Showing posts from July, 2013

Good For You, Good For The Home—Pillow Boxes

Repurposed, reused, recycled...toilet paper rolls!

Part of the fun of gift giving is how you wrap it.  I love the idea of reusing toilet paper rolls as cord holders and seed pots, but I hadn't seen this clever idea for using them as pillow boxes.

I made one up in under 5 minutes with a little rafia and some clear tape.  I don't know what I'll do with it, but I wanted to see if it was really that easy to make a pillow box out of a toilet paper roll...and it is!

Fancy them up by wrapping them in pretty origami or wrapping paper before you make the box.  Use stickers & scraps of jute or any kind of twine to give your boxes a personal touch.  Personally, I like the minimalist look and the neutral colors of these little boxes.  If I wanted to spend a few more minutes on them, I could iron the kinks out of the neat off-white cotton ties that I've saved from West Elm and Pottery Barn linen purchases.  It would be a nicely themed way to tie up these cute repurposed tp roll…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

On my list of finalists for this year's birthday cake

Around this time every year, I start to think about my September birthday.  Birthdays are a big deal to me, and I think that they should be celebrated.  What better way than with a fab cake?!
This one is...TO DIE FOR!!  
I found it on Pinterest by cookbook hoarder & cat kisser, Reeni Pisano, from her food blog, Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (24 October 2011).
Thank you, Reeni!


Ingredients 3 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 1½ cups brown sugar 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 cup fresh shredded apples, use large holes box grater ¾ cup jarred caramel dessert sauce or dulce de leche, plus more to drizzle over top 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs 1½ cups buttermilk
Frosting 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 + 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanil…

Monday—The Pronunciation Corner

Seriously, it's Nev-Ăd-uh, not Nev-aw-duh

From one of my favorite YouTube vlogs, Mental Floss

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Host, John Green, talks about 79 Common Mispronunciations

Sunday—Have a Salsa Week

Dance on!

I just love dancing.:::USAIN BOLT, FASTEST MAN EVER

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.  :::T.S. ELIOT, POET & PLAYWRIGHT

Dancing is bigger than the physical body.  Think bigger than that.  When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers because you're dancing bigger than that.  You're dancing spirit.  :::JUDITH JAMISON, AMERICAN DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER

Mathematics was hard, dull work.  Geography pleased me more.  For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.  :::JOHN JAMES AUDOBON, ORNITHOLOGIST & NATURALIST

Well, number one I like dancing.  Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before.  I always wanted to, and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot.  :::EVANDER HOLYFIELD, HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP

The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing 'til the last moment, the last drop.   :::RUDOLF NUREY…

tHe sATurDAy SToRe—Aesop's Fables by Mary Godolphin ©1882

Aesop's Fables For Little Folks in Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin (Illustrated), ©1882; published by George Routledge & Sons: New York.  Hardcover.
This beautiful old book is 131 years old!  Written under the pseudonym, Mary Godolphin, by Unitarian writer, Lucy Aikin.

Price:  $100 (free shipping)
Condition:  Acceptable
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Click HERE for the same book for sale on Amazon ($100).  This looks just like the book I have.
Click HERE for a link to this title published in 1893 by a different publisher_Blackwell's Rare Books ABA ILAB BA_Oxford, OXF, United Kingdom ($143.76)

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery: Oregon

Catching up with pix from my trip to Bend, Oregon

All of these pix were taken with an iPhone4_post-processing in Lightroom_CS5 & CS3

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Thursday Mini-Post: Photo-Luminescent Fashion

Fashion of the future...more art than runway

From fashion designer, Ying Gao, these amazing techno-dresses with eye-tracking technology respond to the viewer's gaze while built-in robotics slowly move the material in the dress.  Photo-luminescent threads in the fabric provide the illumination.

Click HERE to go to see Ying Gao's other amazing creations

Check out this vid on Vimeo to see the dresses in action

(no)where(now)here : 2 gaze-activated dresses by ying gao from ying gao on Vimeo.

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for Your Hair

This could be useful!

Okay, this is interesting...Morninghead

Click HERE to see how it works

It's a shower cap, it's a washcloth, it's a great way to fix unruly hair!  And, it's cheap.  $10 for 2 caps

Obviously invented by guys who needed to rinse their heads in the sink, there are other practical uses to consider.

Wash Your Cat
I would use this to clean my cat.  Just snip the elastic to even out the fabic, and you've got a fast & easy way to wipe the dirt and dander off of your kitty friend.  Start at the face and quickly work your way down her sides and back.  No mess and fast!  This would be especially helpful for older senior cats who have a hard time grooming their fur.

Cool Your Dog
Dogs have no sweat glands, so they can overheat pretty quickly.  Give your doggerz a cool rubdown on hot summer days.  Take one to the park and on long walks.

Easy to pack & they take up practically no room!  These would be very useful on family car trips.  At a rest sto…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Masala Chai Tea with Chai Ice Cubes

From Pinterest

Iced for summer or steaming hot for the cooler months, there is nothing as soothing as a cup of masala ("mixed spices") chai ("tea").

Original recipe from Will Cook For Friends by Willow

Chai Iced Tea Cubes (Homemade Chai Tea) Makes about 2 cups (gluten-free, easily made vegan)
2 1/2 cups water
1 whole star anise
1 whole cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves
4-5 whole black peppercorns
4-5 cardamom pods, cracked
2-3 thin shavings of fresh ginger root (I used a vegetable peeler)
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP turbinado sugar (or sucanat, or light brown sugar)
3-4 TBSP loose leaf black tea (or 4-5 tea bags)

For serving: 4-5 cups whole or low-fat milk (or your favorite vegan alternative - coconut would be nice!)

1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the water, whole spices, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let steep anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how strong you like the spices.

2.   Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the tea, remove f…

Monday ♔ Royal Baby Special ♔

For the royal watchers...

Has the royal baby crowned?  I dunno, but here are a couple of good links if you are following the action.

♔  Join fans waiting outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital >LIVE FEED

♔  Stay tuned for the official announcement from >Clarence House on twitter

♔  Updates by BBC Royal Correspondent >Peter Hunt on twitter

♔  LIVE FEED from Buckingham Palace> where the official announcement will be posted  (CNN)

Sunday—One Hundred Days

Setting a 100-day goal

One hundred days from today is Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  It will be the 330th day in the 48th week of the year.  Thanksgiving will be two days away.  What will you be doing?  Where will you be?

Emma Rogan's 100 Days Project focuses on the creative process and a readiness to work toward a goal.  It is a method for breaking through procrastination and creative stagnation.  And, it's simple:

One thing.  Every day.  x100.

"Good things will come from the rigorous repetition of a process or idea over the 100 days."  ~100 Days Project

The same concept can also work when it is framed as a personal growth project or a happiness project or a healthy living project or even a home improvement project.  Try something new for 100 days.

Do one completely positive thing every day for 100 days.
Organize your home for 100 days.
Read books for 100 days.
Write your novel for 100 days.
100 daily photos.
Exercise for 45 minutes every day for 100 days.
Eat hea…

tHe sATurDAy sToRE—Vintage Vegas Vick Mailing Labels

These were tucked into my gramma Pearle's cookbook

I have 22 of these neat little packaging labels!  They are similar to some I found on Ebay, except that these do not have the Hotel El Rancho script.  I found them in a very old undated cookbook, so it's hard to give them a date.  Matching postcards date from before 1952.  The scripted labels are later, circa 1950's.  
Measurements:  5"W x 3"H
Price:  $5 each (free shipping) in VG condition; $3 each (free shipping) in G condition
Condition:  VERY GOOD to GOOD_Minimal creasing on 7 labels_1 has red ink in the bottom right corner
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Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

My pix from this week_done in Lightroom & CS3 + CS5

Thursday Mini-Post: Cool Critters

Photos by Richard Austin 

Click HERE to see Richard's amazing pix of animals cooling off

Good For You, Good For the Home—FlipFOLD® Laundry Folder

For fans of The Big Bang Theory

Here it is!  The cool folding board that Sheldon uses when he folds his shirts.

Available on sale for $19.99 (regularly $24.99) on The Container Store website

Tuesday's Cupboard—Orecchiette con Broccoli

How broccoli led to true love...

I saw this pin on Pinterest and went to the blog to check out the recipe.  I'm glad I did because there is a lovely, romantic story behind it.

It is the kind of story that transforms good writing into joyful reading.  Congrats & thank you to food blogger Emiko Davies!

Click HERE to read it on Emiko's blog

The ingredients are simple:

•  fresh broccoli, chopped
•  1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic, squashed in the skin or peeled & chopped
•  1/2 fresh lemon
•  orecchiette pasta (little saucer-shaped pasta)
•  grated Pecorino cheese
•  EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
•  kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Sauté chopped broccoli in a swirl of olive oil with a clove or two of chopped garlic & a pinch of dried chilies.  Sauté just until the broccoli is bright green & slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes.  Season with kosher salt to taste.  Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to enhance flavors.  Stir & set aside.  

Cook the pasta in a pot o…

Monday—The Movie Corner: Saving Mr. Banks

The real life making of Mary Poppins starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney & Emma Thompson as author, P.L. Travers

Something to look forward to this Christmas...Release date December 20, 2013

Also starring Colin Ferrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman (from Bored to Death) & BJ Novak.  Looks great!

Sunday—Have An Aloha Week

Anytime is a good time for Aloha

~~ ❀ AlohaWishes✿ ~~

May every day be tropical 

May every day be like a day at the beach

May every be like your first day in Hawai'i

May every day be full of wonder

May every day be pink umbrellas

~ ✿ ~  Aloha~  ❀ ~

tHe sATurDAy SToRe—Nevada Magazine Official Centennial Issue 1964

Nevada Magazine Official Centennial Issue 1864 - 1964

Charles R. Bell, Editor & Publisher
This is packed full of awesome Nevada articles, ads & pix, including some interesting photos from the Nevada Test Site.  Gotta love the Anderson Dairy ad on Page 165 showing a beauty queen standing on top of a station wagon /parade float.  Tons of interesting content more than make up for the minor condition notes (a page is missing, plus there are 2 missing clippings).    
Price:  $15 (free shipping)
Condition:  Acceptable (close enough)
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Friday—The App Gallery

My pix from this week

Taken with my iPhone4_Post-processed in Autopainter I, II & III

Thursday Mini-Post: The Funnies

A funny by cartoonist, Dan Piraro, Bizarro Blog

Click HERE to read Dan's great blog post on watching baseball

Just saying...Captain Sisko & the Niners would wipe the floor with the puny STAR WARS team

Wednesday—Good For You, Good For the Garden

I found this great idea on Pinterest!

Check out this great idea from Weekend Decor — Perfect DIY Home Projects

Here is a clever way to repurpose plastic bottles for use in flower & herb pots!  I'll have to try it out when I replant the flower pots on my front porch at the end of August.

The only alteration I'd make is to use small bottles so that standing water does not become a breeding ground for mosquitos.  It seems like a great idea, though, for herbs and for cascading, sun-loving flowers like alyssum, petunias, and verbena.

Tuesday's Cupboard—Tomato-Mozzarella Toast

A fast & delicious way to use fresh toms & garden veggies

I grabbed this recipe off of Pinterest!  Try it on thick-sliced multi-grain artisan toast with your favorite cheese.  Smoked gouda, dill havarti, or maybe a couple slices of Sargento chipotle cheddar cheese (available at Safeway)?

Serve with a salad of fresh greens and a big glass of cranberry-orange iced tea.  Cranberry-orange iced tea is a house specialty at the Boulder City Hotel restaurant.  It comes in a quart-size canning jar for thirsty BC visitors.  Not too sweet with dried cranberries and a hunk of fresh orange on the rim.  Be sure to try one if you haven't already.

Originally posted on Riches to Rags by Dori on blogspot

Monday—The Pop Culture Corner

You need to know this!  From the fantastic brainy blog, Mental Floss

44 Fictional Character Names That You Need to Know  In Order To Live Harmoniously for  The Rest of Your Life
Or not.  No, really!  I, for one, am really happy that I finally know the real names of The Skipper and The Professor from Gilligan's Island.  It's surprisingly gratifying to know these things.

I finally know the real first name of Mr. Clean.  Bet you didn't know that Barbie & Ken are brother & sister in real life.  Seriously, they are named after a real life brother and sister duo.  Yoda's first name?  Just sayin'...

Sit back and enjoy!

Thnx to John Green for this fun piece!

Click HERE to watch the video on the Mental Floss website

Sunday—Have a Grateful Week

A person of ingratitude

I have witnessed a void of the soul, the complete absence of gratitude in a human being.  It is a darkness so utterly devoid of light that even in the presence of joyfulness, it consumes everything and everyone around it.  It is a malignant tumor fiercely protected by a snarling beast of a woman.

Over the top?  Perhaps, but only because I seen the effect of absolute ingratitude up close and personal over the past three weeks.  I was the target of a delusional woman's vitriolic rants.  But, when measured against what really matters in life, she and everything she has ever accomplished amounts to boring.  Petty...dull...tiresome...nothing more.  Not even as interesting as Kris Jenner's fear of urinating in public restrooms.

I can handle a stalker—as much as a stalker can be handled with help from law enforcement—but, she went after my mother-in-law and my 86-year old father-in-law who has Alzheimer's.  She is an abuser and a sputtering egomaniacal co…

tHE sATurDAy sToRE—Nevada Magazine 1970

Nevada Magazine Special Report:  Nevada in the Seventies_Winter 1970

Price:  $15 (free shipping)
Condition:  Acceptable 
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