...to buy myself a present. Dave* wouldn't approve. I'm well aware of it, but my spatula's are 8+ years old and in dire need of replacement. They're also white but not-so-white-anymore (The Pampered Chef) and they're screaming for color. So, when I saw the guest post that Serena of The Farm Chicks did on Decor8 (found via The Farm Chicks blog), it only reaffirmed my decision to go for full-out color in the kitchen. She was even so gracious as to respond to those of us inquiring about her pretty knives and spatulas. They're from Williams-Sonoma and the Martha line at Macy's.
I need those knives now too! so I'm going to drop plenty of hints to Santa and see what he brings...starting now!
*I'm not taking any classes or anything with Dave but I've been movitated by my sisters. And I'm going to read his book. Several of them are on board with Dave's philosophies and when you start to hear the stories of success and achievement, it can really spur you on--even on a self-employed carpenter's salary with very little coming in by means of work in the past year. As little as it is, I'm using my Etsy shop to focus on our finances. I'm done garage sailing this year--even if it's a means of providing for Whimsical Junk. I have enough junk sitting around this house to fill up my shop for a long time to come! And, when I need a fix this winter, there is always the thrift!
I had a bizarre combination for lunch. (Or so I thought.) Yet, oddly enough, it tasted really good.
I took some leftoverVermicelli Pasta from dinner...
Heated some butter in a saucepan. Sauted two cloves of garlic. Tossed in a bunch of the pasta and heated it through with a good sprinkling of Soy Sauce. Then I sliced up some fresh Sun Gold tomatoes (a cherry tomato size, above) and threw them into the mix. And, it ended up tasting really good!
I was slightly hesitant when the thought popped in to add the tomatoes but their little bursts of fruity flavor tasted good with the salt and savory of the Soy Sauce and garlic.
I am in love with this variety. It's an heirloom plant and it has a subtle zesty fruity taste. I highly recommend it!
Our other varieties are all green. We have loads and loads of them on the vine but being in the woods they're slightly more shaded than the Sun Gold and have not turned color yet. I hope we get at least a few before the frost comes!
Otherwise, I'll be begging for green tomato recipes. And, if you happen to know of a good one now, I'd love to hear it. I've a feeling I'm going to be needing them.
My living area has been overtaken by (more) piles lately. My counters are full of glass items already marked for my garage sale and the sitting room and living room have boxes and bags (and bags!) of stuff marked already!
I still need to tackle the boxes in the loft and all the 'junk' in my basement. Without a garage, I'm a bit dreading the 'hauling everything outside' part that I have to do the night before the sale starts. And I still need to get some tarps or some heavy plastic to cover everything for three nights since my sale will run three days. Not to mention that I'm completely at the whim of the weather. Let's hope for a good weekend!
I've started a little 'Ebay' pile. I've recently begun purchasing on Ebay but I've never tried to sell anything yet. I'm feeling a little more brave now that I've been selling on Etsy. It makes me feel more comfortable with the whole process.
I'm getting rid of all of our 'newer' Little People and I plan to list them on Ebay. I've never really liked them and we have a bunch. They're nothing like the originals and the kids have been enjoying my collection of vintage Little People, lately. They're way more fun! I'm also going to be listing two pair of jeans I bought last spring for Nikayda from Old Navy. She wore them twice, I think!, and they're too small now.
Aapo's finally feeling better. We've had a virus...ahem...'running' through our house for the past week and a half. He's the only one who also threw up. Poor guy. Everyone else just had the...ah...'runs'...ahem...
It seems so crazy to get these viruses in the middle of summer time. But they've been going around all summer here. I suspect they may have something to do with the 'super-viruses' that have been created over the years... They don't just show up in the winter anymore!
I need to respond to a few emails. I feel like my heads been a bit foggy and 'in the zone' with this garage sale lately, but I will get to those soon! :)
Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!
P.S. You'll get a Pre-Sale sneak-peek once I get a bunch of the junk in the basement pulled out!
Where I live, apricots are hard to find. Impossible, really. So when you do find them, it's cause for a little celebration.
I don't even know if I like apricots as I've never actually eaten one. But I do know I love apricot jam! This is the first time I've ever made it at home and it's my new favorite--right up there with homemade raspberry jam. This tastes so good on fresh homemade scones. (I tried an older Martha Stewart recipe from a recipe pamphlet recently and it was awesome, but I can't find it on her website for a link. Maybe I'll post it sometime if I remember.)
I wanted a recipe that didn't call for Sure-Jell and in searching for one, I learned that because apricots are naturally high in pectin, they're a great fruit for making jams without using artificial pectin. This jam had just the right amount of thickness to it and it wasn't runny. It freezes well also. I've never canned so after letting mine set on the counter for about 12 hours or so, I put it in the freezer.
Organic Apricot Jam
4-4 1/2 c. crushed organic apricots 4 c. organic cane sugar 2 T organic lemon juice
Yield: 5 to 6 half pint jars. (I filled two and a half medium size jars.)
Combine all ingredients in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil; stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Bring to a rapid boil and cook until thick, about 25 minutes. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
Once thick, pour into sterilized jars. (Go through the canning process if using it.) Close jars and allow to cool and set on the counter at room temp. for 12-24 hours. Freeze. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator when ready to use.
I've been purging. Like "for real purging" purging. I'm having a yard sale soon and I'm unloading years of junk and accumulations. I've got loads of stuff priced to go already (household, home decor, kitchen, kid's clothes, adult clothes, TOYS (we're getting rid of a bunch, we have way too many!) and Whimsical Junk stuff--although most of the WJ stuff will just be 'junk', the old vintage stuff. I haven't worked on too many projects lately). I'm also destashing my stockpile so there will be a bunch of brand new things out there, too, from my shelves and pantry. I've also been converting our house to natural/organic living so I'm parting with a few brand new cleaning supplies that I had in my stash.
I got rid of a lot last year, I'm hoping to get rid of even more this year. I spent about five hours sorting, purging, and pricing clothes yesterday.
I'm trying to figure out what weekend the S*b*k* sales are...any locals know?eta: The local sales are always the third Saturday of September. I always get confused, too, because they have their big festival at the beginning of summer--but their sales are a separate weekend, in early fall. I need to make note of that or I'll forget again! I'm planning to have my sale run from Thurs-Sat (Sept. 17-19). I had it the same time last year but only on Fri-Sat. and we got a lot of traffic that weekend so I'm shooting for it again. I need to tackle my basement. I'm actually scared to go down there. (Have you seen my basement?) There are piles and piles of junk. Actually...you may have seen it, I'm pretty sure I've given you a glimpse of the mess down there, by way of a photograph sometime last year.
I'm actually really excited to purge my basement. I need new motivation for my projects and I'm sure I'll come across more than a few things but the things I've been staring at forever, every time I go down there, I'm getting rid of! Time to make room for new inspiration!
We were thinking of taking a weekend getaway as a family this fall but we just nixed that. Dave doesn't approve! My sister, Emily, got me motivated this morning. (It's her birthday today, by the way!)
Purge. Purge! Purge! I'm getting rid of sentimental stuff. That's a huge step for me. I can't part with anything but I've already priced a bunch of Halloween and Christmas stuff that just isn't 'me' anymore. Letting go never felt so good! It's a bit liberating, you know.
Found another pair of sweet shades recently (above). A pair of vintage Vuarnet shades. They're in excellent shape and they'll be on Etsy soon! I'll be doing an update within the next 24 hours.
(Excuse the pictures...it was getting late in the day, and too dark to take pictures with natural light in the house--where I could lay them flat. I wanted to get this posted already! I'm so excited about my latest collection.)
For as long as I can remember I have been enamored with the moon. It has played an integral part of my memories for as far back as I can reach. So much so, that I'm a little amazed that I haven't written about it before. I've had posts in my head many times over the months but haven't been able to articulate them onto the screen. I have so many memories of moments gazing at the moon in awe and wonder over my lifetime. It has such an enchanting pull for me, that I can't explain.
I love the night. By nature, I am a night owl. There have been times when I've tried to change that but I've found that the things that are naturally ingrained in a person can be a very difficult thing to change! I'm most content staying up late when the noise of the day has quieted and the peaceful dark unfolds. And, I like being alone at night. It's soothing and comforting and it helps me to feel grounded to have that time just for me. I especially enjoy this time of day when the sky is clear and the moon and stars are twinkling and bright.
I'm also afraid of the dark. A little ironic, I know.
Recently, one of my blog friends posted a picture of her gorgeous retro style living room which had a new addition to it. And, I fell in love with the moon all over again!
It's funny how collections start for us collectors. They can start in a moment, in an instant. Something you may never have noticed or seen before can immediately draw you in and you're hooked. You *must* have that item. For the non-collector it may seem an unnecessary desire or (*gasp*) simply a 'want'. But for a collector it becomes a need. Every bone in your body says you must have that item. And you will hunt for years, if necessary, until you find that item in order to feel somehow whole and content again. But it won't last for long... Soon you'll find another item to pursue. Because, you see, a collector never stops.
Collecting is like a disease. But it's a rare 'good kind' of incurable disease. And, I am now on the hunt for that vintage (1959 or 1960) Rand McNally Map of the Moon. (If you look closely, ours are very similar, though different colors and made in different years.) And I will find it even if it takes years. I must have it! There was one on Ebay this week but it sold for $36.00. Once it hit $22.00, it left me out of the running at this point in my life.
I bought two off Ebay recently. One vintage (the grey one, National Geographic, 1969, above), one not (the green colored one, Rand McNally, 1990, below). I want a framed moon in every room of my house! Or just about. I think the moon is so beautiful and I love the idea of having a framed map of the moon around here. So, thanks for starting another collecting passion in me. (Like I needed any more!)
Just looking at this one makes my heart skip a beat. I love it so much! And, the colors are just right.
It'll be a while before I can get these framed but I'm grabbing them while I can. And, if you start stalking the net for more, just remember, I'm right behind you! I've been looking every single day for the past couple of weeks.
I actually dubbed our house 'Moonshadow' a few months ago because of the awesome moon shadows that fall across our 'lawn' dirt and weed covered ground and in the woods when the moon is full. It's an amazing sight!
I can feel it in the air. By the breeze, the sun, the leaves, and trees. It's coming!
This has been one of the best summers I can remember! Aside from the three days it reached 90° F a week ago, it has been blissfully cool. Last summer was really great, too, but this one was even better.
I think we're kind of 'weather people' around here. We're constantly clicking on the tiny weatherchannel.com icon at the bottom of our screen. Even the kids love to check the weather periodically throughout the day. So, we're usually super aware of the weather. Not too many days reached 80° and that's just the way I like it!
I got the item I ordered off Ebay. (So suspenseful...) I'm waiting for one more but I will take a picture of the one I've got and show you soon! I LOVE it. I have to admit, that they're not entirely vintage but the one I want more than anything is.
I know some of you already know what it is but for the rest of you here are some hints:
It needs to be ironed. It's not what you think. It's round. It's not what you'd even expect. It's not something altogether tangible. It can be bright, white and shiny, or dull and orange, but this one isn't, it's in shades of pretty greens.
'Now the jokes on you!' Ha. I tried changing my profile picture. Three times. And it freezes up every time. Hmmmph.
...oh, there we go! Third time's a charm.
I think I snagged these lovely goggles when we were junk picking in my hometown area a few years ago. I have no idea what they are! I've a feeling they were part of a Halloween costume at one time. They have a very slight yellow tone to the plastic lenses. Moments after that picture was taken, one of the kids accidentally broke one of the ear pieces. They would have rocked for Halloween, though! Or...you know...for every day wear.