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A Big, Fat Lovefest

The trifecta of happiness. Rain, books, popcorn. I’m blaming that on today’s effusion of love for random smattering of things I love right now.


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I am just about to sit down to browse through Ree Drummond’s new cookbook Food From My Frontier. Most people know who Ree is by now, but every once in a while I come across someone who hasn’t heard of her and I am more than prepared to gush.

Four words. Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn.

You are welcome. I’m not sure I have much more to add beyond that. Besides, I’m too busy eating shoveling it into my mouth.

Oh, and make extra. You’ll thank me later.

I love having a bathroom downstairs again. Moose and I keep forgetting and go all the way upstairs. It’s, dare I say, exciting! This project was a long time coming! And, although I haven’t posted on all the finishing touches yet (I’m so far behind on blogging people, you don’t even know), I love the mirror we got! I love HomeGoods too. One more for the list.

I’m probably preaching to the choir, but I love Kelle Hampton‘s blog Enjoying the Small Things. Regardless if I’m having a good day or a bad day, it makes my day even better. I read a lot of blogs; my RSS feed runneth over. There are a handful of blogs I check regularly, but many sit in my Google Reader account until I have a free evening to peruse them all. But not Kelle’s blog.  She’s the kind of person who loses her headband in a tree trying to take a picture of a sunset – I love it. And her running playlist (available at the bottom) is pretty great too.

(She also recently published her first book, Bloom. I’m looking forward to reading it!)

I won’t lie. In this house, Hootie and the Blowfish make their musical appearance pretty regularly. I (still) love Hootie.

In case you didn’t see me blabbing about it on Twitter, last weekend we went to the “Own the Night” tour starring Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker (aka modern-day Hootie) and Thompson Square. I may or may not have held my hands up in a giant “H” and yelled Hootie 14 or 17 times.

And Lady A is pretty cool too. (Not that Thompson Square isn’t, but we only caught the last half of their last song.)

All right, that cookbook is really calling my name now.

Happy Friday!

What do YOU love?

Holy Moly Art

FIRST, Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

I hope your weekend is filled with lots of non-laborious activities.

(Also, Happy Birthday Dad!)

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After seeing some greeting cards based on a similar premise, this idea of pushpin (or thumbtack if you prefer) art was born.

During a major session of magazine reading, I came across a pictures of a woman’s office. She had a poster on her wall that said “Ode to the Joy of Life” on it. I ripped it out and saved it (as we all did in the pre-Pinterest days). I’ve been saving it for years, but as soon as I was thinking about my pushpin idea I knew I wanted to use that phrase. And a project was born.

To start, I put together the letters in Adobe Illustrator. I knew I wanted a font with accentuated fat and thin sections to emphasize the pin holes (this is RiotSquad, for any other typophiles out there).  I reversed the text and turned the opacity levels down to 10% (or you could just print a light gray color). I printed it on white cardstock.

(Sorry for the wonky shadows. It’s that pesky dining room chandelier again.)

Then I grabbed a…. wait for it… pushpin.

You may not recognize it. It’s a highly unusual and expensive tool.

To begin, I used the complicated technique of poking through the paper. I outlined the letter first and then filled the inside.

It took a little while to determine the proper depth as the pinhole grows in size in accordance to the pin.

And that’s all there is to it. I wouldn’t plan on finishing this project in one night. Your hands start to cramp. It’s a good leave-near-the-tv-and-work-on-it-aimlessly kind of project.

My only advice?

1. Be gentle. You can tear through the paper in the delicate parts.

2. Don’t use a death grip on the paper. You will wrinkle it. (If I was to do this again, I might put a piece of cardboard underneath so I wasn’t holding it so tightly and the pin could push through into the cardboard.)

Now I just need to decide how to display it.

It could be cool with a bright colored paper behind it. It’s also fun to hold it up to a light and let all the light come through the holes.

Only time with tell.

Project Cost: I will round up to 5 cents.

Have you tried pushpin art before? Can you think of a less expensive project tool?

Food for Thought

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

 

— Chuck Swindoll

 

My parents had this taped up on our fridge while I was growing up.

I will never forget it.