Monday, April 29, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

About this thing called Instagram...

Here, on-the-lately, I've been Instagramming (is that the proper verbiage?) a bit more than in times past. I'm finding that the more I snap and post, the more I want too. It's a slippery slope of pretty pics. Not that posting is a bad thing - it just is.
Therefore, when I came across this video I got a kick out of it. I think you will too. So much so that you will go to this guy's channel and watch a few more of his ideas. Much in the manor I did. ;)

DIY: Leather Tassel (meet Vintage Coach Purse)

Finding the perfect purse is a bit of a quest, yeah?
It has to be the right size with just enough pockets. Match your personality but be neutral enough that you don't have to change it with every outfit.... blah, blah, blah, the list of requirements goes on.
To add to my requirements, I'm a serious leather lover. Those cheap, (although they are cute!) faux leather bags just don't get me going. Mostly because they feel sorta sticky but also because they fall apart very quickly.
So when I came across this vintage, navy blue Coach purse while thrifting I was thrilled. It's kinda roomy, yo! Plus it has such beautiful, structural lines and they are QUALITY purses! My only problem is that it is a *tad* bland. No worries though. "Bland" pretty much kicks my brain into DIY overdrive.
Once I started brainstorming bland-busting DIY ideas a light bulb when on and I knew that it was the perfect reason to make some awesome leather tassels. (Loulou, I know yours are a bit different but that tutorial you shared ignited a desire in me!)

SUPPLIES: leather (I used a salvages scrap), rotary cutter and mat OR scissors, ruler, key ring, glue, AND a writing utensil (optional).

STEP 1 - Trim you leather so it is as long as you want you tassel and as thick as you want it to be. I trimmed  mine to be a 6 inch square (roughly). Also, cut a 1/2 inch strip and set it aside.
STEP 2 - Start cutting your tassels! Take care not to cut all the way through like I almost did - we don't want dismembered strips! If you are using a rotary cutter you probably won't need to draw lines on the leather, but if you are using scissor you might want to make faint lines using a pencil.

STEP 3 - Taking the strip you set aside earlier, loop it through the keyring and glue together at the desired length. Trim the extra off and set it aside.

STEP 4 -Spread a line of glue along the uncut spine of the leather. Stick the keyring loop on the end and the start rolling the leather so that the keyring is in the center. Roll tightly, pressing firmly as you go!
STEP 5 - Once again, pick up that set-aside strip. Wrap it around the top of the tassel for size and trim off any extra. Now apply glue and press firmly as you wrap it around the tassel. You may need to pinch it in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue holds. Once it is completely dry your tassel is set to be displayed!

I am definitely loving my two tassels. Probably more than I should admit too. They make this purse feel so snazzy and fresh! Not to mention that they keep my fingers happy when I'm standing in line ;)


Thursday, April 25, 2013


A few days ago the bridge I am standing on was submerged. If you look near my hands / head level you can see the water line on the bridge. There were parking lots (with cars!) that were submerged. Dumpsters lifted and were floating down streets.
Our home stayed dry and for that we are so thankful but there are so many who are now gutting their home.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

grilled yum with hummus

I eat a LOT of grilled cheese. Why? Well, first, it is easy. But mostly because it is cheese that's been melted to stringy perfection. [Love me some cheese!] Another reason I greatly enjoy grilled cheese is because it can be, shall we say, customized. Adding sliced avocado and smoked ham is one of my favorite go-to grilled cheese snazzier-uppers but recently I discovered how completely delicious hummus is on it.

** SIDE NOTE - If you were wondering about the tub of white stuff, it is coconut oil. Keith and I have been slowly phasing out butter in favor of coconut oil for health reasons. I will say that it does change the flavor of the sandwich and the first time I made grilled cheese with coconut oil it startled me, however, it is really good. It was a good startling :)
I am curious though - do you cook with coconut oil or does the flavor bother you?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The tampon will keep you alive - Swiss army style

Keith and I have a mild obsession with survival training shows. We fancy ourselves really knowledgeable in this area because of this. Never-mind the fact that we have never tested out any of this knowledge. ;)  We especially love shows with Les Stroud (Survivorman) and Cody Lundin (Dual Survival). Any other fans out there?
Anyways, Keith came across this little info-graphic on Pinterest and immediately shared it with me because, well, he knew I'd appreciate it.

Once I got done snickering and put my mind back in my skull I read the article. It's actually full of good ideas and you should check it out. Although, I will say that I am not fully convinced of it's wilderness survival properties. Nor will I be until I see Les or Cody use one.

St. L

Over the weekend Keith and I were able to take a little trip to St. Louis with another couple. It wasn't long at all - 2 days, 1 night - but it was lovely to do something out of the ordinary.  while sorting though pics I realized that there were none of me. *Remind me to hand the camera to others*

PS - if you haven't gone to the St. Louis City Museum you need to do so as soon as possible.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

5 fun things - p.S

Consider this poster and print edition - full of design goodness and a bit of juicy topography!
I also seemed to have honed in on B&W prints. That was not intentional.

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 flailing, drowning, sinking, dinos by [Henderson]

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 Llama love by Ali Gulec

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Giant bug hug. By Giulia Ghigini

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Ooh, the colors. From Sainer.

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Coffee lovers, can I get an amen?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Black beetle

While we were in Kentucky I encountered my first bug of the season. A sleepy black beetle that seemed to be suffering from hibernation hangover. We found him nestled in a pile of rotting wood and after taking some pics I returned him to his home.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Life through Instagram

A little of Florida, a bit of home. In no particular order.
If you'd like, you can see more here.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Rug: A Progress Report

 In my introduction post for this project I shared that it was going to take much more fabric than I originally anticipated and that I was slow at weaving. Both of those are still true statements. This is going to take me awhile.

But really, that is ok. I've already gotten through a lengthy audio book and have watched countless documentaries on Netflix. I find the whole thing rather soothing.

 Keep up with this crazy DIY rug adventure by following along on Bloglovin'!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sand & Surf

Lovely white sand and chilly water.
Florida was nice.
It was a nice trip.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Death by fungi

** reposting this since I had an HTML fail the first time ** 

You know I have an obsession with documentaries. And a weird fascination with insects. I just can't help it.
Some of these are a bit beautiful in a morbid sort of way.

geeking over fuzzy green

Per request of my sister Jenna, on the way down to Florida we stopped at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky for a few nights of camping. AKA freezing. Seeing as spring hadn't crept that far north yet, we had a chilly few nights. Fortunately, my mom has trained us well and we all had piles of blankets we could whip out and snuggle under.
I must say though, that a perk of camping when it's still chilly is that there aren't very many other people. This is good for obvious reasons but also because the scant little brambles that divide the sites and act as little privacy walls are barren and there are fewer people peering in.  Camping always makes me feel like I'm living on display. It also makes me feel like I am living in my most primitive, disgusting, un-groomed state. I count on those little bramble barriers as a way to hide while wallowing in my grunge. It makes me feel vulnerable when they are not there. I LIKE those bramble walls.  Not that anyone is even peering in. This is all in my head. Who cares how gross other people are when they camp - aren't we all in the same state?

moving on...

Because the trees were still devoid of leave I became a bit fixated on the green that was there: the mosses. And there was so much of it! Beautiful and thick, looking like a pillow on the rocks. There were also some pretty snazzy lichens and such.
Please join me in geeking out over this photo dump :D

I'm not the only one with a moss obsession, right? You have one too, right? Right?