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Monday, December 9, 2013
Guys, I'm sorry. Turns out Decembers are hard, even when your other person is not in Sweden. Are Decembers hard for you too? I'm going to go ahead and blame the getting-dark-early, the cold, and the crazy-work-because-it's-the-holidays. There, see? Not my fault.
Perhaps you've started eating that jam you made this summer? Perhaps some of it didn't turn out perfectly? Perhaps some of it is over-set and so stiff as to be unspreadable? Yes? Well, then do I have a solution for you!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
However! I do have some interesting reads and recipes for you this weekend. Enjoy, and please share what you're reading!
Awesomesauce. In 1963, an enterprising young lad asked novelists about whether symbolism in their work was intentional. Some of them actually answered.
oh my. Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Frosting
A note from the other side: I'm Marrying a Feminist
Another horrible custody battle, only this one also seems to be a battle for a woman's right to move, travel, and get an education.
mmmmm the Christmas version of a root beer float
O. M. G. no, seriously.
"And compassion isn’t a sign of weakness, but a mark of civilization" A conversation about empathy for fellow humans in distress
How fun- a monthly subscription service for donating to charity. Sounds like a great Christmas present to me
Thursday, November 21, 2013
We've managed hang most of our artwork since we've moved, but one place I didn't have anything on the walls was the kitchen. It seems hard to believe, I know, but it's true. The biggest hurdle was the lack of wall space. Here's a before picture to help you remember:
The one real wall has a (much-appreciated) window taking up most of it. I'm (slowly) thinking of ways to spice it up, including stencils or just a bright paint color under the window. We'll see. Anyway, if you look carefully under the cabinets, you'll notice there's not wall there. The same black counter material forms the backsplash, and it reaches all the way to the bottom of the cabinets. According to the paperwork left by the previous owner, it's a quartz composite material, and even if I wanted to, there's no way I could pound in some nails to hang art.
Enter, 3M hooks. I had the idea that I could use one of those 3M hooks to hang a picture with. You know the ones I mean- they have some sort of sticky stuff that will hold the hook+it's weight and then you can remove the sticky strip from the wall without leaving residue or a nail hole behind. (I swear, 3M has no idea I exist).
So I perused Target's collection and ended up with these clear guys that are supposed to be used as utensil hooks. The package of three was in the neighborhood of $3-$4. Since the package says each hook can hold up to half a pound, and I'm somewhat of a worrier, I decided to use two hooks. I simply followed the directions on the box, eyeballed the hanging height I wanted, and centered my hooks. This particular model lies pretty flat against the wall and my art now graces the backsplash above the stove. You can still see the clear parts above the frame, but they don't bother me. It's the same print that was in our last kitchen, and I'm so glad I was able to find a home for it in this one.
Obviously, I wouldn't recommend hanging priceless artwork above a stove, but I think it's a great place for dollar store frames and replaceable prints. Painted frames and glass wipe off easily, so I'm not worried about any splatter. I think spaces like this where you don't want something precious are perfect for pretty pictures torn from magazines, cute cards, or photos.
Have you been hanging art in new places? Experimenting with paint? Have any bright ideas for my one real kitchen wall?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I hope everyone is having an excellent weekend. I'm taking my own advice and unplugging a bit (I wrote this Friday night). I always feel better after I do.
What are you up to?
Meet GoldieBlox, an awesome toy company
One (smart) man's revelations about calling a woman "crazy" and how damaging it is
A new app called iCitizen strives to help you make sense of the issues. I haven't tried it, but it sounds interesting.
Earlier this week I talked about ads on this site. Please read it! I welcome any feedback you have
A smart talk about closets and stepping out of them. sidenote: My husband wears pink shirts, too
A reminder to unplug now and then
In case you missed it, Red Wine Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream will make you happy
mmmmmm.... Spinach Hummus & Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Quesadilla
the always delightful Deb's Cranberry Orange Breakfast Buns
Finally, a yummy looking Spicy Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Burger
Looking for more good reads? Check out all my other Weekend Reading posts here.