Saturday, July 30, 2011

i wish... {a guest post by Jocee}

First, I'd like to thank Emily for letting me guest post on her lovely-happy-ohmylipgloss-just-plain-old rocking awesome blog! I know I don't have Miss Emily's mad blogging skills or anything like that {or anyone elses, for that matter}, but I shall try my best to entertain all you lovelies. So, enjoy this post :)) 
i wish... i could sport these lovely shoes
i wish... i had a lock for every one of these keys and there'd be a different world behind each of them
i wish... we had some more white chocolate mousse with strawberries, but alas, no. goshbubbles.
i wish... i could pose like this:
i wish... i wore flowers in my hair daily
i wish... i could knit like Carlotta. okay, i wish i could knit in general.
i wish... i could make a perfect meringue. food coloring & sprinkles is a bonus.
i wish... my cookies didn't have to turn out to be a not-so-epic fail.

i wish i had Emily's mad video making skills. i wish i had a MacBook Pro.
i wish... that i took all the photos above. but i can solemnly swear i took this one:
I'm so proud of myself. I'm also proud that my non-capitalization phase ended. And now, to make some White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries. Oh me! Oh my! I'm so excited.
{About the Author} Jocee: dark amber brown eyes, brown hair, dreams with emerald green eyes, sees life in the color vintage, cupcake enthusiast, lover of British accents, left-handed, traditional coca-cola bottle lover, lavender vanilla bubble baths, sea shell collector, avid believer in Narnia, Wonderland and Middle Earth, dictionary reader, quill and ink writer, profound quote creator, despiser of capital letters, your personal imagination station, inspired by rainy days, aspiring photographer, bubble blower. be sure to check out my blog:{) <-- mustache smiley face 

Friday, July 29, 2011

orange & almond cupcakes

this is a great recipe that I just found. the almond and orange are a great combination. makes 10-12 cupcakes. 

P.S. surprise! I said that "i'll ride across the park" was going to be my last post until I came back. but I forgot that I scheduled this one! :) 

2 eggs                                                   7 tbs sugar
zest of 1 orange                                  1/4 cup ground almonds
3 tbs potato flour                              1/3 cup slivered almonds
2 tbs confectioner's sugar 

 {beat eggs and sugar together for 5-10 minutes, until thick and pale}
 {grate 1 orange and add the zest to the eggs and sugar}
{add ground almonds} 
 {add potato flour}
 {mix all ingredients together}
{fill muffin tins about 2/3 full, top with slivered almonds — bake for 22 minutes at 325˚} 
 {dust with confectioner's sugar}
enjoy! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

i'll ride across the park

short post. 4 things I just wanted to show you:

and I almost forgot: farewell. this is the last post I will be doing until I come back (most likely) from California! So goodbye and farewell — I know the guest posters will treat you well. I'll be back on August 12 [I thought this would be a nice place to insert this forgotten message]

how well packing is going....
As you know, I will be going to california from July 28 to August 12. As I am leaving tomorrow, I guess I thought it would be a good plan to start packing tonight...
Every time I have gone into my closet to get dressed or put away clothes, I have picked out the items that I might want to take with me to California and tossed them on the floor. After several days of doing this, my room has become:
 my new favorite item of jewelry...
I took this metal-smithing class the other day (YAY.) As you may or may not know, I make jewelry. The jewelry I make is all beaded, plus the fabris hair accessories I make (etsy)
But yesterday, I had my first metal-smithing lesson. I was expecting to just learn the basics and what not — but I actually made a ring! And I've got to say (although it's a little crooked) I am pretty proud of it.
p.s. to answer the questions — no, I won't be selling these rings on my etsy because within the two classes I am taking, I will probably only make 1 or two (plus I don't have a studio to make any more) and I'd like to keep this one, and give the others as gifts. sorry!

and a preview of a DIY project post...
I made my own custom fabric photo board the other day :) If you bought one at a store, it would cost between 18 and 35 dollars (I just looked it up.) But a homemade one would cost about 15 dollars  read more on that when I publish the post!

and this song....
I have been in love with this song sor several years now, but it's nice and summery, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Today it finally cooled down after over a week of 95 — 105 degree weather. For a couple of days now, it has been nice and sunny — but not too hot. I was feeling very summery so I made a summery video. 

The song is by the same artist that is used in my key lime pie video that Olivia and I made.

Monday, July 25, 2011

strawberry sorbet

I'm not sure if you guys have been stuck, so unfortunately, in a heat wave like me... but it has been so incredibly hot this past week — I wouldn't dare turn on the oven. I went to the beach the other day, and I couldn't stay out of the water for more than two minutes because it was so hot. The perfect solution: sorbet. 

1 pint fresh strawberries                               1/2 cup simple syrup*
1 tbs orange juice

*simple syrup: boil 1 cup sugar  + 1 cup water

strawberry sorbet:
 {cut up strawberries and add to blender}

 {add orange juice}
 {add simple syrup (it looks like water but that's just because the sugar dissolves while boiling)}
 {pour into a bowl and freeze for approximately 2 hours}

{all of the bowls I like were in the dish washer so I used a bread pan (: } 

Although I didn't have an ice cream maker, the sorbet turned out really well. But if you do have one, I would suggest using it! It was delicious and refreshing! Enjoy :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

guest posters wanted!

all full! thank you to everyone who emailed me!

Hey guys, I will be going to California on thursday! As you may or may not know, I used to live there, so I'm super excited to visit my friends/family. I may be able do post a couple times while I'm there, but I'm not sure when. I will be gone from July 28 to August 12

I will be taking 7 guest posters!

If you are interested in guest posting for me, then email me at

{a picture I took last summer}

99 luftballoons

The other day I went to the farmer's market, probably one of my favorite placed to be. I'm used to walking through rows and rows of booths — at least 40 stands of fresh produce and homemade items. However those were the Palo Alto and Mountain View (CA) farmer's markets — but since I live in Maine, the farmer's market is extremely small. But it's fun and I still love it. 

While walking around we came to this stand called Fresh Start Farms. The cutest women was running it. After she saw my camera, she asked me to take a picture of her.

99 red balloons —
an old 80's song I've always loved. yes, it's in german

Saturday, July 23, 2011

play me a song {sailing part five}

So on our final day of the trip, we explored the white islands. Olivia and I actually just stayed on the same rock for a while, but it was a beautiful day and we got to spend it by the ocean.

After we had explored and eaten lunch on the boat, we headed for Rockland. There, Olivia and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2I have to admit, I and a huge Harry Potter fan, make fun of me if you want but I personally think that J.K. Rowling is a genius. After seeing the movie, Olivia and I felt really weird, sort like we were in shock. That may be a little extreme, but it is so sad that the whole series is over. 

The next day, we packed our things and walked around town for a bit while Olivia's parents worked on the boat. While walking around, we stumbled upon this bohon/indian boutique. I got an amazing shirt and a cute dress that I have gotten away with wearing multiple times in one week (between washings of course.) 

Next, Olivia and I went into the snootiest store I've ever been in. We decided to go in to have a laugh, considering the fact that a plastic hair clip costed $15. — and a throw pillow costed over $200. But through that store, there was a door to some other tiny little shop. Turns out it was an art supply store — my favorite place to be - ever! Honestly I could've stayed there for hours. The women who owned the place was so sweet, and showed us some amazing sketches. I ended up getting a tiny sketch book and a water color brush, but I wanted to buy about 300 other things in the store.

After visiting the art museum, and listening to people with signs screaming on the street, out trip had come to and end. We started the drive home in a car packed to the brim with things — turned out to make a quite comfortable seating arrangement.

 for some odd reason, I thought that this liken looked like two people. maybe I'm just crazy...
gimme sympathy — metric
same song as last post — but it's one of my favorites! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

wild, open space {sailing part four}

After visiting Hurricane Island, we anchored in a little secluded cove for the night. Before dinner, Olivia and I motored around the cove in the dingy, pursuing ducks trying to get their picture. We chased them around for a while, but whenever you get close, the little ones who don't fly duck under the water, and the adults fly away. I managed to get a couple pictures while the babies were going under, but it really just looks like spazy splashing. 

{I painted my nails yellow, then made a little bee on the thumb}