Do you like hats?

I’m on a roll right now.
Probably because I’ve hit the pause button on customs
And I’m attempting to use up all the fabulous yarn that I’ve already got on hand!

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Also, this pinkish color has always confused me. Is it salmon? Coral? Rose? Faded red? I am calling it octopus because I really don’t know, and octopi can be different shades of pink and yellow and whatever, right?

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I’m SO THANKFUL that I have found my little spot with crocheting these beanies.
I don’t get tired of making hats,
I actually get excited to start a new color with each one,
And people still seem to like wearing them which warms my heart
And makes me smile.

I am excited for new things with spring around the corner too,
It always gives me an invigorating feeling
And inspires me with the opportunities that come along with
Actually leaving my cozy den and getting out and experiencing things again.

So keep on adventuring, people!
There are no limits to the things we are capable of discovering –
In nature, or or about ourselves –
And life is short, so make the most of it!

-peace and love-

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Off On.

Some days, you just have to accept that things are off.
Sometimes
Everything is kind of weird and not going how you had hoped,
But.
Usually ‘off’ days are followed closely by super duper uplifting ‘on’ days.
So there’s that to look forward to, right?

My little guy recently told me how to spell off and on.
I didn’t teach him this,
He knew what it meant from the switch by the light above his car-seat on the ceiling of the car,
And figured out the spelling on his own.

So there’s a little inspiration.
Just because you don’t know how to do something,
Doesn’t mean you have to wait around for someone to teach you.
Go ahead and try to figure it out yourself!
Probably except driving.
Let someone teach you that one.
And maybe a few other things where lives may be at stake.
But you know what I mean.

-peace and love-

Dainty centerpieces

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Today I decided it was a perfect day to go through my craft things,
And I wound up putting these tiny little arrangements together.
The bottles were excavated by my husband while he was at work.
Thankfully he threw them in his truck and gave them to me!
They are so old and cool.

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Most of these twigs and things are left from my wedding centerpieces so it’s kind of nice looking at them again.

-peace and love-

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

I made this bread and it turned out so delightfully tasty and perfectly textured.
I’m sharing the recipe I used.
It’s so easy!
I love my bread machine, and using it is the only way I would ever get bread made properly from start to finish, with all my many distractions and the loud little person following me around all day.
I’m not sure how to convert the recipe to a non-bread machine, but I’m sure some foodie would know how to do that, so maybe there’s a google search for that.

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ANYWAY
Here is the recipe:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or quick active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • coarse salt, if desired.

MEASURE carefully, placing all ingredients except 3 tablespoons oil, the rosemary, and coarse salt in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

SELECT dough/manual cycle. Do not use delay cycles.

REMOVE dough from pan, using lightly floured hands. Cover and let rest on lightly floured surface 10 minutes.

GREASE large cookie sheet. Roll or pat dough into 12-inch circle on cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place about 30 minutes or until almost double.

HEAT oven to 400 degrees. Make depressions in dough at 1-inch intervals with fingertips. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with rosemary and coarse salt. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, or cool on wire rack.

(From Betty Crocker’s “Best Bread Machine Cookbook”)

Quick dinner idea –

I cut the bread into rectangular chunks and sliced them in half and made grilled cheese sandwiches. This is easy and tastes much more full than your typical grilled cheese because of the extra flavors in the bread. You could also add tomatoes, basil, spinach, bacon, ham, whatever – inside your sandwich to tweak it to your liking. Pretty much anything you grill this bread into is going to taste like heaven. I also threw tomato soup on the stove to round out the meal.

Enjoy!

-peace and love-

New Year

I always get excited about having a brand new year to start,
Even though I’m not terribly fond of the cold weather and bleak skies that typically accompany it.
I like the clean slate.
I like the fresh start.
I like the thought of new opportunities.
I like the potential for accomplishments.
I like setting goals for myself.
I like leaving an old, used up year behind, and moving ahead.
I like looking back and observing the ways things have changed and improved
As well as finding things that I still need to work on.

In 2014 I didn’t accomplish as many creative projects as I would have liked,
And I don’t think I did much at all musically,
But I survived a really rough pregnancy
And we were blessed with a super awesome little dude-baby,
And we also bought our first house and fixed it up and moved in and I love it.
So I’m considering last year a win. 🙂

I am still figuring out my goals for this freshly poured, full cup of 2015,
But I know I want to fill it with family, friends, good times, laughter, and creativity.

Welcome, New Year!

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Well I haven’t kept up with my blog very well recently;
Since my ol’ laptop bit the dust, actually.
Not having access to my photos and able to use my drawing tablet has been a real drag!
BUT!
Not for long – I just ordered a computer.
I did it.
A new one.
I’m stoked 🙂

I’m excited to get some more music, art & HATS on here.

-peace and love-

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Paper Ceilings & Chandeliers

While in Chicago over the past weekend,
We stopped at the Houndstooth Saloon to kill some time while waiting for the Volcano Choir show at the Metro.

Though it was very loud, mostly due to the fact that it’s located directly under the train tracks,
I was happily distracted with the adorable ceiling and decided that I would try that someday in my own home.

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-peace and love-