Cat Tattoo

I am getting that feeling again, that “I might need another tattoo” feeling. This happens every so often, but recently I found myself perusing Pinterest, found some really beautiful cat tattoos, and thought “why don’t I have a cat tattoo yet?” I mean, I am a self professed crazy cat lady. Anyone who has ever spoken to me for more than 15 minutes knows that I am a devoted cat mother; heck at that point, I’ve probably already shown them pictures, but no cat tattoo. I have all sorts of flowers and butterflies, and I am starting to feel like a bit of a fraud. So I did what anyone my age would do and I started adding cat tattoos to my Pinterest list, because why take action when you can productively procrastinate?

In all honesty, I think the reason I don’t have my very own “cattoo” is that I haven’t found the right artwork yet. Some of my college ink is a little less spectacular than I’d like, and I have tried to be a bit more intentional with my selections in the last few years. I will say this particular round of research has pushed me a lot closer. I really like some of the pieces I’ve found that have incorporated floral elements to complement the main feline image. Flowers and cats – I’m sure none of you saw that one coming ūüėČ

 

 

All images from here.


Super Simple Cream Biscuits

Don’t worry, guys: I haven’t died; it’s just the end of tax season. Well to be more specific, it was the end of tax season. Now I am sitting here, in what remains of my life after pulling 10-12 hour work days, and trying to find the motivation to start working reconnecting with the rest of the world. Step one, put on glitter shoes; step two, use the internet for something other than Facebook. Before things went completely to hell, I did manage to work in another recipe from my new challenge book. I figured since my first recipe was from the “muffin” section, it only made sense for me to try something from the “biscuit” sections this time around. It’s all about balance, people. Okay, also what I have in the fridge, but you get what I am saying.

I went for the very first recipe in the section, and I was very, very pleased with the results. So was Andy. And Stanley who got up on the stove and ate the top off of a biscuit or two before we caught him. 

Notes:

  • I only have one teeny issue with this recipe: I had to add a splash more of the cream than it called for, since I just couldn’t get the mixture so come together the way it was supposed to. This led to just a bit over-mixing, which the recipe warns you about. I think with a couple more tries, I will have this down perfectly, and I will be able throw together a batch in next to no time. Andy is already counting the days until he can say goodbye to the canned biscuits forever ūüôā

The Flora Forager

This time of year I am almost giddy with all of the beautiful blossoms and foliage that are popping up all over the place. I may put the occasional flower in my hair or make a nice arrangement for the fireplace (the only place the cats can’t reach), but Bridget Beth Collins aka¬†Flora Forager¬†takes making the most from nature’s bounty to a whole other level. I first discovered her¬†Instagram account when it was featured on another Instagram account. Instead of the “huh, that’s pretty” followed by the haphazard like and deftly moving on, I found myself fascinated by the image and the tiny bits and bobs it took to create it. Unfortunately, the other account didn’t have the artist tagged (rude), but a quick search on Pinterest got me not only a name, but several forms of social media that all contained lovely images for me to fawn over.


She makes the flower crowns for funsies, and I am so very jealous; I’d have one for every day of the week if I could.¬†
This lovely little moth was the first image I was talking about. So delicate and beautifully composed, like something from a fairy tale. 

I now follow Ms. Collins on¬†Facebook¬†as well; we could all use a bit of pretty to relieve the tedium of the incessant political debating, am I right? You can also find prints and books available on the artist’s website.

 

All images are from here. 


Friday Link Love

Have you ever had one of those weeks that leaves you feeling like the musical dance number from the 1989 Batman? No? Is that weird? Anyway, this week has left me feeling a little frantic. Work is crazy stressful, so I am to try combat that by being creative and engaging in my down time, though I am feeling like I am more acting like “Julie” than actually being Julie. I don’t completely understand it, and I don’t think I’m explaining it well, but there it is. On a lighter note, my fur babies have been super cuddly this week. They’ve been enforcing down time by laying on my chest and staring at me. I am incredibly susceptible to fluffy-guilt, and they can usually wrangle about 15-30 minutes of ear/chin scratches before I make them move. Even longer if it’s Octavian. I just can’t say no to him. He’s been with me since I was 18, and he is old, slightly blind, diabetic, and has arthritis in his hips. One plaintive “meow”, and I am using heated towels to create a nest and giving him kisses on his nose. Yes, I know I am being manipulated, but it doesn’t keep it from being effective.

I’ve been holding on to a Sephora gift certificate the birthday fairy brought me, but I think I know what I want to spend it on now.

Who would’ve though that giving up on your dreams might just be what you need to be happy and live your best life.

It’s true; these are the best sandals in the world. I have three pairs, and I’m not sorry.

I’m not a festival person, but I am very much a festival makeup person. All the glitter.

Normally, I don’t like my cookies to be overly complicated, but after the week that I’ve had, these extra cookies might be just what the doctor ordered.

Some good tips for utilizing tableware you already own for your next dinner party table.

There will never be enough posts about cats on the internet.

 

 

Image from here. 


How I Unwind – Man About Cake

We all have those things we love to do when we’re world weary and in need of something fun and inspiring. A few months ago, Andy introduced me to a show called¬†Man About Cake¬†hosted by the delightful Joshua John Russel, and it has been at the top of my YouTube watch list ever since. Now before you click away thinking “well I don’t want to make big fancy cakes so this isn’t for me”, hold on – if you bake at all, there are great tips to be picked up. For instance, using powdered fruit to flavor your frostings so you get maximum fruit flavor without the added liquid. I’ve also picked up some decorating tips that can be scaled down for cupcakes and smaller single tier cakes, like gilded blackberries and using bubble tea straws to hold your multi layer cakes steady.¬†Here are a few of my favorite episodes:

Impressive, right? JJR and the crew put out new videos on their channel every Tuesday. This month the focus is on wedding cakes, so there should be some really great cakes.