Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Biff Here, Biff There, Biff Everywhere!

So far, 2012 has kicked ass.  Not gonna lie.  One of the many things that will go down in the books for me this year is my feature in Tulsa People's March magazine.  I was (and still am) ridiculously flattered to have been sought out and written about in a publication that I love to peruse.  It's really something :)  Here's a snapshot of the feature and if you'd like to read the whole shebang, you can find it here!
And while I'm tooting my own horn (or tooting the horn of those who toot mine ;) if you'd like to see real, live me talking and moving, you can watch this old Oklavision interview I did several years ago when I worked under the name of SheezKrafty!  Warning, I will embarrass myself.

And finally, if you'd like a chance to win a never-been-seen-before bag that I made, you can scoot on over to Smile and Wave's blog for a giveaway that ends on Monday!

Ta-Ta!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two of Those Outfits: Mujer con Pantalones

Don't worry, I didn't forget about last week's teaching outfits!  I know you've just been in a tizzy wondering where they've been!  My little sinus bout took a turn for the worst towards the end of the week so I only did what was necessary of me throughout the weekend (although I did share a few recipes on Sunday!) and slept even more than I've been sleeping.  I'm feeling much more lively this week, minus an incessant headache that I can't seem to kick.  I'll survive though :)
 The weekend before last, I killed a little time at good ol' Anthro and used up the rest of my holiday gift card in the clearance room.  I found this oversized black t-shirt that is so comfortable, I just might have worn it for three days straight.  Don't judge ;)  I have a feeling it will be getting LOTS of wear.  I wore some oooooooold Express slacks from my college days, a handmade Peruvian belt gifted to me from my sister, a Verde Squared necklace made by moi and gifted booties.  Super comfy and in my opinion, cute too.
 I absolutely love it when the beast poses with me, especially when his epic tongue makes an appearance.
 Wednesday's outfit was simple but worked.  I wore another one of those $1 estate sale shirts I scored last month.  This one reminds me of Algebra 2 in high school or as I like to call it, the most confusing class I have ever taken.  MATH is truly a foreign language to me.
 Finished it off with those clearance Gap pants I've been wearing the heck out of lately, Anthro clearance sweater (which I found a hole in the other night- NOOOOO!!!), and old Target clearance booties.
 See, just one big shirt full of graph paper ;)

The mister snapped this shot while I was 'preparing face' and it was a grand reminder that it's time for a trim.  You can always tell when I'm saving money - my hair mimics cousin It.  When I keep my hair short, I have to cut it CONSTANTLY as it grows like a weed.  When I just let it go, I can get away with a trim once or twice a year.  I'd say it's time to make that appointment.  
I'm not sure the flowers in our yard have gotten the memo that it's still February....

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Three Easy Appetizers

Last month, I hosted our monthly make:Tulsa meeting at our house.  I made a few appetizers that my maker friends seemed to enjoy so I thought I'd share the recipes here for you and them!  I apologize for only sharing the one photo...the second after I snapped this picture, the doorbell rang and half of the crew was standing on the porch!  I never really got a second chance to take more photos!
Caprese Skewers
slightly adapted from a Prairie Hive recipe

You'll need:
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Mozzarella cubed or Mozzarella balls
Fresh Basil Leaves
Balsamic Vinegar

 I'm sure you can easily figure out how to do these yourself based on the picture above but if not, simply stab a tomato, basil leaf or two and mozzarella cube onto a toothpick.  I did this until I ran out of basil.  Then drizzle balsamic vinegar over the lot and dig in!  (I'm pretty sure I ate about half of these at our meeting ;)

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Cheesy Zucchini and Onion Flatbread
found in an oooooold Bon Appetit magazine 
I think this would be great as part of a fun dinner!

You'll need:
1 can refrigerated pizza dough
3/4 cup garlic and herb cheese spread, divided (they suggested Aloutte which I FINALLY found in a random spot in my local grocery store)
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, divided (I forgot to pick up fresh so I just used dried and it worked!
1 small red onion (pretty sure I only used about half of mine)
1 medium sized zucchini, yellow or green, sliced

-Preheat oven to 400
-roll dough onto parchment paper (I just used foil) 
-spread half of garlic and herb cheese spread onto HALF of pizza dough, leaving a slight border
-sprinkle with half of the parm and a bit of parsley
-using your foil or parchment, fold the dough over, covering the filled half, don't seal edges
-spread remaining half of spread onto top of dough and then cover with remaining parm
-in rows, arrange the onion, then zucchini, alternating until you run out of room
-brush veggies with olive oil, lightly salt and pepper
-put foil or parchment (with bread still on top) onto a cookie sheet (or put onto a cookie sheet before ;)
-bake for about 24 minutes
-sprinkle with parsley

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White Bean Salad in Cucumber Cups
found in an oooooold magazine which I could not find a name for
For the record, I don't like cucumbers nor green olives but this LOOKED so cute that I had to make it!

You'll need:
1 15.5 ounce can Great Northern Beans, drained
1/4 cup chopped pimento stuffed olives
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (again, I used dried)
1 tbsp minced fresh chives
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 large seedless cucumbers

Easy peasy.  Mix everything except the cucumbers together.  You can make the mixture up to two days before you need it!  I did mine the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Meanwhile, cut the cucumbers into about 1 1/2" slices.  Scoop out the centers and discard.  I didn't have a melon baller so I just carefully used a large spoon.  The key is to not break the bottom!  Spoon bean mixture into cups and serve immediately!  Someone referred to them as Okie sushi which I thought was hilarious :)

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There you go, three easy and fast appetizers!  I'd love to hear if you make them and what you thought of them!  Bon Appetite :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fuzzy Friday: Pimmy

Vera was my saving grace back in that lonely basement apartment in 2002 but I felt like she needed her own saving grace.  With two TINY windows and with myself at work for forty hours a week, Vera was very lonely.  When I would return home from work, the second she heard my feet hitting the stairs, she would immediately begin meowing as loudly as possible.  I felt terrible.  I had a plan though:  find a new apartment above ground with windows and get a second cat.

At the shelter, the other volunteers knew that I was starting to look for another fuzzy feline so they started to keep their eyes open for another fluffy lady for me.  Just a few short weeks later when I arrived for my shift, I was informed that there was a cat who just might be what I was looking for.  I was quickly introduced to 'Foxy' a feisty little red devil.  

She wouldn't come out of her cage and had bitten another interested party (who wouldn't have gotten my approval either) when she didn't want to be petted any longer.  I had my mom and sister come up to meet her and after a few hours, the decision was made - this firecracker was going home with me.  I took her home that day.

She was found outside of Tulsa running in a field by another volunteer a few weeks before.  Her collar was completely matted around her neck and she had a fresh scar from being spayed.  She had to be shaved in patches to alleviate the matted pain.  Searches to find her previous owners came up empty and she was admitted to our system.  She was estimated to be about two years old and a petite maine coon/tabby mix.  

For the first few weeks, she barely associated with me or Vera.  She barely showed any personality and I honestly wasn't sure if she was even all 'with it'.  Then, one night after my friends and I had returned home from going out, she stole some of my freshly popped popcorn and ate it like a squirrel.  I'd never seen a cat do that before.  Soon, her personality began to shine and still does to this day.  

While searching for a name, I kept thinking about how much she resembled a Pomeranian to me which I played around with and ended up creating the name of Pimmy.  Her full name?  Pimothy Littlefoot Fuzzbucket, naturally.

Pimmy and Vera quickly became inseparable and we got out of the basement just a few months later; we moved upstairs.  She has a personality and attitude that is epic.  She intimidates the dogs that visit the house, regardless of their sizes.  She is our house's alphadog.  She is a spitfire and a half.  And I love her for it.  Endlessly.  Since she's perpetually cold, like me, thus she's the best cuddler in the house and fights to find the sweet spot under the covers.  She will cut a fool for popcorn, toast or french fries, despite my best attempts to keep people-food out of our pets' mouths.  You can barely hear her when she meows but her personality is the loudest thing in the house.  She has grinch feet, a fluffy bloomer-wearing butt and salt and pepper whiskers.  She's the cutest cat in the world.  
And she can fly.
(old, old photo from the 'upstairs' apartment)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What's a Girl To Do?

Something you should know about me is that I always have at least three projects I'm working on.  These can vary from events to creations or from home improvements to obsessive organization.  I get it from my folks.  They are the king and queen of projects.  One of their most recent ones is the purchase and revamping of a cute little mid-century, mid-town home not too far from our abode.  

One of the first steps for them was to find homes for random furniture and objects left behind by the former little ol' lady who lived there.  My dad mentioned coming across a box of old pamphlets left in the attic and, knowing how much I like to cut up old publications, asked if I'd like to have them.  I, of course, said I would take them and didn't think twice about it.  Finally, after some time had passed, I came into work to find a box FULL of what my dad originally thought were propaganda for doctors' offices.  
I began digging through and was immediately blown away.  There are almost 400 of these unique guys in pristine condition which is amazing since they lived in a box in an attic without a lid for at least 50 years.   They are all publications of Good Reading Rack Service and are from the mid-fifties.  The topics cover everything...and I mean EVERYTHING.  The graphics are absolutely unbelievable and the content is absolutely killer.  From what research I've found, there are some that live in a few museums around the country and I've found a few for sale online for a bit more than I was expecting!  Other than that, it seems that there's not much information on them.
So here's my pickle.  What do I do with them all???  
I have already scanned every single cover to save and am beginning to group them according to topic (see above:  obsessive organization) but what next?  Each of my family members is planning on pulling out some of their favorites, and I plan on framing my faves.  There is NO way I will cut these up!  I've been toying with starting a 365 day blog with them since the topics are so varied (and amusing), I can easily span them across a calendar year.  Then I'm thinking of selling them off at reasonable prices and donating some to a few museums with mid-century collections.  So I guess what I'm wondering from you is this - would you be interesting a 365 day project featuring these gems and/or would you be interesting in owning a few in the future?   

 Here are a few of my favorites that I snapped phone pictures of in the midst of my epic scanning spree.
Slightly awesome, right???  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Random Facts

I'm at home with an old-fashioned cold today.  I finally rousted myself out of bed to do a little schoolwork but quickly got sidetracked reading blogs.  I loved Stela's little Random Facts posts today so I thought I could muster a few minutes to share a few of my own before I head back to bed.
1.  This may sound strange but I can do crazy things with my tongue.  Ok, that sounded REALLY strange!  I can touch my nose with it, pick my nose with it (just for show ;), fold it, roll it, make three rolls (taught myself to do that one!) make some crazy noises with it and, drumroll please, I can swallow it.  Oddly enough, my sister AND my folks all have extraordinarily long tongues.  I often think it's what has helped me master strange pronunciations in other languages!

2.  My pinky fingers are crooked.  And I love it :)  They remind me of my Granny's pinky fingers.

3.  I love ferrets.  They are instant smile inducers.  I've had two (so far) who both ended up fighting cancer and were bald off and on throughout their lives.  You've never lived until you've seen a bald ferret playing!

4.  In my teens my family had racing pigeons.  When we would go on road trips, we'd load the pigeons in the back of the truck and would then release them from our destination.  It would take them just a few hours to travel what would have taken us a day.  I think pigeons are beautiful and I LOVE their coos.

5.  I can attribute most of my young traveling through the U.S. to antique cigarette lighter and flashlight shows throughout my youth.  In fact, my parents hosted the first ever antique flashlight show in the U.S. about fifteen years ago.

What's something random about you??

Friday, February 17, 2012

Three of Those Outfits: Getting Real

I had grand plans for the ol' blog this year.  I had planned to have themed months, guest posts, giveaways galore and more.  Then life happened and none of those plans really got off the ground.  And I've accepted that.  I often find myself pushing myself too far, trying to do too much, trying to do it all.  Sometimes life gets in your way and reminds you that you are human and that you can't do it all, as it has me.  Life is REAL right now.  Really real.  So real that it's surreal.  If that makes sense.
On Monday we had a light snow, just enough to send people in a tizzy.  Classes continued with dwindled attendance so many fun activities and reviews were done in place of previously planned lessons.  Later that day one of many surreal moments of the week occurred.  Forgive my vagueness but trust me, surreal.  
I wore a skirt from the great beyond, a vintage Puritan sweater I've had since high school, a gifted green pashmina, gifted galoshes and target sweater tights.  I was perfectly toasty.
By Tuesday, the snow had already disappeared but the cold temperatures remained despite my warmer weather attire.  I actually wore this outfit a few weeks back to see Dwight Yoakam at the Hard Rock with the mister.  Not being much of a country music fan, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the show.
The shirt was another one from that massive estate sale shirt haul I keep talking about, Gap clearance skirt, Target clearance booties, and gifted tights.

Being Valentine's Day, the mister and I opted to stay at home and make pizza together.  He surprised me with a cookie cake (my absolute fave!), some sweet words in addition to sweet treats and some new fun socks.  He knows me well. :)
Wednesday was a busy day.  Not only was it my last teaching day of the week and last day to sub but it was also the funeral for an old family friend.  I went for as simple as simple could get and pieced this together to go straight from school to service.  I had never attended a Catholic Mass funeral before.  Very different from what I was used to but beautiful all the same.
This one consisted of gifted booties and tights, Gap clearance dress from a few years back, Target clearance sweater, Gleeful Peacock feather necklace and vintage bracelet.  

I'm looking forward to a break this weekend.  I've got some estate sales lined up, some local shopping to attend to, a housewarming to celebrate and a Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil to experience.  And hopefully a few nights of good rest.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Made: The Indie Emporium Shop & New Bags!

Do you remember when I wrote about the glorious Pop Up Shops that inhabited Tulsa's downtown last December?  Well, the response to the shops was SO wonderful that many of the shops are back to stay including my favorite, the Indie Emporium shop!  With its new permanent location, the shop is now called Made and is packed full of amazing goodies made by some of Tulsa's most talented artisans and crafters!
 The shop is located across the street from its prior location in the first floor of the stunning Philcade Building with a few other Deco District shops!  They are open from 11-6, Tuesday-Saturday.  I plan on trekking out there this Saturday to see what's new and to see what I can't live without ;)
 What's that you ask?  Do I have anything in the shop?  Well I sure do!  I've taken about 15 bags down and a HUGE box full of lightswitch plates just for you!  Many of the bags there have never been seen anywhere else and will stay at the shop until they find their new homes!  Here's a few of the new guys:
 
If you find yourself in need of a gift of ANY kind, do your community and yourself a favor and buy from local makers!  Your support of us is invaluable :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Two of Those Outfits: Pussy Bows

A fairly uneventful week, for the most part, in my neck of the woods.  Classes have finally found their rhythm and I'm getting to know my students better and better.  Winter has finally found us (BOO!) so these photos were taken quickly so we could race back into our heated house.
While wearing Monday's outfit, I had a student comment on how oddly I dressed compared to most others, but in a good way. I took it as a grand compliment.  I dress to please myself.  I've ALWAYS hated to blend in with the masses, especially when it comes to style, so hearing those words made me feel a sense of pride. 
There were a few years that I lost my style due to work restrictions.  Dressing for myself wasn't an option and when I did, I was often made to feel bad for doing so.  I'll never allow that to happen again.  Take me as I am, weird clothes and all.
Sweater was Gap clearance some years back, handmade estate sale skirt (also seen here), Gap tights, gifted booties and the glorious western tie found recently at an estate sale.  

On Wednesday, I pulled out another estate sale score - this polka dotted set found for $1 along with at least 10 other killer tops.  I scored big that day.  BIG.
I found myself wishing I owned a skinny white belt for this outfit but I survived just fine without one.  Gap clearance slacks, Target booties and Zippo flame earrings.  Easy Peasy.
Did you know that the large bows that women wear with blouses (then and now) are currently referred to as pussy bows?  I didn't believe it until I reluctantly googled it.  It's true.
I'll be doing a bit of subbing next week so there's a good chance another outfit will be thrown into the mix.  Lucky you, no?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Taming the Hoard: Scarves

I am a closet hoarder.  As in I hoard things in my closet.  In an organized fashion, of course.

I've always been a gal to have more clothes than I need, including my precious scarves.  It's an illness.  It's safe to say I have over 100 that I like to actively wear and use around the house while at the same time keeping them easily accessible.  That's not easily achieved in a small house though so a few times a year, I seem to find myself re-imagining how I can better store my scarves.

I hang the hoards on the inside of my closet door but after a while, they always get all jumbled up, fall down and cause me to shoot some not-so-nice-words at the pile they become in the floor of my tiny closet.  One day, I *finally* had the bright idea to add just a few more hooks to help me better organize and to spread the collection out a bit more.
First, I employ some fuzzy helpers to weed out scarves that I don't need around anymore.  (I wish I could tell you that I got rid of lots this go around, but most ended up staying.  C'est la vie.)
Then I start piling the scarves into appropriate groups.  
Pashminas/longer scarves, 
large square scarves for my head and neck, 
small square neck scarves for myself and Vera (yes, I share scarves with a cat), 
longer rectangular scarves more for fashion than comfort, 
knit/crochet scarves to keep the cold gal warm, and
former vintage dress belts.

Trust me, it makes sense to me :)
So what do I hang this ridiculous collection on?  One of these adjustable accessory hangers.  Not quite sure what they are 'supposed' to be used for but for me, this one has always housed scarves and hats.  I see them EVERYWHERE for no more than $5 and to me, they are worth the investment if you're tight on space.
We added two separate hooks on either side of the rack, one of which I bought at an Ikea in Hungary a few years back that resembles the beast's booty!  Never fails to make me smile.  :)
On these two small hooks live my neck scarves.  One side for the small squares and the other for the larger squares.  Fascinating, I know ;)
From there, I work filling the bottom rungs up first to finally ending with the pashminas across the top since they are longest and my most often used.
By simply adding the two hooks and better organizing my scarves, I rarely find a scarf on the floor and my search time for one is cut in half.  Call me simple but things like this make my day :)
How do you organize your scarves?  What sweet trick am I missing?!  I must know!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Two of Those Outfits: Peace, Dude

For this week's teaching outfits, I feel like I channeled a bit of the 60s.  
Quite appropriate, really, since I've been seeking peace within myself lately.
 During my holiday Anthropolgie sale rack frenzy, I snagged these KILLER velvet bells for pennies.  If you hit Anthro on the right day, they have a sale on their sale items which makes the store not feel so intimidating on your pocketbook.  Obviously I have stumps for legs so I had to fold up the cuff once to keep myself from face-planting in front of the class.  I wanted to wear some taller shoes (with both of these outfits, actually) but I've been having some pretty bad knee issues lately so flat and sensible shoes it is for a while.
 The sweater was a Gap clearance score a few years back and the necklace was the old screwback earring necklace I mentioned last week.  I found the solo earring at the Flea Market a while back and the seller threw it in for free with everything else I was buying.  After a quick manipulation with some wire, I threw it on a long chain and have been wearing the daylights out of it.  Pretty bitchin' wouldn't you say?
 On Wednesday, I sported a dashiki gifted to me by a former student from Togo, Africa.  This could be one of the most comfortable tops I own.  It reminds me of my high school days, with dashikis aplenty while running with my hippy crowd.  
 Since the top is so large, I was able to throw it over some leggings and call it done.  Finished it all off with Target flats and one of my many coin necklaces.  It's funny to see myself dressing for such moderate temperatures while this time last year, we were literally stuck inside of our house with record snowfalls and record low temperatures.  I much prefer this weather.
 Our students LOVE it when we wear clothing from other cultures.  Teaching them not only English, but about the rest of the world is rewarding in ways I'm not even sure how to express.  I truly believe that when you open yourself up and learn more about the world, you better learn tolerance and with that comes the beauty of peace, respect and understanding.
So Peace, Dude.
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