archive: June, 2011

forgotten ingredients pumpkin seeds

{pumpkin patch 6×6 photo}

who knew, pumpkin seeds aren’t just for halloween! turns out, we should be trying to incorporate them into our diet more and more. they contain zinc, iron and healthy omega-3s and omega-6’s.

zinc is a trace mineral that affects our immune function and acts upon more than 200 enzymes involved in metabolism, building cells and transporting carbon dioxide among other functions.

iron is needed to carry oxygen in the blood, and a low iron intake can lead to anemia. pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of iron, as 1 oz provides ever 4 mg (the daily recommendation for iron is 18 mg).

omega-3s and omega-6s: pumpkin seeds contain both of the ‘good’ fats which researches believe are important to consume together. for those of us who don’t eat fish, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and pine nuts are an excellent way to reach our omega-3s and omega-6s needs.

for ideas on how to consume more pumpkin seeds, try these recipes!

– make your own knekkebrød crackers, perfect for dipping into hummus!

– roast the pumpkin, then roast the pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack or salad topping

– try making a pumpkin pizza wreath

– bake up some homemade granola

what are your favorite ways to eat pumpkin seeds?

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4th of july diy projects

June 30, 2011

4th of july diy projects

hello, lovelies! i wanted to make some time this week to do a 4th of july project of my own, but time is slipping away from me. so, i decided to do a little roundup of diy projects from around the blogosphere! if you’re planning on having a little 4th of july get together, i think one of these projects would make your celebration all the more special. are you planning any special projects of your own?

clockwise: 4th of july cupcake project from style me pretty, diy 4th of july party set from twig & thistle, cobbler’s stand candle holder from design*sponge, diy tin can plants from ruffled, 4th of july diy salsa label from camille styles,

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urban folk art shows

June 29, 2011

urban folk art after recently learning about the urban folk art shows, i fell in love with their mission. working to connect artists across the country and strengthen the next generation of artists and crafters, they support all things handmade. they’ve already got their first three shows planned for portland, los angeles and indianapolis, and they start in october 2011! visit their website to find out more and learn how to support them, become a sponsor or apply to be a vendor! who knows, i might just see you in los angeles next year…

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from drab to fab

June 29, 2011

yellow planted potter

isn’t this a happy project? i ran across this simple diy drip planter over at old brand new (originally found via the lovely papernstitch) this morning and have already written it down on my project’s-to-do-list! i actually have this exact type of tree hanging out in a totally drab planter by my couch as we speak. i’m going to say that by the weekend it will have some much needed added color. click over for more pics and instructions!

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baby jives

June 28, 2011

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baby jives

i know we don’t talk about much about babies around here at going home to roost, (i’m sure that will change, somday) but i just couldn’t resist baby jives. i just think these are the sweetest handmade mobiles i have ever laid my eyes upon! with darling butterflies, rainy clouds and smooching birds perched along a branch, can you imagine how fun these would be to gaze up at? with an array of color choices (some more masculine than others) i think there’s one to fit just about any room decor.

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beachy finds

June 28, 2011

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starfish

when my dear friend amber posted this picture of some starfish she took during her recent visit to the oregon coast, it inspired me to share with you some of my own beachy finds. aren’t these starfishies amazing? i love their colors so much- what a perfect trio!

beachy finds

since we live near the pacific coast now, i’ve found that one of my favorites things to do is stroll along the beach in search of unique finds. we don’t have traditional sea shells on our beaches like i’m used to finding on the east coast, but rather some very interesting shapes and shells. the one above is my absolute favorite (my mom-in-law actually found this one). it’s green on one side, and purple on the other. :)

beachy finds

beachy finds

beachy finds
so there’s the start of my latest collection! i look forward to going back this weekend with my sister (who’s coming to visit, yeah!) to look for some more unique finds. what have you recently started collecting?

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uppercase magazine

June 27, 2011

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happy monday, friends! i’ve got to admit, i’m running a little slow this morning, but after perusing uppercase magazine’s website, i’m feeling a bit more energized. have you heard of it?

uppercase magazine

as the magazine for the creative and curious, uppercase seems to be the magazine any creative would crave. published quarterly (april, july, ocobter & january), each issue boasts 100 pages of glorius creative print and features creatives from artists and illustrators to photographers and filmmakers. you’ll find that the pages are full of charm with patterns, collectibles and sweet indulgences. each issues is built around a theme, the one above focuses on food- from harvesting your own veggies and shopping the local farmers market to cooking them at home. i think a subscription to uppercase magazine would fit just about any rooster, don’t you think?

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diy I’ve been having a lot of fun lately experimenting with chalkboard paint. As one who loves to organize things, it’s too tempting to turn everything into a writable surface, from glass, wood, walls, paper, and more. These are some small-scale projects that can be done in a couple of hours. For all projects you must follow these steps for painting:

Paint two coats an hour apart, one layer horizontally, the other vertically. After painting the two coats, let the project dry completely for 24 hours. Lightly shade the entire dried surface with a piece of chalk, and then erase it. The chalkboard surface is now ready for use!

Bonnie has also posted in the past about creating custom DIY chalkboard colors, have you seen it?

First I made a mini desktop chalkboard, perfect for little notes or ideas. To do this project you will need:

  • a picture frame
  • chalkboard paint
  • a paintbrush
  • wood veneer, cardboard, or thick card stock

Cut the wood veneer down to fit in the picture frame. Sturdy card board or card stock will also work for this project. Follow the directions for painting above. Once veneer has been dried and conditioned with chalk, just pop it in the frame, and it’s ready to go!

Next, I went a step further and painted the inside of a cabinet. I’ve always wanted a little place to leave notes in the kitchen, especially in my baking and spice cabinet. As another wood surface, I followed the same directions for painting with chalkboard paint above.

My next favorite project has been to paint little clothespins with chalkboard paint. These are a wonderful way to organize papers, coupons, stamps, bills, invitations and RSVPs, etc. They can be perched up on a wire or string on a wall; backed with magnets for the fridge; hot glue thumbtacks on the back for cork boards; or, just left out on the desk to organize, like I do.

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ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

 

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