Friday Link Love

Dear friends, I have to be honest. I am dragging a bit on this sunny Florida Friday. While there have been plenty of weeks where I’ve been busy and feel like a champ sprinting across the metaphorical finish line, this week I am petulantly dragging myself towards the weekend. Fortunately, the universe has deigned to shine on me a bit, Andy’s brother and his girlfriend are flying in from the icy land of Chicago to spend the weekend with us, and we haven’t been able to see them since Christmas of 2015. They always have big plans and are keen to hit up cool local spots. It can be fun to play “tourist” in your home town from time to time, you never know what you might accidentally discover. What’s on your deck for this weekend?

Even though I ultimately ended up with a traditional(ish) diamond, I gave some serious thought to picking a non-diamond engagement ring.

We do eggs in a basket for brinner pretty regularly around our house, but I have to say this adaptation looks even better than the original. I have it saved for the next time we’re feeling brinner-ish.

Paper bird sculptures? Sounds weird I know, but it’s actually pretty awesome.

I have been getting more into make up and beauty routines in the last two years, but I have to admit that I raised a brow (pun intended) when I heard about Microblading. Have any of you tried it? Known someone who tried it?

Right now I am cursing my chubby upper arms because I really want this adorable embroidered moto jacket.

As always, I am a sucker for a quick and easy DIY, and I am kinda loving this DIY slip dress. I wore them a lot in the 90’s, and I’d love to add a few to my current wardrobe.

I’d also like to add this stripey dress to my post winter wardrobe.

My husband sent this to me earlier this week, and it is my new favorite comic.

 

Image from here.


Feeling Grey

Today…well, the last few days actually, I’ve been feeling grey. It’s not what it initially sounds like as feeling grey is not at all like feeling blue, rather I’ve been feeling expectant. I’m not one for New Years resolutions (I do my yearly goals list in March for my birthday), but this year January has been feeling like a blank slate. There are so many things that I want for myself and my life, and grey seems like such a neutral place to start. With out making specific goals, I am going to share a few of the things that I want from 2017.

 I want to collaborate – one of the things I miss the most about college is sitting in a room with other creatives and being able to bounce ideas off of one another.  I want to create – continuing what I started in 2016 I want to continue to push myself creatively, new techniques, new skills, new combinations.  I want to be intentional – I feel like so much of my 20’s was jumping from one crazy life event to another; I never had a “plan”, and  I just kept my head down and powered through, Here we are a decade later, and a lot of my life is a cobbled together mishmash of random decisions and necessity. Now I want a plan.  So there you have it, concepts and thoughts for a new year. Fortunately I still have a bit time to really hammer out my plan of action.

 

Images from here.


Cranberry Maple Muffins

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen these days. To be completely honest, I don’t usually put a whole lot of effort when it come to dinner during the week. A lot of open this bag and reheat this frozen entree type of thing. However, a couple friends of ours have recently become parents, and we’ve been taking meals to them a few times a week. Where I am unwilling to make the effort just for us, it’s a completely different story when it comes to someone else. Mostly I make dinner items that are easily microwaveable, but I’ve also been trying to throw in hand-sized baked goods that are easily consumed in between feedings and diaper changing. This weekend I decided to whip up some Cranberry Maple Muffins.

Notes:

  • After making the Apple Cider Muffins last month, I knew I’d have to overfill the cups to get the generously sized muffins (I think) most of us prefer. With that in mind, this recipe yielded 8 muffins instead of 12.
  • I used real maple syrup (from Canada, no less), and if “maple” wasn’t in the title, no one would be able to tell it was an ingredient. It brought the needed sweetness, but if you want straight up awesome maple flavor? This is not the recipe for you.
  • This is a personal preference, but without the maple flavor being noticeable, I thought these muffins needed something extra to round out the flavor. My vote would be for some sort of citrus.

Friday Link Love


And the first week of the year draws to a close. I don’t know how things have been for you guys, but for me, it feels like 2017 is already in full swing. We’ve had so much going on we haven’t had time for the usual post holidays blues. Although, I will admit the house is looking a little sad stripped of all its glittery festive decor. The cats are certainly disappointed that we removed their beloved Christmas tree from the house, seriously the worst cat parents ever. Our weekend is looking deceptively laid back, and the weather man is promising some seasonally appropriate temps, so I am hoping to build a fire and make a post-holiday round of s’mores from the vegan marshmallows I have hidden on the top of the refrigerator.  You know, wild and crazy stuff 🙂

Even though we’ve not had much in the way of winter so far this year, these botanical beauties have me longing for Spring.

By now I am sure you’ve all heard of the newest beverage craze, Unicorn Hot Chocolate, but did you know that you can get unicorn macaroons now as well?

The master and guest bathrooms in my house are…well…a bit out dated. Unfortunately, purely cosmetic work like redesigning the bathrooms is way down on our home owner “to-do” list. I liked these tips to help you make the best with what you have, and I loved the ideas she had for her “dream” bathroom.

Since it is actually supposed to feel like winter this weekend, I am thinking this might be the time to try out this rich cozy Root Veggie Gratin recipe.

Unfortunately I didn’t see this DIY until after the holidays, but I am seriously considering making a pair of these embellished heels for myself. You know, for parties and random Tuesdays.

Along the lines of home renovation, I am usually drawn to lots of color and pattern, but there is something peaceful and cozy about this minimalist home. Plus I know I’d love those oversized floor pillows as much as the cats would.

I went a little subscription box crazy last year, and I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to continue in 2017, but this list has me thinking it might be.

 

Image from here.


Adding Your Own Touch

I wear flower crowns pretty much year round, and I’ve (for my own amusement) made my poor husband don a flower beard, but I have nothing on Brussles florist Geoffroy Mottart. Mottart gives new life to the “cold” monuments of the city in his project entitled “Fleurissements”. Since each piece lasts roughly a day, the artist can revisit his subjects and create multiple looks for his favorites.

I would look like this every day if I could. So much purple! Plus I’ve always wanted gorgeous long hair.

 This is my favorite; it seems improbable to create a masculine flower beard, but the gentleman above looks floral, but undeniably manly. Best family photo EVER.

To see more of Fleurissements, you can check out the artist’s Instagram page or read this article.

All images from Bored Panda.