Friday, March 1, 2013

New Pair of Glasses

Recently, a company called Firmoo contacted me to see if I would review their products. When they said that their product was glasses, well, I just about jumped for joy!

I love my glasses. I enjoy having a variety of colors and shapes of glasses hanging around the house. I even have a pair just for needlework. (Really big, bug-type frames, so the frames kind of disappear when I'm working on stitching.)

So I can always use another pair!

I got these, in black. They seem to be the most popular choice, although most people get the tortoise shell pattern. I guess I just have to be different. 

I LOVE them! They look great on and are really comfortable. The prescription is perfect.

I liked the website very much. I really love that I can refine a search by so many different things. Especially frame size. The only thing that I didn't enjoy about the buying experience was that when you clicked on anything, it automatically opened in a new window. I thought that that was awkward, but manageable.

And they are having a neat promo where you can get your first pair for free by going here.

Go get them!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sorry for the time away!

Hello again everyone!

I have missed posting, but I have had good reason. I'm starting an Etsy store! I figure if I want to keep getting things, I have to get rid of what I have. So I've been devoting my time to taking better pictures of things that I already have instead of thrifting as usual.

But I really do miss it!

And I got the opportunity to review a new website for glasses too. I just got my new pair and will put the review up at the end of the week.

And I've been cooking a lot. I run a food blog as part of my regular job and that takes up a bunch of my time. 

I have totally missed you all. I miss your smiling faces and super cool thrifty finds. I'll be around. Promise.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lost Family

These people all seem to belong to the same family. Someone cared enough to blow up the pictures and frame them, but as they look like they are from the late 70s or early 80s, apparently no one cares anymore.

I wonder who they are. If you recognize yourself, let me know! They might still be there!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hobbit Quotes

My teeny tiny canvas! Painted with a quote from The Hobbit. Funny thing, I started this before the movie came out. I have been in a small vacuum and didn't see any previews for it until it was just about out. It was always my favorite of those books. Sadly, I still haven't seen it.

I intend to paint to frame too, a nice glossy black. But I think you can see the detail better before I paint it.

Can you see the dragon holding the arkenstone?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vegan Florentine Mac and Cheese

Soooooo happy!

I am not vegan. I am dairy intolerant. Which for mac and cheese purposes, means I'm pretty much vegan.

So I have been having mac and cheese withdrawals for many years now. Since I discovered Daiya brand cheeses, life has been better. But mac and cheese has still been elusive. All the recipes I had wanted me to use the Daiya shreds and that came out gummy. But then came the Daiya wedges. And balance has been restored to my cheese-iverse!

Since I can't leave the recipe alone, I have made this with veggies. Broccoli may have to go into the next batch. Mmmm, broccoli and cheese.....

I may never eat anything else ever again. Unless it's Chinese food.

Vegan Florentine Mac and Cheese

8 oz small elbows or other pasta
2 cups very chunky tomato sauce
2 cups spinach
1 cup chopped vegan cheese, 
          I like Daiya brand wedges, 1/2 cup cheddar, 1/2 cup jack style
1 cup soy or almond milk
2 tbsp vegan butter, like Earth Balance
2 tbsp nutritional yeast 
         or ground almonds
2 tbsp french fried onions
Salt and Pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cool water and put in an oven safe casserole dish.

Heat the oven to 350degrees. 

In a small saute pan, heat the olive oil to medium high heat. Add in the spinach and a little salt. Stir in the tomato sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the spinach is completely wilted. Combine in the dish with the pasta.

In a small sauce pan, heat the butter until it is melted. Put in the cheese shreds and slowly stir in the milk and a pinch or two of black pepper. Heat, stirring often, until all the cheese has melted and the sauce starts to thicken. About 5 minutes.

Pour the sauce into the pasta mix and stir until the sauce is evenly distributed. Sprinkle with the nutritional yeast or ground almonds and fried onions.

Bake for 10 minutes. The top should be toasted.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Something Creepy and Some Awesomeness

So apparently these guys are waiting for a friend to hatch....

Who painted this?!

And oh yeah! Show me the way to go home. Point me in the right direction. Which way to San Jose? And so forth.

I wish this had more glasses. But I really love the paint job on this thing!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Another Helping Hand

The long pink glass thing is one of those prism thingies. You hold it to the light and spin the colored bit at the end. The bit you spin and see all the cool patterns on the inside, around and around on itself. What are those things called?

It's one of those. The green glass curls are napkin rings. I think this is the first kind I have 4 of. I have a few others, but this is the first set of four.

I love the big tile. It has a hang tab on the back, I just have to find a place to hang it. Maybe out it in our studio space.

Where I will also have space for my little helping hand. The only problem with the studio is there is no kitchen. And what is crafting without fresh tea? I can hold small things with that hand, but I was thinking it would be more fun to use as a teabag holder.