Friday, September 26, 2014

exploring: indianapolis zoo

Going to the zoo has always been a favorite of mine.  I love getting to walk around when the weather is nice and look at the various animals.  Normally this is something I just do during the Summer but for one particularly nice day lately we chose to venture out.

Monday, September 22, 2014

exploring: mass ave

Ever since I moved out here the one place I was told to visit was Massachusetts Ave.  From food to shopping Mass Ave was said to have it all.  I had wanted to check it out but constantly made excuses to not venture out there.  This past weekend I was visited by a few friends from back home and it seemed like the perfect chance to explore a new place.  
Mass ave didn't let us down.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

fall bucket list 2014

With Summer on its way out I feel it is necessary to make a list of the things I hope to do between now and the Holidays.  Moving out here I knew I would have plenty of options with so many farms and orchards in the area so my biggest obstacle will be figuring out where exactly to go!

- Make my favorite crock pot apple cider

- Go to a corn maze

- Go to a Haunted House

- Go on a hayride

- Throw a Halloween Party

- Bake a pie from scratch

- Bake bread

- All day scary movie-thon

- Read a new horror novel (I am hoping to try Horns by Joe Hill)

- Learn a new Soup recipe

- Early morning donuts and hot chocolate with friends

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

monthly favs: july 2014

This month was fairly uneventful as far as Summer months go.  While I spent most of my time looking forward to all the things I have planned for August, that doesn't mean I have nothing to share for July.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

5 non-makeup beauty essentials

When Katherine suggested this topic for this month's Post Pals idea it seemed easy until I really thought about it.  While I love getting beauty supplies I change my routine so often that it was hard for me to figure out what I deemed essential.  Some are fairly new additions to my routine, others are ones I forget about but always go back to, and others are ones I use every day.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

monthly favs: june 2014

This start to Summer has been pretty great so far.  With a new job I have been keeping busy and finally have an income so I will be able to start doing more things during my spare time. Not many photos this time, but I still have plenty of things to talk about this month.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

exploring: greenwood farmer's market

This morning the weather was perfect: sunny but not hot and just a bit breezy.  I decided to take this opportunity to get back to exploring the local area.  Back in PA, one of my favorite things to do on a nice Saturday morning was to go into town for the local Farmer's Market so today felt like a great day to do that near my new home.

There are quite a few markets near by but I decided to venture into Greenwood since I go through it a lot and am pretty familiar with.  This market was larger than the one I was used to but not so much that it felt overwhelming.  There was a fantastic variety of foods and goods from standard produce, to meats, to crafts, to flowers.  I had gone with the intention of picking up some flowers for our table but ended up getting distracted with all of the food.

The people were all so nice and friendly.  It was obvious how proud everyone was of what they had to sell. I ended up leaving with a jar of Very Berry jam, a fresh loaf of bread, and a zucchini.  Next time I will go with a recipe or two in mind so I have a better idea of what to get, but I know I am going to enjoy these wonderful foods and I know I will be going back soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

my 5 wardrobe essentials

I have always been one to try and evolve my style.  Each year seemed to bring about its own theme or style.  After college graduation I kicked it into over drive and seemed to change what clothes I liked every few weeks sometimes preferring feminine, others a more androgynous look.  This resulted in me throwing clothes in a donation bag in my attic only to dig them out again in a month.

Wanting to look more adult I would often look up list of wardrobe essentials for women my age, but seldom wear some of the items.  While I like the idea of well-fitting blazers and sky-high heels each day, the fact is I won't wear those things for most of my daily activities or errands.  This list consists of what I consider my Top 5 wardrobe items, most of which actually evolved from old phases in my life. These are the things I always feel confident and comfortable in.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

monthly favs: may 2014

Sheep from around campus

This month's favorites is going to be a bit shorter than usual.  The biggest thing about this month was our weekend away in Asheville.  So while I might have purchased less items this time, I feel as though I accomplished more than I have in some previous posts.  But that doesn't mean I have nothing to write about at all.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

travel: asheville, nc

Josh and I both attended and graduated from a small campus located in the middle of the Blue Ridge mountains.  In fact, this is where we met.  So once we realized graduation was coming up we thought it would be nice to take a long weekend to visit the friends who were graduating.  For the trip I chose to only take my film camera, not really so much as a challenge but because I really just sometimes just prefer the aesthetic.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

project list: mini-garden part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote my first post about my early attempts at a mini-garden on my balcony.  I had planted swiss chard seeds, strawberry bulbs, and potted already grown basil and mint.  However, not long after that a sudden snow occurred.  I saw the forecast predicted the sudden weather change and didn't think much of it so imagine my surprise when I wake up and see my pots buried in snow.  The herbs were completely gone.  After a few more days I realized the bulbs were shot too.  Luckily the chard was tough enough and actually sprouted the day of the snow.  But I knew I had to pretty much start over.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

monthly favs: april 2014

While I love a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate on a cold winter night there is something even better about having one on a brisk Spring morning.  While at the Museum I came across these PANTONE mugs in the little gift shop.  I have always liked the simple design and bright colors of these mugs so I had to pick one up.  I went with color 563 because it is very close to one of my favorite Spring/Summer nail polish colors, For Audrey by China Glaze.

(From my Instagram)

As I mentioned in one of my recent Exploring posts I finally tried the highly recommended Long's Bakery and instantly fell in love.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love finding new places with delicious baked goods.  And who could argue against a fresh warm doughnut on a brisk Summer morning?

Along with tasty treats I also love when I find make-up that works for me.  While I adore lipsticks I tend to have a hard time finding shades that work well on me.  Many times I go out with a color in mind but once I try it on I find myself disappointed.  Last time I went to Sephora I had the idea of a nice Spring coral color in mind, so imagine my surprise when I end up leaving with a dusty rose color.  Dolce Vita by Nars is maybe one shade off from my natural lip color but it adds a slight pink color while remaining a fantastic neutral.

The last thing I have to mention is something I have had for a while but only really started using it regularly this past week.  After Katherine did her April Favorites post I realized that I too never wrote about MY canvas tote (thanks Katherine!).  I bought it in January, so that was after I ended my last blog but before I really started this one.  I found it on a little website called Alphabet Bags around the holidays and knew I needed to have it.  It has become my go-to light, casual, Spring bag.  With how many fairs and farmers markets I hope to go to I know I will get plenty of use out of this guy.  Also, you should totally check out this site.  If I had endless money I would just buy every canvas tote.  I use them all the time so I don't think there is such thing as too many totes.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Art Blog

This is just a mini-post to let my friends know that I recently created a new art blog.  Since I moved out to Indiana I have gotten back into Printmaking and have had a blast doing it so I thought I would try to get more serious and document everything online.  This will make things easier when it comes to commissions as well as marketing.  

Feel free to check it out at Honeybee Prints.  It is still a work in progress so please bear with me while I streamline it.

Also please check out my brand new Etsy account.  There isn't much yet, also a work in progress.  Of course, as my friends know, if you ever want something I made or have a commission feel free to contact me directly.  I am actually hoping to figure out a system for custom orders once I have everything else set.

Friday, April 25, 2014

exploring: long's bakery

After I moved to Indianapolis there was one place everyone told me I had to visit: Long's Bakery.  Everyone praised their donuts and any list for "Best Bakery" had Long's in the #1 spot.

This morning I went out to pick up some art supplies and on my way I happened to pass it.  On my way back I decided to stop.  The location was small but you could smell the warm, sweet, smell of baked goods while standing in the parking lot.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

food: easter m&m cookies

This past week several family members have sent us some festive candies for the Easter holiday.  Feeling the urge to bake, but not really wanting to just add more to the "need to eat" pile, I decided to try and use some of the candy in a cookie.  M&M cookies have always been a favorite of mine, and I now had a large bag to use so that one seemed perfect.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

exploring: art + bees

Today I ventured out for a second attempt at going to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  As I mentioned in my previous post my first attempt wasn't too successful, luckily everything went a lot smoother this time around.

I had liked the museum's page on Facebook to keep up with events and classes and a recent one that came up was a special showing of More Than Honey, a documentary about the issues bee populations are facing around the world.  Since I am an avid lover of bees I thought this would be interesting and, instead of just going for the showing, I chose to make a whole day of it.

Keeps reading for more photos:

Monday, April 14, 2014

exploring: failed attempts + an antique mall

A few days ago I wrote a list of places I hope to visit now that I live in this area of the country.  Most of the locations are shops or museums in the Indianapolis area, but others are close by cities or even local events.

Read about my early adventure fails and successes after the break:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

project list: mini-garden part 1

Today I finally started on my "Mini-Garden" project.  I was never really much of a gardener but I knew it would be a great start to dressing up our, otherwise sad, balcony.  Eventually Josh and I want to have seating and maybe even a bar out here but for now little plants will at least add a feeling of Spring.

Because I have such little experience with this matter I turned to friends for advice.  While I originally intended to plant flowers or succulents everyone suggested various foods (Swiss Chard being the most highly requested) so I changed my plan slightly.  When I went out to pick up supplies my new idea was to get chard, one or two herbs, and fill the extra space with flowers.  Once I was actually in the store my plans changed again.  I got the chard and herbs as planned, but dropped the flowers idea and picked up some strawberry bulbs instead.  The idea of picking fresh strawberries seemed so appealing to me.  I know I won't be able to pick massive amounts, having such a limited space, but I am excited none the less.

Back at the apartment I preceded to make a huge mess while I planted seed and transferred the herbs into their own pots.  In one pot I put the sweet Basil in the other, Sweet Mint.  While I liked the idea of having a wide variety of herbs to cook with the truth is I am still fairly new with cooking and wouldn't even know when to use most of them.  Basil and Mint are ones I love and will use frequently.

I want to do more to make the whole arrangement look a little more interesting: decorating the pots, finding an interesting set of shelves or table to display everything, and just general interesting pieces.  I will post more photos as I develop everything.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

haul: sweaters + stamps

Yesterday I ventured to the Fashion Mall at the Crossing, the mall located a bit North of where I am.  My mission was to find a few more pieces which would be versatile as both casual as well as work appropriate clothing.  Pretty much anything a bit more adult than the sweatshirts I have been wearing a lot lately. I ended up getting a lot more than I planned on, however I stayed way below my budget so I feel pretty good about it.  Even discovered a new store I am sure I will visit plenty in the future.

Check out my findings after the break.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

project list: shell shadow box

Early into the moving in process Josh and I agreed to have a Nautical theme for our master bathroom and bedroom.  Looking for forms of decor other than anchor pillows and cartoonish sea creatures I knew I wanted to do some kind of shell-based wall decor.  Last Summer he and I went down to South Carolina where we managed to collect many beautiful shells.  Growing up in/near New Jersey I never really found many full shells on the shore when I was younger so finding all of these little beauties was very exciting.  I had a jar full for nearly a year waiting for something to do with them.

I chose to go with the case I had found back in February since it had that worn wood look and the shells all looked nicely framed when I arranged them.

The first thing I had to do was re-attach the backing to the frame as well as some sections of the frame. . Once those were all set and dried I started to place and arrange the shells within the frame.  This part was very much like putting a puzzle together.  While the standard shells fit nicely in the square-shaped compartments I didn't have enough long shells to fill the more narrow areas.  I started to see if I could find extra tiny shells which were similar colors or shapes and lining them up to better fill up the spaces.

Once it was all set and Josh gave his own input (after all it is his room as well) I glued each one down.  This project ended up being a lot easier than I expected.  I had considered painting it a different color but ultimately the natural wood look gave it an appearance I felt was more beachy than had I painted it white or cream.

I have really been enjoying these DIY projects.  Not only is it a little something to do other than watching TV, but it adds such a nice touch to the place.  It makes this little apartment all the more personal and all the more ours.

Monday, March 31, 2014

monthly favs: march 2013

Lovely blouse (from TJ Maxx) for work but fits so great I can't wait to wear it around for casual Spring days

March has been quite the month for me.  I moved out and moved several states away from the place I have lived for near 12 years.  While it still hasn't completely sunk in I feel a lot more settled now than I did last week.

Keep reading to see some of the little things that have been making the big changes just a little bit easier.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

project: date jar

The first project from my Project List I wanted to accomplish was originally the dresser make-over, however my inability to find a good dresser has put that one on hold for awhile.  Instead I decided to move on to the classic Date Jar.

I have been on Pinterest for a few years now and one of the first things I pinned was the Date Jar.  The general concept is to fill a Mason jar with various popsicle sticks, all of which have a different idea for a date written on it.  The last few years our relationship was that of the long-distance variety, so a Date Jar was a little pointless.  Moving in together seems like the best time to start trying it out.

More photos and explanation after the break

Monday, March 24, 2014

exploring + funfetti

It has officially been over a week since my move.  While I feel like not much has been done in that time, other than packing, I still feel pretty accomplished.  I have been using the spare time I get to explore the local area and getting to know where everything is.  I have already found a dentist I like as well as figured out the best ways to get to the shopping centers I am interested in.  I figure these are the little victories of independence and adulthood.

Next weekend I am hoping to venture North to the small town of Zionsville.  It seems small and quaint, the kind of cute place I love to explore.  In the meantime I am focusing on finding a job, getting to know the places closer to me, and cooking new things.

Since I am in the apartment most of the day it seems like the perfect time to practice new recipes.  Veggie soup, chicken noodle soup, and roasted chicken are all on the menu for the near future.  However, today I made something a little sweeter, Funfetti Cake Truffles.  I found the recipe through Pinterest and instantly knew I had to try it. I did end up making well over two-dozen so I would probably recommend it more for a party or gathering situation, not sure how just the two of us will eat them all but we will try. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

welcome, spring.


I haven't really done much since the move, mostly just job hunting.  I haven't even finished unpacking yet, not having a dresser to put the remainder of my clothes in.  

However, today being the first official day of Spring, I felt the need to celebrate a little.  I knew I wanted to bake something and it, somehow, had to be light and fun.  French macarons were the perfect option.  I have only made them two other times on my own so I knew it would be a challenge.  I used this recipe for the shells (very detailed and easy to follow directions for any beginners) and then just made a simple raspberry butter cream for the filling.  The final result was probably my most successful attempt yet.  The texture and look all turned out near-perfect.

I look forward to enjoying them after dinner with Josh, who has never had French macarons before.  I hope mine are a good first impression.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

the move

Yesterday I finally made the long-awaited big move.  We woke up early in the morning to start out on what became an eleven-hour drive.  The drive was long but the weather was nothing short of perfect.

Ohio, one of the few states we drove through.

I only drove the few hours before the sun came up so I spent the majority of the trip watching mountain sides turn onto flat farmlands.  I find that even when a road trip is long it never really feel too bad if you arrive at the destination early enough in the day.  Our 3:30 pm arrival time left us with time to say "Hello" to family members and settle in to our new place.  Even managed to unpack most of my items that very first night.

Indiana Farmlands

What I really enjoyed was putting things away and thinking about all the possibilities for our little space.  That actually inspired me to create a project list page for this blog.  On that page I will write down projects I hope to complete and then link to posts about those projects.  The first big thing on my list is revamping an old dresser.  Hopefully I will get started on that as early as this week.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

boston + connecticut

Before I left for Indiana I made it my mission to visit the New England area one more time.  My dad recently moved to Boston for work and a large portion of my family lives in Connecticut so seeing all of them would make me feel like any loose ends were tied before I moved.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

farewell dinner

 There was no shortage of bee-themed items.

One of the things I knew I had to do before leaving was to have a sort of good-bye dinner.  Invite some of my closest friends out to dinner to just spend some time together where we would eat good food and just talk.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

monthly favs: february 2014

Even though I have created a new blog I wanted to continue doing the Monthly Favs posts.  They were always my favorite and allowed me to look back on my month with fondness.  While I am trying to limit what I buy, since I am moving and have to pack it all soon anyway, I did have a few things I really wanted as well as a few surprises that popped up along the way

Sunday, February 9, 2014

flea market finds

Today my friend, Katherine, and I went out to do a little thrift shopping.  I have always been a fan of old items and interesting pieces but never really had much room to collect too many things.  While I still might not have the room I actually have started looking for decorative pieces to use in the apartment.

The only item I was determined to find was a type case.  I have seen various ways to revamp type cases into jewelry displays as well as unique frames for small items such as shells or keepsakes.  I managed to find one for a decent price and even though it is pretty beat up I am very excited to paint and repair it.

Along with the case I also purchaes an old Mason jar which used an anchor as the logo.  I had never seen one quite like this, and the zinc lid was just another interesting feature.  The woman who sold it to me explained that it is an Anchor Hocking Mason jar from around World War II.  While the aesthetics of the jar were enough to sell me, the little historical tid-bit was an interesting addition.

Since Josh and I are planning on having a nautical-esque bathroom I felt this jar would be a nice little addition to hold cotton balls, bath salts, or even just a little candle.
While there were plenty more pieces I was interested in I kept my shopping to a minimum.  I will probably take a few more flea market outings once I actually move out there, but these few pieces give me projects to work on during what down time I may find myself having.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

thoughts on moving away

the idea of finally moving out of my family's house is in no way scary, more comforting and empowering than anything. but moving away is another story entirely.  completely uprooting my life and taking everything ten hours west is terrifying.  but having to leave behind friends, family and my usual pennsylvania comforts.
this past week i went out to indianapolis to see our new apartment for the first time.  it was small, and a little dated, but filled with so much potential.  filled with opportunities for our relationship to grow.  filled with many new learning experiences.  filled with so many new possibilities.
while i might still be fearful of what i have to leave here, i am growing more excited for what can come.  and in the end it may not work out, which would be unfortunate but i would be able to say i tried.  i took a chance and (hopefully) learned a lot about myself in the process.

in which i introduce myself

Hello anyone who may be reading this now.  Those who know me in person know I have attempted a blog a few times before.  My most recent one was fairly random and became so disorganized that creating any post become more of a chore than an enjoyable thing.  
By creating little bee book I am hoping to start fresh with a more journal-like blog.  No filler "How-to" posts or half-hearted style posts, just photos and writings about what I am up to and how my life is progressing.
I graduated college back in 2012 and since then have found myself always working towards becoming the person I always wanted to be.  After several less than desirable jobs, and major changes in both appearance and attitude, I have come so far.  But I still have a ways to go and I am hoping that 2014 will be a fantastic year.
With huge, life-changing, events in my future I decided now was the best time to start.  I want to write plenty of entries and hopefully take a bunch of photos to share with those I know and maybe some people I meet along the way.
Enjoy the ride and see you in the next post!