Evening at the symphony

Last night, we went to listen to Bobby McFerrin conduct the Seattle Symphony. Most folks who hear his name would immediately think of that famous song “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. What is lesser known, if you are not a fan, is that he is a music genius, and has been conducting every major orchestra in the world for a while now.

The most enjoyable part of last night’s performance was the his voice improvisation. His four-octave vocal range is amazing and he has a such a wonderful sense of humour. At one point, he had the audience sing Gounod’s “Ave Maria” while he sang Bach’s First Prelude. I loved how he single-handedly summarized “The Wizard of Oz” in about 7 minutes and oh, we sang the “Mickey Mouse Show” goodbye song with him at the end of the night.

Eric Carle


I love Eric Carle’s books – they have such a playful and cheery quality to them. Only yesterday I was wondering if I would get a chance to visit his museum of picture book art . It might be a while before I go back to MA. However, today, as luck would have it, I found out that the Tacoma Art Museum will be showcasing his work from October 7, 2006 – January 21, 2007. I can’t wait to see the exhibition.

You can also listen to him speak when he comes to the Town Hall on Oct 21, 7.30pm.

Mango Nectarine


Summer has truly reared its head here in the Pacific NW. I am enjoying every moment of it. I took Monday off so I have a 4 day weekend. I did go into work to get some work done since I was in a workshop all week.

After that, Mike and I stopped by at Goodwill and found ourselves a tea jar to make some sun tea (we made ginger/peach tea) and $5 wine rack in really good shape.

At the produce market, I saw these. I have never seen a mango nectarine before and so I picked some up. Can’t wait to bite into one of them.

Are you savoring the sweet fruit of summer?

Raku Leaf Dish

I’m still fighting the yucky bug that almost everyone else has had to deal with this winter season. Last Saturday, after dinner with our friends Kay & Tommy at Crave, we stopped for coffee (well, I technically had egg nog chai) and a walk through our local art gallery.

They had a lot of pieces that would make great gifts. Although I only came away with this raku leaf dish, I was inspired by the many pieces of our local artists. I love the simplicity of this dish and the wonderful shiny glaze. This is the beautiful work of Elinor Maroney.

Mike’s favorite from the gallery were Jim Madera’s cement pieces – Jim casts local plants found around Seward Park and creates beautiful nature-inspired pieces. He calls them “contemporary fossils”. Mike particularly loved a piece that Jim had added beeswax too. I fell in love with Mark Ditzler’s fused glass salmon. Ideally, I would have 3 of these pretties don my kitchen window.

I love that we live in a city where art is so abundant.

Letterpress print for sale

I’ve mentioned before that I was planning to sell my debut letterpress print. Here are the details and if you are interested in my letterpress journey, look at these archives.


My framed copy


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“TEA”
Original unframed letterpress print on Rives BFK Printmaking Paper 300 GSM
Paper stained with Ceylon Tea
11″ by 15″
Dark Sienna ink
Printed on a Vandercook Printing Press
Signed & numbered by artist
20 copies available
45USD [excluding shipping]

This is my debut letterpress print and I wanted to explore the use of type [wood and lead]. Inspired by the availability of type at the studio, I created this piece that aptly expresses my passion for the simple tasty leaf.

My own copy is framed in a distressed frame with museum quality glass and raised to create a floating illusion, emphasizing its deckle edges.

If you are interested in purchasing a print, please email me at stefyauATgmailDOTcom. I will accept payments with Paypal.

I am also willing to ship it internationally and will only charge what shipping costs I have to pay. We can definitely work out shipping.

Moving away

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We are moving offices this weekend to a building about 0.8 miles from where we are currently located. It’s not a far move but we will not be one block away from the Frye Art Museum as we are now. So this afternoon, a coworker and I took a couple of minutes to visit the Joseph Park exhibit.

I truly enjoyed the short relaxing time we had, just browsing the oil-on-linen paintings and getting to know each other’s likings. We both agreed that we loved how Park’s paintings uses muted colors and smooth lines that engage the viewer.

Frye Art Museum Press Release:

“They coalesce to tell stories of their own—quietly charged encounters in which the inner life of each character determines the organization of his or her surroundings. Park’s close attention to this relationship between character and setting elevates his work above rummaging of genres to become fantasies with their own unique vocabulary.”

My favorite was the piece he painted of Venice.


Just a snap of my current office – it’s a lovely landscaped area with bamboo, Japanese maple trees and lovely flowers. The office however is a little under-maintained. I’ll surely miss the bamboo forest.

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Starry

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“For they could not love you
But still your love was true…”

– Don Mclean

Cafe Terrace at Night 1888 – Vincent Van Gogh

I’m still here. Just a little drained, from work and a few other things going on with my life. It’s still a little too early to talk about them. But unlike what some of you were guessing about in the previous post, it’s not about a baby. Still, it’s exciting.

I hope to get back into the kitchen soon.

Meanwhile – a big hooray for Jamie Oliver.

Northern Lights

Last night, we had the opportunity to listen to a Christmas choral concert where the singers sang in 11 different languages. It was amazing and the music was beautiful. Not understanding most of the songs, I had to often refer to the translations on the programme but when I let myself “fall” into the music and singing, I was truly touched.

The townhall is an appropriate venue because of its acoustics. It has a really bad sound system but the singers didn’t need it at all – in fact they had to turn off the only microphone on stage because it would interfere with their voices. These are singers who are used to filling large spaces with their lungs.

The Christmas concert brought me back to the true reason for Christmas – Christ. It is all very good that Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the elves play a part this time of the year but it is most important that we remember that love is the reason for this joyous season.

Just a piece from my favorite song last night – a Swedish piece by Gustaf Nordqvist:

Kom, kom, signade jul! Sänk dina vita vingar
över stridernas blod och larm,
över all suckan ur människobarm,
över de släkten som gå till ro,
över de ungas dagande bo!
Kom, kom, signade jul, sänk dina vita vingar!

[Come, come, blessed Christmas!
Lower your white wings
over strife’s blood and tumult,
over all the sighing of human hearts,
over mankind as they seek their rest.
Come, come, blessed Christmas, lower your white wings!]