Hello Kitchenettes! I'm sorry for my erratic posting these days. First, let me say that I wish I could give credit for the picture above, but I cut it out of a scrapbooking magazine to frame and can't remember who the artist is. Isn't it great?
I've been spending a lot of time in Chicago and am preparing to go back for what looks like most of the summer. It's going to be a challenge setting up a new temporary studio! My Grandma Gloria isn't doing well...long term readers know she's been sick for awhile and my brother deserves a long break with his wife and kids. He's there all the time, so this is the least I can do. My sister in-law has cared for my grandmother above and beyond what anyone in the family has done. She hasn't seen her own family in the Philippines for 3 years and this summer she'll finally get to go.
Speaking of years, I've been blogging for four years and while it's been a blast connecting with so many women from all over the world, sharing your blogs, reading your comments and feeling your support of my often neglected etsy shop, I think it's time for me to be done.
With my busy summer ahead and new art projects in the works, I've decided to stop blogging. I hope to come back in the fall with a real website and some big changes in the art you're used to seeing from me. It's a bittersweet goodbye. I'm super excited about the new projects, sad about my grandmother and of course I'll miss you guys.
When I come back in late fall, I'll post a link here. I'll post promos on Paper Wallet Queen once in awhile because I'll still be making wallets for the time being.
Before I go, I want to leave you with a fun (depending on your perspective) Summer Challenge. Ten articles of clothing to last the whole summer starting June 21st.
This will be easy for me because frankly, I don't have a lot of clothes! However, I'm a bit OCD about my yoga pants and sometimes change twice daily while I work. I'm the same way about panties and have no less than 47 pairs (I counted this morning! I'm stunned. I got rid a bunch a couple of months ago, I truly thought I had around a dozen left). For me, the challenge will be to stick to the following items:
- Hot pink dress
- Black summer sweater
- Hot pink cotton blouse
- Black short skirt
- Floral short skirt
- Long black skirt
- Short brown linen skirt
- Black summer top (goes with all skirts)
- Khaki skirt
- Multi-colored swirl top
You'll notice it breaks down to 5 skirts, 4 tops and a dress.
I'm not counting the one workout outfit I'll limit myself to (yoga pants and a t-shirt), the purple vintage full slip I like to sleep in, 7 pairs of panties (Hey, it's better than 3 pairs a day! I'm working on getting a sponsor for this panty thing! Agahahaaha!), and one pair of biker shorts that I sometimes wear under my shorter skirts. I'm not counting accessories and shoes.
So, I think this is entirely doable. I don't wear socks often in the summer, I'm not planning to go to the beach so I won't need a suit and since I am not camping until the fall I've decided to have a pant-less summer. I can bring jeans back when it's cooler.
Shoes don't count.
And, I won't purchase new clothing either.
Are you wondering what's the point?
Well, that's a good question. The main purpose is explained here, but I have some thoughts to add.
I'm guilty of wearing everything I have and then doing laundry and I often throw things in the hamper after one wearing. The energy waste and water waste is what is guilting me into this. I think if I wear less and do full loads more often I'll consume less. I don't pay for water or electricity here (isn't that awesome-no heat or utility bills!), but I think conserving overall is a good thing. How many times have you washed a single item because you were in a hurry? How many times have you worn a skirt once, dropped on the floor of your bedroom and then a few weeks days later gone around and picked up everything and tossed it all in the laundry?
I hope that by limiting myself to ten items and keeping them together that I'll be more mindful of my clothing. By finding what works, I may finally have a closet filled with clothes that I love in every way. Plus, I'm always looking for ways to lighten up when I travel and camp so this is good practice. I also like the idea of wearing a skirt more than once before washing it. Laundry is incredibly hard on our clothing...fabrics fade and stitches wear. Of course, I'm not talking about wearing dirty clothes...just not proclaiming something as dirty because I wore it for 3 hours.
In other news:
- I'm working on the 80/20 vegan lifestyle and can say that it's not as hard as I thought. I'm 20 pounds down and feel better. I like the freedom to choose whatever I want with my 20% non-vegan choices, but other than some red meat and salmon, I'm not that interested in anything else. I know I haven't had my last piece of extra sharp raw milk cheddar cheese, but dairy doesn't appeal to me right now. One day at a time.
- Alicia Silverstone's book is a good for recipes. Her vegan oatmeal cookies? Come the F on. I added carob chips and sour cherries to the first batch and after tasting one I quickly locked all the doors and windows because I was afraid someone might come in and take them from me.
- This blog is so inspiring. The age range of readers seems to vary from 17-55. It's so nice that women of all ages are trying to say yes and yes again.
- This blog has so many good finds.
- This blog takes the cake for the best retro wedding photo banner. It's of the blogger's mother. I love it! I love the blog too.
- Loving The Seven Loaves Project. Stop by Chives if you're local, if not they do mail order! Check out the oven prototype. Teach a man to fish bake and he eats for a lifetime.
- Vegan baked artichoke casserole. So good...not light on calories, but when you need a hit of vegan goodness this is your go to recipe.
1 cup chopped purple onion
1 can artichokes drained and chopped
1/2 cup vegan Parmesan cheese (less is fine)
1 cup shredded spinach (you can also add chopped green pepper, shredded carrots etc.)
3/4 cup vegannaise (or mayo if you're not a diligent vegan)
1/2 to 1 cup brown rice or cooked and rinsed navy beansblack pepper, paprika (I use liberally)
Toss together and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve hot with a green salad.
You can also spread leftovers on a tortilla, fold in half and bake in the oven until the tortilla is crispy.
So with that, I bid you a fond farewell and hope you'll find me again when I start over in the fall! I'll still visit your blogs and stay in the loop.
Thanks for four years of support!