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well, the arctic weather is upon us! though i’m sure we’ll have much colder weather over the next few months, this is the first time that it feels like november.  there’s a 50% chance of snow tomorrow {squeal!} with a high of 31°F and the rest of the week isn’t looking much warmer.  so it’s time to get the boots out! you know, the ones with the fur?

These arctic animals from baby animals include:

1. an arctic rabbit

2. a polar bear

3. a caribou (or reindeer)

4. a narwhal

5. a lemming

note: i know we know each other much to well to be discussing the weather, but you see, the hub has been telling me for weeks that i can make soup on the first day it snows (let’s just say it’s not his favorite dish). so snow means soup and soup means warm hands and cozy evenings.

anyways, i’m feeling a bit like the arctic rabbit, as no matter how many furry things i put on, i’m still cold. how about you- what animal do you liken yourself to today?

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the kitchen roost aprons

just a quick announcement to say that the going home to roost etsy shops are back in business {yeah}!  the boxes are all finally unpacked and after a few months hiatus, you can now visit the kitchen roost to see bunches and bunches of new aprons, including a brand new design that i’m really excited about- the new reversible half apron!

home to roost pillows

the home to roost shop is also back open with lots of love and new pillow designs. i think my favorite is the new bunting design. :)

thanks for letting me have a ‘show and tell’ moment! xox, bonnie

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downloadable art

November 9, 2010

Posted by in free downloads

free downloadable art
 
from one of my favorite songs, cannon by phil wickham.  enjoy!
 

>> download here <<

 
terms of use: print it, frame it, change it, spread it, share it, and give it- just don’t sell it. :)  if you post it, please direct readers back to this post for the download.  xox!

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before and after book shelf

November 8, 2010

before and after book shelf

i found this odd book shelf at the thrift store, and quickly saw the potential.  after a little wood glue and lots of paint, it turned out to be one of my favorite pieces!

before and after book shelf

ta da! there’s a lot going on here, so let’s break it down:

– mirror: thrifted and painted
– antlers: found
– cork: sticky on the back; from the hardware store

    i found deer antlers!

    yup, I FOUND THESE!! yes, i was that excited, they’re huge!  david and i went on a long trail run this weekend and at the top of this heinous hill, i looked down to find these deer antlers.  it make the whole run worth it!  i made dave carry them back the whole way, so glad he didn’t trip and poke his eye out!

    added cork board for notes

    at first, i couldn’t figure out what to do with the blank slate on front that was screaming for attention.  then i remembered i had a roll of sticky cork board!  perfect for little notes, inspiration pieces or orders to fill- it’s my favorite part of this makeover.

    framed from our nature walk

    remember all the little things i found on our nature walk? i finally figured out what to do with them!  i found this shadow box while out thrifting and gave it a coat of grey spray paint- then pinned all my little foundlings to it.

    before and after book shelf

    it even has shelves on the side, which make it the perfect craft organizer for my sewing room. everything’s neatly organized (for now) and easy to get to.

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    happy monday, lovelies!  how was your weekend? i’m happy to say that mine was quite productive (for once), and i have lots to share with you.  first up, how do you roast a pumpkin? a butternut squash? and what should you do with the seeds?

    roasted pumpkin

    after posting quite a few recipes that use roasted pumpkins and maybe a butternut squash, i thought i would do a formal ‘how to roast winter squashes post’.  i always roast mine ahead of time, say while i’m cleaning house or sewing, then preserve them in the freezer.  that way, they are ready to use anytime i like. here’s how!

    step 1: remove the stems, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.

    >>don’t throw away your seeds! preserve them in a bowl for easy toasting and scrumptious snacking (see below)<<

    step 2: for butternut squash, place cut side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.

    for pumpkins, fill the center with 1/4 cup of water and cover with tin foil to create a ‘steamer’.  place right side up on a baking sheet (or right on the oven racks).

    step 3: roast in the oven at 450 degrees until the skin has browned and the flesh of the squash is easily poked with a fork; about 45-60 minutes.

    step 4: let the squash cool and then either remove the skin (for butternut squash) or scoop out the flesh (for pumpkins).

    step 5: use or preserve! you can use these right away or preserve them.  to preserve them, slice and place in baggies, then place in the freezer.

    roasting winter squashes will fill your home with the sweet aromas of autumn- for me, it makes fall come alive!

    toasted pumpkin seeds

    it’s so easy to use the seeds from a winter squash, and when toasted, they taste amazing. here’s how!

    step 1: rinse the seeds in a colander to remove all the stringy squashy stuff, then pat dry.

    step 2: toss with 1 tbs of olive oil and sprinkle with course sea salt.

    step 3: spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

    step 4: toast in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

    toasted pumpkin seeds

    they are so delicious! between snacking on them and putting them on our salad that evening, i’m sad to say that ours were gone in one day.  they’re addicting!

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    vote for kind over matter!

    November 5, 2010

    Posted by in crafty blogs

    the kind over matter project : help us help you! from kind over matter on vimeo.

    focusing heavily on the handmade community, kind over matter is dedicated to kind acts, inspirational art, kind projects and feel good nouns. a while back, i was able to write a little post for them, and the more and more i’ve learned about their project, the more i’ve fallen in love with it.  please, take a moment to learn about the kind over matter project and what you can do to help them continue spreading the love!

    kind over matter was born in february 2009. they began encouraging others to ‘card drop‘ — an act of kindness in which you leave an inspirational card in a random location for a loved one or stranger to find.  they found and shared inspirational photographs, art, handmade items, bloggers, websites, diy freebies and etsy shops, all with the sole intention of bringing a little hope and light into your day.  they want to inspire people to live better lives, be kinder, connect, and gain perspective and peace of mind.

    their goal is to help independent artists in the handmade community achieve their dreams by awarding micro-grants to polish off their businesses. their hope is to turn kind over matter into a non-profit and start selling merchandise that promotes kindness and positivity. they will be using donations and a percentage of the proceeds to fund the grants. these grants will not be awarded by professional curators they will be appointed by YOU! after initiating website upgrades and design changes, they plan to use an interactive voting system so that members of the handmade community will be able to vote for their peers. now called the kind over matter project, they are trying to take it to the next level.

    but they can’t do this without you – they need our help!

    they are in the running for the pepsi refresh project. pepsi is giving away millions of dollars to fund great ideas, and they could be one of them! from november 1st to december 1st you can vote for the project- and you can vote for it every day! you can go directly to their page to vote, either by creating an account on pepsi refresh or by logging into facebook.

    you could also help them by spreading the word!  here are some easy ways to do that:

    you could share their announcement post, where they explain what the project is all about. or if you have facebook or twitter you can share this link: http://bit.ly/d0ZKAf with your friends and ask them to vote for them!

    here are some sample text for twitter, to make things a little easier: Vote for @kindovermatter to win a $25K grant in #pepsirefresh! Helping artists & promoting kindness — vote here: http://pep.si/c7WhzZ

    you can also sign up for daily e-mail reminders to vote: Click here to sign up! and, when you sign up, you get a little something special as their way of saying thank you!

    this is about spreading optimism, donating, and changing lives. it’s about the community pulling together to nurture individual wealth in order for our collective wealth to grow. so let’s vote!

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    Ferm Living Wallpaper

    November 5, 2010

    Posted by in home decor

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    ferm living wallpaper

    so fun to see what a little bit of modern wallpaper can do for a space, don’t you think? ferm living offers a whole line up of home goods, but i’m especially smitten by their wallpaper.  inspired by natural elements and soft hues, i love the organic feel they each have.

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    pumpkin pizza wreath

    November 4, 2010

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    that’s right! i roasted some pumpkins last week and have been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since!  i love using pumpkins for dishes other than sweets, and this one hit the spot. with caramelized onions, apples, sage, and spinach- this ‘pizza’ envelops you with the flavors of fall.

    ingredients:

    • - whole wheat pizza crust dough (here’s one of my favorite recipes)
    • - 2 cups of roasted pumpkin puree (see recipe at step 3)
    • - 1 cup of caramelized onions
    • - 1 tbs butter (vegan: earth balance butter)
    • - 1 crispy apple (like fuji, honey crisp, etc); chopped
    • - 2 cups of fresh spinach
    • - 1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese (vegan: daiya cheese)
    • - 5 leaves fresh sage
    • - 2 sprigs fresh oregano
    • - 4 tbs olive oil
    • - fresh parmesan for the topping (vegan: leave off)

    *i know this looks like a lot of ingredients, but keep in mind that you can substitute or leave out anything you like! once you have your pizza dough, you can fill it with anything that floats your boat.

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 1: roll out your dough into a long oval.  mine turned out to be about 10″ by 25″.  using a knife, cut strips about 1″ wide down each side,  just make sure to leave about 5″ in the middle to stack your goodies.

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 2: caramelize the onions. heat 1 tbs of butter in a pan and add the onion.  cook on medium for about 15 minutes stirring often, until the onions have become translucent and are caramelized.

    step 3: begin stacking your goodies! spread about 2 cups of pumpkin puree first, then add the caramelized onions and the apple.

    how do you roast a pumpkin?

    it’s easy! preheat your oven to 475 degrees. 1-3 lb pie (or sweet) pumpkins work best.  remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half, then remove the seeds.  place on a pan cut side up and add 3-4 tbs of water to the center of each pumpkin ‘boat’.  cover with tin foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes.  remove from the oven, let cool and scrape the pumpkin from the skin (discard skin).  use immediately or freeze in baggies to last you all winter long!

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 4: continue stacking by adding the spinach, gorgonzola and mozzarella.  sprinkle with half of the sage and oregano.

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 5: begin crossing over your dough strips to cover the filling.  you can criss cross, ‘braid’ or just lay them horizontally.

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 6: carefully pick up each end to turn them up and around to make a wreath.  pinch the open ends to seal. tip: i’m working on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

    step 7: top your wreath with the parmesean and remaining sage and oregano.

    pumpkin pizza recipe

    step 8: bake at 375 degrees until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

    enjoy! xox, bonnie

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