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Passions & Distractions
Crafty with a Twist of Lemon
Interests: Crafty things, shiny objects, food, theater, photography, fashion, life, working out, learning new things
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of turning 40 years old. I've heard a lot about 40. This is the age where it gets really good. This is the age where you stop caring so much about what others think and start living the most complete you. This is the age... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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When I was planning the next drink in the series, the French Martini seemed like an easy and logical choice. After all, we are still using the same two alcohols we've already been working with and then adding pineapple juice. I thought it would be fun to explore the history... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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There are times you see something and a moment of inspiration hits you and you wonder how you managed to not think of that before. How was that not part of the original plan? This is just such a moment. I was making this banner and I reached the critical... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Today's craft project is totally brought on by "wanting to further explore the limits of how far I can push certain materials and techniques." Sorry, I was just listening to a modern dancer trying to describe her creative process. The formality must have rubbed off. But seriously: watercolor can show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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First things first: if you didn't read this post's title in your best Joan Crawford Mommie Dearest voice, I'm really going to need you to take a moment and do that. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm going to wait right here while you go check... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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When I posted about this watercolor paper yesterday, I didn't mention the accidental negative side effect: more scraps. When I trimmed down the tiles, I only made the two cards you saw. I wasn't really "feeling" anything else. Of course today it was the thought that kept annoying me. I've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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From tutorials popping up on Pinterest to free cellphone wallpapers provided by beloved internet personalities, watercolor is having a well deserved moment! Watercolor is one thing I never particularly exceled at. To be fair, I was probably at the same level as most of the other students in my elementary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Welcome back to Mix It Mondays! New to the series? Start here! As you've seen, we've worked through a few drinks that use vodka. By now you should be starting to get comfortable with your bar equipment and I'm sure you're ready to add new flavors! Our next alcohol that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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I've had to get used to a lot since moving to Arizona. Scorpions, the lack of natural greenery, the immense heat of the summer: all of these have presented their own challenges in one way or another and I have risen to them all. The one that continually stymies me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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A while back (on my old blog) I discovered that I love making cell phone wallpapers. However, I sort of forgot about this love until I realized my birthday was creeping up on me and I couldn't find a birthday themed wallpaper that I wanted. Heaven forbid this tiny, yet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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I have been on a health kick lately. I've been making a point to drink my water, exercise, and really consider what I'm eating. This has not deterred my urge for something a little salty, a lot flavorful, and with a bit of tooth. But it can't be a lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links. For a full explanation, please see the bottom of this post. Welcome back to Mix It Mondays! New to the series? Check out my introduction here! Then follow the links for the next two drinks, the Vodka Gimlet and the Whippet! Today I would like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Reading: Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters by Daniel Poole. This is a fascinating study of how the literary scene developed and changed in Victorian England. Also reading: Creative Quest by Questlove. I feel like he has done it all and has collaborated with everyone (or can if he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Sometimes you just get an idea and you can't shake it. That's what happened to me this past Christmas. I decided I wanted to start sharing select songs with some of my friends. The songs would be based on a theme and, at least occasionally, there would be an extra... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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How often have you been warned, "Jack of all trades, master of none" when yet another interest threatens to take over your time? Since you're reading this, I'm going to guess you've heard it probably as much as I have. After all, it's easy to believe. Just look at any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links! For a full explanation, please see the end of this post! I think a lot of us have planned to get into better shape this year. Before you fall into the quagmire of generalizations, you should definitely assess what fitness level you are currently at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links. For a full disclosure, please see the end of this post. Reading: Turtles All the Way Down. I know John Green is considered geared toward the young adult set, but frankly I find his work intriguing at any age. Watching: Animaniacs Season 2. You didn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links. For a full disclosure, please see the end of this post. Reading: A Confederacy of Dunces. This has been on my reading list for pretty much my whole life! I'm excited I'm finally making it a point to read this Pulitzer Prize winner (and be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Welcome back to Mix It Mondays! If this is your first time visiting this series, you'll want to start here. Don't forget to follow the links! All caught up? Let's continue! This week I want to talk about the Greyhound. Because vodka is so neutral, it works well mixed into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links. For a full disclosure, please see the end of this post. For me, the hardest thing about banana nut bread is waiting for the bananas to over-ripen enough to use. After all, they need to be incredibly soft to make the bread dough the right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links! For a full disclosure, please see the end of this post! Welcome back to Mix It Mondays! If you don't know what Mix It Mondays are about, start here! The first alcohol we're going to stock your bar with is vodka! Vodka is a great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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I don't know about you, but my immediate reaction to that title is the ever silly phrase: let's not and say we did. So why am I even bringing it up? Because, like it or not, it's an important part of a well-balanced life. I was never an athletic child.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Welcome back to my series on savings! To refresh your memory, in Part 1 I talked about some common thoughts that derail our better judgment when it comes to starting our savings. I also provided a method and printables that would help you save over $300 or over $600 just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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This post contains affiliate links. For a full disclosure, please see the end of this post. Also, as with all financial advice you find floating around on the internet, it's not one-size-fits-all. You have to do what's right for you. Remember, I'm not a financial expert. I'm just a person... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Passions & Distractions
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Welcome to my new series, Mix It Mondays! As the title picture tells you, this is a series devoted to building up your home bar, as well as your confidence as a home mixologist. You see, as anyone who knows me in real life can attest, I love a well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Passions & Distractions