Sunday, March 31, 2013

living

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?"  Luke 24
 
 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

one pup, one swing, two girls.



Early spring.
Life in the Midwest. 
  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's funny

 - It's funny how a certain meal can bring on more sentimental feelings than most of the stuff in my home.

- It's funny how small you feel when you see the impact you have on another person.

- It's funny how nearly everything is better with advocados.

- It's funny how lack is a blessing because it forces your heart to trust, to grow, to cherish.

- It's funny how liberating it is to get rid of things you had to have.

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The big weave

Has it been mentioned that my husband is awesome? He truly an amazing person and I'm so blessed that he is mine. On top of all his amazingness, he puts up with supports all my projects.

The reason I tell you all this is because I have gone off the deep end and have taken on the biggest DIY of my life: I am making a rug. After reading this post by Rachel, I got all inspired and dove right in. Now there is a giant 6' x 6' frame in the middle of the living room and there is no turning back.


This project is going to take much more fabric than I anticipated. (Not sad about that! The scrap basket is stuffed to overflowing and I now anticipate that it will be emptied.)  The warp alone, which is the blue strips, is made from an entire fitted sheet set. I thought the flat sheet would be enough but that only got half through the frame so I busted out and shredded the fitted sheet as well.


Even when its torn into shreds you can see how discolored and blotchy the sheets were. Three cheers for repurposing! They definitely weren't getting used on the bed much looking like that.

Though I was inspired by Rachel's rug, I am using a slightly different method of weaving. If you are so interested, below is the video that taught me just about everything I know.


Any guesses on how long this will take? Keith gave a nervous little laugh when he saw how slow I am at weaving but then he smiled and said it would be really cool when it was done.
See why I love that man? He already thinks it's awesome and it's just a sea of blue strips.

Check back every so often for progress reports!
Or just follow along on Bloglovin'
  

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

5 Fun Things (that make me swoon) - p.R

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sweet, sweet kitties.

 
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Can we all agree that this much pink is actually stunning? 

 
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I like this stool. It's a nice stool. 

 
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Art with limey green:
 
Leah Duncan 



 
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How cute are these silly little sheep!


There you have it, chick-a-dees. The things I've been interweb ogling the past few days. 
  

Friday, March 22, 2013

Life in Daily

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1, One of the best things I ever found at a thrift. It is used nearly every day.
2, The perfect nestie.
3, Munching.
4, The great dilemma: which shade of pink?
5, The great heap.
  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Personal Pie

As you know, I don't cook.
Baking, however, is something that occasionally happens.
Because it involves sugar.
Not going to lie.


The other night my sweet tooth kicked in and I got creative and made this mini, couple-sized pie using the 3 apples on hand. Pretty much everything about this was improvised. As you can see, I used a bowl instead of a pan since it was the only thing the right size that could go in the oven.  (love Pyrex!) This and the smaller proportions led to some serious guess work about the baking time and temp. etc, etc.
Was it a stunning, award winning beauty? No, but all in all, it turned out really, really well.
Keith and I smashed it.
And lamented the lack of accompanying ice cream.
And ate it anyways.
:D

PS - Anyone have a tried and true method of softening brown sugar? We have tired a couple things and nothing works. Except the hammer. That works every time. But there has got to be a better way...


Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY Peppermint Patties: A Pin Test

Months and months ago I pinned this scrumptious little recipe to my Christmas board. Just now got around to making it. Totally easy and tasty! Pinterest success!

INGREDIENTS:
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 lb (roughly!) powdered sugar
- 2 splashes of milk
- Chocolate chips

Mix well and roll into the desired shape!

The source I pinned this from melted the chocolate and then squeezed it back into a pile on a little mint patty. This seemed like redundant, unnecessary work to me. Just roll the minty dough into a ball and press and upside down chocolate chip into it. No messy melting and all the yumminess!

Also, I used a bit of milk because it was just taking way too long to mash the cream cheese and sugar together perfectly. The milk definitely sped up the mixing process.

** You will definitely want to use an electric mixer although be prepared to have the dough glob around the beater. It was crazy.
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

under water

So I went on a little ocean depths excursion on YouTube. There is just so much awesome stuff under the waves! Here are a couple videos that you need to watch. Seriously. Don't click away! You won't be disappointed.
Do I sounds like an infomercial?

Monday, March 11, 2013

My Cabinet o' Colorful Pyrex

Alright, so in my last post I gave you a peek into the dining room, and today I am going to zone in on my favorite element of said dining room... the Pyrex cabinet! One of the best Christmas presents ever :)

My mom was actually the first to find it. She had popped into Goodwill, saw it, and immediately knew I'd like it. I wasn't with her at the time of sighting but she told me about it. I, of course, then proceeded to make my way over to Goodwill to scope out this beauty. As soon as I was in the furniture section I saw it. My mom was right. It was love at first sight.
I pretty much ran to it. It was tall (and blonde! hehe), in impeccable condition, and EXPENSIVE. After pacing around it and sliding open the doors for multiple minutes I came back down to earth and realized that even if I had that much spare dough (which I definitely didn't) the chronic thrifter in me would NEVER let me pay that much. I sadly left it, knowing it would be gone the next time I popped into Goodwill but telling myself that it would make someone else very happy. But it wasn't gone the next time I went to Goodwill, or the next, or the next. Apparently everyone thought it was too expensive. Then something awesome happened! It was marked down a bit! Not enough for it to be affordable to me, but a bit. This had two effects: First, it made me hope that there would be another markdown. Second, it stressed me out because it was now in the price range of more people! At this point I hunted down an employee to ask how long it would be before its tag color was half off. His reply made me queasy. A couple weeks.
All this, my cabinet stalking, the price drop, the half off week, was reported to my parents one night when we were out there for dinner. I lamented that my would-be-perfect-for-Pyrex-cabinet was just sitting there teasing me, too expensive.


Apparently, my parentals felt sorry for me (and knew that the cabinet was meant to live in my home) because I'm pretty sure they skittered out to get it on the day before Christmas. Which is totally a testament of my mom's love for me because she is a crowd hater!
And this is where the [stressful] story turns fun! Because it's way too big to wrap and, who are we kidding, they didn't want to move it more than necessary, it was left in the van. I was presented with a polka dot with a clue on it and the hunt began. In and out of the house we all tromped until I found it :D


Also, the employee must have looked at the schedule incorrectly because they got the cabinet for half off! Happy dance!

So that is how it came to be mine. I'm still collecting and tweaking the display but it seems to be coming together nicely.

If you were wondering, the top portion has sliding glass doors but I popped those out because I was getting wicked glare in all the pictures.

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Dining Room Divided: A Tiny Tour

Not long ago, I gave you a peek around my sister's apartment. It dawned on me that other than a few glimpses here and there, I haven't given you a proper peek into mine. Seems a tad twisted, yeah? As I've shared before, I really enjoy looking at other peoples homes. Probably an unacceptable, creepy amount but it's OK because they make magazines for people like me! There is so much you can learn about someone by looking at their "cozy space". Not to mention that it is so inspiring! Now, I know I'm not alone in this so, without further ado, here is the dining room....

Kali, I know your going to accuse me of tidying. You are right. There is no way I was going to post pictures of the dining room table the way it usually is - piled high with craft supplies, journals, and textbooks. Go ahead, judge me ;)

I can count on one hand the number of times Keith and I have eaten at that table in the past couple years. We don't have kids so it's not a big deal to just sit on the couch and eat. Instead, the table is used primarily for my off-the-floor crafting, product photog, and if we are really getting serious about accomplishing something - HOMEWORK. All this works out perfectly, because we can have the table pushed against the wall, out of the way, and dedicate most of the space for other things. Other things like Keith's "office". This is were he does all his recording and design work. I do not venture into this space on my own.



Tomorrow I'll be sharing a better view of my Pyrex and giving you the low down on that hutch because I have an awesome story to go with it :)

Live well, my chick-a-dees.
 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A waxy, dead president head around your neck: A paper necklace DIY


Today's DIY necklace is a bit more, shall we say, Vegan friendly than normal. It's main element is paper. Yup, common paper that's being repurposed :) If you've been reading along for awhile you know that I quite enjoy making things from leather. (If you're a new friend, you can check some of those things out here and here and here). However, as much as I adore leather, I put that aside for the moment and am exploring a new material.
I've been pondering using paper in jewelry making for awhile. It's such an unexpected material to wear and it's SO abundant. Crazy masses of it everywhere. Anyone else feel that despite the world going "paperless" they are still hauling loads of the stuff to the recycling drop-offs? Glad I'm not the only one.
But I digress and we are moving on...

SUPPLIES: Paper (I used a pages from a tattered dictionary), old candle wax, double boiler, beads, beading wire or thread, beading needle, charm(s), jump rings, chain, pin, jewelry pliers, bead clamp, and a clasp


STEP 1 - Using a double boiler, melt a bit of old candle wax and quickly run the paper through it. Be quick about it! The wax will harden in a flash!  I thought it would be kinda snazzy to keep the paper flat so that the print could be visable but I also knew that this left it really flimsy. While gluing several sheets together is a totally viable options I chose to wax the paper. Why? Because I'd never done it before and it sounded like fun :D
I waxed much more than I ended up using in this necklace and I'm glad I did - I ended up cutting 3 or 4 different shapes before I landed on the final one.


STEP 2 - Trim the paper to the size you want your pendant. Using a pin, poke a small hole for the jump rings. These are the anchors for the chain and beads so place the rings wisely!
STEP 3 - Using your jewelry pliers, put those jump rings in place along with any charms you are using! My 'charm' is G-Washington. Mr. President himself. I don't know if you can tell, but he is actually paper as well and has been given a proper wax dip.
**** Remember that even though the paper is thicker because of the wax, it is still a bit delicate.


STEP 4 - beady time! This is where I recommend that you use bead clamps. I couldn't find mine but fortunately the beads were big enough to slide a jump ring through so it all worked out.


STEP 5 - Using a couple more jump rings, attach the chain to the first jump rings (don't forget to put the clasp in!). Trim the pendant down so it is exactly perfect.

Fin!
While this necklace is NOT hard to make, it is a bit time intensive (meaning about an hour - which, really, isn't even that bad) simply because you have to melt wax and be slow and deliberate in your assemblage. Can't be shredding this work of art!

NOTE: Now that I have worn this for awhile I think I will be adding a bead or metal charm to the end of the pendant to act as a weight. Since it is primarily paper the necklace is very light and shifts around more than I like.


Ta-da!

PS - Wear with care! Meaning: not around small children!