Tuesday, May 31, 2011

{truths for humans}

For those of you who don't already stalk my Pinterest boards, I stumbled upon this little cache of truths the other day and just had to add it to my favorites. It's hilarious and all-together too true.

If the print is too small, click on it to get a larger version.

My personal favorites are the ones involving Google Maps and the one about DVD collections... so true, so true. :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

{etsy finds: memorial day}

Happy Memorial Day! Though the very sound of it may conjure up images of awesome blowout sales and the start of school vacation, we should also take a moment to remember why this holiday was created in the first place: to commemorate those veterans who died while in service to our country.

So say a word of heartfelt thanks to those selfless people who gave their lives for us, and let's remember the good things about this country that they fought for: the freedom to enjoy life without fear or oppression.

And on that note, let's celebrate the start of the much-anticipated summer weather with some fun etsy beachy finds!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Tanner reminds me daily that my blog posts do not talk about him nearly enough. Rather than throwing his name randomly (Tanner) into posts about my latest Etsy obsessions, I've decided to take today to focus on why he's pretty awesome.

First of all, I have to say that I still feel entirely guilty about uprooting his life on the east coast just so that he can be with me 3,000 miles away. Then again, it was never a question between us; when I got promoted it was the simple and easy solution that yes, he would be moving, too.

I'm still consumed by guilt, though, and as often as I ask him, "are you sure that's what you want?" He replies, "at the end of the day, all I want is to be where you are." His confidence makes me feel better, and I know I would have done the same if the roles were reversed, but it still feels selfish of me, somehow.

In the interim, Tanner is finishing up his job out east before he makes the long drive here, so we have a four month gap where we are living on opposite ends of the country. Even though we talk daily on the phone, I still miss him. Even though we can finish each other's sentences and know what the other is thinking, I still miss him. Even though we still crack up over the same dumb jokes and feel as though we've known each other in lifetimes before, I still miss him.

When he visited last month he brought with him a gift, a belated birthday present: he bought a children's picture book about the African Safari, and on each page there was a new animal to read about and to construct from paper. Each Friday I turn a new page. Each Friday I put together a new animal and read the haiku that he's written for each one. Eight animals. Eight weeks until he's here again.

So far I've opened the lion:
I lie in the grass
Waiting for my prey to show
Soon I will eat them

The elephant:
Long trunk, so useful
I never leave without it
It goes where I go

The leopard:
Only you can see
That I'm hiding in this tree
Looking so sleepy

The zebra:
Very fast am I
As I run in the sunlight
With my black and white

And today marks my favorite animal of all: the giraffe.
Easy are the trees
That hang so high above me
My neck is so long

It gives me something to look forward to each week as we count down the days until we're together again. We spent two hours on the phone last night, like we did when we were first dating, and I asked him again if he thought he was making the right choice by following me. He, after all, had worked very hard to get promoted into the position he was in.
"Don't you love your job there?" I asked him.
"Yes," he said, "but I love you more."
"More than french fries?"
"More than french fries and oreo milkshakes."


Thursday, May 26, 2011

{one dress, one hundred days}

Once again the Oregonian provides me with a fun new blog to check out! If you missed my post about the adorable kid's toys Made by Joel, visit {here} to read.

Otherwise, say hello to Miss Elaini of misselanious.com (cute, right?) She's a 22 year old Oregonian who has come up with a noble idea: to wear the same dress for 100 days in order to raise money to clothe orphaned children in India. Her goal is $50,000, and to achieve that, she is gaining awareness and supporters through her blog. Read more about her journey {here}.

One dress for 100 days? I know what you're thinking. But here's the scoop: Elaini had a friend custom-make a simple, buttoned black dress that can be accessorized in hundreds of ways, and that's exactly what she's doing. Through a photo-a-day you can see her outfits change while still revolving around the same, basic black dress. Not only is she creative in her endeavors, but she photographs beautifully. Here are some of my favorites:

Read more about Miss Elaini and her project at {misselainious.com} and help donate to the cause!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{diy: flour jars}

Do you remember my post about Repurposing Housewares, and how I wanted to turn my cabinet bookcase into a make-shift pantry?
Well, forget that. It was a good idea, but I was having a hard time finding things I wanted to fill the shelves with, and when I finally found the pretty glass containers for my flour and sugar, they ended up being too heavy to keep there.

Instead, I turned the bookshelf back into a bookshelf, filling it with coffee table books, cookbooks, and outdoor travel guides for any guest that happens to be browsing its contents. This has worked out well because Tanner and I own a lot of books. (14 boxes on our moving truck, and that was after we sold/ donated/ gave away half of them.) The bottom cabinet is still full of games, waiting to be played. Game night, anyone?

P.S.- the artwork in the dining room is going to change at some point. As much as I love Van Gogh's cafe painting, having a poster in my house makes me feel like I'm living in a dorm room. I still refuse to hang up Tanner's creepy Red Hot Chili Peppers poster, as much as he begs. (Sorry, babe.)

As for the jars, I found some lovely ones at the Container Store, and they now live happily on my kitchen bar, within easy reach of my cooking space. To label them I found some old scrapbooking tags in my paper collection, tied a ribbon through them, and labeled each appropriately. Adorable, practical, and just right for the space. Win!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{interview with indie pretty projects}

Good morning, everyone! Today brings a special treat: an interview of yours truly with none other than Miss Ashley Pahl of (Indie) Pretty Projects. If you don't already cyber-stalk her blog like I do, I encourage you to do so: her fun recipes, treats, DIY projects and Etsy-shout-outs are sure to bring a smile to your face!

This week she's interviewing bloggers to learn a little more about their writing, what their ideal "space" is, what inspires them, and what they hope to accomplish in the future. To see my interview, {visit here!} A special thanks to Ashley for a lovely write-up!

For those of you visiting for the first time, here's a Darkroom and Dearly Choose-Your-Own-Adventure! Thanks for stopping by!

{darkroom} - photographs!
{dearly} - cards!
{diy projects}
{redecorating tips and photos}
{favorite etsy finds}
{contact me!}

Monday, May 23, 2011

{booted, outfitted and ready to go}

My dad has been here visiting for the past few days, and I've discovered that not only is it helpful to have a visitor's guide lying around the house, but it's nice to have an over-abundance of outdoor gear stashed in the closet.

We decided to go on a hiking trip into the gorge yesterday and my dad tried to leave the house wearing jeans, a long-sleeved cotton shirt and a pair of beat-up tennis shoes. After rummaging through all the clothes, packs, gear and shoes that Tanner and I own, I properly outfitted my dad with a pair of quick-dry zip-off pants, a long underwear top and fleece pullover, raincoat, wool socks, waterproof hiking boots, and a daypack with a raincover. It seems that my make-shift bed and breakfast is also turning into an outfitting shop! All I need is a couple boats to rent and we'll be all set!

We took a hike to Wahclella and Elowah Falls again, being that they are my new favorite, quick and easy, beautiful hikes. Though the weather has been sunny all week, it was overcast and slightly drizzly today, which I have since decided is the perfect hiking weather. Not too hot, with a nice, cool breeze, the damp smell of earth filling your senses, and the glow of greenery all around you. Gotta love the NorthWest!

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