Thursday, February 27, 2014

the jump-a-versary is this weekend!

We're heading down to Los Angeles for our annual jump! For now, here are some pic-shaws from my birthday...
morning cuppa with a friend
coconut milk waffles
mister made birthday skillet apple pie
cheery cherries for the cake
a sister-a-go-go made kahlua cake
spirited fixins'
my made-up birthday cocktail which is a bit like an old fashioned
birthday finger puppets!
birthday me...
 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

arting it up for the february bed

 
I do not have any diy photos but I'll tell ya it is super easy. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry. I used three sheets of paper sized 11"X 17" and squirted a bunch of happy colors on each piece. I then grabbed an old credit card and got to scraping the paint around, adding more and scrape, scrape, scraping away. I ended up with a large blob of paint on each piece of paper that i scraped off with cardboard.
After the paint dried, I cut out a heart shape from each piece using a pattern I made from another piece. I used a pattern so each heart was the same size and shape and I would not have to fold the painted paper.
Hearts are taped to the wall with painters tapes. Washi tape did not hold and masking tape would probably pull paint off the wall. I do love happy scrape art!

Monday, February 17, 2014

a wee proposal {second title}

I am certain there were things I wanted to write about. Things that may have involved cooking or shopping or sad racooning. And now, since I waited sooooo long I cannot think of anything to share. At least anything remotely interesting to anyone other than those involved. Oh wait! I remember....I need to re-title this hold on a second...
A few weeks ago a was working on the february bed and fretting over the artwork when I found a thrifted granny square in pink, white mad grey! I found two more but they were of the grey variety and I thought...

"Drats! If only I had more to choose from..."

Okay, now I have an idea. My birthday is in six days and I was thinking about how much I love a granny square and how inept I am at needle arts. I've already got a partner for a granny square/garland swap but I was wondering if anyone else out there would be up for sending me a square or two or three. Anyone?
 
I would love to have a basket full of gloriously artful grannies to hang over the bed or place about the craft room for splashes of pretty. Some may even make an appearance in a photo shoot. What I can offer you up in exchange is a set of six dillydelicious pom-poms made by me or perhaps a painted newspaper garland/papel picado?
 
I do love making pom-poms even if they aggravate my allergies (while wearing a filter mask even) but there is only so much room in the-room-that-shall-one-day-be-cleaned to store them. So what do ya think? Is it time for a swap?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

sugar rush {a little post valentine's day goodness}


I've had this idea for magic bars for years. Years, I tell ya! Even before I made the pie. I don't know why it took me so long and while the photos look a bit tired, I have to tell you, these were ooey-gooey good! If you do decide to whip up a batch of valentine magic bars make sure you have a crowd over to enjoy them!
 
One of the things I did differently than the classic recipe was cutting out much of the butter to make the bottom crust. I used strawberry wafers, the kind that used to come with a scoop of ice cream when you ate out in the 1970s. Not necessarily good for you but these are magic bars which are simply tasty. I used about 3/4 of a pack I found at the dollar store. so gourmet!
I also added a second layer using Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. It's the chocolate and strawberry combo I was after in the first place. Pop about half a package of the wafers into a plastic bag, seal, then crush with a rolling pin. Your kiddos will love this part!
Next up I scattered marshmallows, m&ms and chocolate chips. On top of that I poured 140z of sweetened condensed milk. I know. Sweet! If you do try this, do not do what I did, add the sweetened condense milk on top of the cookie crumbs, then add the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes then add your marshmallows and m&ms. This way, the marshmallows will get gooey without browning...same as the m&ms.
Enjoy with a cold glass of your favorite milk drink. These are much better cool or the next day and of course shared with friends in small bites.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

the whole shebang {adv in capsule wardrobing}*

And now it is time to get back to our regularly scheduled program of wheeziness, food, garden photos, and maybe....if we're lucky...a little diy. Thank you for following along. If you did or if you do take the time to try a capsule wardrobe, send me a link so I can cheer you on!

*actually 19 outfits as I had no idea I duplicated one outfit...days 8 and 11.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

the great capsule wardrobe adventure: day 20 {huzzah!}

end scene; items 1 and 5
 And then it was finished. I have to admitted the next day I put on jeans and my Old Focals shirt. But then I put on a happy layered skirt followed by another day of skirt wearing. I'm still quick to don the pajama bottoms once I get home but it was really nice not having to worry about what I was going to wear. Have less to choose from was kind of freeing....says the girl who just bought a new skirt. What am I going to do with myself? I'm going to do this again in a few weeks with all new items. I had a mini spree at the thrift and am looking forward to wearing some of the pieces I just picked up even though I wasn't going to do anymore clothes shopping. You just can't trust a Pisces. Tomorrow or whenever I recover from the sleep inducing dental adventure I will post a collage of all twenty ensembles...which makes me feel a little weird...look at me! look at me!