Monday, October 31, 2011

WIMM: The Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween!! 

 I'm blogging from Starbucks because our lovely new on-base housing does not have internet. 
How. Will. I. Survive?  Lots of trips to Starbucks that's how.. Anywho..

As promised here is a rockin' WIMM featuring some awesome halloween crafts!!

First up is Little Man's treat bag.  He is going to be a terrifyingly cute dragon tonight so I had to make an equally terrifyingly cute treat bag...  I got some awesome inspiration from pinterest via DoveNestDesigns etsy shop.  I would totally have made a tutorial for y'all, but as they really aren't all that expensive (and they aren't my brain child to share), I recommend y'all head on over and buy one!  Here is the one I made.. 

My next idea also came from pinterest via Angela Sgro Design's blog.  My aunts, parents, and grandparents have been so great about sending me mail (which I love!) while I've been out here.  I wanted to send them a halloween card with a picture of the cutest little dragon that you ever did see.  So here is my Frankenstein card...

And last but not least, is a brainchild completely of my own!  I took the picture back summer before senior year of high school while Mama, Daddy and I were in the UK.  The quote, obviously from Harry Potter, is a new one I discovered last week but it is now one of my favorites!!   Enjoy! 

That is all for this week!  I hope y'all have lots of fun tonight, get lots of candy, and no tummy aches!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Things I Love Thursdays

This Thursday I am linking up with Kelly over at You, Me, and the Deep Blue Sea again for her TILT series.  

With Ga/Fl going down this weekend, I did try to include some gator hating in there.. enjoy!   Here we go!

I would never actually keep up with this, but what a cool concept!  It would be interesting to see how your answers change in 5 years.  

My Josh Ritter Pandora station.

THESE shoes!!  Plus the proceeds go help native american and aboriginal tribes.

Shoes for a good cause?  I'll take a few pairs.. but specifically these.

HA HA HA HA! If you need a laugh just scroll through all of them!

and these prints...

Harry Potter perfection a la

also this... Thank you Rolling Stone and Photoshop.

I would love that on a tank to work out in!  When does it become inappropriate to wear my sorority t's?  When I'm 30?  When I have kids?  I'd love to hear some opinions.. 

Wordy Wednesdays: The Cheater Edition

I don't know if I've mentioned this or not, but before we move to Germany we have to pack up all the Greiler's stuff (sofa, cars, beds, etc) and ship it over there.. That also means that we have to make do without those things until we get to Germany.  Since that is obviously impossible to do in the house we are currently in, we are moving on base into a furnished house that is set up for precisely these occasions.  This is happening next Tuesday, so things are kind of crazy around here at the moment.  I have yet to start packing because once I pack my craft stuff I won't be unpacking it until Germany, so I have been in a mad rush to finish Christmas (presents and wrapping).  I have also been too inspired by stuff on Pinterest to let Halloween pass without any crafting at all, so I knocked out two Halloween projects in the last two days.  (Next Monday's WIMM is going to ROCK!)

All that said, I haven't opened Rosetta Stone once in the past week.  I KNOW... I really need to get on it. In less than 5 weeks, I will be getting a rude awakening as to how little I really know.   Even more immediately, I am going to a Halloween party with a bunch of Germans on Monday and all I will be able to do is tell them that the table is made of plastic... not the most interesting conversation and they are likely to think I'm crazy.  Ah!  At least once my craft stuff is packed I won't really have anything to do but Rosetta Stone (...and Pinterest) so hopefully I will be able to buckle down and get on it.  But without further ado or any more excuses here is my Wordy Wednesday based completely on things I knew before this week...

Word I’m loving right now:

Word that makes me giggle:

Word that sounds gross:
okay... maybe it doesn't sound gross, but it is gross...

Word that I can never pronounce properly:

Word that is the same as English (except for pronunciation, of course):

Word I want to learn more about its origins:
Schlüssel and Schüsseln
WHY are they so similar?!

Ridiculous things that Rosetta Stone thinks I need to know:
Der Tisch ist aus Plastik.

And here is a link to GoogleTranslate...
Go learn some German...maybe I will as well.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WIMM (on Tuesday)

So sorry for my lack of bloggage yesterday... This weekend (and Monday) my life was been taken over by these...

Christmas presents are DONE, wrapped, and in the car ready to make their way home!

I also got around to finishing up this shirt which, I'll be honest, I will never wear.. 

and that's all I can show y'all..  
Not going to lie, I crafted all weekend and its a little disappointing that this is all I get to show you, but just wait!  After I give the presents y'all will have an AWESOME What I Made Monday!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things I'm Currently Loving

Today I'm linking up with one of my lovely littles, Kelly, at You, Me, and the Deep Blue Sea for her 'Things I Love Thursday'.

I'm loving this colder weather even though it came on pretty suddenly!  On Monday I was laying out, yesterday we had to break out the fleeces!  It smells, feels, and looks like fall!  

That tall, soy, no whip, pumpkin spice latte I had yesterday... perfect fall drink.

These socks.

Andy Stanley's Listen and Learn series that I just finished and really having time to reflect on the message.

This nail polish.  So much so that I might buy it and try painting my own nails (and then when I fail I'll go to the nail salon..)

These dog tags.

Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags... but I do NOT love the prices.

These prints.

which makes me think of this other thing I'm loving...

and this video...  seriously, its my childhood!  It even has Ghostwriter on it!! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordy Wednesdays

For anyone who has tried learning a second language, you know that there are certain words that just stick out to you.  It could be that maybe they are ugly, silly, or just so hard to pronounce you never what to have to say them, but everyone has those words.  In an effort to give me a kick me in the booty to actually practice my German more (because apparently the fact that I will be living there in 6 weeks isn't enough), I am starting a new series on the blog...

Each Wednesday I'll tell y'all about the fun (and not so fun) words I learned the previous week.  So here we go!

Word I’m loving right now:

Word that makes me giggle:

Word that sounds gross:

Word that I can never pronounce properly:
which is extremely unfortunate because it is kind of needed to be polite...

Word that is the same as English (except for pronunciation, of course):
and I can NEVER get the German pronunciation right...

Word I want to learn more about its origins:

Ridiculous things that Rosetta Stone thinks I need to know:
Die alte Frau unterrichtet Arabisch.

And here is a link to GoogleTranslate... Happy learning!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fort Worth Zoo + The Deal of the Century

This past weekend we headed down to Dallas.  Mareike had to pick up the crates that they are using to ship their motorcycles early on Saturday morning, so we decided that staying overnight was probably the best bet.  Once in Dallas on Friday night we made a shopping detour to Southlake.  While she was exchanging something at NY&Co I decided to take a stroll through Anthro.  There was nothing I needed per say, but I did want to check out their sale stuff.  As I walked in there was a sign that all of their sale stuff was an additional 40% off the lowest marked sale price. Oh happy day!!

As I made my way back I saw that this coat that I spotted there a month ago (and fell completely in love with) was now on clearance.

While I did need a fashionable raincoat for Germany, this jacket's original $288 price tag is the only reason I didn't buy it the minute I saw it. It was now marked down to $150, but wait... take an additional 40% off of that, so it was $90.  On top of all that, I still had $30 left on my gift card.  I got this $288 jacket for $60!!
Super excited!

The next day, after Mareike got the crates, we went to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall where I may of may not have gotten some Christmas presents.  Then it was off the the zoo.  

Most people who know me know that I love animals and that I love, LOVE zoos.  Yes it makes me a little sad that these animals aren't getting to live in their natural environment (and bad zoos that don't take care of their animals make me down right furious), but the Fort Worth Zoo was FABULOUS!  Great habitats and the animals were really well taken care of.  The Little Man loves most animals (except small yippy dogs) and, though he was super tired, was fascinated.  He kept waving and saying hi to each animal we saw.  He is such a cutie!   Without further ado, here are the pictures!

Love was definitely in the air.  We saw orangutans kissing under a sheet and some bears making out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

WIMM: Yummy Food

I can't really show y'all the crafts I worked on this week because they are Christmas presents..  Clay, D'daddy, and Uncle Barrett--get excited!  What I do want to show and share with y'all this week are some yummy recipes!

The first thing I made this week was Chicken Rollatini from SkinnyTaste.  I made some angel hair pasta and a spinach salad to go with it and it was so tasty!  

This next one I've made before, but its definitely worth making the blog.  Baked Ziti from The Girl Who Ate Everything.  There are so many different combos you can do.  We are trying to empty out the pantry and fridge because we are moving on base in 2 weeks and we'd rather not have to move food.  This is a great use-what-you-have recipe.  For mine, I left off the meat and used ricotta cheese instead of provolone because that's what we had.  Oh and I also used penne pasta instead of ziti, but whatevs..  I cut the recipe in half and Mareike and I still ate on it for a week!  

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Mama

Sorry for no blog yesterday!  Yesterday was spent crafting, enjoying this beautiful weather, and researching ways to teach a round off.  Tonight, we are off to Dallas for a fun filled weekend!  Mareike has to pick up the crates that they need to ship their motorcycles in, so we are making a weekend out of the trip.  We are going to do some shopping (anthropologie and the apple store), check out an antique mall in Fort Worth, and go to the zoo! 

Before my weekend can start, however, I must take today to wish my beautiful mother happy birthday!  Thank you so much for always encouraging me to follow my dreams, even when those dreams involve moving to another country.  Thank you, and daddy, for being my safety net that I always know is there.  Without y’all, I don’t think I could take the risks I take, do what I do, and dream what I dream.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dooley Bug

I sure am missing this girl...

I am SO glad that she gets to come to Germany with me.  I seriously don't think I could go a year without her!  Only 5 more weeks until I get to see her!  I really think she is going to love Germany.  There is going to be lots of snow when we first get there and I know she is going to have a blast running around in/eating it!  I also can't wait for her to be able to join me and the Little Man on our daily walks.

All that being said, I am going to have to get her a new crate for the airplane ride over.  The one that she has now is a collapsible one and for some reason they don't want the crate collapsing on the puppy during the flight... weird.  Definitely something to keep in mind if have a big dog and you're buying a crate and you're planning on moving overseas.  

If you're not planning on moving overseas and you think that a collapsible one might be a good idea for you and your puppy, please let me know!  I'm actually selling two of her crates.  Both are single door Midwest iCrates and both have been used.  The smaller one is for dogs 25-40 lbs.  She out grew that one in like 2 months.  =D  That one retails for like $40, but I'm selling it for $30 since its used.  The big one is for dogs 70-90 lbs.  It retails for about $70, but I'm selling it for $50.  Both of the crates are currently in Bremen, Georgia, but I'd be happy to meet any of you Athens folks in Atlanta over Thanksgiving Break!  

Email, call, text, facebook, tweet, smoke signal me if you're interested!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spiced Banana Scones

Hey y'all!  I have another recipe for you!  I can't take all the credit for this one though.  I was originally inspired by this recipe, but I decided to lighten it up a bit!  I also left off the glaze, but I might use some of my leftover cream cheese filling from the Pumpkin Spice Bead on it.  Yum!  

In the end, my scones have about 200 calories each.  Not necessarily the lightest breakfast, but definitely a nice treat!  Here we go!

Spiced Banana Scones
yield: 8 scones

2 very ripe bananas
½ cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp honey
1 cup ap flour
1 cup ww flour
½ cup oats
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
3 tbsp applesauce
3 tbsp pumpkin puree (not entirely necessary, just add more applesauce if you aren’t using it)
¼ cup crasins (optional)
1 tbsp slivered almonds (optional)

Peel the bananas and mash them up.  This should give you about a cup.  Stir in the yogurt and honey then set aside.

In a medium bowl (or stand mixer), measure the flours, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Add your applesauce and pumpkin puree to the dry ingredients and work it in using a fork (or your fingers).

Add the banana-yogurt-honey mixture to the flour mixture.  Mix it just enough to absorb all of the flour. The dough should be fairly wet.  Mix in your crasins and almonds if you’re using them.

Line a dinner plate with a piece of wax paper and plop your dough on it.  Spread it out until it is about an inch thick and cover with a piece of parchment paper.  Freeze the dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Take your dough out of the freezer and flip it onto a baking sheet.  Peel off the wax paper that is now on top.  Cut it into 8 wedges.  Bake it for 25 minutes.  Take it out and really separate your wedges.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

Happy baking!

Monday, October 10, 2011

What I Made Monday

Hey there folks!  Since I'm moving to Germany the weekend after Thanksgiving, my family and I are celebrating Christmas at Thanksgiving this year.  However, it really dawned on me this week that that means I have just under 5 weeks to get all of my Christmas presents made!  5 WEEKS!  That being said... just a heads up that WIMM is going to be pretty sparse these next 5 weeks, because I can't very well put up pictures of the presents that I'm making!  I do promise though that after I give the gifts I'll post the pictures...and it will be the best WIMM EVER!! Totally worth waiting for, right?  I think yes.

Anyway.. lets get onto the things I made this week that I can show you!  

Banana Spice Scones!  
The recipe is coming tomorrow!!

I made another piece of the quilt, but this is the cutest picture I have of it.  He was sitting on the bed out of the frame of the picture, but when he realized I was taking a picture he flopped down on it! 

and.... I changed out my calendar with the new JDC Monthly for October.  Busy, busy!

and, for the sake of full disclosure, I want to show y'all the miserable failure of one of my projects this past week.  This coming Friday is my mom's birthday so I was going to make this for her as a surprise.  

obvs THAT didn't work out...

Sorry Mama!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Koozie Tutorial

Hi there Pinterest friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! While this personal blog was a great outlet for my creativity at the time, it is no longer updated or checked regularly as my professional blog is now a full time job in an of itself!

 The new blog has a new post every weekday and is all about healthy, sustainable living and eating, a smattering of travel, and some great music.

Remember the koozie I showed you here?  Well today, I'm going to show y'all how to make one for yourself!

These are completely customizable according to what you're liking at the moment!  I made this one pretty masculine because it is for a guy, but... if I were to make another for me, I'd probably be using some chevron fabric.  Just sayin'...

Anyway, here is what you'll need:

an old koozie (for sizing)
1/4 yd of your chosen fabric
1/4 yd of the double sided fusible web (found in the fabric section at hobby lobby)
8x10 sheet of felt
1 pkg of snaps
snap tool (what are those called anyway?)
pen or sharpie
sewing machine (or just needle and thread if you want to do it by hand)

First thing you will need to do is lay out your old koozie on the fabric and trace.  This will give you the size of your new koozie!  Trace and cut.

Lay fabric on your felt.  Trace and cut.

Put your fabric off to the side for a bit, because we are just going to be working with the felt and the fusible web.  Cut off a piece of the fusible web that is a little bit bigger than your felt.  

Iron your fusible web to the felt.  Start in the middle and work your way towards the sides.  Make sure there aren't bubbles.  Iron for about 30 seconds.  Make sure you are ironing on the paper side of the fusible web.  

In hindsight, I would have put a piece of parchment paper underneath my felt so that the adhesive wouldn't have melted onto my towel.. Oh well.. 

Trim off the extra and use your scissors to score the paper. 

Then peel the paper off.  The adhesive will have adhered to the felt and this side of the felt will definitely feel a little rubbery.

Now I'm going to apologize because I don't have picutres of this next step.  I just forgot to take them!  Oops!

Next you are going to grab your fabric and lay it pretty side down on your ironing board (or towel in my case).  Layer your felt on top making sure that the adhesive side is the side that is touching your fabric (meaning the the felt side is facing you).  Then you are going to iron it for 30 seconds, starting in the middle and working your way out.  This will adhere the felt to your fabric.  

Trim off any areas where they don't match up exactly and make sure that you like the shape.

Next we are going to quilt a bit!  I went with straight vertical lines, but you can do anything you want!  Just make sure the you tie it off on the ends (or back stitch) so that your stitch doesn't come out!

After you got your quilting done, its time to put on the snaps.  I don't have any magic instructions for this part.  This was the first time I've put snaps on like this so I just followed the instructions on the package!  The only thing that I will say is to make sure that everything is lined up when you close it.  Also, make sure that it will fit around whatever you are wanting to to fit around.  

After your snaps are on, stitch around the outside of the whole thing and you can be done!

unless.... you want to add some embellishments!  

I chose some sturdy red fabric and stamped the words 'glory, glory' on it.  Then I placed it on the koozie where I wanted it (centered) and then stitched around it.

Obviously, I didn't want strings sticking out the front of the koozie, so I threaded both strings on a needle and pushed them through to the back.

Then I tied them off with the strings that were on the back and trimmed.   I did the same thing with the strings from when I stitched around the whole koozie, so that the front looked nice and clean!

And there you have it!  You're ready for a great Saturday of tailgating!! 

Glory, glory to ole Georgia!
Go Dawgs!!