I don't know exactly how I came across Karen Templar's blog . . . it just happened. I believe it was divine intervention and it began while I was looking for yarn spun thick enough to make quick work of a blanket using the gigantic knitting needles I began making over the weekend. I still ... Read More about Discovering the Fringe Association: My sublime introduction to yarnophilia
Recipe: Mocha Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Right before Thanksgiving I was thinking about favorite recipes. The holidays are a time to make favorite family recipes that are usually only enjoyed once a year. . . somehow they just taste better don't they? Now, as much as I love making the traditional dessert dishes, I am always open to bake ... Read More about Recipe: Mocha Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Beauty Box Gift Ideas
This morning my husband and I were having coffee and watching a video on youtube. Shocker right? Well, as the next video of food blogger YoYoMax12 began playing and said husband began shrieking *noooooo* and la la laing to himself to drown out the infectious ear worm of a theme song, I noticed that ... Read More about Beauty Box Gift Ideas
Forced to be on Facebook?
Are you on Facebook now because you have to be? Take a minute to really think about that question before answering. This question is what my husband and I discussed this morning over coffee. The discussion was raised after reading and sharing Richard Harrington's article from 2013 on ... Read More about Forced to be on Facebook?
4 weeks ago today. . . "has it really been that long?" I asked my self as I measured out my coffee beans this morning. . . Yes. Tears welled up in my eyes and I let out a long sigh as the grinder whirred to life. It's been exactly 4 weeks since I received a call from one of my 5 older ... Read More about Four Weeks
Recipe: Peach Pepper Ice Cream
My husband and I picked up some Pee Dee Orchard peaches today from one of our local farmers markets. Y'all know that I'm a sucker for fresh peaches so I naturally wanted to try my hand at making *ice cream maker free* ice cream. This is my first attempt at forgoing my electric ice cream maker ... Read More about Recipe: Peach Pepper Ice Cream
My Writing Process Blog Tour Post
Addison Ore over at Bookends blog tagged me in a writing process blog tour recently. I have never done one of these *tag you're it* kinda blog posts so be gentle. I hope you enjoy reading it and silently correcting my grammar and over use of ** and - and way too many of these . . . I chuckled ... Read More about My Writing Process Blog Tour Post
DIY: Hand Painted French Garden Sign
Since spring I've been spending as much time as I can outside reclaiming and shaping our back yard and transforming a small space under our kitchen window into the kitchen garden of my dreams . . . potager in French translates to 'garden providing vegetables for the pot'. If you've never heard of ... Read More about DIY: Hand Painted French Garden Sign
Thrift Therapy: What the rhomboid?!
4 days ago I discovered what the rhomboid muscle was. . . The hard way. If you have ever pulled or torn this muscle then you understand the special kind of hell it is. I could not for the life of me figure out how I did it. Sure, I've been cleaning out a few closets and moving furniture around. ... Read More about Thrift Therapy: What the rhomboid?!
Facebook: to quit or not to quit
I'm sure you've heard of folks who have quit Facebook. You may have even quit yourself. (Have you? If so please leave a comment as to why you were motivated to quit.) I have noticed a steady increase in the conversation on quitting. Some have quit over the Terms of Service, some over the fact ... Read More about Facebook: to quit or not to quit
Review: LA Colors shimmering loose eyeshadow with brush
Instead of writing brush in the title of this post I wanted to write broom. Seriously - it's like using a glittery straw broom on your eyelids. It is so painful in fact I recommend (for your own eye safety) not to use it at all. I'm still blinking out shimmer. I wanted a little glow to go ... Read More about Review: LA Colors shimmering loose eyeshadow with brush
Sew Sexy: Goodwill #FrankenFashion Project, Pt 1
I have jokingly called this my #frankenfashion project. Why? Well, partly because when I made my first cut to this dress it was during a thunderstorm and I happened to have some seriously crazy hair that night. It's not a very lady like hashtag - but who cares. For all of you master seamstresses ... Read More about Sew Sexy: Goodwill #FrankenFashion Project, Pt 1
7 Tips to Develop Great Blog Content
Over the years I have learned so much about the importance of having a plan when it comes to blog content. Learning How to Develop a Content Strategy for Your Professional Blog goes a bit deeper than just clicking ‘publish’ whenever you want to sell or promote something. When it comes to ... Read More about 7 Tips to Develop Great Blog Content
Recipe: Crispy Onion Wedge Salad with Creamy Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dressing
Salads are often simple and (hopefully) healthy. Mine usually consist of what ever I can find on hand and occasionally I get really creative. (No, this is not one of those times.) Truth be told, I'm sharing this recipe to introduce you to this life changing creamy roasted tomato dressing I ... Read More about Recipe: Crispy Onion Wedge Salad with Creamy Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dressing
Sew Sexy: How to remove a cowl from a sweater
Though the before looks pretty - I can tell you that it did not lay so evenly when put on. I love the nautical stripes and thought that with a little help, this summer sweater (it is so soft!) would get a lot more milage if it lost the cowl. I'm no master at sewing - but I hope these ... Read More about Sew Sexy: How to remove a cowl from a sweater