Filed under: Wish List
1. The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz –
I have been a fan of Wes Anderson’s work ever since a friend of mine recommended me to watch The Royal Tenenbaums a few years back. So much so, that I have actually written a 5 page report on his film style for my English Composition Class last summer. The paper not only got me an A in the class, but it also turned my professor on the his movies too. Success!
2. Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal by Potter Style –
“365 questions, 5 years, 1,825 answers” I actually read about this on The Dainty Squid Blog the other day and thought I was an awesome way to get warmed up to writing. I have a bit of an obsession for journals, although I never know what to write about. I just draw a complete BLANK! This would get the gears cranking, even if just for a simple answer.
3. 642 Things to Draw: Journal by Chronicle Books –
Came across this beauty while at the book store a few weeks back. Every page has a suggestion of something new to draw that are more than likely not apart of your regular doodle regimen. (a rolling pin, a water tower, a wasp etc.) I feel as though this would be ideal to getting back into the habit of drawing and doodling again.
4. Lace Skull Sweater from ModCloth –
Yes. I love skulls. Yes. They are kinda cliché’. No. I don’t care. With the femme-fatale design and comfy fit, this is perfect for the coming chilly weather.
5. Cuckoo Clocks –
I have been hoping to stumble upon an excellent clock for a while now after seeing these wooden laser cut ones from FabParlor. This one reminds me of the layered paper-cut shadow boxes I admire so much. Check em’ out!
That’s it for today! Have a great rest of the week!
Duck Hunt Man Cave Art
Made with Perler Melty Beads.
I have been pretty busy lately. With working and going to school full time I hadn’t been able to find much time to just do anything fun lately, never the less do any “creative” projects.
So with winter break in sight, I challenged myself to do something creative everyday for 30 days. Hoping to gain my brother’s interest, I asked him to give me a theme to go by.
Without second thought he declared VIDEO GAMES to be our theme. What a surprise…. –_-‘ (the boy lives by video games) Welp, I got what I asked for and off we go.
30 Day Video Game Creativity Challenge
Super Mario Bros. Christmas Stocking
I sketched and painted the design on canvas fabric with acrylic paint and fabric medium. Once dried, I cut our the pattern and attached it to a stocking I made. The name is made from Perler Melty Beads which creates the perfect pixelated look.
My brother loves it! Whooo! Day one down, 29 more to go!
I finally got to go to school this summer and didn’t do too shabby. It has been 7 years since I was last into classroom and was very nervous and anxious about the outcome. For the summer semester, one class is two hours a day, four days a week for 6 weeks.
I took 4 classes total. English Composition I, Spanish I, Psychology and Concepts of Physical Activity (aka Adult P.E.) each resulting in an A. I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself. Starting off with a 4.0 GPA!
Now on to my next obsession, galaxies. Something that is so colorful, wild, and serene at the same time. Take a look at what I’ve done so far.
Galaxy Nails – tutorial at Beautylish
Galaxy Painted Canvas Shoes
Cheap shoes for Walmart painted with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium.
Painted Wine Glass from Wine Night
Typical wine glass painted with dishwasher safe glass enamel.
I’m sure this is just the beginning of this little love affair, just the same way I was obsessed with octopi, odd cupcakes and the color purple.
While looking for way to fill up my living room with stylish accessories with out spending my ENTIRE paycheck, I found a pretty simple tutorial from P.S. I made this on how to make a plain bottles, cans, vases, etc. look like porcelain pottery.
Okay, neat. But the simple dot design was not doing it for me. I wanted to take a step a little further. Time to make something AWESOME!!!! My inspiration came from cake piping and henna tattoos. Take a look….
1 large ugly pink vase from Goodwill ($5)
1 bottle of white T-Shirt Puff Paint ($2)
1 can of white spray paint ($5)
A lot of patience and hand stretches.
After finding a few patterns I was happy with, I used a fine tip permanent marker to draw the design on the vase, using a Goo Gone soaked wash rag for any miss ups.
Once the design was drawn, I then carefully “piped” with the Puff Paint leaving a lifted texture when dry.
I then lightly spray painted the entire vase with a satin finish white spray paint to give a more finished look. Let it dry over night, and fill with beautiful floral pieces and enjoy!
Porcelain Pebble Vase found on Etsy.com $155 <——
———–> Our Beautiful Masterpiece $12
Welp, here it is. The first dinner in the new house. And by special request from my dear little brother, Benji, CRAB CAKES!
Now I had never made these before, nor have I ever made any type of patty before, so this was quite an experiment for me. What better time than we your house is filled with men with empty tummies??
I had some issues at first, but quickly got a hand of things once the first “cake” was done. Also, I didn’t make any kind of sauce to top the patties with. They were fine without, but would have been out to this world with a creamy lemon butter sauce on top. Note made.
Recipe taken from FoodNetwork.com by Paula Deen’s Kitchen.
- 1 pound crabmeat
- 1/3 cup crushed crackers (Ritz)
- 3 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Dash cayenne pepper
- Flour, for dusting
- 1/2 cup peanut oil
- Favorite dipping sauce, for serving
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.
Side note: While at the market for the supplies for dinner, I came across the coolest thing!
I will hug you and squeeze you and call you George.
Filed under: House
Hello, my name is Amanda and I am a home owner. (WOOO HOOO!!)
Every time I say it, a get that strange bubble filled with a rejoicing giggle like scream trapped in my throat. I try to keep it down, but sometimes it wiggles it’s way out, and all you can hear are hysterical chuckles, “woots”, and “oh yeas” echoing across the neighborhood. I know this joy will soon die once I get tired of all the maintenance and bills that come with ownership, but until then, I will glow in the pride of having my own house!
We’re still in the middle of unloading everything. We have ordered new furniture that is scheduled to be delivered in two weeks, and I have finally finished putting together the new kitchen table and chairs.BUT, the very FIRST thing I had to do was paint our room! If you have ever lived in an apartment, you know that you are not given the freedom to choose your own colors. You are stuck with one of two evils. White (eh) or Beige (oh god). Time for so change.
Our room’s color scheme is GRAY, BLACK, WHITE, & RED
Headboard: Black Tufted Faux Leather $99 at Garden Ridge
Mattress & Box Frame: King Size Plush Top $199 – King Size Box Frame $159
King Bed Frame: $30 at Heavenly Sleep Shoppe
Bedding: Red Jersey Sheets $30 – Reversible Comforter $40 at Target
Still have a long way to go. Art to make and by, night stands to refinish, dresser on its way, shelves to hang, sockets to replace, window seat treatment, and need to still find a chair and truck/bench at a decent price. And that’s just for our room. Yes. A very long way to go.