May 30, 2015

Vegan Cuts: May Box

Probably the most fragrant of all the boxes I have received so far! It smelled of roses and reminded me of my mother right away. 

Here is what was inside May's Vegan Cuts Beauty Box:

 + Pacifica lipstick {full size - $14 value}: I got this in the "Firebird" color, which I love. Definitely a great addition to my ever growing collection. 

 + Pura Botanica bath salts {full size - $10 value}: These are bath salts and I got mine in Rose Retreat. My mom loved everything rose scented and she always smelled of roses. She used serums and these oils which were all derived from roses and so they remind of me her. While I would love to use these, I'll be sending them to my mom. I think she will love it. 

 + Athar'a Eye Cream {full size - $25 value}: This is a Moroccan coffee eye cream that helps hydrate, increase elasticity and reduce dark circles and wrinkles. Both my mom and I have never done well with eye creams, although my mom uses them more than I do. I always end up with these little bumpy white dots around my eyes every time I use creams. I'll be sending this to my mom as well. I think she will get better use of them. 

 + Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Eyeshadow {full size - $12 value}: I got the eyeshadow in a bluish grey color. My mom doesn't wear make up and I wear some although I don't wear eyeshadow {in the past I've used white only and never anything in other shades}. I have a pile of make up that I plan on giving to friends so I think this will go there where I hope it will meet someone who will end up loving it. 

Great products and in full sizes as well. I'd say this was another great month! 

As always, if you're interested, you can sign up to receive your Vegan Cuts Beauty Products here! {There is also a Vegan Cuts Snack box as well}

 // I paid for Vegan Cuts on my own, but this post contains affiliate links. This means I get a small commission if you sign up for the service through the links. All opinions are my own.

May 29, 2015

Making: Piri's Place Felt Banner + the weekend

I made this on a whim last month (?) or a couple of months ago (?) -- clearly I have lost grasp of time here because about 90% of my brain for sure has been dogs and Piri's Place. 

The lettering is terrible and not to my liking but I kept it anyway and now it hangs on our wall with the other decorations I made -- God's Eye and a hexagon crochet hanging. And the three of them, I think, look pretty swell together. 

What I used: 

 + A little twig/branch I found during a walk with Piri
 + Grey felt
 + What felt
 + Yarn
 + Pencil
 + Scissors
 + Gorilla Glue

What I did: 

1 // First I literally eye-balled, traced and cut out a banner on the grey colored felt. There are plenty of templates you can find online that you can trace over so that you have more of a perfect look or you can also fold in the corners as if you are going to make an airplane to create this banner look.

2 // I also traced my letters on to my white felt and cut those out. 

3 // Using Gorilla Glue, I pasted the letters on to the felt.

4 // Then I placed the twig/branch over the top of the felt and folded in {you may want to trim the top a little if it's too long}, took some more glue and secured the branch in the fold of the felt. 

5 // I got out my scrap piece of yarn and tied it to each end and voila. 


What do you have planned for the weekend?

For me it's taking care of doggies and I am expecting to get my first crochet book in the mail today. I'm hoping to take some time out to go through it this weekend and maybe start on some projects. I also started reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern several weeks ago and I am going at snail speed. Perhaps I'll be able to get through some more pages. 

Have a wonderful one! 

PS -- I've retired my Weekend Links posts a long time ago, but I loved this one where it tells you what kind of kitchen style you have depending on your Meyer Briggs Personality type. I'm an ISFJ and my kitchen style is so very right! 

May 28, 2015

Hello DC!

Man. That view never gets old for us. 

We used one of our off days last week to trek out to DC and spend the day there with Piri. We took out his red stroller and set out for the Lincoln Memorial. We walked and talked and enjoyed each other's company and appreciated this wonderful moment presented to us - being able to take off to spend time with our dog and enjoying the pedestrian culture and incredible views that DC has to offer. 

Before moving to this area, both Yangkyu and I came to DC many times for work related reasons. We never really had the chance to sightsee (8th grade field trip doesn't count) and so we took three days after our wedding to come here and visit as many memorials, monuments and museums we could. I know I mentioned this before, but we still pinch ourselves because it's sometimes still hard to believe that we actually live around here {5 years and counting!}. 

We've been to the Lincoln Memorial before but this is our first time with Piri. We read that dogs are allowed up to where the steps are, but not inside the memorial. That was good enough for us! Afterwards we walked down the Reflecting Pool, passed the Washington Monument before heading back to our car to head over to Adams Morgan to get some our of favorite popsicles at Pleasant Pops {Strawberry Ginger Lemonade is delicious and they have pops for dogs, too!} We then headed to Hana Market to grab some Japanese snacks for the car ride west into Virginia to visit the Old Lucketts Store for some vintage fun before calling it a day. 

One of the reasons why this day was such an enjoyable one was because of Piri's stroller. It has been such a great investment. Piri spent time inside the stroller and out and we all got to have a nice slow walk together. There was no worrying whether Piri was having a hard time and calling it a day earlier than expected because his legs gave out. A few folks did glance at us weirdly, something I worried over too much, but really we were too busy enjoying our time to notice or to get hung up on it. Plus there were more people who sent warm smiles our way. 

Oh we can't wait to make another drive out to DC and spend an afternoon there to just walk, talk, make random stops for snacks, food, drinks and pictures. 

May 27, 2015

A Girl and Her Bird: Valérie + Cracker


For this month's A Girl and Her Dog feature we have a special guest! They are Valérie and Cracker {who also goes by "C"} from Singapore {via Switzerland}. And C is actually not a dog but an adorable peach-faced lovebird who caught my eye and heart on Instagram many many months ago.

From their feed you can see that Valérie and C share a special companionship -- from working together, opening letters, sharing fruits to even helping his human get ready for Pilates, there is nothing these two don't do as a pair.

Valérie and C have also been such thoughtful friends to Piri {here and here} and we are so very thankful for their kindness.

For this series this year I wanted to include women whose companions might be pets that are other than dogs and we are glad to have this duo here to kick things off for us.

Here is all about Valérie and C.

The Girl: Valérie   
The Bird: My son chose to name him Cracker but we usually call him C or little C. He is a peach-faced lovebird.  
Valérie's favorite snack: Fruits and dark chocolate 
C's favorite snack: Fruits with a passion for figs 
From: Switzerland but currently residing in Singapore 
Find them on Instagram: @valerie_cracker

I have always loved animals. Growing up we had a rabbit, dogs, a rescued cat, and even rescued parakeets. I considered myself mostly a dog person until C came into my life and taught me that even a tiny bird {he weighs 42 grams!} can become the most devoted companion. A.A. Milne's quote "Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most space in your heart." sums up my relationship with little C. He is my daily source of joy, a little clown who plays for hours at a time, he likes to dance on my shoulder and loves to snuggle and to receive kisses. Little C is very social and enjoys to participate in all my activities such cooking, reading, teaching French {my pupils adore him}, and even showering! I am deeply grateful to have C in my life. I love him so very much. 

Thank you Valérie  + C!
You can see more of the life they share on Instagram at @valerie_cracker

Images via Valérie 

 // Read more "a Girl and Her Dog" features 

May 26, 2015

May Project Color: Blue

Blue was a favorite color of mine for a long long time {until it was ousted by happy yellow}. It's a loyal color. A clear color. A refreshing color. 

I am also finding that a lot of my decorations in my living room has the color blue in it. I even painted our bathroom and closet doors blue! Perhaps subconsciously I always fall back on this color, and maybe, just maybe, it has always been a favorite. 

Thanks so much Fee and Trishie for joining in using #WRLProjectColor on Instagram! The shades of blue you shared are simply gorgeous.  I love looking at other people's take on a color and excited what kind of snaps next month will bring. 

  // burntfeather // 

Next color according to the rainbow is Indigo but we're going to skip that color for now and instead June is going to be all about the color purple.

If you'd like to join in, email me one photo at windingridgelane [at] gmail [dot] com that depicts the color purple by Friday, June 19. Please send the picture as a cropped square image, otherwise I will crop at my own discretion. Photos should not be smaller than 900x900 px. Along with your picture, please include your name and blog name and url {if applicable}. If you are on Instagram, post your picture using #WRLprojectcolor and I will try and include it in the blog round ups! 

 // April Project Color: Green

May 23, 2015

Making: Pet Name Bunting Flag


Just wanted to quickly pop in and share a DIY post I did for DogVacay's blog! It's a super easy one that is perfect to do this weekend.

Come on by to read along! Napoleon also helped me out with this one so you get to see him too. 


May 22, 2015

Hello! How are you?

I had nonstop DogVacay guests since end of April and on Sunday the last of our guests from this wave left. So on Sunday morning, when it was just us and Hiro, our friend's Shiba Inu, we headed over to our other friends' house to celebrate their Westie, Mini's birthday and to relax. There we all let loose a little. Piri too. He was running around and eating all the good foods - sweet potatoes, watermelon, tiny pieces of pizza crust and some new treats I picked up for him. 

Both Yangkyu and I also took the following three days off and we were out and about shopping and visiting places all around Washington D.C. and Virginia. It felt great to be out and enjoying time off.

Thursday meant back to the grind -- I spent the entire day cleaning our house, scrubbing, vacuuming, doing the laundry and dusting, to welcome yet another wave of DogVacay guests. They began coming yesterday and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of this month on to June. 

These sets of photos were taken at our friends house on Sunday. As always, they gave us some wonderful greens from their garden. Also, half of the perilla leaves seeds we sowed didn't make it and so they gave us some of theirs to transplant right into our garden.

We have a long weekend here -- Memorial Day weekend. I hope to spend some time catching up. Boy do I have a whole lot of catching up, but I'll get there. 

Hope you've been well. Have a beautiful weekend. 

May 15, 2015

Making: Apple Cozies, Knitted + Crocheted

I found this cute knit apple cozy pattern on Ravelry {also here} and decided to give it a go. It was my first time learning how to knit an I-cord and sewing in a button as well. This was knitted on double pointed needles where you increase as you knit and I have to tell you, I think I must've re-started a million times because I am still getting used to working with thinner yarn, double pointed needles and just knitting in general. 

This is a crochet version of an apple cozy, a pattern that I also found on Ravelry {also here}. I seem to screw up less crocheting but for some reason I prefer knitting rather than crocheting, although I have to admit crocheting has its own little thrills {yes! playing with yarn can be thrilling! Ha!} I'm not sure if I worked the leaves right but I went with them anyway. They do make for a nice little decoration. 

You can make the darndest things with knitting and crocheting. Right now I'm trying desperately to find the right patterns and time to make some amigurumi dolls. I have some folks I have been meaning to thank for a while and thought that sending handmade items would be the best bet.  

What have you been making lately? 

May 13, 2015

Natty, Spootie + Rain

This is Natty, she is 1/2 Wheaten, 1/4 Cavalier King Charles, 1/4 Cairn. She is called a Wheatin and they are internationally bred this way. Natty's name comes from the Washington Nationals, our baseball team, and she was an extremely well behaved and trained 2.5 year old pup. One of our favorite things to do with her was ask her to give us high fives. That made us instantly smile. Natty also liked to cuddle with us and I think she thought our legs and tummies made for great pillows. At one point she laid vertically along the entire length of my legs. I say that takes balance and skill. Natty also liked to people watch. I think she utilized the access of all the windows in our house to get the best possible views.

Natty belongs to a super loving family. I had a chance to meet them during our meet and greet and it was nice to see that Natty is living her life in such a great environment. Oh and her coat. Such beautiful patterns, like a tiger, and her fur was velvety soft.

Spootie was back again! This girl is certainly racking up her happy stay points here at Piri's Place. This time Spootie came when DC's cherry blossoms were at peak bloom. Yangkyu and I have gone every year to view them and so with the permission of Spootie's humans we trekked out with both Spootie and Piri and enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the Tidal Basin. There, Spootie just needed to say hello to everyone. It was hard work to make sure that no person left without her showering them with her wags and smiles and by the time we were in the car to head back home she was all knackered. Spootie is definitely a regular here. Oh and she just got herself a younger brother! A boy Cocker Spaniel named Clover. They share the same mother so they really are brother and sister. He will join her family in a couple of months. What a lucky girl she is!

This is Rain. She is an Australian Shepherd mix and is maybe four of five years old. She is a complete sweetheart and my husband and I loved singing her name and giving her kisses on her forehead. Rain was definitely my girl though. She loved to cuddle with me and would get all on top of me like a big baby and fall asleep. I absolutely loved that about her. A girl's girl. The kind of girlfriend who always has your back. That was Rain. Her human adopted her about a year ago and I am so glad that she found a loving home with him. I kept wondering what her story was. Why and how did she ended up at the shelter and what it must have been like for her.  And it's heartbreaking to know that there many more Rains in shelters across the country just waiting for that second chance. 

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