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I almost died laughing when Andy send me the link for these candles from The Flicking Candle Company. They’re a great way celebrate some of life’s most awkward moments.
“A pioneer in all things deaf and blind, Helen Keller never let her disability get in the way of accomplishing her goals of being a world-class pastry baker. We’re proud to be the only candle company in America brave enough to recapture the smell of her classic Key Lime Pie. While non-blind people may be put off by the brownish-burnt color, we can assure you that this rich smelling candle is the assault of the senses that Helen Keller would have wanted. Impress your friends and family with a piece of cooking history. 10% of the proceeds of each candle are donated to me, who had a dog that was blind when I was growing up.”
“Procrastination is a skill you’ve perfected while putting off other things that needed to get done. It must also be one of the only ways you ‘get some’ in life because you’re definitely screwed. You’ve been in this position before, and you have the number one weapon to combat this massive pile of work staring you in the face: Coffee. Coffee can solve all your problems, especially between the hours of 11pm and 6am. Let this candle caffeinate any room with its ‘can do’ aroma that gives even the laziest person the motivation to start what they should have finished yesterday.”
“Bad weather? Not enough money? Unexpected circumstances? Whatever the cause, it stinks to have a planned vacation suddenly ripped away from you and cancelled. Let us help you air out that attitude with our sweet smelling Cancelled Vacation candle, perfect for filling any room with the wonderful smells of the tropical island you won’t be visiting. Just 52 more weeks of work and you can try again next year!”
“Did that unlimited meal plan at the dining hall catch up to you? It’s okay. Plenty of people gain a little extra weight during their freshman year of college. Maybe you can pass it off as ‘bulking up.’ It’s only the winter, it’s not even beach season, and it’s possible nobody will notice that thicker chin and expanding waistline. You could just say screw it, and that’s what this candle is all about. The sweet smell of pound cake is expertly crafted in this candle to serve as a reminder that you can start working out at the Rec Center anytime you want– just not today.”
“You love her like no other, and she loves you like a brother. She wishes every boyfriend could be more like you, but not actually you. You are the pilot of a plane that will never come in for a landing. You, sir, are trapped circling the airspace of the friend-zone. But that’s okay, because you’ve agreed that neither of you would ever want to mess up your ‘special friendship.’ Lighting our candle sets the perfect mood for a date with her and some other guy. But don’t worry, she’ll tell you all about it later. “
The “Coffee Cram Session” would have pretty much been my signature scent. I always get my work done on time, but I just work better under pressure. Aaaaaand now I want coffee…
All images and scent descriptions from The Flicking Candle Company.
I developed a genuine appreciation for graffiti art in college. In part, because of the cute instructor that taught my hip hop and urban culture class, and then the handful of truly gifted art students that repeatedly tagged the courtyard of the student union and almost all of the payphones on campus. Green Graffiti is something I became aware of about a year ago, and it never really progressed passed the “huh, that’s cool” phase until I found a DIY on Pinterest several months later. So far I haven’t seen any in Tallahassee, but I think the warm damp Florida summers would be the perfect conditions for someone creatively and botanically inclined.
Just to be clear, the only moss graffiti I have any plans to create will be on the fence in my backyard. Seriously, scouts honor.
Images from Mosstika.
When I first declared apparel design as my major in college I congratulated myself on all the money I’d be saving, since design and sewing classes couldn’t possibly require a large number of textbooks and traditional school supplies right? Boy howdy was I wrong. Many semesters my list of required reading material was far and above that of my friends and roommates. AND I was constantly buying art supplies, fabrics, sewing notions and special sewing equipment.
One of the things I went through the fastest was scissors, which may sound a bit strange, but when you are cutting paper, patterns and fabric all day every day the cheapo Wal-Mart scissors just can’t keep up. So I scrimped and saved and hunted coupons until I could buy myself a pair of Gingher knife edged shears. They’re the Rolls Royce of sewing shears and my goodness they were glorious. Still are actually, I’ve had them since my Junior year of college and they still work better than any other scissors. The point of this long story is to put into perspective the love I have for sewing/crafting supplies. New, old, antique or otherwise I love coming across something really unique. Which is why I am completely in love with these mixed media pieces by artist Cori Kindred.
These would look amazing on my home office walls. Way up on the wall, far away from me and my clumsy cats.
And the holiday related posting continues ( I really am trying to keep it to one a week), I now present you with ghoulishly delightful Halloween Cocktails by Martha Steward. There are 27 in total, but these four are my favorite.
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blood-orange juice (from 7 to 8 blood oranges), chilled
- 6 tablespoons Solerno or other blood-orange liqueur
- Combine blood-orange juice and liqueur in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pour into test tubes or small glasses.
Bleeding Heart Cocktail
- 2 ounces dry vermouth
- 8 ounces premium gin
- Ice cubes
- 4 Pickled Baby Beets, each placed on a cocktail skewer
- Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer or fill with ice water and let sit until frosty, about 5 minutes (pour out water). Add the vermouth, dividing evenly; swirl to coat the glasses, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled; divide among chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.
FOR THE “BLOOD”
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoons red food coloring
FOR THE DRINK
- 20 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup orange juice
- 10 ounces good-quality rum
- Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.
- Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice if mixture is too thick. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.
- Black sanding sugar
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce light rum
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1/4 cup 100 percent pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce dark rum
- Licorice spider, for garnish
- Spread black sanding sugar on a saucer. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass, then dip in sugar to coat. Add ice to glass.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add lime juice, light rum, simple syrup, and pomegranate juice. Shake 30 seconds. Strain into glass, leaving space at top. Gently pour in dark rum so it floats on top. Garnish with licorice spider tied to a stirrer.+
Hands down the test tubes are my favorite. Although, I have to laugh a little at the thought of making a signature drink. A few years ago it would have never even occurred to me, most of the drinks my friends and I made in college were less about a theme and more about what was cheap, on hand and could be mixed into whatever soda/juice was in the fridge. The low point being an Underworld movie marathon with a three liter of grape soda and a handle of bargain brand vodka in a plastic bottle. My how the times have changed.
Wait…..uh, I mean “No mom, my friends and I never drank in college, we had our teeth brushed and were safely tucked in by 9:30, 10 at the latest, and we dreamed sweet dreams about doing homework and being responsible. I swear.”
I can’t decide if this glorious long weekend has been productive or not. I was going to post about finding a place in town that sells authentic french macaroons, but I left them in the hot car and while they tasted fine…..not a single cookie was worth taking photos of. So I was going to take pictures of brunch with friends instead, then I just didn’t. My to-do list hasn’t gotten any shorter, but I did pull some boxes out of the garage and sorted/put away the contents. Meh, we’ll go with productive.
Back to brunch on Sunday, I got to spend time with some of my favorite college friends. Some were back only for the game, but two of my guy friends are back at FSU for the next bit, working on additional degrees. We talked about the crazy things that happened in college, how we were to old for some of the shenanigans now and of course tattoos. I know I said I didn’t think I’d want another tattoo for a while, but once we all started talking about the pieces we’ve had done recently and pieces we might want in the future, I started to feel that itch again. Now I am back on Pinterest flipping through files and making notes.
Click, re-pin, click, re-pin….here we go again!
Images from here.