I have been meaning to leave a goodbye post on The Sunday Sparkle, but life has been just moving full speed.
The Sunday Sparkle has a new name and new page: Littlest Village
Come on over to the Littlest Village for a visit and thank you so much for visiting, commenting, and participating in The Sunday Sparkle. I look forward to having you over at my new home!!
Last weekend Rick and I enjoyed a special treat, glamping in the Santa Ynez Valley. Scout was our home for the night, a 1954 Lakewood trailer. Jennifer at Milk and Honey had the trailer all set up for us at the campground, complete with staples like S’mores and wine. Lucky us! We spent the afternoon in Los Olivos with Jennifer, her husband Pat and their two friends visiting the States from Germany. We ate tri-tip sandwiches, tasted wine at Carthart and Epiphany and wandered around the charming town. We then headed back to our lovely mobile nest and said our good byes to our hosts. As the sun started to set, we soaked in the fresh air and relaxed, made dinner over the fire, then later watched the stars and the moon through the telescope (yep, Scout even had a telescope) until finally retreating inside to play card games and cozy up on the comfy bed for the night. A delightful weekend, indeed! Best of all no trying to stuff a tent into a little bag.
Rick and I are already planning our own dream travel trailer, just as soon as we have a driveway to store it. Until then we will indulge in glamping with Milk and Honey, and so can you! Interested in Scout or Clementine? Contact the farm. A perfect getaway, guest quarters, or party backdrop.
These green beans are my first pickled project possibly ever. I love a pickled anything by no means everyday, but now and then a dill pickle, pickled carrots on a taco or these spicy garlicky green beans hit the spot. I really just like saying the word pickle because anything that rhymes with tickle makes me smile. Exemption: Sickle.
The true inspiration came from having a wonderful cheese plate the other day and I thought I want to have a picnic with a great spread of cheeses, veggies, and pickled green beans. What is great about these pickled green beans? They are not fickle and easy to make, a piece of cake… Mmm, cake!
Follow the recipe and then take your honey for a picnic down by the lake (or beach)
Jalapeno Garlic Pickle Green Beans
- 1 pound very fresh green beans (nice and crisp), ends trimmed
- 1 Jalapeno (washed and chopped)
- 5 cloves of peeled garlic
- 2 1/2 cups of White Vinegar
- three tablespoons of of raw sugar
- 2 1/2 cups of water
After you washed, trimmed and chopped your veggies. Place them in a sterilized mason jar, in a sauce pot add vinegar, sugar and water cook over medium heat till a boil. Pour into mason jar over the veggies. Allow the jar to cool down, cover and tighten your lid. Place in fridge. Ready to eat in two days.
Our mouse pads were black, a little dingy and beyond boring. Not quite sure how they came about in our office but they have been around from the beginning of Oliver and Michele days. Far too long! I have considered spray painting them a few times but just did not get around to picking out a color and then I came across in my supply closet a custom fabric I made through the site Spoonflower. Have you used Spoonflower? I love it and could easily get carried away creating custom fabric for projects. The fabric I made was using our Oliver and Michele art work. The fabric was originally used for a project my sister-in-law made Rick at Christmas time. I had about a half of yard left, plenty for two mouse pads. I used spray adhesive that I had in my craft closet, it is not my favorite craft supply. Spray adhesive is sticky and smelly but it works fine for bonding fabric to various surfaces. Do use it outdoors or in a well-vented area.
Just a small swatch of fabric on a mouse pad made a great difference in our office.
Oh and I used my iron for this project and I have to admit that my iron had not seen the light of day for over five years. Back to the closet my little iron, see you in another five years.
Revamped Mouse Pad
- Fabric scraps enough to fit your mouse pad(s)
- Mouse pad
- Good fabric scissors
- Spray adhesive
- Heavy book to lay on mouse pad while drying
- Optional parchment paper to go between your mouse pad and book to prevent a sticky mess
Begin by ironing your fabric. Cut your fabric scrap down to the size of your mouse pad leaving enough room around to trim. Spray adhesive on mouse pad. Do this outdoor as it is smelly. Lay fabric and smooth out any wrinkles. Allow to dry for a moment then lay parchment paper on top of fabric and then lay the heavy books over the parchment. Let dry for 8 hours. Trim away excess fabric right to the end of the foam mouse pad. Enjoy your new pad.
For a few months I have wanted to change-up The Sunday Sparkle, not just give it a new logo or a new column, but a really big change. A new name. I have humbly outgrown TSS and have goals for the future and want the brand to suit such goals. The final push came when my friend Paige at Barefoot and Vintage and I both decided we would be taking a trip to Austin to attend Texas Style Council, what better timing to get this blog rolling. I can’t wait to introduce you to the new look and the new name. The Sunday Sparkle content will be packing its bags and making the migration too.
I look forward to having you over at my new home. I have appreciated the support, comments, pinning and visits from each and everyone! Thank you friends.
Cheers to new things!