Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Tom was featured in Luxe Magazine's stylemakers section in issue #12!

The photo inset is of Jana Evan's thesis show, Tom recommended her as an artist he likes.

Also, don't forget, our Holiday Ceramic sale is this weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

if you need a laugh . . .

instead of being productive i watch youtube videos i've already seen. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mark your calendars . . . BDZK Studios Holiday Ceramic Sale

Holiday Sale featuring the work of Tom Budzak, Rich Littlefield, and Sarah Magera. Affordable, locally made art and gifts--mugs, bowls, dinnerware, teapots, chip 'n' dips, and much much more! 

Friday 12/02/2011 5pm-9pm
Saturday 12/03/2011 10am-4pm
Sunday 12/04/2011 10am-4pm

Visit tombudzak.com or call 623.696.6306 with any questions. 

Stop by for free snacks and drinks and please invite your friends!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How many Halloween costumes do I need?

Four . . . four is the answer this year:

1. On Wednesday night my sister and I were party rockers (my brother is the Arab), check out my Redfoo glasses!

2. On Friday night I was a nurse and Tom was my zombie patient.

3. On Saturday night we were the cast of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (me as Indiana, Tom as Mola Ram, Matt as Short Round, and Sarah as Willie).

4. Monday at work my boss was the Cat in the Hat and we were the "Things."

I think I've gone a little overboard? 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

AZ Taco Fest

Sweet Potato Taco from The Herb Box (it was amazing!)

this guy looked thirsty . . .

These lady Luchadores meant business!

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So the AZ Taco Fest was Saturday 10/15, it was delicious! I just wish it was a little cooler outside so we could have stayed all day :) I was impressed by the showing of veggie and seafood tacos as well. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I made my first ever batch of home-made peach jam yesterday!

Thank you to my mom for the peaches, Tom for the help, and Martha Stewart for the recipe!


8-10 peaches
3 cups of sugar
the juice from one lemon
a dash of salt

1. Peel and pit the peaches, in small batches put into a food processor and pulse until chunky.
2. Add all ingredients to a sauce pot and put on high or medium high. Stir continuously while boiling. There will be some "foam", that will subside and the fruit will rise to the top, keep boiling until it thickens.
3. Once you think it's ready (somewhere between 12 and 30 minutes) place a spoonful in the freezer for one minute, if it gels it's done.
4. Let cool and place in jars.
5. Either keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or you can learn how to can it (I haven't learned that part yet!) 

Remember that Friends episode with the jam? I am like Joey and love to eat the jam out of the jar, dangerous!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday night in pictures.

Bosom buddies show at the Klang Gallery, go check it out 1st Friday 10/07/2011!

David Bradley had 2 good exhibits at Eye Lounge, go check them out now-10/07/2011

The MC's (magera--connelly's) look adorable at the Duce in Phoenix

A Brandy Alexander and a Schlamm at the Duce

Break the Mold's Comedy Showdown

Look at the Spoon-delier!

check out Tom!
Things you didn't get to see-Wendy, Jessica, and I dancing it up at Shadows Lounge at Talking Stick Resort. Traveling DJ Adrian John Flanagan from Obscura was playing the 80's hits.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A little Hindu knowledge for the day . . .The 3 Gunas

So I'll be honest, I don't know much about Hinduism, but I do enjoy Yoga class. The teacher at my gym adds a little bit of meditation and reflective though in often, and I liked what she taught about this past Saturday.

The 3 Gunas

All material nature is made up the interplay of three energies or "gunas". 
The gunas are a great map for navigating your way through life. When you can recognize which of these energies is at play in your life, it makes it so much easier to bring about a state of balance. 

Tamas - the power of darkness, inertia, form and materiality.
Tamas is dull, insensible, gloomy and dark energy. The Sanskrit word literally means "darkness, dark-blue, black"People that are tamasic are gloomy, sluggish, dull and blinded by greed. Sometimes people who are tamasic can be characterized as lazy and slothful. If you spend the night drinking tequila in Margaritaville, the next morning you will find yourself deep in the heart of Tamasicville On the darker end of the tamasic scale, they can be unconscious of the needs others, dark and destructive. '

In Yoga this would be like "phoning in" your workout, you're hunched over in the pose but you're not mindful or working at it. 

Rajas - the power of energy, action, change and movement. 

Generally: is a passionate, frenetic, creative, tumultuous energy. People that are rajasic are full of desire, thirsting for worldly enjoyment, and even at more extreme ends of the scale, fueled by competition and ambitiousness. The Sanskrit root means "impure". It is also related to the root rakta, "redness". And raga, "passion." If you think of living in a bright red room or a woman wearing a red dress, you can feel the energy of Rajas.

In Yoga this is more like "running in place," you're expending a lot of energy worrying about being better than the person next to you, thinking about work, etc. and not actually focusing on your practice.

Sattva  the power of harmony, balance, light and intelligence; higher spiritual potential.

Sattva is a calm, peaceful and clear energy. The Sanskrit word is based on the principle "Sat" or "being, as it should be, perfect". People that are Sattvic are calm, centered, compassionate and unselfish.

In Yoga this of course is the ideal place to be, moving forward.

--Overall I found this very interesting because I think I spend most of my time after work switching back and forth from being Rajistic (overthinking everything) to Tamastic (turning off my brain and watching TV). Understanding that I could hopefully move toward Sattvic tendencies.

Bonus-check out this website from Vancouver Yoga for a description of how the 3 Gunas relate to Star Wars :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pesto Pasta Primavera

Pesto Pasta Primavera
I found this recipe in Glamour magazine but made a few changes. Pasta Primavera is an American version of making an Italian Pasta with the fresh veggies of Spring. It's summer now, so I must be wishing for cooler weather?
(Cross-posted to It's a Keeper)

Makes four servings

1 zucchini-sliced
1 large handful of sugar snap peas-sliced in half
8 oz. dried spaghetti
1 cup prepared pesto
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic (you can substitute 2 cloves and chop yourself if you're ambitious!)
1 cup cherry tomatoes-sliced in half (I used half yellow, half red for color)
4 medium carrots-sliced into half then fours (and like my friend Kat says, don't use baby carrots, not as good!)
Parmesan cheese to top
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Drop the zucchini, snap peas, and carrots in; cook until tender, about 1 minute. Using a strainer or slotted spoon transfer the vegetables to a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

2. Stir the pasta into the still-boiling water. Cook according to the package (probably 8-10 minutes). 

3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook 1 minute. Add the rest of the veggies and a pinch of salt, cook until warmed through.

4. Drain the pasta and place back in pan or in a large bowl, add the pesto and toss until combined. Add the veggies and toss again.

5. Add Parmesan, salt, and pepper and serve.

If you're lucky your husband will make the garlic bread :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Project Runway predictions

So I'm making my early predictions for Project Runway finalists (Kat, Tom, and I are having a little friendly competition) . . .

1. Anthony Ryan (so far I have liked everything he's made! my favorite)

2.Olivier (I'm not sure I love his style, but the judges do)

3. Anya (sure she can't sew, but she has style and Heidi likes her)

Also funny on the show last night . . . Bert said Mae West never wore pants . . . so how do you explain this?  And Kim Kardashian talking about how in the Sound of Music they wore the drapes? That was totally Gone with the Wind!

Who do you think will win?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ten things I dig this weekend

1. The art exhibit "In Your Head and Under Your Bed" at Modified Arts.

2. The song Hot Dog by LMFAO (Calm down you dirty minds! It's about the food-and I think vegan corndogs are my equivalent.). Click here to listen. 

3. Tuneupmedia.com so I saw this commercial on Saturday, and who can say no to the Biz? So I downloaded the free trial, it is pretty cool! But I don't have $50 right now . . . 

4. This nail polish tutorial from blog The Dainty Squid

5. The movie Waste Land. Vik Muniz is a photographer technically, but this movie is amazing to show how he creates his ideas and images.

6. Falling Skies-season finale is tonight! It may be the end of the world, but Sarah Carter has the best leather jacket ever.

7. Downtown Phoenix graffiti.

8. Crazy Stupid Love. 

9. Pixel People patterns from Wee Little Stitches, I'm working on this one right now, but it has a black background . . more like Space!

10. My new necklace which reminds me of the medallion in the Indiana Jones movie. This is the one from the movie:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Things to do this weekend

Friday 06/10/2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 10, 7-10pm
Musical Entertainment
Light Refreshments
Cash Bar

show on display:

Friday, June 10 - Sunday, August 7, 2011 

Mesa Contemporary Arts
This exhibition features six Arizona artists, whose work reflects their past experiences and continued lifelong journey. Collectively, the artists share a common interest in exploring current social issues through individualistic avenues of self expression. Through symbols and materials often associated with the female gender, the artists provide a unique perspective and commentary on their roles as women. Artists featured include Kristin Bauer, Nancy Robb Dunst, Kaori Fujitani, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Sandra Luehrsen and Kaori Takamura.

Saturday 06/11/2011

Rips Bar 3045N. 16th Street (North of Thomas)  
(We have 2 birthday parties to go to that night, but are thinking about heading here afterwards)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jelly Mongers

Martha Stewart had the guys who wrote the book Jelly Mongers (British duo Sam Bompas and Harry Parr) on her show . . . and now I want to make some jellies! They had glow in the dark, alcoholic jelly molds.  Only problem is they use leaf gelatin which doesn't "gel" well with my pescatarian lifestyle (I think it's made from cow's feet).  Has anyone ever tried using Agar Agar vegetarian gelatin? I am curious to know if it would work.

Also of note, these same guys opened up a "Rabbit Cafe" for Easter where you could come in and pet rabbits and eat Easter candies and snacks. Love. Reggie my all black bunny would have looked great with all those white rabbits.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Eco Ninja-a short film from screamingfrog.com

This was one of the films at the ASU short film festival . . . if you've ever tried to get people to be more green at the office I think you'll laugh :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

the past two weeks in pictures

7 years old but he's still my baby!

Kellen loves his auntie

Record store day!

arrangement by Matt Connelly