Saturday, August 25, 2012

I heart weekends!

I started out my day with a hair appointment at my fave salon.  I got   quite a bit of the length taken off as well as lots of layers added in.  I haven't had a chance to play with it or use any product (sea salt spray was suggested...I love that stuff).  You can see that this cut brings out my natural wave.  I fight against my wave every single day armed only with a straightening iron and the sheer force of my will.  
The madness has to stop.  Especially in the summer months, when using the iron makes me feel sweaty and gross!  Hence, this new 'do!  
:)  


After the appt. I treated myself to a vegan lunch of hummus, pita and veggies.  Yummy!  I took an awesome picture of it but apparently my phone ate the pic b/c I can't find it!  Weird, right?  

Down the street from the restaurant is an awesome little Indie craft store that I've mentioned here before.  I stopped in and found a spoon ring!  I've been looking for one of these ever since I lost the one I had as a teen.  I was discouraged after checking out prices on Etsy...the ones I really liked where over $70!  Too pricey for my blood.  I found this one for $20.  :)  I love the tarnished and worn appearance!  


I've had my eye on this pillow for quite some time.  I always talk myself out of it.  Til today, that is!  Vintage fabric and then a festive  basket of flowers...I'm not sure if that's crewel work or something else?  Whatever it is, I love the vibe!  


I came home to find two packages in the mail!  Yay.  :)  First up, patterns for a Blythe wardrobe.  This should keep me busy!  


I also got a ton (and by ton I mean 24) vintage hankies!  I love hankies.  I'm rather sad that they are no longer the norm.  I think they are so beautiful.  I plan on stitching them together to create curtains for my bedroom (once I've collected enough, that is).  ;)  



One of my faves is this child's hankie!  So adorable and tiny!  :)  


Happy Saturday, friends!  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Snippets

Hi all!  I'm attempting to post this via my cell.   Lets see how it goes!  :) 

It's been such a lovely day.  The air is crisp, reminding me that autumn isn't too far off.  I spent the afternoon rearranging my living room.  It makes me feel so amazing whenever I "update" my surroundings!  After that, I put a pot of seitan "beef" stew on to cook.  The entire house smelled divine.   :)
I even potted some mums that I got at the store.   I love mums! 
I'm feeling really crafty lately.   I have a new fabric banner in the works that I'm so excited over.  I'm also stitching up some new pin up girl pillowcases, as several ladies have expressed an interest!  Last of all, I'm taking part in a mermaid swap over at Paint Myself Pretty!  I can't go into detail about what I'm making (don't want to spoil the surprise) but I think she's going to love it! 

How has you're weekend been?

How was your weekend? 








Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blissful

Bliss has another new outfit made by yours truly!  This time I made a simple tunic style top/dress (I actually also have an identical dress that I made for myself a few months ago).  
;)  
Super soft and comfy...made out of t-shirt material!  




Last week I picked up my knitting needles for the first time in ages and made this whimsical "gnome" hat.  You can find the pattern here:



How are you all doing today?  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vegan Daze

I've been cooking up a vegan storm today!  I went a little mad at the grocery store on Friday (never ever shop when you're hungry).  :)  Now I have tons of fresh produce to use up before it goes bad.  
I decided to try a brand new (to me) recipe from this lovely cookbook:


I made the un-tuna salad!  


I'm not going to type out the whole recipe here.  You can probably find it online somewhere if you are interested!
I started out with two cans of garbanzo beans...


Mashed them into oblivion with my trusty potato masher.  ;)  


Diced several stalks of celery and shredded one carrot...


Added these...


My favorite was the kelp.  I've never used kelp before.  


Mixed it all together and tasted it.  The recipe said you could add curry powder for a kick but I didn't have any on hand.  I did throw in some turmeric for color though.  I'm a turmeric fiend.  Love the stuff!  


Spooned the salad into a pita and added some blue corn chips and a pickle.  Perfect!  


While the un-tuna salad was chilling, I whipped up the Vanilla Yogurt Pound Cake from Veganomicon (I'll post pics of it later...after it's cooled).  That recipe called for silken tofu but only about half the package.  So I used the remaining tofu to make a tasty smoothie!  It's got peaches, banana, and all sorts of berries in it along with the silken tofu and a bit of soy milk.  Tasty!  


Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  :)  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

New Dress!

I made my first Blythe dress this week.  It's nothing to write home about but as first attempts go it's not half bad.  I used one of her existing dresses to make a pattern for this one.  Sewing for such a small doll wasn't very easy.  Tiny hems!  :)   





Friday, August 10, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Blythe Bliss

When I arrived home from my weekend cabin trip, I saw that I had a notice from the post office for a registered package.  I was a bit sad that I had missed the delivery of my Blythe but at the same time happy that they didn't just leave her on the porch where she would have probably been taken (I don't have the greatest neighbors).  
This morning I rushed to the post office first thing to pick up my package.  I had to practice patience because I went to the laundromat right after the post office (two birds with one stone and all that).  After the laundry was all folded, I rushed home and found that while I was out the mailman delivered my Blythe dress from Germany!  Good timing!  :)  


This is what I found when I opened the box:


I will admit I felt a bit teary eyed when I saw my very first Blythe in person!  She was bigger and more beautiful than I expected!  I'm goofy...I know.  ;)  


This is the cute little dress I found on Etsy!  The picture doesn't do it justice.  It's absolutely adorable.  

I knew that the original Blythe from back in the 70's had a string attached to the back of her head that allowed you to change eye color and position.  What I didn't know was that the Neo Blythe's have the same thing!  So that was a rather nice surprise.  :)  

Here she is with green eyes...



Blue...

Wine Red...

There's also an orange colored eye...but I forgot to snap a picture!  Honestly I'm not a huge fan of that color...it's a bit creepy looking.  

So here she is styling in her pretty little sundress!



Hippie girl playing her ukulele!  I love the little flower headband!  



She's such a photogenic doll.  I can tell I'm going to have fun with her.  :)  


Meet Bliss!  Nice hippie name, don't you think?  ;)


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Weekend In The Hills

This weekend Pat, my sister and I stayed in a cabin in Hocking Hills.  It was such a relaxing end to my time off from work.  I arrived at the cabin 4 hours before they did so that I could get started on dinner.  I made some homemade pizza dough (which took several hours..thanks to YEAST...lol).  While I was waiting I explored the area with the dogs.  In front of the cabin there was a lovely rippling creek.  Beside the cabin was an empty field chock full of the most amazing butterflies!  Everything was so peaceful and calm.  Such a nice break to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  
Kelly and Pat arrived later that evening and we enjoyed a yummy dinner of vegan Hawaiian style pizza (hello "burger" crumbles and pineapple!) and watched a movie before calling it a night.  

The next morning I whipped up a sun dried tomato and asparagus tofu frittata and some old fashioned baking powder biscuits for breakfast...then we headed off to explore.  Our first stop was at a local diner for COFFEE!  Yes, I'm an addict.  It was really hard to give up Starbucks for the weekend.  ;)  
After that we went to Rock House.  The Rock House has a history which you can read more about here.  Native Americans used it at one point.  Even bandits thought it made a great hide out!  Here you can see K next  to the sign which leads down a long trail to the Rock House.  


Lots and lots of steps.  We got quite the workout!  



K found a red leaf.  We thought it was cool enough to snap a picture!  Lol.  

There were several places where you could stand on a cliff and look into the valley below.  Pat was super brave (or stupid...depending on your view) and got VERY close to the edge.  I stayed way back. I've been way too much of a klutz lately to risk it.  Lol.  Did I tell you all that I fell down the stairs the last time we stayed in this cabin?  I'm pretty sure my finger's broke...seeing as how it hurts and is still swollen a month and a half later!!!  



Here we are taking a well deserved break!  ;)  




We finally made it to Rock House!  I couldn't get a good picture of the exterior b/c we had the rock house on  one side and a cliff on the other.  I did get some cool shots inside the cave though!  

Many of my shots came out too dark...but I found this one online...you can see what a neat place this cave is!

After the hike back to the car, I'm ashamed to say we were pretty wiped out...not too mention HOT.  The humidity was crazy that day.  We headed back to the cabin so I could make a late lunch...yummy tamarind rice!


They rested outside while I finished up our lunch.  ;)  You can Zoe in the pic...she just loves going on cabin trips!  


P and I took a walk that evening.  Next door (keep in mind we were in the country so next door is like a half mile away) we met a friendly horse named Gunner.  A neighbor who happened to be driving by stopped to tell me all about Gunner, including his sweet tooth!  She gave me a peppermint to entice Gunner to the fence.  When I crinkled that wrapper, Gunner came running!!!  I fed him his treat and now I have a friend for life.  Lol.  He nuzzled me, played with my hair, "kissed" me, and even attempted to get fresh with me by sticking his nose down my shirt in the hopes I had some hidden candy in there!!!  Silly horse friend!  




We said goodbye to Gunner and continued on our way to the creek.  It was just lovely!  I immediately waded into the water and watched the little (and not so little) fish swim all around me.  Such a magical moment.  


I chose several special stones to take with me as a memento of our time in the country.  Pat even found a fossil!  


This morning I woke early to make homemade english muffins and I found this beauty in the dog's food bowl!  Pretty sure it's a wolf spider...but I could be wrong.  We put him outside so he could go on his merry way.  


That about sums up my weekend.  What did you do with yours?  :)