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Feb 26, 2013

My Baby Oh No

Duncan's on a video editing kick and I'm reaping the benefits! We had a photo booth set up at our wedding where the participants could capture their photos themselves with a remote. It was right by the dance floor so the party often spilled over into the frame. It lead to over 1,500 photos of fun. Speaking of fun, here are two fun facts for you:

1) I learned that this effect is called Pixilation. Wikipedia defines it like this- Pixilation (from pixilated) is a stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames.

2) The white circles that are hanging in front of the brick are from the whole punched pieces of Vivi Dot packaging. I use a round scalloped punch for the packaging of my watch necklaces and I could never bring myself to throw the punched peice away. I'm so glad I didn't because I was able to sew them all together to add a little bit of three dimensional detail to the brick wall.

Hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our party!

Brick Blitz from Duncan Hooper.

The song used is My Baby Oh No! by Bow Wow Wow (the same group that sang I Want Candy).

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Feb 14, 2013

Oh Valentine Part 2

Valentines Day is right around the corner! Scratch that IT'S HERE! Getting ready for my prom party is going smoothly, if not a little all over the place (party planning is so #exhausting). Here are a few more additions to my list of party must haves of the recipe variety.

I've got a bottle of rum hanging out that I thinnnnnk is ready to be used. What says classic prom vibes better than some spiked punch? I found this awesome recipe care of sheknows.com:

3 strawberries plus 1 to garnish 3 slices of canned pineapple ice 2 ounces white rum 1/2 ounce pineapple juice from the can 1/4 ounces simple syrup Directions Place the strawberries and pineapples into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until combined. Add a handful of ice to the shaker and then pour in the rum, pineapple juice and simple syrup. Shake the mixture vigorously to combine and then pour into a tall cocktail glass. Served garnished with a strawberry.

What better way to top off at punch bowl than with the help of a heart shaped ice cube tray? Swooon.

I am freaking out over how easy these mini cherry pies are! I can't say I'm the most ambitious baker, especially when dwelling into realms of the unknown baking world, but I think I want to try to make these puppies. Pie dough, sugar, cherries and ricotta cheese? DONE. Check out the brilliantly simple recipe here, care of cakestudent.com.

I've already got a prom dress, but if that weren't a case you'd better believe that this would be the one I'd be workin', care of twotart.

Do you have any go-to fave v day recipes, tricks or treats you love? Let me know!

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A Day at the Park

Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of this day of LOVE thought it would be appropriate to share this video featuring a little lady I adore- my niece, Audrey. Duncan filmed this trip to our neighborhood park a few days after Christmas (just on his iPhone). He edited it together for those of us that don't get to see her often enough. I've watched it about 10 times already.

At the Playground from Duncan Hooper.

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Feb 11, 2013


Because my house is missing one of the most basic yet crucial household amenities that a PNW household can have (being the magical words CENTRAL HEATING,) more of the winter months than I'd like to admit are spent with me huddled around my space heater until my skin starts to hurt. FUN! Needless to say, I find myself jonesin' for warmth all the time, especially the crisp and bright Spring weather. I know we're still in Winter mode, but let's think about Spring (it's 2ish months away!!!) for a hot second. I'm imagining gentle colors, ample picnic-with-a-book-in-the-park reading, and continuing to photograph every darn flower I come across. Here are a couple of crucial springtime finds I came across on Etsy.

Pink Cashmere Sweater Dress by WildLifeTx
Tortoise Shell Sunglasses by BellePagaille
Vintage Clogs by k80red
Heart Basket by pinkdandyshop
Press On Fruit Nails by nevertoomuchglitter

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Feb 8, 2013

New Love: Sugarfina

My sister introduced me to Sugarfina.com at Christmas when she gave me one of their amazingly cute and equally delicious Bento Boxes of caramels. I love caramel (especially the salted, dark chocolate variety), but I had never had anything quite like this. Peanut Butter, Matcha Green Tea, and Pumpkin Pie didn't sound like something I'd go for, but I was instantly hooked. My extended family had such a fun time doing an impromptu tasting of each kind after one of our many holiday feasts. Here's a pic of the devoured caramels:
I recently ordered some special sweets for Valentine's Day and wanted to make sure to spread the word about how awesome Sugarfina is while there's still time to receive your sweets before February 14th (you can view their shipping deadlines here). The packaging is so well done and the candy is beyond yummy.
Their candies come in three sizes petite, medium, and large.
Not a fan of Valentine's Day? May I suggest the Anti-Valentine's Day Gift Set including Plenty of Fish in the Sea (All-Natural Swedish Fish), Men are Pigs (Gummy Piglets) and Stop Kissing Frogs (Apple Frogs).

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