Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Change of Pace & Taste



My body and taste buds have been throwing me a curve ball lately. For instance, after 27 years of hating everything to do with watermelons (I know, I know- how could I not like watermelons)- I finally do. And not only do I like them- I LOVE them! They're amazing.

Secondly, I'm becoming allergic to many other kinds of fruit! Strawberries, Blueberries,Kiwi, Raspberries, Pineapple, Citrus, all of these are making my tongue all prickly. And the more I eat them, the more severe my body's reaction. What the heck? I LOVE fruit- especially strawberries!  They've been my favorite fruit forever. And I'm pretty sure I put citrus on everything... so I don't know what's going on with me. I know both of my parents both became allergic to shellfish later in life, and my mom also developed an allergy to nuts out of nowhere-so I'm hoping both of those don't happen to me- but it's just so weird. How do you eat something your entire life and then one summer become allergic to it?

Have any of you developed allergies to different foods over time?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Love!


Happy Birthday to my favorite person!

Friday, July 27, 2012

To the Weekend!



We've got a a busy and fun few days ahead of us. My husband's friend from California is out visiting us over the weekend. We have  a BBQ Sunday night. My husband's birthday is  Monday. And then we're going to a concert Tuesday night. Whew! It's going to be an awesome few days. I can't wait!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

So you know that I moved from southern California to the mountains of Wyoming. That I love my husband, black coffee, and my not so little puppy. That I could listen to Ryan Adams all day long and that I really like old movies. But here are some things that you probably don't know about me:





1) I desperately want an old Ford Bronco. I had an old navy and white one as my first vehicle. It was made of steel and could hit anything without ever denting- and I would know- because I did everything from hitting a grocery cart corral to reversing, downhill over a palm tree- and no one could ever tell :) While I'm requesting old vehicles- I also want an Airstream

2) I'm scared to death of grasshoppers. On a family trip to the river, a whole swarm of them attacked me outside an old Bob's Big Boy while running to the car in 100+ degree weather- they covered me and went up my shirt- I Hate them.
2.5) I'm also afraid of fish. The fact that they can sneak up on you and suck on your toes freaks me out. And then there are those river monster sized fish. I do not want to die by being swallowed by a godzilla sized catfish. I couldn't even post this picture because it creeped me out so bad. For clarification- I am not afraid of spiders, bears, wolves, etc... and I have also gone in a shark cage made of chicken wire and pvc pipe... I have weird fears

3) I love westerns and could watch John Wayne movies all day long... Danny does not share this love of mine
4) The first instrument I learned how to play was the koto. It's a Japanese string instrument about the length of your bed. It's huge, and heavy, and awesome. Plus you get to wear these fake nail things while you play it.

5) I'm created from the axis of evil- the first one. I'm Japanese, German, and Italian... and then throw in a little fighting  Irish and I'm complete



6) My favorite ice cream flavor in the whole entire world is Chocolate Malted Crunch from Thrifty's... or Rite Aid as they like to call themselves now. Some of my favorite memories are escaping the crazy California summers with my ice cream cone inside the drug store

7) I was an extra in tv shows growing up. I never wanted to be an actress but I did want to meet Jonathan Taylor Thomas and I was convinced this was the only way how. Plus- I got to miss school, drive to LA with my Mama, and get paid $100 for basically sitting around all day eating free food ($100 might as well be a million dollars when you're in grade school). You've no doubt seen me in the background of such critically acclaimed dramas such as Big Bad Beetleborgs, Ghost (a tv show based on the movie- it's failure to even make it to tv is a mystery to me), and a Rockford Files made for TV Movie (if only I understood how awesome James Garner was back then). I don't remember the names of the others, but the fact that they're less memorable than the ones I've already mentioned is definitely saying something
p.s- James Garner married his wife 2 weeks after they met at a political rally in 1956. They've been  together ever since. Love that

8) I have monkey toes. I pick things off the ground and pinch Danny's leg with them all the time. It's a lost art

9) As appetizing as that photo looks, I don't like doughnuts/ donuts (however you spell it). I do however like every other pastry on this planet... and will eat them all if set in front of me 

10) My first concert ever was Reba McEntire. I was in elementary school and won tickets on the radio- 3rd row with VIP access. I was too young to win so I had to run and get my mom.  I still remember her buying me a pretty dress from Nordstrom and taking me on our little date- so much fun. Reba opened with Fancy (which to this day is still one of my favorite songs).  

THE END


Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Busy, Busy

Lots of orders going out! Just finished making these lovelies and I'll be wrapping each of them up and sending them away to their new homes today.





Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Camp (ing)

One of the many great things about living out here is that we can pick up and go camping on a moment's notice. We have tons and tons of campgrounds all within a 15- 30 minute radius... and we love camping.

Last week my hubs gave me very short notice (15 minutes!) for our little excursion. But since I was already done with my work for the day, it really didn't matter. I just packed a small bag and we were out the door.

We traveled to a place about 15 minutes south of town and got this gorgeous spot.

This was carved into our picnic table. I'm thinking some angry teenage boy was upset at his parents for making him go camping...

So we made a toast in Pink Floyd's honor and got started on some awesome boxed wine

while the guys geared up for fishing. As you can see, they're extremely serious and have so sense of humor


That night we dined on hamburgers, hot dogs, and s'mores- it was delicious



The next morning, Danny woke us all up with gas station coffee and a fire...



And the guys prepared to go fly fishing again...


Stephanie and Steven...



It was a really awesome way to unwind and take a break from work... all the while being gone for less than 24 hours.

So pretty!



Until next time Hoback...

Friday, July 20, 2012

To the Weekend!



I apologize for the lack of posting this week. Tuesday night we went on a spur of the moment camping trip (photos to come) and didn't get back until mid day Wednesday- It was amazing by the way! And then Thursday we were having plumbing issues- so I was dealing with that all morning- not so amazing. But I have lots of stuff to post next week and I'm hoping to get a fun DIY done this weekend as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'll be starting mine with garage sales and the farmer's market as usual... I love Saturday mornings.

See you back here next week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Favorite Sister


Today is my baby sister's birthday. She turned 20... which is just crazy seeing that I still think I'm 17. And even though she's my only sister, she'd still be my favorite if there were others... because she's just so awesome. Happy Birthday Sister!! I love our witty banter, crazy ideas, and every moment spent with you!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Husband in a Nutshell

These 3 photos make me laugh. They were taken all within a minute as I was trying to get a photo of Danny without him noticing. They show off his personality perfectly. Focused- Someone gets his attention- Crazy face. I love him.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From Bleh to Good in 1 Day



Yesterday was not fun. I was having one of those... super crampy/ want to eat the entire house and lay around in sweats kind of days. Luckily I'd gotten all my orders done early and had shipped them out the day prior- so I got to answer emails looking dreadful without anyone ever having to see me typing in the fetal position... which is not pretty. Later in the day, I started feeling a little better and thought I'd try out Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me. I checked it out a few days earlier from the library and had been wanting to start it. I read the entire thing within hours! Her funny little musings had me laughing out loud and feeling much better. Maybe it was the Asprin, warm compress, and/ or hot drinks, but I always think a little bit of laughter can help too. Plus, it always feels good to finish a book in "hours". Even though you could technically describe all books in this measurement... like it took me 19783iuwiu37947 hours to finish that first Teddy Roosevelt volume... and yes, there were letters in there- that's how long it took.

PS- If you search "cramps" in Google Image- a very scary band takes up the first 9 pages. Looking up PMS is even scarier for different reasons.

Image sources: Book, Puppy, Cookies

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Products in Both Shops!

There are new products in both the Silver Pencils Bridal and Home Shop!

While I still don't have everything ready for the Grand Opening, I was able to add a few more items to the SP Home shop.

Elle Turquoise and Gold Bracelet





Lucky Blue & Gold Horseshoe Bracelet:


 Carnival Envelope Set (added to shop by tomorrow)

Vintage Blue Grass Key Necklace (added to shop by tomorrow)


And in the Silver Pencils Bridal Shop I have two new garters for now...




 Rustic Something Blue Turquoise Ruffled Garter