Tiny Tuesday #6

OMG Y’ALL!

Guess what day it is?!?!?!?

TINY TUESDAY—-HOORAY!

After this post, y’all know I LOVE office supplies…so how stinking cute are these

TINY PENCILS!

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ERASERS?! OF COURSE!

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TINY ERASER FOOD!

I’ve seen many eraser cakes over the years, but never one with green or blue frosting!

The eraser museum never disappoints and this is no exception! I love the little piece of cantaloupe! And the watermelon! I wonder if the little seeds come out?!

TINY TOYS!

HOW CUTE ARE THESE OMG. I gotta shout out to my girl Vi for sending this to me on Pinterest. I am totally in love with all these TINY toys that Larissa Holland designs. You can buy the pattern and make the little dollies yourself. I may have to splurge and buy it and make some. They are just too cute with their tiny cameras and tiny leaf snacks!

 

TINY ENAMEL PINS!

I never really thought about pins as being tiny enough to be worthy of TINY TUESDAY but they really are so small and fun that I think these are worth including. Don’t forget that it’s my birthday month and these would make great birthday gifts, teehee 😉

TINY ART!

Check out this delightful tiny drawing by my good buddy Ben Chlapek! We met about a million years ago when we worked at the same library. For a few wonderful years we even got to collaborate on a zine together (Pizza Vultures, if you’re lucky enough to find a copy!) His art runs the gamete from hand pulled screen printed concert posters, to logo design for your business. Check out all his neat work at his website and his Instagram (today’s feature is a drawing of a potato chip bag–DROOL!) He does all kinds of TINY art, so you just gotta check it out.

TINY QUILT!!!

I LOVE this lady’s tiny quilts! This particular picture is from this post by Tangerine Key. The quilter is Carol Henry and she is known for her mini quilts. You can buy template for some of her design through her website. I love the perspective of this picture where you can really see how small these quilts are! Carol calls them Apple Core but it looks like what I call ‘the Spool’. I have a quilt that is quite the opposite of TINY–mine is all hand quilted and big enough to fit a king sized bed! I’ll have to do a quilt post some time. I should totally make one of these TINY spool quilts to go with my GIANT one!

 

TINY FAKE FISH!

How cute are these dang tiny beta fish?!?

TINY TAKE OUT!!!

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My friends are really the best-est and they know me so well! There was a Comic-Con nearby a couple of weeks ago and I had to work all day that Saturday so I couldn’t get there. As a consolation prize Amethyst and ModMom scored these earrings for me! You gotta check out Artful Sunshine and their etsy shop!! SO MANY TINY CUTES.

Y’all have a happy week!

Stay tuned next time for MOARRRR TINY!!!

 

 

 

 

Garden update #2, + BONUS recipe

GARDEN UPDATE TIME!

Check out how things are growing in my little garden!

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So the radishes are sort of a fail. I thought I was planting a variety that didn’t need thinning out, but given how these look, I think I was mistaken. I have seeded another pot that have just sprouted true leaves and I definitely gave them a few inches growing room all around. Hopefully they will do better than these. The upside is that I learned radish leaves are edible. Once they get tall they sort of start to have scratchy leaves, but when they are still tender the leaves are really delightful as an addition to salad greens.

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I’m still holding out hope that I thinned the carrots (far left) enough that they’ll produce more than an orange thread. I HATE thinning out plants. It’s dramatic, I know, but it just feels so awful, like I’m aborting little baby plants! Do any of you have this problem? I know that it’s so the other plants will grow, but I still hate it 😦 That said, I also thinned out an additional pot of radishes (far right). I’m gonna be super bummed if these don’t do better, especially after I DID thin them out.

GOOD NEWS: the lettuces are freaking delicious!

BAD NEWS: there was only enough for a side salad!

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This is one of my current favorite things to cook.

“Orecchiette a la North Grove Park Inn”

Ingredients for the pasta (serves 2):

  • 1.5 c. small pasta (like shells or orcchiette)
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • handful tender radish leaves, torn
  • handful fresh dill, torn
  • 4 T EVOO
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the vinaigrette: (combine ingredients in a small mason jar)

  • 3 T spicy mustard
  • 1/4 c. fancy vinegar (I use something like this)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t EVOO
  • splash of citrus (whatever you have-oj, lemon, lime)

Cook the pasta to the directions on package. While it’s cooking, chop up the boiled eggs, tear radish leaves and dill and put to side. Drain pasta but leave in the pan. Toss pasta with the EVOO and salt and pepper. Plate the pasta and top with egg, radish leaves and dill. Grind bit of extra S&P. For the TINY salad tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. Shake the ingredients in the mason jar. Dress the lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

WE NEED MOAR LETTUCE SO…

I’m going to experiment with seeding lettuce with this technique. My pals over at The Behrer Home had great luck with their first try at a crop of radishes using this method. I think lettuces should do well this way, too, and then Mr. Smith and I can have an actual plate of salad for supper instead of a teaser taste! Read more here for a tutorial on how to try out this weed-free grow method.

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Here are two of the zucchini  plants. They’re really sprouting leaves! The squash look pretty much the same so I’m not bombarding you with pictures of the same looking thing over and over. OH LOOK MOAR DIRT AND LEAF TIME 😉

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This is a moon flower that also came from my cousin Sherrill and uncle, Bryce. She says it only blooms at night and that it is prolific in growing once planted in the ground. And obviously, I haven’t planted it in the ground yet, so here it sits under my carport. I just can’t decide where it should go yet!

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Here is the main crowning achievement, my piece de resistance, my ASPARAGUS PLANT! Now I know that EVERYONE says not to plant asparagus in pots, but I’m trying it because I’m not planning on living at my rental house forever, so I’d like to get a plant started that I can take with me when I leave.

The big part of the plant does not look so hot, and in fact I thought I had already killed it. The other night, I moved some plants out from under the eaves so they could get a drink from the nice soft rain that was falling. I looked in the asparagus pot to check on the little tomato and dill plants (that I have got to re-pot) and SAW THE STALK! There, standing tall and proud, was an asparagus! I hope the positive progress continues!

So, how are your gardens growing?

Have you tried any new plants or seeds or growing methods?

Tell me all about it!

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What is the Evil Eye?

Let’s read on & learn some things about it!

According to the wiki :

“The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”…  Charms and decorations with eye-like symbols known as nazars, which are used to repel the evil eye are a common sight across Greece, Turkey, Albania, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Southern Italy (Naples), the Levant, and Afghanistan.”

I remember looking at some of my dad’s Mason books after he died (and feeling pretty sure the Mason police were going to get me for it) and seeing some freaky eye-iconography. No explanations of what the heck Masons are or what they do, but plenty of those weird pyramids with the ever watching eye on top…

OH THE FREAKY EYES ON DOLLAR BILLZZZ!!!

Since it seems like basically every culture on earth has a link to this, it doesn’t feel like inappropriate cultural appropriation for me to love these eyes. At least, I hope not!

You may notice that most of the icons are BLUE eyes…I’ve always heard that people with blue eyes are more susceptible to getting cursed by an evil eye. Good thing I got my Pop’s Cajun blooded brown eyes! WHEW!

What it boils down to, for me, is that I find the iconography appealing aesthetically.

And it sure can’t hurt to try to ward off evil!

Here is my collection so far–feel free to add to it! 🙂

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Here I am right after I got my temporary crowns on my front teeth–you KNOW I was wearing my favorite evil eye necklace (that I have NO idea who made–it was a gift) for THAT! (and my Origami Owl!)

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clutch from Torrid!

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eyeball socks from the dreaded Urban Outfitters a few years back.

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bracelet from Sentry Drug, “pop” from Karisma Jewelers

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keychain/necklace from Cherokee flea market vendor

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necklace with tear from Wish  (a Christmas present from Vivian!)

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cat eye earrings (Patti Smith & Duck) made by Vivian!

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Swatch “the Eyes are Watching” by McPherson, with collectible vinyl.

Aaaaaaand for those of you who love some Walker Texas Ranger, now you can have the theme song stuck in your head! The eyes of the Ranger are upon you! (not unlike God and Santa Claus, eh?!) 🙂 It seems to fit well with the whole ‘evil eye’ thing.

Do you collect evil eyes or other good luck talismans?

Stay tuned for more of my strange collections!

EDIT (for Jesse 🙂 ): Funnily enough, I bought the three eyed guy in the Cayman islands, where tourists apparently go to buy watches and jewelry. My mom and I scoffed at the cruise folk with us who were foaming at the mouth to buy these things. And then we did the very same thing! Mom got a rad Swarovski bracelet and I bought 2 Swatches! The little dude came with the watch and he is a “vinyl collectible”–not a TOY. I was corrected by the salesman haha! Check out Kidrobot for more weird figures. Tara McPherson is the designer for the one I have!

Thirsty Thursday #2

OH HAI THERE, THURSDAY!

Are you a little thirsty yet?

Lordy, I sure am.

S O F T * D R I N K

“The term was originated to distinguish the flavoured drinks from hard liquor, or spirits. Soft drinks were recommended as a substitute in the effort to change the hard-drinking habits of early Americans.”–from the online Britannica

It’s cool if you want to call it “soda” or “soda pop” or “Coke” or “dope” or even “pop” (though I will definitely NOT be calling it Pop since that is what I called my father, and drinking your dad is just weird) but I call it a “soft drink” generically.

Until I add booze. Then it’s a cocktail 😉

Here are a few things that are in my fridge stash currently!

Cel-Ray SodaGoombay Fruit ChampagneMaterva Yerba Mate Soda

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I think I was in high school the first time tried Cel-Ray. It either came from Earth Fare, or maybe the Dekalb Farmer’s Market in ATL, I can’t quite recall. I became a soft drink connoisseur at a pretty early age (see Blenheim’s story below) but it was as a teen that really began to hone my palette for sugar and CO2. Cel-Ray was my first weirdo favorite. It tastes a lot like ginger-ale, but with confusing vegetable undertones. According almost every article I have read about it online (herehere, and here), it pairs well with pastrami. I say it pairs well with gin, but I’m not going to argue.

This Goombay Fruit Champagne is a left over from the last cruise mom and I took to the Bahamas. There is a little grocery store right in Nassau that we’ve gone to both times we’ve been on the island and we end up buying weirdly wonderful things like ginger root scented bath soap and writing booklets for students with the picture of an historic Bahamian prince on the front. We love grocery stores. Honestly, this stuff tastes like Hawaiian Punch, haha.

I can’t even remember where I got the Materva can and I’ve never had it before so I can’t tell you what it tastes like. However, I became obsessed with (and possibly addicted to) yerba mate while in high school. The ritual continued with friends I met early on in my freshman year of college when I spotted the lovely Laura on the patio of my dorm, reading a book and sipping with her kit. She used to add orange drink powder to hers–something that is supposedly popular in Argentina. I’ll report back when I open this can. I imagine it tastes like bubbly grass and sorghum.

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BEWARE THE BLENHEIM’S!!!

(This is a scan from a zine {Letters I will never send to you, Volume #4} I wrote years ago where I tell the old tale of “That Historical Day” at Teal’s Seafood, in Cheraw, South Carolina, the “prettiest town in Dixie” in the year of our Lord, probably 1989)

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But for real, this stuff is SO GOOD with rye whiskey. Just go ahead and try it! You’ll like it! Also, if you’re lucky enough to live near a Mast General Store they almost always have them not only in stock, but CHILLING in their coolers.

Dr. Enuf  and Red Velvet Cake Soda

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I currently can’t find anywhere that you can buy the Red Velvet Cake soda, and according to the guys over at Soda Jerks it’s pallet worthy (their highest rating). I might ought to hang on to it and see if I can pay off a crown with the eBay proceeds. Any takers? $50 OBO, lol. I can’t help but think it’s be great with light rum.

The Dr. Enuf came from my Johnson City, TN supplier “tnCorgi”. This means it is doubly fresh since it’s from there! There are so many weird and wonderful articles to read (herehere, and here). This soft drink is wonderful when mixed with pretty much ANY liquor (vodka, gin, whiskey and rum) and has been known to help a hangover if you imbibed a bit too much the night before. Dr. Enuf was definitely on the list of things I had to import while I lived in Missouri (along with Cheerwine, Duke’s mayonnaise, and Zapp’s potato chips). It’s good stuff. Enuf is ENUF!

Drink up! Tomorrow is Friday! Hooray!