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Friday Link-Up

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Family holiday photo outtake. I’m special…

It was so nice to relax and catch up with my Google Reader over the holiday break. It has been the unfortunate victim of my travel and work schedule, and has had the dismal “1000+” sitting next to my “All Entries” for far too long. Having around 500 RSS subscriptions probably doesn’t help, but I just can’t bring myself to un-subscribe from anyone.

Here are some fun links I came across:



Other Reads

Have any big weekend/New Year’s plans? This weekend we have some client work to do before we jet off to Springfield for New Year’s Eve. Well, scratch that. As I was writing this post, Neil realized he was on-call and we’re now home for New Year’s. Any suggestions on fun ways to make a relatively quiet New Year’s at home special? I definitely think all his favorite foods will be on the menu. What a bummer!

Mini Projects: Cereal Edition

By | Crafts, DIY, Food, House, Kitchen | 6 Comments


We’re quickly learning that when you undertake a massive project like an older home, it is necessary to interject some fun and easy projects between the larger ones so as not to lose your sanity and/or marriage. After reeling from news last week that we will most likely have to rewire our entire house over the next few years, I decided I needed a few quick project fixes to avoid feeling like I was sinking into the floorboards. It’s not possible for wood floors to liquify is it? I’m starting to believe that anything could happen in these old houses.

Anyhow, my first little weekend quickie project was to tackle a little problem Neil and I have with breakfast cereal. By problem I mean that we LOVE cereal. Clive loves cereal too, so we’re always stocked with about five different kinds of cereal. Very Seinfeld-esque huh? The problem is that it makes our little makeshift cereal home very cluttered, so I decided to replace the battered, multi-size boxes with two classy glass containers.


We snagged these gallon glass containers on sale from our local Hobby Lobby for $10 each, and they are perfect for what I eventually see our kitchen looking like. For now, they keep our cereal fresher and better looking.



Coupled with some artwork from our adorable pint-sized artist in residence next door, our “cereal nook” (read: ex microwave cabinet) is looking better for the time being.

Our First Renaissance Fair

By | Clive, Friends, Jessica, Neil, Weekend | No Comments

Waiting to Fight

Announcing the battles to the audience

The Knight Goes Down

He’s down!

Bostons in the Renaissance?

Apparently there were Boston Terriers around during the Renaissance! Here’s Clive meeting his ancestor Brody for the first time. Apparently the name Brody has been around longer than we thought.


The Olde-English version of ‘Castaway.’ Ye Wilson!

Clive's New Girlfriend

Clive met a girl

Ann Boleyn?

Anne Boleyn was learning how to belly dance

Weapons and First Aid Station

Weapons and first aid station. Makes sense to put them next to eachother.

Funny Label

Enough said.


Singers, all thoroughly intoxicated by 10 a.m.

Double-handled Goblets

Neil was eyeing these double-handled tankards


A suit of armor

We had a lot of fun at our first Renaissance Festival this weekend. It really is like adult dress up! We saw a lot of epic battles and admired the costumes and artisan vendors. We were definitely out of our element though. Neil chickened out on wearing his knight costume, but said that if we hit the bigger Renaissance Fair in Kansas City next year that he would wear it. I plan on holding him to that don’t worry! It’s pretty crazy to see grown men so engaged in dressing up and acting like a particular character. Our friend Bob is a regular on the “circuit” and we enjoyed visiting him in Pirate Cove. All in all a good, albeit weird time.

Sorry about the color in these, I forgot to change the settings back and there is only so much Photoshop can fix.

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival? What did you think?

Origami Roman

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Inflatable Piggy


I hope to share a little more about our packing for Montana later in the day. I would have been more on the ball, but I’ve been distracted by my over 1k unread blog posts in Google Reader. How cute are these origami animals from Origami Roman? I’m in awe! I love paper bears, but definitely not the real thing…

Our Fourth of July Weekend

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Yellow Paint

Paint!? Okay, let me explain. This weekend we got a lesson in making plans. Sometimes the plans you make are not the plans that happen. Sometimes what you think is cement is water, and all you can do is make the best with what you’ve got. Our original plans to head south to Springfield for the fourth were dashed sometime Friday morning, and while initially we were bummed and a little disappointed, it didn’t take us long to be totally alright with the idea of staying home and getting a few things done. I mean, we did just go to MN, and camping the weekend before, and have one of our best friends get married the weekend before that.  It’s hard trying to get it all done during the week, and we have more than a few projects that have been shoved aside because we just haven’t been able to fit them all in.

Yellow Paint

The first project we tackled was repainting the front door for the landlord. A few weeks ago, in the middle of Anja’s wedding weekend actually, the original hardware (the house was built in ’56) broke, locking us out of the house. Neil had to bravely kick it in ninja-style. It was actually pretty hot, won’t lie. The new handle is smaller, and the door needed a new coat of paint to cover up the gaps and just give it an overall facelift. I kept the yellow but warmed it up to a shade that matches the beautiful coneflowers on the side of our house. Isn’t that an awesome taping job?

Clive behind baby bars

Clive wasn’t so keen on being behind the baby gate while something was going on at the front door. The cats weren’t either and were more than pests trying to get at the paint. Felix walked into the kitchen an hour after I finished with a bright yellow streak on his back, a la Looney Tunes, and I had to go back and scrape and repaint.

Our sawhorse table progress

Our sawhorse table progress

Our sawhorse table progress

Another project we’ve been talking about for ages is building a portable table for freelance and crafting. With all the freelance we’ve had lately, we needed a war room-like table to work through project details and collaborate more closely where we could have multiple computers close together. We’d been lusting after sawhorse tables because they are portable and easy to assemble without being an unsightly plastic fold-up. Like total pros we marched into Lowe’s and spent the next hour and a half measuring, second-guessing, and having all the wood cut. Hey, we’re still learning! Needless to say, we ended up buying a table saw too. The whole project was fairly inexpensive though, and the table is awesome (I’ll get some finished living room shots today).

All this hard work, definitely necessitated some reward:

Neil's Brew

One of our local grocery store has a fairly decent “Pick 6” option on beers. Sure, it’ll cost you more than buying a full 6 or 12 (or 24 pack) of the other stuff, but having a little variety is nice. I have a feeling this will become a regular treat of ours. I think Leinenkugel Berry Weiss is a new love of mine.

Speaking of love, isn’t summer produce season awesome!? Check out my booty from our Ag research farm:

Zucchini and Squash

HUGE zucchini and squash. Knowing the zucchini would be enough to handle, I gave the squash to my parents. You’ll have to see the bounty of the zucchini harvest this afternoon in my next post. It’s ongoing too, still have 1/3 of the zucchini left! We also harvested the first half of the carrots:


All in all a great weekend. We got a lot done and did have some good fun. I love my new table and the door looks 10x better with a fresh new coat of paint and new doormat. We were able to make it Anja and Steve’s “Screamin’ Eagle Fourth of July BBQ” and had a near front row seat on the fireworks. It feels weird going to parties and having most if not all of the girls your age bringing babies. It’s a weird new time, and I’m not probably as graceful adjusting to it as I should be, but I’m going to make a better effort to be graceful about it so I don’t drive Neil bananas. I just thought there’d be more time (read: fun) before all this started?

Did you have a jawsome Fourth of July?

My Sweetgum Wreath

By | Crafts, Interior Design, Jessica | 2 Comments

Many of you have probably seen Sweetgum fruit. If you have, you probably hate Sweetgum fruit with devout passion. That annoying prickly seed that plants itself in the grass and is impossible to rake up every spring, grr! My sweet 86 year-old dear Christian neighbor Virginia can be heard cursing them under her breath. I’ve always wanted to find a use for them, and last fall my hero Martha Stewart featured this wreath in Living. I thought, “Next spring, I’m going to make one of those.” And here it is. Obviously not as beautiful as hers, but it makes a beautiful addition to our very yellow front door. Until now our winter wreath was still up (for shame!), and I wanted to change it before the bridal brunch I’m hosting in a few weeks. It wasn’t all that hard to make, just tedious, as every piece has to fit almost like a puzzle. I still have another wreath form and plenty of fruit, so I plan to make a white one for fall/winter next year.

Be My Frugal Valentine: Valentines to Love for Under $20

By | Art, Cool Stuff, Crafts, Frugality, Illustration | 2 Comments

I think I knew that that I would grow up to be a designer before I even knew what a designer was. As a kid, I plotted the look of my Valentine’s Day cards all year. It was my chance to show people my art, and my Valentine’s were always unlike anything anyone else gave out. With a full-time job and super-busy freelance schedule I rarely get around to designing them anymore, but I continue to look forward to the designs and colors that remind me spring isn’t too far away.


Plantable Mini Valentines via Louveteau, – $15


Printable Valentine’s Day cards and DIY candy bar packaging
via Benign Objects – $4.50


Letterpress greetings for the web nerd in your life via Dingbat Press – $3.50


Assorted Valentine’s Day Set via Rifle Paper Co. – $16

Even if you choose not to buy Valentines, resources and pictures like these are all over the net and serve as great inspiration to endeavor to make your own. You don’t need a lot of expensive materials or any special talents. The great thing about sentiment is that it creates the message, not your ability to use a glue stick or cut out shapes that actually resemble something. For more inspiration, I highly recommend Paper Crave and iDiY. Tons of ideas, printables and more!