Wednesday, November 30, 2011

feeling uninspired

it is only wednesday, and i'm having a rough week.
there is so much change going on,
and i sorta thrive on routine.
this week has been lots of laundry
and home cooking
after a solid week away.
my head hurts and my phone is out.
{sprint outage here - maybe for 12 hours, they say}
also, yesterday i found a whole
pickle in the washer.
it was a mini pickle, but still, 
a whole pickle.

a couple shout-outs:
hi, annban.
hi, jan.
i think i can feel both of you checking in
to see if i've posted anything good.
i'll try to pull it together here soon.
in the meantime,
here is something adorable
{found here}

Saturday, November 26, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: handmade holiday workshop, week 4

come see me at
for a project that is equal parts
easy & charming
:: recycled jar snow globe ::
{no water needed}
{so easy, we made this in our hotel room}

come and make your own
{how about several for your mantel?}

come and see all my
art-paper-scissors posts

Friday, November 25, 2011

:: seven ::

ned turned seven today

we took the "light rail" train
into uptown charlotte to the
to the 7th street stop

we went to the discovery museum
and saw lots of cool stuff
 the seahorses were our favorite
then we went next door to 
for local food & dessert 

happy birthday to my sweet little guy.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

:: fortyonederful ::

with a most grateful heart,
i am wrapping up my 41st birthday

thank you
nicki & family
for welcoming me & my family
on this amazing day

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

:: charmed ::

take a look at my new
chunky funky charm necklace
from my sweet friend emily
{it's from her etsy shop: LadyEm}
emily dismantles vintage jewelry
and creates the most amazing 
wearable works of art.
i l♥ve it!
see the listing here
{thank you, emily, for my extra special birthday treat tucked inside!}
{and thank you, gretchen, for the white glove service.}

she has made {and sold} 2 others like it,
but they are each one-of-a-kind
see the listing here

see the listing here

i recommend that you keep a close eye 
on her shop
as new treasures are appearing daily.

she also has a vintage etsy shop: LadyEm2.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

:: which nest is best ::



friendly neighborhood

Monday, November 21, 2011

:: sunday & monday ::

:: sunday ::

airport lunch
garrett's napkins say love is messy
stuck in chicago
that's my tracy porter toulouse cardigan as his pillow
this just looked so potentially dangerous:
mischievous child with banana peel

:: monday ::

checking out neighborhoods in charlotte
loads of fun with ned sandwiched in between his sisters
adorable house for sale 
lunch at "crisp"
drinking sweet tea, ya'll
swanky south park mall

Sunday, November 20, 2011

say nice things about me...

carry on without me...
'cause i'm gone

Saturday, November 19, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: handmade holiday workshop, week 3

i have a new project for you!
make a few to keep as decorations
and make a few to give.

{made using recycled cereal boxes}

come and see

check out all of my art-paper-scissors posts

Friday, November 18, 2011

:: annual ::

i was long overdue for an annual exam.
i found dr. zakarian through a friend,
and i'm happy to report that she was wonderful.
the most pleasant doctor's appointment ever.
she even gave me a goodie bag filled with
scented lotion, chocolate, and a welcome letter.
it's almost like i was at a party.
except it was my annual exam.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

:: ned's school birthday ::

thanksgiving vacation begins today.
which means that ned celebrated
his birthday {which is really next friday}
today at school.

the principal read his name in the
morning announcements.
and he brought treats for his class
can you tell that it rained at recess?
happy almost-birthday, ned!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

:: first grade art :: winslow homer ::

today, i introduced ned's class to
:: winslow homer ::

we looked at this
{snap the whip}
and this
{in the mowing}
and this
{breezing up}
i wish i had shown them this
{sunlight on the coast}

we discussed
lightness and darkness
and introduced the term
:: value ::
we made value charts
like this
using a only a black crayon
and by varying the pressure

i introduced the term
:: horizon::
then we made these

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

scroogeness is the problem, cratchitness is the cure

how i would love to travel to
pittsfield, massachusetts, next month
to see this,
"one of the greatest stories ever written 
about goodness and greed."*
james taylor will make his
theatrical debut playing the role
of bob cratchit.
his wife, kim taylor, will play mrs. cratchit.
their 10-year-old twin boys, 
rufus & henry, have roles in the play, as well. 

you can read more here,
and you can purchase tickets here.

*this and title quote are by director and scrooge, eric hill.

Monday, November 14, 2011

:: easy pet ::

marian won our goldfish, fin,
at the county fair last summer.
she is affectionate, vigorous,
and very low maintenance.
once, marian found her flopping on the shelf.
apparently, she made a break for it.
i admire her spirit.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GNO & my new favorite drink

last night was GNO {girls night out}.
my pal, gina, & i were long overdue
to toast our 40th birthdays
{yes, i'm about to turn 41}
and catch up on our busy lives.
we had dinner here
and headed here for drinks afterwards.
i don't get out much,
so i always like to find out what the cool kids
are drinking these days.
i was served a tall 44 press.
{it looked like this}
i had never heard of a vodka press,
but it is my new favorite drink.
here is the recipe:
a tall glass with crushed ice
{made from idaho potatoes, of course}
fill with equal parts soda water & 7up
and a wedge of lime.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: handmade holiday workshop, week 2

i have a really cool project
for you to make & give!

satisfy your inner macgyver.

two other gifty uses for those handy tins
right here

come see all of my art-paper-scissors posts

p.s. this is my 500th post!
{can i get a woop-woop?!}

Friday, November 11, 2011

:: roasted brussels sprouts ::

we love these
tossed with olive oil
sprinkled with salt & pepper
roasted at 375° for about 20 minutes
they are so simple and so tasty.
the leaves that fall off
turn into crunchy little potato chips.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

:: vitality :: dry brushing ::


dry brushing is a good thing.

you can use a body brush, but i use a pair of these
{they can be found at luxury retailers, such as walmart}
{psssst! dawn, this pair is for you!}

starting at my toes,
working toward my heart,
with gentle circular motions,
i polish every little bit
before stepping into the bath.

i've been doing this faithfully
since summertime,
and guess what?
my skin is softer & healthier.

read more about dry brushing

{and please share what you know in the comments below}

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

:: his smile ::

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

bandanas as cloth napkins

these are in my kids' lunches every day,
pretending to be cloth napkins.

they are made in america

look how affordable they are
{where they sell various and sundry items, including danskos}

did you know that the word bandana
comes from the hindi word bandhana
which means "to tie"?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

vegan "milkshake"

marian spent last saturday at a friend's house.
while she was there, she called me to gush,
"they eat like WE do!"
which is very rare in these parts.

her friend's mother made them this milkshake,
and marian, a girl after my own heart,
made sure to get the recipe.

yes, it's vegan, but it is so delicious
that everyone will love it.
i think you could call it peanut butter chocolate.

i am dedicating this post 
to my vegan friend, emily,
and my vegan cousin, stephanie.
☼cheers, ya'll!☼

this recipe is for 1 serving.
i tripled the recipe and my blender was full.

                  vegan milkshake 
                          8 oz almond milk
                          1 banana
                          1 Tbs peanut butter
                          1 Tbs agave
                          1 Tbs cacao nibs
                          1 tsp vanilla
                          1 cup ice

add all ingredients to blender & blend well.

using frozen bananas will make a thicker shake.

by all means, substitute almond butter
for the peanut butter if you prefer.

the cacao nibs are little crunchy bits 
that seem like frozen chocolate chips.

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