Archive for January, 2012

just chillin’


On my way to a meeting, saw this funny guy with his head perched out the window! Adorable.

(image by: vivien chin)

mini project: braided headband

Just finished knitting this chunky braided headband.  It was an experiment in doing a cable knit which is new for me.  I’m not always in a beanie mood.  So this is a nice alternative.  Keeps the ears and head warm on chilly days.  Used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick.

Also available at my ETSY store if you like it!  Check it out HERE.


(images by: vivien chin)

i (heart) y-3


AMMMMAAAAZZZIIINGGG!  I secretly want these as well.  How awesome are these Yohji Yamamoto shoes?!? Sport meet heels.


(image by: vivien chin)



Saw these fantastic dresses yesterday while roaming the city.  I WANT I WANT!!! but alas can’t afford.  Seen at Kirna Zabete Store @ 96 Greene Street in NYC .

(image by: vivien chin)



Sold my first item on ETSY! Thanks Melissa for the support. The elves are work on it. Hope you love your hat (+ ring bonus)!



Near Madison Square Park…

(image by: vivien chin)

mini project: crochet ring

My most recent creation is this floral motif ring.  It’s crocheted with a deep, wine colored yarn that has black shiny thread intertwined to give it a sparkle.  It was fun making a little piece of jewelry to dress up the outfit.

If you are interested in one of your own, they are available for purchase at the nummymins ETSY store online!  Thanks for the support.


(images by: vivien chin)

nummynims store addition

Slouchy Tam Hat is now on sale at the nummynims ETSY store!  Check it out HERE.

dolls, dolls, crazy dolls






Saw this intense window display at a store called, Beads of Paradise, on 17th street and Broadway. Sooo many dolls and one riding on the back of a heart covered in roses!

(image by: vivien chin)





Went to Resto last night for Restaurant Week dinner last night. I didn’t take many pics, but my favorite things I ate last night were the deviled eggs on top of a pig toast and the Beignets with chocolate sauce. The Beignets are even tastier dipped in coffee! The deviled eggs are from their regular menu and they are just divine. It’s the best combination of food you could ever put together to make a deviled egg. Definitely worth a visit. The food is great!

111 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016
212- 685-5585


(images by: vivien chin)


empire night shot


Night view of the Empire State from in front of the Church of Transfiguration on East 29th street and 5th ave or Broadway. Nice view when walking back from dinner to the subway last night.


(image by: vivien chin)

nummynims etsy shop is now open!

Nummynims now has an Etsy Shop!!  Currently I just have my yoga mat bag (as seen in a previous post).  I hope to add more products soon.  Don’t really know what to expect from it, but it sounded like a fun idea, was easy to open, and who knows maybe I’ll get some bites from a few fans out there!

To check it out follow this LINK.  Let the fun begin!

mini project: yoga mat bag


Just completed crocheting a yoga mat bag for myself. Connie introduced me to practicing yoga over the past couple months (p.s. she’s a great teacher!) and now I finally have a reason to take my may out of my apartment to yoga studios.  Yoga has provided a really good way to release from the crazy routines we put ourselves into and also get healthy, strong, & flexible!

This bag is made of Thick and Quick Lion’s Brand yard.  The drawstring opening and straps are all integrated as one. I knit the strap using the icord method with the same yarn as well as some of the deep wine colored Glamour yarn integrated in for a slight sparkle and texture (see detail images).  The bag is soft, comfy, and beautiful.  I really like the simple design and am excited to use it.  I’ve used it once for a fundraiser class last week and it was well received!


(images by: vivien chin)

shrimp chips


My favorite Chinese New Year Tradition is having these fried up to munch on. Here’s my batch from last night.

(image by: vivien chin)

monster dog


Saw this at the pet store while getting a toy for Kali. For $30….

meet kali!






Just met Connie and Tony’s new puppy yesterday! She’s probably the epitome of cuteness. Breed: Lowland Polish Sheepdog. Loves: Napping under the table, playing with her toys (especially the green and pink “cuz” that I got her…hehe), and just being cute like a stuffed animal at her young age.

I’m free to doggie-sit whenever! Hint hint… 😉

(images by: vivien chin)

box people

Go little box people go!!!!

Thanks Jeff S. for the find!

gong hay fat choy!


Happy Chinese New Year!! It is the
Year of the Dragon.

Here are some lion dancers above getting ready to perform. My favorite!

(image by: vivien chin)







Some exterior and interior detail shots of Morimoto’sfrom my recent restaurant week visit. Designed by one of my favorite architects, Tadao Ando.

The wind was really whipping the entry curtains. Worth a visit if you get the opportunity to eat there. It’s a little bit of a splurge so save for special occasion. Located at the end of Chelsea Market in New York.

(images by: vivien chin)

restaurant week_morimoto



[Iron Chef] Morimoto always has his restaurant week menu only available on weekdays at lunch so its hard to attend if you work. Finally this year I went because of the MLK Jr. holiday. Delicious and delectable. The black cod bento box w/ sushi, tempura, salad, and miso soup is the best and I chose a berry panna cotta for dessert which was equally as satisfying.

(images by: vivien chin)

fat witch bakery




Tasty brownies at Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market. Love the logo and the name. They even sell little baby ones as shown.

soup dumplings



The tastiest morsel of food to warm you up on a cold day. If you are ever in Flushing, go and get some of these little steamed soup dumplings filled with soup and meat. Sooo delicious! Also try the scallion pancakes with beef.

It is right off the Main Street subway stop on the 7 train (last stop on the line).

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
38-12 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

(images by: vivien chin)

won’t fit in your back pocket…



Just saw these today. These iPhone cases are covered in so much bling! Something only an Asian mall in Flushing can produce! Adorable, but not so functional…oh well who cares!! It’s causing me to use a ridiculous amount of exclamation points though!!!! Hehe..

(images by: vivien chin)

light snow day


Woke up to this on the back terrace. Weeeee! 🙂

(image by: vivien chin)

enchanted island


Here’s a stealth shot taken (@ curtain call) of the opera, “The Enchanted Island”, performed at the Metropolitan Opera House [Lincoln Center]. I went on Saturday and it was fantastical! Notice the suspended mermaids!!  The opera took you from land as well as down to Neptune’s kingdom under the sea.

A Baroque Opera in English that combines “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” together with music by classical composers like Vivaldi and Handel.  Set design by Julian Crouch combines both built set and projections beautifully.  The costumes were created with wonderful textures and colors.  I really loved it.

Here are some images of the costumes and a few set design drawings found at the NYtimes site:

climbing wall_nendo

Very Alice in Wonderland-like.  Nendo designed this climbing wall at the new Illoiha Omotesando fitness club in Tokyo.

I would love one of these for myself!  Now where to find the room for it…

(images from dezeen)

couch potato??



I can’t help but show this awesome excerpt of a “couch potato” costume made with Marimekko fabrics! As featured in the book, “Surrur” (cover as shown). Book is on display currently at the Marimekko Flagship store at Madison Square Park next to Eataly.

Next Halloween perhaps???

rooftop cube


Spotted this nice project yesterday walking from Chelsea Market somewhere on 15th or 16th st. between 8th and 9th ave.

(image by: vivien chin)

light arches



Currently installed at Chelsea Market-a dense array of Christmas lights.

(image by: vivien chin)

calle ocho




Unlimited sangria bar at Calle Ocho in the UWS!

Started my New Year’s Eve having brunch here with sangria, their delicious bread basket, plantains, and Spanish frittata on crab enchilado.Yum yum.

Reservations needed because they fill up fast as they are only open for a few hours for brunch.

Calle Ocho
(in the Excelsior Hotel)
45 W 81st St
New York, NY 10024

(images by: vivien chin)




Wild rice pilaf with beef strips. (top)
Indian curry with rice and mango chutney. (bottom)

Delicious! Try these next time you are at Rice.

292 Elizabeth St
(b/t Prince St & Houston St)
New York, NY 10012

(images by: vivien chin)

last week’s desk view: sunset


(image by: vivien chin)

mini project: blue scarf + bag


Crocheted scarf using the loveliest combination of blues I’ve seen. Used Lion Brand “Homespun” yarn. Love the extra waves with this yarn.

Bag sewn as another sewing machine project with hand sewn letters. Happy Birthday Connie!! Hope it’s keeping you warm!

(image by: vivien chin)

aqueous fluoreau_mark mawson

Underwater ink photographs entitled “Aqueous Fluoreau” by Mark Mawson.

The colors are spectacular and the forms are just visually magnificent.

(images from colossal)

magnetic faceted curtain_florian krautli

An oldie, but goodie.  Rediscovered this project recently during an design inspiration search.  Curtains laced with magnets making these extra sculptural and free form.  Love the facets!

“Magnetic Faceted Curtain” by Florian Krautli

Still yet to go into production I think.

(images from apartment therapy)

what i don’t know about space_esther stocker

Esther Stocker’s, “What I don’t Know About Space” Installation at Museum 52 in London.

(image from Esther Stocker site)

mini crochet project: slouchy tam hat


Just finished crocheting my first hat! It’s a slouchy tam hat style made with Lion Brand Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. Very satisfying first attempt at a hat!

Slouchy Tam Hat is now on sale at the nummynims ETSY store!  Check it out HERE.

(image by: vivien chin)

sweet creation: very berry cherry ice cream


Second ice cream made was a berry mix ice cream. Yum yum.

Ingredients: heavy cream, whole milk, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, vanilla, sugar

(image by: vivien chin)

sweet creation: red bean ice cream


First attempt at making red bean ice cream was a success! Just got an ice cream maker and ready to create some delicious frosty treats. One of my next goals will be lychee ice cream. Can’t wait!

Ingredients: heavy cream, whole milk, cooked Asian red beans, vanilla, sugar

(image by: vivien chin)



Installation by SOFTlab at Bridge Gallery in New York City.  I (heart) binder clips for construction.

(images from bridge gallery)

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