Paint, a Palette Knife and Patsy

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It was love at first sight when my dear friend Patsy began painting 2 years ago… After much encouragement (and begging!) from friends, she’s launched a website, Rosecreek Road where prints of her artwork are for sale (finally!)

This past weekend she allowed me to invade her studio, ogle her artwork and ask a few questions…

Giving Life in Death

When my Great Grandmother passed away, my mom was given a tree to plant in her honor. This beautiful gesture has stayed with me through the years and I’ve felt compelled to continue the tradition when someone I know loses a loved one. Dedicating a tree is such a meaningful way to honor and remember a life well lived.

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However, it appears we can now take this gesture a step further…

Bios Urn, an Estudimoline project, has created a way to give life in death by designing a biodegradable urn.

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The process is simple — select a seed, place the ashes, and plant the biodegradable urn. The roots of tree grow through your ashes, anchoring them to the earth. Simple, but beautiful – less truly is more.

What seed would you select for yourself? 

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h/t ASAPScience 

Merry & Bright

I love the contrast of this season – we are surrounded by warm bright Christmas decorations in the midst of these cold months. Decorating our home for Christmas certainly helps lessen the chill of winter!

We went with colorful C-9 lights for our tree this year and I’m loving the extra warmth of their glow! Have you decorated your home for Christmas? I’d love to see pictures!

christmas tradition

IMG_1343Tradition (noun): the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Growing up, after decorating for Christmas we would sip eggnog solely by the light of tree.

Matt and I have since adopted the tradition, but with a slightly more fun eggnog recipe… Enjoy!

Martha’s Classic Egg Nog (adapted)
3/4 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Cognac
1/4 oz Dark Rum
Top with Egg Nog
Stir ingredients well and garnish with nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

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(This is what happens when you’re not careful with the nutmeg.)

What traditions did you grow up with?

What traditions do you still celebrate?

 

a memorable thanksgiving

What a way to warm our new home! It was a certainly a memorable Thanksgiving with our family – and I’m not ashamed to say that we had a total pajama party! Everyone stayed over for a weekend full of nothing but eating leftovers and vegging out.

The new recipes we tried were even better than we’d hoped! The honey orange ham turned out beautifully which was quite a relief since I’ve never done a ham before!

Here are a few snapshots of the festivities taken by me and my brother-in-law, Ben…

 

Where did you spend your Thanksgiving? Somewhere traditional? Somewhere new?

What dish were you in charge of cooking or baking?

home sweet home: project cabinet hardware

Who knew one could get so excited over cabinet pulls!

We have a long list of projects to customize our new home. This week, we installed cabinet hardware!

We opted out of the builder hardware package since we already had a specific look in mind for our cabinets. After a bit of research, I found that Amazon (yes, Amazon!) had the best prices on the cup pulls and knobs we wanted – much less expensive than the big box hardware stores!

To ensure accuracy when drilling each hole, Matt created a nifty little tool called a jig. Click on the images below to see the before, during and after photos!

Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

What project will you tackle next?