Thursday, January 27, 2011

Of Paper Dolls, Black Apples and other Whimsical Musings

Just before Christmas I found a book of paper doll making at Urban Outfitters by none other than Ms. Emily Winfield Martin. It is called

The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer


I flipped through it briefly and decided to purchase it. I know, I know, I was Christmas shopping for others yet bought something for myself, lame....I made up for it by going back and buying a copy for my older sis the next day. Once I was home and really sat down and poured over every single page I realized I HAD to get one for her as well.

Jump ahead a month and I'm pleased to say this has not been an impulse buy that has gone on to be completely useless. Since moving to a town without a life-time's accumulation of friends, family, and community and having to downsize a lot of clutter to fit into a smaller place and being someplace more expensive where we are living on less ,I have found that I am getting soooo much more done! I have time on my hands and have actually started AND finished certain projects that I have either never started in the first place or started and never finished. I feel quite accomplished!!!

So here you have it, I cannot tell you how much fun I've had in making these little people and how much joy it's brought me to make them and actually finish them (though I have plenty more to do!!!) Many thanks to Ms. Winfield Martin, she is brilliant and I so appreciate the fact that she shared her know-how so that others of us can share in her adventures!

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Top and shorts: UO (Christmas present from The Mr)
Shoes: Target

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Top: UO
Bow: Myself

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Top: Forever 21

In other news, my older sis (the one that lost her baby during the second trimester early last year) is pregnant again! She is due in May and is well passed the point that she lost Victory Rose so things are looking good and she is doing well, much less sick this time as well and she is happy. A little nervous but doing extremely well. She is so brave! I love her!!! I am currently working on making her, my niece and my bro-in-law paper doll selves for the baby shower invites. She's going to have a boy!!! EEEE!

Lovies and lint balls,


Monday, January 17, 2011

Glorious lunch with The Kidlet and The Mr.


























Today was exquisite as well. I know I'm not writing much these days, but I don't know what to say other than, "I can't believe this is where I live".

I thought it might get redundant if I said that every single post. Too late. I already said it again.

Oh yes, food. I can say something about that. I made chicken cordon bleu (sp?) at least I think it was. I stuffed chicken breasts with raw cheese, wrapped them in prosciutto and covered them in a variation of a Bechamel (sp?) sauce. Tasted like the real thing to me. Regardless, dinner was delicious. I'm putting myself on what I'd like to call "The French Diet". Rich and decadent foods in small portions. I can't tell you how many times I eaten a massive quantity of something not so tasty and at the end realized I ate so much because I was waiting for it to get good. No more of that!!! From now on tasty delights, but half the size. So far I've lost nothing, but neither have I gained anything AND I don't feel so nasty stuffed all the time so that's a plus. For lunch we had prosciutto, apples, raw cheddar, and mandarins. It was lovely. Dinner was the chicken cordon bleu with gold and red beets and a spring mix salad with home made dressing that has cream in it. Oh yeah. I could write about food forever. I'm going to stop now. ;-)

Lovies and lunchables,


This is my life.

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It's January and back at our old home it's gray and cold and foggy (which I always loved) ...this is our new home, well, 15 minutes away from our new home (the gray days are fine but this isn't too shabby either...seriously, tan in January!?!?! WHAT!?!?)

I still can't believe this is my life.

Life really is beautiful.



I am so blessed.

Lovies and last dances,