My religion is very simple. My religion is humanity.
- Dalai Lama
be good. do good. think good.
- my mom
** wishing you peace in the new year and always! **
Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
my youngest sister and my new brother in law were enroute to india on thanksgiving day so they never got a *real* first thanksgiving as a married couple. so i thought i would make them a belated thanksgiving turkey dinner when they came for christmas. i made just the very basics - turkey breast, stuffing, smashed potatoes, mac & cheese, & green beans - and it *still* took me all day!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
i just bought another limited edition print from 20x200. this one is by linzie hunter, a really gifted illustrator doing a series about email spam. she draws the the one liners and they become interesting -- and mostly funny -- thoughts about life. i'm sure my explanation is not doing the woman any justice so check out her website or her flickr set.
i love the 20x200 concept - limited edition, original, affordable art.
i am just kicking myself for not buying this beautiful print when i first saw it - i love that sky, the expanse of scene, and i can feel the cold, hear the trudging through the snow, and feel the ominous approach of another snowstorm -
Monday, December 24, 2007
i saw these rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer ornaments at walmart - they were the last ones - and just had to have them. a serious wave of nostalgia washed over me when i saw them -- i actually teared up right there remembering how much fun the holidays were when i was a kid. the older i get the more i realize the effort, time, and love my parents gave to make sure we had some great holidays.
it couldn't have been easy - thanks mom & dad.
PS. this is my 101st post! in alot of eastern countries the 1st of anything is considered a lucky thing - we love numbers like 11, 21, 51, 101 - so i think its kind of a cool coincidence that my 101 post mentioned the 2 people i have loved most in my life - mom & dad. something about that feels good to me.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
an intense couple of hours of holiday decorating and crafting calls for a nice snack - something like hot chai & a heart shaped mini turkey sandwich with mango chutney, dijon, and mayo.
i was getting kinda frazzled and this hit the spot -- and mr. snowman was great company.
these leaves were raked the day after thanksgiving - and i still haven't put them out to be picked up -- friday is yard waste day -- and i know my neighbors are just trying to keep hope alive...
sometimes i amaze even myself with my capacity for laziness.
-- update 1.03.08 --
i took these to the county dump today b/c when i looked at the collection schedule it said there won't be anymore yard waste collection until the spring! it was so messy b/c the bags collected rain and when i put them in my truck they leaked all over the place. all this b/c i couldn't put them out at the proper time like a normal human being.
i watched 3 movies while i was doing my holiday prep. i'm not a movie person -- i'm more of an "episode" person. i can watch 2 hours of will & grace or the office back to back but not a 2 hour movie. i think its the gemini thing - issues with commitment. anyways, i had moved my stereo to the basement to clear some room upstairs, so i couldn't listen to npr, and my ipod had old stuff on it, so i just picked up whatever movies they had at my local rental place for a $1 a night and i ended up liking all 3. how often does that happen?!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
want your house/ bedroom/ sheets to smell great without all the chemicals? u could try making a simple home fragrance spray.
here's a *really* old recipe of mine for something lemon-y:
- 4 tbsp distilled water
- 4 tbsp vodka
- 30 drops lemon* essential oil
add everything to a small spray bottle. shake and spray!
*u don't have to use lemon - any essential oil would be fine.
Monday, December 17, 2007
was talking to a friend this weekend, about a holiday party she is having next weekend, and the topic of what drinks to serve came up. there's lots of suggestions out there i'm sure - but cost is also a consideration -- and wouldn't it be nice to maybe use some of the things you already have at home as part of your cocktail menu?
webtender is a great resource for all kinds of drinks (nonalcoholic too!) and they have a great tool - where you enter what you have in your bar pantry and it tells you what drinks you can make with what you have on hand.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
round adhesive labels sandwiching a string makes a garland
type up wish lists, fold, and place in boughs of a tree
shredded paper as tinsel -- i would go nuts with this one -- typing all kinds of cute messages
pushpins stuck into styrofoam balls - very neat!
images from better homes and gardens
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
this weekend i saw these at michaels and thought they might be good to have around as a simple way to make circles. cuz you never know when ur gonna need a circle. anyways - the girl told me its better to stand up so you can get some power behind the punching -- and boy was she right! they are kind of tough to punch through -- i couldn't do it sitting down -- but they work pretty well -- so if u ever need a circle, i'm ur girl.
Monday, December 10, 2007
i am in *love* with this papermache box ornament - the happy cute penguin, the blues and greens with the touch of orange, the snowflakes, and then the tiny polka dots to top it all off -- it's all just too cute...
Friday, December 7, 2007
i keep way more than pencils in my pencil holders - stuff like tape, highlighters, scissors, stamps, glue sticks, return address labels, coupons, "i love you" and "hello kitty" pencils that my mom buys me, lighters for my candles, and oh yeah - pens too.
so i was in home depot admiring the $4 metal pails in the paint dept. and i thought they might be perfect for all of my desk stuff -- plus the little handle is useful if i need to tote supplies to another room. i'm thinking this just might work.
i am just plodding along with the holiday prep this year - i have lots of ideas - just feeling a bit lazy - hopefully it'll all be done by next week - getting 2 trees decorated with decorations i want to make and then getting my gift list straight and some sewing/ crafting accomplished...
and in the midst of all that - planning some holiday events with a teensy bit o' family drama -- but like my mom says "be thankful u have a family to have drama with." when i think of it like that - i know she's right.
am i wrong, or did they used to be called "speed bumps?"
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
there are 30 great -- and personalized -- gift ideas over at zen habits -- one of my favorite blogs.
here are a few ideas i really liked:
- Frame a picture of you with them.
- Photo album or scrapbook, with memories already included.
- A burned CD with all the person’s favorite songs.
- A letter, hand-written on nice paper, from you. Make it heart-felt, with all the reasons you appreciate the person.
- An “I appreciate you because” jar. Fill a nice jar with slips of different colored paper, each with a reason you appreciate (or love) someone.
- Create your own art (and put it on nice stationery or in a frame). By “art”, I mean a sketch, painting, poem, short story, whatever.
Monday, December 3, 2007
i've been coloring my hair since i was 15 and i've done all of them - permanent, semi permanent, lighteners, lemon juice, henna, straight bleach, peroxide, shimmers, brighteners - truly all of them. i used to color my hair just for fun, but now it's also about covering gray. so what do u do to touch up gray in between colorings?
it's called clairol root touch up. i used it a few nights ago and it was too easy! a small portion of color to mix, an ingeniously easy to use brush, and *less* than 10 minutes later - no gray! they have 16 shades and it's won 4 of the big beauty awards.