The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)


3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?


Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!


DIY Ant-Be-Gone

My apartment is part of a very old house and, as with all old houses, it has it’s share of bugs and critters crawling around. Namely, sugar ants. Don’t get me wrong, I love sugar ants. They are the cutest ants around and they’re too small to see all their creepy ant features. But I don’t want them in my house.

Last summer when they heavily infiltrated my kitchen (I opened the window ONE TIME and they swarmed), I found a super easy recipe to get rid of them. Borax and jam.

You will need:

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– jam
– spoon and bowl for mixing
– something to put it in (I used a candle lid)

Let’s get started!

1) Spoon some Borax into your bowl.

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2) Spoon some jam into your bowl. I like Smuckers because it’s good for, like, a year and a half. This is the jar I got last year, and I’ll probably use it next year. That’s kind of gross but I’m not eating it- it’s just for ants. I don’t measure, but it’s about a 1 spoon Borax  to 3 spoons jam ration.

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3) Mix it really well!

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Then spoon it into the candle lid. Last year I used a frosting lid.

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(I tried to bend the side down and broke it. Oops.)

Whatever you use, make sure it’s shallow and the ants can get into it. Place where you see ants.

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The great thing about Borax is it doesn’t kill the ants immediately. They have a snack, bring some home, share it with the colony, and THEN they start to die. If you place it near their front door, they’ll actually collect their dead friends so you don’t have to clean them up! Fascinating creatures.

Good luck getting rid of your ants! If you have any other methods, please share them with me :)

Wednesday Whale Love

Just when I think I’ve loved every whale thing ModCloth has to offer, they surprise me and stock more!

This dress has been living in y shopping cart for a few days already. There’s no doubt I’ll be adding it to my collection, it’s just a matter of when.


THIS BAG THROUGH. I haven’t bought a bag in years (since I can make my own), but this bag? THIS BAG? I want this bag.

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For a long time, I wasn’t comfortable wearing anything that left my arms completely naked. But lately, I’m all about showing off my whale shoulder tattoos so I need some more tank tops. And this one would pair perfectly with my shoulders :D

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope it’s a beautiful day wherever you are!

Bugs on Flowers

Just as the title suggests, this is a collection of ants and small bugs just getting drunk off dandelion pollen.

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Lies my Dad told me.

My Mom spent my childhood scaring me with exaggerated truths that have left me weary of any and all strangers, even now. My Dad, on the other hand, made stuff up with the hopes that I would embarrass myself later in life. Just kidding, he probably had no idea that I would think dryer sheets were called dusties until I was 19 and in the dorm laundry room.

Dusties: The thing you put in the dryer with your clothes to make them smell good. They are also used to dust your house, preferably after they have come out of the dryer. If you use them BEFORE they’ve gone through the dryer then you are being wasteful.

Durdurs: The cardboard tube your toilet paper and paper towels come wrapped around. You hold it over your mouth like a little trumpet and march around saying, “Dur dur dur dur dur!”

Adults aren’t ticklish after 5 pm: We could never tickle Dad because he always got home from work too late. And we would forget on weekends, because kids have short attention spans so will 1) forget to try to tickle Dad on the weekends and 2) give up after 5 seconds of trying to tickle him. I still don’t know if he is ticklish or not.

He liked mustard in his cereal: We had these fruit bowls when we were growing up (now I have them in my cabinets) and my Dad always grabbed the one with a pear painted on the bottom. He would quickly swish his milk and cereal around and say, “You can see the mustard at the bottom! Look at that!” When we wanted to put mustard in our cereal he would say that we wouldn’t like it  because we weren’t adults yet.

Mom used to tenderize meat by stomping on it: My Mom has one of those spiky meat hammers the tenderize meat before she cooks it. It’s great and I’m convinced that it’s her specific hammer that makes her food taste so good. But Dad told us once that before we were born, Mom would lay the meat out on the floor and stomp on it. You’d have to be careful when you were eating it because you might find a foot print.

The “Queen Bean”: The hunk of bacon fat they put in cans of beans. I almost forgot this one. Until we were having beans with dinner and I said to my boyfriend, “I don’t know where the Queen Bean went. I don’t think I have it so watch out for it.” And he said, “The what?” Thanks, Dad.

Private school was literally a carnival: Dad went to a private catholic school growing up and had so many stories about the shenanigans the nuns would pull. The oldest nun would drive the Lunch Train and pick up all the kids on the way to lunch. if you missed it you would have to run after it because she wouldn’t stop for you! Fridays were Carnival Day and all the nuns would dress up like clowns and hand out cotton candy at the bottom of the slide at recess. Once, my Gram went to pick up Dad early from school and they had to distract her so she wouldn’t see how much fun the kids were having.

Did your parents mess with you when you were growing up?

Upcoming Events

This past Saturday kicked off the Windsor Farmers’ Market summer season! I’ll be there every Saturday though October from 11 -2, with the exception of August 22nd because I signed up for the Apple Pie Craft Fair in Newport, New Hampshire. I (finally) updated the “Events” page with the dates, times, and locations for the fairs and markets I’ll be at this summer. If you’re in the area, I hope you can stop by and say, “Hello!”


My boyfriend won’t always be hanging out with me (eating breakfast), but my bright green car is hard to miss :)

Wednesday Whale Love

The  mail box I have right now is attached to my landlord’s house. It says “APT” on it, so the mail person knows where the apartment mail should go. But if I had a street mailbox of my very own..!


I’m drooling over this lamp shade. I don’t have any hanging lamps but I’m sure I could rig something up to justify buying this:


This pencil pouch set is so simple! And that;’s the beauty of it.


Happy Wednesday!

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