Thursday, February 28, 2013

Magic in the Bullet: Raspberry Blessedness

Chick-a-dees, I think smoothies are pretty great. Like, awesome. Let me tell you, it's probably a good thing this city doesn't have a Jamba Juice because I would be so broke. mmm, mmm, good!
Now, let me also tell you that I tend to throw a tasty concoction together and then fixate on it for a week or two before switching to a different smoothie. This is this week's blend. I call it Raspberry Blessedness and to make it you need a Magic Bullet (or a boring, regular blender) and the following ingredients:

Raspberry Blessedness Smoothie
- 6-8 oz (approx) Vanilla Almond Milk
- 5ish oz raspberries - I used flash frozen
- Drizzle of honey
- Spoonful of coconut oil

Put everything in the cup, screw on the blade attachment and push it onto the base. Blend for at least 30 seconds to make sure the coconut oil is thoroughly mixed.

PS * I never measure my ingredients. I just dump them in the cup. I did this for your benefit (yes, you)!
PSS * I put the bullet on a silicone hot pad to dampen the raucous a bit. 
PSSS * the above ingredient proportions make a sip-able smoothie. Meaning, it doesn't rain down on your face in great blobs when you tip the cup up. I know I'm not the only one this has happened to ;)

SERVE WITH - a totally unhealthy muffin :D 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

the usual

Life's not always glitter and awesome vintage. In fact, most of the time, it's not.
It's errands and taxes and classes I don't really want to take.
It's determining how much gas to put in the tank by how long I can stand the cold.
It's scrubbing toothpaste out of the sink and trying to conquer the dishes.
It's hearing the neighbor's TV through the wall 22/7. (Deaf man next door)

Sometimes, it's forcing myself to see the ordinary blessings.

I felt really guilty that I didn't have anything to post yesterday. That I didn't take a single self-portrait the entire week. That I didn't have a nifty DIY to share. That I was generally ordinary. Kinda dumb, right? There is lots of life outside of Blog. Not everything has to be pretty, right? Sometimes I forget that it's really OK to let this slip for a couple days. I'm doing this for fun. Because I enjoy it. Obligated fun isn't really fun, is it?
And then I also had this weird guilt because I had a super fun church event Friday night that was totally blog-able but I didn't.
So then I was feel all confused and conflicted.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

11 questions from Caleisha

The lovely (and recently engaged!) Caleisha from Apartment 203 asked me a few questions. Since I've gotten a few new readers lately I figured it would be fun to answer and let you get to know me in a less themed-post way.

1. What was the first blog you really got into reading?
Bleubird. I have no idea why. I just love her pictures. 

2. If you could do anything as a career what would it be?  Your bills are already paid.  
Blog and eat pulled pork. LOL

3. What was the last spontaneous thing you did?
Thrifting! The other day I left for a 3:00 appointment a few minutes early. I really wasn't early enough  pop into the thrift store on the way but I did it anyways. So glad I did! I found my second piece of Blue Heaven bakeware. Granted, I already have this piece but I just couldn't pass it up!

4. If you walked into a room right now, what song would play?
My husband and his friends talk about this all the time and each have a personal theme song picked out. I have not. I have NO clue.

5. What is your guilty pleasure? 
Staying in my PJs all day. :P

6. What book has influenced your life?
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

7. How did you choose your blog title?
When I started blogging, I did it out of curiosity about what the whole "blog" thing was and as a way to force myself into acknowledging and being grateful for my life. I didn't have anything particular I wanted to say or a clear vision of what I wanted my blog to be about. I suspected it would morph as I figured it out. Because of that, I chose to title it something that would stay the same no matter how the content changed - my name.

8. Do you thrift? If so, what was your most awesome thrift store find?
I LOVE THRIFTING! It's all about the hunt, right?
What is my favorite find? That's really hard. My home is full of my favorite thrift finds. Best of all though, is when you go into a store looking for something specific and you find it. Score!

9. Where are you most at peace?
In Keith's arms

10. What's your dream job?
Making pretty things, blogging, eating pulled pork ;)

11. Where would you love to live?
On a coast somewhere. Cliche, I know, but I love the wild that is the ocean.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Shout out to my sister!

Today is her birthday! Send the awesome Miss Kali Quail lots of good thoughts :D

Thursday, February 21, 2013

5 Fun Things - p.Q

I love Etsy. I also love Pinterest.
So many awesome finds.
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Pretty, pretty Pyrex

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 How adorable is this paperboard box. Yikes! I'm seeing a retro inspired
DIY in my future.

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Check out these knobs!

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I am loving this artsy wood slice trend.

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Blue Heaven is by far my favorite bakeware pattern. 
AND I finally own a piece of it! Happy thrifting day indeed :)
You can snag these bowls here.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DIY Leather Arrow Necklace

Leather is something I enjoy working with. I also enjoy making necklaces. Put them together, and I am a basking in enjoyment.

SUPPLIES: Leather in multiple colors, leather punch, chain, jump rings, clasp, jewelry pliers, (flexible fabric glue). 

STEP 1 - Cut the leather into strips (mine longest is about 1.5 x 3 inches). Trim the end of the strip into the V shape.
OPTIONAL - Using flexible fabric glue, tack the layers of leather together.

STEP 2 - Using the leather punch (available at craft stores) and your impressive hand muscles, punch a hole in each corner. These don't need to be big holes.

STEP 3 - Floss the chain through. If you want the chain to be visible on top of the leather, go back to front. If you don't want to see the chain, go front to back.

STEP 4 - Use a jump ring or clasp to close the chain.
STEP 5 - Marvel that it took less than 30 minutes :D

Confession - I actually think that this necklace reminds me more of a medieval banner than an arrow, but because spelling "medieval" correctly is seriously challenging, I call it arrow. ;)


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

unexpected juxtaposition

 Let me start by saying that I'd like to revisit this someday. Perhaps with different glitter and/or different mud. While the results are interesting, they aren't what I was hoping for.

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted some pictures that I thought might kick off a new series? This is my first follow up. In order to get them, I skittered to the park (despite the 21 degree weather. wah.) and tromped around until I found a teensy puddle I could stomp open. Add the glitter to the soggy sediment and BANG!

They can't all be awesome, can they?

Monday, February 18, 2013


The *attempt* at a daily self-portrait continues. 
Maybe I've seen that last pic one too many times, but in that last pic, does it look like I photoshopped my feet onto that tile floor to anyone else?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Puppy Love

We have a new family member! My parentals just adopted a sweet, little pup. Part Lab, part Beagle. She is so completely adorable and kept us all vying for her affection all evening. You don't even mind that sticky puppy breath when she flops her head across your chest and closes her eyes with a contented little huff. So far, she is a seriously snuggler.

Name, you ask? Well, dad calls her Kiki while Keith calls her Stimpy. So maybe both?


Thursday, February 14, 2013

My new love

So, today's post is supposed to be about love and lovey things BUT instead I'm just going to do a photo dump. After way to much debate I finally just plunged in and got a DSLR. Why the heck didn't I do this sooner? Seriously. Hello, pretty. It's a Nikon d5100, so it's not anything crazy but it's not too shabby either. It's barely out of the box and I luuurve it already. I don't even have to keep it on auto to get good pics :)

These are just random pics, experimentation off auto.
Next on the agenda is cracking open the manual and figuring out what all those buttons are for.
And finding a good photog tutorial site. Any suggestions, chick-a-dees?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Snuggling Salt and Pepper - Revisiting Take Tuesday

The lovable Karen just started a fresh blog called Our Tall Tales and as one of her features she decided to continue the Take Tuesday mini-series I did a few months back. Since her prompt for today was red, I thought it the perfect time to share these ADORABLE salt and pepper shakers.

These snugglers were a Christmas gift from my aunt, hand selected from China. I can't get over how awesome they are! So freaking cute!
As you can see, telling them apart was a bit of an issue so I gave salt a washi tape belly band.

If you are into quirky S&P shakers, check out this collection.

Is it just me or are those clear mushroom shakers on the bottom shelf, near the center? I want :D

Monday, February 11, 2013

5 Simple Valentines Ideas for Procrastinators Like Me

1) This heart garland has to be one of most simple, why-didn't-I-think-of-that decorations I have ever seen.
2) What is the day of love without a bit of glitter? probably NOTHING. Must have glitter. Check out this dandy little XO tutorial.
3) Love note toast!? Yes, please! (I love breakfast foods. I hate cooking. If I think this little love note is manageable, it must be.)
4) These raspberry and white chocolate bites look divine. And so, so easy to do.
5) This string chase is such a cute idea. I die.

Make something festive!


 fushia shoes - thrifted
mocs - minnetonka
circus bow shoes - re-styled by me!

Doing this shoe self-portrait thing has made me realize just how many shoes I have. And how many I don't wear because I can't find them in the black hole called Closet. We have what I call a step-in closet. It's pretty great because my stuff is on one side and Keith's is on the other. It's all organized like. And being like this, you'd think it would make finding things a cinch. Not so. There is no light. Basically, when getting dressed, I use a flashlight to find things. Also, and I know this sounds crazy, but when I'm digging around in the bottom of the closet for shoes it's like all the little flashlight rays are being siphoned away. Where they go, I don't know but I can't see a freaking thing.
Needless to say, I've been brainstorming shoe storage ideas that would also put them on display. I've come up with a few ideas that are a bit snazzier than the back-of-door-pocket contraption. Hopefully in the next week or so Keith will turn my day-dreams into a reality.

Keith, have I told you recently how handsome you are when you're working with power tools?