category: handmade

java java

April 24, 2014

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java java

i love my morning coffee. i delight in it in every way, as it represents a short, peaceful moment before the day begins. it’s all i need to rise and shine and get inspired! head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to read more about my love for coffee and grab the sources to these beautiful products!


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applewood smoked salt and a new salt cellar

this week i’ve fallen in love with two things:

1) my new salt cellar from honeycomb studio. it’s perfect in every way. glossy on the inside, matte on the outside. complete with the word SALT handwritten on the front and paired with the most adorable *gold tipped* porcelain spoon.

2) applewood smoked salt. i found this new (to me) salt at my local heath food store, but i also found it available online here, here and here. it has the most lovely smoky aroma and we’ve been dashing it on just about everything this week. it gives our dishes a nice smooth, woodsy finish. it’s amazing!

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a garden

April 16, 2014

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tood mclellan garden stills

oh how i love this photo by todd mclellan. it captures the simplicity and beauty of gardening so perfectly, don’t you think? todd’s work is amazing, i know you’ll love his art prints as well!

spring dirt

kinfolk magazine: image via restored

we’re picking up some cedar this afternoon for a few raised garden beds david will be building this week. i can’t wait to get my hands in this warm spring dirt! i have always planted vegetables, but this year i’m really excited to plant half of my garden with flowers! i fell in love with having fresh blooms when we lived in california, and i can’t wait to have flower garden here as well. nothing makes me happier than having freshly cut flowers in my home!

so i need your advice, what is your favorite flower to grow?



dinner ideas 4.11.14

April 11, 2014

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plant based recipes

this week’s meals were a mix of comforting (can you say mac and cheese anyone?) and healthful (yummy zucchini soup!) and both were deeply satisfying. i took a few days off from cooking over the weekend and it made me realize just how much i love being in the kitchen. ingredients, smells and tastes make me come alive and i love to serve up something tasty and nourishing to my loved ones.

monday: curried egg toast (breakfast for dinner!)
tuesday: mung yoga bowl
wednesday: vegetarian chicky parm
thursday: cauliflower mac and cheese yummy!
friday: herbed zucchini soup served with leftover mac and cheese

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!


thought provoking

April 9, 2014

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jennet hand lettering (3) i fell in love with jennet liaw’s work for several reasons this week. most obviously, her hand lettering is stellar and seems to be an endless source of inspiration. i also absolutely love how much thought has gone in to each one of her illustrations. they are clever, witty and thought provoking. some are funny and cute while others are motivating and encouraging.

i especially love the one above. many of you know my story, but for those of you who don’t i’ll tell you one of my secrets to living my dream (hint: it’s illustrated above!). several years ago i decided that i wanted to be a surface pattern designer. about 6 months went by and i still had the same dream, but i was still sitting at my same job doing the same thing every day. it wasn’t until i realized that someday had to be TODAY that i began making progress. i decided to start doing just one thing every single day in the direction of my dreams. some days it was simply writing an email, other days it was learning a new skill. i did this every single day and after 18 months landed my first job as a surface pattern designer. oh my goodness, it worked! i still use the same philosophy today (in fact, i just started towards another goal yesterday with this same concept). dreams just don’t come true unless you start making things happen. they’re big and scary when you look at the big picture, but if you break them down into daily bite sized chunks you’ll accomplish so much. call one person, write one email, sketch one drawing, look at one video lesson, do one page in your portfolio. how many ever months or years it takes you doesn’t matter, the point is that you’ll accomplish BIG things if you start doing small things!

so that’s why jennet’s illustration meant so much to me when i saw it. be sure to follow her on instagram for more goodness as well!

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to the sea

April 9, 2014

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to the sea

shown above clockwise: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

a good book recommendation and a the slightest of warmer days and my bones are aching to visit the sea.

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happy birthday going home to roost!

today is going home to roost’s 5th birthday! aw, i’m such a proud momma to this blog. :) to celebrate, i’m giving YOU 50% off my etsy shop for today only. just use coupon code ‘FIVEYEARS’ during checkout. enjoy!

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spring gallery advertising

hello lovelies! it’s that time of year again! spring is here which means it’s the perfect time to market your business and the spring gallery is here to help! if you glance over in the right hand sidebar, you’ll see a place with the spring gallery emblem in it. below, i’ll be opening up 15 large spots for anyone who would like to showcase their shop, blog or website for the spring buying season!

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in addition to having your ad in this prime real estate spot, if you purchase all three months you’ll also receive a set of my brand new print collection called sweet nectarincluded are three signed 8×10 prints printed on premium presentation paper and sent to you in a sturdy mailer with cardboard backing to ensure their safety. in addition to receiving the art prints, you’ll also be included in one of the gift guides during the months that you’re advertising.

these spots will go on a first come first serve basis and are available to book for april, may and june only. offer is not valid with any other deals. just e-mail me if you’re interested!

*roost tribe members get 20% off the original pricing, making this deal even sweeter!

** to see all of going home to roost’s advertising options, click here.

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