presenting mr. & mrs. gnome

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ring a ding!

Dreamy rings

i needed to take some new ring of the month club pics for a feature on lovely liana's mixed plate blog. the old pics had the old background and honestly, i just didn't like the way they looked anymore. i played with pioneer woman's photoshop actions with this one a bit and i think it looks dreamy.

speaking of rings, i'm having a sale - tonight ONLY. buy two rings, get one free!

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etsy love

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a (near) perfect weekend

Perfect day

the weather was perfect

i baked a cake

made a ton of stuff and listed some new things in the shop

finally designed gift certificates for the shop

Ring gc

watched a sweet movie

stopped by angel food bakery and circa ceramics

had a stranger compliment me on my necklace that kateri made me

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and hung out with shawn

the not so perfect part... my aunt vi passed away. its sad - even though it really seems like it was time. she was awesome but now i like to think she's with her truly incredibly husband, len. she was fun at weddings and was always kind. and she made really great homemade pasta. so, i'll miss her.

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30 songs

What are 30 songs you cannot live
without? Ones that come on and you have to totally STOP what you're
doing just to listen, or break out into intolerably loud singing, or
dance. You know, you won't get out of your car until they're over. Or
you will dance down a supermarket aisle with nary a care. And you can
listen to them over and over and never get tired of them.

kateri did it because her friend mike asked her to and because there is nothing i love more than making lists, here are my 30 songs using that criteria in no particular order:

  1. my baby just cares for me - nina simone
  2. its oh so quiet - bjork
  3. the monkey song - major lane
  4. buddy holly - weezer
  5. a thousand miles - vanessa carlton
  6. that's the way - led zepellin
  7. (sweet sweet baby) since you've been gone - aretha franklin
  8. suspicious minds - elvis presley
  9. do you know what it means to miss new orleans? - louis armstrong
  10. misguided angel - cowboy junkies
  11. she's electric - oasis
  12. july, july! - the decemberists
  13. true love ways - buddy holly
  14. universally speaking - red hot chili peppers
  15. can't hardly wait - the replacements
  16. blackbird - the beatles
  17. ray of light - madonna
  18. seven stars - the apples in stero
  19. pretty in pink - the psychedelic furs
  20. pata pata - miriam makeba
  21. mockingbirds - grant lee buffalo
  22. sweet emotion - aerosmith
  23. maybe sparrow - neko case
  24. i want you back - the jackson 5
  25. just like heaven - the cure
  26. life on mars? - david bowie
  27. wild horses - the rolling stones
  28. should i stay or should i go? - the clash
  29. digital love - daft punk
  30. jane says - jane's addiction
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random bits

i have tons of these little random lace bits that i've accumulated over time. i've never quite known what to do with them. i'm in the process of cleaning my studio and came across some lace flowers and it hit me, they're yo-yo sized - what if i tried to incorporate them into my necklaces? i thought it could look nifty. i'm rather pleased.

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(meyer) lemony goodness

while at the grocery store the other night i spied some meyer lemons so i somehow convinced shawn that a meyer lemon tart was a good idea this weekend. he generally doesn't like lemon desserts but i think i sold him with my description of the taste of meyer lemons. i waxed rhapsodic in the middle of whole foods. he probably thought it was cute. other shoppers probably wanted to back away slowly.

here's the recipe, which i totally made up as i was going:

for the tart crust:

1 1/8 cup flour + more for flouring the rolling surface
1 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold butter
3 tablespoons water

mix dough until sticky. roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and
press into a disk. refrigerate for a half hour.  preheat oven to 350°F. roll out disk of the dough and put into a tart plate. place foil & pie weights into crust and bake for 20 minutes. remove foile and pie weights and place back into the oven for another 15-20, until golden brown.

for the lemon curd:

4 meyer lemons
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
15 tablespoons cold butter
1 vanilla bean

grate enough zest from for 4 teaspoons and squeeze 1 cup juice. whisk together zest, juice, sugar, and
eggs in the top of a double boiler and add butter. set over simmering water and cook, whisking, until thickened and smooth and an
instant-read thermometer registers 160°F, about 5 minutes. force curd
through a fine sieve set into another bowl. whisk in meat from vanilla bean. cover surface
of curd with parchment and cool completely.

finishing the tart:

once everything is cooled, preheat the broiler. pour curd into the tart shell. sift powdered sugar on top. place under broiler until it starts to caramelize, about 1 minute. (i let it go about 1 minute too long hence the blackened crust) let it cool a bit and eat. yum.

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everyone loves the smell of gasoline, right?

this morning i had to stop for gas on my way to work. i pulled up to the pump at one of the citgo stations near my house, slipped my debit card into the thing, and pressed the regular button. as i was reaching for the nozzle, diesel started to pour from the sky. onto me. a little like the pig's blood in carrie. yeah.

so, a man at the next pump went running into the gas station to yell at the attendant to turn off the pump. i screamed and moved quickly away from the downpour. i then darted back toward lola (my beloved scion xa) to shut her door. i then went inside the gas station to find out why it hadn't stopped. 

at this point i am soaked and freezing and thoroughly freaked out.

i am also really concerned for everyone around me.

the man behind the counter looked at both of us like we were insane. he then wandered away with the cordless phone in hand. he returned and told me i would need to MOVE MY CAR before the fire department came. WAS HE COMPLETELY INSANE? lola was standing in a pool of fuel. no f%&$ing way was i starting my car. he then wandered off again with his cordless phone.

i walked back outside to start, slackjawed at my car and wondered if my very own final destination moment had begun.

a fire department truck pulls up and a man in uniform jumps out, runs toward lola and then toward the building. i follow him inside and he's shouting questions at anyone who will answer. what happened? why wasn't it turned off? where was the attendant? he walked right up to the counter, yelled for the attendant and when there was no answer he went behind the counter, pressed a button and off went the pump. thankfully, he was just driving by and thought, "that's not right" when he saw the waterfall of fuel.

up pulls a fire engine and two police cars. the firemen give me a blanket. one starts asking me questions. they clear the lot and start hosing everything down. they needed to move lola out of the way so she was manhandled by 5 men which i'm fairly certain she enjoyed. they then hosed her down. i followed a police who was asking me questions inside where he and another officer tried to clear the gas station out while they told the attendant that he needed to lock up.

i went back outside with the police officer to finish up. he glanced at my bumper and then back at me and said, "do you make stuff? what do you make?" i said huh? he pointed at my etsy bumper sticker and said, "etsy. my girlfriend makes jewelry and i keep telling her to try etsy." awesome.

also awesome: i didn't catch fire.

there are many more details - some terrifying and some completely ridiculous. these are just the highlights and i know i sound flip but trust me, i get it. this was a big deal. i was, and am still a little, shaken up. there was so much yelling at the gas station. there was the smell. and the drenched clothes. and all the horrible what ifs. there were the conversations with everyone at work about what happened. and then a conversation with a lawyer at the urging of everyone at work. there was a shower, and the need for many more showers. then there's the gratitude for that fireman being in the right place at the right time. and more gratitude to the other firemen and police officers. 

i've said it before and i'll say it again, i'm a lucky, lucky girl.

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like harry potter with the word f%&*

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cheryl recommended this. that's her synopsis in the title of this post. its spot on. i kinda love it. i stayed up way too late last night reading. i'm going to crawl into bed a little early tonight to read - in hopes that i won't do the same again tonight. although, there's really nothing i love more than being so into a book that my normally good judgment is impaired.

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