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Blog Relaunch!

After a long while, I finally have my blogging home set up the way I would like it to be. From now on, I’ll be blogging about design, events, food and design related travel. Immediately coming up will be my highlights from SXSW Interactive which I’m currently attending. There’s way too much information to process and this will be my way to distill.

Cheers all!

Kids Today – WTF?

Handmade Porcelain Dishes by Gleena

I spotted Asya Palatova’s lovely porcelain line, Gleena, at the Brooklyn Flea a couple of months ago. I’m glad I rediscovered her business card while cleaning off my desk. Just looking at her wares has me considering getting a couple of these pieces for a friend’s wedding this coming month.

Site: http://gleena.com/
Blog: http://mymamastable.blogspot.com/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/gleenashop

Specifically, I’m thinking of getting either 2 of a kind of one of the cups below or that sexy Typography serving platter

blue wee t cup by Gleena

Videos Highlights from BlogHer 2010…Finally!

My videos from the Blogalicious Party at BlogHer ’10 are finally up and ready to view. Let me just say that Blogalicious knows how to throw a party like no other. They hired break dancers and a dj who came equipped more than even the other parties. Enjoy!

MVI 2913 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2915 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2916 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2917 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2921 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2922 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2923 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2929 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2932 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

Photo Highlights from BlogHer 2010 – New York City

Even though I didn’t mention it recently, I attended the BlogHer 2010 Conference in NYC and my was it lovely. I met the best women in the world from all different walks of life who are all trying to share their stories via blogging. Below are some photo highlights and the videos of the awesome Blogalicious after party are soon to come!

Check out the BlogHer Tweets with the hashtags #BlogHer10, #BlogHer

A VC: Foursquare Google Maps Mashup

Fred Wilson over at A VC figured out after a little Googling, how to track & meld his FourSquare check-ins into a personalized Google Map.

He explains how exactly he pulled it off  in his post here.

In Fred’s case, he needed this for a presentation at a geolocation conference, but I can see this being applied in many uses. One of the foremost being a way to align your personal finance spending patterns & what your goals actually are. Imagine you “think” you’re being pretty good at reducing your nights out drinking or eating but the actual FourSquare check-ins show otherwise. If you’re honest with yourself, you’d be able to take stock and change more of your habits to less expensive outings like free art galleries and park picnics.

How else could we use this new mashup to benefit or improve our personal lives?

iPhone 3G Covers from The Poster List

Can these get any more beautiful? I don’t even have an iPhone and now I want some of the covers below. Each case is made from a sturdy polycarbonate and runs $39.00 pre-shipping & tax. Order them now from The Poster List.

Vintage U.S. Parks Posters — National Geographic

Video: Creative Freelancer Conference Breakfast Roundtable – Growing Your Team, When is the Time?

Over the weekend, I attended the Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC) along with another 149 designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and creative entrepreneurs. The energy was great and I got to see all the friends I made last year. It was two days of sessions about client management, creativity and small business finances. In so many words, it was a good kick in the butt and a great check up to see how I’m doing.

I also had a wonderful opportunity to lead a breakfast round table on the second day of the conference. It was loosely named, Growing your team: when is the right time to start collaborating with others? I covered the subject matter in a previous post, When Did Your Super Woman or Super Man Costume Get Too Tight? The core issue we covered was trying to understand when it’s best partner up with others in order to free up your time as a solo creative. We told horror stories and I had the participants complete a worksheet to determine what their best skills and their sucky skills are.

Creative Freelancer 2010 – Breakfast Roundtable – When to Start Growing & Collaborating w/Others from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

On the worksheet we calculated how much it was costing them to keep trying to monopolize the part of the project with their sucky skills instead of just partnering up with someone who does it better than them. It was eye opening to say the least. All of participants found their regular rates dropped in half when they insisted on doing a task that with a mediocre skill level.

At the bottom of the work sheet, I asked the question, “What would you rather be doing instead of suffering?”. The time saved by collaborating with others can easily be put towards looking for more clients, learning the skills you actually do need, working on art or spending time with family. Download the worksheet and try working through it to see how much time and money you could be saving by collaborating with others.

Download the PDF
Download the Word .doc

What are your numbers? What would you rather be doing?

Thanks so much to Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor & Heather Griffin of F+W Media/How Magazine for offering the opportunity for me to facilitate this discussion. And double thanks to the participants in the round table:

Jenn de la Fuente, Rosebud Designs
Maureen Uy, Uy Creative
Matt Rhodes, Fox Fire Creative
Joshua Veteto, Type Cycle
Kim Green, KG Cre8tive
Laurie Shields, Laurie Shields Design
Sabine Lenz, Paper Specs

Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

Summer usually means reducing how much heat’s in your kitchen when making dinner or lunches. Alas, in our house, half our dinners become salads especially with all our CSA salad greens each week. Besides the various toppings, we started making our own croutons about 3 years ago. Depending on what’s around we normally use olive oil and if we’re feeling decadent – bacon grease. There, I said it, it’s out there.

It’s also okay to use whatever stale bread is lying around. For the recipe, I happened to use part of a Whole Foods 49-jillion grain bread we had left over. Below is a quick and simple recipe for making your own croutons where you can control the seasonings & fat intake. Warning: I have a hard time not eating these straight.

Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

Homemade Garlic & Thyme Croutons

1–1/2 tbsp  extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
7 oz of (stale) bread cubed into 1/2” pieces

Heat a medium size skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, thyme, garlic powder and black pepper. This will help infuse the oil with herbs before adding the bread. After heating and stirring the oil for 45 seconds (avoid smoking it), add the cubes of bread and salt.

Stir the bread around in the pan and mix well to coat all sides. Let the bread toast for 2–3 minutes on side, then flip the cubes over toast them 2–3 minutes again. Reduce the heat if necessary to avoid smoking the oil and burning the seasonings. If necessary, add half a tablespoon more of olive oil to the pan and stir around.

Remove croutons from the pan after they’ve toasted to medium brown. They’ll firm up as they cool, but it’s okay to start eating them right away!

If you’ve done this before, what are your favourite crouton seasonings?