wearing handmade wednesday: ms christa!

it's almost halloween, and how perfect is this hair accessory for the holiday (and beyond, in my case!) made by the fabulous MsChrista?!  it's a black rose with skeleton hands peeking out from underneath, but she has many other colours and designs available for purchase in her shop.  christa usually makes these on combs but she also offers them on a french barrette, as i picked.  i've worn this several times since i received it and i love it!  i use it as a great alternative to wearing a ponytail - and with wicked style! =)



i've been really busy lately due to work, but also due to my computer having some big problems over the last 2 weeks.  i officially lost my hard drive yesterday... it's not that big of a deal since i have a current backup.  but i have to spend a lot of time rebuilding my computer this weekend.  this is why there haven't been new recipes or friday fuzzies recently.  next week i hope to be back on track, and will be doubling up since i have many things to share!

happy weekend! =)


wearing handmade wednesday: zen and coffee designs!

it's another edition of "wearing handmade wednesday", and coincidentally pili chose the same handmade shop to feature (click here for her post)!  we both love zenandcoffee's fabulous fingerless gloves!

i picked up this boot camp design of wren's to go with the military trend that is big in fall fashion this year.  i prefer mine a little shorter than her original listing so she made them custom for me.  they are well made, fit great, and i'm so happy it's getting a little cooler out so i can finally use them to accessorize my outfits! 

wren has nearly 200 designs in her etsy shop so she's got something for just about everyone.  i know i've got my eye on a couple of them.  i'm sure pili does too! =)


soup is good and easy food

the one thing i do welcome as far as colder weather goes is soup!!  i love to make one pot meals and this is another recipe that my sister gave me which i altered.  even though we are siblings we definitely have different tastes, so tweaking it here and there made this soup one that is well loved in my house.  it's also one that could easily go vegetarian without the sausage or the chicken stock, and is super easy to make!

tortellini soup

2 tbs. olive oil
1-2 large sweet yellow onions, diced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced (depends on your taste)
32 oz. carton vegetable stock (2 for vegetarian)
32 oz. carton chicken stock
28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
8 oz. package dried cheese tortellini
1 lb. bulk italian sausage (optional)
4 cups spinach, chopped
1 tbs. fresh basil, chopped
1 tbs. fresh oregano, chopped
shredded mozzarella for top (optional)

1. add oil to dutch oven.  heat on medium heat and sautee onion and garlic.
2. add in stock and diced tomatoes.  bring to a boil.  throw in tortellini and cook to time required on the package.  while boiling, drop in sausage in small chunks.
3. once tortellini is cooked, reduce heat to low.  add in chopped spinach, basil and oregano.  let simmer about 10 minutes.  top with mozzarella cheese before serving.  serving suggestion: serve with a crusty bread.

makes about 8 servings.  enjoy! =)

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friday fuzzies: saturday edition

[fri'dā fuz'ēz] n. handmade finds of pure cuteness to make fridays even better

every friday i will share with you something or things that i found which meet the following criteria:
1. it's cute
2. it's handmade
and most of all,
3. i covet it

ok, this time being late wasn't my fault.  i was trying to do my post yesterday and blogger was down and not allowing me to do it...  but enough of that - this week's theme is witches!

let's start with one darn cute 5x7 witch print by keitosan of millie and her cat, tofu...

halloween cupcake with witch hat amigurumi crochet by beachbunny...  you know i always try to find a cupcake with my weekly theme, and this is it!

tres brujas t-shirt by pendientuda...  3 cute witches you can wear - and choose your colour of t-shirt to have them printed on!

crazy ol witch resin necklace by Lunaricsales...  she may be crazy but she's awfully cute!

calypso witch of the crystal rose by HeartshapedCreations...  i love the story behind this figurine.  you'll have to visit the listing to read it!

and i can't do a post about witches without a cauldron.  trouble trouble soil and bubble soap by WashableArt is a perfect way to end this. =)