Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Keep Calm and Marry On!

While I am sitting here, drying off from my shower, my gas soaked clothes in the wash (mishap at the Tigermart), rather than pout, I should blog!

I don't know why, but I like weddings.  I'm not the marrying type, and if I ever did get married, I would not  have a huge production.  Just close friends and family and mostly a DIY kind of thing.  My sister is getting married in January and I cannot wait!



















Speaking of weddings, I'm sure everyone knows about the Royal Wedding.  It's Friday, if I'm not mistaken.  I won't be watching, because I'm sure it's terribly boring to watch on TV, and I do have to work, but something about it makes me happy.  The media frenzy is so happy and abuzz, and it's a nice
change from the usual coverage of bloodbaths in other countries.  I think it's cool how the people of England are so excited and are coming together to watch from afar.  I don't think anything could bring our country together like that in such a positive way for such a joyful event.  Maybe we need a Royal Family!  (uhhhh scratch that.)

So, while I will not be watching, or buying memorabilia (although I did see a DELICIOUS looking cake all decorated with William and Kate's portrait at HEB that I'd like to bite), I'll be thinking about the Royal Wedding all day on Friday.  I hope they have a happy life together.   And if you are watching the wedding, zap the couple with mind powers of happiness and love.  Or something.








Saturday, April 23, 2011

Napkins!

As promised, here are the napkins I made.  I've only made two so far.  My fingers are tired!
















I think it may be harder than I thought to sell Allen on these.  He said "They look like those fancy restaurant napkins that don't absorb anything!"  I kinda took that as a compliment...

Good smellin feet (and probaby TMI)

Everyone who knows me knows I do not wear socks in the summer. Actually, I don't wear socks about 90% of the time because it's always hot here. 

Anyone who doesn't wear socks or knows someone who doesn't wear socks knows that not wearing socks makes  your feet REALLY reek, especially if you wear the same shoes with no socks all the time.  I get home from work and poor Allen has to put up with my smelly feet when I take my shoes off.  Ewww.

I tried washing them, but I'm kinda lazy and being sort of chubby doesn't make it easy to heft my legs and feet up into the sink. Plus, then water gets all over the place.   I don't want to waste a ton of water putting my feet in the tub to wash them.  Plus, again, I'm lazy and would like something I could do in like 30 seconds.  So I was thinking about some antibacterial wipes or something that I could just quickly wipe my feet with.  Ones that smell good are sort of pricey and not many come in a pack and if I use them a few times a day, I'm gonna be throwing a ton of them, plus money, in the trash.

So, I racked my brain trying to remember my boss's recipe for reusable baby wipes.  I remembered she used tea tree oil, and then I kind of made up the rest from there.  This foot spray is inexpensive and I can just wipe my feet off with a rag after using it.  Here's how I did it!




















- spray bottle (mine only holds 8 oz, so adjust accordingly if you're using a bigger bottle)
- 2 tbsp Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Peppermint Soap (I LOVE this stuff!)
- 2 drops Tea Tree Oil (this stuff is SUPER strong and does not smell good, so use it sparingly.  You may only need 1 drop for a small bottle like this.)
- 1 cup water

Put into a spray bottle and shake well.  Spray onto your feet and wipe off with a rag!  My feet feel really nice after using it.  The peppermint cools them off and makes them smell nice.  They feel super clean and soft.  The tea tree oil acts as an antiseptic so that the odor isn't just masked.  You can also add a little olive oil, but I forgot to!  This stuff doesn't dry my feet out so maybe it's not necessary.  And it's super quick!

Baby stuff and more

Here's what I've been busy at work on:















A dear friend of mine is having a baby soon, and she wanted some small pillow letters spelling the baby's name out.  They went easier than I thought and look better than I expected!  I think she'll love them.

I am thinking of throwing some more stuff in, like a couple of embroidered bibs and maybe a onesie for her to grow into.  I'd feel bad just giving her the letters.

I've also been working on some napkins.  Since I do them by hand, they're taking a little longer than if I had a sewing machine, but I'll show you the finished products soon!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lookit me!

Already putting one of my resolutions to use- the cloth napkin.




Yes, yes, that IS a plastic bag you se there. To my defense, some asshole stole my lunch AND bag the other day, i've used this same bag the past three days. I still need to replace my lunch bag :(



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gettin all Earthy up in Here

So many blogs I read have been focusing on Earth Day lately. It's a good thing. And it's got me a-thinkin'...


I do what I can to not screw up the planet. I recycle damned near everything (thanks, single-stream recycling program!). I eat organically when I can and don't eat a ton of meat. I don't drive my car unnecessarily (like to the mailbox or dumpster and back) and I don't top off my gas tank. I have even FINALLY remembered to always take my reusable grocery bags when I go shopping anywhere. But could I be doing more without going overboard and getting ridiculous?


I am guilty of using those horrible plastic grocery bags, even though I also use the reusable ones, because I need them for my bathroom garbage can. And I also use them to clean out our cats' litter box. I wonder if there's a way to stop using those, a greener way to clean out the litter pan that doesn't involve lugging it to a dumpster, because that's not going to happen. It's huge and way too heavy. And that's gross. Maybe some biodegradable bags to put it all in? Do they make those? Why yes. Yes, they do. And you can get them in different sizes online or at Whole Foods! Whaaaa?





















How about all the aluminum foil I throw away, or parchment paper, when I bake or cook in the oven? I've found silicone baking mats will do the trick here, and they're reusable, of course! On my list of things to eventually buy they go!





















And the produce bags when I buy fruits and vegetables? Bye bye. You can get reusable ones online at reuseit.com or some grocery stores carry them. I'm testing some soon and will more than likely blog about how awesome they are.























Paper towels. I use SO many of these. I cover my food with them when cooking in the microwave. I use them as napkins. I use them to clean. Couldn't there be a better solution other than using some nasty old rags? What do you think?! I will be testing some of these as well. They're called Skoy cloths.























And here's a tutorial for making your own napkins!

http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/how-to/how-to-make-your-own-cloth-napkins-with-zero-sewing-skills-062513



















It may sound crazy and extreme that I am going to try all of the above, but I think I can drastically reduce our garbage output, as well as save on garbage bags and help not kill Earth, with just a little more effort on my part.  I really can't bitch about waste when I'm contributing, you know??

So, wish me luck on my further attempts to waste less and reuse more! And I challenge everyone else to do the same!  If you do and you read this, let me know how you're doing on your quest to waste less!

PS- I promise to make a crafty post soon!


Monday, April 18, 2011

I Wish it Didn't have to End!

Happy Tuesday! Did everyone have a good weekend?

I had a great weekend with my family back in Coldspring. We arrived late Friday and spent the day Saturday getting ready for the party!















There was a bigger turn-out than expected and we actually ran out of food for the late-comers! But everyone had a great time.



















Yummmmmmm!















I played bartender for a little while.




















My sister and her fiance.


The band.

Sunday was sort of lazy. I took some pics of my dad's and grandad's cute little gardens, but my camera ran out of power!! Oh no!




















Then it was lunch at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant and a short jaunt to a little antique store!















My dad also loves El Burrito...

I plan to return in May, since a friend of mine is having a baby shower in Houston. I plan to hit up a few antique shops again! I need some cuter dishes.

Have a lovely day!


Listening to: "The Lonely Little Thrift Store"- Jonathan Richman



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jonesy gets her Groove Back

Lately, I have felt a little uninspired and uncreative. I had a craft night for a benefit I'm helping with later this year, and I did make some cute bows (can't show them now, they're supposed to be a surprise), but other than that, I haven't really been doing anything crafty. When I pick up something for embroidery, I find I'll do it for like 5 minutes and then get bored with it. NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Last night, I was really down about this. So, I decided to do something about it! I picked up a short embroidery project and set my mind to finishing it. I thought, if I just worked past the point where I said, "Meh, next," then I could get back into it. And it worked!



















I stitched up this little lady by Cate Anevski. I love her creepy-cute illustrations! This one is currently residing at my desk at work, and it makes me happy every time I look at it! I think part of my problem is that I have SO many things I want to try, I get overwhelmed and when I step back, I step too far back and just sort of get out of it. Or maybe it's just one of those things that I'll do like a maniac for a while, stop for a little bit, and then get right back into it. That's been the pattern so far.

I think of all the stuff I do, embroidery and cross stitch are what I'm best at. That and making bows. They're also my favorite things to do. I think if I just focus on those and not worry about a million other things I want to pick up right now, I'll be able to get back into the swing of things.

We're moving into a bigger apartment later this year. It will give me more of a chance to decorate and I'm thinking of stitching up a few of Cate's flowers for the bathroom. That's the only room in the house that's not got at least a few of my stitchy projects. I also would like to stitch some guest towels for the second bathroom, and some new tea towels for the kitchen. So maybe that'll help me get back into the swing of things, too- focus on stuff for the house!

Well, the hour is growing late, and I should probably get some rest. I have a full day of work tomorrow and then a 3.5 hour drive back home, and then a crazy weekend ahead.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dining al Fresco

I love eating outside on beautiful days. Too often, it's too hot in Texas for me to sit outside and eat. Right now, I'm enjoying the relatively mild weather while I still can!





The break room at work is mildly depressing. People are always either complaining about work or fighting with someone on the phone, or gossipping. I don't need that negative energy, and I find that a nice lunch outside recharges me anyway!





Here's a clearing behind our building that looks like it may be my new lunch spot.




Enjoy the rest of your day!

Photos courtesy of me and weheartit.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Food is amazing.

Ooohhh, looky at what I made for dinner tonight!  Chicken enchiladas with rice!  I made the rice from scratch!   I was so proud, it turned out really good.  I've never really been very good at cooking rice, but this stuff turned out really nice!  Yay me!  This really belongs on my cooking blog, but whatever.

















Inside these bad boys is shredded lean chicken meat mixed with some spices.  Before you judge, it LOOKS like more cheese than it is, due to the fact that it melted in with the enchilada sauce.  That's just how I like it.  I really only used one serving of low fat Mexican cheese on each pair of enchiladas.   So, it's healthy.  That is, until I add a little sour cream with mine...

And now, I get to eat this amazing treat  Adios!

Whoopie Pies!

I am totally obsessed with these guys right now.
















I made some chocolate peanut butter ones recently and they were delicious!!





















I just need to practice making them prettier, maybe a little less bulky and piping the icing in the middle rather than glopping it on!




















I'd like to try a lot of different flavors- banana nut with vanilla filling, plain vanilla with chocolate filling, strawberry with chocolate filling, Chocolate with mint filling and vanilla with strawberry filling. Oh, and carrot cake, of course, with nuts and raisins and cream cheese buttercream filling! I'll make them all from scratch, of course! I wonder what other combinations I can come up with...?



Monday, April 11, 2011

Gardening

One thing I am not too happy about when it comes to apartment living is not being able to have a garden.






























I love growing herbs and vegetables. It's nice to be able to pick stuff, take it directly to the kitchen, and use it! I've grown basil, mint, jalapenos, cucumbers, strawberries, lavender, oregano, and tons of other things quite successfully in the ground. I tried growing them in pots without much luck here at my apartment.





















But EVERYONE seems to be growing gardens this year, and I'd like to try again as well. Maybe I'll try a Topsy Turvy, or something like this:






















http://www.instructables.com/id/VERTICAL-VEGETABLES-quotGrow-upquot-in-a-smal/step1/Materials-needed/?f=m

My dad and grandad have started small gardens. My grandparents used to have a huge one, but it's harder for them to tend a huge one now. So my grandad made a smaller one with tomatoes, pepper plants, eggplant, and a few others. My dad's got about the same, and I'm really excited to see their progress when I visit this weekend! I'll post photos!

















(Photos from WeHeartIt.com)


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