I've always been fascinated with vintage everything: dresses, movies, cars, cookbooks, pyrex, photographs, the list is practically endless. In line with this is my particular fascination with vintage recipes. While a lot of recipes from the 50's & 60's are unquestionably gross (fish infused gelatin, lobster relish, frozen cheese: I rest my case), there are some pretty delish ones too.Read More
This year for Mother's Day, I've teamed up with two of my talented friends who are new moms, Ashley Adams and Brandi Milloy, to share a few projects for a sweet Mother's Day party. These ideas could be for your mom, for your friends who are moms, or even just for yourself (shhh...if you're not a mom, I won't tell).Read More
Julianna Strickland’s Gift Wrapping Resume:
Wichita Kansas, 1998: Attended afternoon gift-wrapping class with mother. Learned various ways to enfold items in cellophane and tulle.
Wichita, Kansas 1998 – 2004: Worked as “Strickland Family Personal Gift Wrapper” (an esteemed but unpaid position). Wrapped everyone’s gifts except for own.
Los Angeles, CA 2010: Was short on cash and put listing on Craigslist as, “Freelance Professional Gift Wrapper.” Hired once, made approx. $75.
Los Angeles, CA 2010 – Present: Currently in possession of one extremely messy under-bed gift-wrap storage box (see below).Read More
I haven’t always been a light packer. Growing up (when there was free checked luggage on flights), I adhered to the “more is more” mentality. This escalated to a point when I was twelve years old and brought an enormous, person-sized blue feather and a four foot inflatable crayon on vacation to decorate my hotel room. I remember carefully arranging those items in the room and thinking THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR. Surprisingly, I didn’t learn to hone it in until I was in college, but I suppose better late than never.Read More
For Thanksgiving this year I went with an old-school classic: apple pie. I never want to make anything too basic though, so I spiced it up with lemon zest and a splash (well, a few splashes) of brandy. The result is a pie that's bright and highlights the natural sweeteness of three different varietals of apples. ENJOY!Read More