Early Morning

bob hostletler
d. l. ennis
gallery north

Who thinks waking up early is the best thing in the world? I love it. If it weren't for the 'waking up' part, I’d be up at 5am everyday. Listening to the early cars go by, the clocks ticking, sipping a cup of hot chocolate just for the mood... It sets the vibe for any creative block you might have. I don't even turn the lights on.
But, for all those times we can't get ourselves up in time for the owls to start feeling sleepy, here's some of our own inspiration to get us through:


Tara Donovan

if I lived in a museum and got to choose an exhibit to be my room, my bed would be as close to Tara Donovan's installations... just cuz they are cool. have you even seen such beauty before? the crazy part is what they're made of: scotch tape, styrofoam cups, plastic straws  and buttons are some of the materials. you can see all the rest here as well as an awesome video of her putting the installment together.
my favorite piece (it's hard to choose) is untitled. It consists of three cubes, each 35"x35"x35" and created with different materials. glass, sewing pins and toothpicks were meticulously placed together by hand so they are held together by friction and gravity only. she got the idea when a box of toothpicks dropped and she saw how some stayed in the shape of the box when they fell out.

Giraffe Attack

one of my favorite pieces of jewelry is my giraffe-bracelet. i found it last summer in a furniture store of all places. It was at the bottom of a bowl of gaudy costume jewelry but I fell in love. you can get a brown version here for only $98.00! haha (as opposed to mine for probably ninety-bucks less...) 
i'd love to see a turquoise giraffe in real life.


my last attempt at making cookies failed miserably. each one was overcooked, flat as a pancake and tasteless. since then, I've been on a mission to find the perfect chocolate-chip-oatmeal cookie that won't die in a higher altitude. i finally found it here and have already eaten toooo much. anyone wanna share??

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups old fashioned oat meal
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. heat your oven to 375.
2. in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and mix well on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
3. add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well. add the oatmeal and mix well. add the chocolate chips and mix gently on low until they are evenly incorporated into the dough. 
4. use a medium-size cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and the edges no longer look shiny (they will look very underbaked, but will be perfect after they settle and cool).


Blouse + Bow

pussybows! a weird name, but i love the look of these blouses.
true - they can come off extremely wrong, but i'm still in search of the perfect fit and pattern that will look adorable under a cardigan. have you seen one?


Mixed Patterns

shoes: sperry topsiders // pants: american eagle // cardigan: target // top: tj-maxx

Earphone Bracelet

My family is obsessed with music. Earphones never seem to last very long at our house but it seems a waste to just throw them away - especially if they come in different colors. So when a set becomes absolutely unusable don't disregard it's role in your musical life. Turn it into something new.

Step 1. Pull the earphones apart entirely down to the base. The two wires are usually stuck together and held in place by a white band, but if you pull the band to the bottom its easy to pull them apart.
Step 2. Make a loop 4"-5" (wrist length) below the earphones and knot it. You should be able to wrap the length around your wrist with some room to spare. The loop should be big enough to fit the two earphones but not so big that they fall out.

Step 3: If you have ever made a friendship bracelet, the rest of your work should be a sneeze. (Easy) All you're going to do from here on is tie knot after knot. With the loop away from you and the headphones toward you, knot the remaining cord by creating a backwards '4'. The cord goes over, under, and then back up through the hole in the '4'.

Step 4: One word. Pull. Make sure you pull tight so that the knot butts up to the end of the knot before it. You can always loosen the series later by spreading them out with your fingers if you need the length to be longer. Repeat step 3 to make more knots and don't forget to Pull! (Also, those are my fingers. I realize they are dirty, and short and need to be painted.) :]
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4, knotting the remaining cord around your wrist-length piece between the loop and the headphones. Because you are repeating the same knot, in the same direction, you will see a spiral running length of the knots. (It's supposed to happen.)

Step 6. Knot the two cords together when there is about an inch left until the earphones. (If you have a piece of black electricians tape it would help greatly to wrap the remaining ends together because the plastic that is used to make earphones is kindof slippery and has a mind of its own. I wish I had some electricians tape right now...)
The end! Just slip the two headphones through the loop and it will stay together! Now I bet you wish you hadn't thrown away all of your old earphones, huh? But that's okay - make some friends, listen to alot of music and twirl your earphones around while you're walking. Personal experience promises a broken pair to take apart very soon.

Meat. Loaf.

i've got meatloaf on the brain.
Better Homes and Gardens

The past week and a half I have planned on making meatloaf (...meat_loaf?) for dinner. I even have the package of ground beef defrosted and waiting in my refrigerator to be man handled in a mixture of breadcrumbs and onions. 
Who doesn't like this hearty comfort food? 
So good!
Martha Stewart

Here are a few surprising tips I learned about making the perfect meatloaf:
- use fresh white bread instead of bread crumbs, and mix it with half and half!
- small bits of bacon melt into the meat, adding flavor and a bit of crunch
- grated carrot makes it moist and a bit sweet
- molding it into a brick with a rim around the top holds all the delicious ketchup flavor in the right place
Are your taste buds watering yet? 
Its going down TONIGHT.

Sounds Dangerous

So I was going through some old pictures and found a few that made me smile :)
Typical. Typical.
Disclaimer: I never did or will let my tomato basil soup go.

Everybody Dance Now

If you ever get far enough back in this blog to read this first post, we'd like to say 2 things. One: we probably haven't posted enough yet to call ourselves successful and two: congratulations for making it this far. The rest of our readers who still haven't seen this page are hopefully many. So actually, what we say here doesn't really matter. The first posts are always the hardest anyway. We could welcome you and promise many exciting posts in the future or set goals for what day of the week will be devoted to DIYs, or even begin with our introductory life story. But instead, we will write something down just to finally get something down. And even though our sentence structure and grammar are horrific, atleast we've started... and for now, that feels pretty good.
Oh, and here's a picture of a rubiks cube. It's finished. That feels good too.