this week’s 10: update.

my life is full of lists. it’s rewarding to complete and check, cross out, or highlight each item. (i even add & cross off things that i’ve done but forgot to add to the list!) it’s also a little overwhelming  and sometimes a tactic of procrastination, rather than a blueprint for my week. i sometimes make a list then stare at it, freaking out about all the stuff i have to do by a certain time or date. it’s often counter-productive.

vacuum the house, scrub the tub, clean the windows, dishes, laundry, dusting….chores, groceries, inventory re-stock, orders to complete, books, music, movies, blog ideas, new items to make, garden chores, yard work, house projects……but lists just for fun & simple stuff? never! that’s why i decided to make a mini bucket list for this week. just 10 little things to do for fun. a reminder to slow down and enjoy the days while still checking off those looming to-do’s. 10 little things that will bring me a bit of joy. simple things.

so, remember my list?

  1. go on a moon walk
  2. have a drink with a friend
  3. read in my hammock at least 2 times this week
  4. braid my hair
  5. send a care package to a friend
  6. put new music on iTouch
  7. make a new dish (zucchini fritters?!)
  8. make something just for fun (sew, craft…)
  9. evening walk with the pups & neighbors
  10. snuggle & chat on the couch with mike for 1 hour (no tv)

the items in green are the ones i checked off my list last week. 5 out of 10…not to shabby! what did i learn? even when i’m planning (listing) fun things, it’s still a little too intimidating to make such a long list. so, although this was a fun little exercise, i think i’ll stay spontaneous… that being said, i have started another list of things i’d like to do just for fun, but i won’t limit myself to just one week!

drinks with a friend. this has become a weekly tradition with my friend talia and i LOVE it!

i broke out of my side messy bun kick for one day…then went right back to my messy side bun.

zucchini fritters…where have you been all my life?

here’s the recipe i used:

(from real mom kitchen)

  • 2 cups grated zucchini squash
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place zucchini inside a tea towel or flour sack towel and squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. In a bowl, add zucchini and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add the remaining ingredients.  The mixture with be sticky and thick. Continue to stir, it will thin down.  You want it to look like a thick cake batter.
  4. On a parchment lined baking sheet, divide batter into 6 mounds on the parchment using a spoon or ice cream scoop. Then flatten each mound with a spoon or your hand to form 4 inch rounds.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or so, until the fritters are deep golden brown on the bottom. Then turn to broil and place on the second highest rack in your oven.  Broil on high for a few minutes, you want to crisp them up but watch carefully so they won’t burn. Serve with ranch dressing, sour cream, plain yogurt, or marinara.  Makes 6 fritters.

*these babies are seriously SO good! make them!

quality time with my man. this past weekend was full of quality time! looking forward to even more of this!

and…are you curious about the new (new to me) music i added to my iTouch? here are a few of the albums i added:

josh ritter. andrew bird. vampire weekend. beach house. beirut. neko case. grizzly bear. jenny lewis. camera obscura. michael franti. the civil wars.

my list goes on! this new music is keeping me going in the studio and while i walk. i am always amazed at how music can move and inspire me.

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this week’s 10.

i’m not typically into “bucket lists”, though i appreciate the idea. i just don’t want to be disappointed or limited. i’d rather be surprised and boundless!

all that being said, i do like the idea of giving myself little challenges to spice things up. at the end of 2010 i was inspired by a post on one of my favorite blogs, a beautiful mess 4 simple goals (before 2011). i loved the idea of taking a short period of time and making it a litle extra special by setting some fun goals. my goals were: 1. plan a weekly date with mike 2. spend quality time with my camera collection 3. finish my doula checklist 4. make something beautiful everyday. (i have those memorized, by the way!) let’s see….we did plan weekly dates- simple & cheap dates- and it was wonderful! (we had fires & s’mores in our backyard, went to the orchard, played board games instead of watching tv) i also learned to use some of my vintage cameras even though i don’t have access to film, and that was thrilling! unfortunately, my doula checklist was put on hold due to my back issues…but that was out of my control. and i may have not have spent those last 4 months of 2010 making something every day, but i sure do that now! (*disclaimer* i really only did this for 1 month before going into surgery, but i have kept these goals in mind since then and still try to act on them!)

this morning i read a similar post on another favorite blog, enjoying the small things – enjoying: mini bucket. kelle loves a good bucket list- BIG bucket lists! but she challenged herself to a smaller, more simple  mini bucket this week. i actually love this idea and decided to do the same.

so here’s my list:

  1. Go on a moon walk
  2. Have a drink with a friend
  3. Read in my hammock at least 2 times this week
  4. Braid my hair at least one day  (no funky side bun for ONE day!)
  5. Send a care package to a friend
  6. Put new music on my iTouch
  7. Make a new dish (zucchini fritters?!)
  8. Make something just for fun (sew, craft…)
  9. Evening walk with the pups & neighbors
  10. Snuggle & chat on the couch with Mike  for 1 hour (no tv)

i’ll catch up with you on saturday to fill you in on what i checked off! (cause you know that’s what this is really about- check, check, CHECK!)

what would be on your mini bucket?

days 19 & 20 + a lovely weekend.

this weekend felt all summery & wonderful. it was full of kiddos, friends, planting, sewing, baking, quality time & being outside.

{all my favorite things!}

life is SO good.

all these beauties were growing in our yard!

i was lucky enough to get these two all to myself on saturday! we had a fun trip to the farmers market

lola totally rocks this harmonica. she’s a natural!

i put this *free* compost tea to good use on all my plants!

i helped celebrate a friends marriage in a lovely little wooded nook

i enjoyed quality time with this guy…

…reading in our hammock, side by side (day 19)

also…

day 20. something i can’t live without

and the sun goes down on another great weekend…

did you take full advantage of the lovely weather this weekend?

days 16-18 (and then some).

i have been LOVING this spring. i’m not taking a minute for granted! i’m enjoying filthy hands in feet in the dirt of my garden, eating meals on the porch, open windows, yoga outside in the morning, evenings in the hammock with a good book, pink shoulders and my a tired body (the best kind of tired). i feel healthy, alive and happy. fulfilled. opposite of far is thriving, keeping me busy in my studio every day. lately i have had such a wonderful balance of work, rest & play!

day 16. i’ve been working on 3 books lately. usually this would stress me out, but it’s been nice. reading to suit my mood, or the situation.

day 17. smoothies are my current “kick”, i make myself a different one every afternoon.

{i’m working on a post about all my delicious concoctions!}

day 18. something i made.

{these little dolls have been a long time coming! they are much smaller versions of my near & dear dolls}

wee doll, *first doll*, near&dear doll

{the *first doll* was made for sweet little lola about 2 years ago, from there the dolls just got bigger…and now smaller!}

other *NEW* things happening in the opposite of far studio:

batman & robin dolls for 2 little brothers, wee doll annabell, pig mask, wolf mask, sketches for new masks, super hero masks, circus masks for moskiddos clothing line, wee doll amber, beaver headed to singapore!

{and that lovely plastic lady modeling the new masks? that’s francis simone. she was a birthday gift (#25) from allison}

and here are some more photos of what i’ve been up to:

how are you enjoying the spring? i’d love to know!

day 15. love.

day 15.

he said he would build me a new garden. the old plot had become too shady and really overgrown.  he planned, he thought, he contemplated, be built, he planned some more. i started feeling worried that we would run out of time, that the garden wouldn’t be ready for planting. i couldn’t always see or understand his vision. but i also knew he would come through. and he did! months ago i told him the official planting date is mothers day. well, he worked all weekend and finished this project sunday night! and it’s great! i absolutely LOVE it!

so far i have planted all my pepper plants (all hot pepper for him!) and i have plotted out where the rest of our crops will go. everyday i will sow some seeds and by the weekend we should have a fully planted garden! then we wait some more!

i’ll keep you updated on our garden progress throughout the summer. but i want to know, what are YOU planting? do you have a backyard garden, community garden, potted garden, front yard garden, windowsill garden…? please share!

days 7-14.

day 7. i have been inspired by anthropologie for years now…

day 8. favorite smell

day 9. something i do everyday. this pup loves to play!

day 10. favorite word.

i love this endearment. kiddo. sweet & simple.

also, my life has revolved around little kiddos- from babysitting, teaching & nannying to making masks & dolls to being an “auntie” to all the little kiddos in my life now. one day i’ll have one (or a few) of my own too.

day 11.

day 12. something that makes me happy. riding this bike = pure joy!

day 13. my mama on mother’s day. (she’s happy!)

day 14.

mama appreciation day

::brown county state park, 1982::

dear mama~

when i was born, you were young but also very strong. you cared  for me despite all the challenges set in your path. when i was growing up you were my world and i looked to you to learn about life and how to live it fully. as i grew older we became friends as well as mother and daughter. you are my oldest and dearest friend. from you i have learned more than i could put down in words. you are the most resilient person i know. not only do you defy all expectations but you do it with humility and grace. you work hard, but you also know how to have fun, how to laugh and live it up!  i still look to you for advice and grounding- you are my rock, mama. thank you for being the mother you have been to me. i love you so very much.

::brown county state park, 2010::

hadmade promenade.

QUICK!

add this to your plans for tonight! (if you’re in Indianapolis, that is!) come by after work, before dinner, just come by! we’d all love to see you!

Handmade Promenade is hosting its 2nd Handmade Promenade on the Avenue during the Mass Ave Artful Tread Event on First Friday, May 4th. Come out and join us, shop handmade and support all the local businesses along Mass Ave!

Vendors of Awesome Handmade Goodness

Green Illuminations
Specifically Random
Opposite of Far
Curly Pigtails
The Thread House
Andy J Miller Illustrations
Body Eclectic Skin Care
Lila Noir
Pam Wishow Illustrations
Gary in Situ
Crimson Tate
1606
Spice of Life Designs
Blueblossom
LunaZen Creations

oceanne
Miss Holloway’s Parlor of Idle Hands
Lela’s
Bebito
Sunday Afternoon Housewife / Indie Loves Indy

can’t wait to see you there!

in the shops!

opposite of far is gracing the shelves of some new shops this spring!

check ’em out either online or in person, if you happen to be in their neck o’ the woods!

anatomy vintage & handmade in bloomington, indiana is co-owned & run by two lovely ladies- amber zaragosa & sally harless

and just because it’s so darn cute, take a look this place:

next up is bricolage, they are now carrying 5 different styles of opposite of far masks in boise, idaho

mineral + matter is a pop -up shop full of wonderful handmade finds from across the country. stacey is an artist herself too, check out her shop on etsy: native. mineral + matter will be popping up at shows and markets all around utah this spring & summer!

*check out the pics from the bijou market in provo here. and a nice little blog post about opposite of far here.

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and let’s not forget the shops who have given me so much love over the last year…

homespun in indianapolis, indiana continues to serve indianapolis with quality modern handmade goods!

{they also recently won a grant from pepsi to open up the homespun community workshop…coming soon!}

nurture is a sweet little kiddo shop on mass ave in indianapolis, indiana. ashley carries a great balance of top quality brands along with handmade clothes an gifts. (like opposite of far masks!)

i look forward to expanding opposite of far to new shops in more states! stay tuned!