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draw gabby draw

June 14, 2011

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draw gabby draw

draw gabby draw

when gabrielle rose’s pen and watercolor meet paper, magic is created. a fairy tale land where dresses come alive and secret gardens thrive. i think you’ll enjoy browsing her shop, draw gabby draw, and let your imagination fly.

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Green Tea Frappe Recipe

June 14, 2011

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One of my favorite frozen drinks is the green tea frappe. A very interesting taste experience, green tea frappes feature the slight bitterness of green tea, complimented by the sweetness of milk and cream. Blended with ice, this drink is a cool treat for warm weather.

In coffee houses, green tea frappes are almost always made with matcha green tea, which is a powdered form of green tea leaves. My recipe does not use matcha powder, but rather, a more traditional method for blending lattes into frappes. For this reason, this recipe will not produce the signature green color of matcha powder – the frozen drink will be tea-colored.

ingredients

brewed green tea

3 additional green tea bags

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup crushed ice cubes

1/2 cup milk*

optional whipped cream topping

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

* milk can be switched for any other milk substitute, such as soy or rice milk.

directions

Begin with the green tea-infused simple syrup. Heat sugar and water in small sauce pan, stirring often. Bring to a boil, and add vanilla. Let boil for about 30 seconds, and remove from heat. Immediately drop in 3 green tea bags, and let tea bags steep in syrup until syrup as cooled completely; remove tea bags.

Next, brew a cup of green tea – I made mine extra-strength, with two tea bags. Let tea cool completely.

Crush ice in a blender until it is fine enough to be consumed with a straw. Fill a cup with crushed ice. Pour in 1/2 cup green tea, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/4 cup of green tea syrup; stir. Experiment and adjust with more or less tea, milk, or syrup to get the flavor that you enjoy.

Directions for whipped cream

Combine whipping cream and sugar in a bowl; beat with a hand-mixer on high for 3 minutes or until cream is thick and fluffy. Spoon whipped cream on top of green tea frappe.

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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falling feathers

June 14, 2011

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falling feathers
today i love: falling feathers. (and i think you can totally pull them off.)

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Next time you find yourself sitting for long periods of time writing a story or standing in that awkward position at the easel…try these five yoga poses and see how they will ENHANCE your creativity.

Wrist relief. As we hold our pen, type across the keys of the keyboard, or practice notes on our instruments we forget about the tiny bunch of bones that make it all possible…our wrists. The next moment…Cramp! Before you cramp up take a few moments to bend your elbow so that your forearm comes in toward your chest. Flex the wrist so that your palm faces up toward to ceiling. Using the opposite hand, press down on your extended fingertips to open the wrist…hold for 10 breaths and then bend your wrist in the opposite direction, so that your fingertips almost rest on your shoulder. Hold for 10 breaths and then do the other side.

Seated cat/cow. If you’re confined to the desk this is a great move to try out, but I recommend getting on the floor and doing regular cat/cow if you can. Artists tend to find themselves with shoulders that are hunched over so this is great to open up the heart and increase mobility in the spine. Inhale and draw the shoulder blades onto the back, spread the collarbones, look up and allow the chest to expand. Exhale, round the spine like a Halloween cat, round the shoulders, draw the navel toward your spine, and tuck your chin. This pose is just as much about the breath as it is the fluid motion of the spine. Work it and it will work you!


Hello Hamstrings! Giving the ole’ hamstrings a good stretch with a forward fold, standing or seated, is a great, restorative pose for artists. As creative people we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to always perform and put out “perfect” work. Try this pose and as you stand there hinging at the hips let all your insecurities and fears literally roll off your back. Anatomically this pose will release your lower back, lengthen the spine, and tone the hamstrings that we all love to shorten as we sit driving or creating for hours.

Healing Hip Opener. Here is another pose that you can do in the chair or supine on a yoga mat. Releasing tension in the hips opens up more space for creative breakthroughs so try it out! Scoot to the edge of your seat…both feet firmly planted on the ground. Place your right ankle on top of your left leg just above the knee. Breathing in, lengthen your spine by rooting through the sit bones and reaching the crown of your head toward the sky. Breathing out and keeping the spine long and straight begin folding the torso gently over the legs. You’ll feel this in your hip. Be kind to your hips and only fold to your edge. Hold this pose for a minute or so and then switch sides.

Breathe. That’s right! It’s that simple. Taking a moment to walk away from your work, get out of your mind, and back into your body can do wonders for your creative energy. Try sitting in a comfortable position. Relax the jaw, let your shoulders fall away from your ears, root through your sit bones as you extend through the crown of your head and turn inward. Silently and lovingly observe your breath as you send yourself some kindness. If nothing else, Artists can always use more breathing and more kindness.

How has yoga enhanced your creative experience? How has creativity enhanced your yoga? I would love to know!

My name is Courtney Pearce! I am a yoga teacher, creative soul, Great Dane momma, Health Promotions nerd, blogger at yogag33k.com, and co-creator of “Dancing in the Fire: A 30 day journey to creativity through yoga and art” with Eliza Tobin. Join us this August to meet your creativity through art journaling, meditation, and yoga! Go to 30 days of yoga and art and receive two FREE creative affirmation prints. I look forward to connecting and meeting kindred spirits along the journey to creativity through yoga and art! Namaste.

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happy friday, lovelies! before i get into today’s last post i just wanted to mention a few things! first i hope each of you have a very lovely long weekend filled with sunshine and happiness.  i’ll be taking monday off for memorial day but will plan to see you back here on tuesday. :) we’ve also got family coming into town for the next week (our first visitors, yeah!), so though i will still be regularly posting, i’ve lined up a few guest posts as well to help lighten my load. i know you will really enjoy them!

now on to one of my the most useful (and delicious) recipes!

last week i had the pleasure of meeting kathy, a new friend who shared this recipe with me for mojo de ajo, and it’s amazing! i’ve always minced  my own fresh garlic for meals, but i’ve got to admit.. when it comes down to doing it (which is nearly every meal) i always think it’s a bummer. like, great, now my fingers will smell like garlic for the rest of the night. i’ll also have to clean up the papery shells AND the mincer.

what this recipe allows you to do is roast garlic and keep it in your fridge for up to 3 months. that way, every time your recipe calls for some fresh garlic, all you have to do is dip some out! yeah!

i pretty much followed this recipe exactly, but i did make a few changes. i’ll share with you my version, but feel free to refer back to the original.

ingredients:

– 4 large heads garlic
– 1.5 cups of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

directions:

preheat the oven to 325˚f.  break apart the heads of garlic, i find it easiest to mash each clove with the side of a knife and my fist to help remove the papery shell.  place the garlic in an 8×8 size pan and pour the olive oil over it (the cloves should be mostly covered). add the salt and stir lightly.

bake for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until the garlic has lightly browned. remove and add the lemon juice, and lightly stir again. return to oven for another 20 minutes.

when finished, mash with a large fork (or the bottom of a mason jar) until the garlic is lightly minced. pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. enjoy every time your meal calls for fresh garlic!

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vintage goodness

June 14, 2011

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vintage bird plates, antique foliage prints and lots of character are what you’ll find at shaving kit and i’ve got my eye on several of these charming pieces. the old tables, chipping paint and greenery in all the pictures makes browsing this shop a truly lovely experience.

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herb drying

there’s nothing quite as satisfying, more delicious, (or cheaper!) than drying your own herbs.

herb drying
i am blessed to have fresh rosemary, oregano, and lavender growing in my yard (with some mint and basil patiently waiting to be planted) and yesterday i grabbed a few clippings from each of them.

herb drying

one of my favorite kitchen gadgets has been my ceramic herb drier. mine looks like a ‘ribbon’ that has been placed in somewhat of a figure eight shape, and though i can’t find this exact one, i found several that would do the trick. just rinse your herbs and place them in the ‘vase’ until they are dry enough to harvest.

herb drying

1. vertical pod wall vase; $29

2. blue and brown hasta wall vase; $34

3. textured teal beaded wall vase; $24

4. cage wall sculpture; $42

what is your favorite way to dry herbs?

simple living

 

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emerald and ellalately, i’ve had birthday parties, barbecues and picnics on my mind. when i found emerald + ella, visions of the most lovely parties started to form. sipping lemonade from paper straws and eating lemon blueberry muffins wrapped in beautifully striped cupcake liners. i think they’ve got just about every kind of kitchenware to make your next gathering one to remember.

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