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IMG_1556Last night, I declared we’d be having something new for dinner tonight.  A long winter of freezing temps and snow right up to the windowsill often creates a pattern of hearty monotony in the kitchen:  thick chilli, pureed winter vegetable soup and pasta (obviously) in heavy rotation.

I went over to Tastespotting (favorite) and found this recipe for flatbreads with a built-in salad.  As I am wont to do I didn’t actually follow the recipe or get all the ingredients it called for, obstinate cooks unite!

Here’s what I did:

Preheat oven to 425°.  Put two na’ans on a big cookie sheet.  Generous handfuls of asiago cheese (if you like cheese, it’s about 1/4 cup, but if you’re cool it’s probably more like 3/4 cup).  Shaved prosciutto on top, thick (about 1/4 inch) slices of pear on that.  Drizzle raspberry habañero jam (mixed with water, for consistency) on top.  10 minutes in the oven, until edges are blackened (yum, char!)  2 cups (ish) of arugula on top, plus some black pepper.

Ingredients:

Na’an•Asiago•Prosciutto•Pear•Raspberry Habañero Sauce•Arugula•Black Pepper

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bcbgpink03In our travels, I found a wrap blouse from BCBG Max Azria – the shirt itself is just fine, but this bow hanging in the sunlight kinda sums up how I feel about a spell of warm weather this past weekend.

Yes, we’re due for some more snow soon.  It wouldn’t be Maine without it.  Until then!

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after work, there was a couple taking their miniature horse on a walk near Wal-Mart just around sunset.  In the parking lot, I found a penny with the head facing up.  Then, while leaving Goodwill a perfect stranger held out her hand and said “High Five for good luck?”  So I did.  Lucky day.

harbor seals + more

IMG_1529I just can’t get enough of these little baby things, lately.  This harbor seal doodle is an original creation, and we’ve been screen printing onesies in any size for the last year or so, and orders really seem to be picking up.  I decided to add some greeting cards (center) to the repertoire and am just fantasizing what else I can print it on!

Additionally, if our little harbor seal was to have a friend who would it be?  I’m so partial to our native animals.  Another seaside creature or should I venture in to the woods?  Puffins, starfish, sea urchins, sand pipers, terns, humpback whales would all be a pleasure to doodle.  But bobcats, black bears, deer and snowy owls are nothing to shake a stick at either!

favorite find: week of 2/16

usabox11It was Valentine’s Day last Friday, and we are certainly not the romantic types.  If there was a type we had to assign ourselves to, I’d say J.R. and I are more the sarcastic type.  I reserve most of my fawning-over for kittens, little babies with curly hair and messy mouths and (last, but not least) things I find in my favorite color combinations.

Red, white and blue are one of these – patriotism aside (so many flags to adore in these colors!) I just really, really love the way they work together.  So short of painting our living room like Ol’ Glory it’s nice to know that I can just throw in some accent pieces like this amazing, 1950s-era roller skate box that I found at the Pride’s Corner flea market!  It’s listed in our Etsy shop, so you can experience the thrill of the find, too!

little needles

IMG_1496How completely and utterly satisfying is that?  Finishing a sock in one knitting-sitting.  Sock #2 is on its way tonight, and because I didn’t have size 1 dpns (what?!  how can you even see that small??) these 0-3 months sized booties are more like a 9-12 months, which is fine, because that little incubating biscuit will be able to wear them next winter.

Loving the yarn, too, a sock blend with colors that switch the perfect amount for nice, thick stripes on infant/child-sized socks.

You want to make little booties, too?  Judy Kaethler’s “Cozy Little Toes” is free on Ravelry.

orange you glad

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vintage teacup from little eye on etsy

It’s February, which means the only thing sustaining any of us until the first 50 degree evening brings us a downpour to wash all the road salt away is pretty much junk food, our favorite tv shows streaming, and bright pops of color almost constantly.

Even though the fresh, white snow is beautiful (and will continue to get taller and taller and still beautiful after the coming three-day Nor’Easter we’re supposed to get, it’s still white.  So white.  So endlessly white.

I’ve been knitting with bright colors on my needles (most recently:  turquoise and orange) and listing brightly colored objects in the Etsy shop to keep my eyes open.  They’ve put me in charge of revamping the kitchen at work at possibly the most daring time of year for me, colorwise.  I think I’m using Stefanie Hiebert’s retro living room as my color inspiration.  Lunch break won’t know what hit it!

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ladies size 7.5 tan/navy gumshoe from little eye on etsy

snowy day, bright prints

IMG_1482Good lord, it’s happening again:  6-10 inches of the white stuff started falling this morning just before I left for work.  It’s an excuse to break out the bison boots again, and actually nice to cover up the muddy patches since there’s two more months, minimum, of winter in the north east.  Better to look at a soft blanket of snow than the alternative.  The picture above is from this afternoon’s sweep-off of the car after leaving work a wee bit early to beat the rest of the storm.  Oh yeah!  If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, my name is littleeyedesigns.

Guess what, I couldn’t help myself when I drove by the deserted parking lot at the thrift store.  I found some gauzy, cotton dresses in pretty prints that are just begging for an early Spring.  Me too, pretty dresses, me too!  These will end up in the shop or on Ebay sometime in the next week, so definitely check back!

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