Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

It's been pretty quiet around here on oinge for a while but that's not to say we haven't been up to much. We've been moving, unpacking, building, cleaning, shopping, eating, and generally living it up in our new digs (more on that later)! But one of the things I'm most excited about is the new line of products I've developed and added to the store!!  So without further ado, I present to you oinge's African Kitenge Packable Totebags!!


Kitenge Tote I started making these bags while we were living in Kenya when I combined my love for kitenge fabric with my need for reuseable grocery bags that could be carried around easily.  I had seen and used other packable tote bags before but never liked how they usually involved fumbling with straps or searching for small separate carrying pouches.  So I tried sewing in a little pouch on the inside of the tote into which the rest of the bag could be folded or stuffed.  After a handful of iterations, I came upon this packable design.


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And when the pouch isn't being used to store the bag, it can be used to hold your keys, cellphone, or change purse to prevent them from getting lost or damaged at the bottom.


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Handmade by me with beautiful African wax print “kitenge” fabric, each bag is one-of-a-kind as the fabric print aligns a little differently on every bag.  Handles are made with cotton fabric in complimentary colors and topstitched with an “X” for extra strength. Come have a closer look at my shop!!


Earth Day Sale!!
Get 15% off your purchase if you use the code: HEARTEARTH15.  
Valid until April 30, 2014. 






Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BTW

Since signing the lease on our new apt, things have been a lot calmer... but that's not to say it's been any less busier.  Binge watching Netflix, dried kim chi, new appliances and apps... these are a few of the things that we've been up to this past week or so.  Here's the skinny on some of the highlights...
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Window Shopping

When asked what I wanted for my 14th birthday, I decided on an armchair for my room.  As my contemporaries were asking for belly button piercings and electric purple Doc Martin's, I think my parents were pretty relieved while my friends were mildly confused by my request.  For the life of me, I can't remember what brought me to decide on a chair but to this day I credit that moment as the beginning of my love affair with furniture design and interior decorating. 

Every time we've moved to a new home since then, I always get practically giddy with excitement over the prospect of redecorating a new place (or as I like to think of it, a new blank canvas).  Of course, we've never been such high rollers that a new place constituted buying a whole new set of furniture, but it does usually open the door for one or two new additions to join our existing "collection."  Our upcoming move on Apr 1 is certainly no exception and I've already been transfixed with the idea of getting a couple new armchairs to replace the two that we had to leave in Kenya.  Here are a couple that have recently caught my eye during my obsessive internet window shopping sprees...
 
Chairs Get the deets...
Cushioned Woodwork Chair from Anthropologie  /  Pennie Chair from Crate and Barrel  /  Strandmon Wing Chair from Ikea  / Gobelin Chair from 'name design studio' via Etsy  /  Elton Chair from West Elm


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Kids on the Block

Seattle


It's hard to believe, but we actually made it!  We. Are. In. Seattle!!  And what's more amazing is that no one got arrested by immigration and we didn't lose any of our seven checked bags in the process! I know what some of you may be thinking... arrested?!  seven checked bags?!?!  But if you had any idea of what our international travel track record has been like this past year and/or have ever had to move your entire life cross hemispheres, you'd think of this as nothing short of a minor miracle too. 

So we've been here for about two and a half weeks now and I have to apologize for the extended radio silence around here in the meantime.  To say that we've been through a lot both mentally and physically since we arrived is kind of an understatement.  As T only had the first week off from work, we wasted no time with kicking our housing hunt into hyper drive.  In the meantime, as we found ourselves looking at 4 to 5 apts a day all across Seattle, it became apparent to us that a car would be imperative to our housing hunt (among other things).  So what do we do?  We start shopping for a car in addition to our housing search... as if finding a house wasn't enough of a challenge by itself.    

It's right about now that I came to fully understand why moving between countries is so difficult.  Normally when you move, you're just moving your old stuff into a new home that you've found.  When you move between countries, you're moving your entire life... so it's not just the house you have to find, but everything else... like a new cell phone plan, a new car, and new health insurance just for starters.    

Speaking of health insurance, by now, the stresses of moving were now starting to take it's toll on me in the form of a mysterious little "sore" that exploded into a blistery rash across my face.  A frantic trip to the Immediate Clinic in Ballard, revealed that I had come down with a case of the shingles.  Seriously, shingles?!?!  T and I have often described ourselves as "old and boring" thirty somethings going on 60 but it was a little disturbing how much of this was becoming true.  At any rate, with the help of some awesome prescription drugs, I'm slowly making a comeback. 

Despite my health taking hit, we did manage to buy a car and sign a lease on a house in the end so it wasn't all for naught.  These days, I've just been taking my time nursing myself back to health and enjoying our surroundings.  Seattle truly is a city of neighborhoods... most of which we've found to be insanely hip and friendly.  As far as we can tell, mix Brooklyn with Berkeley together, flush out the pretension with a healthy does of rain and you've got Seattle.  For now, we're based in a temporary studio in Phinney Ridge until we move into our new home on April 1.  Our new place is in University District (which I've heard is just as nice) but I'm worried that by then, it'll already be hard to tear ourselves away from Phinney Ridge, which we're coming to love more and more with each passing day.  And here's a couple reasons why... 


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For a closer look...


Friday, February 28, 2014

Ready or not...

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...here we come, Seattle! Our bags are packed and our flight is scheduled to take off tomorrow. I just hope everything continues to go smoothly for the next 48 hours. If all goes according to plan, we should arrive with plenty of time to settle in and tune into the Oscars! Our first week will probably be busy... getting over jetlag, scouring craigslist ads, figuring out neighborhoods... it might be a little while before I can get back on here again but stay tuned. The next time you hear from me, hopefully it'll be from our new home!

Photo:  Wikipedia 




Thursday, February 27, 2014

BTW

A handful of things to note this week...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Test Kitchen - Chocolate Chunk Honey Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Honey Walnut Cookies  
With all my baking pans sold and our pantry still half full, I decided I'd try and tackle a cookie recipe next. As we had a large bag of walnuts and a whole jar of honey, I did a google search for a recipe that would incorporate both ingredients. I eventually settled on this recipe from Baking Bites.

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I was pleased to find that not only was the recipe super easy to follow, it also yielded a dozen of the chewiest cookies ever. Thanks to the honey, they also had a unique sweet flavor that we soon found to be pretty irresistible. With more honey and walnuts to go, I decided to make a second, third, and fourth batch to which I added some dark and white chocolate chunks (left over from when I made peppermint bark). The result was the chunkiest, chewiest cookie I've had in recent memory.  We still can't decide if we like the white chocolate or the dark chocolate cookies better, but I guarantee that either are bound to put a smile on your face. 

  Honey Walnut Cookies 2


Chocolate Chunk Honey Walnut Cookies 
Adapted from Baking Bites

1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup brown sugar (pref. light)
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. chopped walnuts
1/3 c. white/dark baking chocolate, chopped into chunks

1.)  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.)  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

3.) In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, and vanilla extract. Then pour into the flour mixture. Stir until almost combined.

4.)  Stir in walnuts and chocolate chunks until they are well distributed throughout the cookie dough.

5.)  Shape the dough into 12 round balls (approx 1-inch in diameter) and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

6.)  Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned around the edges.

7.)  Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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