30 June 2010

Yarn Destash SALE!

It is finally time to destash... I have way too much great novelty yarn!

The following yarns are up for sale in my Etsy shop. Just click on a photo you will be taken to its listing. Message me if you have any questions! Hope you find something you like at the market...


25 June 2010

mmmm... tortillas...

Jeff and I have been trying to eat all (or mostly) natural for the past month, and so we have been cooking/baking much more than we used to... which means experimenting and trying a lot of new recipes. I really wanted to learn to make flour tortillas and to use a recipe that didn't use a ton of lard but still tasted good. I found this recipe... it is so easy and the tortillas are delicious... highly recommended! Not only do they taste great, Jeff loves them, which makes the hard work even more worth it.

mix ingredients, knead dough, and allow to rest...
resting tortilla dough I (DSC03094)

roll dough into balls and allow to rest again...resting tortilla dough balls (DSC03100)

roll out dough really thin...
rolling dough (DSC03105)

ready to cook on the cast iron comal...
ready to cook (DSC03108)
ready to cook close-up I (DSC03113)

hot and ready to eat... homemade tortilla perfection!
cooked tortillas II (DSC03119)
cooked tortilla close-up (DSC03121)

24 June 2010

for my dad on Father's Day...

homemade salsa and tortillas... yum!
love you dad!

homemade salsa and tortillas (DSC03129)
cooked tortillas I (DSC03120)

19 June 2010

new shoes...

Oh I absolutely love shoes! Usually my husband thinks I have too many... and I always happen to think I don't have enough. This time we both agreed I needed new shoes and so I bought two pairs at Famous Footwear the other day, both Rocket Dog. Rocket Dog shoes are my favorite! 
This pair is a bit crazy to say the least... a way good deal though at only $15! I sort of feel like I am out of an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when I wear them. These are the first pair of laced shoes I have bought in a long time... on the way to checkout Jeff said that I am going to have to learn how to tie my shoes again...   :) 
new shoes I (DSC03093)

You can't see it in this photo, but these are slip-ons with a velcro closure. A very comfortable pair of shoes and I love the color scheme.
new shoes II (DSC03090)

09 June 2010

parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme...

I find myself humming this song (... ah Simon and Garfunkel...) while I water the little plants in my vertical garden. I was inspired to plant a vertical garden by this post from The Fern and Mossery blog and instructions are found here on the instructables site. The garden was super easy to set up... now I must remember to diligently water. We have planted cherry and roma tomatoes, dill, lavender, chamomile, parsley, basil, chives, green onion, thyme, and mint and just used popsicle sticks to mark each pocket. So many sprouts have started to peek out from the soil, and it is so fun to check the pockets for growth and progress. 
Here is the full view... uh, it looks kind of gross and dirty, but I
think it will look much better once there is lush green plant growth.
vertical garden full view (DSC02987)
The dill was the first to show the most growth after about two weeks... (though I
am not sure what dill looks like in the early stages, so these may just be weeds...).
dill close-up (DSC02980)
a green onion peeking out from the soil around two weeks...
green onion sprout (DSC02985)

So it turns out they were dill... here is three weeks (took this photo yesterday).dill at 3 weeks (DSC03019)

07 June 2010

very first Etsy sale...

I am so excited... early last week I had my first sale on Etsy! My first customer ordered a corked tile coaster set in white with the cork backing in the coffee bean shade. Last night I put on the finishing touches and they shipped out today. I loved putting the package together... and was finally able to use my rubber stamp on the fabric ribbon! It all turned out just as I had hoped for... actually better... and I hope my nice customer loves them too. And now for some photos...

first etsy sale I (DSC02991)

first etsy sale II (DSC03013)