Archive for April, 2011

April 28, 2011

Personal challenge

I started a new experiment yesterday and it involves me making some small changes in my life.

Ugh, ok, I will say it… I’m trying to lose some weight. I would like to lose 18lb. That is the weight I was after 4 months of breastfeeding Kaleb and I loved the size I was then. Unfortunately, even though I did a lot of running and bootcamping when I put on a little bit of the weight back, it wasn’t coming off anymore. And I just had to stop doing 6AM boot camp because the general sleep deprivation was not healthy for me anymore and frankly; it was getting in the way of normal life.

For the past 6 months I have sort of fallen off the exercise wagon for a while now and have put on some weight. Now that I’m faced with having to put a swim suit on for 2 separate occasions with people around, I want to see if I will be able to get myself into better shape.

The conundrum here is that I love to exercise, but I also love to be lazy and it does take a significant effort for me to get up at 6AM to go for a run. I also love to eat carbs and sweets; I enjoy cooking and feeding others.  OMG, did you know that a cup of pasta has like 700calories; I mean who came up with that?

This is my plan:
Bike to and from work – 15miles a day mostly against the wind! – 4 days out of the week
Run 6 miles – gradual increase to 3 times a week

I’m using livestrong.com to help me track my calories and my exercise. I would like to lose 1.5lbs a week, which puts me at 1014calories a day without doing any exercise. This is NOT a lot of calories, people.

I don’t really know if this is even realistic for me to do. I have never been one to do any dieting, mainly because of fear of failing. I fear that if I fail this, it will be the ultimate defeating moment of “I told you that you have no will and self control and this is the proof”. And partly because I have a major issue with the very idea of dieting on a fundamental level that society dictates to women what we should look like (very skinny) to be worthy (of whatever), which I’m obviously opposed to because it can take away from our everyday happiness and shift our focus in life.

I have to confess that there has been a lot of times that I pretended to be ok with being a size 6 or 8, but I wished to be a size 4 or 2, simply because I think that I would like myself more then and maybe the whole world would like me better? I do realize that that is a pathetic way of living your life and I try not to let it get to me too much.

I do, however, value health and this is what I’m going to make this challenge about.

Wish me luck!

April 28, 2011

Yay for me!

I bought a new bell and handle bars from PublicBikes.com and picked them up today at their local warehouse. They are awesome. There is nothing else to say.

April 21, 2011

IKAT – postcard #13

1. Set of 2 pillows – $40

2. Cobbled streets maxi skirt – $24

3. Embroidered vintage skirt – $35

4. Bucket backpack – $99

5. Clutch purse – $69

6. Vintage Ikat print dress – $20

7. Set of 3 notecards – $18

April 18, 2011

I got tassels and so should you!

New addition to my shop – TASSELS!

I hand-cut super soft leather into thin strips and formed a tassel – yes, like the one on your grandma’s curtains, then picked some superb vintage brass chains and fine Italian wooden beads and voilà, your favorite necklace was born.

Get yours in my Etsy store.

April 12, 2011

Bluebird at Modern Mouse

I’m proud to announce that Bluebird jewelry is now sold at a fabulous store called Modern Mouse in Alameda, California.

Modern Mouse is a gem for finding locally made unique wares handcrafted by people from our community.

This is what the owner Eleen says about her store:
“Modern Mouse offers a fun, stylish and creative collection of high-quality, modern handmade goods made by independent artists and small manufacturers across the USA. We delight in the special, unique nature of handcrafted objects and are inspired by the idea of them being produced one at a time in the tiny studios of individual artists (or more often than not, at dining tables or small desks) in homes perhaps just miles from our own.”

STORE ADDRESS
Modern Mouse
2228 South Shore Center, Unit A
Alameda, CA 94501-5740
(510) 814-8830

http://www.modernmousegifts.com

READ my artist profile / interview on their website.

April 12, 2011

Strawberry coffee cake

This is an easy peasy recipe for delicious fruit coffee cake that is a sure crowd pleaser.

LUCIE’s NOTES:
– The original recipe calls for strawberries, but it would be delicious with a mix of any berries to make it more fun, or even apricots, peaches or pears would be great. I like to use a bit more fruit than the recipe calls for and a little bit less sugar.
– The recipe also calls this a cake, but since I’m obsessed by making anything into muffin-like shapes, I bake it in a muffin pan. If you want to go fancy, adding a cupcake liner would be fun and definitely would help getting these bad boys out of the tin pan as that can be quite tricky.
– If you go the muffin tin route, to get the muffins out; I let them cool down and then use the handle on a thin, flexible plastic spoon to gently separate the muffins from the pan and then scoop them out.
– Oh, also, this recipe calls for pecans, which I’m sure is great, but I use chopped almond slices, which are fabulous.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

TOPPING
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans (or substitute chopped almond slices)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat the egg, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Top with strawberries.
2. For topping, combine flour and sugar in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Work the ingredients with your fingers until evenly mixed together. Stir in pecans (almonds) if desired; sprinkle over strawberries.
3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares; serve warm.