29.7.11

In good company

You might have noticed I've been absent this week. Well, my in-laws popped in (from Texas) for a surprise visit.  SURPRISE...!  I'll be back next week--hopefully--with some new pocketbooks to share with you and a pretty rad D.I.Y.  Enjoy your weekend, may it be filled with sunshine & cheer!

image from pinterest via Style Me Pretty

25.7.11

FOUR EYES

 These picture sum up my weekend.  Complete and total silliness.  Have a great week friends!

22.7.11

make it fabulous!

Whether you lounge on the couch under the soft breeze of air conditioning, kick up sand and hang at the beach, or battle the mall and costco on a weekend (I would rather shoot myself in the foot) MAKE IT FABULOUS!  As for myself, I am kicking my weekend off with some girlfriends and a Maroon 5 concert.  Eeeeek I am so excited!!!

P.S. Thanks for your kind comments and sweet emails this week.  You are beautiful people where it matter most--on the inside.

Wishing you sunshine & cheer!
B

21.7.11

John Rombola

I am a huge fan of John Rombola's work.  So when I stumbled upon a fitted sheet showcasing his lively illustrations I about freaked.  I am not sure what will become of this fabric; for now I am just soaking in the awesomeness and explosion of creativity and color that is John Rombola.
 
 
Here are a few images from Bergdorf's window exhibit/display featuring the rambunctious illustrations of John Rombola.

last three images via flickr

20.7.11

serious dough

A few months ago I attempted to make pizza dough from scratch.  It was complete disaster.  Not sure where I went wrong, but it was so wrong I had no desire to try again.  It's much easier to swing into Trader Joe's and pick up a bag of dough.  
Encouraged by a dear friend to give it another go, this time with her recipe and the proper mixture of flours, I set out to prove my sweet, kind, and encouraging friend wrong.  It totally backfired and what I ended up with was the most amazing pizza dough I have ever tasted.
I made pizza bites one night.  Seriously delicious and easy!  The stuffing possibilities are endless.
And the next night I made a spinach pizza with sliced onion, tomato, mozzarella, and bacon.

Thank you Brandi for believing in me and my pizza dough skills.  And thank you for the recipe!

Recipe courtesy of Brandi from Pizzelles, adapted from Baker’s Illustrated
1/2 cup warm water, approximately 110 degrees F
1 envelope of dry active yeast
2 cups bread flour
2 cups white whole wheat flour (emphasis on the “white”)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cup water at room temperature
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1. In a 2-cup measuring cup, place the warm water and add the yeast to it. Let stand for five minutes.
2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, add all the flours and salt. Pulse two or three times to mix the flours and salt.
3. Add the room temperature water and olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir once.
4. Pour most of the yeast mixture into the food processor, reserving 2-4 tablespoons. Pulse until a ball of dough begins to form. If the ball is too dry, add some of the reserved yeast mixture.
5. Remove dough from food processor and transfer to a floured work surface. Knead the dough a few times, then place it in a large bowl oiled down with olive oil. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 3 hours, so dough can rise. The dough will not rise as substantially with the whole wheat flour than it would if you only used bread flour. Don’t worry.
6. After dough has risen, remove from the bowl and return to floured work surface. The dough will make 2 large pizzas, or 4 small ones. I recommend cutting the dough in half and wrapping the half you don’t intend to use in plastic wrap. It can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to a month (just let it thaw in the refrigerator before using it).
7. Pizza stone should be heating in the oven at 400 degrees F.
8. Begin working your ball of dough, stretching it with the backs of your hands, not your fingers (you’ll cause tears). When finished, place on heated pizza stone, top with sauce and cheese (and other toppings), and cook for at least 15-20 minutes or until cheese browns to your liking.

18.7.11

Sunshine & Cheer

It's Monday and I have so much to share with you all, but I also have a lot of work to catch up on.  There are photos to edit, and adorable new goods to add to the shop.  But! I wanted to pop in today and share explain a little something to y'all.  Recently someone asked me why I sign my emails (and sometimes my posts) "wishing you sunshine & cheer".  I was told it sounded cheesy.  I am sure it does...to some people.  So in case you are one of those people, let me explain


Sunshine and cheer is the light and joy that God has given me for life.  In times of darkness or just sad days (yes, I have them) I draw closer to my light (God) and he gives me peace.  When I wish someone "sunshine & cheer" I am wishing them happiness, peace, love and joy in their heart.  So I say to you, I hope your week is filled with sunshine & cheer!

***UPDATE*** Thank you all for your support and your kinds words.  You are such amazing friends and women.  And, you have had a hand in helping me grow into the creative being I am today.

The funny thing is, in "my old life" aka corporate life (where this "friend" is from) I would have thought the same thing.  The past 2.5 years have been such an amazing journey for me, and through it I have learned to let my light shine and share my joy.  My prayer is that this person will one day experience the same breakthrough.  But if not, I hope that deep in her heart there is a piece of sunshine & cheer.  Life would be so dull without it.  I love you all and thanks for your support.

image via dress, design & decor

15.7.11

LOL!

Just thought I would send you into the weekend with a good laugh.  I am mortified that I have actually posted these photos, but if you can't laugh at yourself...
I don't get it.  I don't understand the craze. And I am not even doing it right.  But, last night I thought I would give it a go, and get my plank on.  Actually, it looks more like I'm striking the superman pose. 
This was actually my first attempt.  I was filled with uncontrollable laughter, and fear of the table collapsing.  I think this pic looks more like me planking in a wind tunnel.  Have a beautiful weekend friends! 

I would like to apologize to my family for any embarrassment I might cause them by posting these absurd photos of myself on the world wide web. {tee hee hee}

13.7.11

Once again...

The girls over at Honestly . . . WTF have done it again with their easy peasy version of the wrap bracelet.  I plan on making a million (ok maybe 10) of these little gems to decorate my wrists.  I see a DIY party in my future.  Bracelet making and margaritas on the patio....  Who's in?
Just in case these particular bracelets aren't your style, here are a few other DIY options from the same dynamic duo.

Heck! just check out their entire DIY section--it's pretty rad.

all images via Honestly. . .WTF

8.7.11

Hot as heck!

If you are looking for me I will be at the beach, under an umbrella, sipping iced tea, trying to stay cool.  It's been toasty here in Southern California with a touch of humidity.  Ugh.  I can take the heat, but that gosh darn humidity...IT'S THE DEVIL.

Stay cool lovelies and enjoy your weekend.

Wishing you sunshine and cheer!
bink

image from pinterest via vivaboo

7.7.11

And I quote

images via: Pinterest, Etsy, 365 DaysYoga Tumblr, this nice life blog, just smileology Tumblr (when you close out of this site this is the message you get "stay positive & smile :) you'll light up the world :)".  SO SWEET)

6.7.11

In the closet

Yesterday I went a little crazy and cleaned out my closet.  I can't stand clutter and there were clothes taking space that didn't belong.  I follow a strict rule for clothing--if I didn't wear it last season and haven't worn it yet this season, then it's got-to-go. Recently I implemented the rule, if I don't wear something within a week of bringing it home from the store, then I return it.  

Jewelry is a different story.  I never part with it and have come to realize I collect it.  If I don't wear it right away or haven't worn it in years, I will rework it into something I will wear.  Here is a peek into my closet and how I organize my collection.

4.7.11

Happy Fourth!

When I was little my mom and my aunt used to force me to hold a sparkler every fourth of July.  FYI, I hated sparklers, they scared the crap out of me and I would cry the whole time.  I share this because when I came across this photo it instantly reminded me of a beautiful and less dangerous sparkler.  
Wishing you a safe and fun fourth filled with lots of yummy food!

image from pinterest

1.7.11

Later!

 Yay for the weekend!  I have been looking forward to today for the past week.  I am headed to the thrift shops with two of my favorite peeps in tow.  I am looking forward to a day filled with fun, laughter, and some good finds!
And after today, if you need me, you can find me at the beach.  I am out lovelies!  Have a fantastic weekend and a safe, fun food filled fourth of July.

Sunshine & Cheer!
Bianca

P.S. Can you believe it's July already?!  


image found here