I’ve been reading

The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey. Gorgeous, hopeful, heartbreaking, and imaginative, I loved this book and finished it in 3 days. I love the cabin in the woods, living off the land, and dreamy qualities of this story that parallels a (real?) Russian Fairy tale. I love that the author lives in Alaska, works in a local bookstore (hello, dream job!) and this is her first story about life in the frozen tundra during the 20’s.

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen. I still haven’t seen the movie but I’m not sure if it will top the book. This is another I couldn’t put down. The narrator is a very old Jacob who is in a nursing home and retells the story of his life working as a Veterinarian (who didn’t take his final exam) for the circus as a young man. It’s about love and friendship and loyalty as much as about adventure, family and finding yourself. I loved Rosie the elephant and her hilarious antics as much as I hated the equestrian leader (the love interests crazy husband).

The Girl who Played with Fire, Stieg Larrson. The second in the Millennium trilogy starts off well but with all the names and continuos addition of new characters to figure out, it gets confusing and at times just plain hard to read. Though, I do like the story a lot and it never seems cliche, it took me a while to finish (I read about 3 other books at the same time). I then watched the Swedish film of the same name and really enjoyed it especially since I knew what was going on.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. I liked the conversational style of this story and that you think you might know what’s going on but ya don’t! It’s a twisted tale of a marriage gone horribly wrong. Each of husband and wife, in their self reflections on their marriage (hers via diary entry, his via present day) piece together the mystery of the wife’s disappearance in small town Missouri. This story had me from the get-go and I didn’t put it down until I understood the psychological terrors involved with each character.

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth strout. I enjoyed this book for its honesty and humanity. No sugar coating life here. I felt depressed at times reading this but that’s how good the writing is! I also laughed and felt I got to know the community of folks in this book. I liked the slower pacing and all the details in a scene. You feel like you are there with them . totally a great read.

The poisonwood Bible by Barbara kinsolver. I actually didn’t quite finish this one before I had to either return or renew it sooo I will just have to find it someday again. The first half was mostly intriguing but i didn’t really fully appreciate the views of the bible thumping baptist preacher dad figure. He was awful! then I was kind of upset how it starts turning out for the daughters so if you know how it ends an want to share with me go ahead:)

The Last Chinese Chef, Nicole Mones. This book is what I love about reading about food! I totally appreciated the journey the narrator went on to find out the truth about her marriage and deceased husband’s “extracirriculars” while in Beijing. Cooking has never been so sensual. Loved it.

The Fault in our Stars, John Green. Charming yet sad, spiritual, real and funny. I laughed out loud and cried my eyes out. A story of teenagers with cancer falling in love and what they will do for each other with what they have. I love the honesty each character possess as they deal with life-threatening illness’ as they live each day in spite of the fear of the next. I think this is a must read for every teenager, young adult and adult. Not everyone will completely agree with the spiritual tones but you can learn and be inspired by it. I was.

I guess I have a goal to read as much as possible and if I had to put a number on it I would say I’d like to read 30 books this year. Cuz I’m turning 30 y’all!


Vintage stool re-do

vintage stoolI found this funky stool a while ago and have been meaning to re-cover it for a while now.  Once I decided on a fuzzy fabric it was smooth sailing.  (I bought like 4 other cuts of fabric before I decided on this one and it matches my fuzzy chair cover, bonus because sometimes rarely I do like matchy matchy) All I did was cut my piece of fabric and staple it down on the underside of the stool, right over the old orange plastic-ey stuff.  I may decide to paint the stool legs over at some point but for now its whatevs.  and look who’s getting to enjoy it first. Calypso and girl cat.  Ahhh, to be a cat.  Happy weekend ya’ll!
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DIY Face Vase

So I love quirky things and my house is what people would describe as eclectic.  I probably have too many crafty things about but it’s just I can’t help it and they don’t make a pill for my craft addiction.   Anyways, that’s what this blog is for, to document all my little crafty things.  One of the blogs I am addicted to (no pill for that either) is A Beautiful Mess and I mention it because I totally got the idea to make these vases from their blog.  I’ll probably follow this post up with a link on their page so they know I got this idea from them and it turned out really super cute.  I did think to make the fabric flowers all by myself but that’s a whole other post;) face vase IMG_6145IMG_6138vase diyWhat you’ll need to make a Couple of vases (hee hee, couple):  Vases (thrifted for 50 cents), a sheet of adhesive foam (already had from the craft store), spray paint (already had from a previous project).  Oh man I just love how thrifty I’ve become! I mean, crafts get expensive guys! So what I did was I simply started by drawing out facial features onto the foam with a pencil. I would draw on the back side of the foam sheet since my pencil showed through a bit and I had to use a lot of paint to cover it. Then I cut the pieces out, peeled off the sheet from the foam and stuck them on.  Then I did 5 or 6 coats of spray paint, waiting about 30 minutes to an hour between each.  (I got lots of laundry done in-between) It was a  really easy project and pretty fun.  I was going to be lazy and not make the hair but once I stuck on all those curly pieces to my lady I loved her so much more!  I mean that’s not weird, to love a vase, right?  And the dude vase looks way better with hair, sorry babe, nothing to do with you! (You look great with a shaved head!)  So what do you think?  I’d love to stick some fresh spring flowers in them soon!

Instagram lately

I thought I’d share some of my Instagrams here.  I feel like I post so many but it’s so addicting! 1//Framed canadian money as art 2//dining on the patio on a particularly nice evening 3//My parents visited(also the night my little sis got engaged-I was crying in the photo, can you tell?!) 4//Date night, newly colored hair 5//Gold Barcart, I still love it! 6-7//Tiny llamas found at the thrift store 8//Cat naps 9//Making coffee paper filter flowers for my sis’s wedding 10//Made s’mores at home(I remembered how much I freaking love smores) 11//Berry sundae snack 12//My rose bush is blooming better than it has in the last 4 years! yay for rain!  Do you Instagram? I’d love to find more inspiring Instagrammer’s to follow!IMG_5464 IMG_5960 IMG_5963 IMG_5966 IMG_6069 IMG_6118 IMG_6119 IMG_6120 IMG_6158 IMG_6186 IMG_6289 IMG_6295

Sake Bloody Mary

This is one of my all time favorite drinks, the bloody mary that is.  I tried a a little variation in my recipe this time and used sake rice wine instead of vodka. I also used a dash of soy sauce instead of worchestershire.  It was de-lish guys!  If you want to try it use these ingredients: 2 parts sake, 1 can V8 juice, salt+pepper to you liking, 1 tsp cream horseradish, 1-2 packets soy sauce. Shake on ice and pour into a glass. Cheers!  What do you think?
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friendship + bracelets

friendship braceletI’ve been making some friendship bracelets while glued to the news on both the Boston manhunt and the West TX explosion. They are still searching for survivors in West in what must be just horrific circumstances. I’m just thinking about how thankful I am today for my own family and friends and how lucky I am for those relationships. my life is not perfect nor do I expect it to be but as I reflect on all these events I am always lead back to thoughts of what I am lucky to have in my life and not feel sorry for what I do not have. I hope we can all find ways to be at peace with whatever life may challenge us with. To my friends and family I thank you for you!

Another hard day…

I’m taking this day off from posting a craft or recipe due to yet another devastating event that has taken the lives of some of my fellow Texans. An explosion yesterday at a fertilizer plant has virtually wiped the City of West, Texas off the map.  So many homes, schools, and businesses have been totally devastated in this explosion and many people are left without homes, neighbors, friends and relatives today.  I hope the City of Dallas and surrounding areas will do as Boston is, and take care of its residents.  I can only think back to my former job as a case manager for the homeless in Dallas and hope these people will have access to resources to help them through this.  My thoughts and prayers…