Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

A few fun things - p.j

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


This is probably a bit silly but it can't be helped it was just so pretty!
I snapped a bunch of pics when the mundane task of refilling a soap bottle turned into color magic.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I was flipping through an art journal I made back in 09 and turned this up. And I'm not sure if it stood out to me because there has been virtually no rain in the past 3 weeks or because that's how my heart feels.
It's strange to describe...
I am thirty for life. I am tired of feeling like my life has yet to begin, because I know that is false. This is my life and it is happening now. But this endless schooling is draining. Not that I'm particularly excited for a 9-5 work week but I feel stagnant. Not that stagnant is dry.

Perhaps dusty would be a good way to describe how I feel.
My life feels dusty.
And dust thirsts, right?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Room to Breathe

While I was in the kitchen making bread I had lots of time to think about how teensy and UNfunctional ours is. I love the simplicity of this kitchen. And its space.

I found it on pinterest but there was no link :(

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My snazzy bread from scratch

As one of our "together" activities, Loulou and I thought it would be fun for us to take the same basic bread recipe, doctor it up to our liking, and then compare results.
To jazz mine up I used a bit of orange peel and several heaping spoonfuls of strawberry preserves (I had planned on using raspberry jelly but that wasn't what was in the back of the fridge. sad.) It turned out alright. It's definitely edible but I think it could have used a bit of brown sugar.
Loulou's bread, however, sounds like a taste of heaven. Check out her recipe!

A bit of honesty:
This sounded like a lot of fun when I proposed the idea to her but once I was in the kitchen I remembered when I don't frequent that space very often. And I completely understand why the bread machine was invented.
Did. not. enjoy. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer is...

scavenging berry bushes for perfect bite-sized blackberries
scaring a trail turtle so bad (s)he whizzed 3 times
convincing your parentals that it is reasonable and good to take a kitten (who has to be bottle fed) camping

That kitten is Sally Fay Foster and it's kinda hard to tell since she is getting a wipey bath, but she is a giant fluff ball! She has long, curly hair that is so soft you want to use her as a toe warmer. The campground rule was that all pets had to be leashed but really she had it on so we could keep track of her tiny self. Seriously, do critters get much cuter!?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quote # 26

*my dad told me that was a moth. my sister says it is a butterfly. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Antique German Liquid Filled Glass Christmas Ornament

Let me preface this post by announcing that I need some help and would LOVE any bit of info you'd be able to give me :)
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I picked this lovely ornament up at a yard sale. It's a silver indented bulb and in the center there is a separate bulb of glass that has orange tinted water(?) in it. On the outside of this little water bulb are white lines that reflect onto the indent and give it the star-burst look.

It seems like it has the original wire hanger which is pretty snazzy. Unfortunately, the wire doesn't have a cap so there is no information about the maker. 

 Friends, I think my Google skills are a bit rusty because it took much longer than it should have to unearth a bit of info about this awesome ornament. On the other hand, I couldn't find one site that was purely informative about this kind of ornament. The limited information I've been able to gather has come from an old Ebay auction that was snapshotted on WorthPoint. Does it frustrate anyone else that you can no longer view auctions over 90 days old on Ebay?

So what I learned about this pretty...
The ornament comes from Germany and is mouth blown mercury glass.  Apparently no two are alike not only because of the way they were made but because they were different colors and some were decorated.

It would be awesome to learn when this was made and if it has any value. Any thoughts?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Good tunes

If I were to be super obnoxious and post an auto playing song on this blog it would be something by this guy. Although not necessarily either of these songs because they are haunting and make me want to cry for reasons I do not understand. Let's lay on the floor, listen, and let the world spin around us, yeah?

  Love me some Radical Face.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Slice of Life: Photo an hour

Loulou and I thought it would be fun for us to do a photo-an-hour post on the same day and see how things compare.  Here are a few snippets of my life from last Tuesday. Just so you know, this is my first time doing an hourly picture and I missed a few (shhhh) BUT you still get a general idea of how a day with Keith goes when neither of us have any obligations...

8 O'clock hour - I have pried myself from bed. Keith runs the AC at full blast so our room is freezing. It makes it super hard to get out from under the cozy blankets.

9 O'clock - time for some breakfast snackage

10 O'clock - Edit some pictures and work on a few blog posts

11 O'clock - FAIL - Cleaning and dishes with my hands and Netflix with my head. How do you take a picture of that?

12 O'clock - Getting dressed. Should I feel a bit bad that it is after noon when I got dressed? Probably. Do I? Most certainly not.

1 O'clock and 2 O'clock - running some errands

3 O'clock - Return some books to the library and get lost in the quiet isles for a few moments.

4 O'clock - Pop in at a local old-fashioned soda fountain shop for a delicious marshmallow Coke. YUM
5 O'clock - FAIL

6 O'clock - Tasty dinner of pulled pork (quite possibly one of my all time favorite meals) and coleslaw at a new eatery
7 O'clock - FAIL
8 O'clock - FAIL

 9 O'clock - We took a walk to soak up the last little bit of light

There it is! This is my life. I am blessed, yeah?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY Chocolate Covered Apple Pops

When Keith and I were honeymooning in Seattle I discovered the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and their chocolate covered apples that were probably more chocolate than apple. If you've never had one let me just say they became my snack of choice for the week and fortunately, since I was his new bride, he indulged me and allowed me to spend quite a bit of money on those.
Now, we don't have a RMCF close to home. See the problem?
Below is the answer. AND IT"S REALLY EASY TO DO! While I certainly don't have any candy making secrets this is how we did chocolate covered apples. From the rate at which they were snarfed down I would say that we were successful in make a tasty treat.

INGREDIENTS: apples, chocolate, sprinkles and other toppings
NEEDED: skewers, foam block

1) Wash, slice, and skewer all the apples. The slices I cut varied from 1/2 inch to 1 inch thickness. No need to be super particular. Stab the skewer all the way through the apple slice. This keeps it on the stick once it's covered in heavy chocolate and toppings.
2) Melt the chocolate. Chocolate chips were what we used.
3) Put the chocolate on the apple - either by dipping it in, spreading with a knife, or drizzling it on with a spoon.
4) Toppings!  We had bowls of mixed nuts, sliced almonds, craisins, heath, and of course, sprinkles!

Once the apple has been dressed to your liking stick it a foam block till the chocolate hardens. You can see what we used really well a couple pictures up.

Don't waste the bits! They are perfect for getting the last bits of chocolate out of the bowl and taste just as good. Also just as good? The 'messy' ones.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Meet Thumbkin

One of the cats at my parentals had a litter of 5 kittens not long ago and while she is a very good momma and has her babies tucked away in a very hard to reach locale (under the roofing shingles dumpster. cozy.) we did manage to lure one out. The little kit is barely big enough to walk! She was so adorable venturing out to meet us because she wobbled and lurched and toppled over a few times. 
Sweet, sweet kitty. Don't you just want to put her in your pocket?

Now, let's take a moment to zoom in and inspect that paw...

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.....6 claws!?  See why we call her Thumbkin?
Both her front paws have that extra thumb while her back paws are completely normal. Isn't she the cutest!? She is so tiny but already she has so much personality. Her siblings are in a sleepy pile while she wobbles into the world looking for adventure (and the momma cat's plate of tuna). I think she will be a fun one to watch grow up.