Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

In honor of Easter this Sunday, here's a picture of me in my aunt's Easter hat.

This was right before my friend Julie shot ham out of her nose and my friends got wasted off of vodka with my Dad.

Happy Easter y'all!

;-) Agmac

Friday, March 26, 2010

FAF: Sarah Arnett

Sorry I'm a little late today.

Here's some cool "trippy" artwork by Sarah Arnett. It looks to me like it's digital, but I love the vibrant colors and patterns.

As shown in one of her slides, some of these would make amazing wallpaper or fabric.

Do you guys remember fractals? They are mathematical fragments, loved by hippies. This reminds me of those.

Either way, it's Friday, I'm hung over and wanted to put some color in my life. So enjoy.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Fine Art Friday

Today I woke up with sea anemones on the brain, so it works out perfect that our Fine Art Friday is painter "Microbo."

This stuff is straight out of the sea with it's wondrous forms and squiggles. He (or she, I can't really tell) captures this quirky sea world and its funky textures and forms, wispies and weirdness.

Looks like some of it is painted on wood and then given extra depth and movement through a collaging of the actual canvases. A great touch.

Reminds me of a great picture of my bff Lo using a large piece of seaweed as a whip. (If I find said picture, it will surely become a Snapshot Wednesday). I also want to dedicate this post to her and her love of sea creatures :-)

XOXO Agmac

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

Yeah, so I get made fun of a lot, mostly by my friend Abby, for talking about my cat so much. But she's so damn cute!

Here's a picture of Princess Miwa to brighten up your day. She's one big lady ;-)

Love, Agmac

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekend Warriors

This weekend, starting on Thursday, was filled with amazing live music, awesome art, and a general sense of awe and appreciation for my artistic friends!!
Thursday was the Ex Debutantes show in Williamsburg, Friday was an art show at an old convent, and Saturday was a live music birthday extravaganza in honor of my friend Elise.

Nothing beats good live music so you add that to any event and it's bound to be a success.

The art show at the convent was really unique because there was a different installation in every room and in the old chapel downstairs there was musical chairs and then music by Donny Hue & the Colors.
My friend Deirdre had some pieces in the show, like the one below which I helped her "hook!"

And Saturday night, we partied the night away in Legion Bar's side room where musical acts included members of the Ex Debs & Donny Hue and the Colors and some surprise vocals by Lo Kelly.

It was a great weekend!

Ex's and Oh's


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fine Art Friday

It's 6:20 PM on a Thursday night and I'm still at work, so please excuse my lack of editorial on this post. But the work should speak for itself.

Thease are some beautiful ink drawings with some color done by Neal Murren who's represented by Breed London. They are dark, whimsical, fantastical and surreal.

They remind me of Alice in Wonderland. Which is very apropos seeing as the Tim Burton version of this wonderful story just premiered last Friday.

And if you aren't tame of heart, check out the "Commercial" link he has--Garden of Earthly Delights comes to mind.

So let yourself be transplanted into Neal's world and have a happy weekend.

Love you all.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

This is my cutie pie cousin-once-removed, or as I like to call her, my niecin, Kamila. (That's cousin + niece).

She has the cutest hair wisps, like a little birdie.

This was posted on my cousin-in-law's blog as for "Ciocia Agatka," that's me.


Monday, March 8, 2010


Last night was my SIXTH annual Oscar party. This year my bff Lo and her lovely hubby Al let me use their lovely apartment (sadly mine is too small) for the party.

Toned it down a little this year, you know, the recession and all. But I still managed to have some themed snacks and cups.

This year's menu included:
- Stanley Tucci-zee (Recipe: Pillsbury biscuits with Gouda cheese generously lavished on top)
- Crazy Heart-ichoke Dip (Recipe from the Food Network)
- S'Moreniques (Um, more for the look than the taste)

Then I went to my favorite place in the whole wide world, Party City, and bought cups themed for some of the nominees: Balloon cups for 'UP,' Camoflauge Cups for 'The Hurt Locker,' Country Western cups for 'Crazy Heart,' and 'Princess and the Frog' cups.

And a new twist this year--we had a best costume vote and my friend Greggie got it. Check out his Prawn claw from 'District Nine.' The prize was a DVD set of the "Best Of" the Oscars from the past 30 years.

And congrats to this year's ballot winner, Jaime!

My favorite party of the year, another success!!

Ex's and O's

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fine Art Friday

It's March, it's almost Spring people!

We need to come alive with prettiness and flowers and happiness.

So I shall post a colorful and not dark and moody FAF today. While not sunshine and rainbows, more like shrimp cocktail heads and insects, it still comes alive with splashes of color.

This art comes from Nonchalant Sally Studios, which is artist Jo Kerlogue.

I love the mixed media and mixed color and sketch look.

I also love the comic book pieces--like an updated Cathy cartoon ;-)

Enjoy your weekend FAF'ers.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

Hey O!!

This is a picture of my friend Kelly and I in the middle of a celery field in Southern California. We were on an Exxon shoot, hence the product!

It was so green and gorgeous there, in December! Sigh.

Ex's and Oh's--agmac

Monday, March 1, 2010

Casserole Ca-razy!

Yo yo Ma.

I've recently decided to have dinner parties at my place. My place is tiny so I can have up to five people including me.
And what's the perfect dinner party dish? A casserole of course!

And thanks to my dear friend Audrey who got me "Casserole Crazy" by Emily Farris a couple of Christmases ago, and to my lovely aunt for the Le Creuset, I am able to make casseroles all-the-time.

My first foray into Casseroletown was a doozy. I made THE GREENPOINT for my friends Anna, Greg, Marc and Didier. It was a mess of Polish deliciousness!!!!

Here's the recipe, with some modifications:
- (1) lb rotelle pasta
- TWO large heat and serve kielbasa *original recipe calls for one, but that was not enuf meat!
- (1) large white onion, finely chopped
- (2) packets of sauerkraut
- (4) TBSP of olive oil
- (10) small potatoes *original recipe calls for (2) portobello mushrooms, but one of my guests isn't a mushroom fan, so I decided to add more carbs!
- (2) cups of cream of celery soup *again, recipe called for cream of mushroom soup, see above
- (1) cup grated Parmesan cheese (I put the WHOLE container in)
- Salt n Pepper
- (16) oz frozen sweet peas

Preheat oven to 350F. Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water. Cook to just under al dente, drain, and set aside.
Cut the kielbasa into 1/4" slices. In a large saucepan (or wok) over high heat, saute the kielbasa slices, onion, and sauerkraut in the olive oil. When the kielbasa is browned *add the mushrooms and sautee for 3-5 minutes.
(At this time, I was also boiling the potatoes in super salty water).
In a LARGE pot over low heat, mix the kielbasa mixture and the soup. When well mixed, add the pasta. When the pasta is well coated with the soup, add 3/4 cup of the Parmesan while continuing to stir. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the frozen peas (they should be frozen) and stir.
Take the boiled potatoes out and cool down with cold water. Slice the potatoes and place at the bottom of a greased casserole dish.
Transfer mixture from large pot to the casserole dish on top of the potatoes. Sprinke the remaining Parmesan cheese on top.
Bake, uncovered, 40 - 45 minutes or until slightly browned on top.

Let sit for a bit, then gorge!

And for dessert I made an amazing Triple Berry Pie! Reminiscent of Carey's berry pie, but I don't make my own crust ;-)