Monday, December 31, 2007


Happy New Year!
I wish for you all a laughter, creativity, healthy and fun filled 2008!

Thank you for a most joyous year!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Smiling Sock Buddha

I hope everyone had the most fabulous holiday ever and for those who did not celebrate I hope you and your family spent a most fabulous weekend together! My brain is too full to do any sort of writing so I just wanna ooze with lurve for the mister and show off my newest sock monkey...
And now it is time for a second breakfast of pumpkin cheesecake from our neighbor and a cup of hawaaian coffee on my new maker...Happy Boxing Day, friends!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's that time again!

Can you guess what I am doing today? I had so many plans for visiting with friends but found myself on the verge of a cold and with a family visit this weekend I decided to stay home and get some baking (and cleaning) done.

So far I have cleaned the dining nook, prepped my famous chocolate candies, hit the library for a book pick-up, and...brace yourselves...put the ironing board away. There is still oodles to do and I have pumpkin bars in the oven but wanted to give you all the scoop on my candies. This year I added some pretzels to the mix...can't wait to try them! You can find the recipe (in pictures at least) here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Happy Mixmas!

vintage christmas: 1980Wishing you the happiest of holidays from a 1980 me. Does anyone out there want a holiday music mix? I've been playing Christmas tunes non-stop and would be happy to share!

The Week in Review: Dec 10-16

It was a week of crafting for fun, wrapping for all sorts and mad dashes to the post office. We managed to pick up our weekly haul of mulch, hit the record store and join the YMCA. How was your week?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Betacarotene & me

garden freshWhen I was seventeen I went through a major carrot phase. I was obsessed with carrot sticks and Hidden Valley Ranch dip. Oh so good. I would sit on our living room floor in front of a huge square a newspaper, a paper grocery sack and the carrot peeler. I would peel an entire bag in one sitting while watching Degrassi High. I consumed so many carrots that I actually turned an Oompa Loompa. Seriously! It took about 4 days of no carrot eating to get back my glow in the dark pale palor. I still love carrots but now I eat them whole and fresh from our garden and I haven't turned orange since!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Photobooth Friday: Masked

photobooth friday: late
Acck. Can I wear a mask and hide all day today? I let myself sleep, and sleep, and sleep and I didn't wake up until 10am and I haven't done that in awhile and I feel like I've missed the whole day. I know. I can be quite the drama queen. Normally I am up by 7am at the latest and all I can think of is three hours wasted in sleep. I can't even remember if my dreams were good or not. Yesterday was the most unproductive day ever and now today I am late, late, late! Hey, lookie like the white rabbit! That's me up there in a rabbit very, very late!

This strip was taken a week after Thanksgiving at Pull My Daisy. It was a day of laughter and babes as the Mama Bird and the Birdie Babe came out to play with me. We walked and talked and lunched it up not to mention the boothing. Friends are a fabulous thing and that makes me happy.

More boothing can be found here and here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pretty. Productive.

It is super chilly in the casa and I am wearing two pairs of socks. I hate wearing shoes in the casa. Outside, the sky is crisp and blue and everything is just so pretty.

My dear Mamos passed away eight years ago today and while my brain clicks on the date, my spirits are high. Mamos loved Christmas and today I plan on making it happen here in the tiny casa. I will snack festively, wear something fun (even if it is santa lobster socks) and I will wrap presents, listen to holiday tunes, bake cookies and make some ornaments.

I am feeling motivated! Already I have washed three loads of laundry and documented three new projects for scrumdilly-do! I cleaned off the dining table but then piled stuff up on top of it again. I have sipped two cups of coffee with eggnog added and breakfasted on tangerines and gingerbread. Who said anything about it being a healthy day? Ooh and I received a fabulous fabric order from Sew Mama Sew. Yikes! So much goodness, I am still swooning from it. Pictures soon. I promise.

Gotta get cracking on scarves, gifts and a bit more cleaning. Happy Wednesday folks. Hug your loved ones for me, okay?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


So I did and it was delicious!

A chilly casa and fabric attack

Why is it that crafty supplies and items look so happy all stacked up?

I have this habit of pulling fabric from the storage that I plan on using for some sort of project only to add to the piles so much so that I am overwhelmed with the choices and eventually, the piles of fabric fall over and I make nothing. Then I park myself on the floor and refold and stack all the bits up in towers of color. All reds in one place, all oranges, et cetera. Then I sit and look at all the fabric and feel inspired again. The piles tend to take over the tiny casa and having the clutter drives me batty. People who have been here might think I thrive in clutter but I actually don't. It depresses me and pressures me and makes me want to pack everything up and give it all away but then I look at my oddball collection of misfit toys and such and I cannot bear to part with any of it so instead I go out thrifting or supply shopping and come home with more things I don't need but I HAVE to have! Small colorful bowls, kitschy mugs, scarves, vintage children's books, packs and packs of rik-rak. Right now the tiny casa is in SUCH a state that I am itching to pack it all up all over again. The kitschy tree needs ornaments. Presents need to be wrapped. I have a couple of swap items that are long overdue and scarves need to be made. Overwhelmed I am. So overwhelmed.

The morning is crisp and super chilly. My fingertips and tippy toes are frozen and hurt. My love of the flannel sheets is wonky at best. They keep me warm but I cannot wear sheets around the house and if you wear pajama pants or yoga pants or some sort of pants with legs you get all tangled up in your clothes as you sleep. I get so tangled I can't turn anymore so the clothes come off at points during the night only to serve as some sort of wonky surf board when I get up in the dark and slide across our ancient termite loved floors. Wheee! Today is a visiting day and I like to see my friends. At the same time though my mind wanders and I think of all I have to finish up and the time frame in which to do it all and then I'm not very good company. I'm distracted. Tomorrow is my carless day and I will make sure to craft, clean and cook. Tomorrow I will get something done and then the ironing board can return to the closet. I will bake up some cookies and watch netflix movies and wrap presents and make cocoa and enjoy it all. Yes. Yes, that sounds like a plan. If you're a local peep, drop on by tomorrow for chatiness and craftiness. You are more than welcome!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Week in Review: december 3-9

Last week was a good week. It was a trying week and it was a busy week. Click here for more blurbiness on my week.

Today I have an important mission with the Leets and tomorrow I get to visit the Witch Lady. I am super duper behind on swaps and such but will get them out this week for sure. To my sister if you read this, no matter what, I DO love you.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Photobooth Friday: Keepin' it (sur)Real

photobooth friday: culturedPhotobooths are great even when it's just you but throw a friend in the mix and it kicks it up a notch. Throw a couple of mustaches in and yer headed for an asthma attack from all the laughing! Click on the pic for more info about the day.

I just have to say, I Love Me a Photo Booth!

Thursday, December 06, 2007


mustachi-odeToday was some of the best medicine a girl could ever have. I spent the day frolicking about with fabulous new flickr friend and hair stylist extraordinaire, SoMany. We were off to the Dali exhibit at LACMA. First stop, the photo booth. I made us some special pipe cleaner mustaches for props. Next up was LACMA (thanks for the tickets oh husbandman!) and then on to Whole Foods for lunch. Fun was had every moment and I'm still wheezy from all the laughing. Thank you my friend, for a most fabulous and fun day!

Check out more pictures from the day here

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


gnomes that tickle your heartNormally making things makes me happy. Taking pictures of said things makes me even happier. I've been known to giggle while photographing my crafts. Heck, sometimes I even snort. That said, I'm not happy today. It's a long personal story so I will leave it at that. I'm hoping tomorrow will bring a new mood because right now, gnomies aren't making me happy, holiday music isn't either and chocolate? Not even chocolate is helping me today. I'm hoping you all are feeling good. Smile for me and hula hoop a bit, maybe your laughter will find its way to me.

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Week in Review: Nov 26-Dec 2

Such a nice, fun & busy week it was! I got to visit with my favorite peeps, take photo booth pics, bake & set up our wee fiber-optic tree! What more could a lobster-girl want? We also watched a handful of movies, took a meander over to our favorite shop, hung out with granny and ate garden fresh sugar snap peas from our wee garden.

This week will be a tying up loose ends kind of week, I have some school stuff that needs to get done and so I will be busy, busy, busy! Happy December folks!

Hat in the center picture is handmade by Melissa Happy Stuff over at etsy!