crush month - day 31

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my favorite part of driving from san francisco back to portland was crossing through the redwoods. words and pictures can't really convey how magic they truly are. so old and so, so giant - standing beside one is truly humbling. i could go on and on but i won't - mainly because i'll sound a little crazy. i will say this - these trees could turn the most cynical, most jaded person into a smiling, happy tree-hugger.

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home again

we're happy to be back in portland. even though we were only gone for a week, it felt like longer. we packed a lot of awesome into that week. so much awesome that i think i have a fun hangover. i'll be writing and posting pictures from the trip here and there. stay tuned.

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the conservatory of flowers, golden gate park

while shawn took a yoga class with his friend joe, i spent the morning at the conservatory of flowers. i was excited to learn that the wicked plants exhibit was there and did NOT want to miss it. i'm so glad i went. i was greeted by a giant dahlia garden, which was a quiet riot of color. quiet except for the shutters of many, many cameras. 

my head was spinning before i even walked inside. once i was inside, i couldn't have been happier.

to say i was happy would actually be an understatement. i was ecstatic. i picked up shawn after yoga and dragged him back there. i was drunk on photosynthesis. and ideas. SO MANY IDEAS. like this one.

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music mondays

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who knew?

grilled fruit. seriously yummy.

i saw a blog post somewhere a few months ago about grilled watermelon and then tried some on a salad a few days later. i didn't think about it again until a few days ago. shawn mention seeing grilled peaches somewhere. we had to try it. i looked at a few recipes and understood basically what shawn was going to need to do with the fruit on the grill. but what were we going to have to go with the peaches?

(sidenote: i don't grill. i don't go near the grill. i'm a total klutz and will set myself or at the very least the dog on fire. nobody wants that. so, i take care of the things that go with the grilled things - desserts, sides, etc.)

i thought about goat cheese because goat cheese is always good with fruit. actually, goat cheese is just always good. but no, that wasn't going to do. ice cream. vanilla ice cream. hmmmm. cream cheese vanilla bean ice cream. PERFECT.

so, here's what we did:

for the ice cream:

8 oz cream cheese, softened (buy the fanciest stuff you can find. creole cream cheese IF you can get your hands on some!)
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
the paste of one vanilla bean
1/2 cup heavy cream

blend cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla, vanilla bean paste and salt until smooth andstir in cream. freeze cream cheese mixture in ice cream maker and put in the freezer to harden further.

for the peaches:

fresh peaches
brown sugar
vegetable oil

cut peaches along the seam all the way around and twist halves off the pit. vrush cut sides with vegetable oil. cook, cut side down, on a hot grill until fruit has grill marks, 3 to 4 minutes. turn over, sprinkle cut sides with brown sugar. cover grill and cook until sugar is melted and fruit is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. cool to room temperature. serve with a scoop of ice cream.

and YUM.

 

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mommie dearest

happy birthday mom! 

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its possible

that we went completely overboard at the farmers' market today.

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10 years

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music mondays

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wordless wednesday

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keep on sewin'

fall snuck up on us a little. its not like we didn't know it was coming but one day we were going to the movies to escape the heat and the next day we were digging our hoodies out of the back of our closets. fall also means holiday show season and although the schedule is still a little up in the air, one thing is clear, we're going to be busy. 

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hello etsy

i spent yesterday at hello etsy pdx. it was fantastic. it was great spending the day with bettie and katie, and seeing diane, kirsten and plenty of other people i only get to see every once in awhile. plus, i walked away feeling really inspired. 

my favorite session was "embracing the ugly side of your business" with kim werker. it was amazing. here's the description:

"Taking a good hard look at failure can be a very healthy part of succeeding in creative business. It’s scary, yes. It’s uncomfortable, yes. But it can also be liberating, constructive and valuable to the entire process of fleshing out an idea and translating it into a business plan. Learn how NOT avoiding the unsavory bits can make you happy and make your business thrive."

we talked about road blocks, our fears and what would happen if we woke up tomorrow and those fears were just gone. for me, i am afraid of both success and failure. success because OHMYGOD WHAT WILL HAPPEN? and failure because OHMYGOD WHAT WILL HAPPEN? 

(via beanforest)

yeah, i know. crazy. i get it. but the funny thing is that although its a little insane, i was far from the only one with these feelings. so, yes, i'm a little nuts but i'm definitely not alone. it was on my mind throughout the rest of the day and obviously still is.

(this is where i need to acknowldge that some people would say i'm already successful. on my good days, i agree with them. like this weekend when i reached the 2500 sales mark on etsy. its amazing. i'm so thankful to all of my customers and appreciative for the chance to live this life and make pretty things. on my bad days, i fear that i'm already failing and am just too dumb to realize it. I KNOW. I KNOW, OK? what can i tell you? the button above describes me perfectly.)

i also LOVED was betsy & will of betsy & iya's: bloom where you're planted session. it was a perfect end to the day. they are incredibly likeable and their story is totally inspirational. i walked out feeling like, huh, why am i afraid of success? its awesome (and can be scary) but is totally beautiful too.  (just like my betsy & iya earrings i bought at renegade craft austin, the first time we met betsy and will.)

      

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