Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Cut Above


Yesterday I decided it was past time for a haircut so I went to my favorite salon: Lucky 13. It was a busy day so I had quite a wait but as usual it was totally worth it. I went in thinking I wanted a shag cut with Bettie Page style bangs. After talking with my stylist (also named Heather!) we decided that my hair is too thin to really do the Bettie Page justice. So she gave me "Bettie Page tribute bangs". I think they're cute and will definitely force me to keep up with my eyebrows! My only complaint...which is always my only complaint...is that I seem incapable of styling my hair like they do at the salon. I always walk out feeling like a rock star but once I wash it I am at a loss as to how to recreate the look. My stylist gives me all kinds of pointers and yet when it comes to doing my own hair I am all thumbs!
I'll just have to keep trying. :)

Sock It To Me Sunday

This weeks socks come from Betsey Johnson! My best friend got them for me for Christmas. They are an over the knee style with pink hearts all over! So cute and so comfy. Prior to this pair of socks, I always assumed I couldn't wear knee socks since I'm a rather curvy gal. I stand corrected! :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

You're a crafty one!

My lovely sister Kelly over at The House Cat introduced me to Photoscape last weekend. I've been having a blast messing around with my photos. Anywho...here are some of the crafts I've made this past year. There's just something about creating with your own two hands....I love it! :)

Top: Reusable Sandwich Bag
Upcycled Dress
Bottom: Tissue Holder
Felt Owl Stuffed Animal


Knitting is one of my favorite things to do! I'm even selling some of my scarves at Wholly Craft, my favorite local shop! Here are some of the things I've made:
Top: Close up of a open weave scarf
Skinny scarf in a funky yarn
Middle: Chunky Purple Scarflet with adjustable flower button
Bottom: Fluffy Teal and White Scarf
Yarn Bombing Tag


Top Row: Embrace Your Inner Goddess Dolls
Fun Fringe Scarf
Small photos: Rockin' Rooster Doorstop
Country Bird Felt Ornament
Bottom Row: Ornate Felt Bird Ornament (blue)
Twig Stars
Fingerless Gloves
Felted Purse with Bamboo Handles and Festive Flower

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Four Legged Friday

This week I'd like to officially introduce you to Spike and Drusilla. They are brother and sister and named after two characters from Buffy. They have such soft, long fur!

Drusilla is the braver of the two. Nothing seems to faze her. I recently bought them both cute collars with bells. Dru loves hers but Spike was terrified by his!
The kittens are super friendly! They love to cuddle with everyone.


Spike and Drusilla love being together. They used to cry whenever they were separated and wouldn't calm down until reunited!




Kittens are the best! :) What's your favorite animal?

What's For Lunch?


I've jumped on the reusable bag bandwagon. I was getting tired of wasting all those ziplocks, so I made these! The first one is my favorite...I just love the cute food fabric. They are lined with ripstop nylon, seal with velcro and they are washable. I love taking these in my lunch!
I enjoy the picnic/ants fabric as well. Very festive! :)


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sock It To Me Sunday

I've decided to start a new series called Sock It To Me Sunday. I have a strange affinity for silly socks, so I thought I should blog about them! These are two of my newest pairs of socks. The first is a pair of crew socks in light blue with happy toast on them!

My favorite pair of socks ever! These are knee highs covered in yarn, knitting needles, and scissors. As you all know by now, I love knitting so these are the perfect socks for me! :)
Socks purchased here.

It's a beautiful day...

My sister came for a visit this weekend. We went wedding dress shopping (for her) and enjoyed the mild weather. Here I am being goofy:


Interesting picture of the two of us. ;)
Bike time!
Kelly gave me this adorable bike! I just love it. I haven't ridden since I was a teen! This one has a cute little bell on it and I want to buy a wicker basket for the front!
This is my kitty Gabriel. He follows me everywhere...kind of like a dog!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wish List Wednesday

I admit it...I adore Etsy. I love seeing all the creativity! Here's a list of things I want this week! :)

Adorable owl locket from ManoCelebrates.

Ok...I want this hat but I also want that baby! So cute! See it at azec2000's shop.
I'm a sucker for vintage! I wouldn't mind weighing in on these silly scales! :)
Sokookie
Such a beautiful ring! I adore the tiny blue flower!
Violetbella
I heart these fabulous felines!
Penguinandfish

:)


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Banana Goodness!

There's a plethora of bananas starting to go bad so I thought I better use them up. I'm oh so tired of making the old standby, banana bread, so this time I made banana cake! I really don't think there's that much difference but for the sake of my sanity we're going to pretend. Everyone cool with that? ;)
I found this recipe over at chooseveg.com.

Banana Cake

Serves 8

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raw sugar or other sweetener
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil together, then add the bananas and mash them. Stir in the water and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add the flour mixture along with the chopped walnuts, and stir to mix.

Spread in a non-stick or lightly oil-sprayed 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Recipe from Food for Life by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond.


So first I assembled the ingredients:


Mixed it all together and poured it in the cake pan:
Sprinkled it with a bit of powdered sugar:
Here it is resting on a cake stand. Looks good!
What's your favorite banana recipe?

Sneak Peak


To those who know me well, it's no surprise that I love all things vintage! Particularly when it comes to household items. My home is full of antique furniture, tablecloths from the 1940's and 50's, and as many vintage dishes as my cupboards can hold. These are two of my favorite pieces. The little boy/girl vase has been in my family for years. I'm not really sure where my mom found it but when I went away to college this vase went with me. Throughout my dorm years it served as a pencil holder on my desk. Now it has a place of honor on my vanity table. In the summer months it holds fresh flowers from the garden. Beside it stands an old mirror I found on a recent trip to my favorite antique store. It's ornately decorated with flowers, bows, and ribbon. So pretty! I toyed briefly with the idea of painting it but then decided I like it best the way it is!

I love houseplants! It's difficult in a house full of cats! I've lost many plants to mischievous felines over the years. I even lost my treasured (and very very old) snake plant to my pet skunk! I've slowly learned, mainly through trial and error, what types of plants are sturdy enough to survive life in my home. Jade plants are very hardy and have managed to thrive despite being knocked to the floor time and again! My African Violet and Ponytail plant are also hearty contenders. Despite many attempts at keeping spider plants alive, I have continuously failed. They are obviously far too tempting! Despite my misgivings (and yes I know they are poisonous) I have this lovely Philodendron. I keep this baby in my room (off limits to the kitties)! I plan on hanging it soon. I just love the way they trail!
One of my favorite prints by Edward Robert Hughes...it reminds me to look for the magic in my life!
Of course, my home would not be complete without Ms. Zoe! We've had a crazy ride over the past five years. There were many times that first year that I really wanted to take her back to the pound. We just didn't seem to click. She had intense separation anxiety, she wasn't fully potty trained (even though she was 9 months when I got her), and she had some really nasty habits involving the cat's litter box! Despite it all, I stuck with her determined to make it work. It definitely paid off because she has become a wonderful companion. That's not to say that she doesn't still have occasional slip ups but overall she's come a long way!
She even has her very own song that I made up for her! It's quite catchy if I do say so myself! Do you ever make up little ditties for your animal friends? :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kitchen Makeover

I wasn't a fan of the kitchen when I moved in. It's small, with limited cabinet space, and really ugly walls. Whoever lived here before me had a fondness for insect stencils and fruit border! I lived with it for well over a year until I finally couldn't take it anymore. Here's the before picture in all it's insect laden, peeling linoleum, fruit bordered glory:


My first step was to buy some yellow paint. It turned out much brighter than I expected! I don't like painting so I've learned to live with it! :) With the help of my good friend P we tore out the old linoleum and replaced it with wood laminate flooring. If I had it to do over again I would've went with a lighter wood. This dark stuff shows every speck of dirt. I honestly have to mop twice a day if I want it to look nice. Eh, hindsight and all that...right?


Overall though, I am happy with the changes I've made so far. :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Say Cheese!

I'm in desperate need of a new camera. My old one is temperamental and has her quirks. Now I don't judge anyone for being quirky, heck I'm quirky, but when it becomes next to impossible to take a pic I have to draw the line. Ya know? So what kind of camera should I get? I'm not really that savvy when it comes to cameras! I do know that I love cameras that take fisheye photos like this one:
Fun camera but do I really want to mess with 35 mm?



A Camping We Will Go!


I'm getting excited over my yearly camping trip! Last year I missed so that makes this year even more special. The other day I was aimlessly googling and I found that the tent I bought last year had horrible reviews. I don't fancy the idea of using this tent now so I did my homework and found a great tent! It's a cabin tent (which means we will be able to stand upright) and my favorite part is the HINGED door! My biggest pet peeve about tents has always been zipping and unzipping the door. So problem solved! Also this lovely tent is huge and it has the ability to be divided in half, making two rooms, if I so desire. Here she is...the Coleman Max 8 person cabin tent!

I'm not exactly sure why but I love cooking outdoors! I think it's the challenge of making a delicious meal in challenging conditions. Now I don't cook over a campfire or anything like that. I have a propane cookstove. I guess by challenging I mean trying to make dal without insects flying into the pot! ;) This year I would LOVE to have this glorious camp kitchen! No, it's not a necessity but it sure would make my life a little easier!







Friday, February 11, 2011

Fiji


One of my old friends from high school is thinking about getting a bunny for her kids. It got me thinking that I haven't posted any pictures of Fiji in awhile! Fiji, to the best of my knowledge is a Mini Rex. He came from a pet store (gasp!) and the sign on his cage said Netherland Dwarf. However a trip to the vet eliminated that possibility. Netherland Dwarfs are tiny bunnies weighing in at just 2 pounds. Fiji is approx 3-4 pounds and he has a velvety soft coat...that's why we think he's a mini rex.

You can see him playing with his toy here. He loves to pick things up in his mouth and toss them across the room! It's the funniest thing to watch!
In my house, the animals coexist peacefully (for the most part). Here Zoe and Fiji greet each other!
Artsy B&W bunny:
I'm ALL ears!
Fiji loves to snuggle! Whenever he's on my bed he immediately wiggles his way under the covers! He's got the right idea!