Hands Free Selfies – Link Love Sunday

I love lists.  I make them all the time.  The Boy mocks my list-making fixation, but I like being “organized”.  Ok, more like having a vague feeling that lists allow me to have a method to the madness (aka my crazy life).

In celebration of my love of lists, I’m starting a weekly list of things I’ve recently seen & love.  Link Love is a culmination of anything & everything that catches my eye.  Hopefully you’ll find something that is entertaining, useful, or inspiring here as well.

1.  Take hands free selfies with CamMe.  Just wave your hand in front of your front-facing camera & take a shot.  Duck Lips not included.  Or encouraged.

The updated version is even cooler.  I used it to take the photos in the Blueberry Pie Cowl post.

The updated version is even cooler.
I used it to take the photos in the Blueberry Pie Cowl post.


2.  This collection of street art installations.  How awesome would it be to just stumble upon one of these?


So pretty.

So pretty.

3.  This super easy, but stylish tutorial for bangle bracelets.  So easy The Kid could do them, so chic even I need a few.

Lil & I need to make stacks of these.

Lil & I need to make stacks of these.

4.  This uber-useful oilcloth tote that is perfect for Lil’s swimming trips.  Sewbon is a sewing phenom… how does she make so many things so fast?

Follow the link above to get to the tutorial.

Follow the link above to get to the tutorial.

5.  This X & Plus quilt from Modern Handcraft.  The colors are so subtle, but work so elegantly together.  And, it’s primarily my fave color:  ORANGE!

I need to put together blocks like this!

I need to put together blocks like this!

6.  Yoga Booty Ballet!  So fun & it gets results.  I’m tempted to pop in for a drop-in class when I’m in LA next week.


Yoga Booty Ballet creators.
photo: swervestudio.com

7.  This Strawberry Lemonade Cake recipe.  Two of my fave things!  I need to make this… NOW.

Recipe & Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod

Recipe & Photo:
Two Peas and Their Pod

8.  This Girl Power print by Anne Cha.  I’m certain The Kid needs one of these in her room.  You can order your own as well.


Every little girl needs one of these prints. Artwork:  Anne Cha

Every little girl needs one of these prints.
Artwork: Anne Cha

9.  This insanely gorgeous, jaw-dropping gown from the Zuhair Murad F/W 2013-2014 Couture Collection.

Get.  In. My. Closet!

Get. In. My. Closet!

10.  The birth of my blog!  No link needed, you’re already here!





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Morel Cream Sauce with Shrimp (aka. Tasty Alien Pinecone Mushroom Things)

Morrel Season!  YES!

Morel Season! YES!

My maternal unit was born & raised on ranches in rural Oregon (Pendleton-Hermiston area, to be exact).  She was always a very “fruit of the earth”, moderately hippie type of woman.  The goal was to grow, raise, hunt/fish, or forage most of our food when possible.  Morel foraging was one of my favorite ways to source food (as opposed to butchering our “pet” rabbits).  Morel foraging meant a road trip up into the mountains and hiking, two things I love.  Every late spring we would head towards McCall, ID to hike and forage, spending the entire day surrounded by pine trees, cool mountain air, wild huckleberries (an added treat), and solitude.

When hunting morels, it’s wise to look for fallen, decaying trees, preferably in areas where there was some sort of recent-ish forest fires.  Once you find something that resembles a tiny, brown-ish grey pine cone you’ve likely found a morel… or a poisonous mushroom.  Really, it’s best to know exactly what you’re looking for.  Or, better yet, purchase your morels from a knowledgeable local produce grocer.  If you want to forage your own, definitely educate yourself about what to look for (and what not to look for) or take a guided hike with an experienced mushroom hunter.  They can also teach you how to avoid poison oak/ ivy (a lesson I learned the hard way).

I foraged these morels at a fantastic produce stand in Boise’s NorthEnd neighborhood (the best hood in Boise, if you ask me).  Morels can be a bit spendy, which is why it’s great that you don’t need a lot of them in this recipe to get the great taste.  Morels also have a limited season, so you can always use dried morels (can be found at most gourmet, organic, or health food grocers).  Just soak the dried morels in hot water (or veg broth) until they are softened through — don’t toss the soaking water, use it in another recipe or freeze in ice cubes & store in a freezer ziploc for use later!

morrell sauce close up   Morel Cream Sauce & Shrimp

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7 days earlier…

What a week!   I was so busy with the last 7 days that I didn’t even have time to blog.  If I’m going to get good at this I need to schedule some time each day to make it spectacular.   For now, I’m giving you a weekly round-up.


I’m really a country girl at heart. What can I say?

Last Saturday:   Fiddles & Funnel Cakes.

Saturday I went to Weiser, ID (my hometown) for the National Old Time Fiddle Festival.  Ordinarily, I would go with friends or family just to check out the craft vendor booths, get a funnel cake & lemonade, and listen to  some impromptu bluegrass sessions being played by some of the world’s best musicians.  Yep, I said *world’s*.  People come from all corners of the globe to compete in the festival, but I prefer to walk around and hear all of the jam sessions being played by the folks in the campgrounds and the fairgrounds.  Anyone who has ever been will tell you that that is where the real music magic happens.

This year I attended the festival for work though.  My job takes me to communities all over the state where I get to set up an info booth and talk about the amazing non-profit I work for.  This meant I was pretty stationary in one of the local parks and missed out on a lot of the usual activities.  But, there were a few highlights!

There was a delay with my booth space so I had a few minutes to walk about and check out vendor booths.  I came across a spinner’s collective and some delightful yarns.  I always have a trusty set of circular needles in the car (just in case), and figured a new project would help pass the time throughout the day when/ if things got slow.

Always carry a pair!  You never know when a knitting emergency may arise.  Or boredom...

Always carry a pair! You never know when a knitting emergency may arise. Or boredom…

I purchased this lovely skein of yarn (Llama, Ramie, Sparkle, faux cashmere mix) spun by Jennifer Green at Desert Garden Farms.  Jennifer is based in Weiser, so I was supporting the local economy.  Naturally, I had to do my part…

It's quite lovely...  Now, what to do with it?

It’s quite lovely… Now, what to do with it?

One thing you’ll learn about me pretty quickly is that I HATE the color purple (not the book, the actual color).  It’s like someone tried to ruin red & blue by combining them.  However, this was just too good to pass up.  There are little streaks of a faint sky/periwinkle blue and tones of grey throughout.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  But, there was only 114 yards of it… what to make?


Why must you taunt me yarn? Tell me what you want to become. Tell me!

I played around with the yarn, otherwise known as the knit-it-don’t-like-it-rip-it-start-over game for a while, but then things picked up at the booth.  I swore to all that is good in the world I would do this yarn justice as soon as possible though.

My Sees-tor, niece, nephew, and maternal unit swung by the booth with the best surprise ever: Funnel cake and fresh lemonade!   And I met the tiniest, oddest, cutest looking little pug named “Mailbox”.


Ella delivered sweet, amazing funnel cake. Best niece ever!


Not helping with the whole weight loss thing… but worth it!

Mailbox the Pug.

Mailbox the Pug.

After 14 hours in the hot park and 2 hours of driving, The Boy & I spent a long night playing card games with the besties.  There was, of course, drinks involved.  And delicious braised chicken & fresh corn salad.  All in all, a great day.

Then there was last Sunday:  The muumuu incident

The Boy and his friends had been planning to get dressed in costume and play in a bar-hopping mini-golf tournament.  I decided that since I had to make The Boy’s costume, I would tag along.  I ended up playing as well.  Here’s the thing… I don’t golf.  Even mini-golf.  I hit the ball so hard (because I was told to!) through one hole I broke the hole.  But, it was a fun day, I won a bunch of free beers for the boy, and we spent some quality time together.  Even if he was dressed like Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  It’s a good thing I love him, because that muumuu was a bitch to sew at 6:30 am the day of the event.


The Boy (right) dressed as Mama June, complete with pillow padding, and his best friend, Joe (center) as Honey Boo Boo.

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About 9 mini-golf holes, 100 degrees of heat, and 3 drinks in…

Monday:  I WON poker!

I beat out 10 guys to win.  I like poker night when I win.  I like pretty much anything when I win.  That is all.

Stacks & Stacks!

Stacks & Stacks!

Tuesday:  I found the perfect Red!

I am obsessed with lip cosmetics.  I honest to Betsy have over 25 lipsticks/balms/glosses/etc in my purse right now.  Not including what is in my cosmetic case, cupboards, and what not.  Even though I have nearly 100 lip goops, I still hadn’t found the perfect red or pinkish-brown.  Until Tuesday.

I stopped into Sephora for my annual birthday gift (thanks Sephora, too kind).  While there, I bought myself a little gift as well.  The perfect red!  And I do mean PERFECT.  I’ve read reviews about the wonders of Dragon Girl by NARS, but it wasn’t right for me.  But, I tried on Cruella by NARS and it. was. love.  I adore it matte (appropriate for all occasions), but it works great with a balm or gloss over the lip pencil as well.  The only down side is it does transfer a bit (unlike the stains I’ve been preferring lately), but it’s so good I’ll reapply. **

Cruella by NARS.   This. is. amazing!!!! photo: NARS.com

Cruella by NARS.
This. is. amazing!!!!
photo: NARS.com

I also found out one of my oldest & dearest friends, Amanda, will be visiting from Olympia, WA this coming weekend.  That’s when it hit me!  The gorgeous purple hand-spun yarn I bought Saturday would knit into a fantastic cowl for Amanda.  Olympia gets a bit wet & chilly.  Sure, it’s summer now… but, a cowl will be handy this winter.  I got to knittin!  (photos to come soon).

Wednesday:  Catch-up while talking about Ketchup…

Wednesday The Boy & I met up with another of my old-time friends, Sara, who was visiting from Las Vegas.  Miss Sara is an extraordinary dancer, specifically belly dancer.  I hope to drag The Boy down to Vegas for some real poker action rather soon.

Thursday & Friday:  Work, Work, Work.  And I finished the cowl!

So, the rest of the week was pretty boring.  Just A LOT of work.  But, I love my job, so that’s ok.  The cowl turned out fantastically.  I’ll post more later.  However, this is a REALLY long post, so that’ll be all for now.  Here’s to another amazing week ahead!

** Note:  I have not been paid for any promotion of products in this post.  Any opinions are my own and not made as advertisement or for promotion.  Having said that, if you’d like to pay me or give me free stuff to speak honestly about a product or service, I am game!