Adventurous Friday #3: Adventures In Music Making

Hi My Lovely Star Fishies!

Last Sunday (and most Sundays) I get the joy of creating music with my husband Derek, my brother Jake, and our friend Zach. It’s always an adventure because it always feels different. It always feels brand new.

We’re trying to find an efficient process to help us finish our songs and make them more polished as well. So far we have two albums out, but they are mostly improvised songs. Some of the songs are completely improvised, and others are only partially so.

If you’d like to listen to our music we’ve released so far, you can go to our band page.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Thursday Thoughts #3: Concerning Fake People

Hi My Lovelies,

Today the topic is fake people. These people are those that seem sweet on the outside, but on the inside lurks darkness and sometimes evil. They might appear to treat someone politely, when in reality, what they are saying and doing is cutting deep for the person involved. These fakers are sometimes also bullies. They may love to bully people and treat them horribly for no reason and in a way that can’t be easily detected by others in the environment.

Many times there is absolutely no reason for these fakers to bully the people they bully. They simply do it because they are insecure and want attention driven away from themselves. Sometimes they want lots of attention and do what they do because of the immense desire for that attention. It’s pathetic, really, how people can treat others so harshly and not even care or look at themselves and what they’re doing.

Most of the time, they just end up making themselves look like complete and utter fools. Often they will talk about the most outrageous things to stir people up and give them as much attention as humanly possible, even if it makes them look really bad.

I’ve outlined different types of fake people:

  1. The Seemingly Sweet Faker
  2. The “I’m always angry at everything” Faker {No one can really be that angry all the time}
  3. The Fake Friend
  4. The Faker That Feeds On Gossip
  5. The Bullying Fake Person {The worst}
Some people are such fakers that they are a mix of 2 or more of the above. Yeah. Look out for these fakers, my lovelies. They are about as selfish as they come.
Hearts & Stars,
MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #2: When Cookie Cups Don’t Work

Hi My Lovely Starfishy Friend-pies,

I saw a picture on Pinterest showing chocolate chip cookie cups for putting your ice cream in! I wanted to try it, so I did try it. However, I failed miserably. Below is what happened…

  1. First, I put some cooking spray on an upside-down muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Then I grabbed some cookie dough out of the container and into my hand.
  3. You have to shape it in a ball first, of course, I failed at this, so it doesn’t really matter for this tutorial…haha
  4. Flatten the dough out.
  5. See? All flat.
  6. Next I put the chocolate chip cookie dough on the upside-down pan cup. (I did two cookie cups.)
  7. I tried to form it in the cup shape like the end-result pictures I saw. This was a big mistake. My suggestion is to put less cookie dough on the pan than you think you’ll need, but remember, I DID NOT test this method. Remember, I failed…
  8. Oooops! They came out like this. Too much cookie dough and it ran down the sides WAY more than I expected. Trial and error, folks. That’s what happens sometimes.
  9. So we decided to crush up the chocolate chip cookie cups into chunks.
  10. Then, we put them in the blender.
  11. Then we added milk.
  12. Next, we took some neapolitan ice cream…
  13. & we put it in the blender, too.
  14. Add however much ice cream you like, but don’t overload your blender.
  15. Blended.
  16. Served.

What do you all think? I guess I should have followed an actual tutorial to do the cookie cups, but I thought they would be easy. Well, let’s just say the kitchen isn’t the room I spend much time in…

Hope you enjoy your chocolate chip cookie chunk neapolitan milk shakes! Below is a funny/cute/crazy video for your enjoyment:

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #2: Relax After Work On A Tree Swing

Hi My Lovely Stars,

Today, I’m pinning some new pins as well as couple not-so-new ones. When I saw this swing above this water, my jaw almost dropped. It’s gorgeous! My dream place to be is there. Right there on that little swing, dangling my feet above the water.

When I think of this group of pins, I think of being at work most of the day in this cute outfit and shoes, then retreating home to this lovely swing in a tree. I’m too eager to change, so I just get straight on the swing in my work clothes, only kicking my heels off before going outside.

You can find me on Pinterest and view more of my pins here.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #2: Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hi My Beautiful Starfish,

Last Saturday we went on another adventure. This time we went to downtown Jonesborough. It was a very beautiful and friendly place. Unfortunately we got there after 5:00, so most shops were closed. However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and exploring, taking plenty of photos along the way of course!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Adventurous Friday & my little adventure collage below!:

Below is a photo of me in front of a really neat looking old door in Jonesborough:

I hope you all enjoyed this adventure! Have a great weekend, my lovely friends! Thanks so much for reading!

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Thursday Thoughts #2: When People Disappoint Us

Hi My Lovely Reader Wonder-Things,

Today is “Thursday Thoughts: When People Disappoint Us.”

Isn’t it funny and sad how often we as humans get disappointed at our fellow man? We move and writhe in the muck of humanity, and yet we judge each other and ridicule one another. At what gain? We see others make decisions we call mistakes, but when we make our own share of them, it’s called something quite different in our minds.

We touch, look, smell, hear, and taste, but do we really feel, see, listen, and take delight in the juxtapositions of life? There are endless streams flowing into streams flowing into more streams of knowledge, and depth, and height. All these things get pushed aside during the 9 to 5. It’s only: “Let me just survive” or “Let me make it out alive.” What we feel then is not really felt, only dreamt. Our lives become empty hallways of doors never opened, locks never picked, and sights never seen.

Oh, to be able to relax and just breathe. To be able to breathe it all in, feel every detail, every second, every moment standing still before our very eyes. All this so we can touch life again, like a toddler taking it all in. We don’t remember those days. We are far too old and blind to remember anything such as that. We are all dying, weeping, sighing, waiting, and fighting. We’re fighting life out of our very being. We don’t want to hold it in our own hands as we should. We want someone to do that for us, to feel for us.

If we continue this, it will only get worse. There’s only a fraction of our time left spent on our own lives, our own wishes, hopes, and dreams. This fraction will turn into a tiny shard of light, then it will be like a microscopic creature, then nonexistent.

I hope we all change this. I hope we all live free again and feel life again. Strive for it. Live for it.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Sketchbook Wednesday #2: Sadie’s Job

Hello My Lovelies,

Today is Sketchbook Wednesday once again. Last time I showed you a photo of the very first sketch page in my new sketchbook, which I hope to turn into a comic book. The first page was of a quaint little town that appeared sort of quiet, but with a lot going on.

Today’s page is page #2 and it’s introducing us to Sadie who works in the music store in downtown:

 

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Sketchbook Wednesday! Have a great night, friends.

 

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #1: Easy & Fast Dinner

Hi My Friends,

If you want to make an easy and fast dinner, read the following instructions. This meal will be spaghetti, salad, garlic French bread, and kiwi:

  • Get your ingredients together. The spaghetti will require spaghetti noodles, sauce (I prefer Ragu, super chunky mushroom), any spices you like on your spaghetti (I actually used salt, pepper, and some kind of chicken seasoning because it is so good), and you’ll have a nicer dinner if you also have some garlic French bread on hand.

  • Now, boil some water in a pan. You’ll obviously want a pan that has tall walls (not a sauce pan). You’ll want to fill the water a little under half way. You don’t want the water to boil over.
  • Once the water is boiled, put the noodles in the pan. You may need to slightly turn down the heat on the stove top so that the water doesn’t boil over. You’ll need to slightly adjust the heat every now and then from “HIGH” to “Medium/High” depending upon how fast you want the noodles to cook.
  • You’ll know the noodles are finished cooking when they are tender enough to cut with a fork. Once they are, turn the heat off and strain the water out of the pan into the sink.
  • Put butter in the spaghetti noodles.
  • Heat your sauce in the microwave in a microwave safe dish (or you can heat the sauce on the stove top in a sauce pan).
  • Pour the sauce over the spaghetti inside the pan, unless you think you may have left-overs later. If you do think you’ll have left-overs, make sure you pour the sauce on the noodles after you put your portioned noodles on your plate/in your bowl. The rest of the unused sauce and noodles needs to be stored separately in the fridge. (Keeping them separated until reheated makes the left-over spaghetti taste better.)
  • Once your spaghetti portions are on either your plate or in your bowl, you can add the spices you like.
  • Next, get your salad ingredients together. You’ll at least need green leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the dressing of your choice. You can add other things to your own salad as well if you wish, such as olives, peppers, cucumbers, etc…
  • Don’t forget to put a serving of fruit on your plate. I chose kiwi.

Below is your meal all finished and ready to eat. Enjoy! :)

I know this meal is super super easy, but I felt like there needed to be a tutorial out there for all of us who hate to cook, but love food and hate to wait to eat it.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial choice I chose for this Tutorial Tuesday this week.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #1: Fashion, Beauty, & Fun in the Sun

Hi My Lovely Readers,

Monday is Recent Pin Day and so below I’ve compiled some of my recent and favorite pins all in one image as a sort of mood board or inspiration collage.

I had a very stressful day at work today, but fortunately we have an amazing team at the newspaper I work at, so we all put our talents together and pulled through. Seems like we always do somehow. I feel like this pin compilation is a reflection of the serenity we all strive for in life. Having fun, feeling alive–it’s what we all want out of life, isn’t it?

Even though the below pins are my most recent, they are not brand new. I haven’t been pinning lately, but you better believe this post will inspire me to do just that. The emotions and messages I get out of this image of pins is a message of a fun time full of girlyness and summer breezes. The dress is the focal point of the outfit one would wear in this little “inspiration board world.” The necklace gives a sense of whimsy and playfulness as do the delicious Eiffel Bon Bons candies. I actually ate those when I was in high school during my semesters of French. They are hands down my favorite candy in the entire world (so far, haha) and if it were allowed {and healthy} I would buy a ton of them and eat them for every meal. As for the photo of Lucy Hale, I pinned her to my “people” board, but I feel more like in this context she has the make-up and hair that would go perfectly with the outfit and the summer day itself.

The swansea beach radio is, of course, perfect for the seaside, keeping along with our fun summer theme. The bright and cheerful pink room in the backdrop gives us a sense of contemporary color schemes mixed with traditional textures, and let’s face it, it’s just to die for. The molding and every detail in the ceiling is magnificent by itself, without even taking into account the rest of the room.

Notice I didn’t exactly mention prices. I felt like the dress and necklace were quite expensive. Therefore, they are only meant to be a jumping-off point. I’m sure there is a more practical and affordable version of them both out there somewhere. I can’t see myself paying hundreds of dollars for one dress, but maybe that’s just me. Go find your own versions in your local thrift stores, clearance sales, and yard sales!

Another thing I wanted to talk to you guys and gals about is that I, along with Derek Brown, have an online creative magazine called Paper Aquarium Magazine. It’s a magazine full of contributed art, photography, and other creative tid-bits. You can check it out here.

Thanks so much, my lovelies, for reading, liking, and commenting. I can’t express how much I appreciate the time you all take out of your busy lives to read my blog entries.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou