WANT TO STICK THEM ALL IN A GIANT BALLOON, a balloon that folds up and neatly tucks away into the back of an old milk truck, where I could take my friends with me, wherever life leads me next!

Lucky for me – unlucky for friends who may be claustrophobic -  such a balloon IS COMING TO CLEVELAND THIS WEEK!

from CUDC’s Facebook page where you can RSVP to the event:

You’re invited to have lunch in the SPACEBUSTER!
The SPACEBUSTER, a delivery truck carrying a 40′ long inflatable room, will be stopping in Cleveland this week en route to Flint, Michighan from Brooklyn, New York.

SPACEBUSTER will park in a vacant lot adjacent to the Agora Theater on Euclid Avenue and deploy a pop-up social space in the burgeoning Midtown District. The SPACEBUSTER will open to the public from 11am – 2pm on Thursday, July 26th.

Grab lunch from Umami Moto Food Truck or The Hipp restaurant next door and bring it inside the SPACEBUSTER, learn more about plans for the Euclid Corridor and share your thoughts for the area. Representatives from MidTown Cleveland will be on hand to gather your feedback.

The SPACEBUSTER’s current road trip is part of the Flint Public Art Project (http://www.flintpublicartproject.com/) organized by Producer & Artistic Director Stephen Zacks in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts and funded by the NEA’s Art Place grant. Invited by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2009, the SPACEBUSTER was initially developed and designed to explore the qualities and possibilities of public space in New York City. SPACEBUSTER interacts with the architectural and the social space and its conditions. It opens urban space for temporary collective uses.

More info and images of the SPACEBUSTER: http://www.raumlabor.net/?p=1799

SEE YOU THERE FRIENDS 🙂

3-mr-1web

http://alithearchitect.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/spacebusting/

24 hours in Pittsburgh

July 23, 2012

24+ hours in Cleveland.

This weekend was thrilling for me as I was fortunate enough to reunite with so many collegiate friends still living in the 412 and one very special friend, Diana, who currently resides in Heidelberg, Germany but was on holiday with her family in Western PA.

IMG-20120722-00913Pittsburgh will always be a city after my heart, despite CLE’s strong pull. Not dissimilar in many ways, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are both cities with storied, glory days of yore whose working class neighborhoods sunk into despair after the closing of steel and coke furnaces. Now, both cities are part of a rustbelt revival and the friendly mid-western attitude mixes splendidly with artists and entrepreneurs pouring in from all over the world.

IMG-20120722-00923 In fact, I often feel like PITT and CLE are the NYCs of the 1920s, pulling in people from all walks of life and each day is flush with the possibility of a total transformation.

Lucky me, I got to spend my weekend in both of my favorite Stateside cities.

IMG-20120722-00917 On Friday evening I left work to attend my duty as a volunteer info desk attendant at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Contrary to Friday nights of late, this particular evening was booming due to a member’s only speakeasy happening in the basement outside of the 1920’s in America exhibition. If you haven’t seen it, slide on over to alithearchitect to read my review and then GO SEE IT!

Afterwards, I dined with one of my Cleveland besties, Tracie, at Presti’s in Little Italy which may just be my new go-to Friday night dinner spot because of their excellent food and reasonable prices and fantastic al fresco dinning options! (Check out Tracie’s blog, it will have you saying OHHHHHMMMM!)

IMG-20120720-00876 After afterwards, Nidhi and I jumped in Anita’s super fancy Lexus and partied it up in the basement of the Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City. In case you were there, NO, we were not the table of people making out. I swear.

After after afterwards, I went to sleep. Eventually.

558254_916733451699_1851343098_n Which brings us to Saturday. I attempted to go to Zumba, I really, really did. It didn’t happen. Oh well, the world spins round. I told myself  “I’ll get a good work out in at the beach cleanup this afternoon.” But then I remembered that I am not a big fan of picking up of trash, IMG-20120721-00884and so I went to the gym anyway. Lifting weights and using the stepper is not as fun as Zumba. Why can’t I wake up earlier on the weekend?!

I did go to the Beach Cleanup at Euclid Beach and Nidhi did, too! Surprise, surprise, we ended up showing up 1.5 hours after the cleaning commenced and we looked rather out of place in cute tanktops and hot sunglasses. The people who actually cleaned were from Target. They looked great, its just that we looked like rockstars that had partied too hard and somehow landed at a beach cleaning event.

IMG-20120721-00891I took a bunch of photographs, we ate a lot of donated salsa and chips and put a new box of untouched gloves in the storage room. I felt like a do-gooder, for sure, until Stephen, who organizes the Clean Ups as part of Euclid-Adopt-A-Beach, pointed out that I have come to three of these events, helplessly late and had yet to pick up a piece of trash. Miraculously, he doesn’t hate me 🙂IMG-20120721-00888

  

IMG-20120721-00893Post cleaning up the salsa from its container with our mouths, I began my journey to Pittsburgh. Man, gas prices are on the rise. One of these cities ought to pick up and move closer to the other!

In Schenley Park, I had hoped to see the antique race car races, but instead was treated to many detours because of them. Joyous. Finally, I landed on Craig Street where I dined with the Fabulous Diana and family at the Union Grill. We were planning to take in a Pirate’s baseball game on Saturday, but apparently, the team has much improved since the days when they would give you a hat, a hot dog and a seat to watch the game for $12.

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Post dinner, Diana and I decided to stroll up and down Forbes Ave to see what had changed, and to my surprise, much had! We stopped at a trendy weigh-your-yogurt shop and then at Hemingway’s where we chatted over BlueMoon pitchers. It felt like school, only the smell was a bit worse.

IMG-20120722-00914 Am I that much of grownup that collegetown dive bars now reek to my refined nose? NO!!!!!!!! Bar number two was Kelly’s in East Liberty, to which I had never been. East Liberty is another area that is rapidly changing and IMG-20120722-00901I wished to go to Abay, the Ethiopian restaurant. Some day! Kelly’s drinks were subpar, especially the firefly, which was the daily special and was most likely just grapefruit juice. Luckily, I discovered this via a free drink. Here, we learned that Amanda was very recently (48 hours ago) engaged and Natale would soon be a licensed architect (48 hours from then).

IMG-20120722-00900Also, I discovered the existence of an amazing organization, LUPEC, the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. I like it. A lot. CLE needs a charter chapter!

On to Ray and Angela’s abode in Millvalle, a darling suburb on the Northside.

After a delicious sleep, we schelped to P&G Dinner on Lincoln, which used to be a pharmacy and soda fountain and is now one of the handful of Pamela’s affiliates. The wait was longish, but typical for Pam’s. Luckily, there were plenty of bizarre knickknacks to ogle over, including candles whose flames burn the color of the wax. I had to buy them!IMG-20120722-00903 

IMG-20120722-00905The wait was well worth it: we were eventually seated at the table were Michelle Obama sat in 2009 when her and her husband came to the city for the G20 Summit. Outrageous. Angela had the honor of sitting in the First Lady’s chair. She said she felt special. I bet that chair never gets a rickety leg.

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IMG-20120722-00902 If you are ever in Pittsburgh, or better yet, if you ever have a hankering for super rich chocolate chip banana hot cakes (really, like crepes), drive to Pittsburgh to go to a Pamelas! Seriously. Amazing. Diana and I split the aforementioned heaven on a plate and a Tex Mex omelet with really yummy chorizo sausage.

Fighting a nasty food coma, Diana and I departed ten minutes down the road to the Andy Warhol Museum, a Carnegie Museum. There we reunited with her family and managed to effortlessly spend over three hours in the galleries viewing film strips and interacting with floating ScotchPak, heat sealed balloons. Intrigued? You’ll just have to go and see for yourself!

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I just love this man, that Carnegie Mellon man! I was so inspired by the work inside, after not having visited the museum in nearly four years, I dreamed of painting and illustrating the whole drive back to CLE.

IMG-20120722-00920Oh to have been Edie Sedgwick in the Factory.

WHY WASN’T I ALIVE IN THE 1960’S?!??!?!?!?

No trip from I-480 to I-271 is complete without a pit-stop at 330733_10151942902730007_50316297_oTrader Joe’s on Chagrin Blvd, where I stocked up on goodies to make it through a week of mounds of paperwork, bench building and blog keeping. CHECK, CHECK AND CHECK! The hectic summer fun wound down with a lovely home-cooked meal ready for me as I walked in the door, and a night of wine guzzling and porch sitting.

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend of museums and alcohol.

What more could a socialite ask for!?!?!

Food Friendzy

July 20, 2012

IMG-20120719-00875 See what I did there? Food Frenzy w/ Friends = Food Friendzy!

So clever I am.

Sitting at my workdesk on this overcast Friday eating leftovers puts me in the mood / allots me the time to fondly recall all the yummy, free food I amassed this week in CLE.

TASTY TUESDAY

IMG-20120717-00846 I can’t begin to tell you what I ate prior to Tuesday evening’s Craft+Wine club picnic at Olivia’s, but likely it was Hummus and goat cheese. Oh yes, it was, with the small exception of an Original Dave’s from Dave’s Cosmic Subs on Coventry to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of the principals of my architecture firm. I also drank a lot of beer on Tuesday afternoon (50 bottles / less than 10 people in the office, you do the math!). This could partially be why I am having trouble remembering my week prior to this binge?

IMG-20120717-00844 Regardless, after taking a dip at the Cumberland pool and snacking on some Trader Joe’s hummus, I took my chlorinated self to Olivia’s for some tasty kabobs. I’m sure Nidhi enjoyed her veggie kabob, but I think its safe to say that the highlight of her evening was playing with Olivia’s two two-month old kittens, even though she is highly allergic.

IMG-20120717-00847 Also, Julie of wearingmascara.com did an excellent job of recounting the food through photographs well in advance of my belated lunchtime musings, so feel free to live vicariously through me, Nidhi and Julie!

Nidhi’s cous cous was so delicious, Juliana kept swearing she was going to stop piling it on her plate. This happened three or four times. I want the recipe, Nidhi, because apparently, I am now a chef. Keep reading.

IMG-20120717-00840 My contribution was a delightful jar of champagne jam from Damn Good Jam, a small CLE business. Paired with Stacey’s pita chips, I could have eaten the whole jar had there not been yummy cous cous and kabobs and other people at the picnic who may have frowned upon me eating the entire jar 😦damngood

WOHOOO FREE FOOD WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was a great day for earning free food in CLE. Unfortunately, it also happened to be the day of the week I was free to grocery shop. I was surrounded by food. I may have gained 10 pounds in 24 hours.

IMG-20120718-00856 My first deal of the day wasn’t free, but damn cheap. Brueggars sent me a coupon for 13 bagels and two cream cheeses for less than $10 which served Julie and I well while we chit-chatted pool side. I used about six more bagels to make bagel chips on Wednesday along with some incredible homemade, easy hummus. The rest of the baker’s dozen I will continue to eat until someone makes me stop. Make me stop!

IMG-20120718-00850 When Julie heard that my next plans were to attend Walnut Wednesday with some TriDelta Sorority alumni she was like “wait, wait I know how you can eat for free!”. Turns out, Progressive was having a promotion whereby tweeting them and then tracking down a Progressive employee, the first 500 people could win a $10 voucher to any food truck on E. 12th. I was extra happy because Umani Moto, my fav truck,  had a small line and the Korean beef burrito was free. (TIP: I tipped the truck and my food was ready in minutes. I think this is an excellent tactic / rewards system when the alternative is standing in the hot sun on a busy street waiting!)

IMG-20120718-00852Even though I was super full and didn’t want to focus on food, I stopped at Alesci’s and a local produce stand to grab some ingredients for homemade pizza.

IMG-20120718-00859 Jen of Why?CLE’s recent post about Fresh Fork and her Fresh Tomato, Zucchini, and Pepperoni Pizza induced my dormant culinary skills and Nidhi’s Mediterranean dish from the night before had me salivating at the thought of making my own hummus.IMG-20120718-00858 I used this recipe, but added a tablespoon of red pepper flakes and a table spoon of sunbutter. YUM!

Despite wanting to sit on the couch and rub my very full tummy, I packed up and angrily sneered at motorists afraid of construction cones all the way up MLK. GO FASTER.

IMG-20120718-00863 Finally, I arrived at Happy Dog for the IdeaStream and NPR 90.3 Sound of Ideas broadcast. I was happy to learn that in addition to a dog any way I wanted it, I was also entitled to free tator tots.

My strategy at Happy Dog is to order a ton of toppings for meal one, like Matt’s suggestion of Blue Cheese Coleslaw and chili, and save the veggie dog and other toppings for a second meal. This worked especially well on Wednesday, for if I had eaten that dog, I would have tied a record with that dude on Coney Island.

IMG-20120718-00865 Left to right, the Ladies at Happy Dog: Stephanie, Nidhi, Kate and Julie

All my free food gathering worked out especially well for Stephen, who returned from a long day of work, Euclid Beach cleaning and of not eating very much at all to have a happy dog and fresh hummus and a fridge full of food promising to turn into future yummy meals.

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Why is it that after a day off, I was more exhausted than before? Maybe overeating makes you tired. I’m sure I’ve seen that on an episode of The Dr’s.

Yesterday I drank an unusually large sum of Phoenix Coffee’s iced coffee from my office’s stock before heading to lunch with a furniture representative who treated me to a yummy crab dish at Club Isabella’s in Little Italy. I’ve been there a few times for lunch and it never disappoints!

IMG-20120719-00870Post work, I attended a happy hour with the Carnegie Mellon NorthEast Ohio’s Alumni Board for a summer meeting at Claddagh’s in Legacy Village. I’ve never eaten at any of those big box restaurants, but the $3 classic martini was spot on and still came with three olives at happy hour pricing.

After a fun, productive meeting of the board and quick run to Nordstrom Rack for a new wallet to hold all of the dollar bills I didn’t spend on food this week, I dashed home to make Ricky and Stephen dinner.

IMG-20120719-00873I want that sentence to sound like I am not a mom and they are not starving children. I hope it does, because if I were really a mom my children would legitimately starve as I would forget to feed them whilst I drink $3 martinis. Still, they were pretty hungry, so I diced tomatoes and squash with fervor and twenty minutes later we were munching on handmade pizza and goat cheese, lime-basil tossed salad and sipping a Barefoot wine.

nidhicat DISCLAIMER: I would probably feed my children wine. Nidhi would, too. But not to this kitten, because she loves him. And in general, cats are more self-sufficient than babies.

It’s like fruit juice.

And I always wanted to be European anyway.

Luau for a Cause

July 17, 2012

Luau Cleveland has certainly been feeling like a tropical island lately, so it made perfect sense when new friend Julie of blog fame wearingmascara.com and twitter stardom @wearingmascara asked me to join her at a luau on Saturday.

logo2Why I didn’t think to wear my Parrot Head sunglasses and shell bra is beyond me!

Luckily, the party – benefitting SC4K (Shoes and Clothes for Kids) – outfitted attendees with such props, as you can see Julie and I enjoying below!

IMG_3647-1024x768The 7th annual event, held at Wendy Park on the Eastern most tip of Whiskey Island, is hosted by SC4K, the only non-profit organization in the Greater Cleveland area that provides new shoes and clothes to children in need at no cost. Due in part to the funds raised through the Saturday event, in 2012 the organization will be able to contribute over $2 million in Payless giftcards! And with Payless’ stellar BOGO deals, that’s like $3 million. WOW!!!

Despite threats of thunder, Lake Erie remained calm and there was even a breeze enough to make me chilly. (Disclaimer, my body temperature and my body’s ability to feel normal temperature swings has greatly been altered thanks to my sweltering “penthouse” apartment’s sizzling temps).

image001 Julie was offered two VIP tickets, granting us 3:30pm entry, luau-themed goodies and complimentary cocktails. Nothing like day- drinking with martinis and margs, especially the new Jose Cuervo Grapefruit Tangerine mixer that tasted like heaven. (Disclaimer Two: When I’m around grapefruit and grapefruit flavored things, I become a different person. I told the bartender my body wash is grapefruit flavored. She gave me the TMI look)

IMG_3649-1024x768 Also on the menu was complimentary wine tasting by Barefoot (love their new Red Moscato so much I requested Stephen buy it at Geagle), unlimited Budweiser beer and a buffet dinner.

I’d say the best part of the event was the relaxed atmosphere. Attendees were encouraged to bring their own beach chairs (we snatched a picnic table thanks to our early arrival) and there were lawn games. It was like a neighborhood block party for a cause.

I also enjoyed being photographed for Cleveland Magazine and meeting new friends and fellow bloggers. Julie knows everyone! Untitled-1 IMG_3662-1024x768 The things I didn’t like were the port-o-pottys and the fact that you had to be present to win the raffle prizes, which were drawn at 8pm, a good 4.5 hours after the start time. After all, this Cleveland Socialite has places to be on a Saturday evening!

Overall, a very enjoyable casual event that brought out all kinds of party people looking to support a good cause. Special thanks to SK4C board member Rachel, who made us feel welcomed and was so passionate about the organization. YOU ROCK!

IMG_3643-1024x768Can’t wait for next year’s 8th Annual Luau on the Lake Soiree!!!

Social Crafting

July 13, 2012

working hardMonths ago, on one very unproductive day tending to our day jobs, Nidhi and I were gchatting like our lives depended on how many times we pressed the ‘enter’ key and developed a brilliant crafting / fame-making strategy called “POP!Craft”.

POP!Craft would be a pop-up, where we would caravan the bones of Craft+Wine club (bones = craft supplies, alcohol, friends) to various locations around CLE.

It was a brilliant idea that was poorly executed.

We talked about it a lot, mostly saying the phrase “POP!Craft” in a funny, robotic, high pitched voice. Unsurprisingly, Nidhi and I became busy with other socialite activities and the act of contacting bars and vacant storefronts, begging for their consent ceased to happen.

CRAFT AT PROSPERITYThen, a group of Cleveland Museum of Art employees had the same idea, called it something (“Make and Take”) and showed us up with actual follow through. Damnit.

The first ever Make and Take took place this Tuesday at Prosperity Social Club in Tremont. The well-worn tables and omnipresent shrill sound of the skeeball machine make me believe that at one time this place must have been more prosperous and private club-like (maybe not, it opened in 2005?), but their happy hour sangria is delicious in price and taste, the patio is large and the crafting was FUN!

Make and Take part one featured paint chips – a great material easily swiped from stores. Scissors and glue dots (which incidentally, may be my new best friend, sorry Aileen’s Tacky) were provided by the museum, too, as well as handy pictogram instruction sheets which explained how to make a lidded box out of the paint chips.

pine cone basket Juliana and Stephen (pictured above) joined me alongside about a dozen other crafters. The three of us stuck to the box motif, while others were arguably more creative, designing bunting and jewelry. My box came out decently well for eyeballing the measurements and cut lines. Stephen had the fantastic idea of creating a basket in lieu of crafting a lid. It’s functionality and color choices may be in question, however (right).

The event was a lot of fun and exactly what POP!Craft envisioned itself to be. Damnit, again.

The next Make and Take will be held this upcoming Tuesday at Lava Lounge and will be a bookbinder delight. No RSVP is necessary, as the events are casual. If you’re interested, you should absolutely stop by, as the organizers are looking for input on how to expand and take this concept back to University Circle.

Check out the Make and Take new blog  for more information and updates and for better photos of the inaugural event.

I can’t believe it. Tomorrow’s the day for me to play the most important football game of my life. It may or may not be the first football game that I’ve ever played, but that’s irrelevant. Right? Right.

Well, we all know that the brunette team is going to win, but at the end of the day, we’re playing to support the cause of raising money for Alzheimer’s. Also at the end of the day, we are playing to support the cause of drinking at Becky’s afterward. Get it? Ha.

Team Brunette, at full force. Well, minus me of course, since I’m taking the picture. And obviously I carry the team, being a super buff line backer and all. (JUST KIDDING I MIGHT BE THE WORST PLAYER ON THE TEAM AND THEY PROBABLY WON’T LET ME PLAY NEXT YEAR BUT I’M GOING TO PRACTICE AND I’LL SHOW ALL OF YOU WHO DOUBTED MY TOM BRADYESQUE ABILITIES.)

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If you still don’t have your ticket, you can get more information here.

But you should have your ticket already, right? Right.

TEDxCLE

May 7, 2012

When tickets to TEDxCLE went on sale earlier this year (yes, I had the date saved in my calendar for MONTHS since I missed it last year), they sold out in 46 minutes. I freaked out for like 20 minutes since the website was down (it’s a technology conference, really?!) and kept tweeting @tedxcle that I couldn’t buy tickets help meee.

I bought tickets for me and my coworker Nick, and our seats ended up being in the center of the VERY LAST ROW. This meant that we’d be able to see the entire theatre!!! BEST SEATS EVER! Check out this awesome Instagram that makes it look like this event happened in 1964. ACTUALLY, it happened in 2012. On 4/20. And no one was high – I didn’t smell ANY weed (and I have a very strong nose for that. Ickkk.)

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The scene was set with various art pieces of various shots of the Cleveland skyline. I say art pieces because I couldn’t tell if they were line drawings, paintings, white out, watercolors, or what. Probably because I was hanging out in the last row and could barely SEE anything but SEE everything.

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A few musical acts performed: Lolah Brown and Cloud Nothings. TEDxConcert!! Yay.

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I don’t super remember the intricacies of TEDxCLE anymore since it was approximately 2 weeks ago, but I do remember a certain attention grabber named Nidhizzle tweeting (and getting on the hashtag Big Screen of TEDxCLE,

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AND THEN @jrng told me that she would be my wingman, @jopanese said HA, and @lilialipps told me to “go get him girl!!” They also got on the big screen. AND I met @lilialipps for the first time afterward at the lunch. Fabulous! Some random also tweeted me back saying “Sorry, I’m taken.” I don’t think it was him.

The last speaker, Philip Niles, was so totally adorable when he spoke. Now, I"m absolutely smitten with him and MUST MEET HIM.