The fact that it's been a year and we're no closer to getting all our books out of the boxes stacked in the garage. Granted, I guess it's proof we don't need most of them (although I know I've wanted some several times throughout the year but have been loathe to hunt) and should downsize. But we love books so...no. I'd like to do something that looks like this in white
and built more cheaply using Ikea bookcases like Centsational Girl did below. To go along the unused living room wall next to the dining room. Except I think I'd have them go all the way up to the ceiling.
|First major harvest! Stupice, |
lemon cherry, crimson sprinter,
and lemon cucumber. Sept 2012
Also on my mind: tomatoes. As in the three stacked cooling racks sitting on the kitchen island along with the increasingly large amount spread on the counter. The racks are because some of the delicate skins were starting to split by having any of them stacked. I'm getting a little tired of eating them every night and it's not good for my system to have that much nightshade. So, next is to find a way to use them up in some sort of storable manner. Of course, I've only canned once under the supervision of a friend, so that increases the difficulty. So far ideas include:
- Tomato Jam - I find this intriguing. This recipe doesn't seem as stable though for the pantry, hoping Miss Sybaritic Pleasures emails me over her recipe STAT.
- Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup - tomato soup used to be my FAVORITE until a few years ago. Sadly, the beloved red and white can stuff just started tasting all aluminum can to me. I tried the Pacific brand that comes in a carton, but it was too sweet. Even the fresh ones I tried at the Whole Foods deli were tasty but had too much dairy or were so acidic that I had an upset stomach later. I haven't tried ever making my own from scratch though, and I think roasting would bring a good flavor..maybe even lightly smoking them first?
- Then there's just oven roasting them and then putting in a bag in the freezer, or packing in oil (which would again require canning)
|The box arrives!|
I'm not going to start it this year, but I have started research and sleuthing and idea planning for decor. One of my favorite movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Years ago I handmade my own Sally costume (its too small now and time to make a new one). I want some of the pieces from the older Hawthorne Village TNBC collection as i like the aesthetic better than the new glow in the dark one. The primary piece being Cemetary Hill (pictured left). Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday and while the scarier/gloomy stuff is fun, I'm pretty sure I want to work on decking out our yard and home with a TNBC theme. I think I'll just content myself this year with a pumpkin carving.
|The first row are my top choices. I made the bottom far right several years ago.|
All pumpkins from masterpumpkins
And lastly, clothes. I've been whining a long time about this, but I'm massively tired of my warddrobe. Its time for a serious revamp! Since I bought quite a few pieces at the Nordstrom anniversary sale, I'm on a spending hiatus at the moment, but if I weren't these would be in a shopping cart right now.
- This Riviera Romance dress from Modcloth has been on my list for QUITE a while. The day I had month in my budget for it, I went to purchase and it was out of stock! It's red, the stripes across the hips are horizontal, it's organic cotton, reasonably priced, with a cute waistband, what's not to love?
|Left two inspiration photos from Tumblrs via Pinterest. Left dess with buttons, Gimme an A-piary. |
Right lace dress, Lush Lace Dress. Donegal Cable Cardigan in Cedar Green.