Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Place!

Cover Tune Grab Bag - "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

Really. I loved this. It took me to my happy place, and gave me that blat of energy to get things done and be enthusiastically happy doing so.

have a great day. xoxo

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 hearing update

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

beautiful antique dresses

You have GOT to go look at the beautiful Edwardian dresses in this post by Dear Golden.

There are more where this came from. Go! Go now!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

First Fire of 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Solar Ivy

I am fascinated by solar and wind energy producing products. I once thought up the genious idea that someone should be making solar shingles, and it turns out that someone was.
Today while flipping through Departures, a Vogue level of affordability geared towards travel; I spotted an article on Solar Ivy.
Designed by some siblings who are, [my god] my age, the Solar Ivy was a senior thesis project that originally included wind in its energy conduct. It was found that the wind conduct was too expensive for the amount of return energy. The idea steamed from the cooling effects of ivy covered buildings. What if that effect could be recreated and turned into solar conduct as well?

Inhabitat also has an article on SMIT's Solar Ivy.

The project turned into a company. As of 2011 the first orders for Solar Ivy are being accepted.

I would love to have this on the sides of my house, the south and west facing walls would look lovely drench in Ivy and Colorado's incredible sun exposure works solar panels of any type, to the highest of their capability's.

[The article states that the price per leaf was predicted to be $7 - $10 USD. In reality it is looking more like $19- $27.]

Thursday, March 17, 2011

tHE MOre YOU KnoW...

Over at Not Martha, they have perfected the Leprechaun Cake.

I'm a post some pics, but go visit them for step by step instructions.

St. Pats

May your day be lucky and full of spring!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Movie Barcode

I seem to like the colors in the animated films best.

Bambi [1942]

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

hearing, a friendly chart.

A colorfully illustrated look at 2 decades of hearing loss.

tiney house pt. 2: cottage

I love houses of all shapes and sizes, architecture styles and time periods. I find that quite often, I am drawn to smaller houses, preferably ones with overgrown gardens, that can be claimed as a cottage.
Looking through the Tiny House gallery, I stumbled upon a house I have seen before, and fell in love again. It is most certainly a cottage.

Such a fun sloping, sod roof.

Some how i feel like there should be little white lights running along in the ceiling.
The inside looks so cozy.

Great sketches showing a side slice and birds eye view.
You can see more at this homes web site.

Most definitely click on the "similar buildings" link. I dont think I can point out a favorite there.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sweet Dress and Spring Dreams

WANT.Yes, this is a $250 vintage dress, that would never fit me in my wildest dreams.

It. Is. Fabulous.

Not a terribly complicated style, really I could make this. I have got to finish some other projects first. And I'm not sure about the yellow ribbon.

It would go great with my newly coral nails.
Shellacked. and holding up quite well so far. I am not gentle on manis.

Loving the liberty inspired prints and soft spring vintage styles currently in stock at Target.

small house

We have a fairly small house. Under 1000sq. ft.
I like small house for several reasons; they keep my pack ratting tenancies under control [read consumption of chairs], its cheaper utility and upkeep wise, and frankly its cute.

However I find it quite frustrating to look at magazines, especially the ones touting small room organization and makeovers. They tend to expect a number of things:
1. That your room has flat walls and square ceilings.
2. That you have up to date electrical outlet locations- we have a couple rooms that have 1 or 2 outlets total.
3. That a cheap renovation is anything under $1000.
4. That your room will be no smaller than 12 x 12.

this room is the size of my living room.

These shelving units don't look cheap. And its hard to tell how efficient this really is because they have staged craft materials, which is to say, nothing. I don't think any one project could be completed, except maybe wrapping a gift or... well, where are they going to plug in that sewing machine? or cut out anything, and your button choices are limited to one of these couple colors. Yes. some of the ideas are good, like the pegboard wall of hanging supplies, that could work.

5. That buying random knickknacks from hobby lobby is a good idea, and that you will either have space to hold the ones that used to be in the room, should you care about them or that you are happy to toss nearly everything you own.

The truth:
I have all kinds of stuff.
We have curved ceilings
My craft room has one outlet.
I'm terrible at getting rid of stuff.
Spending $1000 on a room is just not an option.
I need honest to god small house organization ideas.
10 x 10 rooms. I have a couple rooms that are larger, they are longer and they are awkward.
How to work with awkward door/window/outlet placement for optimal space usage and usable organization.

I think I have seen before. but had long since forgotten about it. Maybe it will help. And maybe it will help me find other useful blogs.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the long week

general update:
M & M have been in town this week and thus we have been doing family activities out the wazoo.
Monday: Dinner at the Birkshire.
Tuesday: Pirate exhibit at the History museum, followed by Mario Cart, Dinner, and it was our turn to host D&D. This is a pretty fun exhibet, i want to know how much the coins on display are actually worth.
Wednesday: st.patricks themed dinner on ash wednesday at the UU Church and then bowling. Bowling was quiet fun and silly.
Thursday: girls pedi & mani date and dinner, boys poker and beer or something manly.
Friday: birthday party/ rock band
Saturday: baby shower, KT, birthday party. One of my friends from Kindergarten is due in April. Cant wait to see her. she going to be a great mom.

OMG. so much stuff. we cant even keep the days strait.

In other news, I'm headed to the audiologist to have her re test my hearing and look at my old HAs, gonna give em another shot if we can get them working. I cant hear the one turn on at all, and the other turns on, but doesn't seem to do anything. Of course I would like to have the new and improved ones, but I need to get retrained on my old ones and see if i can keep it up long enough for new ones to matter.

I have the yard mostly cleaned up. We need to have a big fire soon to get rid of the xmas tree and wood in my garden.
Were going to try trellises this year, see if it keeps things better organized and pick-able.
I am starting seeds indoors as well. Maybe our garden will look better sooner this yr if the plants have a head start.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

ref name

I have finally been offered a Ref name for roller derby. Ref names tend to be more fun and less about your brutal destruction.
Something to think about is how it will be shortened.

i'm really pretty damn excited. I've been with the league for over 2 years, and 1.5 of those as an NSO.
I had an awesome name idea a couple months ago, but forgot to write it down and thus forgot what it was. booo.

A name is often quiet personal. But I don't seem to be able to come up w/ anything that is personal to me, with the exception of Most. Deaf, or hair color references.

Mos Deaf
Awesome Sauce
Red Hornet
Ginger Rael
Poppy Shiner
Randi Knickers
Nikita Krushyou

Whats your vote?

Monday, March 07, 2011

its quiet in here

its quiet in here.....

in other news my incredibly expensive health insurance doesn't cover audiology or hearing aids or you know, that helpful stuff. glad i pay so much.