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Road trip fever

Puppy window drivingIt’s no secret that I am in a constant state of wanderlust. While I won’t be going very far, my entire summer weekends will be filled with road trips for work and pleasure, and celebrations of love (it’s wedding season, of course). So here we go, let’s do this, summer! I’ll be sure to share my adventures with you. ❤

Where do you plan on going this season?

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Back when selfies were self portraits

Hair Series Portrait by natalieerachel


Love this girls crazy hair! Though I’m not quite satisfied with the face portion of this drawing because it doesn’t look exactly like her, I figured that I wouldn’t keep erasing and re-drawing for fear of ruining the rest of it. Hope you all like it! (Original:http://www.lomography.com/homes/shrista/albums/1800791-who-i-am-hair-series/photos/15247846)

Talk about talent! And no, I’m not talking about me. In addition to her beautiful photography, Natalieerachel recreates self portraits of other people by hand. I was lucky enough to have my self portrait drawn by her, she has so much talent and goodness knows I wish I could draw like her! Thank you for this, Natalieerachel!

Self portraits have taken on a whole new meaning, giving rise to selfies, cell phone shots, and numerous phone apps to help make the selfie easier and more flattering to take. Before the selfie craze started, I did a self portrait series about “Who I Am” – one of the things I did is exaggerate my hair because that’s how so many people identify me. This is one of the photos in the series, and the one that Natalieerachel recreated.

self portrait, hair seriesWhat kind of self portraits would you take in your own “Who I Am” series?

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DIY welcome home prayer flags

DIY Welcome home prayer flagsDIY Welcome Home Prayer FlagsOn the day I signed papers for my home, I naturally threw a “Bring Your Own Chair” housewarming party. I figured it would take a long time to get my place to where I would want it for a housewarming (and boy, was I right!). So instead of waiting for that day to (never) come, I wanted to ring in my new home with all of my close friends and family on the day I closed. It was the best idea ever. No furniture, no decorations, no expectations. Just friends celebrating.

To commemorate the evening and all of the support and love that came with it, I asked everyone to paint a flag on the blank canvas of prayer flag bunting I had brought. It was my first purchase for my house, and I am kind of the sentimental type (and am embracing it with wide open arms).

Well, it took many more months before I actually put it up. But I must say, I can’t stop smiling when I am spending time in the backyard or looking through my kitchen window over at the flags.

I am pretty sure that this blank canvas of prayer flags is generally used at weddings for guests to sign. But you can use it to celebrate any event in your life that you want to remember with the love and kindness from people in your life. Or you can just decorate one for the heck of it.

Prayer flags have a deep spiritual significance. Here’s my quick story about why I decided prayer flags were the way to go as my first purchase and captured memory for my home: In my apartment, where I lived for about 5 years, a mystery neighbor slipped some mini prayer flags underneath my door. I have always had them up in my apartment, but I still, to this day, have no idea who they came from. I think we can all do with a little more peace, kindness, and happy surprises in our lives.

If you are interested in bringing some DIY prayer flags into your home, all you need is a blank canvas of prayer flag bunting (I purchased mine through the Etsy shop, BooBahBlue), and some fabric ink. I used fabric paint, but any sort of fabric ink should work. Oh, and let me know how it turns out!

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Little Things #46: Succulent dreams

Succulent dreamI’m not very good at plants. However, these succulents have managed to stay alive and even grow (by a lot)! So very excited and proud of them. I am hoping my good luck with them will rub off on my other house plants. Feel free to share any tips with me. Are you joining me in my May daily challenge?

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Happy Earth Day!

Star jasmine on chain link fenceToday, make sure to do something about the environment and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you! I was one of those kids who bombarded my neighborhood with homemade signs to “save the whales,” and I even started my own garbage pick-up club, ridding my neighborhood of unwanted trash. Yes, I was that child.

These days, I can’t wait for my star jasmine to grow and cover my chain link fence. I love natural borders, and am looking forward to enjoying some backyard privacy with some greenery. The added bonus, I will be surrounded by one of my favorite scents in the entire world. Send my jasmine some good, healthy thoughts so it can grow, grow, grow!

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Little Things #44: Happy National Pet Day!

Sleepy face puppyYou know when something is so adorable, you can’t stop staring? That’s this guy. All the time. Even when he sleeps, he’s adorable. Brightens my day.

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Hello, 2014!

Happy New Year!

E and I on New Year’s Eve, saying “hello” to 2014!

So, I’m not the New Year’s Resolution type. I like the idea of goals, and I like them even better when you have a checklist of fun things you want to get done. So here is my 2014 checklist of things I HAVE to do this year. In no apparent order.

  • Take Huey (my pup) for his first beach trip and some off-leash fun in the sand and waves!
  • More hiking. Yes, definitely more hiking. And camping.
  • More running…half marathon, perhaps?
  • Make regular wellness appointments. I take care of everything around me, but not myself. That needs to change…
  • Learn to sew. Craft more. Maybe open up an Etsy store with some fun creations? Maybe? Note: I am the WORST sewer in the world, at least when I was in junior high. Maybe things can change? Maybe?
  • Home projects. Actually set aside time to get things done! Or at least unpack. Sheesh. I still have boxes.
  • Gardening. Can I keep some veggies alive for more than a few days? 🙂
  • Roast my own coffee.
  • Canine Good Citizenship certification. For my dog (not me).
  • More, more, more , more photos! And prints!
  • Get out of the state. Better yet, get out of the country!
  • Read more. Especially after I finish up my closet/reading nook. I can’t wait.
  • Thrift more. Find more treasures!
  • More dates with E.
  • More dates with friends.

…so it looks like my 2014 is the year of “more everything.” I better get started! What’s on your list for 20

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Pumpkins and puppies!

1383586_10200350972611465_9344034_nimg776img788img741img742img745img7902013-10-26 (1)img748So I am a perpetual kid, and I LOVE pumpkin patches. I am probably the oldest person at the pumpkin patch without a kid. But I don’t care, you are missing out if you aren’t going.

However, this year I got to bring someone new with me…Huey! I finally got some shots of him that weren’t blurry or of him sleeping. He’s a hard one to take photos of, but I guess all puppies are!

Anyways, he has brought so much joy to my life, and I try to do the best I can to provide a loving, happy home for him! Besides, he deserves some lovin’ – I adopted him from a rescue, and we are pretty certain he was abused by his original owner. Who could do that to such a sweet pup? Everyone keeps telling me how lucky I am – the vet, obedience trainer, and everyone else I’ve ran into. I truly am lucky. He’s the best.

We do have some work to do, but I couldn’t be happier.

Also, I’m sorry (not sorry) for all of the dog photos.

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Foodie central: Bite of Oregon

img602Bite of Oregon 2013 Recap img593 img598img596img614Why yes, I am a little behind on my posts. But who cares? Photos are around to relive your moments. So here I am, reliving a bit of summer and my trip to the Bite of Oregon.

It’s no secret that I love food. But I don’t afford myself the opportunity to get out as often as I would like on food adventures. I experiment in my kitchen often, but let’s just say that I could use a bit more practice. I can deal with that – more food adventures in my home.

The Bite of Oregon is a 3-day culinary event, and not only does it include lots of food, but food demonstrations including an Iron Chef of Oregon competition that is played out live before your eyes. Pretty neat.

My sister and I got a weekend pass, and we just ate. And ate. Yum! So here’s a peek at our Bite of Oregon adventure, complete with some of the best music compilations I have heard, courtesy of a DJ playing tunes just outside of the event, working on a donation basis. Yes, Mr. DJ, I approve of the 90’s dance music.

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Bullseye! from Shrista on Vimeo.

So Ev is off in the woods this week for his first hunting trip. Now, before making any assumptions, know that we had a talk about what hunting means to us. For me, I’m a total pacifist. I mean, totally. For instance, spiders TERRIFY me, and yet I won’t kill them unless absolutely necessary. I even save them. Let me tell you, it makes for good entertainment. Ask any coworker I have ever had. Regardless, I can probably count on one hand how many spiders I (consciously) led over the rainbow.

So, needless to say, I had some reservations about my partner ending the life of an animal. BUT, in addition to being a pacifist, I can understand why people hunt. People are carnivores. I believe in the sanctity of life, but that as long as you approach your food with respect, then hunting, while sad, is okay. In other words, hunt for food, not sport; and use as much of the animal as possible. If E went off into the woods to try and see how many animals he could shoot and then just leave them…well, that’s not honoring or respecting their lives.

Well, good news. E feels exactly the same way. In fact, he told me that he is not looking forward to ending an animal’s life. But he will use every part of the animal and will appreciate and respect its life. So, this post wasn’t supposed to be about our stances on hunting. Rather, it’s about our trip to the middle of the woods to shoot some targets (legally). And yes, no animals or bugs were hurt during this process. 🙂

I made a little stop motion video from 35mm film with my Lomokino camera! It’s a short black and white film. Yes, it’s a little cheesy, but it’s fun. So forget about my hunting rant and check out my ridiculously nerdy stop motion video!

I am already missing Mr. E, but he will be back before I know it!

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