Friday, April 18, 2014

WEEKLY CONFESSIONS: THE REAL ME VOLUME 2

If you read last week's post, you know I'm doing a new feature called Confessions to show how imperfect life can be, despite what your favorite social media shows you. Last week after my post, my husband berated me severely for not knowing how to change a tire. I didn't say I was proud of it! That's why its a confession! This week's round: 

1. latest stupid thing you did to your kid/pet/self_Dropped giant spoonful of fried rice on infant son's head while wearing him in the Ergo.

Well, sweetie, because you won't nap in your crib and you have radar to wake up every time I try to put a piece of food in my own mouth. 

2. I love to eat _gluten, even though its _very trendy not to. Flaming Hot Cheetos are a gluten-free snack. This does not make them health food. 
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3. My pet peeve of the moment is__Parents who let their 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, (big kid) year-old stand/jump/climb on TOP of the play structures at parks, thereby risking knocking my little three year old, who is playing safely, through the air/onto the ground/in the head, and just generally setting a bad example. If this is your kid, put your damn smartphone down and pay attention, you ass. (Sorry)

4. I still love __dollhouses/dioramas,  even though it is so uncool (and age-inappropriate). I'm working on one of these travel suitcase dollhouses for Ruby for our road trip coming up (will blawg it I promise) I'm enjoying making it slightly more than she will probable enjoy playing with it. 


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5. I sometimes wish I was_a music producer. No talent-less hacks and posers please. I meant to put a picture of Robin Thicke here, but I didn't want to look for one. 


6.  Beards_are hot. I know..Hunnam. I've used this image before--it's that good. 


7. I still don't know how to__grill.  Around here, that's man's work. As is grocery-shopping and cleaning the dogs ears. (Anyone else think Ted Nugent's whole persona is really comical?) 


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8. Right now I really don't like my _medical bills.

9. Right now my _garage is a disaster. 

10. I'm afraid of__the giant ten-story highway overpasses entering the greater-Austin area. I drive out of the way to avoid them. Too many years of living in an icy climate have made me terrified of plummeting to my death even when its 100 degrees here in Texas. My hands literally sweat until I reach the end of them and I have to close my eyes when Scott is driving. 



Have a happy and imperfect Easter weekend! 

R

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BEAUTIFUL BITS

It is hard to believe how quickly the time has passed but my little Huckleberry is three months old today! At the risk of sounding hokey, I am so grateful each day for this happy little dude. He wakes with a smile, sleeps through the night and eats like a rockstar. 

I am truly enjoying every moment of his babyhood. He rolled over for the first time this week. We don't plan on having any more children so I feel a little pang of sadness that his newborn phase is already past. It's going way too fast!! 





Some other beautiful bits...
Ruby and Daddy shaping the yard for Spring. 


Scott always cooks on the weekends. Farmer's market produce and herbs from the garden are so amazing right now.

Grilled beef with homemade chimichurri sauce, fresh asparagus, spring greens, homemade empanadas, and grilled bread. We are officially done with the frozen lasagna phase of having a baby! Yay!



And Sunday.. Grilled gulf shrimp and scallops, roasted veg, grilled bread and lemon. Rawr. I love my husband. 


A new clutch I just finished for the shop. Metallic copper Ikat upholstery remnant, eggplant and gold sari silk border, agate, glass, wood, and clay beads on a hemp cord, and a ceramic button with coral stitching. Yummy. Available today



And Ruby modeling a shirt for the vintage shop


Remember 20% all vintage and art at shopOMT through the end of April with code SPRINGCLEAN. New items added everyday! 
Cheers!
Rachel
all photos by me. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW VINTAGE GOODS!!


I've been holding onto a gaggle of items for the vintage shop for way too long. I just am finally getting them all photographed and listed this week. 

I am running a sale through the month of April to decrease my inventory a bit and make some dough for buying NEW supplies for One Man's Trash!. 


From now until the end of the month, blog readers and Facebook fans get 20% off all of my vintage and original artworks at shopOMT. Use code SPRINGCLEAN at checkout. 


Here' a preview of just some of the goods! 


colorblock mugs


mushroom and veggie cannister set


original abstracts this one already framed18x36


wonderfully textured works


sweet little handbags


vintage jewels







King size vintage damask fringed bedspread


brass convex mirrored sconce (check out the reflection of me and Huck's little head hanging out of the Ergo)


Vintage Original Acrylic Sailboat Abstract painting 24x36


And lots more. 


Remember SPRINGCLEAN at the checkout!
Rachel 



Friday, April 11, 2014

WEEKLY CONFESSIONS..THE REAL ME

I recently read an interesting article on how the next generation, whatever letter it is, is the most dissatisfied yet of all previous generations--despite unlimited, instant, access to the entire world with the current technology. They sited the main culprit for all of this disappointment as "facebook image crafting" You know, only posting the prettiest/filtered photos..the money shot from your rockin' weekend..the one in which you look the least ""hideous"" (see last Friday's post), etc.? This is a real thing. And you know you do it. 

We are bombarded with a host of social media like blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest showing us that everyone else is living a more lovely, more crafty, more sexy, more organized, more happy life than we are. 
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I think if we are all being honest, everyone is a bit of a mess in their own way. Perhaps a healthy dose of reality-sharing will start a new wave of image-crafting that will help all those young, dissatisfied folk on their smartphones to be grateful for all that they have or at least be comfortable with the non-perfectness of their lives.

In the essence of real-me-image-crafting, I'm starting a new weekly series called Confessions. To show you that I'm not perfect either, despite the cute, edited snippets of my (chaotic) life that I post here on the blog. 

Truthfully I love my life and I would consider myself very fulfilled in several areas of my existence, but honey, we all got our shit. (Sorry-my newly acquired Texas dialect is creeping into my writing) I'm hoping people will respond when one of my confessions hits home--isn't it great to just relate to one another when you thought you were alone? 
Enjoy.

1. latest stupid thing you did to your kid/pet/self__Left unopened condom on floor of bedroom. Three year old brought it to me in shiny gold wrapper and said, "Mom can I have this for my treat, today?" True story. I had small stroke and said, "This is not candy, this is medicine" and shoved it in a drawer while texting my husband in the middle of the workday.  He nearly peed himself. 

2. I love to eat __big macs, even though its _McDisgusting_in a plethora of ways that could take up an entire blog post.


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3. My pet peeve of the moment is__when I nurse my baby to sleep so I can quietly slip him into the carseat, make a mad dash for the car with a three-year-old who is having a seizure to get out of the house for an hour, only to find that said three year old has buckled all of the carseat buckles together and pulled the belt as tight as it goes so one of her stuffed animals can ride in it safely. I then lay down said sleepy infant, simultaneously waking him up, unbuckle/readjust carseat, pick up now awake and yelling infant and explain to three year old why we are now delayed twenty minutes to go to the GD playground..Happens multiple times per week..Do I ever check it first? Nope. 

4. Something I still love ___Jack & Diane______ even though it is so uncool. "Little Ditty..bomp bomp 'bout Jack and Diaaaaane. Two 'Merican kids growin' up. In. the. heart. land. bomp bomp."

5. I sometimes wish I was___living Anthony Bourdain's life.  


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6.Seeing my husband hold our baby_is hot.



7. I still don't know how to____change a tire.

8. Right now I really don't like my ___wardrobe. Pre-preg, post-preg, mid-preg...what is the new normal me? Guess I'll put these big stretch pants on again.

9. Right now my ____calloused feet and janky toenails are a disaster.
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10. .Sometimes I__am crippled by guilt about what kind of parent I am or am not being.

So there it is..Craft that. More next week!.
R

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HAIRY DETAILS

So I've been growing my hair out for what feels like eternity. In actuality its been about three years and I can finally say that it is "long."  My hair has kind of always been my thing. It is a great shade of strawberry blonde, its healthy, thick and generally cooperates with what I want it to do. 

I've always been bold with my hair choices. Here's me in high school rocking the long and flowing look. Remember when you spent 45 minutes on your hair? Puh-leez.


Here's me on my 21st, rocking the ubiquitous Meg Ryan 90's super short do. 


My girlfriends and I all had this cut, and our apartment stocked a giant pot of spiky hair wax at all times. (RIP Sebastian hair mud) 

Here's somewhere in between. Pre-kids when I had time to run a flat iron through it. (mmm cocktail)

When I was pregnant with Ruby I swore if I was ever pregnant again I would have long flowing locks. Somehow I felt like I needed "big hair" to balance out all of that belly! 

Then short again.

Here' me, pregnant with Huck, at 39 weeks. 

FYI....NOTHING balances out that big belly. And you're so tired you can barely get a brush through it anyway. 

Still, there is something about having long flowing hair that somehow makes you feel ultra feminine and gorgeous. Even if you don't have nice clothes or wore any makeup, your long, flowing goddess hair will fool everyone. Some examples:




Recently I made a trip to the salon and after much discussion, agreed to chop off 1.5 inches of split ends to get it looking healthy again. 

I also wanted a few layers for movement. Despite my protests along the way, my stylist's scissors ran away with her and I left the salon with four inches less hair. It was painful. Yes it was cute the first day when she blow dried it, straightened it, styled it etc..

Yes it looks healthy, but its so thick and heavy on most days it also kind of looks like that really bad Kings of Leon hairdo. Shudder. 

I'm also coming to terms with the fact that while caring for my three year old and with an infant strapped to my chest, the majority of the day, my long flowing goddess hair usually ends up in a bun on top of my head or a low ponytail with a part down the middle that makes me look like a dowdy old librarian. (no offense to librarians). I simply don't have time to style it or even blow dry it. Shit, I sometimes don't shower until 6pm. 

It's also about 8000 degrees in Austin 75% of the year. It gets hot up in here, even if you're not carrying a 15 pound meatball in your Ergo while standing in line at a taco trailer. 

So, to make a short story long... I think I am going to...gasp.. cut my hair. 

Pros: Easy to care for, less buns, cooler, could be super sassy. 

Cons: If stylist doesn't "get it" I could end up with "mom hair" and accidentally wear a pair of "mom jeans" and spend the next three years whining to my husband that I never should have cut my long flowing hair, and end up having to move to the suburbs and get cable. 

So here's my pictures for inspiration. Pardon the gross celebrities, but those ladies have the best stylists. 

Julianne Hough. I don't even know who/what she is but her hair is fricking cute. 



Mary Kate? Ashley? Who knows. Cute hair. Mmmm cocktail. 

Julia Styles. I have a lot of natural wave that I fight so I'm thinking, get some good goop and stop fighting it. 

Someone model-ly. Too short for my round face but this look is great. 

Random girl. Cut but not this color. 

And Alf. Because you've listened to all this girl babble and I need to provide you with some sort of comic relief that made it worth while. 



Thanks Alf. 
Okay.. what do you think???  Help me people. 

Rachel 
PS Apologies.. I do not have sources on any of these images.