crocheted sea creatures

| handmade

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

a sampler of bacterial anatomy

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

plush mollusk anatomy

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

mushroom crochet patterns

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

crochet patterns

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

ecosystems of the lower balearic

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

prawn, seahorse & coral

crocheted protein structures? octopus, algae and bacterial anatomy? oh, yes! this handmade cabinet of curiosity goes there. i love so much that jessica polka crochets the unknown, the fascinating and the scientific. she offers a number of patterns and pendants in her shop, wunderkammer and lots of help, advice and info on her blog as well. what do you think? interesting, beautiful and incredibly talented, to say the least?

a whole latte love

| bonnie forkner

our new saeco espresso machine
 
you all know i’m a coffee drinker, but our latest addition has taken it up one giant notch. i gave david an espresso machine for christmas (gotta love gifts that give dual pleasure) and have been sippin’ on coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and little espressos ever since. though i have to admit that i feel badly for our since-put-away french press (i think i’ve watched toy story too many times), i’m receiving this caffeinated goodness with open arms. dave used to work at a coffee shop during college, so he knows all the tricks to making up super frothy and delicious drinks. my favorite so far? i think his specialty chocolate soy latte.

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| vintage finds

jean jean vintage
 
emily duffelmeyer- better well known as duff, owns one of my favorite vintage shops, jean jean vintage. she collects and thrifts, then meticulously studies and cleans each of these found pieces, all of which make me nostalgic to a time in which i never lived. with a mission of helping find these past loved pieces a new home, i bet we could all find something that makes us feel pretty in her shop.

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love

| lifestyle

ok, i seriously just happened to stumble across BOTH of these photos! when i saw the meat love, i of course immediately thought of yesterday’s post. but when i happened across the lentil love, i thought, “ok, this is just weird.” weird enough to share with you!
 
united steaks of america

united steaks of america by dominic

lentil love

lentil love by geninne

so which one do you fancy? read the post below and join in our conversation!

20 reasons to go vegan

| simple living

why would one choose to be vegan? one of my dear friends posed this exact question on facebook over the weekend, and it really got me thinking. most of you know that my husband and i have been a vegetarian for a long time, and often end up eating a vegan diet as well. their are many reasons why someone would go vegetarian, vegan or choose to eat only local & organic products, but today i want to specifically discuss the reasons why someone would choose to ‘go vegan’.

10 reasons to go vegan

{the cooks}

1. you’ll live longer. studies show that on average vegans live 6 years longer than meat eaters.

2. avoid toxins. (non-organic) meat contains antibiotics, hormones & toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten.
3. less land consumption. an astounding 20 vegans can live off the same amount of land required by one meat eater.
4. less water consumption. it only takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1lb of wheat whereas it takes 2500 gallons to produce 1lb of meat.

5. reduce potential for food poison. 80% of food poisoning is due to infected meat.
6. reduced risk of heart disease. vegans have a 57% reduced risk of getting heart disease (the #1 killer in america today!).
7. proper protein. the average american eats twice as much protein as necessary for a healthy diet and much of that is from red meat. getting protein from beans and grains is much healthier and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.
8. healthy hormones. eating animals that have been given hormones to speed growth (a widely accepted practice in the meat industry) means those hormones go into your body. not only can this disrupt the natural balance of your hormones, but some of the hormones given to animals have shown to cause tumor growth in humans.
9. avoid antibiotics. antibiotics are almost always given to (non-organic) feed animals, which can lead to bacterial resistance in humans. many of the antibiotics used to treat human infections are also used in feed animals. this means by consuming this, we are causing ourselves to be less resistant to antibiotics.
10. increased weight loss. a healthy weight loss is a typical result of a smart vegan diet. eating vegan eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues. 33% percent of americans are obese, while only 2% of vegans are.
11. prevent osteoporosis. bone health depends on a balance of neither too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium, and low sodium. with a healthy vegan diet, all four of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing osteoporosis.
12. appropriate puberty. since 1950, girls are hitting puberty on average 4-7 years earlier and boy’s sperm counts have decreased by 25-50% due to the hormones present in non-organic meat and dairy products.
13. reduced risk of alzheimers. meat eaters have double the rate of alzheimers disease as vegans.
14. support heathy ecosystems. nitrates & pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock end up in our rivers and vastly effect the health of micro environments and ecosystems.
15. reduce global warming. the 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas which leads to global warming).
16. reduce animal cruelty. the animals involved in mass industry farming are exposed to the most cruel, unsanitary and horrific conditions. if you can handle watching it, the meet your meat‘ movie will give you a glance into the common practices of present day industry farming.
17. reduce your risk for cancer. vegans have a 40% reduced level of cancer than the general population thought to be because they have a higher intake of vitamins A,C & E.
18. eliminate bad cholesterol. eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all of the ‘bad’ dietary cholesterol from your diet (heart disease is the leading cause of death in america today).
19. save rain forests. if they continue to clear american forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.
20. increase your energy. when following a healthy vegan diet, you will find your energy is much higher.

so many people get hung up on the idea that eating vegan or vegetarian is just too difficult. or they may find themselves emotionally attached to just how tasty meat can be. what they often don’t know, is that it is ever increasingly easy to eat a vegan/vegetarian diet, and enjoy much of the same things you do now. with meat substitutes, you can enjoy healthy vegan bacon, burgers and even barbecue! it’s a great way to ease into the lifestyle. today, even eating out is no problem. with most american restaurants offering vegan friendly dishes, you can also head to a mexican, thai, chinese, or indian restaurant for a sure bet of vegan/vegetarian options.

what do you think? is it worth the health of your body and your planet to skip the meat? i think i could have stopped after reason #1 and been convinced, but i would love to know what you think. i’ll meet you in the comments section!

resources & further recommended reading: veggie revolution, 101 reasons to go vegetarian, 57 health benefits of going vegan, dr. oz

homemade hummus

| seasonal recipes

happy monday! how was your weekend? between running errands with the hub and cleaning up the house, i managed to squeeze in time to make some homemade hummus. it went together so quickly and is absolutely scrumptious!

homemade hummus
 

ingredients:

  • - 2 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans; drained
  • - 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • - 2/3 cup of tahini
  • - 1/3 cup lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • - 1/4 cup olive oil
  • - 2 tsp minced ginger
  • - 1 tsp salt
  • - 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • - 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • - 1/4 tsp cumin
  • - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

homemade hummus
 

directions:

combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth (if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand held mixer for a chunkier consistence). adjust seasonings to taste and spoon into a serving bowl. serve with veggies, pita bread or crackers. makes about 3 cups.

i love hummus because the possibilities are endless!  you can add an array of spices, add some heat or just make it plain and simple. it’s delicious as a dip or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. enjoy!

diy watercolor paints

| DIY projects

happy friday, lovelies! even though i’ve been back since monday, i still feel like i’m trying to get back in the groove of things from our break. do you? or, is it just me? i still have a few bags to unpack and things to do around the house, of which i plan to get to this weekend, but in addition to that, i hope to get a little creative.

diy watercolor paints

photo by heather hackett.

i found this easy recipe for making your own watercolors over on heather hackett’s blog, lilac silhouette. made with ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry, this recipe goes together quickly and will have you painting in no time. you can head on over to lilac silhouette for the full how-to and recipe.

what do you plan to do this weekend? i’m hoping to paint a little. :)

custom event invitations

| handmade

andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
i’ve introduced andi mans beautiful photography to you before (do you remember?) and was so excited to see that she has just launched a new line of custom event invitations! made completely to order with attention given to every detail, her designs are fun, classy and whimsical all at the same time. whether for a wedding, baby shower or birthday, andi will set up a personal consultation with you to make sure every the invite is tailored to exactly what you need. my personal fave? the loveissweet one!