Friday, November 30, 2012

swap completed

 People! Today I am giving a huge shout-out to Courtney of Shabby Loves Chic  This girl was my partner for the ornament swap over a Candidly Clyde and she totally pegged my style. Red, teal, and retro? Yes, please! I'll take that any day. Also, she matched the wrapping to the ornaments which is a little detail that made me happy because really, if we are being honest, I, along with everyone else, am a sucker for good packaging.


Be sure to check out her blog! You can even take a peep at the bit of Christmas decor I sent her way.
  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

tasks + cherries

This was my form of motivation the other day. One yummy cherry for each task accomplished.
Shameless self bribery.

Does anyone else do this - eat loads of candied cherries OR self bribe?
If you have any other motivational tips and tricks, perhaps you would share them with me? You see, I am out of cherries :(


5 Fun Things - p.O

Chick-a-dees, I know it's not December yet but the fact of the matter is that I have been flitting around my living room, doing little twirls and leaps as Pandora fills the airs with tinkling Christmas carols. I simply cannot NOT do a christmas-y post. (Although know that I've tried my hardest to keep it toned down because I know, inevitably, many more will be filling this space in the near future :D )

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Not really sure what to say other than this might be the only deer head I have ever wanted.
 

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A tad icy but oh-so pretty!
They are using all these hoops as a curtain substitute but it would look lovely
against a wall, yeah?
 
 
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Pretty, pretty, pretty!
 

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I may or may not be pouting that these ornaments from Project Sarafan already sold.
The hanger display is a genius idea. Loving how quirky it is.


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Oh Martha, you're so full of good ideas.
Keith cannot stand doilies so I could never get away
with this, but I think it would make a lovely holiday wreath that
would also transition into the rest of winter without looking like you forgot to 
put the Christmas decor away.
 
 
    mmmm. such pretty things.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Take Tuesday: Blue


I pondered and pondered what to shoot for this weeks TT and then I looked right in front of me. Literally. Less than a foot from my body was the most boring, utilitarian BLUE notebook there ever was. It even has the dividers that serve as folders. How fantastically practical.

Can you tell I'm a little over this semester and all that papers/projects/presentations that have been hogging my time as of late?
Below is how I wish said blue notebook was. Colorful with a swirl of dreamy...






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Next weeks theme is a FAVORITE DISH
If you feel so inclined to work ahead, you can view the entire list of dates and themes here.
    Happy snapping :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stuck

Love this song! But not really sure which is looping around in my head more - the song or the [creepy] video. It gives me the willies.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

enjoyable

rainbow fringe on a soft, thrifted scarf || small, golden christmas trees || the way they cuddle
the most adorable plaid shoes || rainbow fringe on a soft, thrifted scarf 
sparkly pipe cleaners || rainbow fringe on a soft, thrifted scarf
  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Take Tuesday: Black and White

Bits of black and white from around the home.
ceiling, wall, floor. 








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Next weeks theme is SOMETHING BLUE
If you feel so inclined to work ahead, you can view the entire list of dates and themes here.
    Happy snapping :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

wishlist

It's that time of year when the "what would you like for Christmas?" question is as prevalent as the common cold. A totally gruesome comparison, but it's full of truth. (And I now feel like I need to wash my hands...)
To my fam, I hope this visual list helps point you toward shopping success. Know that I am excited to unwrap these items :)


Sunday, November 18, 2012

staple



If only I had known how much use this sweater would get when I bought it - I would have purchased two. Funny how impulse buys can either leave you drowning in buyer's remorse or wondering what you wore before it joined your wardrobe. This sweater was snagged last year, off the end-of-season clearance rack at Old Navy. It's thick but not too warm. Neutral. Cozy but not suffocating. The sleeves are cropped just far enough up the arm to stay out of the way, but are still long enough to keep them warm. And the neckline allows for the wearing of scarves. PLUS it is long! With a body as tall as mine it is challenging to find sweaters that hit where I want them to. Did I mention it has great pockets? Because it does.

Seriously, this sweater is the greatest. It still has a ton of use in it but I'm already stressing over the day it wears out. If only I had bought two.
And one in navy.
I wear a size XS in this. Just thought you should know.
Ya know, in case you have one in the back of your closet you're not wearing ;)


Friday, November 16, 2012

Logo ABCs



Why didn't I think of it?
 

Faux Movie Love

Have you seen this yet? It totally kills me.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY scrumdiddlyumptious pumpkin butter


The other day, a lady at my church was sharing how easy it is to make fruit butters such pear, apple, and pumpkin. While she was talking I mentally stashed away her helpful tips, thinking that pumpkins had already been phased out of stock at stores and that I would have to wait until next year to give it a go. Basically, I was wishing 11 months to go by so I could try this delicious concoction. So imagine my delight when I found a big, beautiful pumpkin sitting near my parentals back door just waiting to be eaten!

The recipe I looked up used canned pumpkin, but I used fresh and it was wonderful. Click to
check out the recipe, but below I will share how to use a freshy fresh pumpkin with minimal effort and NO peeling!

My beautiful helper trying not to get pumpkin slime on her phone as she texts

TO GET THE UN-CANNED PUMPKIN SOFT.
First, preheat the oven to 325. While the oven is heating, simply cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, and place it on a lipped pan that has a bit of water in the bottom. This pumpkin was on the large / thick side so I left it in the oven for 2 hours, but if the pumpkin you are using is smaller you might want to reduce the time. When the pumpkin was pulled out of the oven it was so, so soft and was easy to scoop out of the rind and straight into the blender.
Honestly, it was so soft it probably didn't need to go in the blender, but it was an acting measuring cup. Plus I really wanted a nice smooth texture. Plus-plus it did the work of mixing in the other ingredients - my arms were not up for mashing and mixing 60+ ounces of pumpkin ;)
After all the ingredients were blended, it was transferred to a crock-pot to simmer and thicken while we ate dinner. Home-made pumpkin butter on scones makes a pretty perfect dessert in my book. MMMM

FYI!
* The pumpkin I used made 2 plus batches of pumpkin butter so be sure you know how your going to store it! Fortunately, my mom has a stash of empty glass jars around. We also froze some - from everything I read it should freeze perfectly well. I'll be sad if not - it's soooo good!
* I would recommend adding half the amount of spices on the ingredient list and then do a taste test. Everyone has their own flavor preferences and it is easier to add more flavor than to try to remove it!
* Remember - if you use fresh pumpkin the butter will likely be a bit thinner because of the water content.

So there you have it! A scrumptious treat that is perfect for all the holidays that are rapidly approaching. Have you made any fruit butters before? Which are the best?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Take Tuesday: Utensils

Ahhh... apartment living.
Even if the rest is absolutely wonderful the kitchen is practically guaranteed to be less than ideal. If it's not cramped, it's usually ugly and outdated with purely economical appliances and only the teensiest, minimum amount of counter top. Not to mention if the outlets have been inconveniently placed...
Ok.
I'll stop whining. I'm really not much of a cook anyways so there is no need for a fancy kitchen. If only it weren't so ugly though! And that's why you shall only see this little bit of my current kitchen - the utensil "caddy".
It is actually the cap collector off an old coke machine. I bought it years ago, when I first moved out to add a bit of color to my kitchen. My mom later told me what it was but at the time I just bought it because it was cheery red and chippy :) Now that I think about it, that little caddy is one of my first vintage-for-home purchases. Crazy!


That plug is so meh it's not even worth the effort to take a good picture.





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Next weeks theme is BLACK AND WHITE
If you feel so inclined to work ahead, you can view the entire list of dates and themes here.
    Happy snapping :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

monkey


So, friends! Did you have a wonderful, restful weekend full of goodness?
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I've picked up a couple more vintage glass kiddie cups that are oh so adorable. The one with the monkey on it is a new shape for me and at first I should it was a shot glass. Heck, maybe it is. I haven't yet done any research on them so if you happen to have any facts do share!


PS - the cup on the left isn't a kiddie cup and it isn't a resent find. It's blogged about here. The color was just too perfect, and it had to be included in this little shoot:)


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ornament Swap with Candidly Clyde


Hey! Do you love Christmas and all it's wondrous festivities and trinkets? Do you love your blogger friends and all the virtual and real happiness they bring into your life? Yes and Yes? I thought so. That makes you a perfect participant for...... Dawn's ornament swap over on Candidly Clyde!

She talks all about her heart behind it and how you can join in over on her blog.
You should sign up!
  

Take Tuesday: Open Land

When I was first pondering what pictures to take for the theme, Open Land, this was not what came to my mind. I had pictured a vast, freshly harvested field whose emptiness allowed me to capture the sky. But these pictures, even though they are from a spring camping trip, are just too perfect. The land is literally open. So dry, it's cracked and split apart. Like it's wounded and heartbroken that the water was drained away.

Because mud does indeed get brokenhearted.



Have lovely pictures of open land? Link up with us!




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Next weeks theme is UTENSIL
If you feel so inclined to work ahead, you can view the entire list of dates and themes here.
    Happy snapping :)