Friday, May 27, 2011

they call me mellow yellow...

I've been wanting to play show and tell all week but haven't had time until now! I found some lovely things this past week.   As you can probably tell I have a thing for yellow. The paisley dress I found at a yard sale. The lady that was having it followed me around the entire time and told me about everything I looked at. The dress was handmade by a wonderful seamstress she said.  It's been kept in perfect condition. The shoes my friend grabbed for me for a couple bucks and they were brand new with the tags still on! I found the chair at thrift store on a lunch break. My grandma had the same one but in white I think. It will make a great photo prop! The spotted fawns  were found at another yard sale. They will be staying with me only temporarily until I can find them a good home. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I will actually be having a yard sale tomorrow rather than going to them! Wish me luck!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Strawberry Pickin'


It's officially strawberry season!  When I was a little girl I used to go picking with my grandparents. Then we'd take our massive haul home and my grandmother would can preserves and my grandfather would crank out some homemade strawberry ice cream. I've continued this tradition with my daughter but our haul is piddly compared to what my grandparents would get. I haven't done any canning yet this year but I did try out some new recipes. I'm totally addicted to the strawberry salsa now!

Strawberry Salsa 

2 Cups Strawberries roughly chopped
1 Spring Onion (scallion) Chopped
Handful of Basil* (5-6 Leaves) Chopped
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Mix up and serve with lime tortilla chips

*Cilantro is what is traditionally used
You can also ad jalapeno or red pepper to add some spiciness 

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing* 

1/2 Pint Fresh Strawberries
1 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Dried Tarragon
1/4 Tsp. Honey

Put all your ingredient in a blender and blend until smooth

* Taken from

Friday, May 20, 2011

the dress....

Here's the dress I ended up getting for last weekend's wedding. I ended up getting it last minute at 
Old Navy. I loved the ikat patterned fabric so much I got this skirt too!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo Shoot & Bookstore Print Project Update

I had my first school photo shoot last week. I was worried it was going to be hard to direct the kids but for the most part they were great and I barely had to direct them at all!

Annie DIllard rough print

Bookstore Prints

So far we have eight prints done or in progress for the bookstore project. Two of them are not pictured because Mr. Hare has deemed them unready. We are keeping our fingers crossed and noses to the grindstone in order to have it ready by June.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eat your veggies!

Much of the year I miss living in a city but when spring comes I fall in love with the country again. I stopped by one of our Farmer's Markets on the way home (Nalls Farm Market, Berryville, VA) and picked up a bunch of vegetables for dinner...

Yellow/orange tomatoes are one of my favorites. My dad got me hooked on the following simple recipe....

1 (or more) yellow or orange tomatoes sliced
Drizzle with olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tablespoon (or more if you) like Red Vinegar

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Playing catch up...

Neil the Hot Dog King

Greetings everyone! We have returned from the land of the hot dog king - Greenville, South Carolina. We ventured down there for my cousin's wedding which happened to be the same weekend as Artisphere; one of the country's top art festivals. We really enjoyed Greenville's thriving Main Street except I must say I didn't see a book or record store so someone needs to get on that. Artisphere was great and we got to meet some wonderful artists and since I didn't get to do Must See Monday yesterday here it is now...

Woodblocks by Kent Ambler

Woodblock Prints by Kent Ambler

We loved printer/painter Kent Ambler's work. Kent gave us much insight into his process , gave us recommendations on which festivals are good to show at and other great advice. We bought the above "Happy Boston" print and can't wait to add more of his work to our collection. Check out his website to see more of his work and to learn more about Kent and his woodcut process!

Next up... Dolan Geiman


By Dolan Geiman

Woodpecker by Dolan Geiman

Work by Dolan Geiman

I happened to find Dolan Geiman's etsy shop the night before we attended Artisphere and was happily surprised when I came upon his booth! Upon meeting him we found out that he's from the Shenandoah Valley near where we live.  He now lives in Chicago working on his mixed media creations and running Dolan Geiman Inc. with his wife Ali Marie. Dolan's work is deeply mired in his rural upbringing and this love of nature carries this through to his green business practices. Dolan and Ali Marie are truly inspiring!  Read more about Dolan here and visit his etsy shop here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Must See Monday - Anna Tillett

Babs archival print  by Anna Tillett Designs

Pink Eye by Anna Tillett Designs

I was going to skip MSM this week but having received the above items (top pic) from Anna Tillett today I had to feature her work. Anna is an ol' college pal whom I wish I had gotten to know better back then but luckily, through glory of that one social networking site, we've reconnected and gotten a little better aquainted! Anna is beautiful, talented...funny and smart. I love the variation of style in her work and it never fails to make me laugh and smile.

Thanks Anna for the tote and all the extries you included. It really made my day!

See more of Anna's work on etsy here

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sneak Peeks

A few vintage finds soon to be in the horse and hare vintage shop...

And my print block in progress...Can you guess who it is?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Three Thankfuls Thursday

1. Children's Artwork - Specifically my daughters but it was awesome seeing all the kid's work at her school this evening - love that guy with the mustache!

2. Chips, salsa...buffalo chicken dip

3.  YouTube...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ice cream and bloody marys

Have you tried some of Ben & Jerry's new flavors? I highly recommend the Bonnaroo Buzz and I think the  Red Velvet is my new favorite.

If you are opting for a cocktail this evening, as I am, and like bloody marys here is my recipe. It was passed down to me by my mother in-law. The great thing about them is that they are somewhat healthy- you get a whole serving of vegetables in just one drink! Also, I've never gotten a hangover from them!

I don't do measurements so just adjust to your taste...

You will need:
A glass of ice...size of your choosing
A shot or so of vodka of your choice...personally I like the triple distilled Smirnoff

Then pour in some dill pickle juice...I like the polish kosher - it's a little spicier

Top with tomato/vegetable juice
Finish with Dill Pickle Spear and salt and pepper (optional)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Apple Blossom Midway Day 2!

Day two on the midway was much warmer and busier. Nate Rhodes of Chester Records joined in the fun and Andy entertained us as he advertised our wares. Many thanks Andy and Jen of Winchester Book Gallery for having us! Thanks to all the people that stopped by and for the wonderful feedback. To the mystery lady that stopped by while we were out - drop me a line, I'd love to meet you! 

See more pics here.