Plant Gang

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Dining Room Plant Gang (Marantha is new).  Jade cuttings are so healthy and living in really gorgeous Japanese teacups that I will some day drink out of again.

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Sansevieria, this guy has been with us for about a year and had a growth spurt this summer.  Going to store him in this room that is consistently low light.

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One of the newest additions!  Her leaves were losing color from being directly in the sun.  We moved this Marantha to the dining room where it is gray but bright.  This plant loves humidity so I give it a few mists through out the week.

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I love the way this Jade cutting looks in this thrifted teapot!  I couldn’t walk away from those sweet hand-painted flowers even though it had no lid!  The cutting will be the perfect size for this container soon and is enjoying indirect sunlight from all angles in our kitchen.

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New Rubber Plant (10/15/17)

More plant pics soon, I promise.

See my other plant post

Snout to tail

We took a butchery class.

Recipes for Pork Butt, Belly and tenderloin after a few gruesome photos. Apologies to vegetarian/vegan friends.

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Just this half of the pig weighed over 75 lbs

Portland Culinary workshop in North Portland has hands on culinary classes.  Very knowledgeable and qualified teacher/chef instructs on a variety of subjects.  Our class size was only three people.

IMG_2832I felt really comfortable with the knife and still managed to cut myself while removing pig skin (it gets slippery).

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Pork Explosion

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We were sent home with two large Pork Butts, a ham round, large slab of pork belly and a huge pork tenderloin.

I made carnitas with the pork butts, slow roasted the pork belly with sage for another meal, cut two large pork chops off of the loin, froze the ham and finally roasted the rest of the tenderloin with to enjoy with winter veggies.

Recipe Links 

Carnitas – Pork Butt

Maple Brined Pork

Black & Blue #1

Space Illustrations

From the book ‘All About the STARS’ by Anne Terry White published by Random house in 1954. 

Illustrations by Melvin Bilek.

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I love how simple and deeply pigmented these illustrations are.  This book is sixty-three years old and was published before the first moon walk in 1969.

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Even though the science is a touch outdated, these images still stir up wonder and amazement .

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Impressive sparkling celestial images using only two colors and the white of the page.

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Right now my favorite image is of the eclipse below.  Oregon received many visitors this year being in the path of totality.

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Secret Chapel

Earlier this year we went to Amsterdam for a few nights and stayed in a hidden chapel.  Built in 1751, this unique air bnb was converted from a secret church into a romantic hideaway. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Tiny door between buildings takes you to a private alley.  I Love the way the old architecture sways,

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The most beautiful ceiling I’ve slept under.

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Spooky illuminati eye on the room centerpiece.  I’ve never stayed in a more beautiful room.

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Centerpiece above the bed, photographs do not do this justice.

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Vintage Children’s Books

I visit second hand shops bi-weekly and almost always find items that fit seamlessly with the items already in my home.  Giving a second life to items that people no longer wanted makes shopping second hand such a rewarding hobby.  I can’t leave behind a good find just because I can’t find an immediate use for it in my life and I grow small collections of like items over time.

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I find that most educational children’s books from the 1950’s have incredible art work on the covers and within.  Even though some of the scientific captions are inaccurate in 2017, there is a wealth of information in these guides usually with sweet and detailed illustrations of the subject matter.

I’m saving my personal copies of Golden Guides and children’s learning books from the 50’s for myself and future children.  Anyone who has a love for science and nature will see the value in preserving these charming books and referencing them often.

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I like to keep and eye out for duplicates, sometimes they are in better shape than the ones I currently have.  Books missing critical pages or covers make great gifts for vintage paper enthusiast and collage makers as these illustrations are perfect for art projects and thoughtful stationary.  I purchase these books from thrift and antique shops as well as  directly from Etsy  and online sellers.

You can find a great collection of books and paper goods on my own etsy shop:

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and see whats new and coming up at the shop on Instagram @blackwellhabit