Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sharpies included!

OMG -- just discovered that Sharpie custom orders their pens. Are you freaking kidding me?!?!?!?!

The facts:
  1. I love Sharpies
  2. I love anything that can be personalized
  3. This is way cooler than putting stickies on my Sharpies that read "Hands off! These are not your Sharpie pens!"
You wish these were your Sharpies! Via

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Apple Snapple

First, a totally random blip: Doesn't Apple Snapple sound like "Go faster!"? I think so. "Get this done! Apple Snapple!" or "It was over Apple Snapple!" Well, I think so, anyways.

On to the point of this entry: Oh, Snapple Iced Tea, how I love thee! I have one every day with breakfast and the bottles add up. I keep looking at them wondering how I can reuse them somehow. And it hit me, just reuse them as bottles! The embossed S is perfect for my one-day-would-be last name. I could print off my own labels for a special occassion. And I could pair it with a sweet paper straw. Maybe use as escort cards? Maybe just serve as is? Here is the before. I'll post an after once I make it happen!

The lot date scratches off with a little elbow grease, and the label just peels off.

Paper straws, via

Love right now: I like you (a poem by Sandol Stoddard Warburg)

[I did not write this poem, but I love it nonetheless]

I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, "Remember when you told me something special?"
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it's important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too

I like you because you know where I'm ticklish
And you don't tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too

You know how to be silly
That's why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it's time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Maybe never
Too late, it's a quarter past silly!

Sometimes we don't say a word
We snurkle under fences
We spy secret places
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off
You are one too
If I pretend I am drowning, you pretend you are saving me
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump

That's because you really like me
You really like me, don't you?
And I really like you back
And you like me back and I like you back
And that's the way we keep on going every day

If you go away, then I go away too
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
You don't just say "Well see you around sometime, bye"
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don't always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can't stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about punch them in the nose

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up
then you are really sorry
You don't just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that
You say, maybe it was something you ate
You say, the same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don't
If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too
Then it's fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

I like you because I don't know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can't remember when I didn't like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it's the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That's how it would happen every time
I don't know why
I guess I don't know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.

Love right now: Paper wreaths

I am kicking myself for having just painted my front door red. Totally clashes with this gorgeous wreath made of paper.


Friday, September 10, 2010

A sneak peak at an upcoming wedding order!

I'm doing the cake and cupcakes for a wedding in a couple weeks and here's a sneak peak.Cupcakes are two flavours: my richest dark chocolate and lemon. And there is matching chocolate buttercream and lemon cream cheese icing! The wedding colours are purple and green, so I incorporated that too. (The cake is not featured today.)

Purple pansies
Dark chocolate
Mmmmmm, which is your favourite?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

To do by my 30th birthday

OK, I think this post in and of itself is indication at my Type A behaviour: a to-do list with a two-year deadline. Who plans that far in advance anyways? Oh, right. Me.

I'm almost 28 and I'm starting to feel old. Not really old, just old. Like, I feel like I should have accomplished more somehow. So I started to randomly write down things I wanted to get done in the near future. OK, I started to make a list.I can't help it: I love lists!

This is in no particular order. I'll cross them off and link them as each task is completed and I'll add more as I think of them. I'm glad to have them online; it'll help get me going on completing the list!

  1. Learn to felt wool
  2. Visit the Mall of America
  3. Take a far-away trip with Jones (one of my oldest and dearest friends)
  4. Go to Europe with my main man
  5. Have a girls' weekend with at least five of us (there are seven in our close-knit group)
  6. Sew my own dress, preferably with one of my 1950s McCall patterns
  7. Visit all the national museums in town
  8. Redo all three bathrooms OR the kitchen
  9. Learn to code CSS and redesign my blog myself
  10. See my college roommate at least twice a year
  11. Get promoted to the next pay scale (I got an acting assignment, but there's an option to keep me permanently at the higher level. New department Nov. 1/10)
  12. Clean out the basement storage (completed the first weekend in Jan/11)
  13. Make a clean, designated laundry area
  14. Learn to do my own make-up for daytime (My sister taught me how to do black liner with shadow. Then she told me to use a little tinted moisturizer, topped with a little bronzer on the cheeks and sweep on some near-sheer lip gloss, and voila! A daytime look in 3 minutes flat. Jan/11) 
  15. Pick any month and do yoga once a week
  16. Get back to 130 lbs or less (Goodlife membership kicked in mid-Dec/10. It's a start!)
  17. Redo the gardens in the front and back yards
  18. Make my own history album from my grandmother's copy
  19. Reset my clock to get up at 7am every day
  20. Learn origami
  21. Cook dinner four times per week for one month
  22. Host a thanksgiving dinner
  23. Make a pie from scratch
  24. Start my online shop, Sawyer & Sprout. I've been procrastinating out of fear of failure :( (Launched!)