Sunday, September 21, 2014

Functional Art for Your Inner Design Freak | Designing for Society6
iPod case, $35

I am a perpetual artsy fartsy fiddler. Playing with new mediums and trying my hand at a new formats
 is what led me to designing on Society6; a collective of artists and designers creating works that double as functional by offering images on everything from laptop skins to shower curtains to apparel.
framed prints, from $33
throw pillows, $20
mugs, $15
t-shirts in all colors, $22
tote bags, $22
throw pillows, $20
laptop shins, $25

You can check out more of my work here at Rhymes with Sky through Society6.

Friday, September 5, 2014

#goGOLD | Spreading the word for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

If you ever wonder what a kid with cancer looks like, look at your own kids. Childhood cancer does NOT discriminate. It doesn't care if your child is rich or poor, smart, busy playing soccer, etc. The picture above was taken just before Gavin was diagnosed. He looks perfectly fine here, but inside his body was a different story.
My message to parents is to trust your gut about your child's health. If something seems off or not right, keep pushing until you get answers. My son had a mass growing in his chest for MONTHS before he was finally diagnosed. Our doctor thought I was imagining or faking Gavin's symptoms because they were only noticeable while he was asleep (struggling to breathe so loudly that you could hear him from across the house... Turns out a huge tumor was pressing on his trachea.) I pushed for a sooner appointment with a specialist at UNC. They diagnosed him that very day and said it could have been much worse had I waited the MONTH the other Dr wanted me to wait for an appointment. It was ALMOST TOO LATE for him.

 I never thought this would happen to my child... no one does. Here are the numbers:
46 kids are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the US.
7 kids die from cancer everydayin the US...
1 out of every 5 kids diagnosed will not survive.
1 in every 330 Americans will develop cancer before the age of 20.
#1 cause of death in children and adolescents, more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined.
Please consider donating to one of these reputable charities that focuses on our children:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's Share! | Baked Sweet Potato Fries

It has been a long, fantabulous, busy summer. It's so nice to see you again! Let's chat over a delicious pile of fries, shall we?

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
You will need:
3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*1 teaspoon corn starch optional
* salt optional

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, pepper and seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Slice sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise. Then into strips, no more than 1/4" thick.
  4. Place cut potatoes in large bowl, drizzle oil mixture over top. Carefully mix to coat.
  5. Sprinkle corn starch over potatoes. Carefully mix until incorporated.
  6. Spread potatoes in a parchment paper lined baking sheet, in a single layer. You might need two pans.
  7. Bake for 24-30 minutes (depending on how crispy brown you like your edges!), turning over once halfway through cooking.
  8. Allow fries to rest five minutes.
  9. Enjoy with ketchup or your fave dipping sauce!
This recipe makes four servings at about 290 calories per serving... or throw caution to the wind and keep the whole batch for your own greedy little fingers. I won't tell, if you won't.

 Gordon Ramsey would be less than pleased with my less than uniform pieces.
 Already smells like snack paradise!
 Potato, meet your date.
 The corn starch helps these babies get extra crispy.
 Sweet and savory magic!
 Prepare for liftoff...
 Yes, I'll share!

So tell me, Dear Readers, how was your summer? Mine was full. I have so very many things to blog about in the coming weeks. I worked on my guitar playing, took a trip to the aquarium and a few historic sites, played in the sprinkler, read a book in the hammock... typical summer mom stuff.

Did you have any notable adventures? Post a link in the comments, so I can check them out!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Day Vanished

For the first time in an eternity, I completely lost a day. Honestly. I was thoroughly convinced that today was Wednesday. Even when someone I am working for mentioned tomorrow as the day to settle her debts (Friday), it didn't click.

This week has flown by, leaving me so exhausted that even as I type this, I am too sleepy to make sense of the whole thing. Which days blended together? When did I lose track?

A million thoughts are racing, slogging... daydreaming through my brain as I am typing this. Like a brand new puzzle, just dumped onto the kitchen table. I think it best to quit while I am ahead and simply post these photos of one of my works in progress.

Can you remember the last time you were so busy that you lost a day? What was your circumstance?

High-five for an incredibly, wonderfully, bizarrely calm-in-the-storm week!

- L A 

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