Craft Project

I’m not a crafty person. I could reiterate, but it’s ok, you can take my word for it.

Lately I’ve had the urge to make stuff. Not food stuff, though I’ve been doing plenty of that, too.

It started with some alterations to a dress.  Yeah, it’s still sitting next to my bed waiting to get finished.

Then I made a camera strap out of Nick’s old tie.  It was fun, and it’s cute, though admittedly not the greatest sewing job I’ve ever done.

And then *I* went all out!

*I* made labels for my jars!!

**It was my idea, but I made Nick do it since he actually is skilled at making things look awesome.

(It’s exciting! I’ll show you)

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I’ve had these gallon-sized glass jars for a few months now, and I’ve been using them for my flours and sugar.

I’ve had no problem identifying what is in each jar, but apparently I’m just extremely gifted. Fortunately we’ve had no sugar/flour switcharoo incidents. I’ve been meaning to label them, but I wanted cute/artistic labels, so I’ve been holding off until I could find some.
Admittedly, they’d be a lot easier to find if I actually looked. Ah well.

But this weekend, it totally hit me–chalkboard paint!!
Did you know they even make such a thing? I did, and I’ve always wanted to use it for something cool. A trip to Home Depot later, and we had chalkboard spray paint and some wide painter’s tape.

I have four jars total, so we played around with the first jar to see how big/where the label should go.
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Then more tape was added to prevent the paint from spreading onto the rest of the jar.
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After that, it was just a matter of following the directions on the can of paint.
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I’d recommend putting some cardboard or a paint cloth under the jars to catch the paint. We were excited and in a hurry though.

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Once the area was fully covered, we left it in the sun to dry.
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In the meantime, we taped and painted the rest of the jars, removing the tape when the paint had dried for a few minutes.
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Some of the lids had been written on with sharpie markers, and no amount of scrubbing and washing could get it off, so we decided to paint those too.
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Again, a drop cloth or cardboard would have been a good idea. Fortunately, watering the grass with the sprinkler got a lot of the paint out, and mowing the lawn will take the rest of it out.

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Hey look, we found some cardboard!

I’m so pleased at how well they turned out!
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And for less than $5 per can of paint, I think I can find a lot more projects *I* can do around the house. Wouldn’t these be awesome Christmas presents? If you’re a member of my family, pretend you didn’t see how easy this was!

What did you do over your long weekend?

Summa

I can’t admit how much it saddens me that summer is almost over.

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Hold on, yes I can. And I’ve been telling everyone for the last week.

So rather than focusing on how dark it’s getting in the mornings/evenings, and how much I hate being cold, I’m trying to squeeze every last drop of summer onto my vitamin-D soaked skin.

I’m taking advantage of weekend festivals and farmer’s markets.
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We’re eating shave ice and watermelon for lunch.
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We got a dog!
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Because what says summer more than taking your dog to the river to make friends?
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We are totally in love with Britta! She was a stray, in line for euthanasia before an absolutely lovely woman introduced us. If you’re even thinking of adopting a dog, I’d highly recommend driving over to Corvalis and visiting the MT Companion Animal Network.

I know that fall can be lovely,
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but I’m just not ready to give this up!
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How are you feeling about the end of summer?

Hump Day

It’s no secret that I read a lot of blogs.

Like, a lot.

Like, opening Google Reader after a vacation is pretty scary.

I just like to learn! And I’m fascinated with other peoples’ lives. And people take extraordinary pictures.

One of my favorite blogs is dig this chick.  And some of my favorite posts of Nici’s are Hump Day Nuggets.  Little nuggets from the past week.  A lovely collection of photos and snippets of stories.

I’ve always wanted to copy this style, but never felt like it would be right for me to do so.  It’s so uniquely Nici’s voice!  Recently, though, she began encouraging other bloggers to adopt her crazy awesome Nuggets, and I may have squealed a little bit.  No big deal.

So, here are my nuggets from the past week or so…

Our garden is finally–finally–blooming!
Basil
Basil–used in homemade tomato sauce just last night

Garlic
Garlic, curing in the sun before I will eventually roast some in the oven

Baby Eggplant
Zucchini
Baby eggplant and zucchini peeking through the leaves

Green Tomatoes
I didn’t get pictures of the red tomatoes, because we eat them as fast as they ripen. Oh mama, they’re good!

Edible Broccoli Flowers
Have you ever eaten broccoli flowers? I hadn’t either, and now I’m contemplating letting all the broccoli go to bloom.  Eating flowers is fun.

Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken getting smoky and juicy next to corn on the grill.

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Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that turned into ice cream sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwich
Don’t worry, that post is coming soon

Coils & Feathers
I fell in love with my friend Jayann’s earrings. Fortunately, she sells them at the Farmers Market

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Did you catch the Oula Flash Mob on Saturday?! It’s one of my life’s goals to be part of a flash mob someday.

Lovely little nuggets. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with them every Wednesday, but I am pleased I get to share them with you today.

What are your favorite moments/memories from the past week?

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Skillsets

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Yep.

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Yep.  Mmmhmm.

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Yeah.

I’ve made cakes before. Delicious, moist, fluffy cakes. Sometimes with frosting, sometimes glaze, sometimes with just a dusting of powdered sugar.
But I’ve never made a layer cake.  And we all know that presentation isn’t my strong suit.

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I’ve always wanted to do it–try my hand at making things look as pretty as they are delicious.
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I’m getting better at it, but when it matters, when all the money’s on the table, I call in the master.

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The man with a vision (and that whole spatial-awareness thing that I never got).

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The man who can freehand the Bat Signal.

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The man who can take my lopsided, haphazardly frosted (but delicious) cake wreck and turn it into art.

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So that when it matters,

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When it’s important,

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No one remembers that it tilted to one side.

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They remember the sweet Batman cake. And the even sweeter birthday boy.

Thanks for working on Father’s day, Nick. You make Batman proud.

Catch Up

Hello!

Oh my gosh, it’s been so long!

You *look* fantastic!
*I can’t really see you, but knowing you, I can assume.

What have I been up to?  Oh geez, where do I start?

Well, we’ve been moving.  And that’s seriously hectic.
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Have you ever moved?  I swear things start appearing.  Literally materializing out of thin air!  You think you know how much stuff you have until you try to move from one house to another.  Just as soon as I thought we were close to being done, I’d open a closet or a cupboard and have another carload of stuff.  Plus, if I ever have to scrub walls again, I may die.

And then of course, because moving isn’t epic enough, *my* babies all graduated.
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*In full disclosure, only one of those “babies” are mine. And one of them only graduated kindergarten this year.

*Also, Nick is rolling his eyes. I can feel it. It’s cool. 

And that’s been mixed in with working, rehearsing, performing yadda yadda yadda.

But it’s great.  All of it.  I can’t believe how lucky I am.  How awesome our friends and family are.  I’m never hesitant to say that I’m loving life, but there are times when it’s truer, more real.  This is definitely one of those times.

What about you?  What have you been up to lately?  I’d love to hear from you, and let’s promise to meet like this more often!

See you soon?

Exciting Stuff Indeed

I really do mean to post with some kind of regularity, so I apologize for disappearing. I promise that soon I will post more often.

It’s just that, things have been happening.  Exciting things.  Like, big, awesome, things.

We’re moving!

Before you freak out, we’re staying in Missoula.  I’m not sure we’d ever choose to leave this town.  But we’re moving into a house.  With a yard.  And a garage.  And wood floors.  And the dryer won’t be in the kitchen!
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See? Only the dryer is in there. The washer is in another part of the apartment. Ridiculous, no?

We are super excited, but it’s going to be a big change. We’ve lived in our apartment for over six years. Six years of good neighbors.  Bad neighbors. People walking over head. Parties. Car alarms.  Pregnancy.  First steps.  Bike rides.  No kids our son’s age. Lots of kids our son’s age.

It will involve a change of schools.  Leaving the Northside neighborhood we’ve grown to love so much.  Trying to pack up six years worth of stuff and moving it across town.

But it will also involve exploring a new neighborhood.  A yard with a fence!  A garden!!  A big trampoline!!! (Be still, my dancer’s heart!)  Getting used to a new oven.  Backyard bbqs.  Mowing grass, for the first time ever.

All the amazing things that are involved with moving your things, your heart, your sense of home into a new space, and making that place your heart, your home.

It’s scary.

It’s exciting.

It’s stressful.

It makes me feel like a kid.

I can’t wait.

Be patient with me while I sort through our life and pack it into boxes.  I can’t promise that I’ll post much during the next few weeks, but I can promise to take lots of pictures, and check in with you now and then.  Because you know you’re coming with me, right?  I promise, it’s going to be great.  You’ll like it.

There’s a trampoline.

Content

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That’s not me. But that’s how I felt all weekend.

You see, Farmer’s Market is back. And it was Brew Fest.

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I don’t drink beer (still. Shocking, I know), but I got to people watch,

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and dog watch,
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and kayak watch.
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I got to hear about everybody’s most/least favorite beers.
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And we stumbled upon a festival. Totally at random!
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In short, it’s that time of year in Missoula.

And I am happy.