Sprinklings: the “tunnel”

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So we have a tunnel in our home. Of course it’s not a real tunnel, but Kiddo has always called it her tunnel. It’s the space between the wall and the back of the sofa that was created when we added a sofa table using floating shelves.

When Kiddo was little she would crawl through the tunnel and we would chase her in and out of the tunnel. Now days she likes to go into her tunnel to have a quite moment, when she is sad or she is hiding because she is in trouble. She spends a little bit of time in her tunnel every day.

A few days ago, I decided it was time to vacuum under the sofa, so I moved it and was SHOCKED! HOLY HELL LOOK WHAT SHE DID!

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Was she channeling the Lascaux cave painters or something?  I am not even sure what to do about this. And so you don’t think I am totally oblivious to what is going on in my own home, this is what it looks like when sitting on the floor facing the tunnel

tunnel2You can’t see the drawings at all, they start about 3 feet into the “tunnel” and cover the entire back!

What do I do? I talked to her about it. Mainly asking why on earth she would do something like this and her answer: “Because I needed to make it beautiful” After explaining to her, that I do appreciate her need to make things beautiful (like me) but she couldn’t draw of the sofa. It’s unacceptable.

Today, I keep thinking of this moment, was this a moment that shows us her future self? Is she going to grow up to be an artist? Maybe a muralist? I can’t help be a little proud of her (DON’T TELL HER). She knows she wants to be surround by things that make her comfortable and beautiful, how can I be mad about that?

I am still p.o’ed about the back of the sofa. Does anyone have any sofa cleaning tips? I am pretty sure we (Kiddo included) are in for a long day of scrubbing. signature

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day 21: Ginger & Lentils

Alright, is it just me?  I am having such a hard time getting going. Totally not motivated to do anything. Like I didn’t fold laundry for a week (so not the norm!), we all just walked over the mountain until yesterday when I snapped. Yes snapped.  Hubby knows the “look” I rarely get, basically “get the hell out of the way, our place is a freaking disaster and I am cleaning.” Funny that he and kiddo “hide” in our room while I cleaned, dusted, folded, put crap away, etc. It’s all good, it’s not the norm.

We are taking a break today from the canvases, because, well they are not done and I want to share a recipe and a trick I have learned in the past year of being vegan.  Can you believe it, it’s almost been a year of being vegan, amazing!

Do you know what this is?

IMG_5850Ginger! The oh so yummy root… I love ginger! Although I hardly used it before become vegan because it is tricky to work with.  That all changed with I read an great tip about cooking with ginger that works! Freeze it! What? Yes freeze it…

This has been in the freezer for a bit

When you get the ginger home, peal it and cut it into roughly 1″ pieces.  Put all the pieces into a container and pop it in the freezer. When you need ginger simply take it out and grate it, I use a micro-plane, into your dish.

IMG_5852Above you can see grating un-frozen ginger is a bit messy and you don’t get as much ginger.

IMG_5856However frozen ginger… a big pile of yummy ginger! What did I make with all this yummy ginger, Curried Lentils.  I adapted a recipe from Martha, here you go:

Curried Lentils (this makes a ton, we keep it in the fridge for up to a week for quick yummy lunches)

  •  1 pound lentils, cooked
  • 2 cups rice (white or brown), cooked
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 inches of ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder (you can use more or less)
  • 1 large squirt of sriracha (tablespoon-ish)
  • 1 jar/can of tomato sauce, 24 oz-ish ***
  • 1 lime
  • Cilantro, handful
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper flake, pinch
  • Olive oil

*** I like to use canned tomatoes, you can find ones with out all the chemicals and sugars added, sometime even the herbed ones and whirl them in the food processor to make a sauce.

Directions:

1. Heat saucepan and add a swirl of olive oil, add onion and cook, stirring frequently until beginning to soften, add ginger cook until onions are starting to turn brown. (roughly 10 minutes total)

2. Add curry powder, cook until you can smell curry, about a minute

3. Add tomate sauce and lentils, stir to combine, let simmer for 15-20 minutes, until thickens up a bit. Add rice, lime zest & juice and chopped cilantro, stir, simmer for about 5 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

I guess I should have taken a photo of the Curried Lentils but I was too busy eating to do that, and honestly they don’t really look all that pretty but they sure are tasty!

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day 28: 9 tips

I am getting so close to “the day” and we are getting close to the end of our 31 days, so I thought I should share some information about selling.  That is, how you “should act” and what you “should” have in your booth, which may help with sales.

Tip One: SMILE- seems like a no brainer, buy no matter what, you need to smile and be happy.  Remember you need to get people into your booth, to get close enough to see your work, if you look miserable, that will not happen.

Tip Two: STAND- as much as possible.  When you stand you are at a better advantage point to talk with customers.  Sitting down can send the wrong message like, “Don’t disturb me, I’m taking a break.”  We don’t want that to happen!  So wear comfy shoes and stand as much as you can.

Tip Three: ENGAGE NOT PUSHY!  Make sure you greet people who come into your booth, but make sure you pay attention to there body language, they might not want to chat.  Remember you are trying to make a good impression and keep people in your booth.

Tip Four: CREDIT CARDS- we have chatted about this before, make sure you accept them and show off those credit card stickers!

Tip Five: NO GOSSIPING- about other customers, other vendors, your annoying neighbors or that person at last weekend’s birthday party.  It gives a negative image. (We all gossip, if you don’t WOW, but this is not the place.)

Tip Six: SHARE- if a customer is looking at a piece, share a store about it, if they seem likely to listen and be interested.  Remember tip three- don’t be pushy!

Tip Seven: PRICE- Make sure you have all items priced and signs to show your prices.  Your customers will appreciate being able to figure out a price by themselves.

Tip Eight: BUSINESS- remember you are a business, have your signs and business cards visible.  Be organized and professional.

Tip Nine: BE YOURSELF- be genuine.  You are selling yourself here (not literally) but your art, your crafts, this is apart of who you are.  Be real.

Makes sense right.  It’s really not rocket science, just basics that are easy to forget.

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