Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Handmade.

My sister and I were chosen to be vendors in the upcoming Holiday Handmade craft fair here in Denver this Friday and Saturday. We're called Fixin' Sisters and we're selling one of a kind cake stands made from antique plates, goblets, cups, etc. We will also be selling a variety of felted ornaments.
If you've never been before, it's such a fantastic event and a great place to pick up some awesome handmade Christmas presents and meet your fellow Denver crafters--what's better than that? (Or just stop by and say "hi", it's going to be a long 2 days!)

When: Friday, December 3rd 5-9 pm & Saturday, December 4th 10am-4pm
Where: 1770 Sherman St. Events Center
What: Holiday craft fair featuring 65 of Colorado's most amazing handcrafters!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday.

Well I didn't dare go out in all the shopping madness today...they make it pretty easy these days, all the sales are online. You don't even have to move from the couch! That is how I prefer it. I hate the mall. I really only like thrift shopping and neat little nick nack stores. I am keeping Christmas to a minimal this year since I am not rolling in the dough by any means but I did get some ideas while browsing today.
I have a couple more days in Tennessee before I head back to the real world. I can't tell you how nice it's been to just relax, take walks around the neighborhood, shoot some film, read my book and eat great food. A girl could get used to this...

Also. This is cool...

Free People goes vintage.

A couple virtual reads: Anthology and Rue Magazine

Write a bike.

New Etsy favs: here and here.

I could always have another....cookbook.

Not Starbucks.

I'm not one for tattoos but... (love the behind the ear look!)

Caught on camera...Google Earth.

Lovely mobile.

Conan + Thanksgiving (also, check out this hilarious commercial)

Nerd Boyfriend.

Pretty things...general store.

cute little...2011 journal

Saw this movie again last night...forgot how wonderful it is.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Well, I've come home to Tennessee for the holidays. I'm finally here. After boarding my flight, deboarding because of a gas leak in the engine (hum...), drinking a bloody mary, changing gates, changing gates again, changing gates again (I'm not kidding) and boarding a new plane. 2 1/2 hours later, it feels like the holidays all right. I don't come home often so it's always so nice to be back in the South for a bit. The air hangs a little lower here and the trees, oh the trees. It's raining which is suitable...something else I miss. Breath you guys. It's the holidays. We. will. get. through. it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Etsy picks: Southwestern style.

I'm currently on a personal shopping restriction til the end of the year...which is so. so. hard. This southwestern trend is especially tempting...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

flickr favorites.

A random sampling...

(source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Tunes.

Not sure why it took me so long to get into this album, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Paper birds.

Anna Wili Highfield's paper sculptures are so fantastic. This Australian artist sews recycled paper into all shapes and sizes, creating these extraordinary, mystical creatures. I know birds are a bit overused these days, but I love them. I am partial to the paper owls. They have such a presence. Check out Anna's copper pipe sculptures here. (Also check out more paper sculptures here and here)


Friday, November 12, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Take a look: Chewing gum art.

Ben Wilson is making London a little more colorful with his chewing gum street paintings. He has painted over 8,000 pieces throughout the city, using discarded chewing gum as his canvas. Ben says his intentions are to "make something special out of something people find disgusting." He's creating tiny gems all over the city. I like this...

(more photos here)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Well my computer is about to die...story of my life these days, but I wanted to leave you with one important message today....

Monday, November 1, 2010

Shepherd's Pie + Welcome November

I have cooked and baked lots of things lately and have yet to post about them for a couple of reasons...

1. I forgot to take pictures of the dishes
2. If I did take pictures, I wasn't about to download them off my camera because...
3. My computer has very little RAM left on it due to the huge amounts of photos I take, so I have been trying to move everything over to an external hard drive.
4. The above task has proved to be almost impossible since the power cord on my laptop completely stopped working.

Ugh. A new power cord costs at least $50 bucks and I haven't been able to bring myself to go to the Apple store yet. I'm going to post these recipes eventually this month, if it kills me. So here is something I made last week to bide my time...
Shepherd's Pie is one of those ugly foods. It's not visually stunning whatsoever. The ingredients are incredibly simple, and you honestly don't really believe it's going to taste all that good until you put it in your mouth and it's well, surprisingly delicious.

So I made this recipe last week and it was a total hit for a crisp, cold Fall evening. In my eyes you can never go wrong with mashed potatoes. A complete comfort food meal...

Shepherd's Pie

  • 2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese (I just graded in some pepper-jack cause that's what I had)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cream (I used half and half)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine cream cheese, egg yolk and cream (I also added a little butter). Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb (I used beef and it was great). Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot (very thinly sliced) and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.

** I cut this recipe in half since I live alone and generally don't feed more than 2 people.

(photo via Marvelous Girl)