January 31, 2013
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January 31, 2013
this is my week told pictorially. if you’re new to point and shoot, you can catch up here! :)
this pretty much sums up my week- working in my sketchbook, building lots of fires and eating lots of fresh veggies!
do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to them in the comment section!
January 30, 2013
stargazing is one of my most favorite things to do. this past december, i was able to see the brilliant geminid meteor shower, and it’s something i’ll never forget! husband and i bundled up in sleeping bags and watched for about an hour as the stars darted across the sky. this year, i’m determined not to miss any of the big stargazing events, so i made a list and turned it into a little printable for us!
1) january 21 — very close moon/jupiter conjunction. a waxing gibbous moon (78% illuminated) will pass within less than a degree to the south of jupiter high in the evening sky. your closed fist held out at arms length covers 10 degrees. these two won’t get that close again until 2026.
2) february 2-23 — best evening view of mercury. the planet mercury will be far enough away from the glare of the sun to be visible in the western sky after sunset. it will be at its brightest on the 16th and dim quickly afterwards. on the 8th it will skim by the much dimmer planet mars by about 0.4 degrees.
3) march 10-24 — comet panstarrs at its best. first discovered in 2011, this comet should be coming back around for about 2 weeks. it will be visible low in the northwest sky after sunset.
4) april 25 — partial lunar eclipse. a very minor, partial lunar eclipse (not visible in north america) where only about 2 percent of the moon’s diameter will be inside the dark shadow of the earth.
5) may 9 — annular eclipse of the sun (“ring of fire” eclipse). it will be visible in northern australia and parts of papua new guinea but mostly within the pacific ocean.
6) may 24-30 — dance of the planets. mercury, venus and jupiter will seemingly dance between each other in the twilight sky just after sunset as they will change their positions from one evening to the next. venus will be the brightest of all, six times brighter than jupiter.
7) june 23 — biggest full moon of 2013. it will be the biggest full moon because the moon will be the closest to the earth at this time making it a ‘supermoon’ and the tides will be affected as well creating exceptionally high and low tides for the next few days.
8) august 12 — perseid meteor shower. one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year producing upwards of 90 meteors per hour provided the sky is dark. this year the moon won’t be in the way as much as it will set during the evening leaving the rest of the night dark.
9) october 18 — penumbral eclipse of the moon. visible mostly in asia, europe and africa, at this time the 76% of the moon will be covered by the penumbral shadow of the earth.
10) november 3 — hybrid eclipse of the sun. a hybrid eclipse meaning, along its path, the eclipse will turn from annular to total and in this case most of the path will appear to be total as there will be a slight ring of sunlight visible near the beginning of the track. this one will begin in the atlantic (near the east coast of the u.s.) and travel through africa.
11) november 17-18 — leonids meteor shower. this is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. the shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. the last of these occurred in 2001.
12) mid-november through december — comet ison. the second comet this year, ison, could potentially be visible in broad daylight as it reaches its closest point to the sun. it will reach that point on november 28 and it is close enough to the sun to be categorized as a ‘sungrazer’. afterwards it will travel towards earth (passing by within 40 million miles) a month later.
13) all of december — dazzling venus. the brightest planet of them all will shine a few hours after sundown in the southwestern sky and for about 1.5 hours approaching new years eve. around december 5th, a crescent moon will pass above the planet and the next night venus will be at its brightest and wont be again until 2021.
14) december 13-14 — geminid meteor shower. this is another great (if not the best) annual meteor shower. this year put on a show at about 120 meteors per hour and in 2013 it won’t be much different so expect another fantastic show. however, the moon – as it is a few days before full phase – will be in the way for most of the night obscuring some of the fainter meteors. You might have to stay up in the early morning hours (4am) to catch the all the meteors it has to offer.
January 30, 2013
these simple rustic linen lampshades would really set the tone for a home that you want to give a natural, comfortable and cozy feel. pictured above is the lampade bigger by orietta marcon, but remodelista has turned this idea into a diy project, so that with a few simple supplies we can make them ourselves! their wrinkled shades and earth tone colors really make them stand out as unique pieces. in this house, i envision antique furniture, cozy nooks and comfortable seating areas- and maybe even some cute wooly sheep out the window!
at night, they give off a warm, rustic and romantic light. i think a smaller version would also be beautiful hung over a dining room table, or reading nook. head on over to remodelista for the diy instructions!
January 29, 2013
jenna lou is an incredibly talented and passionate sewer, and it really shows through in her work. at jenna lou designs, she specializes in making beautiful clutches, handbags and wallets for the everyday gal. she also makes stunning wedding clutches and accessories for brides and bridesmaids. when jenna offered to partner up for this giveaway, i was ecstatic! i just know you’ll love her work, and with a new beautiful blog to boot, you’ll enjoy getting to know her and following her journey as a successful stitcher, crafter and baker!
about the heather sling bag: the body features a slim pleat that wraps around the bag and darted bottom corners. the full length strap is comfortable to wear at one inch wide and adjustable from shoulder length to cross body. it has a zip top closure and is lined with jenna lou designer fabric. inside you’ll find a slip pocket to keep your keys and cell phone at easy reach.
about the flexie coin case: this is a practical and cute coin case with an internal metal frame at the top that “flexes” open when you squeeze the ends. perfect for cash and coins, or to organize smaller purse items like lip gloss, keys, and cards.
deadline: giveaway will end monday, january 4th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.
to enter: head on over to jenna lou designs to view her beautiful handbags. then come back here and leave a comment letting us know why you would love to win this sling bag and coin case.
additional ways to enter:
>> share on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost with hashtag #jennaloudesigns. then come back here and leave another comment letting us know you did so.
>> share giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #jennaloudesigns & #goinghometoroost. come back here and leave another comment with the url of your pin.
THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED
January 28, 2013
i’ve been finding myself oohing and ahhing over several projects and pictures lately, so i wanted to share them with you as well. some are related to valentine’s day, others are just for fun. enjoy clicking around!
3 | just a little inspiration
January 28, 2013
hey friends! toaster and i are so excited to be over on treasuring, jessica swift’s blog for a super fun interview! i was so excited when she asked me to be a part of her artists and renegades series- she’s one of my most favorite surface pattern designers and i always love to see what she’s up to! in this interview, we’re talking about dreams, mottos, embarrassing photos and playing two truths and a lie. come join the fun!
p.s. if you guess the lie, but sure to check back later today as i’ll be popping in to reveal the TRUTH!
January 25, 2013
after being out of town for a week, i was happy to get back in the kitchen cooking. it’s therapeutic for me, and i love thinking of and putting together meals. this week’s recipes were amazing, full of flavor and really satisfying. i hope you’ll try a few!
monday: polenta cakes with veggie ragout
tuesday: vegan grilled cheese with smoky tomato soup (yup, you heard me!!)
wednesday: veggie casserole with tofu topping
thursday: broccoli pesto with roasted red pepper pasta
friday: yummy yoga pot
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!