Disney Tokyo

Photo Journal, Tokyo, travel

During a 2015 trip to Japan, I enjoyed both Disneyland and Disney Sea in the Chiba prefecture.  While my husband was at a conference I found my way to the park neighboring our hotel.  Here are a few pics I snapped while exploring the parks solo.

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Vintage Cannabis Grow Book

Garden, vintage, vintage books

Check out this cool vintage find I brought home from a recent visit to Vancouver BC.

One of Bill Drake’s seminal works on growing marijuana The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana  was self published in paperback / zine format in 1970 (this is a first edition).  Definitely has an aura of authenticity and “can do” spirit that marked this early era in cannabis culture.

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There are a few pictures from previous generations grow operations. 

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Cool black and white illustrations, political commentary and detailed instructions on the cultivation of marijuana.

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This book is available for purchase on my etsy site.  Click SHOP in the Menu .

 

A Piñata for Every Ocassion

Craft DIY, vintage, vintage books

I am obsessed with Mexico, it’s true!

We are taking our second trip to Mexico City at the end of this month and so in that spirit I thought I’d share some pics I snapped from this vintage Piñata book that I sold in my Etsy shop a few months back.

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“A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico.”
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First, I love this gorgeous font and all of the details!

The book was published in 1966 and was very well researched.  Discussed in detail the history of Piñatas, both Spanish and Mexican traditions.  It also included detailed instructions on how to make piñatas with charming illustrations. 

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My favorite two Piñata figures were the Witch and Santa (below) simply because of the smiles the illustrator stuck on their faces.

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The copy I had of this has sold, but a quick google search will reveal available copies in the universe usually at reasonable prices.  My hope is to find another copy in the wild that is in better condition.  I wanted to capture some of the images inside for inspiration down the road when I’m looking for a DIY project.

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If you’re interested in Vintage Books like this, give my Etsy Shops a quick visit!

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Blackwell Habitat Books

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See photos from my last Mexico City trip HERE.

EVERYTHING NOW

journal, Photo Journal

How did this happen?  It’s already the end of February and I’ve neglected the blog, AGAIN!  Once I went ten months without posting, I am embarrassed at the amount of content on here after having the site for over TWO whole years.   2018 I’m going to ramp up my posts with awesome photos and content.  Hopefully I’ll work out better placement and flow for the menus so you can navigate easily between categories and posts.

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Atom turned 1 this year!

I will be updating  our Backyard Habitat Certification progress and discuss our indoor plant family and take you with me on my new small business journey!

But first can we talk about Vegan restaurant Farm Spirit, here in PDX.

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Beet Tartare

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Celery Stew

In SE Portland, this place had chefs counter seating only and rapid fire small bites with excellent pairings.  Super creative and delicious guilt free dinner that totally inspired a farmers market splurge the next day.

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When you are so excited to buy farm fresh goods that you forget to brush your hair.

Snout to tail

Photo Journal, Uncategorized

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.

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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. We cut two large pork chops off of the loin and froze the ham.  Find recipes below.

Recipe Links 

Carnitas – Pork Butt

Maple Brined Pork

Black & Blue #1

food, vintage, vintage books

 

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

Photo Journal, travel, Uncategorized

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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