Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her sewing machine at all hours of the night. She learned to sew from her talented mother Chris, and from the tried and true method of trial and error.
Favorite materials include denim, corduroy, canvas, woven suede, and repurposed upholstery samples. Custom orders are more than welcome. The business is based in the lovely town of Durham in the fabulous state of North Carolina, USA. All Sweetgum bags are designed to be functional, pleasant to look at, and to last you a very long time.
If you’ve been keeping up with my posts the last few weeks, then you know this New Year is all about revitalization for me! With that, instead of trying to quit bad habits – I instead decided I wanted to try new things and to live more fully. [2011 Calendar from The Must Stash]
So far so good! But one tough thing is keeping it all organized. I’ve added a couple things to my routine (which I’ll share about in a moment), and that seems to be upsetting the apple cart (in a good way)! It’s also asking me to more carefully shape my priorities, and I’m so happy for that.
Weekly Planner from Little Otsu.
Throughout this post you’ll find some beautiful handmade items – all of them will help you become more organized. If you’re like me, you love it when the things around you are fun to look at, it makes staying on track all the more enjoyable.
So, back to me! One thing to know about me is that on top of being a wee bit of a computer nerd, I also love documentaries. Thanks to Netflix coming to Canada I’ve been truly getting my fix the last little while. The husband and I are planning to watch Food Inc together soon. I heard about the movie from friends a while back, but wasn’t ready to watch it for some reason. I was worried it would just discourage me (I’ve been known, when busy with work, to eat take-out 4 out of 7 nights a week and I’ve always loved processed foods), and now I’m glad that I waited.
Custom Organizer from Bubbo.
I did watch the episode of Oprah when the director of the film was on the show, and for some reason he got me thinking about fruit and vegetables. And that I wasn’t eating them very often… Then at the start of the New Year, instead of starting a diet or vowing to watch what I eat, I instead asked myself – are you drinking 8 glasses of water a day, are you eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day? And I issued myself a challenge to do so. I now have a tracker on my desk, and most days I’m eating 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables and 4 or 5 glasses of water. Can I tell you something? This coupled with yoga and a bit of light cardio, and I feel energetic, full, and my cravings for unhealthy food have diminished big time. Because this is hard to keep track of I actually keep the tracker out on my desk where I can note down my intake and if I’ve exercised too.
Printable Recipe Cards from Little Paper Dog.
I have a feeling that when I sit down in a week or two to watch Food Inc. I’m going to be nodding my head in agreement with a lot of what’s said. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve already seen the movie, or your experiences with healthy lifestyle changes!
Heather Heffken: MY name is Heather,but my friends and family call me Hedda(or heddow…like ‘Heather’with a homestarruner voice.)I live with my fantabulous husband in Alabama. I love art. All Kinds.I recycle for my craft when I can,and I run my business in as ‘green’ a way as possible.Eventually I will begin selling only eco-friendly items.
I’ve been crafting and creating my entire life.I started sewing by hand when I was about…oh,I dunno,five years old?My mom would know for sure.I started seriously sewing and learning to use machines around age 10, so I have 10 years of serious sewing under my belt. You will be pleased with the quality of my work, I promise:)
I love a good lamb gyro perhaps as much as anyone can love any food. Ever. In the world. But I also have a soft spot for lambs. I cannot resist their particular brand of cute. So much so, in fact, they are the only livestock I have been reluctant to try my hand at raising for meat myself. I simply cannot say with any sort of confidence whatsoever that processing day would be even the least bit tolerable. And since tolerable is the best any processing day can ever be, I’ve yet to take the plunge.
Luckily, others do not harbor my biases and sheep farms are anything but scarce in most of the United States. And though the traditional holiday for lamb eating may have already passed, a good rack of lamb is a celebration in and of itself fit for any time of year.
In fact, there is an often unforeseen bonus in buying lambs after the Easter holiday has passed — especially if you’re buying a whole or half lamb — ethnic markets for lamb are strongest just before Easter and demand for a smaller carcass there drives down the size of lambs sold around that time of year. After Easter has passed lambs are often grown out longer, making for a larger end product; a bonus if you’re feeding a family of four or more as am I.
In an ideal world we’d all buy our lambs — whether we’re looking for wholes, halves, racks, legs, chops, roasts or a combination of all of the above — from the farm down the road, and we literally have a sheep farm down the road here, but not everyone is so lucky. To find fresh, local lamb you can search Local Harvest for sheep farms near you, but if that fails you can also buy lamb online. Upper Dry Creek Ranch, a family owned farm in Western Oregon, offers their lamb products on Foodzie. That’s a picture of their loin chops above.
And as long as you’re at it, don’t forget the toppings, rubs and marinades. And don’t be afraid to think outside the box, the Chipotle Pepper Jam by Uncle Berch’s Foods, also via Foodzie, is reportedly a great accompaniment.