There were crochet cupcakes and real ones. Some beautiful jewelry some very unique and amazing artists...and some not so unique and not so amazing too. these were some of the real cupcakes - delicious fromCynically Delicious
When all was said and done I had succeeded in buying one thing for myself and a little button for my sister (I can't post a pic of the button until it reaches it's east coast destination).
I'm not sure if I'm the only one who grew up going to the Harvest Craft Fair every year (I know you're out there - I remember seeing other kids so it wasn't just me), and although the Renegade Fair wasn't the huge overwhelming barrage of potpourri, copper cake molds, and tea towels the same feeling of craftiness was in the air. And as much as I really do want to be cooler than my mom, I did see a few tea towels. And so the cycle continues.
Overall I had a good time. I got to spend some time with Alex and made a new friend, hi Nicole. It's really great to get together with other mom's - and do something not at all related to your mom title. It was also nice to spend some time away from the boys, although I'll admit to getting a little antsy after hour 3.
Jewelry has always seemed very impersonal to me - which is exactly the opposite of what it should be. I guess it all depends on how you wear it and your personal connection to it and all that - but most store bought jewelry (from Tiffany to Target) has so little personality.
Of my jewelry my favorite's all have a story behind them - from the Gucci watch I found (yes, found, yes, Gucci), to the silver bracelet I bought in a little jewelry shop while on my honeymoon - the same shop where the owner, noticing my husband had a bout of the sniffles, offered him a shot of tequila as a cure all. And it worked! To this day Mr. Man still finds a way to work tequila into most of his home remedies...
(taken on our honeymoon)
I never new my paternal grandmother, but I have her wind-up timex watch and I always feel so elegant when I wear it - even if the time isn't right.
So, in honor of adornment with personality, I scoured the pages of etsy, something I love to do anyway. Here's some of my favorites:
I know there's a couple non-jewelery items in the group...but aren't they nice!?
I've thought about whether or not to post something about the death of Michael Jackson. I wasn't sure if my two-cents would add anything noteworthy to the already ear-shattering din of mourning from fans around the world; including the women we met at the Fillmore Jazz Festival this past weekend who, unprompted, filled us in on her thoughts on MJs death (faked to escape creditors) and his marriages (staged due to blackmail).
And, thanks to the repeated airing of videos I haven't seen in years I've been reminded so songs I'd long since forgotten about - Liberian Girl is awesome!
Instead of posting my favorite MJ video (there are too many to choose) and waxing poetic about one of his early choreographers' love affair with West Side Story - - today, on the day of his public memorial, the likes of which I'll never see see again in my life time, I'd just like to say that I still have the same Michael Jackson poster I got when I was about 9 years old. It's not in mint condition - it's been taped and re-taped and rolled up with rubber bands that have dried out and crumbled from neglect in the corner of many a closet. I haven't been saving it to sell on ebay, I've kept it this long because it's Michael Jackson.
There are a lot of theories and I'm sure many a book deal will be signed by former MJ door openers, umbrella holders, animal handlers and best friend's-next-door-neighbors. But what they all will say, is that he was a talented, troubled, fragile, and amazing person.
this is an old picture (and a very bad one of me), but I just wanted illustrate that my MJ poster travelled with me to college - a good 10-plus years after I got it :)
I love summer time. I love going for walks and hikes and going to picnics and bar-b-ques.
But I hate getting bitten. I do. But it happens every year. I doesn't matter what I try, all biting bugs (spiders and mosquitoes alike) search me out and find me.
For the past week I've had a new bite every day by SOMETHING in my house. Meanwhile the hubby hasn't been touched - no bites at all. Rude - all the while my ankles are so unhappy :(
(I was going to include a picture of the bites themselves...but that's just icky)
I've given up trying to prevent them and have now set my sights on itch-management. I've scoured the internet for homemade bug bite remedies and there are some interesting methods out there. Here are a few, some I've tried, some I haven't.
Hydrocortisone cream - blah
Scotch tape - it just felt too silly - and it itched through the tape.
Witch Hazel - nice cooling sensation....then the itching returned
Paste concoctions (mixed with water or vinegar to form a paste then applied to each bite and left on for 20 min or until the paste hardens).
Cornstarch - messy, and weird. Aside from being very amused at how cornstarch and water and look and act like a liquid - but feel like a solid, it didn't really help the itchy situation. Unless the remedy is the distraction itself.
Clay mask- it helped while it was on but once I rinsed it off the itchies returned.
Baking soda - Haven't tried
Turmeric - that's what I've got going on right now and it seems to be working pretty well. I'm using two of the eight itch sites as testers and so far so good.