Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Goodbye little Muffin.

You've taught me that beautiful things come in small packages. And that quirks, like having a very raspy meow, make you stand out. You are the best secret keeper, cuddlier and friend a girl could have. I will miss your cute cheeks, loud purr and sweet nature. I love you very much and am kind of a mess without you right now. You were such a happy addition to my life for so long and I am glad I was able to be there with you in the end. x.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

dear blank please blank.

This website has been cracking me up all day! You must check it out if you haven't already. I did a little research on these guys and found out that they recently teamed up with Sapling Press to produce letterpress cards with some of their most popular submissions. I like these...

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's the weekend!

Hooray! I am so glad to have a couple days off. I feel like my week has been a little crazy. With friends in town, birthdays and family affairs, I feel like I haven't had a moment to spare. Hopefully I will get a chance to gather myself over the next couple of days. Although I am not so sure...tonight I am going to the Lion's Lair to see my brother-n-laws band play. Tomorrow I am going to try to make it to this crazy sounding estate sale in the morning. Then hopefully I'll get to spend the rest of the day outside doing close to nothing. Sunday will be brunch and then later I am having a girls dinner at my friend Liz's house. Sounds busy but manageable. Have a lovely next few days my dears!

Also, check out...

Love the look of these simple leather wallets.

Help Japan. (take a look here)

Stuff for boys.

The new jean trend.

Eek! it's almost swimsuit season.

Yummy mac and cheese recipe!

I wanna take pictures here.

Pretty spring skirt.

(photo via Nikole Harriot)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Take a look: the anthropologist.

Anthropologie has impressed me yet again. On their website, at the top right hand corner, is a barley noticeable tab labeled 'the anthropologist'. Do you all know about this? When you click on the link, you are drawn into this wonderful world of inspiring artists. It's fantastic and moving and filled with videos and beautiful pictures. One artist that really caught my eye was Jim Denevan. He creates his masterpieces from the earth. Sand, ice, snow, dirt and gravel are his preferred medium. His 'fleeting art' and massive scale reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy. His art is just as much about the experience as the final result. The project shown on the site is his most recent piece. It was created on the surface of frozen Lake Baikai in Siberia. The spirals and circles range from 18" to several miles in diameter. The pictures that document the process are just gorgeous, take a look...


Just had to share this awesome shot from one of my daily blog reads. No photoshop...just plain ol' luck. How fantastic.
(via For Me, For You)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Black and WTF.

Well, I have found a new addiction. I was browsing FFFFound the other night and discovered this amazing tumblr of strange black and white photographs. I am the type the spends a lot of time looking at the boxes of old b+w photos stuffed in the back of antique stores. So this is really just a way to do that in the comfort of my own home. On the site the photographs are a mixture of funny, odd and really creepy. I can't look away! Here's a sampling...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A recipe: pickled green beans.

Pickled Green Beans
Yields 3 pint jars

3 lb green beans, stems intact, washed and dried
9 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
3 Tbs. yellow mustard seeds
3 Tbs. brown mustard seeds
6 Tbs. dill seeds
3 Tbs. black peppercorns
6 tsp. kosher salt
1-1/2 to 2-1/4 cups distilled white vinegar

* I added a few dried peppers for a kick, or just add red pepper flakes

In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, 6 cups water, and the salt, and bring to a rolling boil to dissolve the salt. Divide the beans, garlic, bay leaves, and spices evenly among 3 sterilized pint jars, leaving about 1 inch headspace. Pour the boiling vinegar solution into the jars, immersing the green beans fully and leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Let that mixture sit at room temperature for 20 min and then refrigerate. Enjoy by themselves or as a bloody mary topper!

** They are ready to eat as early as 3 days later but I recommend waiting a little longer. These will keep for up to a month and are in their prime at about the 2 week mark. I didn't seal my jar but if you would like to they will obviously keep for much longer.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Music Monday: that happy song.

Do you have a go to feel good song? I feel like mine changes from time to time but lately, when I just need a little boost, I turn on this tune...
(p.s. this is the first time I've watched the video. so hilarious!)

Friday, March 4, 2011

D.C. trip + Welcome weekend!

Hello lovelies. Since I haven't shown you any of my D.C. pictures yet I decided to scrap the usual Friday post and give you a little run down of my trip. First of all, we had the most amazing hosts. When Kelsey and I arrived we were both very haggard from waking up at 3:30 a.m. but quickly perked up when Stuart brought us a tray of tea and cookies. Seriously! Also, they had turned Aly's usual art studio into a little twin bedroom for us which was very comfortable and incredibly cute. We stayed in the first night, decorated cupcakes for Aly's birthday and had a yummy home-cooked meal. The rest of the weekend seemed non-stop. We went to some great bars, had some really tasty food and did a few touristy things in between. But by far the best part was spending time with friends. I am so lucky to have such fun, amazing people in my life!