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.