Wednesday, July 29, 2009

hello. yellow.

We served up a little sunshine for lunch today.

Ah, summer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

dirt.

Supplies:
Cardboard (To be quite honest, I used davy board)
1" foam for padding
Brown material (I chose cordoruy for it's texture)
Hot glue gun
Scissors/knife
Sewing Machine* (optional) Sort of a tutorial:
1) Cut 2 pieces of cardboard the diameter of the pot.
2) Cut or drill holes in both, so they match up.
3) Glue 1" thickness foam on one board and then sandwich it with the other. [Line up the holes]. The foam doesn't need to be the diameter of the pot. I used 3 or 4 pieces and placed them sporadically to keep the height between boards. [Make sure not to cover your holes]
4) Line the holes with fabric. Glueing down the excess on both ends. You won't be able to see the foam or cardboard through the holes with this step.
5) Glue down fabric covering both cardboard pieces.
6) Feel for you holes and cut X's where the holes are.
7) Fold the hole fabric under and glue.
8) Glue a sewn or folded "belt" around the entire circumference.
9) And that's how I made dirt. [from materials I had on hand]

[and yes, I see the shadows in the pictures, but I also see the light.]

Monday, July 27, 2009

blog bling

So I created an "amy sue, i love you" button [on display in my sidebar].
yeah, no big deal.
whatever.

Seriously, I'm totally excited about it. I'm not saying you have to get my button...it's there if you want it. All I am saying is IF you want...you could make one for yourself. And then we could totally be blogger button BFFs.

I used Little Miss Crafty Pants' tutorial. This is the tutorial I came across first, but I'm sure there are a ton of tutorials out there [including Shabby Blogs, which also has lots of freebies available] I have used the Shabby Blogs tutorial on post dividers [not on this blog], and highly recommend it if you want a little somethin' more to spice up your blog.

Check 'em out for yourself. BFF [forever ever]

Sunday, July 26, 2009

question.

Does anyone know why some pictures I post on my blog(s) will enlarge when you click on them, but others won't?

I can't make sense of it. I thought it might have to do with the cropping, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it in my eye because some that are cropped enlarge and others don't, etc.

I could probably research this a little more in depth, but I figured if anyone out there [anyone at all] knew--they could just clue me in and save me the time, er-trouble. I'd love you forever.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

sharing

I would just like to say a few words on "brilliance." [not necessarily the kind of brilliance recognized world-wide, but more so personal moments of brilliancy] I have concluded that there are a lot of ingenious thoughts out there pertaining to...well, anything really. And these same strokes of genius can be experienced by individuals at different times. Do you follow?

Let me explain using an example from my own life.

[true story] I always thought that there should be one term to cover both "nieces and nephews." Because really saying "nieces and nephews" in conversation can be quite a mouthful. I thought about this for a couple of years, and then it hit me one day...nieces and nephews are really just your siblings' kids, they both start with n, why not niblings?

Pure genius, I thought. And thus, I "spread the word." My sister told me you could submit words online to Websters. And that is what I proceeded to do. She helped me word the definition just perfectly...

niblings, n. a non-gender specific term to use in reference to your siblings' children; nieces and nephews. [something like that]

I was so unbelievably excited to submit a word I invented, to share a moment of ingeniousness with the world...I clicked submit...only to find that at least 5 other people had already invented the same word with the same meaning.

It would seem that we can have an original thought...that may also be someone else's original thought. We can simultaneously be experiencing the same flickers of brilliance or inspiration.

With that said, I just want to say any original ideas I may share...could very easily be someone else's original idea, as well. There are a lot of minds out there thinking all the time, so I wouldn't be surprised. I will give credit where it is due. And I will take credit for any "originals" [even if I'm sharing it with multiple someones...unbeknownst to me].

I feel like this is turning into a disclaimer of some sort. Really, I just want to be honest. My Pots for Tots idea was an amy sue original...after I made the flower pot [previous post], I discovered a mini version made by Melissa & Doug at a local store one day...so someone else already had the same brilliant idea and probably even before me. And I'm sure someone out there already has a little company named Pots for Tots. I do applaud their genius. [mostly because I feel it is a small reflection of my own lucky moment of inspiration]

I also applaud many other strokes of brilliance out there because we all learn and can be inspired by others.

flower pots for tots

This is a project from a couple years ago, and has been a hit ever since. It's one of those ideas I have that I think I could sell especially with a catchy title like [shhh...Pots for Tots], but then I think well, I made it, others could just as easily. So I'm sharing this idea with you, just in case you may be interested in making one yourself. After buying the huge flowers for a mere $5 each [on sale], I envisioned this idea a few months later. The idea is that the kids can "pick" the flowers, and when they're not playing with them they just look pretty sitting there. I can safely say the flowers are picked nearly everyday, and it's also easy clean-up because the kids know exactly where to put them [and bonus: it also challenges there eye-hand coordination].

I didn't crop the picture because I wanted you to have a reference of the size. It's bigger than your average terra cotta pot [but I'm sure any size will do, so long as the flowers are proportional to your pot]. I used some davy [book-binding] boards (I almost went with cardboard--practically free), 1"foam, and brown corduroy from old pants to create the "dirt".

If anyone would like more details on this, just leave a comment. [because this is in no way meant to resemble a tutorial]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

zoo-per doo-per

I have fond memories of going to Utah's Hogle Zoo when I was younger, so I was excited to take my kids this summer and share the experience with them.

This time around we went to the bird show they have daily. After the show the audience members get the opportunity to donate a bill [of any dollarly increment] to a bird and the bird will put it in through the slot in the box to help with the zoo's program fundraiser. How cool is that! We're suckers for cool photo ops like this [and clearly, helping the birds].

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ever want your very own handwritten font?

Did you even know it was possible?

I came across the link to yourfonts.com on kirtsy.com [back in February]. This site walks you through how to make your own handwritten font. It's fairly easy.

I tried it, as you can see.

And it's kind of fun to have a font in my own handwriting available to use [even if the letter N isn't up to par].

Just thought I'd share. [in case, you're interested]

Monday, July 20, 2009

today's post is...

I have been in love with the zinc letters from Anthropologie since I first perused the store last summer. And I finally purchased the letter "R" I had been dreaming about since. [I chose the letter "R"--for obvious reasons]

This isn't where I originally envisioned it displayed in our home, but I love how it stands out against the shelf, and I love [love] looking at it whenever I walk by.

I think the large zinc letters would be fun on display indoor or outdoor, but I'm not as willing to fork over the $98 as I was the $18.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

the sweet tooth fairy

Did anyone else have a hankering to try the va-Nie-lla cupcake after seeing The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakeshop featured on the Nie Nie Dialogues? Well, I certainly did. I must say the cupcakes are definitely well worth the trip. [actually, the frosting alone makes the experience well worthwhile] They are simply divine...I had to snap this photo quickly before they were devoured, otherwise, I would have taken a better photo.

p.s. My personal fave is the peanut butter chocolate cupcake. [pictured front and center] It comes highly recommended, so I'm featuring it [along with the other cupcakes] on my A-list...you know, Oprah has her O-list and I have my A-list.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ranch avocado dip

I decided to post this recipe because I think I have promised a handful of you this very recipe, and I just can't recall who I've sent it to and who I haven't.

It's great with chips, but we recently discovered that it is a nice addition to homemade Cafe Rio. [mmmmm. me want some cafe rio now.]

One avocado
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. buttermilk
3 tsp. white vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. dried parsley
¼ tsp. onion powder
2 dashes dried dill weed
2 dashes garlic powder
2 dashes pepper

Just use a hand mixer and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. [your tummies will thank you]

*This recipe was an internet find like 5 years ago, so I don't take credit for it's origin...especially since it is supposed to be close to Chili's ranch avocado dip.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

stephanie tueller photography

I know. I know. I start a new blog and then leave you all hanging for two weeks. [all four of you] My apologies.

I did have a splendid time. And in an effort to make amends I'm sharing with you a sneak peek of my family photos taken by the talented Stephanie Tueller.

Lucky you. Click here for kicks.