happy holidays!

On December 25, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Sugar cookies

Happy holidays! Sorry no posts lately, I’ve been working mad overtime. Hoping to be more diligent in the new year.

I did find a little time to make some sugar cookies…






On October 19, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I was recently in California, a place I love. Mainly Oakland, where I was visiting GeekOutsider, though I was in San Francisco some as well. It’s refreshing to go somewhere with such a different atmosphere, such a different look from where I live now.  [I’ve been back from vacation for a while but I’ve been working non-stop. Caught a cold, too, inconveniently, on which I blame plane air; always so suspicious and dry.]


Lake Merritt


Lake Merritt is lousy with ducks and cranes. I do like a good crane.



Farmer’s market


Love this shot of the barista’s tattoos and sneakers.



A gorgeous market basket, carried by my hosts.


Seriously, who doesn’t want a succulent wall? If you follow me on instagram you know I’m always stopping to take pictures of plants. Flowers especially. I find them beautiful and like to have them as studies for painting.



Murals outside historic black bookstore Marcus Books, a wonderfully curated bookstore.



New Zealand Christmas Tree


Isn’t this pineapple situation amazing? I just found it like this…


Dim sum! Guys, I had so much dim sum. So many black bean sesame balls.



Too bad I didn’t take pictures of the food at Elephant Sushi or Burma Love, so, so good. Burma Love or Burma Superstar: can’t go wrong.


the basket

On July 17, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I cannot say enough good things about this Memories bike basket from Netherlandic brand Basil, a complete game changer, bike-wise.

basil memories bike basket

Tough and stylish, available in several fun colors as well, this hooks on a rear rack (just gravity holding it on, so easy to remove as well) and cleverly includes a handle. I often shop or pack directly into it like this. It makes all kinds of previously tiresome errands a breeze.

basil memories bottle bike basket

On a grocery run recently I realized what a lot of wonderful use I’ve gotten out of mine, which I’ve had for about two years, and how much I admire the look. Such handsome and functional design, and in perfect harmony with the retro design of my bike.

winter wedding

On January 12, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

My sister recently married her long-time boyfriend and had a beautiful ceremony at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA.  The two of them are both unabashed geeks, and the whole event was saturated in geekery in the best way, from the bridal party gifts like this heart glass to the handmade game and/or comic themed terrarium centerpieces. I was the maid of honor, to be sure, and did hair and makeup for her as well, using my modest makeup powers as a force of good.



Paper flower bouquets and boutonnieres, the bouquets custom made from Harry Potter books, the boutonniers from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Ah, Etsy.


Brunch before the ceremony at the quirky, charming Gulu-Gulu cafe, featuring these incredibly strong gin champagne cocktails.



After a session of experimenting (months before) the bride made the bold and excellent choice of Lancome’s Rouge in Love Fiery Attitude for her lipstick. Lovely, no? This lipstick can do no wrong in my eyes. The lace hair ribbon is handmade, Etsy again. She didn’t want to wear much makeup, so actually there wasn’t much to this job.


And do you know, I’d never been in a photobooth before? I don’t even know where you would find one aside from a wedding or fair, or perhaps a mall somewhere. Quite fun, though. This was the official guest book for the event. A massive hit with the whole room, with a near constant line of people wanting to go again and again with different configurations of people. There were many geeky props. Really entertaining to browse through the book of photos later.

And every guest got to make their own Lego figurine from a buffet of body parts and accessories. Mine has a kind of Lara Croft thing going, I think.



My brother. 18. Pretty adorable.


I haven’t seen the photographer’s photos yet but will share some,  maybe, when they come out. I didn’t get many of myself/my outfit with my camera but this shows the general look and color scheme going on. It was absolutely freezing outside, by the way.


So, that’s one thing I’ve been up to!


Merry Christmas!

On December 25, 2014 by theseventhsphinx


Cinnamon rolls are key.


Coffee. Also key.


Stockings first!




(I like presents. How cute is this wrapping paper! My family calls me Meg! No one else does, though, except my high school volleyball coach.)


And my Christmas cactus bloomed right on schedule.

Merry Christmas all! Thanks for reading!