December Recap


Another years has gone by, and that means you have to put the tiny bit more effort when writing the date...I can't believe that its already coming up on 2013!  I still remember the excitement (and confusion) over the changing of the millennium.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this month, as well as some of my favorite links from other sites.

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Still Reeling...


This story has been done many, many, many times before, but the 2012 version is officially the most powerful and raw musical that I have seen in my life...and I like my musicals.

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Life of Pi Review?

With all of the trouble of moving back to Florida and Christmas, I did not get a chance to finish my own book club book!  So, I will be extending Life of Pi for another month.  This means that another review will get the chance to win next months book club book. Happy reading.


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Updated Gingerbread Recipe


I was not very happy with my first gingerbread recipe, so I tried this one and let my cousin put it together on Christmas.  She had a little too much fun.

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Christmas Sweets


I'd forgotten how busy Christmas preparations can be, but it all pays off today!  I have three great recipes for you to try:  Homemade Apple Cider, Snowflake Sugar Cookies, and Pumpkin Bread.

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Running out of Time

Only 1 day left till Christmas...time to wrap those presents and put the finishing touches on your menus. I hope you all are doing better on time management than I am. Here is a little preview of tomorrow's Christmas Day post.

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12/21/12

Are we still alive?

Yes?

Okay, now get back to work.

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Crazy Inventions

The Good, the Bad, and the...Umm....
Boredom is dangerous thing.  Here are some amazing and weird inventions that I have found.



365 Knitting Clock:  I love this idea. Unfortunately, they aren't for sale.
Staircase Drawers:  I want them now.  This site comes with DIY instructions.
Defendius Door Chain:  Still not sure if this is a great idea yet...but it would definitely keep anyone who has had too much to drink from going out and getting into trouble.


10-in-1 Gardening Tool:  More is not always better.
Stick Butter:  I would confuse this with my UHU.
Champagne Parachute:  This is kind of cute.
Cuddle Pillows:  For when you are missing your Muppet.





The Kush:  Apparently this is also one of the many, many...many names for Weed.
Neuticles:  These are not beans...at least not in the traditional sense.  I won't spoil the surprise.
Go Girl:  For every girl who ever wanted to write her name in the snow.

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Homemade Gingerbread House

This is my first gingerbread house (completely from scratch)!  I used a vintage recipe (Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie recipe), but I think I will try a different recipe next time.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane...

...wishing I was back already.

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Craft Ideas

Seeing as I will be returning to my almost fully stocked studio bedroom, I though I would put together a list of projects that I hope to be working on for the next few months.

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A Holiday Past-time

As a child, I always enjoyed making snowflakes for the holidays.  It is a really fun and easy craft for the whole family:  all you need is paper and scissors (and string if you want to hang them).

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Filled Apples

I have a real treat for you today!  Instead of craving those caramel and candied apples from carnivals, here is a fun and easy way to get the taste right from your kitchen.  I even threw in a healthy option.

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Chocolate Night at the California Academy of Sciences

This past Thursday, my sister took me into the city for a night of music, creatures, and a couple drinks.  We visited the California Academy of Science for their Sugarcoated NIGHTLIFE event:  who can deny free chocolate?

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Winter Coats

The closer it gets to Christmas, the colder it seems to be getting outside.  That means it's time to break out the scarves, coats, and gloves!  Here are 3 great styles of coats that are professional and warm.

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Make Your Own Gift Tags

Continuing with yesterday's post about homemade Christmas cards, here are some handmade Christmas tags.  I stuck with the same themes as the Christmas cards and expanded with a few extra designs.   These tags and the Christmas cards will soon be available to buy on my Etsy store.

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Stamps, Cards, and the Lazy Letter


Instead of buying your Christmas cards this year, make them! All you need is an assortment of paper, cardstock, rubber cement, and some imagination. Also, I will reveal the winner of the Vintage Postage Stamps Christmas Giveaway...

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Tipsy Arnold Palmer

I am not new to the idea of the Arnold Palmer (half lemonade and half iced tea), but when my sister and I found some Seagram's Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka we knew that we had to try it.  So we took our Lemonade Iced Tea recipe (see below) and added a shot of vodka.  Conclusion:  amazing.

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Art Student Heaven

During one of my travels into the city of San Francisco, I found a store that made me physically weak in the knees...I'm serious, it was love at first site.  And now it is the only place that I go to for my artistic needs.

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December Calendar and Weekly Planner



Here are some simple calendars to keep you organized!

Printables:  Monthly  |  Weekly

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Life of Pi

The book for this month will be Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  I decided to reread the book before going to see the movie.  

This month I'm trying something new:  I will post a comment after I read each chapter with my thought, predictions, and any questions.  If you are interested, please read along with me.  One lucky reviewer will win a free copy of next month's book; just leave a comment to be eligible.

Also, I'm opening up the Book Club Page to accept comments.  Leave some feedback about what book you would like to be featured next month.

Reviews


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December Overview

December is here and I have a lot of great projects planned for this month!  Things to expect this month are some delicious Stuffed Apples and crocheting an Infinity Scarf.  You will be seeing quite a few Christmas projects such as introducing the Lazy Letter, homemade gifts, homemade gift tags, making a Gingerbread House, and decorating for Christmas.

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Artist Blog and Etsy Store


It's finally here!  The grand opening of my artist blog!  It looks pretty bare now, but each week I will be releasing a new project or piece for your viewing pleasure as well as sharing some of my favorite artists, techniques, and materials.

Right now, all I have up are some monoprints that I did in college.  These prints are available in my Etsy Store.


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November Recap


My first full month (if you discount my sick leave) draws to a close.  I didn't get all the things that I wanted to do done, but I'm still working out the kinks in this blog writing business.  Here are some of my favorite posts from this month, as well as some of my favorite links from other sites.

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Ender's Game Review

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Set sometime in the future, mankind is in the middle of longterm war with and alien race know as buggers.  

The premise of this book is every mother's nightmare:  children are taken from there home around the age of 6, inscripted into the army, shot off planet to a rotating school in outer space, and taught how to be soldiers, commanders, and ultimately the destroyer of civilizations.

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Campfire Favorites


A childhood favorite of mine, smores can be made a number of ways:  over a campfire, in the microwave, with large marshmallows or a handful of small one, and with whatever chocolatey goodness you can find to put in it.  My sister introduced me to the idea of using popular candy bars instead of the traditional Hershey's chocolate bars.  We made three different types of smore:  Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Smores, KitKat Smores, and Hershey's Cookies and Cream Smores.

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Tennessee Valley

Today's adventure was a Nature Walk through Tennessee Valley, a large collection of trails in the Marin Headlands. Even though it was a cloudy day, the terrain was pleasantly flat and the temperature wasn't too cold. Here are some pictures of the walk.

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CLOSED--Sponsor Giveaway! Vintage Christmas Stamps

Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to start putting together this year's Christmas cards!  Store bought or handmade, no Christmas card is complete without Christmas stamps, but instead of buying the newest set, why not consider some vintage postage?  

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Animal Masks

I finally found some free time this week to do a project with my nephew.  He's just about getting to the age when he can start to appreciate pretend play, so we spent a couple hours making some animal masks out of felt and string.

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Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite holidays are Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Why?  Because they are the food holidays.  Any reason to make a large quantity of food is okay by me and today, I am going to share with you some of my family's classic food holiday recipes.

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Crispy Chicken

One of the downsides to living in Sausalitio is that there are very few places that deliver food and the places that do are usually a bit pricey.  A favorite of mine is the Chicken Katsu at Sweet Ginger.  As delicious as it was, a meal looses something for me when I know how much it is costing me, and Sweet Ginger is no cheap meal.   Solution:  Homemade Chicken Katsu.

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And on the East Coast

I found an interesting 'fact' on Wikipedia today:  San Francisco is known as the 'Sunset City' and is the sister city to my hometown, Ft. Pierce, FL (also known as the 'Sunrise City').  I'm not sure who wrote this or what they based their information on, but this coincidence made me laugh.  Seeing as most people know a little about San Francisco, I thought I might spend this 'Travel Tuesday' talking a little bit about its sister city.

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Black Friday Deals

I have never been the biggest fan of 'Black Friday,' but this year I have started looking at some of the online deals that you can get from the safety of your own house--no fear of trampling unless you have children.

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Sick

Unfortunately, I'm taking a bit of sick leave by order of my laptop.  It does not appreciate all me hacking on it.  So, I shall leave you with a childhood favorite of mine.  If only this were the case for me. 

Sick.  A poem by Shel Silverstein.

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Slumming it in Sausalito


Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about organizing.  Any space can be organized no matter how small, large, or irregular it may be.  Recently, I moved in with my sister (sleeping on the couch) and I had to get rather creative with where I could put my stuff so that it would be baby-proof and easily accessible.

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Blackberry & Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonics


Starting Happy Hour a little early with this drink recipe--Blackberry & Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonics.  A refreshing, sweet beverage to enjoy after a long day of work...or an emotional election.

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Introducting the Book Club


The book for this month will be Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, mainly because I cannot believe that I still have to wait another year for the movie to come out.

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A Day at the BADM

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge is a small, non-profit museum that caters to a very specific audience:  children as young as 6 months to 8 years.  A hands-on, interactive establishment, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, has been recognized as "the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators" (BADM Website).  And it lived up to all of my expectations.

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Playing With Scarves

Now that the weather is getting colder, I've been needing to wear my scarf more often, and I came to the realization that--being a Florida Girl--I do not know very much about wearing a scarf! So, here are three quick and easy ways to style a scarf.

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A Hearty Dish

Not only is Shepherd's Pie a simple, filling meal, it is a great way to use up some of those veggies in your fridge.  It has been a long time since I've looked at a recipe while making this dish, because I almost never make the same Shepherd's Pie twice.  It is amazing how diverse this meal can actually become.

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