Tiny Tuesday TWENTY FIVE!


Look at WHAT DAY IT IS!!!!

TINY Tuesday again, at last!

I know it has been a minute since my last TINY Tuesday and since tomorrow is my birthday I figured this could be my birthday present to all of you ūüôā !!! I’m trying not to overload y’all with just garden updates, but the thing is, that garden stuff is taking up a fun ton of my brain. I’m so so SO excited about it. I just hope it’s not totally boring for everyone else.

In other news, I have just THIRTEEN days left of school before my first SUMMER VACATION in 14 years! I can’t even wrap my brain around this. I know it’s going to fly by, but I’m so excited for it and it is SOCLOSE. There’s no telling how much I’ll actually get done, but I’m hoping to have a little more bloggity action for your reading pleasure during my time off.

Is there anything in particular you’d like to hear about?

Would you like a cast iron skillet crouton recipe?

Would you like to hear about my cupcake research paper?

Would you like to see the paper beads I made at a workshop?

Would you like to have an update on my doll collection?

¬†‚̧ YOU tell ME! ‚̧

And now, here is the quarter-century post of your favorite blog of TINY delights!





I found this little critter on my clothes one Saturday a few weeks back. I’d driven up the mountain to visit my mom and found it right as I got to her house. I took it outside, snapped this picture, and put him/her on a shrubbery leaf. What tales that worm surely told to all the bugs in my mom’s front yard!





I ended up sort of transplanting some of one of my plantings of lettuce. I realized that the bag of dirt I the lettuce growing in was really a bit of a waste of space, so I cut up the lettuce in big squares (kinda like a sheet cake) and re-planted them in a smaller/shallower container. I wasn’t sure how well the leaves would tolerate the move, but after about a week all looks good. There was a handful of loose leaves that came off the squares and I picked them out of the dirt, rinsed them, and me and Mr. Smith had a few mouthfuls of mircogreens. Their flavor was much bolder than that grown up leaf. I might even purposefully snip some to use as a topping for salads another time.




I’ve mentioned before that I’m part of a group called Journal Junkies that meets at¬†Gallery 27. We had an assignment a few weeks back to “look for hearts everywhere”. We were supposed to take pictures of the hearts we found and then the group would make a big collage of these images. While this sounds a little corny, I REALLY enjoyed the assignment. It was wild just how many hearts I ended up seeing, especially on the ground in concrete. The pics above are three of my favorites. I challenge you to look for hearts too–it’s sure to bring a smile or two to you ‚̧



of a rather TINY CAR!


Do y’all remember¬†i-zone sticky film cameras?! They’re sort of like the janky 1999 version of today’s¬†Instax¬†and the miniature great grandchild of the Polaroid. (AND BTW, I WANT ONE OF¬†THESE¬†SO BAD AND MY BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW–the yellow one is so dreamy!!!) Anywayyyyy I found this old picture at my mom’s house, stuck in an old jewelry box. This is a picture of a car in the parking lot of my dorm, sophomore year of college. The car had died and was waiting on a tow to the junk yard, and the bereaved owner had painted an epitaph on the old hood. You can (and should!!!) follow their amazing woodworking on intsa¬†@siosidesign. Ultimate TINY photography! And RIP ol Jasper.





via Shay Aaron

I randomly stumbled across this artist on instagram recently only to discover I’ve been following him on etsy for a while! I thought I had found a new miniaturist to swoon over, lol. Look at those tiny Heineken cans and tiny turkey! That TINY table! What is it about tiny food that is so freaking adorable? Go check out his¬†etsy¬†shop for more delightful TINY things, including these¬†salmon steak bobby pins¬†and this¬†pizza slice pendant…both of which I *need*.

I guess this is enough tiny stuff for one Tuesday!

Happy Birthday to me tomorrow!                                                                                                               Be sure to drink something bubbly and raise your glass to me!

And throw some glitter, too. Always throw glitter.


Victory Garden 2k17: Update #2

Happy Saturday!

Have you heard about this {NSFW!!!!} silliness?

Today is “World Naked Gardening Day”…and I assure you I will not be participating in the naked part. I’m actually not doing much gardening at all today, but I am going to give you some new peeks of my back porch plant menagerie!

Here is a full view of the garden after the last plant/transplant.


The drawer on the floor in front is another start of lettuce. This is another variety called “Black Seeded Simpson” from the Livingston Seed Company. I’m trying to start new lettuce about every two weeks so we will have SO MUCH salad!


All sorts of seedlings! In the front left in the seed starter (and plastic box) are cucumber starts. Behind the cucumbers in the 6-pack and box are tomato starts. To the right are a mystery. I *THOUGHT* they were tomato seeds when I planted them…but they look like peppers to me. They will remain a mystery until fruit shows up–should be interesting! I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll be a sweet pepper. If not, we may be experimenting with making hot sauce!


The three plants in the back are tomatoes. Early Girl, ¬†Mr. Stripey, and Yellow Pear. I wanted to get a couple of plants that are a few weeks ahead of the ones I started from seed. I’m already getting impatient for my tomatoes to start producing–I am so excited for all these new varieties I’ve got!


From left to right: “southern giant curled” mustard, red romaine, radishes.


Above: a second planting of red romaine.


Above: I swear there are potatoes in there…just nothing happening yet :/


In the windowsill: romaine & green onions!

Even if you don’t have room for a garden you have GOT to try this technique! I started doing this over the winter when I was SO READY for garden season. It is so rewarding to grow food from what is literally a throw away. I paid 79 cents for a bunch of green onions that I’ve harvested two times now.¬†Here¬†is a great tutorial on how to do it!

Are you gardening naked today? ūüėĄ

Epic Pasta Salad: a primer

Pasta Salad.

It can (and should!) be soooooo much more than boring elbow macaroni.

Here is a basic recipe for the pasta salad that I regularly make. It’s something I take to most potlucks and is always a hit! Everything you need to make it is pretty much always in a (reasonably) stocked pantry so you can make it without much notice!

I’ve got pictures for you, but also an actual recipe. If you just want the recipe here it is!


Other delicious things I add sometimes: canned chilled beets, green onions (green and white parts), chunk white tuna, sunflower or chia seeds (just before serving), black beans or chickpeas (rinsed), and radish match sticks.

One edit here: I’ve decided you CAN rinse the pasta–especially if you need it to cool down quickly. The noodles hold the sauce a bit better if you don’t rinse but it works pretty well even if you do.

Now for some pictures of my process.

Chop/dice sweet peppers. Depending on size I use about 8-10 small peppers.


Chop onions and halve cherry/grape tomatoes. I’ve found that even during the off season for tomatoes the small ones usually still have flavor. The Roma and regular sized tomatoes taste like water to me but the tiny ones still taste like tomatoes. Also, NEVER put your tomatoes in the refrigerator–it’ll totally zap their flavor.

If you don’t like onions you can skip them. You shouldn’t do this, but if you have a pansy ass palette or worry about onion breath then I guess you’ll have to leave them out and be miserable about life. It’s Vidalia season! Eat your dang onions!


Here’s what all the vegetables look like all chopped up. I try to get a ratio of about half pasta and half vegetables. If you are making this for your household you can always add another ingredient to stretch the servings and change up the flavors after you serve it the first time.


Pasta combo drained. Pasta combo with vegetables mixed in.


I use a three part mixture of spicy mustard, prepared salad dressing, and mayonnaise. It is possible that you may live in a part of the country where¬†Duke’s mayonnaise¬†is not available. If that is the case I will pray for you. I will also bootleg it to you through the postal service for a nominal fee. You can also make homemade mayonnaise. For the love of god just don’t use any of that *miraclewhip* stuff. Just don’t. As far as the prepared salad dressing goes, I usually use ranch or blue cheese–whatever is handy.


Here it is all mixed up and ready to chill!


Here is a serving shot–

pictured with beets, chia seeds, and homemade croutons on top.

NOTE: If you are using beets you may want to leave them off until serving. They will turn the whole salad a beautiful pink color–which I personally find endearing but others may find weird.




There you have it! My pasta salad primer for how to make rainbow pasta salad.

You will now be the star of your next potluck dinner.

You can thank me later.


Victory Garden 2k17


It is waaaaay past seed sprouting time but here I am, AS USUAL, late in getting anything going. Remind me next year in February to go ahead and start my dang seeds. These pictures were taken about a week ago on our back deck. In true DIY fashion, I’ve got my plants going in the most random containers…this time it is old cabinet drawers. These are left over from our kitchen demo which still happens to be in a pile on our deck. I’m keeping it real for y’all so don’t judge me!


LEFT {lettuce}, RIGHT {tomato seedlings}


AND SOMETHING NEW–potatoes in buckets.

More details on the potato adventure in a later post!

Surely someone had thought of this before me, but HOW GENIUS is this 6-pack holder for growing tomato transplants? Did I just hipster out-do myself and break the internet? They won’t hold up forever, but it’s a pretty great temporary holding container. It’d also make a rather adorable gift. You are welcome.


Here are some of the notes from my garden plan:


I’m trying to do a better job of keeping track of what & when I planted, etc. I wish I had taken pictures on 4/20 because everything looked SO HAPPY and flourishing. I had transplanted more tomatoes, started another basket of potatoes, planted some garlic chives, and planted more lettuce. THEN THE RAINS CAME. I made a pretty silly mistake, which is that I had some plants way too close to the overhang of the roof edge and everything got flooded. SAD. FACE. You only get a few little sneak peeks today at what is growing–hopefully I’ll have some more pictures soon.

You may be wondering why I’m planting in containers when I have such a huge back yard…and there are a few reasons for that. The main reason is that me and Mr. Smith are still trying to decide where and how we want to garden on our new property. We have an area that used to be a dog lot that will make a great spot once we get it cleaned out. There’s a ton of privet and other stuff of that ilk growing up through fencing that is nearly impossible to get loose. Anyone have some goats we could borrow for a week or so, lol?

As someone with a history of back issues, we are trying to design a garden that is going to a little easier for me to work in. Yay for raised beds! We are also experimenting with potting tomato plants in big buckets so that we can bring them in a green house over winter and keep some plants going for multiple years. Sounds kinda crazy but some of our favorite youtubers (Deep South Homestead) swear by it and we are going to try it out. I will still have some ground crops (squash, zucchini, cucumbers) eventually.

Have you read the history of what a¬†Victory Garden¬†is? I first read about them through the Meet Molly¬†book way back in the day. I think everyone should have one–wartime or not, it’s a wonderful way to show your family and friends that you care about them. Home grown food = LOVE!

Look at my tags for things that grow for garden pictures from last season!

What is growing in your backyard/porch/window box/field?

Back Pain Management 101


Okay y’all I’m going to go ahead and write a disclaimer right now. In this post I’m going to tell about is the work I have been doing for my lower back health. Before I started this routine I talked it over with my doctor and my chiropractor. If you want to give these ideas a chance please do so with the approval of your own docs and try them at your own risk.

First things first:

Don’t be intimidated!

This routine looks like it’s really long but it really only takes me about 20 minutes.

{I used pictures from the internet so you don’t get me wallow on the floor.}

Here is my morning routine!

First is the Full Body Stretch.

I can’t find a good picture for this one, but basically you are making yourself one long straight line pointing your fingers in one direction and your toes in the other.

  • Lie on your back.
  • Stretch your legs out as straight as you can.
  • Put your arms over your head and point your arms out straight.
  • Point your hands north and your toes south as hard as you can and HOLD for a count of 5 Mississippi (I say “one Mississippi, two Mississippi…” up to 5).
  • Relax for a count of 5.
  • Alternate and do this 3 times relaxing and holding the stretch.

Next is the Knee to Chest Stretch.


photo credit here

Known as the “ardha pavana mukta asana”…

…or “Breaking Wind” pose. Lmfao.

  • Lie on your back.
  • Keep your right leg flat on the floor.
  • Pull your left knee up with both of your hands and¬†press it to your chest.
  • Hold for 20-30 seconds. (I say “one Mississippi, two Mississippi…” up to ten)
  • Return to your starting position.
  • Repeat with your right leg.
  • Do this with each leg 3 times, alternating back and forth between legs.

Next is the Hamstring Stretch.


photo credit here

  • Continue to lie on your back.
  • Lift your left leg, as high as you can. ¬†Don’t worry about how high you can get it–mine isn’t at a 90 degree angle like the lady in this picture.
  • While your leg remains raised, keep your pelvis flat on the floor.
  • Keeping the leg straight in raised position, hold your lower thigh with both your hands.
  • Pull the leg toward your upper body. You will a stretch in your hamstring.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.¬†(I say “one Mississippi, two Mississippi…” up to 5)
  • Come back to starting position.
  • Repeat with the right leg.
  • Do this with each leg 3 times, alternating back and forth between legs.

Next is the Roach Roll.

knees to chest

{I have no idea what this is really called but I feel like a flipped over bug when I do it, hence my name for it.}

  • While you are still on your back from the previous stretch bring both knees up together and hold them to your chest.
  • Rock gently side to side concentrating the rolling motion from your lower back to your middle back and back to the lower area again.
  • Do this for a count of 5 Mississippi or longer if you want–it feels so good!

Next is the (modified) Pigeon Pose.

yoga poses - Pigeon Pose position (kapotasana)

Photo credit here.

{I call this “modified” because the Pigeon Pose typically has the leg up and at more of an angle. I find that the stretch feels best for me when I lay on my leg with the matching side of my chest–left knee to left side of the chest, right knee to right side of chest etc.}

  • From the last pose roll over with arms stretched over your head, almost flat on your face, except you’ll bring your left knee up to your chest.
  • Hold for a count of 5 Mississippi.
  • Switch to your right leg and repeat.
  • Alternate between your left and right knee so each leg is stretched twice.

Next is the Child’s Pose


photo credit here

  • From last pose, pull both legs under chest as shown above.
  • Start with arms out stretched (first picture) for a count of 5 Mississippi.
  • Next do the pose with arms tucked behind (second picture).
  • This feels really good so sometimes I do it for about a minute…just don’t fall asleep!

Last is the Cat and Camel (aka Angry Cat) Stretch


photo credit here


  • Move from face down from the last pose up on to your knees, positioning your knees and feet hip-width apart, with your feet pointing straight back.
  • Place your hands on the floor, positioning them directly under your shoulders at shoulder-width with your hands facing forward. Reposition your hands and knees as necessary so that your knees are directly under your hips and hands are directly under your shoulders.
  • Gently exhale and contract your abdominal muscles, pushing your spine upwards towards the ceiling and hold this position. Pretend you are pushing your tailbone to the sky and hold for for 10 Mississippi then relax.
  • Let your head to fall towards your chest, maintaining alignment with spine and ¬†slowly relax–also let your stomach fall towards the floor and¬†hold this position for 10 Mississippi.
  • Return to your starting position and repeat 3 times, alternating Cat and Camel.



Note: I used info and pictures I found from a few different websites. You might want to check out other stretches/poses/exercises they have to offer. Click here, here, and here for more!

Let’s talk about LulaRoe


You’ve doubtlessly heard about LulaRoe–unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so. You know, the company who does “pop-up shops” and online sales through Facebook. The company that sells super cute funky patterned wildly colorful clothes. A dream come true for a gal like me, right? I hate to be the bubble-burster here but I feel pretty *meh* about the whole thing.

I’ve had a TON, like literal, BUTT-ton of people ask me about LulaRoe. They think everything I wear must be connected to it somehow. I’ve talked about it so much that I decided to do a post about it on the ol blog.

Here are some pictures of my leggings that are NOT LulaRoe.

Click any of my tags fashion IRL for how I style my look.


{apparently I wore my Birks like every day last summer lol}

Before I get in to my list of why I’m not so stoked on the clothes let me give a SUPER SERIOUS caveat. If you are a bigger and/or taller person, LulaRoe is awesome. I consider myself to be on the bigger/taller side as a 5’9″ 180 lb person. I wear a size 10/12 jeans. However, I can pretty much buy cool leggings anywhere and everywhere. If I was much bigger this would not be the case. ¬†So, if I couldn’t find cute leggings elsewhere then LulaRoe would be my jam.

I also love that this brand has given folks the confidence to wear lots of colors and patterns! This is how I live my life! Colors and patterns make me so happy and I’m so glad that other people are finally figuring out what I have always known: clashing can be cool, lol. That said I’ve found it hard to stomach spending $25 for leggings when I can find equally cute ones for $6.97 at Walmart or $5 at the flea market.

Here are some more of my collection…can you tell which ones are LR?


Here are the top 5 reasons I’m not 100% on the LulaRoe bandwagon.

#1 They’re pretty expensive. You know the leggings are made in a third world country, right? From what I’ve read (here¬†and just google for more), China has some patent on the machines that make the “buttery soft” leggings, so LR can’t make them in the US. LR DOES have a lot of US factories, too, which is really awesome. I’m just going to be the jerk to point out that it’s kinda sketch that they boast about being American made. 25 bucks is hard to stomach for leggings, but $65 for a¬†tee shirt dress?! Ouch. This is¬†fast fashion¬†y’all and it is not worth the price.

#2 They don’t wash well. I turn all my leggings inside out when I wash them and I was them in cold water on the delicate cycle with the hippy version of woolite. I’ve found that my LR leggings have faded more than I would like OR expect them to. Compared to my other leggings I actually thing they wash and wear worse than the ones have gotten from big box stores like Target and Walmart.

#3 The sizing is inconsistent. The first pair of LR I tried on was their one-size (0-12) was too tight and were more like capri length on me. The pop-up shop had a pattern in tall&curvy that I was smitten over so I bought them, even though they felt a bit big. I can literally pull them up to my bra underwire. ¬†A few months later I bought another tall&curvy pair from a friend who was selling off her LR collection. These were even bigger than my brand new pair, possibly because they had been worn by a person a few sizes bigger than me. Not long after that I was gifted with a pair for Christmas. It’s also worth noting that I was gifted the pair because they were too small for my friend who bought them. They fit me PERFECTLY but are definitely NOT the same size as the pair I bough brand new. Again, for the price point, there should be more quality control over sizing.

#4– Everyone thinks every pair of leggings I have is LulaRoe. This isn’t really a bad thing but if everyone thinks I’m wearing it anyway, why on earth would I pay to wear it?!

My final thoughts are this: if you have the money and you are bigger than a size 16 GO FOR IT. If you’re smaller than that, buy them only if there is a pattern you are over the moon about. Otherwise I would tell you to hit up Walmart, Target, Ross, TJ Maxx…pretty much every store has them these days.

Do YOU LulaRoe? If so, tell me if you’ve had similar or different luck!

Tiny Tuesday #24



Happy Tuesday to YOU!

Look! It’s a day for fun TINY things!

You may remember this¬†post from a while back that featured a set of TINY colored pencils. Well, apparently that was not my first set because I just came back across these little delights! I totally got these in 5th grade from The Grandmother Store. You’ve heard of The Grandmother Store, right? It’s possible you might know it under a different name. I called it that because my grandmother would let me go into the one that used to be in the Valley Hills Mall and I could pick out a few things. Like these tiny pencils.




{and rather large bling}

!!made of lotsa TINY stones!!


I also have a couple of little TINY bits leftover from my trip to Daytona.

Check these out!



*on a*


*and a*



Y’all, I was so disgustingly responsible on the FLA trip and I hardly bought anything that couldn’t be worn or eaten. I made a solemn vow that until I get the DOOM SHACK {nee, Pout Haus} complete I am not allowed to buy any random stuff that doesn’t have a specific purpose. Like these really neat TINY figurines. Instead I took pictures so you could wish you got them, too.




The one thing that kinda sucks about having only a cell phone camera and not a fancy camera is not really being able to capture wildlife, especially far away wildlife. There is an intriguing ¬†population of lizards at the condo where we stay during race week–it’s one of the things I most look forward to on this annual trip. I LOVE watching the lizards languish on the sunny concrete next to the sections of zoysia sod {because yes I am pretty weird!}. These are the best pictures I could manage to get. I hope it gives you a little bit of an idea about these TINY and super fast moving lizards! They range in size from about the length of my pinkie finger to the length of my hand!

And here are some enamel pins that I am drooling over this week!

Slightly Bitter  Blackberry Kitten  Cactus Bear  Save Yourself

Also, apologies that I double posted that nachos pin last week.

I guess I like it so much that i didn’t realize I posted it 2 TTs in a row

:/  {womp, womp} :/

Okay! That’s all for this edition of TINY TUESDAY! I hope each and every one of you readers have a HUGELY fabulous rest of your week! Stay tuned for more at the sutler tent!


Collections #2: Paper Beads

One of my favorite things to run across at thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales are paper beads. My collection first started as a little girl when my great-grandmother Alice Pope (Mama Pope) made and gave me my first paper bead necklace. Over the years she made so many, and I am lucky to still have several of them. About 15 years ago I started actively collecting this kind of necklace and here is most of what I have so far!

Below are my favorite ones that Mama Pope made. The paper source was the blue sky in the background of church bulletins. I get stopped nearly every I wear these so people can compliment them–people often think they are turquoise stones from a few paces away.


Here is a link to a really neat article about the history of paper beads.

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to make paper beads yourself {here¬†are some step-by-step instructions}. It is so easy and fun, but be warned–it is totally addictive! If you make some be sure to share pictures with me!

Here is most of my collection!


In the article linked above there is a mention of Ugandan people making paper beads {here¬†is a website so you can see the kind I’m talking about}. I can spot this type anywhere–they are very well made; very round and well coated with a protective shellac. I bought my first necklace like this from a¬†Ten Thousand Villages¬†shop to celebrate a great new job (that necklace is in the upper left corner). You can buy these beads online or at stores like TTV.

I can’t be sure but I suspect that the pink ones and the green ones in the lower lower right corner are also Ugandan. All the others above were thrifted except the very long one in the lower left corner–those came from the mother of my field agent Cotton Candy ūüôā

The necklace below is made from beads that were sent to me back when I actively wrote a zine. Some fans sent them in to me after reading about my collection. They also sent the scarab beetle bead–I love scarabs! This is one of my favorites as well since the beads were such a thoughtful gift.


Below are some earrings Cotton Candy made for me–

you may remember them from a Tiny Tuesday not long ago.


I’m almost too embarrassed to post the picture below because the beads need to be polished so badly! My mom got these sterling silver “paper bead” earrings for Christmas many years ago. They look almost patina-ed here but they really shine when freshly polished.


And a few recent acquisitions!


{left, from¬†Amy’s House; right, from a thrift store in Daytona}

That’s it for my collection so far!

                           Have you made these kinds of beads before?

                                                           Do you have a growing collection?

If so then tell me so…and have a super-freaking-duper week!

TT 23: pins and plates and plants!

Hey there TINY TUESDAYers!

OMG, what?!?!?

Lookie here and what showed up!

We may have some n00bs in the crowd since I just plastered Asheville Mardi Gras with beads that have my blog address on them. If you’re one of those folks then HI THERE and welcome to TINY TUESDAY! I hope you enjoy the TINY things I have in store for you! I’ve got some of the regular suspects and a couple of surprises for ya!




(delish edishion)

sprinkles strawberry milk nachos Reptar Bar

*click links above for purchase info!*

There’s not much I love more than sprinkles, strawberry milk and nachos…and I’ve never gotten to eat a Reptar Bar but DANG I’ve always wanted to!! I’ll say it again–I love enamel pins. I know there are some haters out there, but these pins are totally the one inchers of 10 years ago. And I love those, too. I’m always on the look out for really neat ones, or ones that remind me of my childhood–I had a ton of them back in the day because thrift stores were littered with them. Holler if you have a favorite you think I should see!


DOLL for a DOLL!!


I spotted this little treat hiding at the bottom of the by-the-pound bins at Goodwill. She reminds me of¬†worry dolls¬†that were sort of popular in the 1990s. This girl is bigger though and has way more detail. She will make a great doll friend for¬†my dolls. I can’t wait to get my doll house set back up because look what else I came across!!!





Y’all. This totally came with the doll house that Santa brought me back in 1989. I need to take pictures of my original doll house some time–it’s really for dolls smaller than a Barbie, but that’s totally who lived in mine! These days my Beatrix Potter figurines live in it, but once upon a time there were some rowdy beach Barbies who threw make-out parties there and listened to the Beach Boys…and had tea parties, too, of course! This tea set is really little (I forgot to include something small for perspective) and has served many doll over the years. I can’t believe I still have all the pieces but the little lid for the sugar bowl.





Ughhhh it’s been too long since this got sent to me by a field agent and I can’t remember who passed it along to me! I *think* it was Mrs. Bear, my dear librarian friend. I can’t wait to plant some little pots like these to put…well to put any and everywhere!

I’ve got a bunch of fun TINY stuff lined up from my vacation to show you in the coming weeks so stay tuned! And as always, tell me about any fun TINY stuff you stumble across that you’d like to share with the TINY fanclub!


I want to wish a totally belated, but happy happy happy birthday to my sister! Here’s to you, TG! I hope this is the year we finally get to see each other again IRL. You are such a bad@$$ and I love you bunches ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧

Till next time, have a HUGELY wonderful week!

Happy Mardi Gras and welcome to new readers!

Hi there!

There ought to be a few new people checking out the blog soon. Faithful readers, you may be curious about the new folks and here is the deal: I put out some shameless advertising for Mardi Gras season. I’m a member of Asheville Mardi Gras¬†and I make some pretty epic throws for our parades. This year I decided to put my blog name on the beads so people could find out a little more about the person that made their fancy throw.

Hi there! Here is more about me!

Here is a cheesy Mardi Gras name generator…

…today I’m Mambo Gumbo, who are you?


Here’s more: I’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. My dad’s family is from Livingston Parish (for you outsiders, this is only about an hour and a half west of NO) and for most of my childhood my family LEFT THE STATE for this holiday. These wonderful relatives of mine had zero interest in wild parties (we are talking tee-totalers) and preferred a nice quiet get-a-way whenever possible. My grandfather proudly proclaimed he only visited the city twice in his 80+ years of life–those 2 trips were to see a cardiology specialist in New Orleans and it couldn’t be avoided.

I’m honestly not sure how I would handle Mardi Gras in the big city. I hope that some day I get to go and see…with a well planned escape route, of course. For now I will make elaborate throws for my beloved AVL parade (which does reach crowds in the 8+ thousands) and live vicariously through my friends who are brave enough to live in The City That Care Forgot.

Some points about the religious season:


As a pescatarian I LOVE the season of Lent. This is the magical time of year that all the fast food joints put out a fish sandwich for those “meat-free” Fridays that the Catholics do, especially during this religious season. ¬†While I don’t eat much seafood, and certainly not that much fast food seafood, it IS pretty great to have so many fast fish options (beyond the antiseptic McDonalds Filet-o-Fish). {I have some fabulous Catholic friends who are writing a zine about the Fish Fry culture of the Saint Louis area. I’ll let y’all know when it gets published–it ought to be a delight.} I do have to an an eye-roll when I see the dang chocolate sacrifice people so this time every year…if you’re religious I challenge you to up your game beyond such a petty sacrifice. Maybe instead of, or in addition to giving something up try GIVING instead. Click¬†here¬†for some great ideas.

I’ve been doing some research on the history of throwing beads but I’ve still got some more to read up on before I report on that. You’ll have to stay tuned!

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