Monday, July 18, 2011

1300 Things: Week 28

Hello Everyone! Yes, I am alive. And yes, I have missed being here... a lot! 
I've also missed visiting you over on your blogs too. Some things have shifted and I have been very very busy. I asure you that as I adjust to my new schedule I will be blogging and tweeting again on a regular schedule. Please don't forget about me! xoxo

675.  Sweet cat kisses after a long day out and about.   
676.  Really good hot and sour soup.
677.  A sweet cup of Cinnamon Plum tea. 
678.  BBQ pork chow mein.   
679.  Fortune cookies that don't lie::  
680.  Meeting a new friend... on his 1 month birthday! 
681.  The awesome staff at Pet Food Express. ( a local company) 
682.  Pecan Praline granola.
683.  Peach season!!!
684.  Peaches in Irish oatmeal.     
685.  Peaches in yogurt
686.  Peaches in my special peach macadamia nut bread.
687.  Peaches in my mouth.
688.  A trip to the Renegade Craft fair with friends.     
689.  Prawn burritos.    
690.  Being woken up by a cold cat nose. 
691.  Taking time-out to give myself a pampering pedicure       
692.  One of my photos made it to the popular page on Instagram::

693.  The summer set of ants came and went w/out much of a fuss.         
694.  Bagels with lox & cream cheese. 
695.  Ritual coffee in the neighborhood
696.  Securing an office space for a freelance gig.  
697.  Fresh fig room refresher         
698.  Gaining speed and accuracy on a knitting machine. 
699.  My willingness to make an ass out of myself for a good picture::

And how is your summer going? Where have you been? Where are you going? Have you blogged about your summer vacation? Leave me a link to your post.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Collections:: Thimbles

Last week I wrote about my grandmother's need to collect things and how that need was passed down to me. It's true, I have a need to collect things. I also have a need to display them in a pleasing fashion. Most of my collections are on display in my home. You will find them in/on:: jars, bowls, children's toy tea-sets, baskets, shelves, windowsills, buckets, and so on. 

Another collection inherited from my grandmother:: Thimbles. 
My grandma embroidered... a lot. And yet, this is the one skill that I didn't pick up and run with. Well, embroidery and the ability to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle in freaky record time. This seems like an awful lot of thimbles for one woman to have, one for each finger... and then some. {I realized that there were a few missing from this photo. I believe I have 13 total.} I am aware that thimbles come in different sizes.  But I don't know... is this a lot of thimbles for two hands, even if they do embroider a lot? 

Regardless of how many thimbles one woman needs... I love each and every one of them. And more than that, I love the collection of them gathered in this pretty little dish.

Is there a skill or trade that you wished you had learned from a family member? 


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mail Day!

A couple of weeks ago I received a package in the mail from my friend Julie. I had no idea whatsoever that she was sending me a giftie. I recall that I was having a rather difficult day. But what was nestled inside of that awesomely decorated package lifted my spirits so high that it gave me a serious case of the gratitude tears.

{ My Hoop Art Made by Julie } 

Julie made this gorgeous Hoop Art just for little ol' me. The colors, the shapes, the composition... it's 100% Tammy and I absolutely LOVE it. There was no question about it, I knew exactly where I wanted it to live. I immediately hung it up in my bedroom. Two weeks later, I still get a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy just thinking about it. And when I gaze upon it... my eyes feel pretty awesome too.

So I bet that you are totally jealous of my awesome new artwork. I would be if I were you. The good news... You too can own a piece of awesome Hoop Art from Julie.

The awesomely talented Julie opened a new Etsy shop just last month. And she gave her new shop an equally awesome name, Hey! Caddywhompus. Some of you may recall that I interviewed Julie a couple of months back in connection to her vintage shop, Restless Hearts Crafts. It was in that interview that Julie alluded to this new endeavor. And boy oh boy... are we ever so lucky that she followed her word & opened this awesome shop.

A big Thank You to Julie for offering PuNk rAwK pUrL readers 
10% Off in the Hey! Caddywhompus shop! 
Use Coupon Code:: PUNK10 
code expires July 31st 2011

Have you discovered any awesome new Etsy shops recently? 


Monday, July 4, 2011

1300 Things: Week 27

650.  Number 650 means I am half way through my list of 1300.   
651.  A simple rearranging of the furniture creates such a fresh feeling.
652.  Coffee ice cubes. 
653.  The cool side of the pillow.  

655.  Hot Pink + Kelly Green + Jet Black = one awesome color palette.
656.  Documentaries on John F. Kennedy. 
657.  Mushrooms sauteed in butter and garlic.
658.  Getting surprise packages in the mail! 
659.  New neighbors who appear to be sane.     
660.  Driving a convertible on the hottest days of the year. 
661.  A cuff quickly made from the neckband of an old t-shirt::

662.  Watching Rosco on a catnip high.   
663.  Lowered tax rates in California.     
664.  53 sales on Etsy!   
665.  Making new friends. It never gets old. xoxo
666.  A hunky boy delivering In-N-Out burgers at midnight.        
667.  The architecture in my favorite Oakland post office::

668.  Learning to use a knitting machine.          
669.  Learning how to fix bent needles on said knitting machine. 
670.  The sweet stare of an adorable puppy dog. 
671.  Sushi lunch breaks!!!  
672.  Cold beer on a HOT day.          
673.  Stretching out to find the cold spot at the foot of the bed with my foot
674.  Reconnecting with some dear Twitter friends after being absent for a week.   

What are you most grateful for on a hot summer day?