Wednesday, December 30, 2009

too freakin cute

I know these clothes are for five year olds, but I would totally rock any and all of these adorable outfits from talc...

Monday, December 28, 2009

yes it's monday...

but a beautiful crisp and sunny winter day... saw this picture and it made me smile. Hope it does the same for you. Time to start posting again!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

upon request...

I forgot to post a picture of mark from halloween... you know as Dog the Bounty Hunter. Well, here he is in all his glory. Unfortunately, this picture doesn't show the sweet cowboy boots, and his badge hanging around his neck is a bit obscured by his feathers... but you get the idea right? He did win "best costume" at the kennedy school halloween party by the way... I'm just saying; it was a pretty good costume, eh bra?

Yep that's a tiger on his shirt... its on the back as well. Oh and YES that IS his real hair :) What a stud!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

brave on the rocks...

For years, I have absolutely loved Sabrina Ward Harrison's work... check out her site. Her books would make an awesome Christmas gift for anyone needing to nurture their creativity, and let's face it... that's pretty much all of us... with the exception of maybe you, Erin :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

new endeavors...

so, I've recently started a new, naturopathically focused, blog that I'm excited to share with anyone who's interested. I've been wanting to start a "professional" blog of sorts that I can eventually refer patients to for resources etc. Its definitely a work in progress at this point, but I'm excited about it. Hope you all are enjoying the little bits of sunshine out there today :)

image via flickr

Friday, November 13, 2009


its a been awhile since my last post... maybe its the rainy weather, my to do list or school work; whatever the case, I just haven't been inspired... and then I saw these pictures. The beautiful expressions captured here immediately force me out of my head and fully into my body... primates, apes in particular, have a way of doing that to me. They are often more human than the majority of us...

and my favorite...
images via flickr

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

going gluten-free

so mark and I recently decided we wanted to try and go totally wheat/gluten free. There are many reasons for this, of which I'll probably discuss in a later post... Anyways yesterday was our first day of it and I don't think Mark even noticed a difference... he's in the middle of his midterm studio project, so I've been doing all the cooking and here's what we had:

Breakfast: apple gouda sausages, eggs and orange slices
Lunch: a salad with all the fixings
Dinner: beef enchiladas with organic teff tortillas... SO good!
Snacks: fruit and homemade gluten-free banana, walnut, chocolate chip cookies (made with Pamala's gluten-free baking mix which is awesome by the way)

Off to make some gluten-free oatmeal with apples and cinnamon :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

welcome distractions

there's something about having a paper due and/or needing to study for a midterm that always seems to prompt a peruse through the bookshelf for a reading break that's "just for fun". I often find myself pulled to Annie Dillard when I'm feeling far too left-brained, but tonight I reached for The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Thought I'd share an excerpt that I had underlined...

The conclusion I have reached is that, above all, dogs are witnesses. They are allowed access to our most private moments. They are there when we think we are alone. Think of what they could tell us. They sit on the laps of presidents. They see acts of love and violence, quarrels and feuds, and the secret play of children. If they could tell us everything they have seen, all of the gaps of our lives would stitch themselves together.

a picture of my lil witness, Aesop

a lil bit of nostalgia

I recently was admiring these adorable vintage storybook tiles from theredthread, and thought it would be fun to make a couple of them myself... maybe as a christmas gift?
Anyways this got me to thinking about my favorite storybooks as a child. And, I remembered one that my little sister literally had memorized and insisted on "reading" to us (over and over again) before she could actually read. It was entitled Patrick Eats His Dinner by Geoffrey Hayes and was a cute story about a little koala or some kind of bear who didn't want to eat his peas so he made up a song, "little green balls of mushy poison.." etc. Mention it to anyone in my family and they'd be able to recite the whole thing, that's how many times we've all read the book (or had it "read" to us).
So anyways, I thought I'd see if I could find it on for a couple bucks and make a tile or two for Cailin for christmas... fun gift right? HA! Can you believe that little book is going for $780+ on amazon?!! Apparently its out of print... but seriously?! I'm sure my mom still has a copy of it at home... little does she know she's sitting on a gold mine :)... maybe I could make some good quality photocopies and still make the tiles. Or maybe I'll have to find another kid favorite... jeeze, cailin and her expensive tastes ;)
What's one of your favorite storybooks from childhood? Amelia Bedelia? Flutterby? Frog and Toad?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

movie night

with this gloomier fall weather... all I want to do is curl up with a big bowl of homemade popcorn and watch movies. One movie that I've recently watched and loved is Dancer in the Dark. Its one of the most hauntingly beautiful films I've ever seen... honestly

beef... its whats for dinner

so, I recently picked up 40 lbs of frozen organic grass-fed ground beef that I can't wait to make hamburgers, stuffed eggplant, chili, tacos etc. with... we got an awesome deal from wooden bridge farm and all the proceeds went directly to their daughter who is saving up for college. I am obviously going to divvy it up and give some to my sisters and parents, as mark and I probably won't devour all 40 lbs in a couple months time. But, I have to say as someone who used to be vegetarian for years... it feels really good to be able to buy local, organic, humanely raised beef directly from a great family. We are so lucky, in the northwest, to be surrounded by organic farms, home delivery services, farmers markets, and new seasons stores. Anyone have any good ground beef recipes? Anyone want to come over for dinner? Mark makes an AMAZING chili :)photo from flickr

Saturday, October 24, 2009

crisis diverted

so... after finding some inexpensive pheasant and peacock feathers at a fabric store, last night I went about making my peacock costume. I also made a mask for my costume which was way easy and cheap... I just used scrapbooking paper, some leftover gemstones I got for Em's bachelorette party decor and some ribbon. I used these awesome masks by ccaspia as inspiration.

stay tuned for mark's costume... a hawaiian style shirt with a large tiger on the front, fake black oakleys with long pieces of leather that I glued feathers to, black fingerless leather gloves, hand cuffs, a silver badge to be worn on a chain around his neck, cowboy boots (he already had these from last years costume), black jeans (his own), a tribal style bracelet for his bicep, a fake 9mm pistol strapped to his leg, and last and most importantly hairspray and a teasing comb (keep in mind he has long hair) Any ideas what he's going to be?? Oh how I LOVE Halloween!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

costume crisis

so, the feathers for my peacock costume still have yet to come in the mail (even though I ordered them over three weeks ago) thus I'm left scrounging for a costume (as always) for a halloween party that I'm going to this weekend. If I had a little more time... I'd want to get all dolled up in marie antoinette style attire... then I'd have a reason to buy a pair of these...

or this cute vintage slip dress
But instead I'm left with an entirely blue outfit with a fan attached to the butt (where the feathers were supposed to attach) and no peacock feathers to speak of... So, now what? Grab some drum sticks and go as a member of the blue man group?? Ah, or break down and try to find overpriced peacock feathers at a fabric store around town?? Tried that, and the one store I went to was out due to high demand... apparently the whole peacock idea isn't terribly original :)
The good news: I think mark has some drum sticks :) The bad news: I just looked up a picture of the blue man group and they wear all black with blue painted faces... well white sheet and two holes here I come!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

need music to clean the house to?

grab your feather duster... and turn on All is Love, from Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack or really any of the songs from Karen O and The Kids... they'll make anything more fun :)
Yay! it comes out tomorrow!

the invisible man

so I recently stumbled across a picture of Liu Bolin, from Shandong, China and was totally amazed. He manages to camouflage into any surrounding by painting himself. Even more fascinating is that his art is a protest against the actions of the government, who apparently shut down his art studio in 2005 and continues to persecute artists. His photos are about not fitting into modern society...

Friday, October 9, 2009

my idea of a fun friday night

okay so although I am still totally planning on having a tutu making get together (no worries Cass)... I had to give it a try tonight because I needed a gift for my friend, Amanda's, lil girl who's 1st birthday party is tomorrow. Here's how it turned out...I'm actually pretty proud of myself... not only is the tutu adorable, but this whole gift cost me less than $11.00 total!! Two sale items from old navy and the tutu, which cost a whopping $2.96 in tulle and about $0.50 in ribbon. Rad huh?! The tulle is on sale right now at Joann's for $0.74/yard. If anyone doesn't know what to be for Halloween yet, you may just want to incorporate a tutu into your ensemble... I think I might... I really need an excuse to make one for myself :)

who doesn't love a tutu?

so, I've decided to make tutus for my nieces this christmas. Cheap to make, light and easy to ship across the country, and come on every little girl needs a tutu or two :). So, Cassie wanna make one for Brooklynn with me? Come on Emily, I know you want to make one for yourself :) Anyone else? Let me know... it'll be fun!

photo by Jen Gagliardi

Thursday, October 8, 2009


so, I found two awesome glass containers the other day at goodwill for a little over a buck a piece and am totally going to make a terrarium... I'm going to go looking for moss under the big trees around my house and then probably put a little buddha statue inside or something. My Dad's birthday is coming up so he may be getting a terrarium... seems fitting for an environmental lawyer don't ya think?
mushroom terrarium

and these two from weegreenspot

Sunday, October 4, 2009

spontaneous sundays

today was a great day of random findings... after a wonderfully long morning of lying in bed chatting with Mark, I went to a goodwill near our place and found the most beautiful antique lamp for our bedroom, an awesome colorful tin, a really cute teapot, and a pretty flowery blouse. Then Mark and I ventured out for a drive, randomly ending up at the Grotto which was gorgeous in the afternoon sun, and then wandered around on Hawthorne, eating at the Bridgeport ale house and stopping by the Buffalo exchange where we both came across some good finds. I finished the afternoon off with a big pot of tea and studied for my test tomorrow morning. I love lazy weekends :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

shades of jade

here's a new necklace I just made this afternoon from two different jade gemstones... if I had a harvest moon party to go to tonight this is what I'd wear :) hmm... maybe I'll have to plan something

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

who says?

Have you seen that commercial for the birth control pill called Seasonique, which "allows" you to only have four periods a year? Their ad campaign going a little something like this, "Who says you have to have 12 periods a year... who says?" Really?! Really?!! I am constantly amazed at how out of touch we are, as a society, with our bodies, but this is more than I can handle.

These days, women seem to be so removed from what it is that makes us women. I am all for breaking through the glass ceiling, but there are certain things that we need to embrace as women, including our menstrual cycles. And who says? Well, mother nature for one, or how about the innate intelligence of our bodies, developed over millions of years of evolution? Our bodies' intelligence truly goes beyond what we can comprehend... and yet we continue to suppress its actions on a daily basis. We have drugs to take away the pain, and much of the experience, of childbirth, formulas so we don't have to breast feed our children, and now pills so we don't have to menstruate? Something isn't right here.

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who had a baby a few months ago and while on vacation in San Francisco, of all places, was scalded for breastfeeding her child in public. She was completely covered, and knowing her, being very tasteful about the whole process, but a wo
man decided it was rude of my friend to do something like that in front of her boyfriend and clearly stated her opinion. Is our culture so preoccupied with the sexual nature of breasts that we've completely forgotten their purpose; to give sustenance to our children?

I realize as women, we have long been fighting for equality, and I certainly do not take that for granted. But why must this entail losing everything that makes us women? We have spent decades suppressing our femininity, which in my opinion holds a great deal of power and wisdom. We cycle in sync with the moon, we bring human life into this world, our bodies producing the milk that sustains and nurtures that life... I am woman, hear me roar :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

thinking ahead...

so, I know its early, but I've started thinking of ideas for christmas gifts this year. I have NO money this year due to cut backs on my student loans, so I'm thinking of making as many gifts as possible... here are a couple ideas that look like fun

Sunday, September 27, 2009


so I recently perused through the gorgeous jewelry at Twist and decided I'm going to attempt to make a few necklaces myself... I seem to be on a necklace kick these days. Anyways, I bought some single gemstone briolettes on etsy and am using these as inspiration...

I'll keep ya updated on how they turn out...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

a little something I had fun with today

so I came home from a long day at school and felt the need to make something. I needed some right brain stimulation... and this is what I came up with; a crocheted necklace of sorts. It seriously took less than a half hour to make and it turned out pretty darn cute considering I wasn't exactly sure where I was going with it. I think I'll have to get some thinner yarn and make a few more...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

black bird fly

how awesome is this camera? and with a name like black bird fly?

image from Brian Hopkins