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Still need a Halloween costume? These downloadable and printable masks designed by Wintercroft are amazing! (Thank you, Elizabeth S. for sending me these!)

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Um, how great is this Alexander McQueen cabled skull sweater? For $1000 bucks and some change it could be yours! Or you could chart something similar and make it yourself.

What’s making you happy this Halloween week?

Probably something you would like… Halloween Edition 2014

[So I had planned to have my new stuffed pumpkin recipe posted today, but I got kind of a late start with dinner yesterday and quickly realized it was way too dark to take good food pictures. So my family had take-out Thai and you are getting a PSYWL post today. But come back tomorrow-- I'll be starting dinner early today and those pumpkin pics will be glorious!]

 

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Eyeball Cookies. Because EYEBALL COOKIES.

Garlic Soup

I originally wrote this Garlic Soup recipe for Valentine’s Day but it’s also probably your best defense against vampires on Halloween. BONUS: It’s delicious and you will want to eat it every day of winter.

Halloween for Preggos

Guess what this pregnant lady is going to be for Halloween? Yup, I finally got to order this t-shirt that I blogged about so many Halloweens ago. (I blogged about this two years ago. I NEVER thought I would be the pregnant lady who actually gets to wear it. Life is nothing if not unexpected.)

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Every year, I say I am going to make Pumpkin Dream Cake. This is the year, dammit!

I never remember to soften the butter when baking. This is pure genius.

Unplugged Wedding Photography

Okay, this article is actually infuriating but  I want you to read it anyway. Please don’t be this wedding guest. Pretty please.

If you are the easily queasy type, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO. For everyone else, check out this crazy relative of the star fish called the Basket Star.  So creepy but I can’t stop watching!

How to Properly Construct a Sandwich

As everyone who knows me knows, I hate sandwiches. When someone is trying to give you a sandwich they are cheating you out of eating something good. (Ironically, most of my pregnancy cravings have been for sandwiches. I am becoming that which I loathe the most!) This article about proper sandwich construction should be must-reading for everyone who has ever championed those soggy excuses for a meal.

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It seems I haven’t done a PSYWL post in a million years. Let’s jump right in!

Fashion illustrator Grace Ciao‘s flower petal dresses are so extraordinary and happy-making!

Grace Ciao designs dresses with flower petals

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Fashion illustrator Grace Ciao‘s flower petal dresses are so extraordinary and happy-making!

Made me laugh

Made me laugh.

Article: Kentucky Restaurant Utilizes Interesting Alternative to Tipping. I am so for this!

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I love this bathroom floor DIY.

I am both intrigued and repulsed by this machine. On the one hand, how hard is it to make flat bread? On the other hand, flat bread at my finger tips anytime I want it…

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I spent this weekend marathon watching  Veep: Season 1 and  Season 2. So funny and really great writing.

The Farm

I read the new Tom Rob Smith book, The Farm, in less than 24 hours. It is un-put-downable. (If you haven’t read his Child 44  yet, you really should, but The Farm is a stand alone.)

Mike and I are currently doing the Whole30 diet, based on a comment a reader left here about the book It Starts with Food. Basically, you eat a very clean diet for 30 days, with no grains of any kind, sugar, alcohol (of course), dairy or legumes. You can eat plenty of veggies and meat, though, and you don’t have to count calories or go hungry. (You don’t really need the book to do the plan  but it’s helpful if you want to know the science behind the plan. Otherwise, it’s all spelled out on the Whole30 website for free.)

I am not going to lie to you– the first few days were tough. It turns out that I was pretty addicted to sugar. And Coke Zero. But today is Day 8 and I’m feeling really good. I’m sleeping better and I have more energy. Plus, I’ve lost weight already, which is super encouraging.

I’m not going to bore you by blogging about this too much– there are tons of bloggers who’ve literally written about every meal they ate while on the program, something I found very helpful when trying to plan meals. But I will tell you we’ve had great luck with recipes from NomNom Paleo (we have her cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and I love it!). The Slow Cooked Kalua Pork is a fave and I am can’t wait to try the Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Compote.

That’s it from me– what’s making you laugh or smile (or cry) this week?

Wine to Go

The best purchase made at Spa a couple weeks ago was not any yarn, or even the two awesome skirts and a coat that I found at a thrift store. It was a traveling wine glass.

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When not in use, the bowl flips upside down and locks into the base over the stem. It’s made of a sturdy feeling plastic and feels quite strong when locked into place.

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It’s pretty ingenious and the perfect pairing for a relaxing weekend filled with laughter, friendship, knitting and wine. So whether you’re knitting,

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or spinning

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you can enjoy your wine and yarn!

If you get adventurous or maybe you’ve had a drink or two, you can bling it out and use it as a lazy Susan for your yarn. (Probably not a recommended usage.)

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We found our wine glasses at L.L. Bean in their camping section, but I also found them on Amazon (available thru Prime!) in case you need to get your wine on before your next trip to Maine!

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(We have no connection with the wine glass maker, I just though that this was probably something you would like.)

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Way back in 2009, I was contacted by artist Lisa Congdon about using on of my photographs as the basis for a painting. Of course I was flattered, and delight to say yes.

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Painting by Lisa Congdon

Lisa sent me a print of her painting when she finished it and I absolutely treasure it, particularly since Liberty has since retired and gone to live at another farm where she will live out her days grazing sweet grass and lolling on the sunshine.

I’ve followed Lisa’s career since then and it’s been amazing to watch! In 2010, Lisa did a project called “A Collection a Day”. For 365 days in a row, the artist photographed, drew or painted collections of objects. Sometimes they were quirky and interesting but often they were everyday items that you wouldn’t think twice about. I don’t know quite how to put this but the very act of showcasing these items in the way Lisa did made them transcend their everyday-ness. I highly recommend going through the blog dedicated to the project. Lisa published a book of the collections but it is out of print and pricey pricey.

Lisa’s main blog is an everyday read for me because I find it so inspiring and uplifting, so I was super excited to see she has a new book coming out on April 1st.

Whatever You Are Be a Good One by Lisa Congdon

 

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon. I have pre-ordered my copy and will be waiting by the mailbox on April 1st!

Lisa also has a new video class available on CreativeBug called Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon. (If you haven’t taken any classes on CreativeBug yet, I highly encourage you to look into them. The technology is pretty amazing. I have the 12 month unlimited subscription and it lets me take any class I want, any time I want from some amazing instructors. The knitting and sewing classes alone are worth 10x the price.) Even if you are a non-artist like me you will love this class.

Joss Whedon says that, in order to be prolific and creative, we have to constantly be “filling our tank”.  I think that may be the single most important advice I have ever gotten and it’s something I remind myself of everyday. Following Lisa Congdon’s work is one of the surest ways I know to fill my tank!

I would love to know how you fill your tank. Please hook us up with links, book titles and whatever else inspires you to creativity.

 

 

 

 

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Disney-Themed Celebrity Portraits By Annie Leibovitz

I don’t think they are new but these Disney-Themed Celebrity Portraits By Annie Leibovitz are spectacular!

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I am not much of a jewelry person but the work of artist Datter Industries has a quiet beauty that really speaks to me.

Photographer Melissa Groo

Photographer Melissa Groo

“When wildlife photographer Melissa Groo was tipped off by friends about a fox family that set up home in a backyard shed, she promptly put up a blind and spent a season with them.” 

Days of Honey

I am reading Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
It explores the culture and history of parts of Middle East through it’s food. I love this book and I’ve learned so much from it already. Highly recommended.

Snow Flake Close-ups

Photographer Tapes a $50 Lens To His P&S Camera To Take Stunning Macro Snowflake Photos. This world is a magical place, y’all.

Vanishing Tribes

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Photographer Captures Portraits Of Disappearing Tribal Groups. See above comment.

What is making you marvel this week, my friends?

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This Is What Happened To The Original ‘Sound Of Music’ Cast. I don’t consider the holidays started until I watch The Sound of Music! So cool to see the Von Trapp kids all grown up.

Digital Time Lapse Camera

This digital time-lapse camera is going on my Christmas list.

Circular City Maps

These Circular City Maps speak to the way my brain works. Very cool.

Taxidermy done so horrible it is beautiful. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart.

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This recipe for Champagne Punch makes me want to throw a New Year’s Eve party.

Life Vest for a Fish who Can't Swim

Man Makes A Life Vest For Pet Fish Who Can’t Swim

Vegan Cool Whip

Vegan Cool Whip. Why not?

The Colors of Sea Glass

The colors of sea glass and their rarity. Sea glass makes me happy.

Memorial of the Day

I have a feeling I would have liked Roger a lot.

1146737_10151781424284672_1800402082_nI love this new way to tie long scarves but I can’t remember where I found it. Anyone?

What’s making you smile this week? Share it with us!

PS – come back at 1p or so to see what giveaway we have in store for you! I think it’s PSYWL!

 

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Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War

The Taco Cleanse is a real thing.

20-Centimetre AntelopeThere Is A 20-Centimetre Antelope At Chester Zoo. I am dying over here!

An excellent essay on knitting by Barbara Kingsolver.

A New Label Lets You Know How Much Social Justice Is In Your Shopping. Super cool.

Okay, I know this is thin but I am battling the worst sore throat in history. Now more than I ever, I would love to see what’s making you feel good this week. Hook me up people!

Am I Seriously Crying at a Truck Commercial?

Yup. Weeping and shopping for truck. Well played, Chevy.

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