Bumbershoot Music & Arts Fest – Seattle, WA

 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Fest   Seattle, WA

Bumbershoot is this coming weekend, Sept 3-5, 2011. I know. I promise to start doing these road trips a little further in advance so you can actually, oh, I don't know, maybe PLAN to go!

Anyway, Bumbershoot is one of the granddaddies of the current music fest trend. Held in Seattle, WA, 2011 is the 41st year for it. Bumbershoot is now the largest urban arts festival in North America. Covering all forms of art – from music to dance, comedy and film, spoken word and visual art (painting, sculpture, etc.), there's something for everyone.

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Wordless Wednesday: Zona Rosa

bluecrownzonarosakc 575 x 432 Wordless Wednesday: Zona Rosa

These crowns are part of the decor at Zona Rosa shopping center near Kansas City. They're suspended over the street intersections.

pinkcrownzonarosakc 575 x 432 Wordless Wednesday: Zona Rosa

Berry Crisp Recipe: Breakfast of Champions

I love Berry Crisp. I find it to be one of those foods that is good for dessert or for breakfast. It's gotta be better for you than sugary cereals, right? Or is that just a good excuse to have dessert for breakfast?

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This is my berry crisp recipe.

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Fab Five Vol 3 – More of My Favorite Things

 Fab Five Vol 3   More of My Favorite Things

1. Chicago. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Midwest.  Great architecture, fantastic food, excellent shopping.  Tons of things to do that aren’t necessarily expensive.  And, it can be family friendly, romantic, or great for a girls/guys trip.

 Fab Five Vol 3   More of My Favorite Things

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Fashion Friday: Caftans

I know, I know.  Caftans?  Are you crazy?  Honestly, I had the same reaction!  I was totally like “NO way am I gonna be caught out in a caftan!” These aren’t your mama’s (or grandma) caftans, though.  They’re cute, and dare I say it, kind of hot.

 Fashion Friday: Caftans
Iconic Sequined Caftan – Sir Alistair Rai

Silk. Sequins.  Great new, neutral color.

I’d pair this with skinny jeans or leggings.  Maybe a wide or skinny belt, too, to change up the line.

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2 Truths 1 Lie – 8/25 – REVEALED!

Sadie over at Randomosity is hosting this fun blog hop.  Everyone has played this before, right?  If not, the name is fairly self-explanatory.  There’s 3 statements, 2 of which are true.  You have to guess which one is false.

2truths1lie 2 Truths 1 Lie   8/25   REVEALED!

1. I ate cereal for breakfast
2. I love anything with peanut butter.
3.I love to swim.

Take your best guess in the comments.  I will reveal which is which on Saturday, so come back and find out!

 ***********Revealed********

#1 was my lie.  I actually had brownies for breakfast.  Yes, plural.

I like just about anything with peanut butter.  During the warmer months, I practically live in the water. 

Ways to Update Your Home

 Ways to Update Your Home

I recently moved from “our” house into my apartment.  Our house that had the great furniture that we had hunted down and lovingly refinished.  The great artwork that went perfectly with the refinished furniture.  The pillows that made everything homey and oh-so-comfy.

My new place has, well, me.  And frankly, it’s kind of sad. I’ve yet to put up any artwork.  I haven’t made – or even purchased – any pillows.  No tchochkies.  Heck, I’ve only unpacked the things that I really needed.  Well, that’s about to change!  Here are a few ways to update your home:

 Ways to Update Your Home

1. Bottlecap Tray from Sweet Something Designs
2. Wheat Pillows from V and Co.
3. Chickenwire Memo Board from Under the Sycamore
4. Gather Up Pillow from Pink Chalk Studio

lead pic from BHG.com

How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

It's easy to make your own stickers and seals.  I'm going to teach you how!
 
 How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

Have you seen those big, fancy stickers that people use for seals on their packages?  Have you priced them out lately?  Wanna know a secret?  They're super-simple to make.  I will teach you how to make your own stickers and seals.

 

 How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

You'll need the following items:

  •  Something decorative.  I'm using scrapbook paper in these pictures but have used everything from fabric to old book pages to maps.  You can even use photos!  
  •  A Xyron or similar.  You can use double-stick tape sheets, too.  
  • Assorted decorative punches 
  • Scissors

Now, to start!   Trim your paper down to size.  The xyron I'm using is 5 inches wide and my paper was 6×6.  I simply folded about 1 1/4 inches and used my fingernails to make a sharp crease so I could tear it.  If you want to be fancy, you could use a papercutter, but a smooth edge isn't important. 
 

 How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

Feed the paper into the xyron.  Turn the knob until the paper comes out the back.  It will now have adhesive on the back, plus a peel sheet. 
 

 How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

 

     

     How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

    Voila!  Now, choose a punch and punch out your shapes! 
     

     How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

    These are the punches I got out at the beginning of the project.  Hmmm…I think I'll use the circle. 
     

     How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

    Line it up, then punch your shapes out.  Try to get them close without overlapping. 
     

     How To Make Your Own Stickers & Seals Tutorial

    Stickers!  Just peel and stick!  They make a great base for stamping, too.  If you use heavier paper, they are easier to peel.  Just a tip. 

    Total time – 5-10 minutes
    Price – practically nothing once you have the xyron.