Carnitas!

July 28th

Last night we had a bit of a terrier party — whose parents enjoyed carnitas and corn risotto stuffed poblano peppers.

Carnitas Night

Same dog: small, medium, large.

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

Carnitas Night

 

Another fun, easy night at the Heirloom Hacienda. Great company, good food, happy dogs.

~K

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Winner!

July 25th

Yes.

*Image totally swiped from Instagram. Lovely and NOT mine

 

Hey! Remember when I said I’d give a pencil pouch to a random commenter?  Well, good news. If you commented, you get one. I’ll be reaching out for details this weekend.

Because one of the only little joys in life sweeter than new school supplies is great mail.

xo,

K

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Giveaway: Back to School Pencil Pouch

July 22nd

One of the best parts of going back to school? New school supplies. I often find myself wandering the school supply aisles even now, some ten years since leaving graduate school.

Pencil pouches

(I am the same kid who saved my babysitting money to hit the Sanrio store in southern California each summer on family vacation. I wanted Hello Kitty everything.)

Pencil pouches

As such — a few charmed zippered pencil pouches. How great is this pattern? It provided the perfect chance to use a few random earrings I’d saved, sadly having given up on finding the pair. Voila: a trio of sunny pencil pouches ready for the new school year.

Pencil pouches

Interested in having one? Leave a comment telling your favorite back-to-school story and I’ll pick one comment randomly to win a pouch. I may just send along some Hello Kitty stationery too.

Pencil pouches

 

xo,

K

 

*Comments now closed. Thank you, all!

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July 22nd

Prescott trip!

I am newly in love with all things embroidered and cross stitch. Pair this with my love of vintage linens (or perhaps to explain this love) and I’m coming up with a ridiculous number of projects.

{Side note: Does anyone else fight tears when they see vintage linens or quilts in a thrift store? It breaks my heart so much effort and work goes into these items — love for the recipient no less — and that they are eventually discarded. Ug. As the daughter of a quilter, I cannot imagine my mom’s stuff ever landing in a Goodwill. It would feel like discarding a piece of her.}

I spotted these hand towels this weekend in an overpriced, yellowing heap in Prescott. Unwilling to pay $18 per towel or napkin, I snuck a photo instead. I have enough arts and craft supplies to open a camp for the children of Arizona at this point. I’m guessing I can find what I need to create something similar.

Also — my friend Sue pointed me to this site the other day. How cute are the vintage napkins? I’m also thinking now of cutting up some of my vintage sheets to make pillow cases that actually fit the pillows on my bed.

 

~K

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Get Away

July 21st

This weekend, we got away for a quick break north to Prescott — where it was mercifully a good 20 degrees cooler.

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Prescott trip!

Three cheers to: excellent coffee and breakfast burritos at The Raven Cafe; fun thrift, the courthouse weekend art show, great people watching, time away alone with the man I love, and did I already mention the cooler weather?

Yes. Sweet Mary and Moses, I cannot wait for another break. I’m melting this summer.

Thank you, Prescott! We’ll be back soon.

xo,

K

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Cable Wrangler

July 17th

Hiding cables

 

There is something about a pile of cables that drive me nuts. I really didn’t like the way this corner of my home looked. There was a power strip underneath this piece of furniture and a dozen different cords running amok.

 

 

 

Hiding cables

 

Gah. See the edge of the power strip in the center? If you sat on the couch, you could see the tangle of nonsense.

 

 

Hiding cables

 

In December, I found this wood carrier at Goodwill for $3. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but I thought with a bit of an update,it could be placed restroom to hold rolled washcloths or other necessities. In six months, that plan hadn’t happened. I found it the other day in a closet and was newly inspired.

Hiding cables

 

With a bit of leftover house paint and some paper market sacks, I got to work on my idea. The first phase involved several coats of paint to cover that lovely basket design, and other wear and tear.

 

Hiding cables

 

And then a bit of glam. I love gold accents.

 

Hiding cables

 

I then asked for help to drill a large hole in one end. And got back to work with the paint touch ups.

Hiding cables

Hiding cables

Hiding cables

 

A girlfriend gave me these for Christmas. They came in very handy; I stuck them to the back of the side table to wrangle a few of the larger cords, including the power strip.

Hiding cables

 

I then ran the router and wireless thingy’s cords through the hole and placed them in the newly painted box. With a few zip ties — cords wrangled.

Hiding cables

 

To me — this is a big difference. It is easier to clean around (I can lift the container to sweep and mop, rather than trying to deal with a tangle of technology), and there aren’t a dozen cords beneath the side table to collect dust.

Cords done wrangled.

Also: three cheers for using what you already have!

~K

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Saving Summer

July 14th

I’ve made more pesto in the last three months than ever before. The basil has done very in the garden this season, and when that ended — I’ve been buying these Trader Joe’s $3 bouquets.

Making summer last

With a bit left, and zero desire to once again make or freeze the same recipe, I threw the remaining leaves with a good olive oil in the food processor, and then into ice cube trays. Now, when cooking Italian food, or eggs, I can drop one of these in the frying pan. I may be sick of pesto today, but I’m sure next month I’ll be ready for fresh herbs again.

Making summer last

Making summer last

Making summer last

(Be sure to spray Pam in the ice cube tray before)

The smell of basil and tomato blossoms will always remind me of summer.

~K

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Pots!

July 13th

Succulents

Once upon a time, I lived with three of my girlfriends in a house that was falling down. Like the three little pigs, but we likely had less to eat. These were the salad days — I was out of college, working my tail off to make ends meet. They were still in college, working their tails off to make ends meet.

We had a lot of fun that year, including hosting Mini’s wedding shower and seeing Rebecca get engaged. We also all sat on Kacey’s denim blue couch and watched as the towers fell, one after the other on that bright blue Tuesday morning in 2001. Six weeks later, we were on the same couch watching as our hometown Arizona Diamondbacks took the World Series.

It was a strange, terrifying and exhilarating time. I loved living with those girls. We came up with the most ridiculous reasons to have people over, including craft outings — like painting pots. One afternoon our living room was full of young women wielding paint brushes. Terra cotta be damned! The results were pathetic, but fun was had all the same.

As such, I can’t paint a pot today without thinking of the Broadmoor. So many fun memories in that crazy, rambling house.

Succulents

 

Succulents

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Far from perfect, but perfection is so overrated. They’ll be filled with succulent starts soon enough.

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Succulents

Succulents

Succulents

Desert living!

~K

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Pattern testing

July 12th

Headbands

I am putting together a book proposal and trying a few new patterns. These headbands are so very handy when it is drippy hot outside and you just. cannot. get. those. damn. bangs. out. of. your. face.

Phew.

Headbands

That does the trick.

Wishing you cool thoughts and less annoyance — however you may come upon it.

~K

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Food Security

July 11th

It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged about food security. The other day I received a newsletter from the Association of Arizona Food Banks. The statistics listed rattled me — a reminder that it is good to use the tiny bit of soapbox power I have to discuss this increasingly serious social issue.

9-10-11 event

One in five Arizona adults is hungry, and the rate is even higher for kids — one in four. In other words, they do not know where their next meal will come from. This means some 1.17 million people in our state are living meal-to-meal. Seniors. Babies. The working poor.

That’s a lot of folks, and it is easy to be overwhelmed. A few simple ways you can help with food security in your community — regardless of where you live:

9-10-11 event

1. Find a local food bank and volunteer. Do what they need most. Maybe it is marketing, or sorting shelves. Maybe you are a great writer and can help with grants.

2. When you grocery shop, make a habit of buying an extra jar of peanut butter and can of tuna. These are inexpensive staples that are always in need.

3. See if your state hunger association has a tax credit program. In Arizona, you can donate up to $400 to AAFB and get the full amount back toward your state taxes. So, you give $400 to them and the state essentially matches it. Win/win.

4. Plant a garden. Find a place to donate a bit of your harvest. Produce is a luxury for families used to eating out of food boxes.

5. Consider keeping staples in your car to distribute, in lieu of money for homeless folks. These bags may include a bottle of water and a granola bar.

6. When you go out to eat, box up half of your meal for the guy sitting on the corner. Or — take it home and don’t be wasteful. Only in countries with such abundance does one hear the asinine, “I don’t eat leftovers.”  {This statement makes me so angry.}

7. Be an advocate. Learn about the hunger needs in your community and what can be done to address them on a policy level. Funding the Farm Bill should be a top priority. 

9-10-11 event

Why is hunger important? Because those who don’t get enough to eat commit crimes of survival. Children don’t thrive. Tempers flare. Oh, and also — this is a social issue of political will. We have plenty of food for everyone to be full.

Do something. We don’t have to change the world. But we could each do one small thing. (And right there — that is how we do change the world!)

~K

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