Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
We’re linking up these fab thrifty finds with the fun over at Apron Thrift Girl and Hey What's For Dinner Mom.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Pretty much every morning I start my day with a smoothie. Now my version of a smoothie is super thick. I like to eat it with a spoon and not drink it. I find it way more satisfying. I also sometimes do one in the evening as a dessert if I want something to snack on after dinner. I really love the combo of pumpkin and banana together, it makes a thick and creamy texture just like soft serve. I’m trying to limit my sugar so I probably wouldn’t have this everyday, because bananas are a little on the high side sugar wise. You could omit the banana though and I bet it would still be good, or just use half a banana. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, free from refined sugars and full of vitamins and protein.
*I use a wide mouth mason jar to make my smoothies in. It just screws right on to the base of a blender in place of the pitcher and makes for less clean up since I eat it right out of the jar.
Pumpkin Power Smoothie
1/2 can pumpkin puree (not pie filling, just the pumpkin) frozen
1 banana frozen
1 c. So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate flavored
1 scoop protein powder- I use Chocolite
1 big handful baby spinach, stems removed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
Place your ingredients in the jar and blend for a few minutes until everything in pureed and smooth. Enjoy your power packed smoothie!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Our friends at Open Grain Woodwork are having a very exciting call for ideas contest that we wanted to share with the D.I.Y. Louisville community. If you’ve ever had a great idea for a child’s toy or home décor item made from wood, but lacked the skills (or tools) to implement that idea, this is a great opportunity for you to share your idea(s) with a local, eco-conscious company and possibly win the chance to see that idea come to life.
If your idea is chosen, you will be given one of the winning products once it has made it through production. AND, as if that isn’t just plain awesome in and of itself, the top twenty (20!) local runner-ups will win a domestic tree ready for planting provided by Tower View Farms. (Non-local runner-ups will have the tree planted on their behalf.)
Here are the official details provided by Open Grain Woodwork:
We’ve just recently launched our second official Open Grain Woodwork contest for our Sapling Collection. All you have to do is think of a great product to implement into our Sapling Collection: Children’s Toys & Home Décor and simply email the Grain Guy himself your idea and drawing (firstname.lastname@example.org.) We ask that you make all entries as detailed as possible with a drawing or quick sketch to help us make the best decision.This contest ends on the last day of February and the winner will be announced March 9th. The lucky winner will go on to have his or her idea pushed into production for our Sapling Collection and once completed will be given to the winner free of charge.But we’ve always believed that every participant should be rewarded, after all, it’s not just the winner, but everyone that ends up helping out. So we’re partnering up with Tower View Farms so that the top twenty runner-ups that submit their ideas alongside their sketches or drawings (no matter how big or how small) will have a domestic tree native to our area at the shop waiting for them and ready to be planted.Now that all of our fans and customers are cranking their craniums, we are working hard to get our Sapling Collection’s next big project off the ground. Coming soon we will be able to present various themed clocks that are sure to add a great aesthetic touch to your little one’s bedroom. So get involved with our Sapling Collection contest and be involved with Open Grain Woodwork today to help us create a better home and environment for our Louisville Community.
Read on to learn more about Open Grain Woodwork:
What type of art do you make and when did you get your start?
I like to describe our creations as highly functional and innovative wood art. In all shapes and sizes. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, signage, jewelry boxes, pens, household items, displays, and children’s décor and toys.
I’ve had the desire and ambition to create starting as a child. My first outlet was drawing in mediums such as charcoal and water colors. I always participated and took advantage of every learning opportunity available throughout my education as a child and adult. While in college I supported myself remodeling homes and felt artistic gratification through my work. This period of my life gave me the foundation I needed and opened my eyes to a new and unending world of art; Wood.
What makes you D.I.Y.?
Wood never dies. It will forever change shape and size with the changes of climate,seasons, humidity, and geographic location. I think what makes us D.I.Y. is that we bring our ideas to life with “these two hands.” Also, the years invested in education and resources that bring it all together. Since wood is stronger than we are, every design provides its own list of challenges and obstacles of how to create a piece that will withstand daily use, wood movement, and the test of time.
How does your business impact Louisville?
We are a small, locally owned business that is dedicated to developing relationships and resources in our community that allows us to incorporate a wide range of mediums into our products. Many of our pieces utilize skilled glass, stone, and hardware experts to fulfill the vision of our unique products.
Whenever possible, we use local saw mills and display the beauty of domestic woods found right here such as cherry, walnut, coffee tree, and oak. Aside from doing our part to support local artisans and economy, we offer our community the opportunity to have a dream and see it come to life. We also provide production pieces for those who don’t want ordinary and strive for extraordinary furnishings and décor for their home.
What are you currently working on?
I have had two major inspirations to drive me to focus on production pieces. The first, my two beautiful daughters have motivated our Sapling Collection. Nothing makes me happier than creating for my children. Being concerned about the health and development of my loved ones and the planet has sparked the creation of wooden décor and toys that are fabricated and finished with child and environmentally safe products. We plan to introduce at least one new product to the collection each month and are currently moving forward with production of various themed clocks.
Secondly, the Greene Brothers from Pasadena,California Circa 1900. Accompanied by the craftsmanship of the Hall Brothers,they were able to produce some of the most sought after pieces of their generation and ours. With a style of their own they have been commissioned by families such as the Gambles from Procter & Gamble, and with most of their work in the hand of collectors and museums. Their work has inspired a home collection currently in design.
What is your favorite thing about running your business?My favorite thing about this business is I come to work and put myself in a great environment filled with great people. We get to share ideas, feed off one another, and depend on each other. It’s really awesome to walk in and utilize everyone's strengths to produce invaluable works of art. I also get to work alongside my wonderful wife, who is the master mind behind many of our works, and is tremendously supportive of my passion.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
The most challenging aspect of my work is picking one thing and seeing through to completion. With so many good ideas, areas of education, and tool refinement,you can never just pick one. We have to put many irons in the fire and coordinate amongst each other the most efficient processes in order to reach completion.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/business owners?
“Go With Your Gut.” Every day, as a business owner and artist, you are faced with obstacles and there are always numerous ways to handle it. Be sure to pick one immediately and don’t look back. No one is perfect and we make mistakes. The trick is fixing your mistakes, learning from your errors, and turning your obstacle into an opportunity. Therefore, you won’t waste valuable time making those decisions and won’t be scared to make a mistake.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I’m jumping on board with Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet for her clean eating challenge. I really had already started doing this (I’m on day three) when I saw her challenge. I have chosen to give up caffeine, sugar, dairy and processed foods, I do eat some low sugar fruits still, in moderation. My reason is I was feeling terrible. Even though I had been losing weight steadily on Weight Watchers I was to a point where I was eating a lot of overly processed “junk” food disguised as healthy and getting all of my energy from mass amounts of coffee and diet soda. My skin was starting to break out and my stomach felt awful, I had no real energy. So I decided to make myself feel better by feeding myself clean, whole foods. Danielle has a lot of ideas for versions of clean eating that you can check out here and she is doing a Twitter follow a long so you can keep up with everybody there just tag @danihampton #SScleaneating.
Here’s an idea of what my days look like so far.
Breakfast: smoothie made with unsweetened coconut milk, berries, amazing grass and protein powder(all natural, no added sugar)
Lunch- tuna, steamed Kale with tomatoes
Snack- either a slice of Ezekial bread with 1 tbs natural unsalted nut butter or organic celery with nut butter.
Dinner- lean protein, green veggies
dessert- another smoothie
Are you going to take the Clean Eating Challenge?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I wore this to the last D.I.Y. Louisville Meet Up. I have to admit lately it’s been one of the few occasions where I’m not wearing a t-shirt, cardigan, jeans and converse. I work at a preschool and cute dresses and shoes don’t so much mix. I’m trying to make the effort to look cute at least once a week though, so doing this post helps. This is what I wore:
Boots- Steve Madden
Coat- vintage, thrifted
We're linking up with the What I Wore Wednesday fun over at The Pleated Poppy.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Did you score any awesome finds this weekend?
We're showing off our thrifty finds and linking up this week with Apron Thrift Girl.
Monday, January 23, 2012
So, Instagrams. I love them. I keep trying to peer pressure Kim into buying a new phone just so she can play along. Don’t you think she totally should?
I know people follow each other on Instagram, but I have all of my stuff set to private, and just share a few pictures here each week. Because - I’m not going to lie about it - I take a bunch of really crappy, useless pictures no one would vaguely be interested in seeing. (Unless, maybe you are interested in seeing fifty pictures of my lazy dog each week…?)
What we have up there is me waiting in the rain for my hubs, Valentine crafts from the Target $1-spot (love!), eating apples while playing Apples to Apples (completely coincidental! also, our new favorite game), and me doing my best Feed Me Seymour imitation with pistachios. C’mon, cracked pistachios totally look like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, am I right?
I hope your weekend was lovely! If you blog your weekend in pictures, leave us a link in the comments. I would love to check it out!
PS - I'm linking up to the Instagram fun over at Life Rearranged.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Every year for Christmas my aunt gives us a large box of pears. I love these so much and my mouth starts watering in anticipation of them in early December. There are many great things you can do with pears, sure, but we mainly eat them straight-up or add them to a few of our basic favorite foods.
This, however, is my favorite way to eat them. It might just be a wee streeeeeeetch to call this a sundae, but I promise if you close your eyes and let your taste buds take over, you will forget this sweet dish is a healthy, no-sugar-added snack. Ripe pears add natural melt-in-your-mouth sweetness, and the cottage cheese packs a low-fat, high-protein punch. You can also substitute with Greek yogurt.
Healthy Pear Sundae
1 fresh diced pear
1/3 cup cottage cheese
1 sprinkle of cinnamon
Layer in a cool retro goblet and enjoy!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This week we started altered journals as one of our ongoing D.I.Y. Louisville group projects.
I love how different our styles and inspirations are.
If you would like to join us for a D.I.Y. night, we encourage you to bring along a journal or purchase one from us. You may bring your own supplies or we will have supplies on hand that you can use to create your own journal pages.
If altered journals isn’t your thing, no worries. This is an optional project, and you are more than welcome to join us and bring along a different project to work on during the evening.
Don’t forget to check out our EVENTS page for details on this and many more upcoming activities.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I’ve been meaning to get around to showing off Iris’ bedroom for a while and this weekend we did a big clean in there and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take some pictures. We did her room on the super cheap. The most expensive item purchased being the paint for the walls. I thrifted most everything or crafted it from thrifted materials. The finished product was a room most fitting for my crafty, somewhat eccentric little seven year old. She loves it and I feel super proud every time I go in there.
Her bed was purchased many years ago from believe it or not Kmart The pillows and pillow shams are thrifted, except the patchwork one, which is handmade by me, from a charm pack that was given to me. The quilt is one that my grandmother made me when I was around Iris’ age. The bunting is handmade from scraps of fabric and vintage sheets.
This is her desk area. The desk is a cheap one from Target. The chair is a vintage office chair bought from the Peddlar’s Mall for 9.99. I recovered it in a vintage sheet that was thrifted.
Her bookcase area. I hung a shelf above it to hold all of her handmade stuffed toys. From left to right; doll from Mexico, mini teddy bear from craft show, monster stuffie handmade by me, crochet duck from craft show, bunny handmade by me, monster stuffie handmade by me, little orange bear handmade by me, sock dog handmade by me, giraffe craft show, blue squirrel from husbands childhood, sock guy bought in Gatlinburg. Lower shelf; monkey, pig and cat all handmade by me. Gumball machine handmade.
The window seat. Everything was made from vintage sheets and repurposed foam.
The door is painted with chalkboard paint on the panels and the girl is a vintage print that I thrifted for .99.
Her dresser has a vintage canister set that was picked up at a yardsale. It holds all of her little toys and trinkets. The print was thrifted, again for .99.
I hope you enjoyed these little peeks into Iris’ bedroom. I’m going to try and get some of the boy’s room next. The sad part is we’ve been in our house 4.5 years and we’ve only done two rooms. Sigh. Someday.