Sunday, August 29, 2010

Puerto Rico in Pictures

Here's Puerto Rico! Lots of pictures of the mister and I. Boring I know yet it was just us two! We loved it. Loved it all. The mixture of Spanish and English. The vibrant music. The beach. The pool. Each other. The beach. The pool. The leisure time. The everything. Here you go, our trip in pictures in an absolutely nonsensical order (with a bit of commentary, of course ;)

24 hour hotel *amazing* pool? Yes, please.

Swim up bar and restaurant? I'll take two. Of everything.

Rented a car and took a day trip to the only rainforest in the U.S. Parks Department.

The man who knows no fear at La Coca Falls.

Hours before a loooooooong night of dancing...

Crazy Puerto Rican rain forest snails. EVERYWHERE.

My long quest for empanadas finally fulfilled.

Amazingly, only a slight burn was acquired by me on the trip. And now, I can say that I am tan. Well, tan for the whitest gal this side of the Arkansas River!

Amazing sunsets from our hotel's beach. Heaven.

View from the room.

My record is still going: Clubbed in every country I've gone to. Puerto Rico? Pretty high up there on the club awesomeness scale.
I've also eaten spaghetti in every country I've visited. Puerto Rico's? Nothing to write home about.

Frugal travelers, we are.

El Morro. Sore feet and sweaty. Worth it.

Old San Juan. Tourist central but beautiful.

Hard to believe that a week ago today I spent all day on the beach and at the pool reading. Seems like a dream. A fabulous and much missed dream. Sigh.

Baggin' Up Dustbowl

Greetings! We returned from Puerto Rico late last Tuesday and life's been in full g0-mode ever since! ESL classes start back up tomorrow and I'm teaching FOUR of them so I've been quite busy with planning for that. I've missed the classroom greatly!

Also scrunched in our few days back has been preparing for Dustbowl Arts Market, which was yesterday in Norman! The mister and I awoke EARLY yesterday and headed that way with the beast. What I enjoy about Dustbowl is that the weather is typically in your favor, the vendors are AWESOME, Norman is a blast, it's dog friendly, it's FREE and there's great music all day long! I didn't take toooo many photos but here's a few!

I was excited and nervous to show my bags to the public for the first time but, to my elation, they were well received...and they sold! Yay!

As usual at outdoor shows the beast set up camp under a table, periodically sticking his head out to surprise shoppers and lick their toes :)
The lady April met up with us as well, looking oh-so-fashionable as always, so it was a fun-filled, sun-filled day!

Here's a closer look at the bags I brought. One bookbag isn't photographed as I finished it up late Friday night! Brought fifteen, sold 4! I was pleased for their first time out!
This odd puppy was made out of the sleeves of a dress I cut up to make a strapless number! I thought it was fun :)

The aforementioned non-photographed bookbag was out of this same material, a velvety checkerboard. So luxe :)

My most popular fabric of the day...

A cool old skirt was what this guy was made out of!

Another *bright* skirt...

Remember the old tablecloth purses? This satchel went quick! Actually, all but one of my satchels sold!

Another old skirt...

The first one to go (and the mister's fave)...

Twas a good weekend! Back to lesson planning! (or procrastinating....)

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips

I met the mister at the end of July 2006. It took me but a few weeks to realize I was completely smitten. I journeyed to OKC to go to the epic 'UFOs at the Zoo' concert by the Lips. It was really our first 'real date'. And I was nervous. And excited. The show was amazing and I remember allowing myself to realize I was with a fantastic man. That feelings like that were rare. That I needed to let my guard down and allow myself to be loved. I realized that I was in love. If that's not an important event, I don't know what is. I also remember that his car got towed that evening from parking in a non-parking spot and hitching rides with friends to get home. I remember spending most of the next day at impound trying to get his car back. I remember not caring how nasty it was there or that we were in a seedy part of town or that I was supposed to have returned home hours before. I only cared that we were together and that I was learning to love. I had realized.

This is that song from that exact concert :)

A Song You Know All The Words To

Hyperballad by Bjork

LOVE singing along to this song. Makes my soul feel good. In my head I sound like an angel others, not so much ;)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fuzzy Friday: Fuzzies of Friends

Not only am I a big animal lover but so is the lady April! While she was away last week, I watched over her fuzzy farm and here's photographic proof :)

A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

Max by Future Sound of London

I'm going to go out of order from the original song list. What can I say, I'm a rule breaker ;)

In high school, I got made fun of a bit for listening to 'beep boop bop boop' music, or electronica others will call it. FSOL was one of those 'beepy' bands but I loved them so. Still do. They really do transport you to la la land with their creations. My favorite album, Dead Cities, was one I would put on repeat over and over again while I was trying to unwind or crash for the evening. (I would program my player to skip over We Have Explosive though...if you know they song, then you know why ;) Max is one of my faves on the album. It does something more than just relax you, it makes everything feel OK.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

La Corrida - Francis Cabrel

After I had finished my undergraduate degree in 2002, I packed up to travel around Europe for a month. A friend of mine was studying in Germany at the time so I spent much time scooting around with her. After a few weeks, we headed south to meet up with a friend I grew up in church with. He was living with his father in the south of France, an area I had never explored before. My previous time in France left me with a bad taste in my mouth so it was good for me to give it another try. After a few days on the beach, we were offered an unexpected trip up to La Mas, a tiny, pretty much abandoned, French village in the French Alps. The bus would only take us so far and after that we had to hitchhike, for lack of a better word. The roads were ridiculous and with my car anxiety, I'm amazed I didn't have a heart attack on that drive. We finally reached our destination and stayed for three days living off condensed milk, spaghetti, peas, 50 year old white wine found buried in the cellar and pixie sticks. We should have hit the store before we left ;)

The house we stayed in was my friend's grandfather-in-law's. Let me explain the history because it's a truly amazing story. My friend's grandfather was an American soldier in WWII in France. His plane was shot down near La Mas. The soldiers made their way to the village and for months, the inhabitants of the village took care of the soldiers, even hiding them in the forest when the Nazis came hunting for them. My friend's grandfather-in-law lived in this village at the time. They were eventually rescued and time went on. Then, about fifteen years or so ago (give or take) a reunion was held for descendants of the village inhabitants and the rescued soldiers in France. It was at this reunion where my friend's father and now stepmother-in-law met. They married shortly after and he never left France. Amazing, non?

Back to my song ;) So, as one can imagine, we had to entertain ourselves during our stay in La Mas. We played LOTS of cards and did a lot of gabbing. The house was full of hidden doors behind curtains, tiny rooms with one piece of furniture filled with surprises and, we swear, ghosts. :) The three of us never separated in that house after dark! Spooky! Then one day while exploring the house, we found a tape deck and a Francis Cabrel tape! We listened to that tape over and over and over and over again. This one song takes me right back there and beyond. Enjoy.

A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

Elvira - The Oakridge Boys

Honestly, I could probably go through every person I know and assign a song to each of them that reminds me of them. In an effort to not bore you with a never ending post, I've decided to go back, way back, to my Great Granny.

Born a week and many years apart, my GG and I are mighty similar. She was quite organized, an animal lover, very particular and a bit OCD, much like myself. She was the first person to let me 'teach' her with my nonstop 'classes'. I LOVED spending time with her. I could go on and on about my memories with her but I won't, again with your sanity in mind :)

When first entering her house, you'd find yourself in her formal living room. This room was used for the occasional Christmas party and the storage of all things pretty. My favorite pretty in this room was her console record player/radio which we now have in our sitting room, along with her record collection. I have very fond memories of her putting on records and dancing around in that seldom-used room. Her old, grey poodle Sugie would stand on her hind haunches, front paws in my hands and dance around with me.

There was one song in particular that I couldn't get enough of. I LOVED dancing to this song with her. And yes, I have this record still that we used to dance to and play it on that same player :) Here's to my Great Granny!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Song That Makes You Sad

It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career - Belle & Sebastian

Though B&S typically make music that makes me smile and bounce around a bit, this song tends to bring back sad memories of being in Phoenix in March 2006, visiting my sister with my mom and getting word that a close, close family friend (basically family) had suffered a massive heart attack at a surprise 50th birthday party, my dad in attendance. It was our first night in Phoenix and this song came up next on my playlist. I listened deeply to the words. I've never been able to listen to that song the same way ever again. :( I do love this song still though even though it tugs at the ol heart strings.

A Song That Makes You Happy

Otto Titsling by Bette Midler

Before you judge me, hear me out. I only saw the movie Beaches once and I think I slept in my seat while my mom cried watching the film. I was young so I don't remember much from the movie other than it being sad, probably recalled from my mom's reaction. She must have bought the soundtrack after that because I listened to it ALL of the time. I don't really know much of Bette Midler's work aside from this soundtrack but I do know that that soundtrack is killer. Say what you will :)

I spent a lot of time at my grandparent's house growing up, often figuring out things to make or perform for them. I have a distinct memory of performing this song for them (acting it out all of the while) and being wildly embarrassed singing the word 'tits' to them which is ironic because 'torpedo tits' was a widely used phrase in that household growing up. My family is a bit offbeat ;) I probably coughed or sniffed through that part :) The fact that the whole song was about boobs didn't bother me though!

This song makes me happy for a number of reasons. It makes me laugh. It reminds me of my grandparents. It reminds me of my mom. It has humorous operatic parts that I LOVE to sing along to. In fact, you should have heard me singing along while searching for the video. Makes me smile big time :)

28 Songs

So I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and share some tunes with you over an extended amount of time. I've enjoyed these posts immensely on friends' blogs. More than likely (especially with a vacay on the horizon), I won't be posting on this everyday and there's a chance you may get more than one in a day! I know this has nothing to do with crafting YET music is a grand creation in itself and I do enjoy my tunes so here you go :)

Note that I'm skipping day 1 and 2. For one, there are WAY too many songs that are contenders for my fave so that would be next to impossible to decide upon and for two, there are too many craptastic songs in the world to choose one that would be my least fave. So there. Day 3 coming soon.....

day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds of you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tablecloth Turned Skirt

Last weekend at the Flea Market, I came across this pretty little tablecloth! I loved those colors and the size seemed a good one to cut up and play with!

I laid the fabric out on the floor (meanwhile shooing animals off of it left and right!) and laid out a cute wrap skirt that I inherited from a friend (and that I love!) to try and recreate something similar.

Unfortunately, the cloth was just a teeny tiny bit shorter than the original skirt but I crossed my fingers and figured it wouldn't make a difference! Well, it did make a difference. BOO! Not a huge difference though. Wrapped over a bathing suit or a slip and all would be fine OR if I were to drop just a few pounds, that would work to ;)

I dropped the ball picture-wise here so I'll do my best to explain without pictures! Really, it's mighty simple! After cutting out the skirt, I just had to hem the sides as the bottom was already hemmed! Easy! Following that, I cut two loooooooong strips and made straps/a waistband out of it. You want this to be super long because that is what wraps around and around you! Finally, about four or five inches from the center of the waistband, make a buttonhole. This is where you slip one of the straps through to tighten your skirt! With a bit of the extra fabric I made two little pockets because nothing is complete without a pocket or two! Voila! You're done! Thirty minutes top :)

I'm thinking I'll be packing this for our trip to Puerto Rico in a few weeks! That's right, we're going to Puerto Rico on a semi-controlled whim! ;) This will be mine and the mister's first trip out of the US together and my first trip to a Spanish speaking country in over ten years! I can't freaking wait!!!!!! Don't worry, I'll bring back LOTS of photos, stories and goodies to share!
Until later!

Fuzzy Friday: Facts

Fact: The beast's head is bigger than mine.

Fact: The beast shares a name with one of the new Project Runway designers :)

Fact: New fuzzy prefers to pay us for her meals even though room and board is free.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Welcome To My Vanity

The mister and I moved into a small, midtown Tulsa home a little over three years ago. Our house has one tiny, TINY little bath (so tiny the beast can't turn around in it - he has to back it up to leave!) and I have a not-so-tiny collection of baubles, naturally, being the jewelry gal and all :) I foresaw some issues with my 'collection' and our lack of space until one day....

While scrubbing down the shelves in our hallway linen closet, I noticed how perfect the height of the bottom shelf was to actually be a standing workspace of some sort! I timidly called up the mister (at the time we weren't even living in the same town) and passed along the idea of removing a shelf and turning the middle portion of the shelves into a vanity! He bit! Probably one of the greatest gifts he has given me ;)

Now, before I move on, let me apologize beforehand for the photos. This time they were not taken with my phone but I had a heck of a time with lighting in this small space! So, you get what you get.

As I can barely reach the top part of the shelves, the sheets get thrown up there so don't mind the mess :) I took a 'messy' photo of the vanity to begin with yet forgot to take a clean photo! Oh well, this is usually how it looks! And actually, it's a great segue to explain one of the other great functions of the vanity! I usually leave jewelry EVERYWHERE around the house. What is fabulous is that when tidying, I can just toss it all in there, shut the door and be done with it! I'm typically not the 'just throw it in the closet' type of gal but for this, it works great!

Another item of note is that my perfumes and lotions make the sheets and blankets smell great all of the time, a fact the mister pointed out! Ha!

So now, a tour. The mirror was from the mister's old apartment. The frame is PLASTIC and not the prettiest thing in the world so we were going to get rid of it when we thought of trying it in there...and it was a perfect fit!

While this may look like a big cluster, there is actually much organization to my necklace groupings! Metals, Vintage, Worldly and Modern Handmade.

In the corner next to necklace-fest is a scarf with pins, pendants (just clipped on with safety pins) and sunglasses.

Down below on that side is the box 'o earrings. I know many people like to hang their earrings up to store but that has never really worked for me. I have them color grouped in the various drawers and just dump them out to pick out a pair to wear!
Next to that is my take-out box, formerly a childhood Easter basket, full of nail polish. You can see Shiva a little better in this picture (explained below).

Directly under the mirror is my bracelet and ring army. While you can't see the white fist on the right side of the photo due to the BLINDING FLASH, you can see the second of the pair on the left side. I posted once about finding these and another white hand dish at a garage sale in high school. The board with the hands hung above my sink in college as a towel rack and now lays in my vanity as a bracelet holder. You can easily slip one of the dowel ends out of the fist to pull off bracelets that don't clasp. I also tend to lay often-used earrings or hair clips on the board portion. At the left end of the photo, you can somewhat make out a Shiva figurine which I have donned with many rings :)

And if you'll look to your left, you'll find the culprit of the good smells! That jewelry box was made for me in college by one of the two people responsible for me meeting the mister! The top of the box has actual jewelry cemented into it! I tried to get a photo of that but no luck....

My mom sold Mary Kay cosmetics for many years, hence my large collection of scents and lotions. It takes me FOREVER to finish these things off! I've issued a hiatus on good-smelling gifts for many years now! I hang my headbands off the top of the perfume basket yet, they always seem to fall down. Anybody else have a headband storage system that actually works???

Looking up you'll see a bamboo shelf that has been everything from a toilet paper storage shelf, knick knack holder, plant stand and now lotion storage! I would say I have successfully used every last inch for storage in my vanity!
I always jokingly tell people that this is my favorite part of our house which, I suppose, is pretty close to true! It's a space I've made completely my own and is filled with so many things that, may not be worth much monetarily, but are worth the world to me. Minus the lotions :)