November 30, 2012

Photo Friday: The Birds

While I dread the arrival of snowbirds (juncos) they are cute, in a very Angry Birds sort of way. They are also fluffy. And cute, did I mention that?


The other day a bunch of them were in the yard.


And when I peeked through the camera to another part of the yard, this bird was giving me the old hairy eyeball.


A grackle. How not cute. At all. 

At my in-laws' house, they get interesting birds.


These are Bohemian Waxwings, which I keep calling Brazilian Waxwings because I have no brain.





I had a little bit too much fun taking pictures of the birds. Just a smidge.

See you on Monday!


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November 28, 2012

House Love : 'Once Upon a Time'

Winter is my boredom time. I don't snowmobile, I don't ski (I can barely walk without falling down, I don't need to be strapping sticks to my feet on top of all that natural grace) I don't ice fish, and generally am not very tolerant of the cold.

So I putz around the house instead. Much to my husband's chagrin (because he's the one that has to hear me wax poetic about paint colors) this is the time of year I spruce up, rearrange, redecorate, and repaint.

For the moment I'm planning out a bit of a kitchen makeover, and am getting lots of inspiration from this - Mary Margaret's apartment in the ABC show 'Once Upon a Time.' How much do I love this space? Let me put it this way - if I could, walls would be knocked down to replicate it.






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Everything is light, bright, airy, and full of vintage finds. I've got big plans to incorporate some of these things into our kitchen, like pale neutrals and open shelving for displaying vintage Pyrex.

Now if I could only jack the kitchen ceiling up about 8 feet, I'd be in business! 


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November 26, 2012

Etsy Shop Update

The Etsy shop is back up and running! (Details of that extremely-uninteresting-to-others story here.) I've removed a few listings, added a few, and took new photos for a few others while the shop was on vacation.

Here are some of my current favorites:

A collection of 3 vintage cookbooks.


Tack-It Pattern Markers, used to mark pattern lines onto fabric without having to use chalk.


A Dansk Kobenstyle butter pot.


I think this would be a great piece to use as vintage storage - a Hamilton Skotch Porta-File.


And finally, this 70s pale yellow raincoat.


See you on Wednesday!


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November 23, 2012

Photo Friday: Thanksgiving - The Aftermath

It's Photo Friday! And also Black Friday. I'm nuts, but not nuts enough to actually leave the house to go shopping today. Ergo, I bring you photos of the Thanksgiving Aftermath.

I feel like this:


Because I ate all of this:


Cranberry sauce in the making - with sugar, a cinnamon stick, and orange zest.


Pumpkin, used in lieu of butternut squash to make a yummy pasta sauce.



Homemade cheesecake. Yeah...the cranberry sauce? Not for the meal. It went on top of the cheesecake. I highly recommend. 

Anyway, I'm going to eat leftovers all weekend and gain 412 pounds, and I'll be back on Monday. And I promise not to talk about food. Pinky-swear. 



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November 21, 2012

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. DUN DUN DUN!


Today I shall be roasting that pumpkin, and turning him into pasta sauce for Thanksgiving dinner.

After eating said dinner tomorrow, I may need to unbutton my pants.

I'll see you after Thanksgiving!


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November 19, 2012

Hit the Ground Running

Things That Happened in the Last 10 Days:

1.) My husband's car broke (a busted rear strut) so he had to use my car (the fun car, I might add) to go to work. No coche = not being able to take packages to the post office, therefore:

2.) I put the Etsy shop on vacation.

3.) The car would have been fixed a lot faster, but our mechanic (who happens to be my husband; it's very convenient) fell off a ladder at work. Well, technically he didn't fall off the ladder, the bottom slid out from under him and he and the ladder went down together. Luckily his face broke the ladder's fall, which resulted in:

4.) 4 stitches under his nose and a huge scrape down the side of his face, and various other contusions. Nothing serious.


5.) He was able to resume work on his car, but then broke a rear brake line, and:

6.) Discovered the tires were worn so badly from the bad struts that the belts inside the rear tires were showing through. Which meant:

7.) New tires for the car.

8.) But then we had an early Thanksgiving weekend with his family, and I ate way too much, and felt a little like Violet Beauregard. Hunting, visiting, and pie-eating were of the utmost importance, not car-fixing.


9.) Which finally leads me to the point of this whole post - the damn car will be fixed (hopefully) with the next day or two, and the Etsy shop will be back up and running. With new items!

And now I'm exhausted from all this list-making, and may need to go take a nap. Although that may be the carb-overload talking.




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November 16, 2012

Photo Friday : Long Exposures

These pictures might look familiar if you saw last weeks Photo Friday - these are more 'ring around the moon' pics.

But for these photos, I lengthened the exposure time. Fun ensued.

Jerking the camera upward:


Up and down:


And my personal favorite, turning the camera in circles:



See you on Monday!


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November 14, 2012

In My Makeup Bag (Drugstore Finds)

I buy drugstore makeup for 2 reasons - 1) I'm cheap; so cheap that I pinch every penny until Abe Lincoln squeals, and 2) I don't wear makeup that often. And because you're supposed to toss your makeup every so often to keep it from becoming an Ebola petri dish, I always end up tossing out makeup that's barely been used. So I feel better about tossing it when it only cost me a few bucks.

Here are my current favorites:


Palladio rice powder in translucent, NYC lipstick in Air Kiss, NYC blush in Central Park Pink, Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 110, and NYC Show Time mascara. All of which can be found in big-box stores, except the rice powder, which I ordered from Amazon.

I'm not super crazy about the mascara - it does the job, but not as well as I would like. I love the blush, which is in fact not pink, but more of a coral color. Which does not come across in the photos, of course. But trust me. Coral. Peachy.




See you on Friday, where we shall have fun with photos taken with long exposures!
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November 12, 2012

The 3-Hour Sweater (1930s Knitting Pattern)

I'm learning how to knit. It's been interesting. Learning to cast on? Took 2 days. Learning the knit stitch? A week. Purl stitch? Nearly gave me an apoplexy.


But, after a few weeks of practice, I think I'm getting the hang of it. Maybe.

For a first project, I'm attempting the 3 hour sweater. It's a pattern from the 30s, and is (supposedly) pretty easy. From what I've read about said pattern, you will only be able to knit it in 3 hours if you have meth-fueled knitting needles of fury. I'm assuming they called it the '3 Hour Sweater' to sell more patterns, not because it can actually be done that quickly.


And the other issue - it's a size 16. A 1930s size 16, which in today's sizes is somewhere in the neighborhood of an 8. I waved bye-bye to size 8 clothing long ago, so I am knitting this with larger needles to size it up a bit. 

My progress so far:


That's just the ribbing, and a few rows of the body of the sweater. After taking that picture I watched "Beetlejuice" and added about 4 more inches to the body.

Hopefully I'll get this finished while it's still cold outside, but I wouldn't put money on that.

See you in a few days!


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November 9, 2012

Photo Friday : A Ring Around the Moon

I know, I know. I might as well start calling this Photos of the Moon Friday. 

But!!! In my defense, a few weeks ago there was something nifty happening in the sky - a bright, hazy moon with a ring around it. 




See!? How cool is that?

See you on Monday!

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November 7, 2012

DIY Necklace Hanger

While I don't own very much jewelry, the stuff I do own was getting out of hand. I mean, storage wise. Not like, The Great Necklace Uprising of 2012 or anything. Because that would be weird.

Ahem. Nearly all my jewelry was either on this bottle, in this box, or hanging from this frame. (Which is also another handy DIY - take apart a picture frame and put in back together with fabric and a chunk of chicken wire. Sans glass, of course.)


While the frame is fantastic for earrings, it wasn't working well for the necklaces.

I decided to make a different hanger, and this was all I needed:
- A chunk of wood
- Small hooks
- Picture hangers
- A hammer
- Tape measure

This is my wood. (Sorry.)


It's a piece of barnwood leftover from a different project. 

I put 2 picture hangers on the back. (The first time around, I used 1 picture hanger, and that was no bueno. Use 2 hangers, 1 on each end, for stability.)


Then I measured the length of the board, and figured out even spacing for each hook. Mine were about 2 inches apart, all the way across.


I used a hammer to gently tap each hook into the wood a little, then just twisted it in the rest of the way. Notice I said 'tap' each hook - this is not the time to be Thor. If you're using a hardwood, you may want to drill holes first before putting in each hook. 

And that's that!



The total cost for this was less than $5.00, which makes me a happy camper.

See you in a few days!


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November 5, 2012

Fun With Rocks

These pictures were taken in September, put onto the computer, edited, and then promptly forgotten about. Because who is on top of things? I am. 

Anyway. Look! It's a lake. 


Preeeeeeeeeetty.


Let's throw shit in it! And by shit I mean rocks.


Perfect rock-skipping form.


And when that gets old, you just throw even bigger shit into the lake.


Welcome to the country.

Oh, and I think I need one of these signs for my front door. It would explain so much to anyone that visits.




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