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Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer: January 2011

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

I'm Jenn, a stay at home/work at home mama to Penny, wife to Evan, and daughter, sister, and friend to a lot more. I absolutely love capturing beautiful every day moments from behind my lens, and I'm doing my best to do just that!

Monday, January 31, 2011

music monday!

it is highly likely that many of you have already seen this crazy adorable little video, but i thought i would share it anyway. i'm just so amazed at how it's spread far and wide in just one month! it now has more views then the songs original video... and for good reason too! if you haven't yet seen it, enjoy!

my favorite part- when she says "one day i'm gonna whistle?"
evans favorite part- when she can't help but yawn while singing right at the very end. so cute!

happy monday friends... hope this brings you a smile :)


Friday, January 28, 2011

shop update...

just wanted to quickly share some of the things i've been working on lately. i kind of enjoy the slowness that january brings because it allows me time to create new stuffs! here are my most recent handmade goodies for your home...

and for yourself...

all available in my shop :)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

vegan chicken salad

the other night i whipped up a little vegan chicken salad, which i hadn't done in quite some time, and it was so super yummy i just had to share it. this is quite possibly one of the easiest things to make because it doesn't require any measuring whatsoever... well at least the way i do it :)


TVP (textured vegetable protein)- i get it in our health food stores bulk section and that's generally the cheapest, but you can also buy it bagged.
Vegenaise- that's vegan mayo, if it wasn't obvious by the name
Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

first you need to reconstitute the TVP. to do this just pour boiling water over it slowly. you just want to add enough to get it all wet, but not create a soupy mess. add more as it absorbs if needed. if you've never eaten TVP, it's an amazing meat substitute. really great texture and can even fool the most devout meat eater!

while that's cooling, you can do the rest of your prep work. chop up come celery. i like a lot in mine, but you can add as much as you see fit. a little tip... you can also use celery salt instead if you'd like the flavor but not the crunch :) then it's carrot time! i use a cheese grater for my carrots. much easier and quicker then chopping! also just use as much or as little as you like...

once your TVP is reconstituted and cooled you can put it all together. add however much vegenaise you would like. it does take a good deal to coat everything. then add a splash of apple cider vinegar. add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste.

at this point it's all ready to be gobbled up!

the first night evan and i had it on toasted bread with some lettuce and tomato. super yummer! then the next day we had it for lunch on a bed of greens, which is my personal fave. any way you eat it, it never disappoints!



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

vintage decor...

oh how i long for an all vintage home! one where every nook and cranny is stuffed with adorable old timey goodness. this is why when i stumbled upon vintage by alex keller today, and saw the incredible sale going on, my heart went all a flutter!

seriously, with these prices it would be a shame for me to not stock up... right???


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Monday, January 24, 2011

music monday!

this weekend one of our friends posted this on her facebook page, and it's been stuck in my head ever since...

an oldie but certainly a goodie!


Friday, January 21, 2011

a day late and a dollar short!

happy friday friends!

last night while cleaning up the labels on my past posts (to make my blog searchable by topic), i noticed that i never shared a picture of my most recent tattoo. it's a dang shame too because it's my absolute favorite to date! i had been waiting for it to heal up to get a good shot, but that was a few months ago now and i just completely forgot about it.

so here ya go...

some people have a hard time figuring out what it says in person. so if it's not reading clearly in this pic, here's a hint...

hope a great weekend is enjoyed by all!!!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

DIY faux porcelain milk bottles and pom pom flowers

i have been head over heals for the porcelain milk bottles (like these) that i've been spotting on numerous design blogs and such. as much as i would absolutely love to own a gazillion of them, i simply can't find room in my ever so limited budget to splurge on a tiny bit of decor. here's the good news though... i've come up with a "fake it till you make it" solution!

all you need is...

*milk bottles (or any glass bottle really)
*spray primer (i love kilz and nothing else!)

and for the pom pom flowers shown below...

*pom poms
*glue (almost any will do here)
*twigs (free in your backyard... or perhaps your neighbors)

and VOILA!!!

here's a "how to" along with a cute little song...

you just want to make sure to do light coats of the primer to get that textured ceramic look and no drippies! hope you enjoyed this as much as i enjoyed doing it!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

vegan shoes...

any time i come across a good crop of vegan shoes i feel the need to shout it from the rooftops! anyone who chooses to not wear animal products knows that when it comes to shoes there isn't always the best selection to pick from. enter lulu's entire vegan shoe section...

this last pair are the ones that are calling me from afar. i'm generally not a huge heel wearer, but these would be just perfect either dressed up with some spring dresses, or nice and casual with some jeans and a t-shirt. so so gooooooood!

*a little correction... i just noticed that the top pair is a vegan leather/real leather blend. no bueno for the vegans, but still super cute!*

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

nibbles & bits from the long weekend

oh oh oh what a weekend! there were salvage yards, thrift stores, bowling, dancing (even if only for a video game), food and friends. all the ingredients needed to bake up some good times! the main goal of this weekend though was to get a bit of decorating and organizing done around our humble little home. i had a little mental list of things that i would love to find while thrifting and salvaging with my partner in crime, steph, and i must say i was pretty darn successful! these bargains weren't too shabby either!

comfy cozy blanket... 8 bucks!

cast iron eagle wall decor... 5 bucks

letterpress drawer... 6 bucks (i've been hunting for one of these for quite some time!)

letterpress spelling out our last name... FREE! (i frequent this salvage yard so much that the owner just threw 'em in. what a guy!)

this isn't so much a find as it is a creation. evan made me this little iphone dock out of an old cigar box i had lying around. i love that man! oh and i've been informed that the object next to it looks somewhat questionable. it's a rusty cast iron vintage claw foot... i swear!

and the best part of all, crates crates crates! you may recall my post last week about the wonders of crate decorating. well here's my take on it! i got all of these for 20 bucks and evan ever so lovingly hung them up for me. i'm so so so stoked on this! i just want to sit in my studio all day and look at them. good stuff!

also for your viewing pleasure is this little video i made of our weekend activities. i recently purchased the 8mm app for my iphone and i now make videos of EVERYTHING! it's so much fun to play with. i highly recommend it! be sure to check out the scene showing where i found the above mentioned crates. it's unbelievable what i found. a decorators dream! enjoy...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

music monday!

just a happy little ditty to start your week off right! happy MLK day everyone, hope your weekends were absolutely lovely :)


Friday, January 14, 2011

organizing with crates

i'm declaring 2011 the year of organization! i've got an empty wall in my studio that is just calling for shelving of some sort, and i do believe i may have to hop on the crate decor band wagon!

they just look so darn gooooood...

i'm pretty sure a few of those are dresser drawers but you get the idea. now i've got to start collecting crates as i see them. luckily on my numerous cast iron hunting adventures i tend to stumble upon these often. we'll see how this latest project turns out...

happy weekend to all!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

vintage lace curtains of my own!

evan hung up our new vintage lace curtains the other day and i am just absolutely loving them big time!

i especially love the shadows they cast on our wall and door. so pretty...

now to vintage up the rest of our room!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

bits from our snow day...

and a little video of our snow day antics...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

music monday on tuesday!

go ahead and dance!


Monday, January 10, 2011

vintage lace curtains

lately i have a love for vintage lace curtains that just can't be explained. so much so that i took a little trip to the thrift store yesterday to hunt for the perfect set for our bedroom. lucky me... i found them! we haven't hung them up yet, and evan still really isn't sure how he feels about them, so today i've pulled some of my favorite lacy photos to show that they really can be so so very gooooood!!!

i am so stoked to get these babies in our window! i'll be sure to share some pics once i do.

happy monday friends, and if you live in the south east u.s., happy SNOWY monday!!!

(all photos found in google images)

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