treasure hunt.

Here are some of the things we got at Wehrle's in Altoona. There were so many really great things and everything was about one dollar or less. I love finding kitchen things and office supplies that I will actually use. I try to only buy things that I know I need or have a spot for. I'm still tempted sometimes, but I don't want a house that looks like a hoarder!

I bought the glass tubes because I remember seeing somewhere on a blog where they used the whole group together in a box for flower arrangements, and for $1, why not? I thought it might be pretty cool.

I love unique jars, and these little ones really caught my eye. The pyrex pitcher matches my other one, which we use all the time.

I have more pictures on flickr of my finds, including a great milk glass vase.



We had a pretty epic weekend. Everyday we took a little daytrip. To start the weekend off, we went to Altoona, PA, where we always go thrifting. We were sad that Freddy's is closed, Freddy just died no one is taking it over. We stopped by our favorite vintage shop, it is a new place that carries great stuff and is really fairly priced. The owner knows us now and she even gave me a dress that she thought I would like. There we found the fred press glasses to add to our collection. We now have a set of six.

We stopped by two new places, and one of them was Wehrle's gift shop. It had amazing stuff, we spent an hour there and bought a lot of fun things (to be posted—too many pictures!). We went to salvation army and I found a dress and 3 milk bowls. I had specifically been on the look out for these, because I saw Anabela's bowls for her kitten and I really loved them. I was just telling Tyler about what to be on the lookout for, and I spotted them. That never seems to happen! (aside: gigi has the biggest food ever! They are as big as a treat. She takes each one piece by piece and eats it in the other room where she eats her treats. So funny, but it keeps her teeth looking fantastic.)

The end of every Altoona trip is a trip to the meadows custard where I can get a cone. They had a tiny mini golf and arcade center, and Tyler couldn't resist taking a turn at the batting cages. He's quite the slugger.

This was our best trip to Altoona to date, and it only started off our epic weekend.


friday round up

Being the first week of school (for Tyler not me!) I feel like I've just been trying to get everything together and catch up. It's been a great week though.

I got my first tomato today! Pretty exciting. My garden turned really sad and pathetic, and the tomato plants and pepper plants are the last ones surviving. Tyler just wanted to know why it has a nipple.

Gingie is doing great, she's been so much better itch-wise, and is back to her content sun-loving self. A bit frantic this week because of all the sounds outside, I think she's used to the summer ghost town.

I made a big batch of chocolate granola yesterday, which went along great with the cool fall breeze in the air this week. It is seriously awesome. I've posted about it a while back, but it is the best! I base it on Molly's recipe and of course let my whims take over. This batch I doubled, and added big handful of raw pumpkin seeds, and 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder. I also used brown sugar syrup and a little maple syrup instead of honey.



This week I've been working on putting my board back together. I took everything off, which gave me a nice change to edit and add, and I've started a college in the center, with space on the edges for me to keep adding. Most of my favorite things are vintage craft packaging, or postcards, and bits of trim. It also is a great way to display my tapes, all 24 of them!

I posted before about making my board from homosote, and it has worked really well. One of my favorite things is the ring in the last picture, it has written on it, Souvenir from Petrified Forest, I love the cursive script. It's something I found in a little box of sewing notions at an estate sale.

Most of these things have memories or people connected to them. I remember all the different estate sales I got them from and when I picked up or spotted that treasure for the first time. Do you have an inspiration board? What do you like to look at?


peel and reveal

I've had Shanna's decals around for a while, and I was just waiting to put them up. I finally just up and did it yesterday and today, and I love them! They are really easy to put up, and I am so happy with the little charm that it adds to my home. Shanna's decals were even in the september issue of Martha Stewart Living! They are all so beautiful, and really great affordable art that can go so many places.

The one on my door makes me smile. It also made me clean my windows for the first time ever. whoops!

I finally found a place for my big vintage chalkboard in my studio. I've been lugging it around for a couple years. It looks great in the corner. But do I ever have a hard time writing on chalkboards. I am left-handed and that means writing on any wall surface feels totally foreign because I'm used to my hand being all weirdly angled and I can't rest my hand as I write because I will smear it. My mom has the most absolute perfect handwriting on chalkboards and I've always been so jealous.

also: a tiny peek of the shelves that Tyler put up in our kitchen this weekend. They are amazing. I have practically no storage and I have longed to get my baking supplies in big jars.

I have a big decal and I am still planning the perfect spot, but I think I've learned to just throw caution to the wind and just get it done. Maybe I'll set a deadline for this weekend.


oh the webs we weave

Tyler had me take some pictures of this spider and its web outside our kitchen window. It was taking the web down, which was interesting to watch. Not going to lie though, it was really creepy. Spiders are up there in my big fear category, with high dives and styrofoam. Bleh.

Big conundrum of the day: I think I'm finally going to use my embroidery hoops! If you have been a reader of my blog, you've seen me acquire a one or two at a time during my thrift ventures (just do a search it's crazy). Now my grand total is four 7 inch, five 6 inch, fifteen 5 inch, two 4 inch, and one precious oval. 27 in all. I am pretty proud of that, considering I find metal embroidery hoops to be pretty rare. My plan is to put them all up on my studio wall, and inventory a lot of my vintage fabrics with them. Thinking about arranging them is hurting my brain a little bit, but I should just stop planning and just go for it. We'll see how far I get today.


first day.

new coat of paint
new coat of paint
new coat of paint
new coat of paint
new coat of paint
new coat of paint
This was our last summer weekend. Thousands of students were moving back into town, into dorms and parents saying goodbye. The death of summer. We realized we had some projects that we didn't get to, and tried to finish a few off before the fall semester started. Tyler painted my studio white, which I really love. I can now put things on the walls, and really make the space my own. I'm still working on it, and I'll show pictures once every pile of fabric has found a home.

Ah fall. I love the first day of school. I always was so excited to get back. At least now that I work on campus things still change and feel different. It's nice to feel a part of that without having the homework part.



wow. It's been a rough week for our girl. Yesterday I got home from work and we saw fragments of paper from one of the D&D chocolate bars that I posted yesterday. I left them on our coffee table, and didn't even think about it. Gingie was acting totally normal, but I had been gone 5 hours and I didn't know when she ate it. Then we found a scrap of another. She ate two (+ most of the paper on both)! The bars are 1 oz, not huge, but one she ate was dark chocolate and the other was milk. I immediately called my vet. I started by saying, "I was just in yesterday, remember me?" We figured out what we needed and gave her hydrogen peroxide and milk. We had to give it to her twice and waited for almost 10 minutes before she finally threw up. She did throw up chocolate, but I was talking to our vet and I was still concerned. Chocolate poisoning is something that is best treated early, to prevent it from getting serious. Because of how small she is, it's hard to know what amount of chocolate would be harmful for her.

We decided to take her into the vet, it was 6pm and they were still open but the vet had to come in. She was acting tired from throwing up, but other than that pretty normal. I was just really feeling awful because I left that chocolate out. So guilly. I was just grateful that she only ate two. The vet came in and they gave her a dose of activated charcoal to help stop any absorption of any more chocolate in her system. After a little bit of hanging out in the vet's office, she threw that up, which was actually good because she threw up a bunch more chocolate. They gave her another dose, and she did fine with that. Symptoms like seizures can happen even 72 hours from when they first eat it, so we are watching her closely. We have meds to give her if she has a seizure to stop them.

She was so happy to run out of that vet's office! She really doesn't like it there. Especially two days in a row. She has been acting fine, other than starving because we can't feed her until tonight. It was a really stressful evening, and I was pretty emotional about it, and just wanted to do anything we could to help her. Chocolate poisoning is just really unpredictable, you never know if something will happen or not, and I just wanted to be safe.

It was hard to realize that something stupid I did could have been fatal, and I am trying to forgive myself. I am just so happy that she seems to be doing well, and hopefully she keeps feeling that way. Our vet is really great, she is really confident (actually almost intimidating) and also kind.


little gifts

presents from NYC
presents from NYC
presents from NYC
I was so happy to get Tyler back yesterday from his NYC trip. It felt like he was gone forever. He was so sweet to pick out some really perfect things for me from my favorite city!

The necklace that he got from Elma Blint is so stunning. I love really simple jewelry, because I hardly wear it, and the gold color is really beautiful. I love the M!

Tyler knows me well, and he knows the only thing I love more than chocolate is trying different kinds of chocolate! Tasting food is one of my thrills, so I can't wait to try all these and see how refined my palette is.

And a tiny mother of pearl pocket knife! Tyler loves these. He got one to match.

and a little gingie update: I took her to the vet, and she definitely was not in good shape. She didn't have fleas, and it's just a bad flare up because of the warm summer that we've had. Still don't know for sure what she's allergic too, I don't think its food, but I'll double check in the winter. She got an antibiotic shot and I've giving her antibiotics to help her heal. It seems like she's feeling better, and I'm just trying to control her symptoms. 



summer hash
summer hash
My memories of hash growing up was not really favorable. Absolutely nothing against my mom, who is a great cook, but hash was what we usually had when we had leftovers from a steak and baked potato dinner. I think it just had potatoes, steak, and onion. I don't remember hating it, it just wasn't a favorite meal.

This last year I revisited hash, and now it's one of my favorite meals. I've had it several different ways, and it's perfect with whatever I have leftover with always a couple standbys that I feel always need to be in there. I load it with lots of veggies. Once I did use some leftover steak—but only throw it in at the last second to warm it up, so it doesn't get tough. I have been cooking only vegetarian at home all summer so I don't miss the meat at all. With a perfectly soft fried egg on top, it is perfection. If you haven't made it before, I think you should try it!

Thanks for all your advice and concern with gingie yesterday. I am so grateful that I can turn to my friends through my blog and twitter. It's a great feeling to have everyone so helpful. I am going to try some of your suggestions, and I am going to the vet today to check her out. Her sores and hot spots have not gotten better so I want to be safe and definitely prevent any kind of infections. I will keep you updated.

Summer Hash
serves 2
two medium red potatoes (or use a large idaho potato), washed, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
half red onion thinly sliced
1 zucchini quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 red bell pepper thinly sliced
handful of sliced mushrooms my fav is cremini or baby bellas
6 quartered grape tomatoes
2 fried eggs

handful fresh spinach  (I didn't use it this time, but I love to use it)

salt and pepper

Heat a large saute pan to med-high with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Put in the potato and onion, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and softened, about 15 minutes. Put in the zucchini and bell pepper, and cook for 3 minutes more. Add in the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for 3 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Take off heat, and fold in spinach. Let it cool slightly for a few minutes while you make the eggs. Heat up a small pan and fry up two eggs over easy. Plate it up, and put the eggs on top. 

Add or subtract anything you want, just make sure to put it in the pan at the appropriate time so it doesn't overcook.


my poor, sad girl.

the itchies
the itchies
My poor poor pup. Her allergies (most likely pollen/outdoor environment type) have flared up hugely recently. She is itching like crazy, and she has really sad bald spots and sores all over. It just breaks my heart that she seems so miserable. We have gone through dozens of bottles of benadryl since we adopted her last fall (given the ok by our vet). Once it started getting warm it got a lot worse. She has never had hot spots like this!

I decided to try and give her an oatmeal bath this morning. She wasn't a huge fan, but didn't resist, just stood there for 20 minutes in the kitchen sink (gotta love tiny dogs!). Her fur makes it hard to not just scrub her with a towel like I usually do, because I don't want to make sure the oatmeal really stays on her skin. I feel sad watching her shiver!

She seems pretty calm right now, and hopefully this helps a little. I'm tempted to go to my vet to see if there is anything else I can do, but I kinda doubt she will tell me anything else other than what I'm doing. Anyone have any advice?

Here is a really sad video of her desperate itchiness. She is so relieved when I scratch her in a certain spot, she turns into snoopy.  



perfect meal for one.

My best friend is off gallivanting around NYC, eating great food, shopping, and spending time with great friends and family. Maybe I'm a little jealous? Maybe. But he has totally missed out on watching multiple episodes of Hot in Cleveland (laugh tracks are so dated), and a lifetime movie with mischa barton as a killer psycho.

I have figured out somewhat of a ritual when my spouse is out of town. I make food. I spend a long trip at the grocery store and buy things that I know I will have all to myself. This time it was hummus and stacy's pita chips, dark chocolate covered almonds and some ricotta to make a new recipe. I had some stale ciabatta bread, garden grown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil (from some caprese sandwiches). Seemed perfect for a tomato panzanella recipe in this month's Everyday Food. I made it today and it was heaven. Heaven! Seriously so good. Especially with my mother's tomatoes that I carried in my purse for 14 hours and like 5000 miles. Seriously people they were like candy.

Seriously make this right. now. Pretty soon summer tomato season will be over and while this will still probably be awesome, a little bit of magic will be gone.

tomato panzanella with ricotta
from July/August everyday food

serves 4.
I made it just for one serving, I didn't have enough bread! Or I would have made it all and probably eaten it all. 

1/2 lb day-old crusty bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (5 cups)
2 lbs ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, + more for drizzling
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large
1 container 15 oz ricotta

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, spread bread in a single layer and bake until dry and light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, vinegar, and oil and season with salt and pepper. Add toasted bread and basil and toss to combine. Let sit 20 to 30 minutes to allow bread to soak up liquid. Divide salad evenly among four bowls and top each with some ricotta, a drizzle of oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper.



state college airport
beard be gone
We are trying to recover from our trip back to the east. I traveled 14 hours, with 3 flights and an hour and a half car ride home, and Tyler took a red eye traveling 13 hours and didn't sleep a wink! (oh small town travel) We are pretty messed up. Getting up in the morning is totally a struggle. That first night we got home Tyler decided at 2 am to give the beard up. He had always had his big biking trip down the Oregon coast as the expiration date for his beard. And definitely after 360 miles of biking, he was ready for it to be gone.

He was pretty shocked for a while afterwords when he looked in the mirror, mostly because we can see his neck! I think he looks great. He's thinking about going completely clean shaven, but this is a baby step.

It's nice to be home, I did miss seeing my new baby nephew Noah Jacob by one day! So sad about that. Now I'm trying to settle back into a routine but my body still feels a little funny. But I'm happy to be back with Gigi, I missed our little pup!


summer storms

There was a huge storm tonight. That's one thing I love about the Idaho desert, you get some amazing lightning storms in the summer. We watched from our neighborhood and the big dark clouds eventually moved to us and it was loud and rainy. I took some video and edited out the bits in between. All this lightening happened within about 5 minutes. 

*I thought I took all the sound out, but there is like 2 seconds of it in there, you can just watch it on mute if you would like.



my baby fix.

baby theo
So my trip is coming to an end. It's been the baby vacation. I've got to spend lots of time with Theo, I actually feel competent in holding a baby now. My sister-in-law was due on the 4th, and I thought for sure I would see my nephew before I left, but we're still waiting. I'm sure he'll be here right after I get on the plane (life seems to work that way). But I have gotten to spend time with my niece Reese, who has become so big and is a child genius. I also got to meet my dear friend's baby, Britton, who is adorable.

I only got mistaken for Theo's mom only about 10 times, and once I didn't correct them. So he was my baby for about 1 minute. My niece was really confused trying to tell us apart, and keeps saying Malrie! Kenzie! Malrie! Kenzie! It was a constant riddle. I said goodbye to Mal yesterday, which was sad, but I will see them again in a few months.



Picture 8
Megan from Urban Weeds by Lisa Warninger

This week I was lucky to have a blog "blind date" with Lisa Warninger. I really love to meet people that I know online in real life! She is really sweet, and she is an amazing photographer and she has a style blog in Portland. Malorie and I were really lucky to be photographed by her, and her blog post with me is up today.

I am so awkward about getting my photo taken, I'm pretty terrible about it. Lisa is so nice and made me feel more comfortable. She told me to smile with my eyes and I instantly thought, "what would Tyra do?"


my japanese fix

kinokuniya score
japanese books
Of course on this trip I had to make a stop at kinokuniya. The store here is pretty tiny compared to New York's, but that doesn't mean that I can't find something to buy! I ended up getting three books, I seem to be more attracted to home and style books/magazines lately. Come Home magazine is my favorite, but they don't carry it here.

I did end up getting favorite style for four seasons, ISBN 978-4-7966-6443-1, which is a lovely style book which is all about one person's style using staple pieces and then changing the different looks. It also has places she likes, and little project on revamping pieces to make them new. Really beautiful book. I also got 2 dear, sweet home books ISBN 978-4-391-13026-3 and 978-4-391-62192-1 which seem to be special issues of come home magazine, I think? They are split into 4 sections, interior, gift, wardrobe, and travel. Lots of projects and beautiful inspiration photography. I tend to get ideas more from then styling and lifestyle than books on a specific craft technique, although I have lots of those. I'm happy to be adding to my collection!

We also had a mission yesterday of finding  some great polishes. I was looking for an opaque peachy pink, and maybe a dark color. We searched a couple stores, and we found one lone bottle of essie haute as hello which is pretty perfect (on my fingers above), I was hoping to find tart deco by essie also, but they were out. It's a little hard to use because it is a little matte, but I think it will look better after my third coat. I also picked up a really nice purple, OPI's we'll always have paris. I love a deep purple.

I'm off to Boise today, and I'm hoping to give you a peek into my hometown. I think most people have a wrong idea about Idaho, at least Boise.


theo time.

baby theo
baby theo
baby theo
What can I say, I'm a proud auntie! My main reason for visiting Portland has been to see my newest nephew, Theo. I pretty much think he's the cutest baby in the world and tell him so everyday. I've loved having lots of baby time, and watching my sister be a great mom. I don't have much experience with babies, so I've learned a lot, and I'm not as nervous anymore. He's been such a great little companion to all our fun here in Portland so far.

We are headed to Boise soon, I'm hoping to see my other new nephew, but he hasn't wanted to make an appearance. I'm hoping that by the time I leave he will be born, and my baby vacation will be complete!

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