Friday, February 17, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #157

1. New Music (Videos)- 

2. Consider This-


3. This Nook is an Absolute Dream- 


4. These Pub & Trailer Bird Houses- 

"Let's go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint & wait for this all to blow over!" 


5. The Art of Sveta Dorosheva- 

With a dreamy fairy tale style, Ukrainian artist (based in Israel) Sveta Dorosheva engages physically with her work. Every piece is done by hand with traditional materials.  That is AH-MAZING to me! It reminds me a bit of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" drawn by Ron Barrett. 


Bonus Favorite- The House of Shadows 

If you're local and free this Friday or Saturday night, please join us for a night of spooks & scares! We will perform The House of Shadows begining at 7 each night at the Atlas Theater. For more information, check out our event page here. We hope to see you there! 

Poster by Robert Walker 

More Links to Love-

- I have been LOVING these round table videos. Check out this one & this one
-Girl bosses forever
-Cirque du Soleil performer transforms into other worldly being. 
-Resistance coloring page for your arting & decompressing pleasure! 
-Melissa McCarthy is KILLING it on SNL! 
-There is no good card for this! 
-She was warned, she was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted
-The unofficial (but oh so official) reading list

Happy Friday, Friends! Take care of one another!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #156

1. New Music Videos-

2. Consider This-


3. I Thrifted a Pair of Brown Oxfords This Week-

And I'm so excited to style them up! 




4. This Niffler Doll-


5.Train Like You Live on the Hellmouth-


More Links to Love-

-Judge John Hodgman Settled Law.
-Six questions to ask yourself when you're stressed. 
-"Obamacare is like a fireman that carried you from a burning building, but on the way out, he banged your head into the door frame...." 
-Melissa McCarthy is brilliant in this SNL sketch! 
-Students at the University of Memphis celebrate Black History Month
-The case for Keeping Americas' Aids Relief Plan. 
-The dreamy style of the Teddy Girls. 

Happy Friday, friends!
Take care of one another!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #155

1. January's Playlist-

2. I've Gone X-Men TV Show/Movie Mad-

3. New Music (Videos)-

4. When in Doubt-


5. One of my Favorite Towns in America. So Quiet & Serene-


More Links to Love-

-These little girls dressed up like the ladies from "Hidden Figures" is so great! 
-It may not be National Compliment Day anymore, but every day is a good day to magnify other people's strengths! 
-Feeling helpless? Check out these 10 actions for the first 100 days. 
-This is actually really interesting. Gross, but interesting! 
-Thank you for this, James Cordon. 
-Look at these adorable t-spoons?! 
-My sentiments exactly. 
-How libraries support refugee children. 
-Great wallpaper for your iPhone or computer! 
-The Serial team has been busy! 

Happy Friday, Friends! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites # 154

1. Mike Myers on The Tonight Show-

2. God Bless This Woman & the Work She Does-

3. These Bookish T-Shirts are the Tops-



4. Consider This-


5. This Rainy Day Dress-

This baby-doll swing dress silhouette has become one of my favorites! Add the umbrella fabric & I'm sold! 


More Links to Love-

-May we read these stories & remember we're all humans. We're all light bearers. I hope this country's leaders see that in time. 
-"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrow-mindedness." Read this & never forget. 
-Do you get flustered on the phone? I know I do! 5 Calls makes it easy to call your representatives about the issues you care about! Check it out! 
-I used to be a HUGE Supermarket Spree fan! This is pretty accurate! 
-Go throw your hat in the air tonight. 
-Looking for a swimsuit? Modcloth has you covered, whether you're a size XS or 4x 
-Just a few reasons why graphic novels are great for kids (and adults, too)! 
-I would LOVE to add these oxfords to my spring wardrobe! 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #153

1. Parenthood- 

I just finished watching Parenthood through for the third time in a row. It ended way too soon, in my humble opinion. Every single time it gets me right in the gut. If you haven't checked it out yet, get thee to Netflix. 

Trust me. 

2. New Music Videos-

3. Consider This-


4. I Really Need to Over-Haul my Hall/Linen Closet-

( I really like those towel bars for tablecloths, hand towels or guest linen)

5. Library Book Dress-


More Links to Love-

-I like this list because it's active & positive. I'm not really into silver linings right now. I'm into hopeful defiance. Time to get to work. 
-Writing tips from one of my favorite humans! 
-Watching things like this & this today to remind myself what I'm fighting for. Katie Wirsing is one talented gal! 
-She's a real class act. This is beautiful! 
-It's an important job & somebody has to do it! 
- If "Star Wars" existed in a 1980's high school. 
-I would love to see this place! Maybe we can go during 5th period? Let's just hope that Mr. Belding doesn't catch us! 

Happy Friday, friends!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #152

1. I Got a New Sewing Machine for Christmas-

And I'm super interested in this e-course! I know a lot of the basics, but I could definitely use a refresher! What are some of your favorite sewing projects/tutorials? 

2. Hidden Figures-

I took myself to a Sunday matinee & saw one of my most anticipated films of the year, Hidden Figures. I loved every part of it! If you have the chance, check it out! 

3. Elbow Patches-




4. New Music (Videos)-

5. Consider This-

More Links to Love-

-I'm a cat person. In case you didn't know. 
-The cutest pin cushion in all the land! 
-These Emy Lou Holmes cards depicting music legends are the tops!  
-I picked one of these peplum tops up in a recent Old Navy sale & I just love it! 
-Great calligraphy practice sheets, just for you! 
-This locket is really beautiful! 
-It's definitely a sickness.....

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites # 151

1. New Music (Videos)-

2. This Adorable Niffler Print From taryndraws-


3. Old Navy Has Some Great Pieces Right Now-


4. Buying Our Favorite Teas in Bulk-

It's been mighty cold around these parts lately! Nothing warms the heart & vittles like a cup of tea. We buy our decaf favorites from Amazon so that we can enjoy them any time of day! 


5. Consider This-


More Links to Love

-The year of awesome
-I love this necklace (minus the birthstone & initial)! 
-She hit her goal in less than 48 hours, but it's still a killer project! I highly recommend! Check out the Kickstarter here
-This photoset is so great! #strangerthingsforlife
-This anatomy of an up-cycled sweater is really cool! Look at all the ways you can repurpose one garment! 
-"There is light somewhere. It may not be much light, but it beats the darkness..." 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Goodreads Challenge

I started tracking the books that I read on Goodreads back in 2014 & it would not be overstating it to say that it has revolutionized the way I read! You can see my 2014 & 2015 challenges if you are interested! If you are a reader & you're not already using Goodreads, this is a band wagon you're going to want to hop on! 

Here's how it works: Goodreads allows you to set a challenge for yourself for the year. You decide how many books you want to try to read and then work toward your challenge by adding the books you read to your list. You can also recommend books to friends, review what you read, take quizzes and even win books! I've consistently won 3+ books every year that I've used the app! That might not be your goal, but it sure doesn't hurt, huh? 

I set a goal for myself every January 1st for the number of books that I hope to read in that year. Every year I have met or surpassed my goal. 

Until this year. 

Ugh. I kind of hate having to admit that. I set a goal for myself of 100 books last January. I was on track to succeed & then this summer & fall hit. It's certainly not an excuse, but I spent a ton of time outside this summer & when I got home, I didn't really feel like reading. I regained a little of my footing this fall & winter and ended up finishing the year having read 83 books. Towards the end of the year, my goal became to beat my number from last year, which I did by two books. 

I guess, in the end, it comes down to the fact that you can't do it all. 

Which leads into this year. I am heading back to school in June & anticipate having much less time to read for pleasure. While I will certainly count the books I read for classes towards my goal, I only set my number to 60 for the year. I would love to say that after a long day of studying & classes that I'm going to want to kick back with a book and a bubble bath, but that just might not be the case. While I certainly don't want to low-ball myself, I also don't want to set myself up to fail. Sixty seems like a very attainable number. I may also have to try my hand at listening to audiobooks so that I can at least hear the stories that I'm interested in. If you would like to follow along, you can see my 2017 challenge here

Here are a few of the highlights from the year:

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 

2. Panther by Brecht Evens 

3. Slade House by David Mitchell 

4. Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 by 

5. Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech 

Least Favorite: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire 

I encourage you to start your own Goodreads challenge as 2017 kicks off! Whether you use the app or just write your list in a notebook, it is good to keep track of what you're reading as the year progresses. What's on you list of to-reads this year? I would love to hear what you've got on the docket!
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