archive: January, 2012

crafty packages

January 31, 2012

Posted by in indie biz

besotted brand

whether your packaging etsy orders or sending love notes, everyone enjoys a little added touch of finesse to their package! besotted brand offers a modern variety of ways to dress up your packages, with everything from flag labels and thank fresh, clean, besotted brand, labels, packages, supplies, craftingyou stamps to mini clothespins and parcel twine. i just love their fresh and clean style, don’t you?

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the secret place

January 31, 2012

Posted by in lifestyle

the secret place the secret place beneath the tree by little bean prints

when i was a little girl, i used to dream about a place just like this. i had grand plans of digging out a small room underneath the earth where i could have my own secret place. i believe that i even started digging, twice. because a secluded earthy place just made sense.

i guess you could say that i’ve always had the desire to roost!

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follow your own star

January 30, 2012

julia rothman illustration by julia rothman via design*sponge

what a truly lovely reminder to follow your own star and open your minds to every form of beauty. i believe i will write this down and keep at my workstation, as forever inspiration. this week, my goal is to learn and learn and learn. xox

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Diy Dried Apples

January 30, 2012

Posted by in simple living

diy dried apples

Homemade dried apples are such an easy and inexpensive way to sneak more fruit into your diet. Of course, nothing beats a fresh, juicy apple, but I like dried apples for their portability and versatility. A little bag of apples can be slipped into a small purse for an anytime-snack, and they make a great topping for salads. They’re also a fantastic way to preserve a large bounty of apples through the winter. The idea came from the book How to Sew a Button by Erin Bried, and I modified the directions to fit my needs.


– apples
– lemons
– water


Slice as many apples as you would like into pieces 1/4″ thick or less. They can be as wide or long as you like. You may also peel them, or leave the peel on. I chose to leave the peel on and they came out great.

Soak the apples in a mixture of equal-parts lemon juice and water. The lemon juice not only preserves the color of the apple, but it creates depth to the apple flavor without having to add sugar.

After soaking, place the apples on a cake rack on top of a cookie sheet. If you don’t have a cake rack (I don’t!), then just place the slices directly on the cookie sheet. I did not need to grease the pan – the apples came off fine on their own.

The oven should be preheated to 140 degrees F, and the apples should remain in the oven for five hours. If your apples aren’t on a rack, flip them half-way through. I found that my apples really needed about 6 hours.

The apples should be flexible and bendy. You can eat some immediately, or all of them if you just used a couple of apples. If you’re looking for long term storage, then after they have cooled, place them in a sealed jar for a few days.

Shake the jars every so often. Pasteurize them by freezing them in bags for two days, and keep them for up to 6-12 months in a cool, dry place.

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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dinner ideas 1.27.12

January 27, 2012

Posted by in dinner ideas

dinner ideas vegan dinner ideas


roasted fall veggies with lentils | butternut squash and apple soup | polenta pizzashepherd’s pie | vegan lasagna recipe

i found myself craving comfort food this week, so our meals were full of hearty-feel-good-foods. potatoes, soup and yummy polenta did the job! and don’t forget, if it wasn’t delicious and totally hubby approved, it doesn’t make the list!

monday: this new vegan lasagna recipe that is to.die.for.
tuesday: shepherd’s pie made from local fresh veggies.
wednesday: polenta pizza served with sauteed kale (yum-o!).
thursday: butternut squash and apple soup, a winter favorite!
friday: roasted fall veggies with lentils.

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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fresh the movie

hello, friends! boy do i have exciting news. for a short time only, you can watch fresh the movie for free online! (usually you have to purchase the dvd and a home viewing license for $30). which of course i did, because the trailer (see below) wrapped it’s arms around my heart and gave it a tug. anywhos, the movie is amazing and i’m so excited that everyone will have the opportunity to watch if for free!

featuring some of the biggest food heroes in the industry, watch as michael pollan, will allen and our favorite farmer joel salatin discuss the current food issues at hand and give us hope for the future. they have each witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture and seen the results of food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. watch as they provide sustainable alternatives and offer a practical vision for the future of our food and our planet. this film will touch your life in so many ways!

the trailer alone is enough to bring tears to my eyes (anyone else??) and the movie is all the better. hurry up and get to watchin’, the film is only available to watch for free through wednesday, february 1st 2012. visit fresh the movie to watch it now!

“I am a caretaker of creation, and what I’m supposed to do is leave it in better shape for the next generation than I found it. period.” -Joel Salatin

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point and shoot 1.26.12

January 26, 2012

Posted by in point and shoot

my week told pictorially. you can catch up on them here!

point and shoot

flower research (somebody’s gotta do it!).

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can’t believe the lavender is blooming in january.

point and shoot

point and shoot

started working with my pantone color books this week, they are a bit overwhelming but incredibly delightful.

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morning fog.

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my favorite organic green superfood, amazing grass (it’s so yummy!).

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rainy day workstation.

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the cutest carrots ever.

love, bonnie.

do you have any favorite photos from your life this week? we would love to see, won’t you share the a link to them?

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here. all photos by yours truly. :)

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color story- crafty pinks

January 26, 2012

Posted by in color story

color story

crafty pinks.

crafty pinks and a little teal,
soft and fuzzy would be ideal.
knitting needles and crochet hooks,
comfy corners and cozy nooks.
pattern books and baskets of yarn,
lots of knits for my converted barn.

- by yours truly. :)

did you know i live in a converted barn? these are just a few of the things that this pretty yarn reminded me of. what does it remind you of?

image: vintage apron hand dyed skeins

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