Monday, June 29, 2009

Coming to Stay

Photo via moonjuice
Yesterday Summer showed up at my door. I knew it was her - suitcase full. Full of lanterns and june bugs, berries and bare skin. Sticky and sweet are her ways, soaked are her words.
I think that we are mostly friends, she and I. Following me like a shadow at dusk, and rising with me in the morning.
I can see her behind a jar of tea, I can sense her on the tip of my spoon. Her poetry is moonlight, her breath hovers over asphalt.
We hold hands and run, run until she is called back home.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Adventures with Kale

Kale
I decided to try making these kale chips I have heard people talking about. I have never had kale, nor have I ever purchased it. So off to the store I went to purchase kale, hoping it wasn't expensive considering I had no clue if I was going to like it. So a big bunch of kale? 79 cents? Deal. I was off and running. Back home I followed Erin's recipe from House on Hill road. I toss them with oil, I sprinkle them with salt, I kiss them off as their leafy lacy bodies slide into the oven. I wait, I wring my hands, I pace. Kale... would it be tasty? Or tasteless? Next I smell smoke. I throw open the oven and my lovelies are burnt burnt burnt. But not all. Some are still green. I take a taste. Hm. I take another taste. I decide I am not sold on the Kale, or their chippy selves. Not sure Kale and I are meant to be. But wait!! People love them! How can this be?! I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. That is what makes us civil after all. Perhaps... if they were dipped in chocolate.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

thé de chocolat

So I did a little experiment on myself. I decided to stop drinking coffee (really Starbucks all together) to see how my body reacted. I have to tell you that I feel and feel like I look different. I think my body was having an aversion to milk, and the coffee wasn't helping either. It has only been about two weeks but my clothes fit better, my stomach is flatter and I feel like I am in better control of my cravings (and I have saved money!). I think avoiding the milk though has been a big part in it, although I am no doctor. Looking back I notice that I never started having issues until I started the Starbucks habit anyway and I have never really been a coffee drinker but sugary coffee drinks have always been what attracts me there. I am willing to keep it up seeing as how I am not a huge fan of milk or coffee on their own - just when they are all mixed together with a whole lot of sugar and chocolate!
Tea2A
So to curb my rabid sweet tooth I have switched to drinking teas that calm that craving. I have always been a tea drinker but sometimes it gets blazay. For those of you who are tea drinkers I know you can relate. I've had this Valentine Tea unopened in my cupboard for a long time and I opened it the other day to discover I was absolutely hooked. I have to have it with a bit of sugar and a splash of cream - but it's amazing. My good friend Chelsea told me once that when she starts craving sweets, she makes a cup of tea (at the time we were addicted to chocolate mint tea) and it takes care of her craving. This is so true for me too and I am really willing to give it a better effort to feel better. I LOVE tea. Sometime I find myself forgetting that it doesn't have to be boring, or plain. It is good to be reminded agin that tea can be exceptionally delicious and indulgent.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Renegade LA!

jar
What is this? Looks like a money saving jar to me. Yes, it's really happening. Erika and I are going to Renegade this year for their first ever Los Angeles event. I couldn't be more excited that there is now an annual Renegade so close to us. Over the years I have seen lots of posts and pictures by others who attend ones in Brooklyn and Chicago and I have wished and wished to be close enough to go. We are wishing no longer! I am hoping to find some great Christmas presents and maybe find a couple cute things for yours tuly, but I have a hunch either way that I will be wishing I had more money by the end of the day. Erika I think we are going to have to make a tradition out of it. Joy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

After the Weekend

Hope you had a fun weekend, mine was a whirlwind of shopping, tea parties, and family. Snoozing was definitely on my list, but it didn't happen much. I am sitting here listening to Midlake, I really love those guys. I have a fair amount on my plate already this week so I have to be sure and use my time wisely. I had a batch of custom order crowns finished this last week and so now I am working on my next goal, which is to make a large handful to put in my etsy shop. There is nothing in there now and honestly am a bit embarrassed to tell people to go visit my empty shop. I am still toying with packaging - I will have to show you soon how the crowns look in their little boxes. I can't advertise for myself if I have nothing to show, so now do you see why it is my next goal? A very important step indeed. I made one for Erika's mom this weekend (happy birthday Missy!!) and she loved it so much she was jumping up and down. I LOVE this reaction. I want others to share in that excitement when they give them as gifts so much.

Yesterday was the first day of summer. I was going to post about it, but it slipped by before I could catch the opportunity. Happy Summer to you. I hope your days are filled with iced tea, popsicles and warm summer evenings. <3

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

She's All Done

backseat fun
She is done. My baby sister is finally a high school graduate. I have felt her joy and her pain through these past four years, thats for sure. I have done her hair and makeup for the four proms she has attended and been her second wardrobe. She is the baby in our family and it is amazing to have seen her grow up. I was never very fond of high school (except for my art classes), and I know she has had her struggles too, so I am especially relieved to see her graduate and move on. Eight years ago I was there too. Man time flies. Cheers for Deanna!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tea Time with The Big Dino

Saturday we had a surprise tea party for my sister Deanna, commonly known as, 'Dino', or more formally 'The Big Dino.' This tea party, in honor of her upcoming high school graduation, was my mom's idea and I think it was one of the best party ideas she has come up with yet. The only people invited were those that we felt has had a significant influence on my sister's life. Everyone was asked to come prepared with something to read about their connection with my sister and to share with everyone about their history.
We had some delicious tea, homemade white chocolate scones, lemon squares and fruit, but nothing was as sweet as the words spoken by a table of ladies. Hearing words of encouragement and love about my sister kept us on the verge of tears the whole time and the stories they all shared were absolutely priceless. My mom was even able to collect letters from women who weren't able to come or that don't live nearby. If you are looking for a way to honor a woman dear to you, this was awesome.
She is the coolest girl and I am so glad we had the chance to honor her graduation in a unique way. 
P.S. Dino - thanks for being such a good sport about the whole surprise thing - even though you don't dig surprises so much. Heh. <3

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wild Horses

I am looking forward to spending some time with this guy this weekend. Oh wait... I have crowns to make, work to attend to and people to see. All those other things are important, but nothing is as good as time with my husband. Wild horses couldn't drag me away...
What weekend plans do you have? xo

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding in the Park

HansonCollage
Sunday we were the happy guests of a wedding in a park. Above are some of the highlights of the day. Congratulations to Phil and Chelsea! She looked incredible. And yes that is my brother break dancing - he is actually really good at it. Ahh... hidden talents.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Matching

It is fun to shop for wedding gifts when your friends and you have the same style, dont you think? That's when you ditch the registry list and go straight to the stores you love.
You just know they will love everything you choose, and it sets you apart. I have had few friends in my life whose styles match mine wonderfully. My best friend Erika is the person that has matched my style best more than anyone else my whole life. I can go somewhere and buy something I love and she almost always loves it just the same, and she to I. And actually over the years we have ended up with many of the same things in our homes. It's rare in life you can connect with someone on that level - to actually have found a person, a friend, that you match closely with. Well, these wedding gifts are not for her (she is already married), but I am betting she will love them just as much as I do. <3

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sleepy

Lucky cat. This is pretty much all I have wanted to do so far this week, thanks to a very busy and unrestful weekend. Birthdays, sister's prom and the usual long houred responsibilities kept me busy almost every single second. Ended the night Saturday with a vodka and cranberry which was a nice and welcome treat for a long day. Today the thunder has been rumbling since the early morning, and just at this very moment I can hear a few raindrops on the trees. It is so muggy - I love muggy storm air, but I find that I really just want to climb inside my warm fluffy bed like Mary Jane. Soon enough the evening will becon me that way...

Have you seen the trailer for New Moon yet? You can see it here. I am getting tingly all over again <3