Friday, April 30, 2010

My Big Backyard ~ A First {And Not Last} Visit

Ever since the Memphis Botanic Garden opened its newest garden My Big Backyard last August, I have heard only good things about it. Atticus and I finally had a chance to visit a few weeks ago with the Women in Architecture group and one of the project’s architectural consultant Mary of Haizlip Studio. While standing right at the trellis entrance to hear some background information on the project {read more here}, Atticus constantly asked when we could go in to play. I’m sure Mary sensed the anxiousness and soon set us free to explore.

With the first sight of the Dr. Seuss-like tree house, I noticed Atticus was more in awe than anything as he headed toward the tree house using the long winding stone path instead of cutting across the grass. Discovering all the structures were designed to his size, he soon started to release his energy and excitement, and soon I felt like an outsider in a world run by kids. All in a positive way ~ the kids politely introduced themselves to each other {not to the adults} then began playing as if they had always known each other. You’ll see in the pictures below labeled in reference to the map how much interaction Atticus had with the other kids, especially the girls.

We tried to see everything in four hours {much longer than the rest of the group} but soon agreed we should save the rest for another visit or visits.



The twig house encased a kitchen with plenty of bowls, sticks and wood chips to make "soup" and "cake." The kids passed things back and forth after politely asking to "please pass the salt" or "the milk" in the container Atticus refilled several times, as shown below.

Time to enjoy his soup as he takes a big sniff.


The kids started by banging on a few instruments but Atticus soon started a game of chase.


The chase game continues here, then as the other kids left, he started noticing the cool wall tiled with old toys and trinkets.



The photo above on the left is actually not next to the Seedling Circle deck but over the hedge and across the trellis entry. Out of the other rooms created in the garden this one seemed most visually interesting. / It was not long before we had to take a rest, buy some lemonade at the Guest House refreshment window, and call it a day. It was a great first visit but it surely will not be our last.


Memphis Botanic Garden
My Big Backyard
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
ph +1.901.576.4100

~ Admission { All areas of the Botanic Garden including My Big Backyard }
$5 adults / $4 seniors / $3 for children {ages 3-12} / free children under 2 & Members
~ {Sorry, no more free days.}

Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm {Daylight}
/ Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm, Sunday 11am to 4:30pm {Standard}

Designed by Terra Designs / Architectural Consultant ~ Haizlip Studio


Special thanks to the Women in Architecture / Wendy / Heather / Mary. Photos /graphics by Sophorn. Map from MBG website.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 black label {Hair Accessories + Great Photography}

I just love these beautiful hair accessory pieces from’s black label. Notice the jewel details {Keep that in mind when you see the prices}. I have also been playing a lot with vignetting my own photos after seeing these amazing product photographs picture above. Click on product name listed respectively below to order.

Found via oh joy! / photos from website.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Grammy!

Grammy, birthdays are very important to 3 year olds. This 3 year old is especially excited when it comes to other people's birthdays. Atticus says you can't have a birthday without cake, and since you are "7 years away" he says {not 7 hours away}, we are sending you a birthday cake with candles plus a very special dinner via internet. Also should mention that when asked, "What do you want to give Grammy for her birthday?" he replies " a kitchen for Grammy to eat," which I love since he didn't say a kitchen for you to cook.

He has recently been interested in cooking, and I suspect his kitchen he has designed for you below is the kitchen where he will cook you grown-up dishes {grown-up translates into "spicy" we take it}, and all you have to do is eat and enjoy your birthday.

We hope you enjoy your fabulous trip and return home safely. We will see you when you get back.
Love a/c/s

Drawing and artwork by Atticus. Assistant ~ Poppy. Graphics by Sophorn.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

au fond farmtable ~ Monday Night Family Meal

After a tiring day and not in the mood to cook but still in the mood to eat a home-style meal, we headed over to Au Fond for their Monday night Family dinner special. It was an order then pay before sitting down, and the food was out before we knew it.

From the menu, you select either one entrĂ©e and two sides or three sides for a price of $14/adult and $6/kids under 12. Desserts are $5 each. We absolutely enjoyed everything. Not a single item was not above average. It was the most gourmet meat and two sides I’ve ever had. What we ordered is listed below:

{ Atticus } Buttermilk Fried Chicken + Anson Mill Grits + Pomme Frites
{ Christopher } Roast Pork Loin + Pasta Salad + Roasted Yukons
{ Sophorn } Sirloin Meatloaf + Squash Medley + Tomato Basil Salad
{ Desserts } Coconut Cream Cake + Brownie a la Mode

Don’t forget the Sherry / Cheese Tasting Tuesday night! Make sure to make reservations now at 901.274.8513. We haven't done the cheese tasting yet but the breakfast is out of this world.


Au Fond Farmtable
Cooper-Young next to Grace Restaurant
938 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN, 38104
ph +1.901.274.8513

Open Monday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Breakfast, Lunch, and later for Special Dinners.
Market Open Til 7:30 pm

Photos by Sophorn. Photo style inspiration via Bonnie Tsang.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Upcoming Projects ~ New Clients

Finally, after volunteering my graphic design services, I am actually getting paying clients. Including Habitat for Hope, these latest clients need logo design and marketing material. The top two photos are from Critterbug & Cricket, a source of handmade gifts here in Memphis that include monogramming started recently by my friend and fellow intern architect Tricia. Visit her site to see more items and place an order here.

The four shoes from PAEZ are my favorite four patterns out of over 30. I can't say more right now but I am surely trying to negotiate a pair of these shoes in my fee. Go here and here to see more.

Contact me for any graphic services including invitation/stationary design and photo art direction.
Images from related websites.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shop Local ~ Memphis Farmer's Market

Happening right now are opportunities to shop local and support Memphis area farmers and craftsmen. The Memphis Farmer's Market recently set up at City Hall on Earth Day {where these photos were taken} but continues the Earth Day celebration today from 7am to 1pm. The photo above is from Gardens Oy Vey, a vendor at the normal location of Front & G.E. Patterson. Other weekly MFM vendors are marked with an asterick*.


Micmak Farms /Vegetable Hydroponic Farms / ph +1.870.251.1688

*Big Ono Bake Shop /

*Jones Orchard /Web

Moon Mama Pottery / ph +1.901.377.3920

Live Music / City Hall ~ Grace Askew pictured below / April 24 ~ Ken & Robyn Greene

Photos by Sophorn.

Friday, April 23, 2010

To Crave ~ Baba Ganoush with Fresh Pita at Casa Grill

The To Crave series is really a good compliment to the Tasted series, since getting a taste of something delicious, I will crave it often, eat it often, and enjoy it often. This roasted eggplant and pita bread appetizer at Casa Grill {formerly known as Casablanca Cafe} is no exception. We love eating dinner at Casa and will always order this appetizer using the olive oil made by the owner Aimer's father in Jerusalem. {They have bottles of this olive oil for sale too.}

Casa Grill {formerly in Cooper-Young}
New Location open now near Whole Foods Market
5030 Poplar Ave, Suite 7
Memphis, TN 38117
ph +1.901.725.8557 or 1.901.684.2009

Photo/graphics by Sophorn. Photo style inspiration via Bonnie Tsang.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Memphis Farmer's Market at City Hall

Here's a few mouth watering shots to get you over to the Memphis Farmer's Market at City Hall before it's over at 2 today. I got the strawberries, and they are delicious. Make sure to visit the Memphis Farmer's Market this Saturday and every Saturday through fall at their normal downtown location of S. Front & G.E. Patterson. Stay tuned for full posting.

Photos by Sophorn.
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