Mavic Pro Drone Testing

Check out the video my hubby put together for his new favorite toy. He is really looking forward to motorcycle season to start. It has been really rainy this winter in California. Which is wonderful for our drought issues. But my husband is just dying to get back on his bike. He is going to be doing some pretty awesome road trips this summer and wanted to test out his new drone to get some practice in before hand.

You can tell in the video we were both pretty paranoid about the drone’s safety and ours! But the more practice he gets in, the less we will have to keep an eye on it. We went to a roadway out in the middle of nowhere so we could drive super slow, and wouldn’t have to worry about traffic.

Bridal Shower DIY

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I had the privilege of making the decorations for a dear friends Bridal Shower. I used an old song book to make flowers, flags and heart banners.

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The flowers were a variety of sizes, shapes and kinds. It was surprisingly easy to make the flowers, but incredibly time consuming. So I just sat with my little table, hot glue gun and paper in front of the TV each night and marathon-ed old episodes of Survivor while gluing the night away. [Survivor is my guilty pleasure!! Trying to get through all the seasons]

For the flower jars I used old spaghetti mason jars. I painted them with acrylic paint on the inside, leaving about an inch and a half at the bottom unpainted. I took about three layers of acrylic paint to coat it. Once that was dried I used Mod Podge on the bottom and sprinkled glitter to coat.

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To decorate the walls I made little paper flags out of the song book pages. One flag had the couples name and the other said ‘True Love”. I strung them with hemp twine and put them in front of some tulle material.

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I also made a sandwich board A-frame sign for the entrances. This was made out of old pallet wood and scrap wood from an old fence. From trash to treasure!

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Last but not least I cut out what felt like a million small paper song book hearts. I glued them together on a long string to make garlands to decorate the tents.

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Everything turned out super cute and the bride and groom to be were very happy. It was a very budget friendly way to decorate, but incredibly time consuming! All-in-all it was totally worth the time and effort.

Beer Bottle Cap & Label Table

In celebration to good craft beer, a perfect side table suitable for beer lovers!

Square table 16x16x16x16″.

After collecting bottle caps and beer labels from a large variety of different brewers this table is a true celebration to the love of good beer.

Three sides of the table are covered in bottle cap patterns. The back and inside of the table is covered in beer labels. The whole table inside and out, is finished and sealed in epoxy resin.

 

Empty Bowls Benefit

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Second Harvest Food Bank invites you to partner with us to help fight hunger in our communities by participating in the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Benefit.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 25th 2017 at the Sysco Central California Facility, 136 Mariposa Rd., Modesto CA. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for our cocktail hour, silent auction, and one of a kind wine raffle. A unique dining experience will be provided by the talented chefs of Sysco. This is truly an evening that you will not want to miss!

Empty Bowls serves as a visual reminder that so many in our community often go without the most vital necessity: food. This event will showcase the programs and services Second Harvest offers and is one way to help ensure our neighbors’ bowls are filled.

Click here to get your tickets to this event. 

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It was a privileged to be able to provide a bowl for the empty bowl art display that they will have at this event. They are shooting to have about 500 painted empty bowls to represent all the hungry people in our community.

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The bowl I painted says “Love” in seven different langues. Hunger has no racial boundaries, but neither should love.

 

 

My first local organic food box!


This week starts another adventurous food trial for me. I have been dealing with chronic migraines now for years. I’ve gone down the list of things to try to identify the cause. I’m fed up with traditional doctors. I’ve gotten no where with all the different meds they tried out on me and still no closer to find out why I get them so frquently. All my wonderful friends and family have a million suggestions and remedies. So I’m just making my way through the never ending list of them. Last week I started to see an Alternative Medical Practioner for the first time. This step was seriously my last straw because all the testing and visits are out of pocket and very expensive. But my quality of life is so crappy at this point I’m desperate to find some sort of relief. We are doing a bunch of test with blood, saliva and poo-poo (let’s hope I never have to do that again). But to start she recommended I join an organic food co-op, and try out gluten, gmo and soy free diet. In the past I have tried a 30 day all juicing detox and I have also tried a 3 month vegan diet. But it’s sooooooo hard! Meatless is the easiest, I can do without meat no problem. But shrimp, cheese and pretzels are my all time favorite foods. And BEER!! No gluten means no IPAs! Blah! But to get rid of migraines would be worth it so I am going to give it a go. So I’m going to make it clear, the reason I’m writing this blog is self motivation. So any encouraging comments or helpful suggestions would be welcome! (But please no nasty comment trolling, if you don’t have anything positive to say… keep it to yourself or tell your cats, no room for it here)

This brings me to my beautiful food box! I signed up with a local farm called ranchopiccolo.com. You sign up online and then you choose a pick up spot closest to you. They even deliver! The one closest to me is in a beautiful art gallery downtown, how cool is that! 

So the adventure begins! Some of the things I got in my box I had neither seen nor heard of before. Friseé? Nope never heard of that! And the Daikon Raddish, that ginormous root looking thing just may haunt my dreams. But Hey! It’s an ADVENTURE! The cool part about this Community Suported Program, is that with each weeks box they also give recipes that go along with what you get. That has proven to be very helpful. With the help of these as well as some other recipes I found online I should be set. Check out my Pinterest page if your interested in the yummy recipes I’m going to try here

Very excited to get popcorn right off cob. That’s a first! It was so yummy! I had to pick all the kernels off, then cooked 1/2 cup of them with 3tbl spoon of coconut oil. Then I added sea salt and a little sugar. Ummmmm…. yummy! It filled the hole that my pretzels left. I still have more kernels so I will save them for another night. 


Also to ensure the leafy greens don’t go bad I made a bomb salad straight away… check out the reciepe here

Blossom Tree now for sale!

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Blossom Tree by Athena Mariah LaRue

Click here to visit my store!

I’m very excited to have my Blossom Tree painting up for sale in my Etsy shop. I had them printed on high quality canvas called giclee. This tree is actually a part of a larger painting of an owl that I have been working on. I had a friend special request having just the tree printed for them. It turned out great! Even though it is a digital print of the original, you can still see the paint brush strokes so it looks like an original painting.

Stop by my store and order yours today!