Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Pennant Stamps

I like making birthday presents. It brings me joy in life. 
Especially notebooks. 
Notebooks are happiness. They're a space to spill extra thoughts and images. They're a friend. They are meant to be messy. 
What more could you want? 

I like to buy plain brown paper notebooks and either draw phrases, verses, and doodles on them, or simply paint a small design like the one pictured above. It's super easy. All you need for a semi-uniform stamp is a new Number 2 pencil. 

Using a paring knife, cut 3 lines to create a triangle. Make flat cuts to remove the edges of the eraser.

Mix paint to the shades you want, and HEY, you've got a stamp. Practice on a notecard to get the opacity you want.

 Journal and stamp away, my friends! Birthday cards, notebooks, thank you cards, word art, paintings... experiment and enjoy. 

Oh and do come again soon, it was so nice meeting you.
Let me know what you think below in the comments.
Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I got a new sweater. And I took a lot of experimental photos this weekend and drew on some. It was grand.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten (More) Things You Probably Don't Need To Know

Happy Wednesday. I've decided to tell you another ten pointless things that are (sometimes) relevant to my life, because why not.

1/  I went hiking this weekend at Panther Creek Falls (pictured above); it was lovely to return to the destination of my first backpacking trip 5 years later.
2/  We've had torrential rain in Georgia these last few days and it's been glorious.
3/  I have a dog now... we named her Scout after the girl from To Kill a Mockingbird.
4/  I took the PSATs today (aka filled in some bubbles on an answer sheet and then slept each time I finished early).
5/  I am reveling in knowing how to really use my camera. My world has changed now that I actually understand how everything functions.
6/  I have begun college visits and it just makes me feel like a baby.
7/  My brother is coming home from up North to visit for the first time this weekend. YIPEE!
8/  I really want to just go to bed right now even though it's not socially acceptable (let alone reasonable).
9/  Tortilla chips and black bean hummus are my life.
10/ I just want to go back to June and be on my last backpacking expedition in the Ardennes. Is that too much to ask for? I'll just go get in bed then.

Keep it real. And get some sleep for me, won't you?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekend Vibes: A Playlist

It was quite the difficult weekend, and it's sort of bled in various ways into my week. It's been a roller coaster of faces, grades, and emotions. I spoke to people I sorely miss, I didn't speak to others I miss just as much. I did homework, I stared listlessly at homework. I listened to music, I played music. All of it combined into a sort of washed out color palette. My week has been a haze of faded maroon and deep blues and greens.

But one of the best things of this week, the peak of the roller coaster, was a conversation with my creativity -- it's emerging from the dark hole it was hiding in, ever so slowly. And I'm chasing it with open arms.

In celebration, I've created a washed out playlist of songs I listened to while staring at blank sheets of paper before covering them in ink and pencil.

I Can See Your Tracks - Laura Veirs
Warm Foothills - alt-J
Call Me in the Afternoon - Half Moon Run
Accident - Emily Wolfe
Lost in the Light - Bahamas
I Already Forgot Everything You Said - The Dig
Pusher - alt-J
Oh No - Blackchords

Happy Wednesday, and may you survive until Friday... Please come by again and follow for the better things to come in the future,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is in. Officially. It's like I went to bed after the football game last night amidst the dead Georgia air that was suspended between summer and fall and then woke up to cold earth under my feet, chilly winds playing with my tousled hair, and red leaves dancing and spinning around. It was a day to do homework at my desk with an open window, to go on walks with the dog, to rake leaves, to waltz through the woods. But I didn't do all those things. I stayed inside and thought and got mad and frustrated and upset and missed people and hated myself and my life and worked myself into a mess. Long ago, I decided that baking is one of three effective therapeutic activities (music and writing being the others), and so I baked.

I baked for you and I baked for me. I baked to shut out all the things I miss. I baked to distract me from the things and people I can't have. I baked to have a desire to be in the kitchen, not somewhere far away. I can't say I feel all that better, but I tried. Isn't that what matters?

So if today you've stumbled onto this recipe upset or lonely, bake. If you've found this recipe unbelievably happy, go away. No, I'm kidding, bake anyway. I guess the message of my ramblings is this: bake. It would make me feel better to know that there are one or two people happier than me today. And these soft wonders should make you happy.

This is a vegan recipe, but you can easily 'un-vegan-ify' it if you have no flaxseed. Just substitute the ground flaxseed with 3 eggs. Another perk of this recipe is that you don't need an electric mixer -- a spatula is sufficient for everything! If you're really feeling adventurous, you could substitute applesauce for oil to make it even healthier; I would have, I just don't have any at home.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins 

yields 24 

1  (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree
1/2  a ripe banana
2/3 cup canola oil
*3 tbsp.  ground flaxseed
*9 tbsp.  water
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
roasted pecans (optional: to sprinkle on top)

*If you don't need to make these vegan, you can substitute the flaxseed and water with 3 eggs.

Preheat oven to 350º (325º if using convection bake). Whisk flaxseed and water until well combined, then put in the fridge to let it become firmer (a little bit congealed). After 15 minutes, mix flaxseed, pumpkin, banana, and oil together. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then fold into the pumpkin mixture. Spoon into muffin tins and bake 15-17 minutes. Cool in pans a couple minutes and then move to racks.

Enjoy, and I hope you feel better or continue to have good vibes if you've got 'em already. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kaleidoscope Self

I just want a kaleidoscope spirit, one that shifts and changes to cast a beautiful interpretation of whatever is given to it. 
And I wish it was contagious and we would have a world of kaleidoscope people.

Basically, I wish the world was one over-sized kaleidoscope.