Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DIY FELT VALENTINES DAY TAGS

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I thought it would be fun to make some simple handmade Valentines. The kids enjoyed doodling more of their own valentines this weekend and I enjoyed a bit of craft time too. I made these simple hang tags which I plan to hang on their little doors with a special message. Are you ready to make some tags?

SUPPLIES
Stick It, Peel and Stick Felt (found at Hobby Lobby), Scissors, 
Hole Punch, Pen, Ribbon, Ruler, Paper 
NOTE : Your letters will be backwards if you doodle on the reverse,
 keep this in mind and double check before you cut them out.
Create other elements to stick on front of tag. Hearts, words, letters, etc.
You may then personalize the reverse of tag with a message to your loved one.
I cut my letter and left the counters (filled in area on letters like the P) which I liked this look. 
You may need an x-acto knife for smaller or finer details.
When your design is done, run a ribbon thru the hole for hanging or attaching to a gift.
Easy peasy, right?! Hope this makes sense and you had fun. Enjoy! 
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p.s and i thought a fun background and header for tomorrow is only appropriate, whatta think? :)

MEET THE JANUARY SPONSORS

When I do my monthly sponsor calls I'm always so excited to see new faces. I love meeting new people and then I'm even more excited about introducing them to you. These lovely ladies below, and also everyone else to the right sidebar, have some of the most wonderful blogs and shops which truly make me smile. So will you please say hello to my January sponsors. I'm so honored to have had them here all month long. Thanks again sweet friends for all of your support of the blog, and Happy Tuesday! 
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p.s. I'm taking a break from todays Take Ten Tuesday (I'll be back to it next week) for a Valentines DIY up at noon. See ya'll soon!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

PHOTO FUN + A WEEKEND UPDATE

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There was a paper shipping tube which was sitting in the living room corner and not being used. Honestly, I'm not even to sure where it was from, and who knows how long it's been there, but either way Wyeth asked if he could use it and we said sure. At first it was a bazooka... hmmm. Well, we don't own any guns, and don't talk about them often, honestly we don't care for them at all, so he musta seen it somewhere else. But he walked around the house trying to shot things. We had a quick chit chat about the gun thing and pointing it at people so then it became the car launcher (photo down bottom), which was such a better idea. Then there was a bit of car smashing involved... this all must be a boy thing... the guns and trying to break stuff parts. A bit later the tube became a photo prop, and we all enjoyed a good laugh. Even Penny's baby doll partook in the photo fun. This weekend we wrapped up a majority of the Valentines and Miss Mess enjoyed some painting time while I worked on DIY project which I'll share tomorrow. So how was your weekend? Can you believe February is a day or so away, nuts! Happy Monday! :)
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MINI COLLECTIONS : EMALOX


I collect bowls, plus own a rather large collection of enamelware pieces, but this small collection of vintage bowls (plus one plate) is by Emalox. A Norwegian company which made various aluminum products in bright colors, dated from the 1950's - 80's. They are light weight tin coated in enamel and overall very durable. They add a lovely pop of colors to our home and we use them often throughout the year as trinket dishes to hold candies, coins and other small items. You can find them online (via Etsy here) but if you hunt thru thrift stores, which is where most of these have come from, you can score yourself a small affordable collection. Happy Mini Collections! :)
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

HELVETICA COOKIE CUTTERS by BEVERLY HSU

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If you're a designer who loves fonts & lettering, you may be drooling (or in awe) over these, because I know I am. I so want them, though it appears they are the only ones created by artist Beverly Hsu. Her love for design and baking had been merged as one when she created this wonderful Helvetica cookie cutter alphabet set. For those of you who are confused by the term Helvetica, it's one of the main fonts used for web and design publications. There have been a few great books written about this font and one movie I can recall watching. If you'd like to know more about the artist an her lovely work, please click here. Enjoy and Happy Sunday!
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Images via Beverly Hsu

WEAR WARE WHERE (31)

How wonderful is that blazer, and the little pleats/ruffles on the bottom of it, cute, cute! Loving that necklace too, I have a thing for geometric shapes and this bamboo cut pendants is beautiful. Let's also chat about how awesome that mural is. While on the hunt for surfing inspiration I saw a tiny cropped image of this. Being drawn to the muted color tones made me enticed to see more and to my surprise it's a painting. Um, Awesomeness!!! Wow, if I only had painting skills like this. Enjoy, Happy weekend!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

2 THINGS I'M CURRENTLY LOVIN' : BRAIDS & DOODLING

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BRAIDS - I use to have long hair, can you image it, like halfway down my back. I've cut and donated it a few times and now I am impatiently waiting for longer hair again. It seems to take forever to grow an inch, but will ya look at that! I was able to pull off a partial braid/ponytail which made me pretty psyched! 

DOODLING MORE - Lately I've been making a bigger effort to get back into the habit of doodling. I'm on the computer for 10+ hours a day so picking up a pencil and paper has slowly become less and less familiar. I'm making all efforts to fix this and doodle a little bit each day. Which I'm loving mind you. I do occasionally wish my pencil had a Command + Z (computer undo) button though.

What are you loving lately?

Have a happy weekend friends! I'm off this evening to see Elmo Live with the little Miss. It's her first live show/concert and I'm seeing crazy baby aisle running in our future. Wish us luck!
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MY MISTER COOKS // CHICKEN MINESTRONE & HOMEMADE BREAD


As the weathers been up and down in temperature we've been enjoying a lot of soups lately. I don't mine, I love soups! This past week the mister graciously made this Minestrone Soup which was soooo yummy! He also remembered to turned on the bread machine and baked some tasty Garden Herb Bread. Mine you the house smelt like a gourmet meals was about to be served when I came home from work. This soup was very tasty (but my all time favorite is Artichoke Bisque)! Which soup is your favorite?
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RUSTIC CHICKEN MINESTRONE
(Approx Time 30 Minutes // Serves 6)

Ingredients
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
Chicken Soup Base (10 cups broth and 4 cups shredded chicken)
3/4 cup small pasta shells
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
1 Parmesan rind, plus grated Parmesan (optional)
1 medium zucchini, diced medium
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Coarse salt and ground pepper

 Missing Ingredient from above...  
The recipe also called for "1 bunch kale (preferably Tuscan; 3/4 pound), tough stems and ribs removed, leaves cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups)" but the grocery store was out, so we did without Kale, it was still very tasty though.

Directions
In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until softened, 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with juice and cook until liquid is evaporated, 4 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta, carrots, and Parmesan rind, if using, and cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini, and chickpeas and cook until zucchini is crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove rind before serving. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired. Serves approx 6.
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GARDEN HERB BREAD
Bread made with a bread machine cooked on basic white setting. Ingredients in order by placement.

Regular Loaf - 3/4 cup Water, 2 Cups White Bread Flour, 1 Tbsp. Dry Milk, 1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt, 1 Tbsp. Butter, 1 tsp Chives, 1 tsp. Marjoram, 1 tsp. Thyme, 1 tsp. Basil, 2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (or 1 tsp. fast rise yeast)

Large Loaf - 1 1/4 cup Water, 3 Cups White Bread Flour, 2 Tbsp. Dry Milk, 2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt, 2 Tbsp. Butter, 1/2 Tbsp. Chives, 1/2 Tbsp. Marjoram, 1/2 Tbsp. Thyme, 1/2 Tbsp. Basil, 3 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (or 2 tsp. fast rise yeast)

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RECIPE SOURCES
Minestrone - Martha Stewart Food // Issue 89 // Jan. & Feb 2012 // Page 86
Garden Herb Bread - Electric Bread (book) by Suzan Nightingale ©1994
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

COME VISIT ME GUEST POSTING ELSEWHERE TODAY

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Hey Friends I'm guest posting elsewhere today. You may visit me on the Folklure blog as I share my Winter Favorites. And you may also visit me over on Pussycat Vintage where I'm sharing an all new Fav 5's Just click on the attached images to be redirected to these ladies wonderful blogs. :) Enjoy!
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ARTIST : SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET


Today I wanted to share with you artist, Sébastien Montaz-Rosset who is a French born, freelance Film maker, Editor & professional mountain guide. His passion and enthusiasm for the mountains lead him to his full time obsession and interest in film. Self taught and working closely with his camera he has created a few wonderful videos which I'm pretty much blown away by. I had been searching for extreme sports and boy did I find them. The angles he's captures and the overall subject matter is just phenomenal and I can't even begin how to explain it. I hope you like watching the video clips and make sure link on over to his site so you can see more of his documentations. Have you done extreme sporting you care to share about, I'd love to hear. Enjoy!
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All 3 photos via Sebmontaz Website

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MAKING VALENTINES

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The kiddos started making their Valentine's last Sunday, and I can't wait to finish them up this coming weekend. Their attention span is only so long and to create such master pieces this kinda thing can't be rushed. Cause in our case we noticed one small melt down near the end when "these crayons weren't working right". I'm so excited Wyeth has been showing a huge interest in writing, now mind you he's 3 1/2 so its not perfect just yet, but he's trying and it's surely the cutest thing ever. Are you making handmade Valentines this year?
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JEWELRY I'M LOVING // CITRINE STONES

I thought it would be fun to start a new small series call Jewelry I'm Loving! I'm always coming across necklaces and other jewelry which I adore. I wear the same few pair of earrings often and I've been on the hunt recently for some new ones to add to my collection. How beautiful are those two pair below (Images 3 & 4) and all these necklaces, oh swoooon! This stone is called Citrine which if your birthday is in November this lucky birthstone is all yours. Enjoy!
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Images 1.  //  2.  //  3.  //  4.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TAKE TEN TUESDAYS : ANIMALS OF WHITE

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I'm dreaming of snow, can you tell. Like snow, I find white animals so interesting and beautiful. We currently don't own any pets but when it's time again the boy (like when he's over 8+) has been requested a white dog. In college I use to own Miss Cleo, a white colored rat... yup a said rat. ;) Do you own any white pets?
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A CALL FOR FEBRUARY SPONSORS (CLOSED)

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(CLOSED)
February! Really? It's here. We've managed to skip out on the snow so far, but I kinda wanted some. Did you have snow? So how would you like to win yourself a FREE AD SPACE for the month of February. Free to the first 10 people to reply below. And please include a way for me to contact you. I'll be back in a bit with a Take Ten Tuesday post, till then, Good Luck!
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