Weekly Roundup – Friday Favorites #02

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| | | This photo that I took on Dinosaur Ridge while in Denver last week. I hate that I didn’t have my polarized filter because the sky is blown out, I had to play with the contrast, but I quite love how it came out and despite the white sky, I still love this photo.

| | | Lets start with some music. I found this band some time last year and they quickly became one of my favorites, but some how after the New Year I lost my habit of daily playlist listening and organizing (I am constantly shifting my online streaming collection around, building bigger and better playlists for all my moods. Well this week I was able to start that hobby/habit back up again and was so happy to hear this song come across my mix.  It’s the perfect song for spring’s arrival, I love it. Also how cool is it that they are from Costa Rica? I want to be from Costa Rica. Hah. Let’s hope this grooveshark embed works. Cross your fingers!

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| | | This tutorial from Design Love Fest has me wanting to washi tape every chord in my house.

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| | | This beautiful DIY comes from the lovely Kelli Murray’s blog. Gorgeous.

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| | | I am on the hunt for a new summer little black dress and I really love this one from LuLu’s. Maybe I can manipulate my Built by Wendy Dirndl Pattern, it just figuring out that wrap top really, but that seems a little difficult.

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| | | Some friends and I are putting together a multi-course meal made entirely of pie this weekend and I have found some seriously amazing savory pies on Martha Stewart. I am actually loving the idea of tarts. We might just have to make it a tart day instead.

| | | Last week when I was in Denver I tried these amazing mushroom and quinoa, vegan meatless meat balls at City O’ City. They blew my mind and I have been searching for something similar. I found and tried this recipe this week. It was close, but the texture wasn’t right and maybe City O’ City’s is more mushroomy and herby, although, this was a great place to start. I omitted breadcrumbs, cheese and used ground flax seed as an egg replacer, but my meatless balls were pretty crumbly so this is something I will have to work on.
| | | This incredible video of water on a wash cloth in Space! Man I love space. Haha

| | | This love ly little Etsy shop, I Make It You Make It. It’s full of adorable vintage inspired patterns for downloading printing to make at home.

| | | This book, Denver on Foot, 30 walking tours of the city, saved my life in Denver. Well not really my life, but saved my budget and saved me from getting lost. It’s full of short little walks for seeing the sites around Denver. It was the best purchase I ever made and I hope there  are more people writing books like these for their town. I had all this free time with out a car during the day and so I would just pick a walk and get to it. Best part about it, I bought it for $9.99 through my Kindle app on my tablet.

| | | There is also 15 household uses for mint from Apartment Therapy.

I leave you with one more Denver photo. This was taken at about 5:30 am Mountain time through a rooftop fence. Also I didn’t enhance it at all. Gorgeous Denver sunrise.

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Preparing for a Green Juice Feast

So I am doing it. I have been gearing my body towards a juice feast for the last three weeks. I started by eating a nice big raw breakfast for two weeks and then into a week of fresh citrus, fruit and green smoothies. Yesterday I started the “feast” by replacing breakfast and lunch with fresh squeezed green juice.

Raw foodists often use the term feasting over fasting, because you truly are feasting! It’s all about abundance and eating as much pure, beautiful goodness you can! It’s enlightening really to think about it that way and to really appreciate all the beautiful, fresh, organic, local treats you are eating all in one go. It’s like living like a god! Surrounded by beautiful ripe fruit and veggies!

Why did I choose green? To be honest, I’d be lyin’ if I said I didn’t want to loose a few pounds, but also I want improve my overall health and I think a low glycemic clean system of eating will help me get there!

To prepare for this feast I went to our local market on Saturday. I had a budget of $20 to spend and that was it. I wanted to see if it was really doable on a small budget, because just the thought of organic produce prices can scare the pants off some people. To add to this James and I do have some fresh veggies from our CSA Share (community supported agriculture) so in total that makes my weekly budget about $40. I don’t know if this is doable yet, but I am sure going to find out.

Here’s what I scored at the market (I am just going to apologize in advance for these terrible quality photos it was later in the day and I refuse to use flash photography.)

A giant head of kale with roots still intact $5
Three light green sweet peppers
One green pepper
an entire basil plant $3 (I have other plans for this other than juicing: Pesto!)
six small peaches
a good sized head of romane
six 1″ ft cucumbers
five green apples

Amazing! All are low pesticide to no pesticide and some certified organic in there too. Now how long is this going to last me? Probably 3 to 4 days as I am replacing two meals with all of these goodies, though the CSA share should help prolong things and hopefully I’ll make it to Friday for our next share.


I couldn’t wait to start on Sunday so I made a small batch for dinner Saturday night. So fresh!


Not so green because of the addition of three small purple carrots.


Even Nori approves! She actually loves greens and we often share with her fresh lettuce and spinach cause she devours it!

It’s definitely an acquired thing juicing green veggies. I had some experience with it back at Omega when a fellow staffer leant the use of her juicer to staff (Lindsay that was a godsend!) but I didn’t juice it up full time. My short term raw food goal is to be raw by the end of September and see how it affects things, from there I’ll think about my long term plan and how I can use this method to improve my life over all. This is just a little experiment, I am in no way an expert, but over the course of this month I hope to learn as much as I can about my body and the affects of a pure clean diet (by diet I mean the aspect of my lifestyle having to do with food, not a “diet.”)

Wish me luck and please if you have anything to share with me do it! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Etsy Feature Friday – The Gorgeous designs of Lauren Kemp


I just discovered the beautiful DIYed designs of Lauren Kemp on Etsy. Truth be told I found her through Uncovet and searched her out to find her shop and low and behold there she was on Etsy!

These are some of my favorite designs of hers that I seriously can’t get enough of and wish they’d jump into my closet right now! Her simple cuts and fun hand painted/stitched embellishments have really inspired me to get out the ol’ needle and thread and try my hand at some of that gorgeous embroidery work. Although it will have to wait till after Urban Craft is over as I am swamped with last minute projects leading up to the big day!

First up to bat:

Look at the gorgeous back on this one:

Fun elbow pads are always a + in my book:

This one is hand painted, love the color:

Similar embroidery design as the first image, but boy do I love the cut of this shirt:

Images from her shop, Lauren D Kemp :1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6

10 things I love – End of Summer Gypsy

I’ve had my eye on some of the pretty items since the temperatures were starting to slowly warm up and as summer comes to a close I feel myself hanging on to those small bits of warmth knowing that winter temperatures will soon be here. Although, I am excited about fall, the craft fairs, layering clothes, pretty scarves, and changing leaves, I know that autumn will only fade to gray winter days of snow boots and more practical things like 3 pairs of socks and remembering your mittens. I love winter and the holidays, but I am not yet ready to leave summer behind. That is what inspired me to put together today’s post, summer fading into fall.

1|| Gypsy Knott Wrap by Free hippie on Etsy

2|| Gypsy Celebration Flags by ArtToGo on Etsy

3|| One of a kind Vintage hand dyed slip by LipStickGypsy on Etsy

4|| Queen of Roses Jacket by Ruchki & kruchkI

5|| Bohemian Hoop Earrings by NATgirona

6|| Boar Tusk Choker by Julia Barbee

7|| Peach Rose Georgette HiLow dress by Nalini Shop

8|| Cotton Fringe Bikini Top by Motavationsnn

9|| Waterfall Body Harness by Moorea Seal

10|| Tobacco burst skinny yoga pants by Purusha People

Being a balla – Delicious and packed with nutrition Almost Raw Chocolate Truffle or the Date Ball Recipe

It’s been more than a minute since I’ve shared a recipe on the blog. This one is killer and more than staple in our home. Truly we can’t get enough of them and we eat them by the thousands! Just kidding, but I can honestly say that I have at least one of these a day. They are the perfect pick me up with their good sugars, proteins, and fats.

I first saw these when I was working at Omega in 2010. There was a follow worker there who made these in all different flavors, in bulk, without a mixer or a processor of any kind. Her flavors were delicious! I sat next to her at a craft fair once and she told me what was in them, and since then I have played around with finding my favorite.

This recipe is for these treats is in their most basic form. They are incredibly versatile. You can make these with almost any nut, any spice, and even add other fruits to the mix. What’s beautiful is the simplicity, and not to mention, that they are cheap to make, they are a nutritious. healthy snack, and the perfect something sweet to my sweet tooth!

*Almost Raw Chocolate Truffles

Tools:
Coffee grinder or food processor
Stand mixer or mixing bowl

Ingredients:
1+ cup of medjool dates, pitted
1+ cup divided raw organic shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raw organic seed or nuts
2 tbsp organic flax seeds
1+ tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp pure organic vanilla/almond extract
A good pinch of sea salt
A little water or coconut milk on the side

Optional Ingredient: 3 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder. Which I endorse fully. So good!!!!

Using a coffee grinder grind flax seeds into a fine meal and add to mixing bowl. Next add seeds or nuts to the coffee grinder in small batches, pulsing until a half meal half rough grind is achieved, add to mixing bowl (I also like to grind my coconut flakes into a chunky powder, just takes a few pulses, to me it gives the candies a more fudgey consistency and if a light fluffier garnish on the outside.)
Add the cup of dates, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and pinch of salt to the mixing bowl. If making chocolate add it as well.

If using just a mixing bowl, chop up your dates before hand to make mixing easier. I also suggest mixing with your hands, for the first part, to really break up the dates. However, it will get very sticky and very messy.
Mix thoroughly and add a little water as you go till you get a nice sticky cookie dough type mixture. If using a stand mixer simply mix on three with the cookie attachment adding water as you need to.

Using a tablespoon or simply guessing roll the mix into balls and drop into a bowl with the extra coconut. Toss the balls around in the bowl to get full coverage and place in a covered Tupperware container in layers in the fridge and let set up for twenty minutes.


Plain date balls pictured here.

I use sunflower seeds because they have a lower fat content than nuts. I often double this recipe and keep extras in the fridge for afternoon snacking. I also wholly suggest adding the chocolate as it is almost like eating fudge! I am a chocolate lover, but we also enjoy a spicy chai flavored version using chai tea masala or your favorite chai spices mixed right in, these are even better the next day as the spices have had time to really meld into the mix. We also dig these plain with out any flavor or spices added, this way is James’ favorite way!


These are the chocolate, yes I only had 5 left when taking this picture. I then gobbled these down for breakfast.

The great thing about this recipe is you can’t really go wrong just keep mixing things in till you get the consistency you want. If you want a room temperature candy add more nuts and coconut for a less sticky consistency, these will hold up better in warmer temperatures.

*These are almost raw because, not being a raw foodest myself I am not sure if coconut oil and extracts are considered raw foods.

What I wore #6 – Sidewalk sale street style

These photos are from the 5th of July. My parents had just driven off into the morning towards New York state. The hardest bit of all was the goodbye. I am never ready to say goodbye as it hurts my heart to see them go.

After they left James and I went downtown to check out the sidewalk sale and take my mind off their leaving. It was a beautiful day with a lovely breeze off of the lake and Princess Street was bustling with people checking out the sale. I love this town in summer. Though very touristy all the sidewalk activities and festivals make for a great cheap way to have a date and get out of the house. There is always music, an art festival, or a parade going on. We are so lucky to have such a nice apartment right in the historic district off downtown. A mere stones throw away from all the activities.

I bought a gorgeous tapestry sheet from the Modern Primitive and a ton of books for twelve dollars at Indigo, which I will share with you down the road (bedroom tour). I don’t usually shop at the big chain book stores, but when I saw $1 and $2 dollar books of the crafty and cooking nature I had to take them home with me!

My necklaces are a mixture of Clever Plumage plus two amazing necklaces from two recent Etsy trades. The Turquoise is from Lu Designs Creations and the beaded strand is a custom necklace from Frozen Water Designs. Both ladies are excellent Etsy sellers with lovely work!

Outfit details:
White T :: thrifted :: Value Village
Skirts :: By FIRE Los Angeles :: Gift from my Momma from a Belk sale in 2009
Wedges :: 275 :: Thrifted :: Value Village

This is another outfit that cost me under $10.00!

Meet Lucky Jackson



Yay! Happy Tuesday everyone and let’s welcome the lovely Lucky to the blog. I had the awesome pleasure of meeting this lovely lady at a little clothes swap a month or two back and Lucky kindly gave me a ride back to where I was staying!
On the way we chatted about Etsy and craft-fairs and well I just had to check this lady out! Incredible! My mind was blown by her talent and I am just so excited to share her awesomeness! Watch out there are some serious skillz showcased here on the blog today!

My name is Lucky Jackson. I am a artist and illustrator currently working on a project where I embroider a new piece of artwork every day for the next year.

http://365luckydays.blogspot.ca/

I am currently selling some of the patterns from the 365 Project in my Etsy shop and lots of new patterns are coming soon!

I have been making things for as long as I can remember. I have a fondness for the rain as it means I can stay inside all day and make crafts. I am a huge culture vulture and love everything to do with the arts.

Long Live Indoor recess!

3 things you’ve learned about yourself from crafting?

To not rush things. Take your time and enjoy the process. It’s no fun if it’s no fun.
The more you make things the better they get.
It makes me incredibly happy.

3 things you’ve learned from being your own boss?

I am a horrible, over demanding boss.
Time management is extremely important.
You need to take a break once and a while and relax (I am working on this one).

Embroidery of Lucky embroidering.

3 ways you stay inspired?

My kids are a huge inspiration. They have the most incredible imaginations.
Notice the little things. The small details that make you happy.
Using a journal to jot down ideas, always. I have tons of these journals and revisit them when the well is dry.

3 things you enjoy the most about what you do?

Getting to be a kid again. Pretty much my days are full of Arts and Crafts.
Art and Craft shows and fairs. It’s the highlight of my year being able to show people my work in person.

Meeting new people in the craft community. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement that I have received.

3 of your favorite items currently in your shop?

Boot Love Embroidery Pattern

Guitar Girl Embroidery Pattern

Book Love Embroidery Pattern

3 words of wisdom for others starting out in selling their crafts on Etsy or online?

Do something different and be unique.
Don’t compare yourself to others. (tough but true)
Do what you love, being and artist/crafter is a tough racket and you really have to have a passion for what you are making. It always shows in your work.

10 Things I love – Tee Shirts

Grab your own from their awesome Etsy shops!

1.Moon Shirt Dress by The Forgiving Tree.
2. Geometric Box Top by Thief and Bandit.
3.Mandala Tee by Temple of Cairo.
4. Phoenix Tee by T-Rex Syndicate.
5. Feather Tee by That is one Strange Bird.
6. Victorian City Art Tee by Carousel Ink.
7. Oversized Paint Brush Tee from Komana.
8. Warrior Tee by theThe Local Branch.
9. Scarab Tee by Sparrow Lyn.
10. Flowerchild T-shirt Dress by Skyline Fever.

Meet Sara of Sans Limites Crochet


Another lovely lady is here to join us, Sara of Sans Limites Crochet, and I am so glad to have her stop by the blog! I have been coveting her work on Etsy for many a moon now and so excited to share her story with you all!

Hi! I’m Sara and I’m the shop owner at Sans Limites Crochet (It’s French for No Limits – read about it on my blog and shop away at Sans Limites Crochet

I started crafting in third grade. My mom brought home some mittens she’d made in a knitting class and I desperately wanted to make myself a pair. She signed me up for a kids knitting class (and helped me immensely). Soon after we took a crochet class together and we’ve been a stitch and bitch pair ever since.

In high school I wanted a unique way to fit in some community service hours that I needed for school. I stitched up a bunch of hats with my family and friends and sold them at the local college campus. I donated the money to causes I cared about like Epilepsy research or Tsunami Relief. I had a blast doing it and actually raised a decent amount of money. So in college, when my friends were getting summer jobs, I opened a booth at the farmers market. It only took two summers of trying to sell crochet goods in the 100 degree heat before I decided an online shop was a far better option and Sans Limites Crochet was officially born! It’s been one crazy ride and I sure have learned a lot!

Some Things I’ve Learned About Myself…

I’m very hard on myself. It’s so easy to feel like I’ve had this great idea, and then I make it and it’s just not the amazing thing I had in my mind. A lot of times it’s better than I realize, but I often need a good friend around to tell me so.
I need chill time. It’s really easy for me to end up working on crochet things until 3 in the morning, but it’s not healthy. My roommates will laugh if they read this… but I get my best ideas while relaxing in the bathtub. I need that time to ramp up for the next new and exciting undertaking!
I need community to work my best. Because when you’re hard on yourself, you need some good people around to encourage you! I’ve spent the last few months working at an unpaid internship (for a cause I’m pumped on- check Krochetkids.org!). I wouldn’t have been able to do it (and would be much crankier) if it weren’t for the fellow knitters and crocheters out there supporting me with their kind words and purchases! There are few people out there cooler than the ones in the crafting community, so I do my best to drink it up!

Some Ways I Stay Inspired…

Keeping a sketchbook. I invested in a nice hard covered blank paged sketchbook… it’s become one of the most valuable things I own. It’s so filled with inspiring pictures, colors, ideas, thoughts, sketches… I’d be lost without it.
Staying active in the things I love. It’s easy to get caught up in my crafting – especially when I depend on it for money. I never feel more inspired and ready to go then when I step out of a dance class.
Experiencing new things. Traveling and experiencing new cultures, places, clothes, styles, food gets so many ideas rolling so fast! Good thing my sketchbook comes on my adventures!

Some Things I Enjoy Most About What I Do…
Coming up with new ideas. There’s no better feeling than having too many ideas and not enough time to make them. I love it!
Getting feedback from my customers. I have the best customers in the world! Their feedback means the world to me! There’s nothing better than having a problem (or a success) turn into a conversation that can spark a new idea or friendship!
Making myself new stuff to wear. I love wearing things I’ve made. It’s JUST my style and any compliments I get are the perfect opportunity to hand out my business card!

Some Words of Wisdom For Others…

Identify your target audience and brand yourself accordingly. I’m still working on that, but it’s a good idea to keep in mind always.
Stay true to yourself. If you stop doing what you love, you’re doomed. Keep your business in mind, but don’t let the fear of making money keep you from taking a risk on an idea you’re crazy excited about.
Listen to your customers. They’re creative people too, and if they’re buying stuff from you, they probably appreciate what you do and want to see you succeed. I started off making only finished products and people were asking for patterns. That’s how I make most of my money now, and I get to keep making new exciting things instead of the same old stuff…. I’m so glad I listened to them!

3 Favorite Things in My Shop Right Now…

The easiest question of them all (cause they’ve been my favorite for a year now…)! I spent a lot of time working on these items (and the patterns to make them) and I’m actually really pumped on how they turned out. They were also originally designed for some of my favorite people (my sister, my mom, and my best friend), so I think happy thoughts whenever I see them!

Amanda’s Dress

Kathleen’s Dress

Diana’s Dress


Thanks everyone for stopping by today! We’ve got two more lovely ladies left in the series and I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far!

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