Friday, August 26, 2011

tag sale

i'm selling it all! goods for sale range from good quality to "sure, that'll do". below you can get a peek of what's available. if you see something you'd like to put dibs on, send me an email (corinnelongman at gmail) and i'll hold it for you. 
willing to haggle and barter!

lamps: $10-15 (top left sold!)
couch + {"love seat" + ottoman + 2 throw pillows (not pictured)}: $150
2 pink upholstered chairs: $25/piece
2 dining chairs: $20/piece
my beloved white painted dresser: $125 -- sold!
tv: $20
golden-colored area rug (9'x12') : $150 -- sold!
small rug (3.5'x5.5'): $25 -- sold!
mirrors: $20-25

more items not photographed (just ask and i will):
size full bed frame + box spring: $40 (mattress is yours if you want it!) -- sold!
beautiful cedar chest: $90 -- sold!
small/medium desk: $100 -- sold!
tall and narrow book shelf: $40 -- sold!
long book shelf: $10 -- sold!
random tchotchkes: magazine rack, coat hangers, dumb bells, kitchen ware + goods, etc. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

check out those mussels!

one of our last days on vinalhaven was spent musseling. none of us had ever "gone mussel-ing" before, but we were told where to go and figured it would be pretty self explanatory once we got there. we arrived at the destination, fully prepared with buckets, boots and raking tools. turns out, no tools were necessary: all we needed were our hands.
the first ten to fifteen minutes were unsuccessful. we knew what mussels looked like but we didn't exactly know how to look for them. 
we were sufficiently empty-handed, frustrated and about to head elsewhere to look when suddenly adam found one...then aaron!
you know that thing when you buy a car, and then you see that car everywhere? or learn that word and all of sudden you see it popping up in almost everything you read? it was like that. once we saw just what we were combing for, it was like mussel city! you couldn't look down without seeing a handful nearby.
the search for mussels quickly became less work for tonight's dinner and more of an exciting treasure hunt. each pull was so satisfying!
we ended up brining waaay too many mussels home for dinner but went to work on cleaning them of their barnacles and beards
we made two batches of broth, one with white wine and another beer. both delish!

nothing like eating your fresh catch!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

business cards are in!


a couple months back, jordan ferney of oh happy day blog and letterpress, offered an amazing sale on letterpressed business cards. i've been wanting some printed with my blog information on it for quite sometime, and once i learned of the amazing deal she was advertising, i jumped! 
i chose the "design your own" option and sent it their way. 
the package was wrapped in charming oh happy day style...such a treat to open!
what do you think?

Monday, August 22, 2011

popsicling like a banshee

hand made popsicles are everywhere these days, and i can totally see why!
i began with the recipe joanna suggested, a greek yogurt and blackberry popsicle. the yogurt recipe is perfectly tart and sweet, and mixes beautifully with just about any fruit. next, i modified it by only a bit, by blending in fresh blueberries with the yogurt mixture instead of just adding whole blackberries. must say: i prefer the former...the consistency was better without the pureed fruit.
my third popsicle recipe is made with the same yogurt base but with ripe georgia peaches and some freshly grated ginger.

after they're properly frozen, i dunk the mold (almost to the top but not quite) in a warm water bath for about 10 seconds. i jiggle the pops from out of the mold, place them into small, clear sandwich bags and tie them with a nice ribbon, like this one.

they're made of good ingredients, low in calories and a perfect refreshing dessert, anytime of the day.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

out with the stuff!

as i begin to go through all my clothing and furniture to lighten my load for the move, i'm using all the great tips i've learned in the past about de-cluttering and getting rid of things. very refreshing to let go!

1. grab a friend: i find that when i pack alone, i tend to easily convince myself that i need that 3rd pair of jeans for my weekend trip, or maybe i will go out somewhere nice so i need that cute dress (on a rafting trip??). a good decision-making friend is just what i need. someone to hang out with me while i go through items, telling me "yes, you'll want to keep that" or "no, i've never once seen you wear that shirt...goodwill pile."
2. start a 'keep pile', a 'goodwill pile', a 'sell pile' and a 'trash pile': as you go through your things, you will quickly discover items fit into a few categories--thing you'll keep, things you should give away (clothes you don't wear/things you don't use and aren't worth investing the time to try to sell), things you should sell (items worth making a few $$ on) and a trash bin (totally ragged items that really aren't worth anything to anyone). 

3. if you haven't worn it in a year, you probably won't ever: this is hard for most people, but if you really want to shed some unwanted goods, stick to this rule. in one year, you'll go through every season. if you haven't worn an article of clothing during the entire year, you most likely will not use it the following year. just bite the bullet and get rid of it (pile 2, 3 or 4). i can promise you, once it's out of your closet, you won't even miss it. 
4. try! try! try!: when i did a purging of the clothes several months ago (i got ride of 3 huuuge shopping bags yet still have a busting closet and dresser drawers!), it was very easy to go through and find things i thought were cute, hadn't worn in a long time, but i'll keep them anyways. no. for things you haven't worn recently, try them on! you might remember loving this dress from two years ago but once you try it on, you remember that the bust was a little small and that button is (still) missing. done. goodwill. goodbye. 

5. list giveaway items room by room: when getting rid of furniture and other household items, i find it very effective to make a list, organized by room, and write down each thing that you plan to give away/sell/toss.

living room: couch + throw pillows, yellow lamp, side table, book shelf, rug.

not only does it help you to see what all you have and what you truly want to keep, but it also helps to get you in the mindset that you are indeed going to get rid of things. over the next several weeks or months before you move, you will begin to create only a temporary bond with these items, making the actual giving-away part that much easier.

if you're in the avl area, i'm going to have a huge tag sale, selling most of the things in my house: couches and chairs, lamps, rugs, shelves, some art work, books, mirrors, a bike, my dresser (tear!), desk, cedar chest (mega tear!), bed, ect.

{photos via pinterest 1, 23}

Thursday, August 4, 2011


lobster dinner our last night in vinalhaven -- topped with a small blueberry pie for dessert.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

visit to frisco

before the big schlep, i'm making a final pre-move visit to san francisco. weather there in august can be kinds of iffy: when i visited a year ago, weather ranged from warm tank top temps to full on fall coat. forecast claims low 60s but i must prepare myself for +/- 10 degrees.  
here are the 6 basic (and rather obvious) essentials i'll need for the trip (and a good excuse to test out my new found cs5 skills!): 

1. layers, layers, layers: since the weather varies so much from neighborhood to neighborhood, it's best to pack layers for your wardrobe. this cable knit j crew sweater is quite nice, especially the metal zipper detail on the shoulder.
2. camera: in the midst of going from meeting to apartment viewing, i must take time to snap some pics of my future city. i love my nikon d3100--takes awesome shots and very user friendly.
3. jeans: i've always had good luck with the real straight jeans at, believe it or not, the gap...last long, classic fit and less than $75.
4. a muni map: though at first overwhelming to look at, the transportation system in san francisco is superb and the bus lines are a must for getting from a to b. then to c, d and finally e.
5. boots: though i can't afford to spend $500 on these perfect frye riding boots, i will certainly be packing my own fantastic pair i got when visiting madrid this past march. sturdy, stylish and quite comfortable for tromping around the city in.
6. lip balm: my new favorite lip balm is eos sweet mint. perfect for those windy, chilly days to come.

twisted sister

gorg gorg gorg

see it bigger here at the beauty department

cheers to new york

last week, new york became the 6th state in the country to allow gay marriage. 

{photos via new york mag via cup of jo}