Home sweet home

I cannot believe I forgot to share the darling illustration I created of my house. I made this last month after working on a similar project for work, and I just adore it.

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How stinkin’ cute, right?

I designed this one of my building at work for a giant poster right when you walk in the building.

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I think they are so charming. I am tossing up the idea of selling them on my shop — not that folks want to buy an image of my house (creepy!), but I could do theirs! So cute.

Speaking of designing things, I have exciting news! At the end of the summer I am going back to school to get my master’s degree in publications design. I am pretty freakin’ excited about it. Also terrified because, you know… homework. Haven’t done that in five years. But on the whole, I’m pumped for all of the awesome things I’m about to learn. In fact, I’ve started dreaming in Photoshop and inDesign — anyone else do that? It’s like I am editing my dreams. Strange, but cool.

Speaking of my sweet home, my pride and joy, my garden, is doing phenomenal. this season. Last night I made my first batch of pizza sauce from some 50+ tomatoes I picked over the weekend.

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I also and the proud grower of a watermelon! Brian wants to pick it so badly, but I think it needs a few more days. I have never been so pumped to have grown something in my life haha.Watermleon

In other news, B and I just got back from a weekend trip to Buffalo, NY. My family had a family reunion and we had a great time.

I’ve got a few furniture projects I want to finish before the summer is over and I get crazy busy with school — a dresser and two nightstands to be exact. Here’s hoping I can find the time and cool weather to tackle each project!

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Gallivanting in my garden

I am loving this spring — the weather has been amazing and we are enjoying it tremendously!

It’s that time of year again when my nails are always caked in dirt from playing in my gardennnnnnn. I spent days in April enlarging my garden, like I do every year. I have two main areas that I plant in every year, plus my berries! This year, I expanded both of my beds and it didn’t take long to fill the extra space — I already don’t know how I got by without it last year. Annnnnd, no surprise, I already have plans to make next years larger, too. I have a real problem!

This year, I planted tomatoes, eggplant, squash, zucchini, lettuce, spinach, potatoes (sweet, white & blue), onions, peppers (bell & spicy), cantaloupe, watermelon and a few more strawberry plants. I’m probably forgetting a few things, too!

Brian and I also lined all of the beds with new landscape timbers and mulched the berry beds. It’s been a lot of work, but so worth it.

Now I just have to be patient and wait for everything to grow. That’s the hard part of gardening — patience!

In other news, I chopped off all of my hair ­čÖé

It’s a different sort of before & after for my blog, but here ya go!

Before:

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And 10-inches later….

After:

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I’m donating my long locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. My new hair feels so much better — and just in time for the warm weather!

Pasta sauce

I stockpiled tomatoes so I could make some pasta sauce from garden goodies. I finally had enough, so last night I tried my hand at a new sauce recipe.

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Last year, all of my sauce was too watery. The new recipe was exactly the same. Soooo I took matter into my own hands. Instead of disregarding the peel and seeds, I separated the liquid and all the pulp. I then blended pulp in a food processor, seeds, peels and all.

With this new, thicker tomato concoction, I slowly added the tomato juice back on until the sauce reached a good consistency.

We had it for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I guess whatever works for me, huh?

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I got about 4 jars out of 8 lbs. of tomatoes, which seems crazy. But considering I couldn’t eat all 8 lbs of tomatoes myself and I didn’t want them to go to waste, it’s a great way to use them even for only 4 jars!

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