Angel Barclay and her new Camper Satchel (made special sans leather)


My friend Amber made me this beautiful red waxed canvas bag, that I haven’t left the house without since receiving it. She is such a talented and kind human being, and I’m really going to miss her when she leaves Eugene for greener pastures. It’s nice to have something that feels like a little piece of her is staying in Eugene. Thanks again, Amber!



Hello friends, I am raising money to help with my school costs. Five years ago, I stopped attending college because I was suffering from depression and a crippling social anxiety that made it damn near impossible for me to go to class, let alone participate in class. I have since been working a retail job, working on art in my free time, attended therapy and am now able to control my depression and anxiety, learning about the universe, and completely immersing myself in the writings of Carl Sagan. Upon reading The Demon Haunted World, I decided to go back to school to pursue a career in Astrobiology. I am 24 now, which means I officially qualify for financial aid, but because of the way I stopped going to school five years prior (I just stopped going which, as it turns out, is a really bad idea), I am unable to actually receive any financial aid until I’ve completed a few semesters with good grades. I feel like a huge idiot and am heartbroken because although I am incredibly motivated and excited to be going back to school, I can’t afford it. The actual cost of my classes has been covered by a waver supplied by the California Community Colleges but textbooks, supplies, and transportation are very expensive.

I am asking you for help. I don’t like to take money or any sort of gift without feeling that I have somehow deserved it, so I am offering these prints and originals at discounted prices. If you are interested in helping this future scientist out but don’t want any of the items I have available either here or in my shop, I am accepting donations*. As a sincere thank you for any amount donated*, I will draw you a little picture and mail it to you.

Here are a few of the prints and originals I have available to purchase. Prices are found by clicking the image and if you are interested in any, please email me at ambirdart(at)gmail.com with the title of the piece or print and your shipping address. If the piece you are interested in is still available, an invoice will be emailed to you as soon as I can and shipping will occur within 72 hours once payment has processed.

Every dollar spent goes to my textbooks, school supplies, gas & car upkeep to get me to and from school, various school fees (health, ID, parking pass, etc), and vegetables.

Anything you could do to help, even if you just stopped scrolling to read this or reblogged this post or bought something or donated* $1, is greatly and sincerely, from the bottom of my heart sincerely, appreciated.

It took me 5 years to realize what I want to do with my life. I’m ready. I am so ready and I won’t let any of you down.

Thank you.

*donation button can be found in the toolbar on my blog.

Guys, you could have some beautiful new art for your walls, and help someone pursue their dreams. The Vanity series is my favorite!


January 1st 2013 on Flickr.

This is my Daily Doodle photo blog! Will I see it through the entire year? Perhaps!


January 1st 2013 on Flickr.

This is my Daily Doodle photo blog! Will I see it through the entire year? Perhaps!


You can now find the Sisters’ Legume here!

We’ll be posting all our future posts there, and will eventually be moving our old posts there as well.



Tofu and vegetable soup from Thanh Thao Restaurant.

Wonton soup from Vegetarian House. 

Gorditos V tofu nachos -beans.

My girlfriend and I ate at Portobello for Easter brunch. Lovely.


Potato salad and a root beer float! Whenever I make potato salad, I can’t stop eating it. It’s generally all gone the same night I make it, no matter how much I make. Certainly in my top 5 favorite foods.



After Jess & Julia came down to visit us for a few days, we took them home and spent the day in Portland. Austin had the great idea of getting lunch at Off The Griddle. Their burgers are nothing like the ones Austin makes us at home (not in a bad way). They’re made of rice and veggies, and they are massive. I get the vegan cheeseburger every time. The first time I ate here was last year, around Easter. Maybe on Easter. Julia took me. It was nice to revisit.

So messy and so good. There is veganaise, sliced tomatoes, a crunchy lettuce leaf, slice of melted Daiya, their awesome patties, and a ton of caramelized onions. And ketchup I think. Delicious.

We stopped by a new bike shop that opened, Velo Cult, and then went to Lush so I could get some powdered dry hair shampoo. I’m tired of washing my hair every day, and looking like a grease ball if I don’t. Then we went to the Pedal Nation bike show, and spent a few hours there.

We made sure to stop by Sizzle Pie before going home. I ate a rabbit salad, and we got a Spiral Tap pizza to go since they didn’t have any slices in the front case. Austin also bought me some new pins that I’m excited to have.

Rabbit salad. Vegan ranch is too good. And croutons!

Spiral Tap, to eat after the 2 and a half hour car ride home.

I’m very excited for the pin in the bottom right. It’s my favorite.

This was probably the least stressful and most fun trip to Portland I’ve had in ages.



I love living in Eugene.


Sheese and crackers. Alice Munro’s Runaway: stories. 

Baked breaded tofu.

The next step is to pour half a bottle of Franks hot sauce on top.

Lasagna made for dinner with my girlfriend.

Inside: tofu ricotta and chickpeas. 

In other news:
-I’m now determined to build a kitchen nook for us in the style of the Bliss booth at Portobello. 
-Spring break has commenced.
-My cat cannot catch flies, but is very lamb-esque in her approach.


The Cure, by Ginger Andrews

Lying around all day
with some strange new deep blue
weekend funk, I’m not really asleep
when my sister calls
to say she’s just hung up
from talking with Aunt Bertha
who is 89 and ill but managing
to take care of Uncle Frank
who is completely bed ridden.
Aunt Bert says
it’s snowing there in Arkansas,
on Catfish Lane, and she hasn’t been
able to walk out to their mailbox.
She’s been suffering
from a bad case of the mulleygrubs.
The cure for the mulleygrubs,
she tells my sister,
is to get up and bake a cake.
If that doesn’t do it, put on a red dress.

Greased pan, dusted with cocoa powder (so my chocolate cake wont be covered in flour)

Trusty flying fish whisk

Still in my gym clothes, getting ready to have cake (and ice cream!) for dinner.

This was my first successful bundt cake. I tried making an apple cider cake last year, and didn’t grease the pan well enough. I had to dig it out and destroyed it. This time, I flipped over the pan, and when my cake didn’t fall right out my heart sunk a little, but then I loosened the edges with a tiny spatula, and tried again. Success! This recipe was from Joy the Baker. I like her writing style. She talks all about how she gets the Sunday Panics, which sound a lot like the mulleygrubs to me. I read that poem in a collection of poetry called Good Poems for Hard Times, gathered together by Garrison Keillor, and it really resonated with me. Because I get those. Sort of often. And getting up always helps. 

One thing I forgot to do was put chocolate chips in my cake batter, which was sad because I walked to the grocery store specifically for them before I started baking. Afterwards it was less sad, because I used them to make the chocolate ganache from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I added almond extract and coffee extract to the ganache, and poured it all over my cake. I had some leftover and didn’t know what to do with such a small amount, but Austin suggested I mix it with peanut butter and put it on toast or bagels. My boyfriend is a smart guy.

2 more finals to go, one down, and I’m meeting up with friends to study in a few hours. As for now, I’m going to have a slice of cake.


I love weekends. I especially loved this past weekend, also known as: the weekend in which I tried my first Ethiopian food and watched Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III with my girlfriend.  

Yesterday, while in line to check out at New Seasons, I saw a three foot tall dinosaur behind me. Just kidding, upon the second look of my double-take it was a kid wearing a dinosaur mask. I bet I’m the only person he scared all day, because who would be scared of that besides someone who had spent 6+ hours watching smallish dinosaurs rip people apart?

My girlfriend made buffalo popcorn (not microwaved) and in response I lovingly chanted HOT SAUCE POPCORN and dumped it on top of Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese, crackers from New Seasons, and vegan chocolate chunks. I paired this snack feast with a Dr. Becker natural soda.

This weekend also involved a bike ride in lovely weather to NE Alberta to eat a vegan chocolate ice cream cone from Back to Eden and stroll the street looking for pugs to pet.




The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a walk to Jam on Hawthorne with my girlfriend to eat a plate full of hashbrowns.


Austin and I dined at Cornbread Cafe for the first time, with our friends Martha and Hans. I cleaned my plate, down to the last fry, and ate half of Austin’s cornbread (only because this sandwich was so tasty, and I had been riding around building up an appetite beforehand. The serving sizes are pretty generous). These photos were hastily taken because I was excited to eat.

Closeup of the massive Eugenewich! “Southern Fried Tofu patty with melted Daiya cheddar, deep-fried carrot slices, hand- breaded onion rings, shredded romaine lettuce, and tomato with a smoky sauce on a grilled Bread Stop bun. Throw on a bib and hang on!” They aren’t kidding about the bib. This was one of the messiest sandwiches I’ve ever encountered. At least they provide you with a knife to cut the Eugenewich in half before you attempt to devour it. This is one of my first real encounters with tofu. And it was a delightful one.

Austin ordered the “hot things”. I could breathe in the spiciness of them simply from being within their proximity. I ate his veggies (just the carrots; celery is my least favorite food), along with the ranch dipping sauce. I am just now getting into ranch style dressing since. Pre-vegan I wouldn’t go near it.
Aus also ordered Mac NoCheese (which you can almost see in the background), a cornbread muffin, and a Shirley Temple. Cute.

Cornbread Cafe started out as a food cart, and just recently relocated to a sit down style restaurant. The inside is adorable. Really colorful, and bright. There are booth seats lining one wall, with big windows, and pretty patterned curtains, and round bar stools along the counter. They serve up 100% vegan, mostly organic, Southern comfort food.

I will certainly be going back to try out other things on their menu. I’m thankful to live in a town with so many delicious food options. Eugene, I love you. <3

Here’s what else we did that day:

Stopped by Simply Cycle, a local bike shop where Austin has been helping out. This is Frank, the shop dog, sunbathing.

We visited the Masonic Cemetery. It’s really beautiful. It’s where a lot of the town’s oldest settlers are buried, like Eugene and Mary Skinner, and the first president of the University of Oregon. Wildflowers are growing everywhere there this time of year.

Then we stopped by Viva! for some ice cream. Good thing, because they are switching flavors soon and I needed more than one apple spice cone. It’s my favorite flavor yet!

We also got sweet potatoes fries. They are inexpensive and delicious.

We rode our bikes along the river paths.

This is my new safety vest.

We stopped to check out this decaying log, and a field of dried up thistles.

It was the warmest day of the year so far (I think it hit 60!), and sunny enough that a long sleeve shirt was perfectly comfortable. Definitely the most fun Saturday of 2012 yet. Today it was cold and rainy again. I am really looking forward to warmer weather.


Chocolate chip pancake for my girlfriend.


The next day, she made me a chocolate chip waffle before I rode off to work.  

NY garlic bagel. Traveled from NY with my girlfriend’s sister to PDX airport to my girlfriend’s kitchen table, where it was spared overnight by Huxley (three other bagels weren’t so lucky,) to the freezer, to the oven, to my mouth.

Tofutti in the middle.

Huxley! The bagel eater! The cuddler! The mouth-breather!

Sizzle Pie brunch slice, Rabbits salad with vegan ranch. 

I cooked dinner (for the first time) to surprise my girlfriend (who is the best cook I know.)

Stuffed peppers. 

Pho at school. Sung taught me how to use chopsticks. 

Last night my girl made homemade ramen (!) with choy, Korean chili peppers, tofu, and mushrooms. I had a bowl of leftovers for lunch today while watching a National Geographic documentary about dinosaurs of the water. Certainly, an enjoyable lunch. 


Garlic bread.

Today, it’s raining and there are helicopters floating through the sky as I type. I’m drinking coconut chai tea and listening to Sufjan Stevens.

My cat is comforting me about my hatred of homework.   


Pho Dalat lunch date with my girlfriend. 


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