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Mike + Aja

Aja Commission


So many awesome people [friends, family, Beyonce] have birthdays this month! My friend Aja asked me to illustrate her fur family for her manfriend Michael as a birthday surprise. I had so much fun with this piece! They have two of the most adorable fluffy cats named Nuggets and Oscar that are impossibly laid back. Nuggets and Mike are best friends, despite the mean mugging shown here. Oscar is a sweet rescue kitty with a “chicken wing” foot. I was sure to include his goggles post eye surgery.

I’m quite happy with how this turned out, and even happier that it was well received and ready to hang in their home! Happy Birthday, Mike!


WIP Aja Commission
Ready to transfer the rough sketch!

WIP Aja Commission
Netflix and line work time! I’ve been on a documentary kick the last couple of weeks.

Aja Commission

Autumn Haircuts

The Dog Family
Hotel Venus Salon


This weekend we visited Aja, our hair magician comedienne extraordinaire, at Hotel Venus Salon after devouring cinnamon rolls and croissants from Wealthy Street Bakery. (Seriously, you must try a ham and asiago cheese croissant for a fast and savory morning indulgence). This darling Aveda salon is surprisingly calm on a late Saturday morning, and it’s close to some of my favorite local shops like Hunt & Gather and Black Lamb. We often sit outside for a late lunch or grab ice cream at Furniture City Creamery. What I love most about spending our morning here is the company and the charm of appointments written into an agenda rather than typed into a computer.

Aja took one look at my scraggly top-knot and we decided on a glaze to refresh my sombre color. I am so pleased with the warm, rosé color for autumn! The balayage mid-length to ends ensures my neglect won’t result in grown out roots. Heads up, fellas: this girl also does a mean GQ haircut!


fall sombre

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Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins


For fresh summer produce, heading to the Fulton St. Farmers Market before work has been a real treat. I was surprised that I had any blueberries left for muffins after snacking by the handful. I had just enough to throw into these amazing Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins a few Sundays past.

This is another winning recipe from one of my favorite dessert cookbooks, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I have yet to encounter a recipe in this book that is less than stellar. (This spring I shared the Lemon Cake recipe).

The orange zest and homemade orange juice make these little guys so refreshing and the aroma mixed with the scent of toasting almonds didn’t hurt! You can absolutely store these muffins in an airtight container for a few days, but like any homemade muffin, they are best served hot with butter.

I had intentions to make more of a complete brunch spread, but we couldn’t help making a meal out of these. Neil taste tested an entire pan and I went back for a few myself before they could cool.


Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
Fresh out of the oven!

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
I love that these muffins turn out on the smaller side, full of flavor. There was just enough blueberry in every bite.

Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins
These muffins don’t last long!

Read on for the recipe!
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