Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! I wish all of you a wonderful evening full of fun and fall festivities! Here are some great pictures from our Neighborhood Halloween Party last Saturday and some cute costume ideas.
Unfortunately, I've been sitting on the couch with a fever for the past day. Boooooooo! Not fun. Danny and I are planning on staying in, so that I can get rid of this bug. We wanted to rent a Halloween movie (maybe Nightmare Before Christmas or Frankenstein), drink some apple cider and pass out candy to  trick-or-treaters.  Sounds like a pretty good night, despite feeling so blaaaaahhh.

Have a fun Halloween you crazy kids!

Our dessert table! 

 Me and Shanny

Love Thy Neighbor

King Danny

Pat flew down from Oregon just for the party!

Guy Fieri on the dance floor

Kara, Shanny, me and Dan


Greg, Uncle Chris, Aunt Cherie and Lisa

Mo and Jay

Stella (my future Mama in-law), Danny, Me, Aunt Gita and Uncle Phillip

Baby Bee <3

Aj and Christina


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rococo Gold Leaf Lacquer

Rococo Gold Leaf Lacquer. A glossy, fast drying topcoat formula with 24ct Gold Leaf.
So lovely!I tried using gold glitter to achieve the same look -- it just doesn't cut it. Looks like I'll be needing a bottle of my own.

Brush it over bare nails for to create an ethereal, gold-flecked manicure, or layer it over any solid colored polish to create an editorial-style effect. Warning: People will demand to know where you got it done. -- spacenk

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Robert Sabuda Pop-Up Books For Your Lovebugs

Being a full time nanny, I read an astronomical amount of Children's books! Robert Sabuda pop-ups are my favorite. His attention to detail is amazing; you can even see furniture inside the pop-up house of Alice in Wonderland! And the Emerald City Castle in The Wizard of Oz, comes with 3D glasses! Each page is a work of art. These books will blow you away!

Paper Engineer Robert Sabuda is a pioneer in the field of Children’s Pop-Up Books. Since 1994, when he published his first title “The Christmas Alphabet,” Sabuda has not only been pushing the envelope and raising the bar in pop-up publishing, but he has virtually created his own genre. Though there are certainly other pop-up books being published, very few can compete with the sophisticated engineering of Sabuda’s work.
-Robert Sabuda Project

The kids LOVE them!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spear Fishing: Fish Tacos

Danny and I have been watching the Yule kids (not so much kids anymore) for the past two weeks. Austin (16) is a spear fishing master. Here's what he came home with the other day...

What!!!!? No WAY!
Austin said this one was hard to get. The fish pulled him around underwater before it tired-out and he was able to swim to the surface!
Don't tell me that! You crazy kid! No drowning allowed please...

So we made fish tacos!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall: A Walk, A Leaf & Caramel Apples

Dan and I took Holly and Daisy for a evening walk.

and we found some great Fall leaves!

 When we got back we made caramel apples with white chocolate and cinnamon sugar.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chocolate Kiss Pretzel Sandwiches

So I've been trying to think of desserts that are fun and simple for Donovan this week. This one is so great! Danny, Donovan and I made chocolate pretzel sandwiches! They are so easy to make and extremely tasty!
Here’s what you’ll need.

- One bag of “bracket/window shaped” butter pretzels

- One bag of white and  milk chocolate swirled Hershey Kisses (a.k.a. Hugs)

- Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet and lay out your pretzels.

- Place one chocolate on each pretzel.

-Place in the oven for 5 min at 250 degrees or until the kisses are melted (but still hold their shape). * Tip: be careful not to spill the pretzles when moving the sheet into the oven -- they slide around!

-Take the melted kisses out of the oven and place another pretzel on top of each kiss.

-Place the finished sandwiches in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.


Thomas Doyle: Miniature Worlds

Thomas Doyle is the master of miniature worlds. His work is magnificently detailed and emotionally intriguing. This art breaks my heart. It makes me hold my breath just thinking about these poor little miniature people. Any art that can provoke such a reaction is A+ in my book. This guy is a genius. I would love to know what you think of it.

A note from the artist:

Hovering above the glass, the viewer approaches these worlds as an all-seeing eye, looking down upon landscapes that dwarf and threaten the figures within.

Conversely, the private intensity of moments rendered in such a small scale draws the viewer in, allowing for the intimacy one might feel peering into a museum display case or dollhouse. Though surrounded by chaos, hazard, and longing, the figures’ faces betray little emotion, inviting viewers to lose themselves in these crucibles.

The glass itself contains and compresses the world within it, seeming to suspend time itself—with all its accompanying anguish, fear, and bliss. By sealing the works in this fashion, I hope to distill the debris of human experience down to single, fragile moments.

Upcoming work on view: Thomas Doyle's solo exhibition Surface to air opens November 12th at LeBasse Projects gallery in Culver City, California.

Pictures:Thomas Doyle