Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Hallo-weenie!

October Craft: Song Lyric Wall Art

I loved this months craft! My favorite part, it was so easy. If you have 30 minutes, and the supplies, you can do this.  I'm already thinking of variations.
Step 1: Find any old piece of art or something that has a print. Remember you are going to be spraying over it, so don't be in love with it.

Step 2: Using vinyl stick on letters, figure out your song lyrics and cut out the letters you need

Step 3: Place your letters to figure out spacing

Step 4: Peel off sticker and place onto surface

Step 5: Spray paint time! You could use any color, or even paint, I had this from an old project so I used it and loved the easiness of the spray

Step 6: Cover entire surface with paint and let dry

Step 7: Peel off your letters

Step 8: Hang and enjoy! It came out so cute!

Inspired by A Beautiful Mess

San Francisco

Last weekend we celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary in San Francisco. I wont bore you will a long, sappy, overly detailed story, I will tell you we had an AMAZING very much needed weekend away. Here's our weekend in pictures...

It's the last day of October, WTF!

And another month gone just like that.  Came home from San Francisco last weekend to a overly booked week of stuff and a slab leak in our apartment.  Can't believe it is November tomorrow! Looking forward to being in Oregon for a week as of thursday. Till then I'm ready for a spooky night at our anual "Haunting On Loganberry".  Hope you have a wonderful Monday and a safe and Happy Halloween!


Via Etsy
For my Mom and all the other women and men who fight hard against this horrible disease. Hope you took a minute this month (breast cancer awareness) to support and educate yourself on how to stay safe and protect yourself!

October Recipe: Rabe and White Bean Stoup

So I would love to say I was having a cozy fall day, but honestly it has been like summer here in California. I was trying to channel the cold, that and make a meal that would last us a couple of days, last night when I made this soup.  Definitely one of the easiest soups I have ever made and so good.  So make some, light a fire, and curl up on the couch. Hope you are having a wonderful fall!


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Ice water
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 lb. hot or sweet italian sausage
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 qt. chicken stock
  • 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite diced or stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup orecchiette (ear-shaped) pasta
  • Shaved pecorino-romano cheese, for topping


  1. In a soup pot, bring a few inches water to a boil, salt it, add the broccoli rabe and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice water; drain again.
  2. In the pot, heat 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, break up the meat and cook until browned. Add the onion and garlic and cook to soften, 5 minutes. Add the stock, cannellini beans, tomatoes and 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta, lower the heat and simmer until al dente, 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the broccoli rabe. Top the stoup with the pecorino-romano and a drizzle of EVOO.

    Recipe Via Rachel Ray

September Craft: (A little late) Felt Craspedia

I love craspedia, and you see them every where now.  Of course like everything, when I'm looking for them I can never find them.  I found this DIY on Design Sponge and knew I had to make them.  I'll be honest, my tutorial on how to do them is not very good.  It was very hard to roll balls and take pictures at the same time.  So definetly follow the link and check out the detailed instructions.  It is a lot easier than it seems. It's all about the rolling. 

You will need:
*Felt Roving, mustard yellow color
*Cloth covered stem wire
*2 containers of water, one very HOT and one very COLD
*Wire Cutters

Remember to refer to Design Sponge for detailed step by step

Step 1: Tear off a piece of wool roving. It doesn't have to be perfect and it will shrink a lot.

Step 2: Put a small pinch (very small, trust me) of soap onto your hands and rub a bit into the felt.

Step 3: Roughly shape into a ball shape and quickly dunk into the HOT water. You don't want to drench it.

Step 4: Continue to roll felt in your hands as you would a clay ball.  Then dunk into cold water (you can really dunk it this time) and continue to roll.  Continue this process until you have desired shape and all of the soap is out.

Step 5: Allow your balls to dry, about 24-48 hours
Step 6: Carefully twist felt craspedia onto floral wire

Step 7: Cut to desired length with wire cutters

Find them a home and enjoy!!

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