Wednesday, March 31, 2010

images to share

Just surfing around the internet tonight on my knitting break I came across some more awesome images on the NYPL Digital Gallery that I wanted to share. Enjoy!

Nestle’s Swiss Milk.  Digital ID: 1261066. New York Public Library

Peony : archness. Digital ID: 1574942. New York Public Library

Eggs of North American birds, ... Digital ID: 820623. New York Public Library

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

crafty craft!

Found this fun little project I thought I would share with you all! Enjoy!

Threadbanger is a great site full of fun ideas and projects! Can't wait to try this fun craftiness myself.

Monday, March 29, 2010

one more thing

A little blog icon/menu/link thing. Now to just figure out how to get it loaded and working! Good thing my honey is a computer nerd :)


So I've had this old, gold mirror for about 8+ years now and recently decided it needed a facelift. Here is a little peek as to what it looked like before and while I was applying primer. I will post pictures of the finished project later this week! (It's done, I just need a sunny day to take a good picture!)

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Today I am focusing on the little things. On normal days, I am such a pessimist that the little things in life annoy me, such as: not making it through that stubborn red light,  being let down when someone forgets how to do their job right and I have to fix it or not getting enough of my morning coffee. This leads for a very unnecessary stressed day. So today, I'm focusing! Little things, little things, such as: enjoying my morning coffee, the smell of my amazing Volcano candle, sleeping in and blogging. Oh, and this!

Hope you enjoy this little thing, too!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

DFdub Spring Bash

For my Dallas girs...2010 Spring Bash! I would go with you if I could!

*image from Spring Bash site

I want. I NEED!

Now on to the fun stuff!

Sublime Stitching has been one of my faves for years. I first discovered this crafting gem while in college. I've made tea towels, pillowcases and a sweater, cute-er with the help of Sublime Stitching. Today while checking out her site, I found more patterns that I want and NEED. Check em' out!

* artist The Black Apple

See more after the break!

life changes every 2.5 years

Looking back at my life calendar, I've realized that I go through pretty major changes, on average, every 2.5 years.  Be it changing schools, going to college, getting married, moving two states away or moving a few more states away again.  The moving across the country thing is what stands out the most. It brings up questions in my head as to why? Am I adventurous? Bored? Or am I always chasing some "Jessica's dream" I won't ever really find. I think it's a little of everything.

I am closing in on 2 years since my last move. And guess what? We are moving again!  Moving up to the Portland area has been a prayer answered and challenging a good portion of the time. My honey's job situation is forcing us to reexamine where we should be and what we really want. We want: family,friends, comfort, certainty and a break! We need: a healthy portion of tech/computer jobs, family, friends and comfort. We want: to go back to Tucson. We might: go back to Tucson or go up to Seattle.  Tucson has what we want. Seattle has what we need.  Am I nervous? Sure. Am I excited about what is next? Heck yes!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The Quail. Digital ID: 1589071. New York Public Library

Soda Bread

Today I decided to try my hand at making a loaf of Soda Bread I saw featured on Simply Recipes last week.  Everything I've ever made from this blog has turned out great and this looked like an easy and cute bread. Here is how mine turned out!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Find!

Why haven't I seen this site before? It reminds me of Etsy but cute-er (like Crafty Wonderland!).

Renegade Handmade is an extension of the Renegade Craft Fair that tours major US cities! This years city stops include: Austin, San Fran, Chicago (home base), Brooklyn and LA. Why won't you come to Portland/Seattle??
Looking at sites like Renegade Handmade motivates me to make cute, handmade, love-filled crafts for family, friends and ME!

Just look at this amazing Cinnamon Coffee Soap by meow meow tweet (love the name!) Entirely handmade from soap to wrapping. Can't wait to try my hand at making some fun stamped wrappers myself!

I have a couple days off of work (love having the occasional weekday off!) and plan to get a massage tomorrow, followed by a manicure, all thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law Michelle! I will precede and follow-up my pampering with knitting, maybe some stamping and if I'm not too lazy, sewing up a ruffle pillow for our bed.

Friday, March 19, 2010


1. Flowers and foliage; 2. Flo... Digital ID: 73366. New York Public Library

Check out these beautiful images and MORE on the NYPL Digital Gallery! I want to pick out a few to buy, then frame and place throughout the house.
1. Armandia lidderdali, Sikkim... Digital ID: 74794. New York Public Library[Four plant form designs.] Digital ID: 96487. New York Public Library

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bloomin' up!

I want. I NEED!

Look at these beautiful images from The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy! I would love a set of these to hang in my kitchen. Click the above link to check out her Etsy page.

*all image rights to Katie Daisy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Seattle Love part 2.

Aside from Seattle's beautiful parks, skyline and shopping, the city offers amazing food! Weather you like bar food, pizza, steaks or seafood, Seattle hosts some of the best in the country of each!

When visiting Seattle, we normally make a stop at Ivars Seafood Bar on Pier 54. Ivars is a great place to pick up some fish and chips and take a walk along the pier looking at shops and boats.  Also offered is the nice, sit-down Ivars Acers of Clams on Pier 54. With great view of the water, ships and Seattle sites, Ivars is a must when visiting Seattle.
*image belongs to

For a nicer, sit down meal I would suggest Chandlers Crabhouse on Lake Union. We celebrated birthdays there on Monday night and enjoyed a feast of fish, crab, veggies and steak! With the restaurant situated right on the pier at Lake Union, you will enjoy 5-star views, service and food. And don't forget to try the Crab Rockafeller - DANG!

If seafood is not your bag, I would suggest checking out Yelp for local favorites!

One of my true loves in life is coffee and Seattle is my nirvana.  Seattle is filled with local shop favorites like the Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar, Monorail Espresso and Market Spice as well as national favorites Seattle's Best, Tulley's and of course the first Starbucks located in Pike's Market.  Going to the original Starbucks is a must, if even to pick up a mug that you can only get there!

Seattle truly is a trip for your taste buds, shopping habits and camera! Let's hear it for my favorite city EVER - Seattle!!

Seattle Love.

Seattle is that one city for me that has it all. Beautiful city views, nature, great food and great shopping. Seattle is that one city that has never disappointed me and continues to fill me with glee just at the site of the Space Needle. This weekend I spent a few days in Seattle (well the whole South Sound area, including Olympia) and wanted to break down some of "Jessica's Best of Seattle" sites, shopping, food and tips.

When staying in Seattle, picking out the right hotel in the right area can really benefit your stay. We have always stayed in the South Lake Union area and it has always worked to our advantage. Most hotels in the area have shuttles that run day and night to tourist areas like the Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill, Seattle City Center and more.  Believe me, you don't want to drive around downtown Seattle without a plan in mind. You will waste precious shopping and picture taking time by looking for a parking spot that you have to be a pro-parker to even attempt.  This last trip we stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn and look at the view from our room!

Just off the left side of this photo above lies the Space Needle. What a spectacular view at night! Another hotel close by, the Silver Cloud Inn, is also a great choice with beautiful views. 

While exploring Seattle, be sure to bring good walking shoes (or if you are my friends Colin and Sandra, bring yer bike!) because anything you want to do can be done on foot. Just north of Lake Union lies the eclectic Freemont neighborhood.  With fun shops like Jive Records and the Vintage Mall, you can spend a whole afternoon exploring and enjoying. Be sure to stop by and take a picture by the Lenin statue and the Freemont Troll!

Right outside of the Freemont area, you will find Gasworks Park. This place was amazing! The city of Seattle really has turned this area into a gem. Huge, hilly fields allow you to run, play frisbee or tight rope walk between the structures! Dogs are allowed, as are bikes, skateboards and skates. This really is such a beautiful park to relax in and the views of Seattle can't be beat.

More to come on food and fun later today!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I think I am going to follow suit of many of my favorite blogs and post about cities I enjoy. I'm going to start a series of posts called "City Views". Here is a teaser of the city I plan to feature favorite city.

My attempt at putting together an outfit...

Anthropologie has been on my mind A LOT. I get their catalogs, have their member card and adore absolutely everything they sell. After going there on Tuesday, I can not stop thinking about how much I love them! I decided to look at their website today and put together a little outfit I would luuuuurve to buy.

Let's start with the accessories (my fave part) and then the clothes!



My outfit inspiration started with the handbag - $228 Corseted Tote and the shoes - $98 Marisol Wingtips.  I then added the earrings - $24 and optional belt - $34.  Now on to the clothes!

*all images from

A simple, black number - $98 Hold the Lines Jumper and an optional vest - $68 There She Goes.  Total outfit price - $550 + no tax if purchased in Oregon! Naturally my favorite piece is the handbag, the most expensive, but I could probably find a similar bag at Forever 21 or Target. I guess this isn't the spring-iest of looks but I love it!

What styles are you swooning over now?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Yesterday, Chris and I made our way through Portland and down to Tigard to hit up Crate and Barrel.  After getting what was on our list, we headed to Anthropologie for me to pick out a birthday gift! Naturally, I picked up a Volcano candle by Aspen Bay Candles and a copy of Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey. This book is full of inspirational images and ideas for keeping a recycled yet comfy home.

*image from book cover

Here are some other things that have inspired me lately - pictures from our October wedding! Our AMAZING photographers, Heather and Grayson of Jagger Photography took the most inspiring pictures as far as colors and themes for a home.

These pictures really inspire me for color - the green/teal and natural "wood" remind me of keeping a calm home.  You can see in both pictures above the house we got married at has a wonderful, earthy feel that will inspire me when I decorate my own home one day!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Watch Me.

Modern Drift by Efterklang from Rumraket on Vimeo.

and the Academy Award goes to...

Well... it should have gone to Precious.  From what I saw of the Hurt Locker, it deserved the awards it received EXCEPT for best picture.  Going to see this movie will tell you everything I can't. It's gripping, raw and devastatingly powerful.  Precious, you ARE Best Picture in my eyes.

image from

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our home or old world?

Recently I've been putting quite a bit of thought in to what my and Chris' home might look like one day.  Not really the outside appearance but the inside decor.  We like it all: european modern, antique, world influences, etc. How can I pull everything we love together to make a home that suits our style, budget and needs?

Here are a few links and images that have inspired me lately.

Design Sponge (Grace Bonney) - this is my mecca. I get daily inspiration from this site and love passing along those inspirations. Today on her " living in" post, she has us living in In the Mood for Love. Man did this did inspire me! The use of world (asian) influence, vintage, mod and beautiful colors.

image from

Another post trend Design Sponge does weekly is "sneek peek" - a look in to someone's home.  On Feb 22nd, we got a look at photographer Max Wagner's home. This next image really motivated me to start planning and gathering items to make our place really feel like home. So simple but I love how the pops of color pull your eye in. The yellow, purple and teal pillow on a basic sofa paired with a montage of art - some color and some black and white only - really make for a clean but eclectic look that isn't boring! See, you can have white walls and not feel like you are living in a hospital.

image from

Over the coming weeks I will continue to post ideas that inspire me and would love your feedback.  Also, tell me what blogs/websites inspire you when decorating your home.