This year. It’s been something. I started graduate school and I turned 30 and I hiked some mountains. I made a more meaningful effort to connect to the natural world. I’m taking a look through the archives:
In February I reviewed some Fat & the Moon products. Their deodorant cream is my favorite.
In April, I made my own facial serum using essential oils. I used Young Living lavender and frankincense oils.
In May, I picked some wildflowers and took some photos.
I made a healthy nail serum in July using essential oils. Frankincense, lavender, lemon and wintergreen are a healing combination.
Tj and I spent a few days in Acadia National Park in August.
I was thankful in November.
We just got home from a family-filled, whirlwind trip to NYC and northern Vermont. We’ve been in constant motion for a week, and I am happy to be still. There are still some challenges left in the upcoming week, but I am looking forward to everything 2015 has to offer. I’m starting my second graduate class at the end of January, and I’m hoping for another year of travel, food, and new experiences. I hope 2014 treated you kindly, and that the new year will do the same.
Go further back: favorites from 2013
We’re leaving for New York City tomorrow, so I’ve spent today wrapping gifts and baking my heart out. The following is a round-up of some of my favorite holiday recipes.
Key Lime Meltaways : Smitten Kitchen // I have made these for the last few years in a row. At this point, they’ve become my signature holiday cookie.
Best Sugar Cookie Recipe : Katrina’s Kitchen // This was a new sugar cookie recipe for me, this year. It is hands down the best for cut-outs.
Chocolate Chip Cookies : Joy the Baker // This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Red Velvet Cake Balls : Iowa Girl Eats // Cake balls take a bit of work (baking and then deconstructing an entire cake), but everyone loves them.
Old Fashioned (with a holiday twist) : Better Homes and Gardens
Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail : Creative Culinary
Happy Winter Solstice, friends. The days are brighter from here on out.
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Well, holiday shopping. I suppose it’s time.
I’ll be at work because it’s Black Friday, and that’s life. Do you do the Black Friday thing? If I wasn’t required to leave the house in order to get paid, I’d stay in pajamas all day and eat leftover apple crumble. Retail has worn me a little thin.
Consider this the official girldust gift guide for the holiday season. Gifts for slightly weird girls.
- Elder Scrolls Skyrim mug $12.00 //
- Megahex by Simon Hanselmann $24.68 // a “stoner-comedy webcomic collection about a depressed witch, her cat, and an owl”
- Julep polish in “Ledi” $14 // Julep nail polishes make really great stocking stuffers. I’ve been a Maven for about a year or so now, and the color selection and quality is pretty amazing. All the polishes are vegan and free of toxins. Sign up to be a Maven now, and receive the “Snow Day” welcome box for free (+ $3.99 shipping). This offer ends on December 31st. Only new members qualify.
- Black Plague giant plush microbe $9.99 // I have this one and the bone cell. I think they’re cute.
- Curator de Force dress $59.99 // ModCloth‘s Beyond Black Friday sale runs until 10am PT Sunday. New arrivals (including this dress!) are 50% off.
- Noir-de-Fer lip balm $24 // hinoki, bois de rose, and black pepper lip balm in a black glass jar
- Put Your Strut in Me thigh highs $14.99 //
- Ivy Threader earrings by Katie Diamond at Free People $168.00 //
- Call on Confidence booties $39.99 //
- Little Lark moon phases calender $22.00 //
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. The snow is finally falling.
I am thankful for family, old friends, and the new friends I have somehow made along the way. I am thankful for the people who help pick me up when I stumble, and I am thankful for the people in my life who accept that I am rarely the one who reaches out. Thank you for reaching out to me, even in small ways.
I am thankful for computers, and for the internet, but I am even more thankful that I was lucky enough to spend most of my young life without either of these things. I am thankful that I can close my laptop, pick up a book, and be just as content. I am thankful that I know how to write a letter, address an envelope.
I am thankful for the opportunity to further my education. I am thankful that I have learned things, and continue to learn things, that shake my foundations a little bit.
The world is a bit of a dismal place to be, right now, but if art, music, and literature tell us anything, it’s that it always has been, and probably always will be. These outlets also tell us, though, that there are inspired people doing beautiful things in the face of sadness and anger. I am thankful for those people. I am in awe of those people. Thank you for fighting the fight.
I am thankful for freshly baked bread. I am thankful that I was taught how to make grilled cheese on a cast iron pan. I am thankful for the birds feeding right outside my window. Thank you, for giving me a moment of pure joy for the cost of nothing more than black oil sunflower seeds.
I am thankful for sharpened Prismacolor pencils and grey drawing paper, flannel shirts and thick socks, cruelty-free lip balm. These are unnecessary objects, but small joys nonetheless.
I am thankful to be safe, loved, and in relatively good health. I am thankful for a heart, body, and mind that allow me to take care of others. I am thankful for all the people who have taken care of me.
I was hoping to possibly be a little bit more artistic with these, perhaps work on some painting. I’ll be honest, painting myself is not the easiest task. I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Actual self-portraiture (ie, depicting my own physical form) is, for me, very raw and very difficult.
Until I figure out a way to work around my shortcomings as an artist, there will be photos.
3/52 (sorting through old photographs)
I hope you’re having a wonderful, peaceful Wednesday. One benefit of working retail is having a day off in the middle of the week. This morning I slept in and still managed to accomplish much of what was on my “to do” list for the week.
* You can follow 2014’s “52 Project” here!
Thanks for stopping by. My name is Naomi, and this space is made of girldust. This blog is a picture of my comfortably scattered life on the coast of Maine. I'm trying to be a slightly better version of myself every day. I like old houses, reading, the ocean, ghost stories, and museums. You can learn a little bit more about me here.