Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bark in the Park

Last saturday was crazy busy.  I went to the Jenks herb festival early in the morning, then to my friend's son's 2nd birthday party and then in the evening the whole family went out to Bark in the Park.  And I do mean the whole family (ok, those of us in town).  Bark in the Park is sponsored by the humane society and they have dogs there for adoption and you can bring your own dog to watch the baseball game.  Riley was adopted from Bark in the Park in 2008 and has been in attendance every year since. 
There were a lot of people and a lot of dogs this year.  Luckily it was cooler that last year and this time Ben got to come too!  Managing both dogs by myself can be hard in a crowd since sometime Ripley just stops because he either gets freaked or doesn't want to go up or down stairs or sometimes he just stops and rolls over because he thinks belly rubs in the middle of the walkway are perfectly acceptable.  Riley on the other hand is always straining to get somewhere.  You can see he has on a much more substantial harness that Ripley does and that is because he will pull and pull against it all day long.  Ripley doesn't even pull the leach taut half the time.
 Mom and dad sat up behind the section with the big newfies this year, so I didn't get any pictures of them.  At this new stadium the newfs don't fit very well near the seats and the crabby old people who have the seats behind us have very, very bad attitudes.  They are rude and very white trashy.
 Both dogs spent time wandering back and forth between my lap and Ben lap.  Trying to eat was fun, but we managed it.  (yummy philly cheese steaks)  Riley also spent a lot of time trying to inch forward and sniff the lady in front of us.  I think he wanted to smell her hair.  He actually managed one time while we weren't paying enough attention, but luckily she didn't seem to mind too much and actually turned around to pet him.
 I'm proud of how well Ripley did.  The longer he lives with us the less scaredy he gets.  He's a good, sweet little boy and he let a number of little kids pet him this time.  It was really sweet.
 Riley seemed to settle down more when we gave him a blanket to curl up in.  Maybe next time I will take his binky so he can lay down with that and feel more secure.  I don't know sometimes if he vibrates with excitement and interest or nerves.  He is not one of those chihuahua mixes that shakes all the time, so when he does I am always trying to soothe him.
Ripley found a nice warm spot in Ben's jacket where he was content to curl up for a while.  If anyone remembers last years post, it was so hot he laid out full length on the ground to sleep for a while then.  I do think that it was better having Bark in the Park earlier in the season.  It was at the end of may last year and just too dang hot.  We'll see what they come up with for our furry friends next year.

Riley and Ripley did come home with a full bag of goodies like toys and gourmet dog biscuits and other yummy happy treats.  Oh and tooth brushes.  Yep, doggy tooth brushes.  I always love looking in the goodie bags to see what fun things they have.  One year we got a collapsable water bowl and a travel food bowl and usually we get the little things of baggies for poopy scooping (not glamorous, but necessary) and we've gotten food measuring scoops and little collars and all other manner of cute things.

If there is a Saturday Snapshot party, I will come back and link this up.  Have a great Saturday!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Where has the week gone?

Geez, what happened to this week?  I remember Wednesday morning thinking the week was going soooo slowly, but now suddenly it is Friday afternoon and I wonder how that happened.  What did I do this week?  I'm honestly having to actually think about that.  I was over at Truly Lovely getting ready to hop into the Fancy This Friday linky party when I had to sit back and really think about what I had made this week.  I decided that my week of meals from leftovers qualified, so if you want to see what everyone else did, pop over there and take a look around.

Fancy This

I did start another cute cotton baby bonnet that I will share with you as soon as its done.  Its a take off of the whole color block thing that seems to be really popular right now.  And its bright and fun.  Why should babies be limited to pastels?  I would like to get a few more things done before next weekend's show at Ida Red, but the time seems to be getting away from me.

I have high hopes for that show.  I have high hopes for every show, but let me just say, real quick, that I have been a bit disappointed in the response to the cotton turban style headbands.  I love them, I loved making them, the colors are totally the in colors (well, except for maybe Honeysuckle, cause I didn't run out and pick any up, not being a pink person) , I see things in the turban silhouette everywhere, so I am not exactly sure why the response has been underwhelming.  I do plan to add more of them to my etsy after the Ida Red show.  Perhaps they just haven't "found their audience" yet.  ::shrug::  (I do have to say that being a knitter and a seller of knitwear is soooo much easier in the winter.  And its not that there aren't things to knit in the summer, its just that a lot of times it seems like the general public doesn't even look at it because they think of knitwear as a cold weather thing)

So, goals for this weekend:
Clean the house
Finish planting the garden
Not forget to wrap the bachelorette party present.
Finish at least one baby bonnet and hopefully knit a thing or two more for the show. 
Make sure that my husband and my puppies know that I think they are awesome.

What are your goals for the weekend? 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Refreshing Remix

What do you do with a ton of Easter left overs and a big order of fresh produce from your favorite local farmer?  If you are smart (and don't like eating straight leftovers day after day) then you try and come up with a week's worth of interesting ways to "remix" those leftovers.  I do subscribe to waste not, want not but I also like flavor and variety.

What did I start with?
Leftovers:
Beef Tenderloin
barbeque chicken
poppyseed/sesame seed/homemade vinegarette
(Ben ate all the deviled eggs and is working his way through the rolls)

Produce:
Big bag of spinach
big bag of mesclun greens
fresh made goat cheddar
fresh made chevre
asparagus
bag of strawberries I picked myself last wednesday

Meal 1:
Monday night was a fantastic salad.
Fluff a whole bunch of spinach, top with fresh fruit (mandarin oranges, blueberries, sliced strawberries, slivered almonds, generous dollops of chevre and tasty vinaigrette.  Add leftover beef tenderloin just before eating.  I eat mine with the beef hot, my mum likes hers cold, so go with your preference.  Did I think to snap a picture of this beautiful and tasty salad?  No.  Was it excellent and delicious?  Yes.

Meal 2:
Tuesday night was a steak burrito.
This time I took pics!
I started with a La Tortilla Factory tortilla.  If you have never tried them they have an amazing 13 grams of fiber and 80-90 calories and still manage to remain super soft.  Especially the one they have made with olive oil.  So delicious.  I added to this amazing tortilla shredded up beef tenderloin, goat cheddar.
Next up, black beans.  I always keep them around because they are tasty, filling and versatile.  And as someone who has read every label of every brand of black beans in my local grocery store, I can tell you that the goya brand canned black beans are the lowest in calories and if you rinse them you get rid of most of the sodium.  
I added about 1/2 a cup of the black beans to my steak burrito.

 I heated all of that in the microwave until the cheese melted and the meat and beans were hot.  Then I loaded on a big handful of spinach, a generous amount of salsa and a few dollops of fat free sour cream.
Yum.  Giant tasty steak burrito that is still healthy!

Meal 3.
Wednesday night (that would be tonight) was a super awesome barbeque chicken salad.
Did I remember to take pics again tonight?  No, I was starving.  But in my fantastically awesome salad spinner that Ben bought me a couple years ago I shredded equal parts spinach and mesclun greens into tiny little shreds, rinsed it and spun out the water.  Since there was a can of open black beans, I added about 3/4 cup of black beans, thawed about 1/2 cup of frozen kernel corn and added that, chopped up one whole roma tomato that I spied chillin' on the counter and tossed it all together until well mixed. Next up I threw about a cup of the barbeque chicken in a pan, slathered on some more sauce and heated it up until it was nice and hot.  Then we layered a heap of salad, a few little shreds of goat cheddar and then a bit of the barbeque chicken on each of our plates and dug in.  Like I said, I was starved.  I realized about halfway through I hadn't taken a picture.  Oops.

Meal 4.
This one actually went in our lunches - Beef Tenderloin Wrap
Remember those tortillas from meal 2?  Well, I grabbed one of those and slathered on a thin layer of mustard.  On top of the mustard I put a generous bed of fresh spinach.  On top of that about 3 oz of the leftover beef tenderloin and then 1 slice of pepperjack cheese (the only sliced cheese I happened to have in my fridge).  Then I rolled is all up wrap-style.

Meal 5.
Creamy BBQ Chicken Sandwich - up for tomorrow night
I love sandwich thins.  The plan here is to toast a sandwich thin and spread a thin layer of the chevre on one side.  Next up I am going to heat up the remaining BBQ chicken and plop it on my sandwich thins.  Easy peasy.  Yum.

Ok, so now that you have made it through that huge long post, I have a question.  If I decided to host a linky party called Refreshing Remix for you to link up posts on how you creatively used your leftovers or your farmers market finds, would you join the party?  Are you interested in these kinds of posts at all? Just wondering.  I had fun this week being creative with my leftovers.

Goodnight!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Tuesday Wishlist

Just a few things I am drooling over this week.

I actually insisted on having muscari in my wedding flowers.  I saw some bouquets made of it and using it as accent and no one knew what I was talking about!  Non-flower people and even some flower people call muscari Grape Hyacinth.  Who knew.  All I knew is I wanted it.

I really want this simple skirt for road tripping and lounging.
(although this ready to ship listing is the wrong size)

I did more than drool over this hat, I actually bought it. 
(It came in the mail yesterday and I LOVE it)

This simple but lovely dress.

Linking up with:


Be sure to go check out the rest of the party.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wheel!

Last weekend, not the one that just happened, but the one before that, I finally had time to put a pretty finish on my wheel.  It had been waiting patiently in it's box in the garage for me to have time for it.  Between tax season and spring craft shows, I hadn't managed to find a spare few hours.  
 Ben got me all set up outside with the finish and a paint brush and rags and a plywood "table" to work on.  It was an easy process but the wind wanted to make it a complicated one.  The hardest part was that after you apply one coat you have to wait 30 minutes and then apply a second coat and wait 15 minutes and then wipe the excess off with a rag.  It was hard to keep track of how long it had been since I had coated each piece, since there were a zillion pieces.
 It was worth every bit of the effort though.  Ben had helped me pick out a natural stain to show the beauty of the all wood wheel.
 All of those pretty rolly pieces kept getting blown around by the wind.  And all of the tiny grooves wanted to be difficult about getting coated, but I was just as stubborn as they were.
 Here is one of the bobbins, pre-coating and part way through.  You can see how the natural oil finish just brings out the beauty of the wood, makes the grain more distinct, etc.


Ben helped me get it all done and brought inside to continue drying (for at least 10 hours) but since that was the day of the John McCutcheon concert and many other goings on, that is as far as we got.  But later in the week I came home to this beautiful site:
See how wonderful my husband is?  And how pretty my wheel it?  I have been spinning away on it ever since.  I started with som lovely soft wool that I got from Kate of Lowder Colours Farm.  Its heavenly to spin.  I think I will have to take it and show it to her once it is done.  If you don't know Kate, she organizes Fiber Christmas in July every year.  It is held at the fairgrounds in Kellyville, Oklahoma every year on the last weekend in July and it is all kinds of fun.

So, I'll get back to the knitting soon, I must get organized for the Ida Red show on May 7th, Brush Creek Barn Fiber Fest on May 15th, Blue Dome later in the month.  Insanity, I tell you.  But the best kind, really.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

And There Was This Festival

My Saturday Snapshot this week is me and my friend Sandi at Vegoose the first year.
We all had a blast.  If you have never heard of Vegoose, it was a 2 day music festival in Las Vegas and a lot of the same people who played at Bonaroo on any given year would also play at Vegoose.  You couldn't camp out there, which was sad, but it was a fantastic festival environment all the same.

I miss going to festivals.  I really love the whole festival atmosphere.  Not, not the crazy drunks or anything, just the barefoot dancing or laying on a blanket listening to an afternoon set or shopping in hippie village and meeting new people and all of that.  I haven't been to a good festival in years.

It may be a totally different kind of thing, but there year there is one festival I am going to try and hit.  The Woodie Guthrie Festival.  Yes, for reals.  But if you read my post about John McCutcheon then you understand that I would probably fit in just fine at the Woodie Guthie festival.  Its too bad I can't go to all 4 days and camp out there, but if I can hit at least one day of it, that would be awesome.  My other goal is to make it to Winfield Kansas this year for the Walnut Valley Music Festival.  I want to go SO BAD.  I wanted to go last year but we didn't make it.  Cross your fingers for me folks, that I do indeed get to go.

I am "linking up" with the almost link party over at Yellow Songbird.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Pearl

This past weekend I had the honor of participating in a local revitalization effort called Polishing the Pearl.  A group of make:Tulsa/Indie Emporium vendors came together and put up a pop-up shop for the weekend event.  Our space was small but we made it bright, cozy and fun using our displays and wares but also our enjoyment of being together and loving what we do.
 Bifftastica, Sunshine & Carousels, Gleeful Peacock, HollyRocks, The Knit Owl, Weather & Noise and I all shared the space.  (That would be Erin of SAC being goofy in the pic above and Briana of Bifftastica waving in the pic below)  You can find links to all of these great makers on both the make:Tulsa and the Indie Emporium websites.
We were really happy to see the number of people who turned out in support of this event and who volunteered to help out.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for this area.

Read more about it here on make:Tulsa and here on HollyRocks.  There are also tons more pictures here taken by the lovely Briana of Bifftastica.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Old Soul

Last night the world's most wonderful husband drove me all the way to the Jazz Lab in Edmond, Oklahoma to see John McCutcheon.  Now, I can hear many of you asking yourselves who in the heck John McCutcheon is, so let me just tell you he is amazing.  I understand I might lose some of you here, but this man plays the most awesome banjo.  He also plays the auto-harp, piano, guitar, juice harp, hammer dulcimer, Tibetan singing bowl, the list goes on.  He's a folk musician.  I have like 10 of his cd's.   He has been around long enough that his website is literally folkmusic.com.  Seriously, you should click it.  He plays every year in Winfield Kansas at the Walnut Valley Music Festival, which I am dying to go to.  Anyway, back to last night.
The Jazz Lab had a very interesting set-up and we enjoyed it quite a bit.  See, they have this cooperative thing going on with Hideaway and you can actually go to the bar inside the club and order pizza.  How cool is that?!?  You just take your number back to your table or seating area and they bring it to you.  Yum yum.  I would definitely go back there.

So, do you like folk music?  If so, you really need to check John McCutcheon out.  Also, let me know who your favorite folk musician is and their best album, I am always looking for new music and its hard since I don't really listen to any really "new" music.  

btw, today is the very last day of tax season.  Hallelujah!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our First Vacation

On our first real vacation (because the drive to illinois to buy my motorcycle and back hardly counts) my super wonderful husband (though just boyfriend at the time) took me to Graceland!  Yes, really. 
 And I LOVED it!  I heart Elvis.  And Graceland.  
The second stop of the day that day was the Memphis Zoo.  
I also heart the zoo.
See how well he knows me?  I knows that I LOVE Elvis and I LOVE the zoo so at the kick-off to this two week long road trip he took me to both.  Isn't he wonderful?

Even though there wasn't an official Saturday Snapshot party last week, I did post my own Saturday Snapshot in the form of 3 pics from our honeymoon in Fiji.  If you missed those and want to see, go here.  Fiji was amazing.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have not been posting much because...

Tax season sucks.

I have been getting up early and hitting the pavement at 5:30 every morning for a nice 3 point some odd mile walk.

I joined pinterest.  And what they say is right, it will eat all of your time and you won't even know it.  (I've been on it less than a day and I already know this)

I have so many things in my brain its hard to focus on just one and get it down here.

I have to get organized for Polishing the Pearl.  (Don't snicker, I didn't name the event)

I am working on custom orders.  I promise to take pictures.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Honeymoon Snapshot

I seriously can't believe that Ben and I have been married almost 10 months.  Ok, so that doesn't sound very long at all, but really, it feels like the wedding and all the wedding planning was just yesterday.  And the honeymoon.  Ah, they honeymoon.  It was wonderful.
Fiji is such a beautiful place.

I picked more than one photo again this week.  Sometimes it is just so hard to choose.
I chose this first photo because my husband is really truly smiling in it.  Not a fakey posed smile, but a real grin.  I love it.  I love seeing him like that.  We were on the island where the filmed Castaway at the time, just a little excursion from our island.  Its so pretty on that little uninhabited island.

I could have lived in this hammock.  I spent a dang lot of time in this hammock.  It was the most awesome, most comfortable, most perfect hammock in the world.  No other hammock can hold a candle and I will forever long for it.

I loved that every evening we wandered down to out little strip of private beach and watched the sunset together.  Magnificent, beautiful sunsets, every single one.  Sometimes we would wear our swim suits and sit in the gentle waves and other times I would make a hot cup of tea and we would take our beach mat down and just sit  It was so wonderfully peaceful.

Beautiful.

Oh I want to go back!!

I want to link up, but I have to get going.  Perhaps when I get home I can edit and linky.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I'm giving stuff away

Stop on over at Truly Lovely and enter to win.  They are doing a whole week of giveaways to celebrate their followers and my headbands are being featured today.  You won't want to miss the other sponsors either, everyone is really talented!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sorry for the absence

I have been sooo tired this week, its been hard to motivate myself to blog and when I have blogged it hasn't really been so much about the knitting.  I have a good reason though, I have spent all my free time this week getting ready for this:


I'm really excited about it!  There are going to be something like 200 vendors, but I've been told I will be located near the other make:Tulsa members, which is awesome.  Gleeful Peacock, Bohemian Romance, Bifftastica and Sunshine and Carousels will all have booths.  So if you are in Tulsa, you should come out and see us.  Support your local crafters and your furry friends.  Both of the dogs Ben and I have are adopted, so I know personally that these kinds of organizations are very important.  Without them our little Ripley may not have gotten another chance and Riley's first owner may not have had a safe place to surrender him and might have just dumped him instead.  But because of rescues and people who care we now have the sweetest pair of dogs.  Our lives would be so different without them.



I love my fur babies.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I want, I want

I am linking up again this week with


First there is this hat.  Now I know I just got a new hat, but maybe I need another new hat.  A large collection of hats would be lovely.  Seriously, I think this hat is awesome.


I think these napkin rings may be the coolest napkin rings I have ever seen.  I love how they look rustic and delicate at the same time.

I have wanted a Gleeful Peacock locket since I first saw her stuff, the problem is that I can't decide which one.  Would someone please tell me that I would like one her lockets the next time he has to buy me something?  I would greatly appreciate it as that would save me from having to decide which one I want.  I tend to gravitate towards the more subtle ones, like this one or one she had on display at PH this past weekend that just had a piece of turquoise lacy metal filigree on it.  And I am not particular on round or oval.

This party dress is just stunning.  And I like the way the seller has photographed and displayed it.  

I know I probably should have thought about it earlier, but some make:Tulsa friends and I are working the TOMS party at Ida Red tonight and I was thinking I just might get my first pair.  I looked at the website to see what they have and I am really drawn to these burlap TOMS for some reason.  Now, I know that just because they are on the website does not mean they will be in the store, but I am going to take a look tonight and see what they have.  They might not even have anything in a 5.5 in the store and then I would be forced to order on-line.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, April 4, 2011

:-)

Not gonna lie,
I'm loving working with all the spring colors.

The blue and green bonnet was a commission for the adorable baby who was modeling my bright pink bonnet a week ago.  It is a slightly larger size than the baby ones.  I think the light blue with green lace is a lovely combination and I hope the proud mama does too.

Making and wearing my cotton blend headbands has been a blast.  I have a bunch for the ARF Peace, Love and Crafts show coming up this saturday, April 9th.  Come out and see a whole bunch of lovely local crafters and make sure to stop by my booth.  :-)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tea Time

For this week's Saturday Snapshot, I am actually doing 3 pictures, but you'll understand why in just a minute.  See, I was browsing through old pictures, and I started looking at some friends' wedding pics.  I went to college with a bunch of awesome folks and we all ended up taking this fantastic class, Chado: The Way of Tea with these wonderful teachers, the Webbs.  Chado, for those who may not be familiar with it, is Japanese tea ceremonies.  The class was taught very well and we all love and respect what those ceremonies mean.  So when it came time for the first of us to get married, Julia decided she wanted to have a tea ceremony as a way of keeping calm and finding focus between getting hair and make-up all done and actually going out there to get married.
 Mischa did Julia's tea ceremony and we kept it rather unstructured as tea ceremonies go.  (Julia is the one in the bathrobe by the pillar, I am just to the left of her, next to me is Amanda)  Surely Jim was in on the Tea action, but being as I don't remember, I shall have to ask him.  This was back in 2003, people.  Anyhow, we all enjoyed the ceremony and the memories it brought back.

In 2007 we all got together for another wedding.  Amanda's this time.
Mischa did Amanda's tea ceremony as well.  We had that one much earlier in the day in the hotel room where all of the women were to get ready.  We actually did that one on the floor as they are normally done, but we did make shift a few things.  Hotel room coffee pot instead of a kettle, etc.  (Julia is taking the picture because she was largely pregnant.  Hmm, perhaps Jim was taking that last picture.  Could be) The ritual was a lovely start to a great day.  Amanda was a beautiful bride and it was wonderful to see all those friends again.

And then I was about to get married.  So of course I wanted to have a tea!!
Mischa couldn't make it to my wedding, so Amanda performed my tea ceremony.  We used a lot of tea utensils that my sister had brought me back from Japan and Julia (once again largely pregnant) had bought me tatami beach mats to lay out like an actual tea room.  Jim and Derrek brought fabulous mochi and other sweets that were incredibly wonderful.  It was an all out celebration and it was the perfect start to a wonder and beautiful and amazing day.  The absolute best day of my life so far.  I know Ben's schedule was a little more hectic than mine that day, but at the end of the day we were married and that is what mattered the most.  The icing on top of that was getting to spend some time, however brief, with wonderful friends and family.

I do hope this tradition among my college friends continues.  I found it to be a greatly peaceful thing to do before everything got hectic.  Tea is about finding focus, knowing that all things are equal and no person in the tea room is better than any other person in the tea room.  It is about reverence to life and your fellow man.  It is about peace.  

And if you have never tried matcha and mochi then you are totally missing out.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Stitch Markers!!

I bought some of the worlds most fantastic charms from friend and fellow Tulsa Maker, HollyRocks today.  And I couldn't wait to get started playing with them.  I spent practically my entire evening making stitch markers.
Pretty, shiny, sparkly red hearts!

Adorable little paw-paw prints!

Multi colored hearts!  Notice the dark blue one is glittery, my favorite color in the world is blue.

Sprinkle cookies!  How cute is that?!?  I love them!  I want to eat them up.

More paw-paws.  Totally appropriate for the ARF show I have coming up in just over a week (OMG, am I ready?!?)

Cookie Lover.

Mmmm, cookie.

A perfect Saturday morning.  :-)

Seriously, I'm not sure what more you could want on a lazy morning.

shiiiiiiinnnnnyyyyyy.

Pretty green leaves!  Yay for spring!

A full evening of stitch marker makings.

Not all of them are listed in my shop, since I have all of those shows I am doing around here for the next few weeks, but if anyone is interested, each set of 5 is $10, so just e-mail me if there is a set I haven't listed that you have your eye one.  The polymer clay beads give you a beautiful but still lightweight stitch marker.  Most knitters aren't looking for super heave accessories to weigh down their knitting, and sometime glass beads can just end up too heavy.  While I enjoy working with a variety of bead types, I think that the polymer clay is currently my favorite.  

I definitely plan to continue buying beads and charms from Holly.  Her work is top notch, I have loved every single design we have talked through so far, and she is just a pleasure to be around.    If you haven't ever been to her etsy shop, I encourage you to go take a gander.  She has lovely jewelry and you can tell by looking at her creations she is full of fun and life.  

Linking up, btw:
Fancy This