Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Trade, A Swap, A Cat , A Dog

A long while back, I saw this little guy on my blogger friend Cindi's Flickr page and had to have him.

I asked if she'd be interested in a trade. She said, 'yes' without even knowing or asking what she was getting in return. I told her she didn't have to send it out right away because what I wanted to send her I hadn't made, yet. As you may know if you've been hanging around here awhile....I procrastinate. I knew the subject matter I wanted to use, just wasn't sure of the medium, so, of course, I had to wait until the stars aligned just right before I started. Those stars took a damn long time.

She sent her little paper mache kitty out right away.

Then, she patiently waited -- so long that I've lost count of the months. Bad me. Bad. Bad. Bad.

But, alas, I finally decided on the medium and I finally finished the project and I finally sent it.

An embroidered portrait of her dog, Blue.

Made out of already used or old materials. The frame was a thrift store find that I painted, the background fabric was from a shirt, the white fabric from a shirt, the embroidery floss - vintage - from my mom's stash from the 70s. 

and for a little size perspective....

She received it. She loved it. I love that she loved it.

End of story.

Hope you've had a great day!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

WOW! It's all I can say

A mix of fashion, glamour, interiors and famous artists...makes my head spin with joy.
Mark Shaw Photography -- to see more.

I want to wear this gown. Imagine it in pink or chartreuse? dreamy. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

What I'm Reading

Over a year ago I began a grain free way of eating. I was tired of feeling bloated and had some type of dermatitis that would show up on my scalp, face and neck. I was really tired of that and wondered if it all might have something to do with wheat and gluten. Instead of cutting just those two things out of my diet, I cut out all grains. I couldn't give up pasta seems to be the first comment when talking to someone about this change. I was not a big pasta or rice eater anyway so I didn't really miss that. I did at first miss cakes and some breads but after about a week, I didn't crave them because my body got used to not having them and I was eating better foods instead, which made my body, and my blood sugar, happy. 

The other day I was reading about "The Whole30." I was curious about the program and the book so I took it out of the library. As you've seen here and there I continue to explore healthy and grain free foods. 

A lot of people take on this plan to lose weight or because they have digestive issues, or an autoimmune disease. I continue on this plan because I feel better and want to have however many years I have left to my life, to be disease and pain free. 

I'm refusing right now to give up my cup of coffee, which is funny, because I had cut it out for years just because I didn't feel like having it. I do put cream and sugar in it, so maybe it's my sweet fix. It also represents a relaxed state, or time enjoyed with another, as I don't usually drink it until I have time to sit and enjoy it. Finding a quality sugar alternative to put in my coffe that pleases my palette is my goal, but I have not been completely satisfied with some that I've tried. 

So, if you're curious if this would work for you, try it for 30 days and see how you feel. You may never go back, or if you do, you may be more aware of how particular foods make you feel and then decide if it's worth eating one that makes you feel not so great. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What? Green Pancakes?

Yup. Grain-free experimenting again. A couple weeks ago a friend told me of a banana and two eggs mixed together pancake recipe, which by the way is very yummy. No syrup needed.

This morning, I wanted to take it a little further....and greener.

In the Vitamix (which I used because kale is in them) I put:

3 eggs
1 ripe banana
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 c. coconut flour
leaves from 3 stalks of kale

Blend until smooth.

I made about sixteen 3" discs.

I didn't add any extra sugars but if you like it a little sweeter you could add a sweetener of your choice. I knew I'd want to put some maple syrup on them and I wanted to try them as is.

These did have some earthy 'green' taste to them. They are very moist and patience must be a given to making these. If you don't like real 'green' tasting food, try it with just one or two leaves of kale, you're still getting some superfood nutrition but not as much taste of it -- or add a sweetener, or another banana even. I try to get some extra green whenever I can.

It's all experimental to me.

I cooked them on a griddle (a thrifting find last week.) I love using my cast iron pans but for pancakes of any kind, they just haven't worked well with my vintage electric stove. Last weekend when I made the banana/eggs pancakes I said to myself, "I just want to find a griddle." I had to go to an indoor flea market to drop off something to one of the vendors for R. so I poked around. On my way out this "Family Size Griddle," probably from the 70's, caught my eye. $5 later and it was mine.

After one batch of pancakes was done, I scoffed them as I made another batch. I'm going to put the second batch in the freezer (freeze them individually on a cookie sheet first, then put them into a container so you can pull only as many as you want) and I will see how well they toast up in the toaster oven when I feel like having them again.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hammered Aluminum Love

I love me some hammered aluminum. It's one of the things I like to collect. Yeah, what isn't you ask? Wellllllll, I don't collect Hummels (does anyone still collect them?)


When I opened my email from GadgetSponge this morning, HORRORS! but what did I see? An aluminum platter made into a bird feeder. Lucky birds. I've seen other pieces where he has used this material as part of his design and I'm always a little hurt that he would do such a thing. Maybe under all that seed it's really scratched up which would make it less desirable for anyone to own and use. Yeah, that's what I'll think, he just uses beat up pieces. But, alas, I know the truth. I'll just have to hoard all that I can find in my neck of the woods. 

Ha Ha -- kidding. 

Yes, really I am.


Happy Sunday!! 

No healthy smoothie for me this morning (yet) I'm starting it off with a cafe mocha. Chocolatey coffee whipped cream sugary delight....on an empty stomach...what the heck, I can, it's Sunday. Of course, I'll have a sugar caffeine crash in about a half hour. LOL

Like I said, "Happy Sunday!" The sun is out, the wind is not blowing and it might even make it to 40 degrees today. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Good Morning My Leeettle Pretttttttty

The sun is shining and there's lots to do today so I'm starting it off with a thick and creamy healthy drink. There's kale in there and look how incredibly smooth this baby is. I love my Vitamix, it's a machine that gets a daily workout around here. (Look Angela! no kale chunks!)

In case you want to whip up your own sweet and tangy mix of goodness:

1 apple
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
2 cups kale
juice of 1/2 a lemon (I used a reamer to get the most out of it) use less for not so much tang 
1/2 can coconut milk
4 ice cubes

Blend. Drink. Yum.

Have a great day!! It's bleepin' cold and windy in these parts! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Roger Got A Haircut

Oh, he's more handsome now than ever!

Lucy Goes Home

Little Lucy had visitors today and they took her with them when they left. She will now reside in Maine and have a 4.5 lb. Yorkie sibling named Muffy.

I know she will be fine. She will acclimate and see her new owners as her safe keepers. She was just starting to show her personality and spunk. She looked at me as her safety zone. She didn't even go near the visitors until I handed her over and she looked at me like, "what the f? what are you doing? I'm not going with this guy!" It broke my heart seeing that scared look on her face. 99% of the time, the foster dogs are out the door and they don't look back. Then there's that one percent that looks at you with pleading eyes. I know she will be fine, it's a very very nice family, so I keep telling myself this. She didn't want to be left here when she was dropped off and she wouldn't come near me for a week. She will be fine. Really, she will, they always are. But that little face looking at me like's embedded in my mind. I must focus on these pictures...

because it pains me and brings tears to my eyes if I don't. Actually, I get teary looking at the pictures, too. I think I got a little attached to her. Protective.

When I told R. this story, of course I teared up, and, of course he said, "you are not doing this anymore if it effects you like this." yeah, OK, whatever you say Mr. Man. He knew he was talking out loud for nothing. :)

I will go through this again when Roger goes. He's become a part of us. Well, that's if he ever gets adopted. Not quite sure why it's not happened yet, he's a great dog. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's A Cafe Mocha Afternoon

Petit Mason Rich and Dark Hot Chocolate (a Christmas gift) with Starbucks French Roast. Yum.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wishing you a....


Wishing you all a healthy and joyful 2013.

Thrifting and Vintage

A few weeks back while shopping for Christmas presents for others, I found this for me. I have some vintage tins and my ceiling light cover that are of Asian influence and I'm keeping my eye out for other things I might find (Pam, if you ever are getting rid of that stunning needlepoint, it has my name written all over it - wink wink)

I'm particular about my mugs, but I also like them to match in shape and size. I've stepped out of the box with this one, as it was the only one and way different than the 6 that I have, it's a 'New Trends Japan' which I think is from the very early 70's. The handle/weight ratio is not quite right, but I don't often use the handle anyway. I like handleless mugs a lot, but vintage ones are hard to come by. So now this is my tea and or fake-cappuccino mug, which is what I am enjoying right now.

And then....ask and you shall receive...

I've been considering basting spray for some projects I'm working on and future projects. The only cans of it I've seen around here (not that I go to regular stores much) are small cans with big prices so I've not researched it further. I did just order some fusible web as I LOVE THAT STUFF and needed more. Well, I did a quicky stop at the thrift store around the corner and look what I found -- 505 basting/temporary adhesive spray. Most of the information on the can is in other languages but I just had a feeling it was what I've been dreaming about. Even if it wasn't, I use regular glue spray for my stencils and other artsy work so the money wouldn't be wasted either way. I just looked it up and it goes for about $14 a can. These cans are full. I paid $1 each....ONE DOLLAR EACH (I know, I keep yelling!) I'm so excited. How lucky was this find?

I've been keeping my eye out for planters or planter looking vases and found this as well on today's foray. It's not vintage but it has a vintage flavor and I like whiteish ceramic. Now my variegated spidey babies, that a friend rooted for me, have a place to go.

But what I saw right off when I walked in the thrift store's doors were these beauties.