Filed under: Haps | Tags: Blog, Blogger (service), bloglovin' move, Facebook, Google, image quality, twitter, Wordpress
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I am SOOOOOOO frustrated and disappointed with the image quality here on WordPress. The image I included in my last post is just the last straw; the quality is just unacceptable. The designer in me is disgusted. I don’t spend hours editing my photos to have them degraded so.
It seems that unless I own my own URL and host my blog and images elsewhere WordPress will continue to compress the images I post into oblivion. I’ve read several threads where other users are just as sick and tired of having their
already optimized for web photos compressed to the point that they look like utter crap—especially photo bloggers. And I don’t even think I care if WordPress is working on the problem.
Turns out, I do own my own URL, hanasaurusrex.com, and I use Blogger to host it. So I’ve decided to combine at home with a hanasaurusrex & hanasaurusrex.com, which is currently my shop’s blog. The shop isn’t open yet, which means I am hardly posting over there right now, but I might as well just be blogging all in one place. I’ll be killing two birds with one stone—better image quality and one less ball to juggle. The one less ball makes me very happy.
So, I invite you, please, to join me over at hanasaurusrex.com. You can follow hanasaurusrex.com on Facebook and Twitter, with Google Friend Connect and bloglovin’. You can also subscribe via email for updates sent straight to your inbox! I look forward to you dropping by, and I’d love your feedback too. Thanks to those of you who’ve been a part of pixels and prose and at home with a hanasaurusrex over the years. Now, let’s start something new!
Filed under: Foodz, Haps | Tags: blue agave sweetner, dinner, fred, french toast, montage
French toast for dinner?!! You betcha! I love French toast! And French toast for dinner is where it’s at, like you can get with this or you can get with that, ’cause this is where it’s at at! Okay, that was just a very bazaar sentence. Seriously, though, serious, I hope you enjoy this french toast for dinner montage as much as we enjoyed making it!
How we make French Toast
4-6 Slices of bread (any kind *using real french bread is Ahh-mazing! but this time we used potato, and it was yums too)
1/4 C. Milk (or milk substitue)
1/2 tbls. Cinnamon
Syrup (Blue Agave Sweetner is yum sans the spike to your glucose! Honey works too.)
Fruit if you’d like!
Powdered Sugar is also optional
Heat your skillet up on medium heat.
Next, in something with a flat bottom, pour the eggs and milk (or milk sub) together. You can add a little more milk if you want to stretch the egg wash to make a few more slices or you can use less if you want a more eggy french toast. We use this awesome round silicone baking thingy (called a thingy ’cause it’s not really a dish or a pan) but you can use anything that will hold liquid and still allow you to submerge the bread. Mix in the cinnamon and whisk them all together.
Now here’s where you gotta be kinda quick. If you have a helper that rocks! If not… it’s still totally doable. You just use one hand to submerge a slice of bread in the egg wash, wet on both sides, then lift it out of the wash and let it slightly drain off the excess wash. Then with the other hand, cut a small pad of butter off of the stick and throw it into the skillet. Place the slice of bread on top of the sizzling butter.
I guess this does seem a little complicated, but if you put the butter in first and then wet the bread the butter could burn off before you place the bread over it. Aaaaand I suppose we could butter the bread before we submerge it, but eh—it’s all relative—this works for us! Really, once you get the hang of it, it goes really fast and it can be done by one person, and it saves on using more butter than necessary.
Now that you’ve got that sweet piece of bread turning brown and smelling yummy you can sit back and enjoy some chocolate milk (or milk sub) and chat it up with your helper or make some eggs or coffee or flip the bacon. Depending on how brown you like your toast you can flip it when you like and then just repeat the above bread dunking, butter sizzling steps with each slice you want to french up. Add fruit and or powdered sugar to the plated slices and drizzle with your choice of syrup!
When we were in Austin last summer, we stopped by Toy Joy. Their website is a little crazy, but if you ever actually find yourself in Austin, you must check out Toy Joy! While we were there perusing, we found the French toast press made by Fred, who incidentally makes some of the cleverest devices. As a French toast lover, I could not pass it up! Simply press it into your slice of bread and voilà! Your French toast is instantly that much more French, which I know, is not really French at all. You can read the French bread history, of sorts, here, interesting stuff.
Yay for French toast dinner! Now who’s with me? :P
Filed under: Haps | Tags: coral, graphic design, great barrier reef, hyperbolic crochet coral reef, knobby finger coral, live eagle cam, mentor, moanalua high school, room renovations
Fun things I’ve been up to lately, enjoy!
This news actually deserves its own separate post, which I will do when I have a few more pieces to show, but for now… I’ve recently joined the artists and crafters currently working to create Hawaii’s own Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Founded by two sisters in 2009, the HCCR was and is a project aimed at bringing awareness to the endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef and all reefs worldwide. Now currently on exhibition at the Smithsonian, the HCCR has evolved from being the work of the two sisters to now encompassing the work of thousands of people worldwide. A fact which can be directly compared to size and number of species actually seen in our ocean’s coral reef systems. The Hawaii HCCR will be on exhibit at The Arts at Marks Garage the month of June. A reception will be held on Slow Art Friday, June 17th, where I will have the pleasure of being one of the artists giving live demonstrations of crochet! The photo above is the beginning of my first piece, not completed yet, but it is inspired by Hawaii’s Knobby Finger Coral. If you crochet and are interested in becoming a participant in this project there is still time to join! Follow the link above or let me know and I can help you get acquainted with the group! I will definitely be posting more info on the show as well as more of my creations in the coming weeks.
I’ve also been watching this Eagle Cam! It’s live footage of an family of eagles, two adults and three chicks at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. It’s really sweet to see how nurturing the adults are with the chicks. The photos are screen grabs from the cam, one during the day and the other at night… Try it out! One thing to note, though, if it doesn’t work at first you can try again later. I’ve gotten errors a couple of time, but then later it would work.
Another fun happening around here is we are about to start painting the kitchen! The bedroom is on hold until the carpet comes in, so we figured why not start the kitchen while we wait! I am super excited to see the room all white with the pop of bright red. I’ve been thinking about covering the Formica on our homemade countertop with steel or aluminum? Hmmm… I still need to go check out the prices and sizes of what’s available at the hardware store here to see if it’s even a possibility.
This morning we went to Moanalua High School to watch the senior project presentations. I recently mentored a student from there who had contacted me last semester. She was doing her senior project on graphic design and the difference between graphic design and art. I was really impressed with her presentation. She was an organized speaker and made excellent points arguing her thesis very intelligently. I felt honored to be one of the designers there who played a role in her research!
Hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend! I’m going to go help empty out our kitchen now… tomorrow we paint! Yay!
Filed under: Haps | Tags: Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Lhasa Apso, Pets, Veterinarian, Welsh Corgi
I haven’t really written about my Mia before. She’s my 1+ year old mix puppy. Most people think she’s a mini Golden Retriever and want to know exactly how did we do that?! But she’s not. She is actually a mix of 5 different breeds! Here we go… so she’s mostly Corgi (body shape, coat, energy level) along with a pinch of Chihuahua (coat color, snout), Lhasa Apso (?), Pomeranian (coat, tail curl and haunches), and Jack Russel (her brain, energy level). All small dogs, she weighs 22.5 lbs. She’s smart as all get out and a great runner per her Corgi roots.
Today we went to the vet for shots and some kind of rash she has developed on her belly. She usually doesn’t do well in the car and today was no exception, but she managed not to get car sick until we got there. Poor baby. She was so well behaved while we waited, I was so proud to be her owner! There were many dogs in and out—we were there 2 hours because we were walk-ins—but she managed to sit or lay down the entire time, staying very close to me. She’s not a barker so no worries there. Thankfully, she did not inherit that habit from any of the small breeds in her genetic make up!
Now that I think about it, I wish I would have taken her picture in the vet’s office, but at the time I was trying to comfort her while the doctor checked the slides he made to evaluate her condition. She’s such a little trooper! I can’t imagine not being able to communicate to someone when I’m scared or hurting, but I could see it in her eyes. And I could tell she was so glad to be home when she proceeded to pass out… tuckered out from all the day’s excitement! Don’t worry Mia, it’s all better now.
Filed under: Haps | Tags: Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Diane von Fürstenberg, Garage sale, Ralph Lauren
Yay for garage sales! One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure, my treasure! I don’t go as often as I’d like, but when I do, it’s on!
This past Saturday, the neighborhood one over from us was having their annual garage sale event. My husband’s mother, Haidy, who is an avid garage sale shopper asked me if I’d like to go check it out with her. I figured, since I am in the market for a pair of matching nightstands for the new room and I hadn’t been to any in forever, this could be fortune smiling down on me.
This was an event for the serious garage sale lover! They had a map of the neighborhood and a list of which addresses had sales going on. More than a few streets had at least four homes with their garages full of possible treasures hopeful to find new homes. Some were even offering coffee and muffins for a hopeful donation or selling plate lunches. There were several raising money for various charities and one sweet old couple who said all the proceeds from their sale would go to aid the Japan tsunami victims.
It was a very popular place to be, I must say. Cars and people everywhere and the hunt was on for some serious deals! What did I find? Oh! Well, I’m so glad you asked!
I scored a cashmere sweater vest for .25¢, which I might “frog”, or unravel, so I can knit something new with the yarn! I also found a Diane von Fürstenberg wrap dress (not sure what season—like I care) for $7 bucks! I picked up a Calvin Klein dress for $7 and a CK black jacket for .25¢. A sweater from Ann Taylor, and two pairs for J. Crew capris (one pair with cute little martini glasses embroidered on them) both a quarter and a pair of turquoise suede Ralph Lauren loafers made in Italy for $1 dollar—win, win, win!
I promise I am far from being a fashion snob, although knowing my labels does help, and when I happen across something good, I know it. I was mostly stoked about the Fürstenberg dress because—like I’ll ever own anything that expensive—I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes. So that was a real win for me. Yay for me! Haaahaa…
Anyway… I also found some really great cigar boxes, books, cookbooks, some kawaii stationary from Japan, a couple cute belts and—shhhh… don’t tell the lady—a genuine leather purse. She said she didn’t think it was real leather and sold it to me for $2.00. Werd. I don’t really know why I bought an entire box of golf pencils—I guess I was on a roll? And I’ll probably make a patio pillow out of the vintage rice sack.
As we were leaving the neighborhood we drove by this really great old Dodge truck. It was so rusted out, but I was amazed at how perfect the grass was trimmed around it! The neighbor, who came out when he saw me taking pictures of it, said it was one of Kailua’s oldest landmarks; he was serious. He said the man it belonged to had tried to get it running, but parts here are scarce. I explained that, being from Texas, I have a soft spot for tough old trucks and muscle cars as well as lawn ornaments ;) so I had to stop and take its picture.
All in all it was a really fun day, and I’m definitely thinkin’ I should do this garage sale-ing thing way more often!
Filed under: Haps | Tags: Color, DIY headboard, lamps, lit branches, room renovations
So where did I leave off last time… oh yes, I was on my way to pick out some new carpet, which I did do! Unfortunately, it won’t be on island for 6–8 weeks—I am making my perturbed face right now. Oh well, you gotta pick your battles, right? I am really looking forward to installing it, though. It is a lovely shade of silver gray. I was originally thinking I would pick out a gold, to try to play up the gold wall. But it as it turns out, the gold wall looks like a different shade of gold depending on what kind of light it is reflecting. I’ve now seen it have a huge range from the pretty romantic gold it is suppose to be, to a more yellow gold, to a horrible gold that hints of kiwi green?!?? I was pretty irritated with it while it was going up on the wall, but there again, I was reminded to trust my instincts, and soon we realized the drastic color change was due to the terrible florescent overhead light that was installed in the room forever ago. Since we plan to NEVER use that light again and now have two beautiful lamps to replace it, I am breathing a sigh of relief as I am really pleased with the color.
Ooooh… pretty lights… we had bought these lit branches at Ben Franklin last spring and were using them in the corners of the room for nighttime light. But they were propped up in an old wine bottle and a red vase, neither of which I wanted to keep in the room. While I was fumbling with them trying to figure out where to put them, I had a moment. I grabbed a staple gun and a couple old pieces of ¼ inch ply wood that I’d previously had cut down to paint on and in 15 minutes I had a new DIY headboard. Don’t you just love those kind of moments?!
The first picture is one of the lamps I found at Ross; I picked up the pair. It was fate. It was like the chair!!! Oh man, for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter… I found this amazing chair at Ross—there is a picture of it below—and almost fell out at how perfect it was for the room. I chose all the room colors from our Alexander Girard duvet cover, the gold color to off-set the aqua and the grays for a touch of masculinity. But even after adding the sliver carpet, I still felt like I needed more of those grays present. And then, like a bolt of lightening, I turned the corner and there it was, that chair! A classic cut for not a lot of buck—it’s no Chippendale piece—but with the lamps, it totally adds a sweet little touch of wham-bam-thank-you-glam, without being too fem. I love it.
As it turns out my garage sale day last Saturday didn’t yield me any nightstands. But I was taking a friend to Saver’s on Tuesday and, on a tip from Haidy, decided to stop at the Salvation Army first. Immediately upon walking in I saw two matching side tables. They were small and round—I love round—dark like our dressers, a pair, they were perfect! Ouch! They were a hundred dollars. What?! Oh no! Where’s the manager…
I found the manager and argued a good case for why that price was totally unreasonable. I mean, I know it’s for charity and all, but geez. He agreed to mark them down to what I offered, which was $50 for the pair. Still a decent exchange, and whoo-hoo, my furniture searching is over!
Now we’re patiently waiting for the carpet. I still plan to hang some wall decor, although I am not sure what just yet. Also, we plan on antiquing the dressers with either the aqua or the cream… I think I’m leaning toward the aqua, but we might do them gray also? Whatever we decide, I’ll be sure to give y’all a look see into our lovely new room!