So here’s my hair in all it’s bleached out glory. This is pretty much what it looks like between blue dye jobs in case you were wondering. My hair is finally starting to get light enough that I’m considering trying out new colors. I haven’t decided yet. Sophie would love to see me with pink hair but at the moment blue is so me. Though I am starting to get the hair cut itch. I just don’t know what I’d want. My hair is down to the middle of my back at this point, which I love. Hello Mermaid hair! But it’s also a pain so more often then not it ends up in a messy bun. Decisions Decisions.Let me tell you about this necklace. It is so good. I fall more in love with it each time I wear it. And I always get a ton of compliments on it. Even the cops who pulled me over during this photo shoot took the time to admire it! I got it at Renegade Craft Fair back in September and it’s seen a lot of action. I just love that it’s so different. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Sultana Maria Jewelry yet, you should get on that. All of her pieces are really unique. She finds all sorts of items at thrift stores and antique stores then crafts them into beautiful items. Dress: Target // Cardigan: Gap // Tights: Target // Boots: Blow Fish // Necklace: Sultana Maria
Here are my first five postcards for the 31 Postcard Challenge that I wrote about here. It was a lot of fun making these and they’ve already been sent out! I’ve decided to go ahead and make most of the postcards myself. It helps push me to be creative and gives me a break from my usual craft items. Making all these postcards also forces me to sit down and write! Since about half of the postcards being sent out are to people I don’t know, it’s been harder to think up what to write. But it’s great practice. I’ve really enjoyed the whole process thus far. Only 26 more to go!
Tampon Run: Because video games that involve violence are more accepted then talking about menstruation. Periods are not gross and weird, guys.
And to continue with the vulva/vagina love, Let’s Clear Up Some Lies You’ve Been Told About Vaginas. (*contaings sexually explicit language)
One of my favorite, if not my favorite, musician wrote a book and I can’t wait to read it, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. Also a friend of mine from college wrote a book and it’s fantastic. My Body Is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta. Have you read anything good lately?
A friend of mine recently posted this on her facebook and it made me smile. Hope it does for you as well! (posted with permission)
I’m here with another random vegetable ingredient that most people don’t see everyday. Bok Chuy! We got one in our CSA a few weeks ago and to be honest it’s been sitting diced up in my freezer for awhile now. I had no idea how to cook this vegetable or what to do with it. But because I’m the person that I am I spent the past few days researching how to best cook Bok Chuy. I think this ramen recipe might be just it. If it’s not the best well at least it’s delicious!
Bok Chuy, Mushroom and Ramen Recipe
8oz of mushrooms, sliced
1 inch of ginger, diced
1 clove of garlic, diced
3 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
2 tbsp of sweet chili sauce (less/more depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
32 oz of chicken broth (1 box)
6 oz of Soba Noodles
1 large bok chuy, diced
Start by sautéing the mushrooms, ginger and garlic in a large pot. This can be done in olive oil or even easier, use a little chicken broth. Once your mushrooms have started to get softer add in the fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and rice vinegar. Let it cook for 2 minutes. Add in chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add in soba noodles. Let cook for 2 minutes* and then add bok chuy to pot. Cook for another 2 minutes before serving.
*This depends on the soba noodles you use. Check the directions on the noodles.
A few weeks ago I went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Williamsburg and it was awesome. I met up with my friend Alyssa and got all sorts of things. Despite the rainy day we ended up having a great time. I can’t wait for their November market! There was just so much I wanted to get. I’m definitely going to have to set aside some funds for the next time.We split some tasty crepes from La Crêpe C’est Si Bon. It took forever to get them but after taking one bite of the savory one I’d have to say it was totally worth it. Couldn’t resist this Rocky Mountain Post Card. I’ve got a collection of post cards from each place we’ve lived and this one is perfect to represent Colorado. The mountains are one of the few things I miss about that place. The postcard and the National Parks patch is from Ello There. Love this Stay Hungry Enamel pin from Yardsale Press. It’s so perfect. I’m hoping to pick up a print from them sometime soon as well. They were all just so good I couldn’t decide. They made the buttons as well. Okay so this deer vertebrae necklace is pretty much my favorite thing ever. It’s made by Sultana Maria. I pretty much fell in love the moment I saw the necklace. Pretty much everything in her booth was fantastic. Sultana was also just the cutest. I love when artist don’t just make great things but are also awesome people.
The goat tattoos were being given out by Billie Blooms who sells the cutest little bloomers. Made me wish that my littles were still little! Okay so Alyssa Hoppe‘s booth was a lifesaver. Just as it started to rain we walked up to her booth and she was doing a garland making workshop. Perfect. We sat down for probably about an hour making garlands. I even learned to macramé! It was super exciting and so nice to get out of the rain. By the time we were down the main downfall had passed. As soon as I got home I had to find a home for my garland.All in all it was a great time. Sadly I didn’t take nearly as many pictures of the actual fair as I would have liked. Rain. Meh. But I’m really glad I didn’t let the rain stop me. Here’s a few more artist that I saw there that you should check out!
ABJ Glassworks – Beautiful glass hanging planters, moon phases, and jewelry display pieces.
Art Star Gallery and Boutique – A cute shop located in Philadelphia, PA with all sorts of different artist represented.
Gnome Enterprises – Awesome shirts. Seriously, I want them all.
Greenwich Letter Press – I loved all their prints and cards they have to offer. They even have enamel pins (which is my new jam.)
Saurstar – I really like her teeth rings and NYC dirt necklaces!
Ever since going to Renegade I’ve been going through Etsy like everyday. I realized that for so long all I did was look and consume free things without actually supporting artist. Of course I was never really in a place to spend the amount of money most artist deserves but that’s a whole different situation. Anyway, point being, I’ve really gotten in to supporting artist that I’m into. Plus it means I have more pretty things to decorate my office/apartment with! If you’ve gotten any recommendations for things you think I might like, send them my way!
A friend of mine from College recently published her first book and I was able to go hear her read a few passages from it two Fridays ago. I had a really great time and really enjoyed checking out Mellows Pages Library, a sorta DIY independent library that had a whole range of independent books. Definitely the sort of place you’d expect to find in the Hipster Capital of the United States.
I can’t say I’ve ever been to a reading before. Sure I’ve been to open mic nights and poetry slams and that sort of thing. But never a book reading. It was really interesting though. You know how you read a book and you have a certain idea of the tone and infliction used. You read it with a certain voice that makes sense to you. And then you go to a reading and you hear the book read by the author in her voice with her feelings and her inflections. It really changes things. Not drastically but it makes it easier to hear the author coming through the story. At least for me it did. I liked being able to note the differences between the voice I pictured in my head and the actual voice of the author.
Eggplant. It’s one of those vegetables that you had once when you were a kid and for whatever reason you didn’t like it. It was too bitter or too mushy or whatever. All you know is that you didn’t like it and so you never ate it again. At least that’s how eggplant was for me. So when one large beautiful purple eggplant showed up in my CSA box this month, well, I was less then excited to say the least. But then I started to think about all the other vegetables that I had recently given a second chance, asparagus, green beans, brussels sprouts, beans. And I realized, maybe eggplant should get a second chance too. Seeing as the problem with my dislike with the previous vegetables was simply the way it was cooked, all I had to do was find a way to cook eggplant the best possible way I could. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. Eggplant Pasta Sauce in a Crockpot
1 pound of lean beef (or any other meat you like in your pasta sauce.)
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 large eggplant, diced (you can peel it as well. I don’t bother but if you want the eggplant to completely disappear in the sauce then taking the extra step would help that.)
3 cloves of garlic, diced
pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
3 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of chili powder
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup of red wine
Start by browning your meat on the stove. If you’re using a lean meat, the olive oil will help when cooking. If your meat is on the fattier side you probably won’t need much if any olive oil. I also just like the taste it adds to my sauce especially since eggplant absorbs all sorts of flavors from the liquids. Once your meat is brown, place in your crockpot. Add in the rest of your ingredients. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. You want your eggplant to practically dissolve in your sauce. Cook your pasta noodles and serve with a heaping spoonful of sauce and parmesan cheese.
So a blue hair girl taking pictures of herself on base must be really suspicious. During this shoot there was a guy standing in his bedroom window watching the entire time. Okay so maybe he was looking out at the water but it was for a good twenty minutes and I honestly would be surprised if he was just taking in the views. He wasn’t discreet about it either. I don’t know about you but if I was trying to keep an eye on someone I would have at least sat in a chair and watched them from the corner of my eye.
Then there was the time the cops drove up on the sidewalk/grass to ask me what I was doing -_- Because heaven forbid they step out of their cars without trying to be intimidating. Joel was with me the time the cops came. Luckily I’m not an idiot and just answered their questions (#whiteprivilege I wonder if they’d let me off with just a “remember your ID next time” if I wasn’t a white girl) but man did I have the urge to be a smart ass. “Why yes officers, I am trying to gain all the secrets of this base with my camera that is pointing out towards either the water or a bush with me standing in front of it. Also, I always bring my two year old son with me on my secret missions. In addition, I dye my hair bright blue in order to help me blend in with the locals.” Seriously. I don’t want to be paranoid but I swear the lady who walked by with her baby is the one who called. Now I would totally understand if I was standing in front of the front gate or if I was taking pictures in front of the military vehicles or some other AUTHORIZED PERSONAL ONLY areas but a hill with a bridge and water in the background is not one of those places. I guess I better start finding a place off base to take pictures. Anyone have any recommendations in Bay Ridge? Preferably somewhere I won’t be harassed.
Dress: Gap // Jacket: Gap // Purse: Steve Madden // Shoes: Jessica Simpson
A few weeks ago I took Sophie to her first musical. We saw Shrek the Musical which was put on by Bay Ridge’s Narrows Community Theatre. It was the perfect first theatre experience for Sophie as it was a story she was familiar with and had characters she knew all about from the movies. I wanted to take her to see if she could sit politely through a show before taking her to a bigger Broadway play. It was a safe bet for us as well since they offer tickets to military for free, not to mention it was just a short walk from our apartment.
We both really enjoyed the play. It was really cool to see all of these young kids doing an outstanding job. Seriously I was blown away by some of the kids’ talent. Afterwards there was even a little meet and greet with the characters. Though Sophie didn’t want anything to do with them when they were up close and personal. All in all, it was a great first exposure for Sophie as later that week she asked when we were going to see Shrek the Musical again. I think I see the Lion King in our future at some point.
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I’ve recently been invited to participate in a 31 postcard challenge for October. I can hardly wait. I haven’t sent out any mail in a while so this is a great excuse to get active again. Especially since I end up sending out a ridiculous amount of things in December, I got to get my writing hand in shape! If you’re interested in joining you can check out the facebook group here. Or maybe you just want me to send you a postcard then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address! Another option is to join PostCrossing.com, a site you use to exchange postcards with random people all over the world.
Here’s a few postcards I have my eye on. Maybe you’ll receive one of these or maybe something completely different!
(Do Great Things via LostPlotsShop)
(The Art of Instruction Postcards via Modcloth)
(Vintage Pin-up postcards via amazon)
And for an extra bonus, check out these postcard crafts.
(Hand Embroidered postcard via Shaun Kardinal)
I’m inspired, how about you?