Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This & That & The Other

I've been toiling away the past two weeks, folding, folding, folding and folding...books. Ok, it hasn't really been like toil at all, quite the opposite. I'm making these Anthropologie-style decorations and I can't wait to see how they'll look in the window of The Best Book Store Ever. I'll be heading down thataway on Monday, woohoo! I'm also excited to be doing a little thrifting while I'm at it and I promise to regale you with my exploits via Instagram and Facebook.

Meanwhile, I'm working on getting the Etsy shop filled with goodies aaaand some DIY stuff is brewing. During breaks from folding books (my manicure suffers, lawdy me!) I'm:

1. Blowing up balloons for this project (gotta love Martha)
2. Sorting buttons (I have a bajillion and it just needs to happen)
3. Cooking. Dammit, I forgot to take pictures AGAIN. I baked a chicken and all I did was chop up some rutabega, carrot, baby red potatoes and onions, lay the chicken on that good stuff, throw a little salt & pepper on it and shove it all in a paper sack sprayed with pan spray and bake it a while, and damn if the juices weren't so good I wanted to sip them like a fine wine. I have only ever done turkey in a paper bag but I will be most definitely saving those bags up for the all the roast chickens in our future. Not really sure why I didn't do it sooner.
4. Taking the dog out like every five minutes and designing a diaper that he won't be able to weasel his way out of (he's old and becoming incontinent and $20 is too much to pay for a diaper especially when you have to change it several times a day and yes, my dog wears diapers ok don't judge me.)
5. Putting up Christmas stuff already. What?! I need to take some Christmas-y pictures of stuff and it had to be done, son.

May your days be filled with lots of creativity and DIY and whatever floats your boat.
xo,
Anna


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Now Hear This! Maurice Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole

So I was cleaning the stove today and whilst I had the top up (you did know it does that right?) there was an explosion of thunder so immense I about lost my bladder. The dogs both launched themselves from the couch and are now attached to my bum while I attempt to put a chicken in the oven. You know how it is when they try to insert themselves into your person by osmosis, right? I'm lucky I haven't stepped on them so far.

Anyhoo! 

I just LOVE a good storm, don't you? It's been raining sheets today and I find it hugely entertaining! I remembered when listening to Pandora the other day that this lovely piece by Ravel would go perfect with the general mood of the day, in fact, it's very Hallowe'en-y with a bit of Spanish flair thrown in for good measure. At any rate, if you've an imagination like I do, a very thrilling story will show itself to you if you give it a listen. A thrilling and scary adventure, a game of cat-and-mouse, and about eleven minutes in, I envision a ballroom scene with dancers performing. Call me weird, that's just what I see in my mind's eye. 

What do you see?
xo,
Anna

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In the Pink

I painted my accent wall pink. Yep. I was going to post this earlier this week, but I was trying to make it look PERFECT for blogland. Though today is Thursday already and I figured if I didn't get it on here now, this post would fall by the wayside and I'm really trying to get at least ONE post out every week. So! Here it is, flash photography an' all. (It's rather dark this week what with the rain coming back.) Take a lookie:
I finished putting up pictures! On one wall! Ahem.

So, I was going to keep it all black-frames, but then the round bird picture and the botanical print and the brass mirror were like, "can we come to the party on your wall?" and I was like "why not?" and they were like, "cool!" so how could I say no?
When I said I finished the pictures though, what I meant was finished them for the moment, because you never know when you're going to have to add here and there, amiright?  In fact, there are some other pretties waiting in the wings, but I kind of want to add a gold accent to the accent wall first. I'm all about excess. Actually what I'm all about is what makes me happy, and pink and gold = happy.

Like this (only with paint instead of contact paper):
Found here

Or this:
Found here

It's almost a combination of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris. Ooh, it just gave me a little frisson! It must be the thing. We shall see.

Ack! On a side note; have you ever popped over to dictionary.com to check the spelling of something in your blog post or other bit of writing? Did you think you were hearing voices because some idiotic advertisement on the dictionary website starts playing and it's someone whispering and it scares the bejeezus out of you? No? Just checking.

Anyhoo, that's all for now. By the way, there were some AMAZING Harvest/Halloween-y recipes over on The House That Lars Built that I'll be trying out this weekend. I love a good roasted root vegetable. You should check it out!
xo,
Anna