Friday, October 24, 2014

five on friday

five on friday
1. I've always liked calendars, notebooks, various organizing systems. I don't understand those who don't! ;) I'm beyond excited about Sugar Paper LA's line at Target launching this Monday. *thud* I just fainted- they're all so cute.

2. Not that I need to be sold on scrapbooking, but I appreciated Elsie's post on A Beautiful Mess: 10 Reasons to Give Scrapbooking a Chance. With so many options/looks to scrapbooking, I think this is a good takeaway: "Be encouraged that no matter what your style is, you can make a book that feels like you!"

3. A caramel apple bar sounds fun and looks yummy. What a great idea from Julie at Julie Ann Art.

4. I reeeeeally enjoy trash to treasure posts. Orlando from Hommemaker refurbished a thrifted bookcase then created an entire vignette in his home using "garbage" pieces as he says in From Garbage to Glamorous: Making Dreams Come True for One Special Bookcase. He is an an amusing storyteller. Even his Instagram captions are funny.

5. I'd like to see Jillian Astasia's booth in person. It looks EXACTLY like a booth I'd be drawn to immediately at a craft fair. Have you thought about the Renegade Fair in LA, Jillian?? ;) There's one coming up in December!

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

52 sandwiches: adding 5 to my favorites

A few weeks ago I listed my top ten favorite sandwiches from the ones I've made for my 52 sandwiches project. I've made a few more and am glad we haven't had another pb+j catastrophe. There have been some good ones, and some great ones. Here are 5 great ones:52 sandwiches no. 40: pepper jack grilled cheese #40: pepper jack grilled cheese
I've had this one twice this week. The. Best.

sandwich no. 39: lasagna grilled cheese #39: lasagna grilled cheese
Be sure to really smash those tomatoes so you don't have a construction problem (I discussed sandwich construction here).

52 sandwiches no. 48: tuna salad #48: tuna salad
I've had this one twice last week. I still can't get over using Greek yogurt instead of mayo. It's tangy perfection.

52 sandwiches no. 44: torta de rajas
#44: torta de rajas
My dad typically makes rajas on a Saturday or Sunday. Weekend food. Comfort food.

sandwich no. 46: buffalo chicken grilled cheese on jalapeno cheddar bread #46: buffalo chicken grilled cheese on jalapeƱo cheddar bread
My favorite appetizer in a sandwich. I think yes.

There are only a few sandwiches left to make for my project. Are there any sandwiches you recommend- homemade or otherwise?

** I am attempting to make 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made so far here.**

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

workspace wednesday

workspace wednesday
I'm working on cleaning every nook and cranny of my workspace. This is an unstyled picture of what my space currently looks like. (Can you tell that Julianne has been helping? Putting all of the punches on the floor was her idea). I had been putting this off because I haven't wanted to deal with the clutter. I get stuck with the things I don't really want. "Should I keep this? Would I buy this right now? Hmmm. Maybe not. Should I give this away? Should I sell it?? If I sell it, should I sell it online? Should I have a yard sale? There won't be shipping costs if I have a yard sale..." Those are some of my crippling, rambling thoughts as I sort through everything. Because I made it a goal for this month, I'm chipping away at my clutter as best I can.
workspace wednesday
I'm also still thinking about my summer book. I can't say I've been working on my book because I haven't. Womp. Womp. It's one of my creative priorities though, so that must count for something. No?

Have you been productive? What are you working on?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

whimsy jar swap from marta

I paired my cousin Marta with myself for my whimsy jar swap. I was excited to put a baby themed jar together for her. She was pregnant when I was organizing the swap. Her beautiful baby Camila was recently born. *Hearts in my eyes emoticon.* She's angelic! I can't wait to see her again. Marta and I agreed to give each other our jars when we saw each other rather than mailing them out. I received my jar when I went to visit Marta to meet Camila. (I forgot to bring the jar for her. It's shameful being the host and all!) These are some of the whimsy jar contents from Marta:
whimsy jar swap from marta
Kraft, wooden veneers, hearts, alphabet embellishments, washi paper tape, hot pink,  envelopes, rhinestone embellishments, polka dots make me happy.
The color scheme is perfect as I work on my summer book. I know! It's fall! :/
Thank you so much, Marta! I love my jar! :)

P.S. A baby themed whimsy jar and a girlie whimsy jar.

Monday, October 20, 2014

adeline's birthday/oak glen schoolhouse museum

adeline's birthday at the historic oak glen schoolhouse museum
For Adeline's birthday, we headed to Oak Glen for a picnic. My sister-in-laws, my brothers, my sisters, my parents, my aunt (who's visiting from Texas), my niece, and nephew were able to come celebrate Adeline turning 5 with us. We decided to picnic at Oak Glen's historic schoolhouse museum. The grounds are beautiful- a bonus is that there's a children's playground nearby. It was a very pretty day for a picnic. After our picnic, my girls gathered sticks and acorns (currently there's a huge collection of them in my living room) and they played on the playground. Some of us went to see the schoolhouse.
historic oak glen schoolhouse historic oak glen schoolhouse historic oak glen schoolhouse historic oak glen schoolhouse historic oak glen schoolhouse
After our adventures, we concluded our birthday picnic with carrot cake and a doughnut cake (I'm obsessed).
adeline's birthday/oak glen schoolhouse museum adeline's birthday at the historic oak glen schoolhouse museum
It was a lovely, low-key birthday. :)

See last week's doughnut cake here.