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♥ When I woke up today I thought it was Friday, then remembered it’s Wednesday. Gregg & I have planned to go to Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club tonight to partake in a beading & chainmaille class. I’m really excited that we got our membership cards & are going! It’s only $2-3 a class! (per hour)

♥ Smashing Pumpkins’ released a new song- “Owata”!!! You can listen to it on the right side on my page. Also, the current band finally has secured rights to all the Pumpkins’ unreleased material, so we can expect remastered reissues of Gish, Siamese Dream &Pisces Iscariot by Christmas(!!!), complete with extra tracks. 2012 will bring Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High & Adore, while 2013 will see Machina I & Machina II reissued with the songs in the correct running order.

♥ I really love Cat vs Human. It’s a comic about a girl & her cats. =^..^= Also please see her other comic Doctor Cat MD.

Suzie the Foodie made Chocolate Biscuit Cake which was Prince William’s grooms cake. It looks SO good. (This is just not my diet talking) Cookies + TONS OF CHOCOLATE + heavy cream= YUM!! Suzie’s blog is all around amazing, for sure worth subscribing & bookmarking.

A really cute shelf made from a wooden magazine holder from IKEA. I wish I could find a place for this at my home, OR I didn’t have plaster walls that I’m terrified about drilling/nailing in. Crack! ($5 shelf!)

♥ Another cool project from Apartment Therapy DIY Small Space Pallet Garden. I’d also like this at my house, just where to put it?

♥ My boyfriend, Gregg, has a different spin on keeping up with his HCG diet. He made a food log blog.





Y’all know I love .gif’s right?

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♥ Woo! Friday! Tonight I am going to a tweet-up in Seminole Heights that I helped organize. I’m excited to see all my friends, and meet new neighbors. :) Yay! TGIF!

♥ I thought of a wonderful idea that I haven’t mentioned to anyone that I’m actually pretty excited about. In my head it sounds great and will get my creative juices flowing, but I need to brainstorm a bit… but, gosh, I am ecstatic.

♥ I follow every blog mentioned in this article: Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs (+ a ton more!)

♥ One of my favorite Greader friends, Mymsie, shared an awesome article on The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011.

♥ Etsy seller Queinteresante combines chemistry and art by creating clear labels of the names of chemicals that make the colors of crayons.  Roses are Ruby Al2O3:Cr Violets are Vanadyl VO2+(aq)

♥ With my post earlier this week about wanting all heart-shaped food, this is a good tutorial for making your own biscuit cutter from a tealight. :)

♥ My blog lately has been pretty much a glorified Tumblr; so here’s a bunch of images.


Have a great weekend!

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♥  Hello 2011! You are off to a BUSY start! Just looking at my January calendar makes me excited yet overwhelmed at the same time. There is so many parties, tweetups, meetups, birthdays…etc… already planned.

♥  An Abandoned Men’s Club Is Now a Home – I’ve never seen a space so aesthetically perfect to me. I honestly couldn’t breathe when I was viewing this article.

The Alcowebizer – Takes a website & “alcoholtizes” it.  It makes me laugh because whenever I am explaining how I want a website to look, it sounds like I am explaining a Geocities site from 1997. “….& then I want a unicorn to prance across the top & stab something! Yah!~!! Let’s add a dripping blood bar & marquee!! PERFECT.”

Nerf love – This ideally would be the most awesome way to greet someone.

The Science of Kissing – “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl, is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein :)

20 Great Web Applications Alternatives to Usual Desktop Software – I use a ton of these, & am looking forward to trying more.

♥ I just found out about toothpastefordinner.com this week. I don’t know where it has been my entire life, but I was laughing for about 72 hours straight.

Little Bits:

♥  True American Dog ♥  Refrigerator Upgrade Magnet ♥  Know how to use the internetTiny Backyard Cottage90’s Chick Rock Mix 2 ♥  This is America ♥  Double ExposuresBreath of LifeShirt to pillow – No sewing! ♥ Coffee Pod

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Eee, so cute. Even though I love Garbage so much my heart feels like it’s bursting, I still daydream about a perfect little Westie. Speaking of Garbage, she’s getting bigger everyday. I got her tapeworm medicine last weekend, & had to trick her into taking it – I tried stuffing it in soft treats, didn’t work -Ended up getting her food a bit wet (she does that anyways, it’s weird) & mixing it up in there. Gobble Gobble, all worms are gone! :) YAY!

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I was reading this blog post about making French Silk Pie & they mentioned taking the pie crust leftovers,  sprinkling them with sugar & cinnamon to make “cookies”. I immediately felt warm & miss my grandmother more than ever, we used to bake a TON together when I was little.  I need to plan a trip to go visit her w/ my mom, like ASAP. Maybe I can convince her to make a pie with me. :)

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The walls at my place are pretty bare since I’m so new there – while trying to hang some mirrors I had on hand,  I  found out that since my place is old it has plaster walls, not drywall – you can chip & crack the entire wall of you do it wrong! So I’ve been looking up some other options, tacking paper flowers, origami crane mobiles, & I have no idea if I’m allowed to paint, but I’d love to cover everything with chalk paint. Do you have any ideas?

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Anna, at Little Reminders of Love is always posting the best stuff. I seriously would have thought this post was written about me. (No rly, these past 3 weeks summed up!) I’d wholeheartedly suggest subscribing to her blog.

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Sense vs. Nonsense, or how to have an idea – delightful play on creative obsessiveness.

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I like this chair. Something about older homes w/ modern accessories & furniture is just wonderful. Polished, mmmm… Industrial yet warm. I must love designer Philippe Starck because this chair is BREATH TAKING. (Each chair takes 24 hours to make!!!)

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Little Bits;

–It’s my Mothers birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
–Super short commute to work!! I hardly use 1/2 a tank a week! bahaha!
–Lol’ed at bosses for telling me that Yahoo Answers is probably more correct than Wiki.
–Last weekend being AWESOME.
–Looking forward to working the photobooth @ Necronomicon this weekend.

I’m out of here! Share links! I love silly/awesome/cool/rad/bitching links/stuff! Hive mind this up!

Weekend Update, Howl o Scream & Moving

Hello!

I went to Howl o Scream Friday night w/ some of the best people! Tony & Laura, Mitch, Amber, Gabi, Mike & ! I had a crazy amount of fun. I drank many yards of beer, won two HUGE gorillas in a ball throwing game, won a guitar in a raffle(!!!), took pictures with sexy nurses & schoolgirls w/ Gabi. It was an insanely great time… A PERFECT way to end my hectic week, that $15 beer tasted so good!

The theme this year is quite awesome as well, we all had the song stuck in our heads all night long.

Saturday I packed up, & picked up Garbage, she is so cute! In the car, she laid behind my head, I couldn’t stop aw-ing! She’s like a parrot, if I could only train her to do this ALL THE TIME.

:) :) :)

I moved into the apartment! I transferred the electricity to my name today. I wasn’t going to move in till NEXT weekend, but I think it would be better just to move, so Garbage can adjust. I love it so much, I think Garby & I will be perfectly fine here. :) She sides around on the wood floors. Here’s the only pictures I have:

Front door, going up!

Bathroom this morning, Garbage was splashing around the tub.
I got to figure out where to store those bins…

& I’ve had a ton of visitors! I love my friends for popping by; Kiera came by & helped me move/organize,  we grabbed lunch & went to Target to pick up some stuff for the apartment.

That evening, Jess, Joe & Andy came by, we went to the Independent for a few drinks, played cards & loved on the cat.

Okay, Allie out! I just wanted to keep everyone updated, lol!

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I think my cat, Garbage, is Bast the Cat Goddess of Egypt. I have a habit of sending Gregg random e-mails through the day, I sent him an e-mail proclaiming that Garbage must be Bast or Bast reincarnated…!

Bast, also known as Bastet, is a feline Goddess of ancient Egpyt. Meaning, “Devouring Lady” (from bas, to devour, with feminine ending).  She is said to be the daughter of Ra, the sun God. Bast represented the moon in its process of making a woman fruitful with a swelling womb. She was also Goddess of music, pleasure, perfume and dancing.

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I saw this awesome recipe for Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups, yummm!
This is on the edge of too tedious for my baking desires, but I’d love to try…

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Tutorial for sparkly lanterns made from coffee cans! I’d like to make these & solar LED’s in them, charge during the day & beautiful at night!

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I love this cup, saucer, pen, and journal set designed by Katarina Häl. I’m always writing everything down so I remember it later, this would be useful.

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Everything you need for a day at the office in a cute jar! 1 pound jar containing pins & paper clips, wooden peg, pencil, eraser, paper ruler, string, tag book made from found paper and an assortment of labels. Now all you need to do is some work! I think this make an awesome gift for someone with a new job!

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Neat write up about a guy who wrote an How to write Interactive Fiction for Twitter. – “Choose Your Own Adventure” on Twitter!

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I’m ready for Halloween.  Cooler temperatures, costumes, sweaters…
I love this wreath made from folded up old books & buttons!

…Okay, off to an Epic Thanks Tampa Bay 2010 meeting, the Changemaker voting is going on currently, please make sure to get your vote in!

#PizzaOvenTweet

Hey Tampa People!

Just a quick notice, after talking to a bunch of people on twitter it’s decided that we are all getting together at 6pm on Sunday at ThePizzaOven on Waters. I’ve never been, but have heard from multiple people that this place rocks. I’m excited to see everyone there! I’ll be bringing name tags so we call all be geeky together & write our twitter names!

Directions are here: http://bit.ly/9ovkeM

& Make sure to follow @ThePizzaOvenTPA


Msg me if you need anything else or have questions!

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I’ve has the idea for awhile now, that I wanted to make all my friends & family homemade Christmas gifts. Last night I revealed my plan to Gregg, he said it was a great idea.  It’s actually pretty daunting; because we have a ton of close friends & family members. (I did a rough calculation & it was over 20) Oh, & I don’t want to make just *one* gift per person/family, I want to make entire baskets w/ a variety of stuff.

Good thing is, Gregg & I work pretty great together. He’s into aesthetics, & able to see the bigger picture. I excel in grunt work, I like doing, putting things together, the small steps. (Ie: when cooking together, I chop everything up, prep & he puts it all together into something exceptional.)

The whole idea started with this blogpost, where a bride-to-be blogger made homemade vanilla extract & vanilla sugars.The extract takes a few months to make, how awesome is this? I want to be able to say, “I love you *so* much, I thought of *you* 5 months ago!!”

I’d love to include some yummy treats too. Since Gregg camps a ton (& I have …once…) I think S’mores on a stick would be a fun addition. We also like things spicy, homemade hot sauce? Homemade sour gummies?!? yes!

Maybe the gift basket could include something new from the past year. I started gardening, how about including some homemade seed tape?

A few of our close friends have children/are expecting soon. (Hey Jen!) Recycle old broken crayons (cray-ons? crowns?) into rainbow crayons! DIY bubble wands & solution?

This also could be the perfect time to get craft things I’ve always wanted but couldn’t justify, like a button machine. or even better, a letterpress machine. (Total personal obsession of mine)

I met a lady last week, who brewed her own beer. I think that would rock as well. I once made prison wine in highschool, it was terrible, so a kit would be required!

Have you ever made homemade gifts? What was your favorite? Any tips for such a feat?

Restaurant: Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club (Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa)

I’m still freaking out a bit. I don’t even want to write about this place because I want to keep this gem away from everyone but at the same time, I want to tell everyone in the area about it. I’m in love. I couldn’t even sleep when I got home because I was in such awe. (I got home at roughly 2am…)

Okay, I am getting way too excited. Beginning. It’s Oz‘s birthday. We had already been out to dinner @ Jackson’s Bistro. (Another post another day!) One of his friends wanted him to meet up w/ them at a “speakeasy”. As soon as I heard the term, “speakeasy” I was visualizing the Great Gatsby & terribly excited.

We parked on a random side street, & as far as we knew, the directions that were given to us “Find a random wooden door in a garden, & ring the bell”. After walking for a block or two, we found it.

There was no one outside. It was just a door. Us girls asked Oz to ring the bell. Shortly, the little peep hole opened up, someone looked outside, asked us who invited us! & then closed the door & let us in.

Wow! As soon I walked in, I was taken back. I looked at Gabi, & just BEAMED. We have been looking for a swanky place for ages now! A little hole in the wall jazz club. Swoon Swoon Swoon!

We were asked to sign in & read the house rules. I don’t recall all the rules, just to “speakeasy” & “if a man comes up to greet you, gently raise your chin & look away”. Super cute. The host walked us back to our booth, we had a party of 8, so it was a huge booth, we were all seated comfortable. The table in the booth, is actually a series of smaller interlocking tables at different heights. The booth was made out of the silkiest, smoothest leather (or faux leather?) There were privacy curtains. Red lighting. Candles. Are you ready…? Jellyfish tanks!

The setting is completely original, surprisingly intimate, and has a really laid-back vibe. I asked the host when entering how many people they could set, since upon entering it looked like a pretty small place. They said they can seat up to 75 & do rent out the place for private parties, they also have a *huge* booth for parties of 15+.

The food was amazing. We had ordered between this eight of us- 2 orders of truffle popcorn… Omg! It was delicious- popped in truffle oil, w/ garlic & other seasonings sprinkled on top -we all loved it, fries that are fried in duck fat served with garlic something? (compote?) & tamarind ketchup… YUM. Cheese fondue, which I only tried a bit of but was also divine. Dark chocolate fondue… served w/baby churros, fresh mango, kiwi, strawberries, peaches… fresh oysters & scallops… I’m not a seafood fan at all, but everyone who tried it said it was the best they’ve ever experienced.

The drinks were amazing. Everything is made “classically” -They use fresh, muddled fruit to craft customized, gourmet drinks, revived specialty cocktails from the early 20th century, & the bartenders will make you just about anything you ask for. The bartender, George was the most knowledgeable bartender I’ve ever experienced & a genuine conversationalist. (It does help that he was wearing a vest & his sleeves were rolled up & complimented Gabi on her “extraordinarily refined palate!” & said he could make me fall in love w/ my most despised liquor…. gin!) My first drink was named the “lycee love hotel”, I was a bit nervous about it because it had mint in it, but it was amazing & fresh. There were many drinks, I’m not sure I could remember them all, but the other drinks that really stood out was the rum sour (made with real lemon juice & egg whites instead of the run-of-the-mill sweet & sour most bars use!! Cocktail revival!) & a drink that was sweet & milky w/ habanero pepper… a kick but was so nice to sip on.

I have not one negative comment about this place! As soon as Gregg gets home, I’m taking him there…stat! (Oh, & everyone else I know.) Go now!

(All pictures come from another amazing review which you can read here.)

Surprise!!

Melissa at Oh my Darling is hosting a Surprise Ball exchange. It’s based on  “suprise balls” made my Gina Namkung.

I posted a few weeks ago about surprise balls made to look like bombs & in lieu of posting 500 images of cute surprise balls, go sign up here!! I signed up last week, & registration ends July 22nd. I’m really excited, I love little, cute trinkets. Let me know if you end up signing up! :) & I will make sure to show pictures when it’s all over!