Thursday, March 22, 2012

One year ago....

I went on a date with this beautiful man... and the rest is history.

He makes me laugh every day and reminds me that I'm beautiful in my ugliest moments.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

what vegetable do you hate?

Last night I made this amazing dish:

"Eggplant and arugula salad"

I've made it a few times before and it is always just as good as I remember. Eggplant scares a lot of people. My boyfriend wont touch it. He doesn't like popcorn, brussels, or celery either though so he's the weird man out. I didn't take many pictures but just trust me. It's a super fast, fairly healthy meal. No carb, for all my freaky friends out there.

Eggplant, pre-oven.

Eggplant and arugula as my leftovers today:

Kevin came over with some fresh baked bread last night and it went perfectly with the eggplant.

Look how pretty it is! I wish I could make bread like that. Kevin used to work at a bakery "back home" so he has some awesome skills. He always says "back home" but he has lived so many places i'm never sure where exactly he means. He's a good friend and i'm glad he's here.

Stay happy everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2012

book, thrift, learn new things

I picked Oscar Wilde's classic book The Picture of Dorian Gray for our book club. I knew I had seen a copy on my moms bookshelves and it turned out to be a really cool copy!! It is larger than most hardback books and it has really beautiful, kind of eerie, illustrations in it. Very excited to finish this one!

While I was at my moms I decided I want to learn how to embroider. She inherited these amazing iron on appliques from her mom and as soon as I saw them I knew I needed to learn this new skill. I think most of the appliques are intended to be used on pillow cases or nice towels but since its my first go at embroidery I thought I'd do something I could frame, if it turned out. I've been watching my mom embroider, and cross stitch and needle point since I can remember. I loved hearing the sound of the needle pop through the fabric and the slide of the floss as it came through. I have always been amazed at the things she makes. More often than not she is making a stitchery for someone else. All of our neighbors and friends homes have something done by my mom hanging on the wall. She uses her talents to make wonderful gifts for people, how cool is that?

There were so many colors of floss (this is just a few boxes) it was hard to choose what to do.
The iron on came out bright pink and the floss covers most of it up so that's good.
I'm a little tea pot do de do.

While thrifting recently Sarah found this amazing shirt and excitedly brought it over to me, insisting that I buy it. I love it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

life in a jar

My soul mate makes these amazing terrariums. You can buy them. They make wonderful presents for any occasion. They brighten up your desk and make a good centerpiece for a kitchen table.

I know you want one.
So, email and tell her what you fancy as far as jar shape and size or any specific colors you want to see.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

support friends

A friend of mine makes these beautiful clay cups and bowls. I wish I could afford them.
Check it out. Buy one if you can.


I especially like this cup and would drink tea from it daily.

Remember friends, artists need to eat too.