Archive for June 2013

weekends with Tater

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Tater helped me find a new place over the past few weeks. This one has a nice, quiet area with plenty of room for Tater walks. Here she is, surveying the side yard and downstairs neighbor happily strumming his guitar. I look forward to being in a home instead of a large apartment building and enjoying a little more quiet. Yes, the commute will be longer to work but at this point, that's something I'm willing to sacrifice.

Now comes the part I like the least--packing! If only Hogwarts were real and I could develop magical powers to instantaneously move all of my items from one home to the next. Alas, this is not so and so I must bear this excruciating task until its completion. 

goodbye GFC, hello bloglovin'

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Well friends, the retirement of Google Reader is upon us as of Monday, July 1st. I have been using Bloglovin' since the announcement of Reader's retirement and I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised. I had signed up a while back and didn't use it much...because...well...Google Reader is already built into my Blogger account. However, it's not so bad to have one more website to check! I encourage you to use Bloglovin' (or another RSS equivalent) to continue reading Tater&Emily and I will do the same for you. Click on the graphic below or in the side bar to follow me.
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twitter makeover with ghtr

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A while ago, I had subscribed to the Roost Tribe, a monthly subscription in weekly installments for graphics, how-tos and recipes. I love it! Bonnie runs it and she does a fantastic job of making new things each week. I recently made over my Twitter page with some of her peony graphics and I wanted to share it with you all. Aren't the graphics great? You can also check out my twitter page here.

online garage sale!

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Hey folks! Help fund my move (and be able to eat at the same time!) by purchasing these items. Leave a comment or email me at jean.emily{at} with which item(s) you would like and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Once your payment method clears, I will send you your item(s)! Easy as pie! I can only ship these items within the U.S.A..

**Please note that I cannot accept returns or exchanges. All items sold as is. Condition is noted by each item.**

1. Opteka wireless shutter remote for Canon. Condition: Like Brand New. Only the plastic divider separating the battery was removed so that the remote could be tested. Unfortunately, was not compatible with my 5D (it is compatible with the Mark II and Mark III versions, though). Same as this item on Amazon. Price: $5 + $2 for s&h. Total: $7

 2. Turquoise jewel earrings (plastic). Condition: New. Back story: Received them with a necklace that I wanted. I don't have pierced ears to wear them. Price: $2 (including shipping).

 3. Ikea Granan White Klippan couch slipcover. Condition: New. Back story: Came with my couch and with a dog, I am not going to put a white cover on my couch. Never removed from packaging. Original price: $79+shipping. Asking price now: $40 + s&h $10 (it's heavy!). Total Price requested: $50

 4. Shiraleah (vegan) green faux leather purse with watermelon pink lining. Condition: Used. Back story: Received it for a gift a couple years ago. I love it! I don't think I'd sell it except that I'm moving. Please note the lotion spot on the lining inside the main compartment. Price $10 + $4s&h. Total Price: $14 SOLD!!

 5. Shiraleah orange and brown (vegan) leather clutch with plaid lining. Condition: Like New. Back Story: bought a couple years ago. although I love it, the colors aren't my favorite anymore. this is in excellent condition! Price $7 + $4s&h. Total Price: $11 SOLD!!!

 6. Foof! (vegan) laptop cover/sleeve. Condition: Like New. Back story: Bought this when I got my MacBookPro 6+ years ago. I no longer use my laptop and so have no use for this laptop cover/sleeve! It has such a great Japanese pattern in red on the outside and inside it is quilted black silky fabric. Fits my 15" MacBook Pro. Bought from Australia. Price $15 (including shipping)

 7. Anker battery replacement for MacBook Pro 15" laptop. See specs on picture 2 and in the link. Condition: Like New. Back story: Bought this to extend the life of my MacBook Pro. However, it is the wrong one and I didn't return it in time to get a refund. Time to sell it! Bought it for $69.99. Would like to sell it for $69.99 including shipping. Price: $69.99 (including shipping). SOLD!!

 7. Dog harness. Fits my 40 pound Tater Tot (english bulldog/beagle mix). We stopped using it on her because she could slip out of it and also because she would continue to pull anyway. Price $5 +$2 s&h. Total price: $7.

enjoying all that summer has to offer

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Ah, the bonfire. Quintessential summer activity. It's been far too long since I've enjoyed one of these. As the flames roared up and the heat flared out, I felt grateful for what the past few weeks have brought. A new apartment. A new someone special. A new space to hang out in and people to get to know. Although the next month and a half is going to be incredibly busy with moving to my new digs, a friend's wedding and a training, I enjoyed this moment of stillness in the heat of a flame.

bay area vacation 2013: part 1

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It was raining when I left Logan Airport and although it was night time when I arrived in SFO, it wasn't raining and the temperature was more tolerable.
I continue to be impressed by Jeff's aquarium. The colorful fish and corals are breathtaking.

Some flowers set up for the party.
A very neat cigar box!
Three dogs, a nod to their former pugs Buster, Liza and Julia.
I helped prepared the grilled tofu for the party after Jeff marinaded it.
Nothing burned, either!
The next installment will include more photos of the tiki bar.

weekends with Tater

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 I don't know about you guys, but the weather has been in the 80s and 90s here this past week. Tater had her first doggy ice cream dish of the season the other day. Boy does she love it.

crafty time weekend

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Hi folks! Do you ever have one of those days where you are so sick of all the unfinished projects around the house that you feel overwhelmed? I had one of those days today! It was really hard to pick which to work on, but once I did, I had a lot of fun putting them together.
 First up was creating some pillows to put up on my shop. It's been sewn and stuffed for months but I finally sewed it shut today. This is the first of many cloud pillows I plan to put in my shop. The ecospun felt is charcoal gray and filled with polyfill. You can see the listing for it here.
Second up was creating the first of a few state-shaped corkboards. I have seen various DIYs of these on Pinterest and ended up with this. I thought I would do Oklahoma in memory of the devastation of the tornados (OK strong!). I really like how it turned out and have a few more states in mind to finish up.

What crafts or projects did you finish up this weekend?

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