Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches


Oh my UNIVERSE!

Hello, are you drooling yet?  I stumbled across a blog post for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches last night.  This sinfully enticing dessert is a playful creation (no eggs used in the dough part of course) from a new book coming out, The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis.There is a book giveaway and full recipe for this cookie dough insanity sandwich over on the blog Two Peas & Their Pod, be sure to check it out and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book.

I love chocolate chip cookies, and I love cookie dough to the point of having risked sickness many times while brazenly licking spoons full of raw deliciousness.  I have made ice-cream cookie sandwiches many times in the past, and there is nothing like biting into a warm cookie with a cold vanilla ice-cream center, perhaps this could be equally naughty!  It's on the to old to-do list... ;)

Enjoy your day!

Catherine 
xoxo



(All images in this post are the property of Two Peas and Their Pod blog, I used Pinterest to source both images.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Instagrammin' around town...


Hi!  I hope everyone who was honoring or remembering a beloved serviceman or woman this past Memorial Day weekend had a loving time with family and friends.  As for everyone else, I hope you at least gave that a thought while enjoying the extra day off.  I know it's already Wednesday, I had hoped to post sooner but I've been carried away planning many crafts, projects, events, and blog posts!  I've got lots coming up, wheee!

On Friday, Ivan and I went out for Thai at our favorite restaurant, Sea Siam.  If I haven't already mentioned it, I'm truly obsessed with Thai food, it's my favorite cuisine, by far!  I should have done a thorough post on my fanaticism by now, but I have not.  However, never fear, I am currently working on a post all about it, complete with my personal replica recipes for making your own (well, my own) favorite dishes right in the comfort of your own home.  If you're following Inspire Bohemia on Instagram, you might have seen the images I've posted of yummy Thai food and, just today, shots of the ingredients I picked up at a lock Asian market to make my favorite dishes.  I'm going to take step-by-step photos when I make it and draw up a whole recipe post for ya!

Speaking of Instagram, I've been using it a lot lately.  I've had my account for some time, but never used it, I guess now I've hopped on the picture editing and sharing bandwagon.  I've met some cool people and connected with friends, and ultimately it's another canvas to share daily inspiration with you, apart from what I share here on this blog and on the Inspire Bohemia Facebook page.

Here are some shots that I've posted to Instagram lately, beginning with some cute items I spotted on a recent trip to Party City...

Catherine
xoxo


There were lots of beautiful small cocktail/dessert napkins, but at $1.75 per little teeny pack, I could've easily spent over $10 on my favorites! The pack of napkins in the foreground is my favorite, it reminds me of Moroccan tile work.  The light blue one behind it says "May Your Glass Always Be Half Full."  I didn't buy any, but I lusted after them like a loony-bin, as in I carried them around for a while before I admitted to myself that I didn't need them.  Let me tell you, I wish I would rationalize like that when I'm at TJMaxx and Homegoods! :D


There was large section of purely handmade and novelty invitations, pretty overwhelming - in a god way. These 3-D butterfly and felt peace sign invitations were really sweet!


Would you look at this owl piñata!?  It was love at first sight...for a second...before I thought "I can make my own, and it could be so much better than this!"  Growing up, my aunt used to go all out to help my mom with our birthday parties, she envisioned and created many amazing piñatas.  Note to self: make this for one of your future daughter's birthdays.  Wait, would it be ridiculous to make it for myself in the meantime?  Perhaps when I hit 30 and want to get out some "Where did all the years go!?" frustration.  The questions is, could I bring myself to destroy something so adorable, especially if I made it myself?  I better buy some delicious candy, exotic treats, favors, and bohemian jewels to stuff it with, you know - to make things worth while... Oooh, it's sounding good already!



Speaking of candy, I had never seen such an insane candy section at a Party City, this giant gum ball machine was pretty cool.  Now that I look at it, I should have moved that darn stray cart!  Oh well...  ;P


Cuddling up in some cool colorful peace sign socks from the dollar store...  If you're interested, Dollar Tree has tons of socks and they're not too bad, always lots of cool designs.  I'm a sucker for peace signs!...


A rainbow after the storm...


Ivan and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy a rolling pin (we used a coupon of course), and I liked this quote from John F. Kennedy on one of the notepads for sale at checkout... So true and very inspirational...

 

What is the name of this car?  I love cars, but I don't know all the names of sexy vintage cars.  If you were to ask me, I'd describe it as a Barbie car, hehehe...  The guy behind the wheel, let's call him Ken, looked like he was having a grand 'ol time, vroom vroomin' up a storm at every light!  :D


And last but not least, I loved this pink Susan G. Komen "Race For The Cure" Breast Cancer dump truck.  All dump trucks should be this cheerful powder pink and apple green, for a good cause to boot!  Am I right?


(All images in this blog post are my personal photographs, please make sure to link back to my blog if reusing or "pinning" images - thank you!)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii a.k.a. the Ruby Ball, Rose Plaid, or Moon Cactus


Hi there! As promised, I'm back with a garden post...

From the research that I've done, this beautiful little cactus is called Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii, a.k.a. Ruby Ball, Moon Cactus, or Rose Plaid Cactus. Personally, I like Ruby Ball the best!  If I'm wrong about this name and anyone out there knows differently, please let me know in the comment section. Apparently, its close family member is Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. hibotan, which is the same cactus that took my breath away while browsing the famous Amsterdam Flower Market - check it out in this post!

I first bought this little guy back in April of 2010, when I was living in Downtown Miami, seen here and here.  I missed the first time it flowered because I was in Amsterdam, though my sweet boyfriend did remember to send me a photo of it so I wouldn't miss it.  Then, it bloomed again in 2011, but I'm pretty sure I forgot to blog about it.  It's just as well though, because this cactus is now doing better than ever since I planted him in a big round terra-cotta bowl planter.  He went through many months of looking shriveled and dark green (when I had him in my to-be-planted cactus pileup), but after some sun and water he got his groove, err succulence, back and put out some amazing little pinkish purple flowers!

Miss Mihanovichii Friedrichii, as she is now called, is about the size of a lime and can range in color, from dark green, to brown, to dark purplish fushchia, to the beautiful mauve pink color shown in this post.  For me, it has grown better in bright direct sun with afternoon shade, than in just shade alone.  I usually let mother nature water it naturally, unless we have many hot sunny days and I see the soil around it is hard and dry.  Every now and then I will fertilize it with Schultz 2-7-7 Cactus Plus Liquid Plant Food but sources (see below for more information) say to fertilize every two months.

Okay, no more rambling, scroll on to see progress photos from when the two flower buds first sprouted, to when they eventually bloomed a week or two later! Nature rocks...
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This is the terra-cotta planter bowl that I planted Miss Friedrichii in, I bought it at Home Depot.  I always buy my planters at TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls because they are so affordable, and Home Depot is way overpriced in the planter department, but this time I made an exception because it was only $9!  

Here are some tips for growing Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii: 
  • Common names:
    • Ruby Ball
    • Moon Cactus
    • Rose Plaid Cactus
    • Plaid Cactus
  • Light: Very bright light/full sun works for me, but bright shade or a sunny window facing S/E/W will do
  • Temperature: 65° to 90°F (18° to 32°C) - during winter, maintain 55° to 65°F (13° to 18°C) if possible
  • Water: Only water thoroughly when dry, do not overwater!  Allow soil to dry out completely before waterings
  • Fertilization: Every 2 months with Schultz 2-7-7 Cactus Plus Liquid Plant Food
  • Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
  • Spacing: 3-6 in. (7-15 cm), 6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
  • Hardiness:
    • USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
    • USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
    • USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
    • USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Mid Spring, Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer
  • Propagation: plant does not give seeds, must be grafted onto another cactus, flowers are sterile
  • Special Care: Repot every 2 years in well-aerated potting mixture containing 20% to 50% builders sand
  • Common Problems: If new stem growth is long and thin, move to higher light
*This information was sourced from the amazing Dave's Garden and here

Do you want this cactus for your garden?  I found it for sale here over on Etsy, or for trade on the Dave's Garden forum!

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So this is what my Ruby Ball Cactus looked like when I finally got around to planting it in something bigger, back in February of this year...

The sweet delicate flower stems sprout right from the top center of the cactus...



Here is how she looked in March...


Up close and personal...


Just on the verge of blooming...


And then, in April, BAM!!!....



There they are!  Gorgeous huh?  :)





So basically, here is how it progressed over three months...





Here are some shots of the other succulents and cacti in the planter, I can't locate their names in my notes at the moment... oops...


(All images in this post are my personal photographs, please do not use them without my written permission - I can be contacted at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com - thank you!)

DIY Jewelry: Colorful, Creative, Eclectic Bracelets


Hey hey!

It's Friday - yeeeehaw!  I've got weekend craft project inspiration for ya...

If you're anything like me, you'll be running to Michaels for some embroidery thread and beads by the end of this post.  Today I want to share the creative do it yourself bracelet tutorials from Honestly WTF!  What a name, right?  When I read the button on their page that says "Honestly Do It Yourself," my eyes see "Honestly WTF? Do It Yourself!"  Hahaha...

Cheers to the ladies at Honestly WTF for their beautiful eclectic creations, for inspiring me to impulsively start yet another craft project, and for bringing back memories from when I made tons of my very own chevron and striped thread bracelets (like those above) growing up.  How easily we forget some things huh?  

At first I only had a vague memory of how to go about making them again, but after reteaching myself with the Honestly WTF tutorial (linked below) I was back in the swing of things, just like old times!  Five days later, my wrists were sore and I had a bunch of bracelets, a ton of ideas, and I'd gotten pretty carried away...  In a good way!  And then, I stopped.  Yep, I threw myself into another project.  I can't stand that about myself sometimes, however I stubbornly reason that if I had a home with an office/craft room, that I would get more done.  Hmm.  Right now, my living situation doesn't allow for spreading out craft chaos and spending weeks of on-again/off-again inspired daydreaming and crafting to complete my vision.  But if I had my own place again, it would look something like the first image in this post - my 4-month craft festival epicenter on the dining room table in my first apartment.  Now I'm starting to think of all the things I've done and made over the past few months that I have yet to share with you, there's a lengthy list.  Grrr, all in good time, all in good time.  I'm just now getting my blog groove back, you know, after climbing (and conquering) math mountain this past semester.

Stay tuned for a garden post this afternoon featuring another purple beauty, but this time it's not the tale of Ms. Perle von Nurnberg sitting pretty in her blue Moroccan planter, it's about a purple cactus and the photo story of her sprouting, growing, and blooming two lovely purple flowers!  Also, come back next week for a Moroccan themed guest post!  In the meantime, I hope you love all of these colorful DIY bracelets as much as I do.  Give one a try this weekend, you'd be surprised how easy/infectious/satisfying they are to make.  Scroll on and click the giant links beneath the images for the full do-it-yourself, step-by-step, how-to - a.k.a. the DIY guide.  Also, be sure to check out Honestly WTF, which features many other DIY projects and an array of beautiful inspiration and information on various topics in the realm of art, design, and beyond!  Have a great weekend... ;)

Catherine
xoxo



If you like jewelry, maybe you'll like my post from last week wherein I showcased the outcome of a crazy photo shoot with some of my personal jewelry and ramble about where I found them and my travels!

And now, get creative and put your own spin on one of these easy ideas... 


Source for image above: honestlywtf.com via Pia on Pinterest

















To conclude, the following are just additional pretty inspiration from Honestly WTF featuring their DIY bracelets mixed with other eclectic pieces...



Source: honestlywtf.com via Nichola on Pinterest


Source: honestlywtf.com via C. on Pinterest


I must say, I am IN LOVE with the top three brass bracelets below...  I need a DIY tutorial for those babies! ;)



(All images in this post are individually cited and sourced via Pinterest, all images are originally from and property of Honestly WTF.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Decorative Owl and Mushroom Garden Planter Stakes


I'm back with a Target follow-up post to show you how those adorable little decorative ceramic owl and mushroom planter stakes look in action!  If you didn't catch my post from earlier today on all of the gorgeous bohemian fashion accessories and home goods at Target, check it out here.  

As a quick aside, I just want to say, I know Target has gotten some much-deserved negative publicity for its anti-gay actions/positions/or what I call "shenanigans."  I don't shop at Target often and I don't like to support them knowing their extreme position, a position that is not in accordance with my definition of basic human rights.  I wasn't very mindful of this (in other words, I forgot) while shopping there the other day and I feel a bit guilty about it now.  I'm telling you this because I thought someone might scold me.  I rarely, if ever, bring up my politics here on the blog because I don't want to turn off readers who have a different opinion (and plus, this is not a social and political commentary blog, though I'd like to start one some day, that's the Sociologist in me!).  This blog isn't about politics, but in this case I felt the need to say something.

I'll be honest with you, I'm not going to return the things I bought there, but in the future I will avoid shopping at Target, until such time they change their views.  If a corporation is recognized as an individual and they are allowed to make political and religious contributions/stances based on that right, then they also deserve to be treated as an individual.  An individual who is vehemently and actively against equal rights for LGBT individuals is not someone I would regularly associate with or support in views - and a company is no different.

Sorry to get so heavy on you, I hope you get where I'm coming from.  I'm not telling you not to shop at Target, I'm just making you aware of this, if you didn't already know.

Without further ado, check out how pretty the little owls and mushrooms look in my garden planter...

Catherine
xoxo


Here is a close-up, they are so cute... By the way, the beautiful dainty green basket is from the Dollar Tree, I also bought a chocolate brown one - I think they're really sexy!

My grandmother always tells me that owls are good luck, so I try my best to put them everywhere, and the garden is no different!  I also bought one of these owls for my mother, aunt, and grandmother...



Ah yes, mushrooms, an adorable and abundantly versatile part of nature...



Do you ever find random mushrooms popping up in some of your planters?  I do!  Right now I have seen many in my planters back home (this planter is at my boyfriend's house), they tend to spring up after a lot of rain.  Now I have a permanent colorful and spotty mushroom to make me smile every day... :)

As you can see it's happily nestled amongst some spiky green sedum, pink-flowered Purslanes, succulent cuttings, and tall orchid cuttings from my mother's yard that have yet to put out its amazingly abundant orange blooms...


(All images in this post are my personal photographs, please do not use them without my written permission - I can be contact at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com - thank you!)
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