Happy Tuesday!

I had this pair of frumpy jeans that didn’t fit me. They were super long and super wide. I decided to make a pair of skinny jeans out of them! I put them on and pinned them where I wanted to sew them.

The jeans were inside out when I pinned them so I sewed them on both sides and then cut off the excess material.

My trusty little Singer buzzed right through the jean material!

Annnnnd jeans that fit!! I have a hard time finding jeans that fit. I have long legs and most pants I buy are saggy below the butt and in the crotch.

I also tried that recipe I posted last night for the pumpkin spice latte. No thanks! It was rather gross. It probably needed sugar, but I’m not a fan of adding tons of sugar to beverages so I don’t think I’ll be making that again. I just settled for a cup of blackberry tea. My Calamity Jane book arrived in the mail today! She’s my favorite bad girl at the moment!

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Eat, drink AND sew!

I’ve been saving up some recipes and crafty goods for the fall months!  When the seasons change I start to crave different kinds of vegetables and warm beverages to keep my occupied!  Here’s a few of the fun and fabulous things I can’t wait to make over the next few weeks!

Raw AND vegan! Cashew stuffed peppers!

The Bear and the Blackberry has been posting some delightful raw recipes!

Pumpkin spice latte!

Pumpkin Spice Latte!  As soon as September hits everyone talks about nothing but pumpkin.  And I will talk about it too!

Find some vegan leather and make a bag!

Let’s see if I can actually follow a pattern for once and make this!  Kidding!  I’m going to make a bag similar to this, but a little bigger AND I’m going to put a strap on it!  I do have some vegan leather to use too!

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“The farther west we drove the more Pop everything looked on the highways.”

Eric and I are hitting the road again this weekend!  We’ll only be camping one night in central Washington, but we’re excited to explore and soak in some on the last rays of summer!  We’ll be seeing some things we’ve seen before and some things that are new to us!  My car needs some new front tires, but she’ll be more than road worthy by the weekend.  She’s itchin’ to drive and show off her new shoes.  Since she’s getting some new kicks I wonder if that means I can buy a new pair of boots?

Do ya’ll love Andy Warhol as much as I do?! I used to be rather obsessed with him and I’m rediscovering that obsession.
“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

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King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center.

Today we went to the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The PSC is on the grounds where the 1962 World’s Fair took place. You can still see some pieces and buildings from the fair!


Yamasaki’s Arches.



The King Tut exhibit had artifacts from King Tut’s tomb as well as assorted sculptures from other Pharaohs.

The carvings were wonderfully intricate!

That’s a fantastic shade of blue!

Sarcophagus for a cat.

Colossal Statue of Tutankhamun.

Colossal Statue of Amenhotep IV.

Intricate necklace.

Funerary Mask of Psusennes I.

This poster showed what King Tut’s tomb looked like when it was first opened.

Oil vase.

This small boat was also in King Tut’s tomb. In the after life this would transform into a large and usable boat.

Canopic Coffinette. This held Tut’s stomach after his death and was with him in the tomb.

These gold sandals were on King Tut’s feet when he was discovered. It’s a shame they took them off of his feet though. I bet he misses them.

Welcome to Seattle where we sell soymilk and organic snacks in our vending machines.

Hey Space Needle!

So much architecture! This is a really fun part of Seattle!

There were these odd machines around the Sciece Center where you could make different wax molds.

Oh and I made one!

There was a butterfly exhibit at the Science Center as well.

These guys were hungry.

We were hungry too so we hopped over to Araya’s for some vegan Thai food!

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Andy Warhol like whoa!

My desk is awesome now!!


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Wayward and Wayzgoose!

Today the Seattle School of Visual Concepts was having their annual Wayzgoose letterpress and print festival! Before the festivities began we stopped by Wayward Vegan Cafe with Jeff and Jamie for some lunch!

SVC Wayzgoose!

There was also steamroller printing. What?…you say? There were teams of printmakers inking up giant prints and then printing those with a steamroller. AWESOME!!

This team wore jumpsuits and helmets.

Local letterpress artists were selling prints and you could tour the classrooms. So much typeface!

This lovely print reminded me of a paint by number.

Prints were everywhere!


More steamrollin’.

There was a competition between the steamrolling teams. The print on the left was the winner and was printed by Keegan Meegan from Portland, Oregon.

More steamrolled prints.

After the printing fun, Eric and I drove to a park that overlooks the city.

I brought home some goods from Wayzgoose. They had a press set up for visitors to print their own print to take home. This is the one I made!

I also entered the raffle they had and I was given this goofy print.

Wayzgoose announcement. Look at that paper!

I took a shot of the city with my Polaroid Land Camera.

Eric found this print of a squirrel and a bunny! It’s us!

I loved this little guy! “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

My NastyBeats bracelet arrived today! This were sold to raise money for our friend who was in a boating accident a few weeks ago. Nasty Beats is his nickname. He’s at home now and doing much better by the way!

Jamie gave me this little guy today.

It’s a squirrel windup toy that spins around and around…

And then sits up holding his nut! So cute and such a fun Saturday!!

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Shirt shoppin’.

I usually don’t buy shirts with prints on them. I would usually prefer to print my own. I can’t shell out the money for a shirt when I know how much it actually costs to print shirts.  But this one…I might make an exception for!!

Squirrel love!

Buy your own squirrel love shirt here!

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Diana mini- roll one from Have Love Will Travel

Today I had a roll of 35mm film developed from our trip last week. This is the most successful roll of film from my Diana mini!

Frenchman Coulee, WA.

Goodnight Baker City, OR!

Palouse Falls, WA.

Broken down concrete plant.

Accidental double exposure.

Glass along the 100 mile stretch of abandoned railroad grade.

Sunrise over VW.

Spiral Jetty.

Graveyard on a 100 mile stretch of old railroad grade.

This was right before he asked me to marry him.

Trains and things.

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Sun sun sun! and a print

SUN! It was only about 75 degrees today but it felt much warmer! I took a blanket and my sewing project outside and had a little sun bath. Fancy blanket huh? I found that at the thrift store this week.

I’m still sewing my bag. I made quite a bit of progress this afternoon. I’m hoping that it will be finished by tomorrow!

I bought a new print this week too. Jesus with his kittens! Juniper approves. I bought this from a very nice gal named Shari.  Juniper approves!

Click here to buy your own print from Shari!

Tonight I was checking the weather report and I saw this. Oh Fabio! Those luscious blonde locks! Not really. He doesn’t age does he?

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Starting the week off right!

I found this recipe yesterday and I thought it looked delightful!

Like most recipes I really don’t follow them. I added soy curls, corn and a heaping tablespoon of cayenne powder to the original recipe.  I also used white beans instead of lentils.  And I didn’t add the onions, garlic, mushrooms or salt. The recipe called for soy sauce, which I used tamari, and that’s salty enough without adding more salt. I let the chunks of fresh pineapple marinate with the soy curls and they were delightful!

This mix is intended to be put on wheat buns, but I’m not a huge fan of bread. I’ve really only been eating it if we go to Wayward for if I’m in the mood for some toast. I made a nice bed of brown basmati rice for my sloppy joe concoction. The sweet corn and pineapple smelled awesome together! This was a success in the Smartz kitchen!

My cute pen pal from Finland, Mari, sent me some glass beads in her last letter. I put some on a simple chain yesterday! Cute! I don’t really tan during the summer. I’m pasty white and I have freckles.

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