Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I dressed up today just for fun. All day I have been getting the strangest looks. I guess people around here think its not cool to wear costumes. Whatever! I'm letting my inner child SHINE!!!

I've gone to Starbucks, preschool, the grocery store and art class all in costume. :)

Here I am in all my flower child hippie glory!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Give A Hoot" Fabric Pouch

I've been in a major crafting funk of late.  I come home at night too exhausted to even think of picking up my knitting needles or sitting at my sewing machine.  This morning though, I made it a priority.  Before I did anything else, I sat down in front of my machine to make this little zippered pouch:


I think I've only sewed in a zipper one time in my life and that was in a high school home ec class nearly 20 years ago!  So this took some time for me to figure out.  :)  But I finally got it!  
I just love this owl fabric!  It's been sitting in my stash for ages just waiting for the perfect project!  I see many more pouches in my future.  :)  


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ramblings...

I've been a total blogging slacker lately!  No excuses really other than just not having anything to say.  :)  My life has been rather mundane lately.  I haven't been crafting much. I've basically been snuggled in bed with a book or watching marathon movies.  The change in the weather and the shorter days always has this effect on me!  I call it my "hibernation mode".  

So I've made a big decision.  Big for me anyway.  I've decided that this is the year I will take part in NaNoWriMo!  For those of you who aren't familiar, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  The purpose is to get people to write (anything...even if it's crap...while silencing your inner critic) and to commit to writing at least a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  Ambitious, I know.  Especially for someone like me, with extremely limited free time.  I'm going to need to write 1,667 words per day!  I wouldn't have bat an eyelash at this when I was younger.  I used to write constantly from the time I hit 4th grade.  I got away from it in my late twenties.  Life just got in the way, I guess.  
So I'm pretty excited to give this a try!  I even roped my fiance into participating!  :)  

Ok...so on to the pictures!  Here's some cute, rather large mushrooms I found this week.  I just love them!  


I've been baking and cooking again.  I tend to survive on salads and cereal during the week...but on the weekends, I'm a slave to the kitchen!  

Yummy lentils!


Sourdough pancakes with apple cinnamon syrup...


Sourdough bread dough...


I've been hard at work on this guy.  I've logged about 7 or 8 hours so far.  Embroidery sure is a time consuming hobby!  The sad thing is, I still have the matching pillowcase to do! How much would you be willing to pay for a set of embroidered pillowcases?  I've been having a hard time researching this because the range that people charge on Etsy seems to vary so much.  Also, keep in mind that part of my sale has to go to Sublime Stiching as part of my contract  with them.  :)  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Weekend In The Hills


P and I took an impromptu trip to Hocking Hills last weekend.  We rented a cabin, loaded the dogs in the car, and off we went!  We arrived rather late Friday night.  Just enough time for dinner and catching up.  We had a visitor in the form of the biggest dog I've ever seen!  He was part black lab and part horse.  :)  He was super friendly and wanted to play fetch.  He picked up a fallen tree LIMB (note I said limb and not branch...it was huge)!  He started carrying it around the yard bumping into us as he did so.  I think the limb was at about 5 feet long!  He brought it to me and dropped it at my feet, inviting me to throw it.  Hahaha!  It was pretty funny.  I wish I would've had my camera.  Silly dog!  :)  

Saturday we drove to a nearby metro park for some hiking fun.  We took along Lola (my chihuahua) and after much searching finally found a trail that didn't prohibit dogs.  We did a mile hike and saw so many pretty views.  








This millipede was so interesting!  I got to touch him and he even crawled on me a bit.  P wouldn't come near.  Apparently he doesn't like bugs!  


On our way back we saw the funniest sign!  


Hope you all have a great week!  :)  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kitchen Diva

Having a few days off always puts me in the mood to cook!  I've spent much of this week baking up apple goodies (trying to use 20 lbs of apples before they go bad)!  Last night though, I got a hankering (do people actually use this word anymore???) for some old school chili cheese fries.  I used to spend my college summers working at Cedar Point (amusement park here in Ohio) and I was absolutely addicted to their chili cheese fries!  I know that there are recipes out there for duplicating the Velveeta like cheesey goodness but I lacked the ingredients and the time.  So instead I took the lazy vegan's way out and used Daiya shreds, Toffuti sour cream, frozen french fries, and a can of veggie chili!  I know it would've tasted ten times better if I had taken the time to make my own chili....but ya know, it wasn't half bad this way!  



I figured if I was going to eat American junk food for dinner, I should follow it up with a scrumptious dessert.  Right?  So I whipped out the So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean ice cream and topped it with this lovely vegan chocolate syrup.  Totally reminiscent of my childhood Sundaes...only cruelty free!  :)  


This morning I woke up wanting waffles.  Is there anything better than homemade waffles?  I think not.  
I decided to put some more of our apple booty to work here.  
Apple Cinnamon Waffles....mmmmmm.....
I used Isa Chandra Moskowitz's awesome recipe.  You can find it here...but I substituted apple cider for apple juice (hey, use what you have).  
De-lish!  I ate one of these bad boys and was full.  I froze the rest so I can enjoy them later.  


What have you been eating lately?  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quirky Kitty

Just wanted to stop by with a quick post this afternoon!  I woke up feeling inspired to create something, anything.  So I made a reusable shopping bag out of this super cute kitty fabric.  It says "Meow So Lucky" and features the Japanese Maneki -neko or Lucky Cat.  :)  
I didn't have anything suitable to use for the straps so I made my own out of some old denim!  



This bag will be "purrfect" for hauling groceries, books, etc! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Blissful Weekend

Sorry I've been MIA friends...
My Mom came for a visit this weekend!  We had a jam packed couple of days starting with antiquing in Hocking Hills.  It's one of my favorite places for finding vintage goodies!


Mom found this set of six OLD Louisa May Alcott novels (including my most favorite childhood book: Little Women) for only $25!  I have a "thing" for old books so of course these beauties had to come home with me!


I also picked up this super cool vintage scale.  I'm not really sure why...I just think it's cute and looks adorable in my kitchen!  ;)  


When we got back to Columbus we had a super yummy Indian lunch and then headed out for apple picking!  We got 20 lbs of apples...oh my!  I have been giving my oven quite the workout the past few days.  So far I've made apple crisp and apple pie crumb cake muffins (divine!).  




Oops!  Almost forgot that I picked up this copy of The Velveteen Rabbit while at the antique mall.  Not what I'd consider vintage but it was only $2 and I love this story!  I was reading an excerpt to Mom in the middle of the store and I got choked up.  Haha!  She told me I wasn't aloud to read children's books to her anymore if they were going to make me cry.  Just wait til I whip out The Giving Tree!  Hehehehe....


On Sunday, we woke up early and headed out for my ukulele lesson.  Wow.  The uke.  I've been putting in a lot of practice time but I feel I'm not progressing as fast as I'd like.  I guess I'm impatient like that.  My instructor said that I was definitely making progress...that he can hear the improvement every week.  Here's hoping he's not just saying that to make me feel better!  

After that, we headed to the zoo.  We were pretty excited to see the 3 month old baby Amul tiger cubs.  They were sooooo adorable!  Very playful!  I couldn't get very good photos from my vantage point but check out the awesome one from the zoo's website down below...



We visited the petting farm for some hands on animal love.  Mom fell for this charismatic fellow.  He was blissed out when she started rubbing his ears!  



This gal was hiding under a bench.  Cute.  :)  


We just had to visit the Australia portion of the zoo.  I love seeing the kangaroo's!  This little girl was only two years old.  Her name is Caroline.  What a sweetie!  

We stopped by the lorikeet exhibit so we can feed them some nectar.  I got bit twice!!  

I dragged Mom onto the carousel.  She had fun!  


We saw so many other funny things...like the gorilla who kept picking his nose and then eating it!  Or the bonobo that peed all over his playground.  
Saw some sad stuff too...like the bobcat that just kept pacing and pacing...and then he stopped right in front of us and meowed pathetically.  :(  

Today we went back to the antique mall where we were meeting my Dad.  We saw some pretty neat stuff like these old doors that they made into a folding screen.  Love it!  


My Mom is a big fan of the faux fireplace.  You take an old mantel and put an old heater in front of it.  Pile a strand of blinking lights in the heater and ta-da...instant ambience (but no heat)!  



I couldn't resist this upcycled screen door cabinet!  Someone used old wood, a door, and a vintage latch to make this cute little cubby. I brought it home with me and put it in my bathroom.  It's now filled with towels.  Perfect!  
I'm going to do some decorating on the top eventually...but for now this will have to do.  

A peek inside...


My sweet kitty Tibet has been a lap cat all afternoon.  I love this cat more than anything or anyone.  I know that sounds weird but he is my best friend.  


One last kitty shot!  I couldn't resist.  Spike and Sheldon are snuggle buddies.  They make my heart melt!!!  


Hope you all are having a wonderful October 1st!  :)