Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cardboard Crowns

Someone special is turning 4 today—Mabel! Oliver’s 6th birthday is in a few weeks, so I made them little crowns (from toilet paper tubes, spray paint, and twine) to celebrate the occasion. They seemed to think the crowns were some kind of weird punishment, but since I bribed them with treats they let me snap a few photos.

toilet paper tube crowns

toilet paper tube crowns

toilet paper tube crowns

toilet paper tube crowns

toilet paper tube crowns

toilet paper tube crowns

(Oliver and Mabel are both schnauzer/poodle mixes.)

Hand Lettering Practice #1

I’m still honing my hand lettering skills, so I’m going to post a bit of my work each Friday for the next 5 weeks (like I did with gouache a few months back).

Does anybody want to practice with me? :)

lettering practice

lettering practice

If anyone wants to practice along with me and share your progress, I made a Pinterest board (right here) for us to pin our lettering work all in one place. If you send me a message right here and include a link to your Pinterest boards I will send you an invite to join the board. Your lettering doesn’t have to be amazing or anything—no pressure. Just have fun with it!

Remembering

I know you’re supposed to tie a string around your finger to help yourself remember something, but that doesn’t work for me. Instead I draw (or in this case stamp) a little ant or spider on my hand. Every time I glance at my hand throughout the day and yell, “Ahh!!! Get it off! Get it off!” I remember why I drew it there in the first place. It works like a charm!

how to remember - ant stamp

how to remember - ant stamp

New & Improved Guest Bedroom

Our guest bedroom was one of the first rooms I decorated after we moved in. It has been four years since then, so my taste has changed a bit. Daniel wanted to swap his office with the guest bedroom (since there are more A/C vents in that room), so we made the switch over the weekend. While we were moving things around I took the opportunity to mix things up. Here’s the old guest bedroom, and here’s what it looks like now!

guest room decor

guest room decor

guest room decor

guest room decor

guest room decor

Cantaloupe and Mint Lassi

Daniel and I love Indian food, and there are several great restaurants around here that we frequent. (Saffron and Tamarind are our current favorites, so if you’re local give them a try!) Whenever I am feeling brave I’ll ask for my food to be medium spicy instead of mild, but then I have to order a mango lassi to soothe my burning throat (since I’m a wimp). I never realized how easy it would be to make myself a lassi at home until I saw this cantaloupe and fresh mint lassi recipe on Etsy’s blog. It was creamy and delicious, and so filling that I drank it for lunch. I think the whole milk yogurt really makes it.

cantaloupe mint lassi

4-6 oz ripe cantaloupe, seeded, trimmed of rind, and chopped.
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (whole milk yogurt was amazing)
6-8 fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 sprig fresh mint (for garnish, optional)

Combine all ingredients except for the optional mint sprig garnish in a blender or food processor. Blend well until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with the mint sprig.

(recipe from Etsy)