Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Comfort Food

Yesterday was a pretty foggy day...which made it a perfect day for some comfort food.  When I think of comfort foods...I'm thinking: Warm, toasty and cheesy!  Well, you get all that in this Susan Branch's "Potato Bugs" recipe.  

My cousins and I modified the recipe a little by using cream cheese which was already flavored with garlic and parsley (to skip the step where we'd add those); and we cooked the shrimp on the stove-top with the green onions (to cut down on the oven time).  'Cause we're lazy like that...

Anyway, it was Yum, yum!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lavender Sachets

Today, I'm showing off what my Mom made. So, awhile back I bought these lavender sachets:

I found the scent to be too strong for the dresser drawers so I decided to make some sachets to split the contents and reduce the scent.

I thought it was a simple task...but since the last time I used a sewing machine was back in high school for a "Family Studies" course...I had forgotten how to insert the bobbin properly...and I also managed to jam the needle to the point that it was stuck in the sewing machine...

This is when I did what I always do when I'm in any kind of trouble...I went to get help from my Mommy.

Needless to say, she helped me fix the sewing machine and also made these pouches for me:

Thanks Mom!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cassowaries and other Creatures

Oasis HD has some of the most interesting and fascinating creatures I've ever seen.  It's an amazing commercial-free channel completely devoted to all aspects of nature.  The bird on the bottom image is one of the Birds of Paradise in New Guinea.  It does some strange moves with its body; and the inside of its mouth is florescent green!  You gotta love nature!

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hoppy Easter

More about the "Thank You" tag here.
More on creating a meaningful gift basket here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bright and Sunny

Brightly colored yellow flowers help to bring an element of sunshine right into your home!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creating a Sanctuary

Dr. Weil's advice on how to create your home sanctuary:

Creating a Sanctuary

Your home - whether big, small, or somewhere in between - should be your sanctuary, a place where stress is left at the door and your soul is nurtured. For a more comforting environment, gradually implement the following changes into your home:
  • Bring the outdoors in. Cut flowers and blooming bulbs, or pieces of wood, rocks and other natural elements can create a feeling of nature indoors.
  • Bring green plants into your home, especially varieties that filter indoor pollutants. According to the Foliage for Clean Air Council, these include Gerbera daisies, Boston ferns, English ivy, chrysanthemums, Areca palms, spider plants and golden pothos. The Council recommends having two plants for every 100 square feet.
  • Paint a room to correlate with how you want to feel while in that room. For instance, blue and green promote a relaxed feeling and may be good for the bedroom.
  • Surround your senses with beauty. Artwork, fragrance, smooth textures and calming sounds all provide a pleasant environment in which to relax.
  • Set aside a room or area for peace and calm. A place for spiritual reflection and meditation can provide shelter from noise and distraction.
  • Clean out the clutter. A low-maintenance home is refreshing after a day of hectic meetings, errands and chores. Fewer items can mean less frustration.
  • Create an atmosphere of love. Display handmade or meaningful gifts from loved ones and photos of family and friends.
  • Allow natural light to flow into your home. To take advantage of the sun's cycle without heating up your home, hang linen curtains (organic cotton, if possible) on windows that face north or south. If you have a nice garden or view from a window or two, keep those windows uncovered as much as possible when you are home. Read a book instead of watching television, or listen to music. If you desire or enjoy background noise, consider installing a small fountain to provide a soothing hum.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vintage Art

I have compiled a list of websites with vintage artwork below.  These are websites with free printable vintage art:

The Lilac Garden
The Vintage Moth
Scientific Illustration

 What do you think of these links? Were they useful? Should I remove any or add any? Your input is much appreciated. Thanks! 

Lilac by Pierre-Joseph Redoute

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