Obsessions #3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

When I find something that I love, I usually get obsessed with it... It's true, I do! I recently got a new cammy & have become obsessed with this, too! Okay, not obsessed, infatuated! I've been taking it everywhere with me & trying to snap pictures of everything! Since this, I've noticed "camera things" poping up all over the place now! Have you ever noticed something, or learned about something & then you see it all over the place afterwards... ? Yeah, exactly.

Anyways, I've been coming across all sorts of cute camera things lately I thought I woud share what I've been bookmaring and making mental notes of lately!
[via Ruche, Etsy & Google Images]

I've been eyeing the camera necklace (there are MANY different versions on Etsy) forever! I recently came across the camera ring & camera shirt... I'm loving the camera jewelry & accessories & I totally see myself adding these to my collection in the near future :)

[via eclectic whatnot]

I love these cute, girly, frilly, ruffled & whimsical camera straps that Ruthanne makes. They are bright, bold & very colorful; which is totally my style!

[via Sassy Strap Boutique]

I love, love, LOVE these vintage inspired camera straps. They remind me of the camera strap that my parents had on their old AE-1 growing up. Theirs was straight out of the 70's, but I'm kinda liking this modern take on the original.
[via Etsy]

I've been looking for a good camera bag, but haven't been able to locate one that I like. Requirements include a camera bag that is cute, stylish & also practical. Let me know if you come across any! :)

30 Before 30: #9 - Make a Panang curry dish from scratch

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In trying to keep up with my 30before30 list [that I've been kinda slacking on lately...] I am finally getting my butt in gear & working towards knocking some more items off my list! 

Last night I made Panang Curry [#9 on my list]! Regretfully, I didn't snap any pix throughout the process of making this dish, it did happen to turn out rather lovely though, so I'm pleased! :)

Whenever I go to a Thai restaurant, this is *always* my go-to dish. Always. While I am a firm believer in trying new things, I am also a firm believer that if you find something you love, why try something different? I know, it's very contradictory. And in my search to try & replicate it, I've found it rather difficult. I cannot find a store that sells panang curry paste; absolutely no one carries this it seems! So I had to get creative & combine a few ingredients to come to a close match... by adding peanut butter & basil for sweetness, it turned out pretty darn good! :)

Here is the recipe that I came up with:

P a n a n g C u r r y (H o l l y  s t y l e)
  • 1 Jar of Red Curry Simmer Sauce
  • 3 tbs peanut butter
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • A few sprigs of basil
  • A few pinches of red pepper flakes
  • brown rice on the side

1) Peel and chop the potatoes into small 2 inch cubes. Boil in salted water until semi-soft. You don't want completely done potatoes because they will continue to cook in the sauce. 

2) In a wok, bring one jar of Red Curry sauce to a simmer. Add 3 tbs of peanut butter, a few sprigs of basil & a few pinches of red pepper flakes. 

3) Add red peppers, green bell peppers, onions & potatoes. 

4) Continue simmering for approximately 10 minutes until all the veggies soak up the curry sauce. 

5) Serve in a bowl with a side of rice.


As you can see, this meal was very easy to make & delicious to eat! :)

A little dream I have for my life is...

 To have my own art room someday.
I would love nothing more than to have a little corner of my house to be my own little creative space (and another corner for a walk-in-closet, another corner for a gourmet kitchen...) Really, (one day) when I have a grown-up house of my own, my requirement is that I must have my own art room. In past years the small apartment lifestyle is just not conducive to a huge messes of art supplies, crafting materials, unfinished projects, etc..

In college I had so many art spaces to work in... I had open studio hours, open darkroom hours... I had a space to go to 24 hours of each day to work on projects. I miss that. One day my art room will be comprised of a darkroom space, a painting space, a table space for crafty projects & anything else that I can cram in there!

Martha shared some of these craft spaces (below) a while ago, & they've been on my mind ever since. One day (hopefully soon) I hope to create something just like this for myself!

Speaking of art & creative things... Just a few days ago I e-mailed my new favorite artist, Lindsay over at Aisle to Aloha, to create some custom paintings for me. I am in awe of the cute work that Lindsay creates & it's really got me thinking lately about picking up for love for art&crafty things again... Check out her Etsy shop here! I couldn't mention her without including some of here work... How cute are these?
[art room photos via Martha, "Cuties" via Lindsay]

My day job: & what I love most about it...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I don't really talk much about my job on my blog, but that doesn't mean that it isn't an important part of my life. It doesn't define who I am by any means, but it is something that I've worked really hard to accomplish & I'm proud of the accomplishments that I have made in my career to get here. 

I work for the Seattle Mariners in Corporate Sponsorships... managing sponsorship accounts by means of executing all aspects of contracts and ensuring that everyone is happy & that I'm fostering a mutually beneficial relationship with my clients. I've been in this position for almost three years (and in professional sports for about six years). It's been (and continues to be) a position where I am always learning and developing lasting relationships.

One part about my job that I love (very much) is that I get the opportunity to assist the community relations department from time to time. A lot of our sponsors have community programs that I help to execute & that is by far my favorite part of my position.

This past week I was able to join the community relations department on their annual bus tour around Washington & NW Oregon. The Mariners Caravan travels around the region during the month of January making stops at schools for assemblies, player meet 'n' greets & autograph sessions in the community & radio affiliates to reach out to Mariners fans in the NW. Any time that I can get out in the community and help spread the word that the Mariners aren't just a professional sports team, but also an organization that has a passion for the community & helps to raise funds for meaningful organizations. It's one aspect of my job that I love the most. I don't get to help out often, but when I do, I enjoy every minute of it.

Here are some photos of the Mariners out in the community this past week:
At a school assembly in Washington. I just love assisting with these school assemblies because we help to deliver a very important message to the kiddos & they are always overjoyed to have us there!
At a community Q&A & Autograph session. It's fun to see people get so excited to meet their favorite players & be able to interact with them... Did you know that the Moose also has his own autograph... ? :)

Exactly one year ago today...

Luke & I were in Miami & in exactly 6 months from now, we'll be in Miami, again! :)

We're going back at the end of July for Luke's friends' wedding & we've already started the countdown to South Beach!

Although I don't see myself up and moving here anytime soon [too far from family, everything I know]... Miami is definitely a city that I could spend some time in! One of the great appeals is that it is a complete 180 from everything that I know. Make sense? I haven't done much traveling [in the U.S., yes, outside of the U.S., no]. But one thing that I love about the U.S. is that there is a lot of variety from state to state. I've always wanted to see how unique other places are & really get to know what other people call "home". In visiting Miami last year, we had so much fun experiencing the nightlife, the art deco architecture, the beach life & just everyday life. Everything was new to us: the landscape, the warm ocean, the culture. My favorite part about visiting new/different places is just really learning about what makes it so different and unique... It really makes you appreciate how different we all are. OK, I'm done rambling...

Here are all the new things that we saw on our first trip to Miami:

Miami 2010!

Ocean Drive!

Luke @ the Clevelander - Our favorite place in South Beach.
South end of the beach at South Beach [haha that sounds funny]

I might have been obsessed with snapping pics of the little lifeguard shacks...

Told you...

Luke on the South Beach jetty

The Biscayne Bay

On a little boat in Miami!

At the Miami Heat game...

You can't quite tell from the horrible picture quality, but that is Downtown Miami behind me. I'm in our suite for the night of our first Miami Heat game. How cool that the suite has a balcony that overlook downtown? Only in Miami...

Enjoying the Miami sun! This was our last day & we didn't want to leave...

We CAN'T WAIT to go back in July!

<3 Holly

Arizona, I love you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Luke & I traveled to Arizona this past [long] weekend. We found cheap tickets [on Southwest, under $200], so we decided it was time for another mini-vacation. Plus I've been wanting to introduce Luke to Erin & Cheyenne for the longest time! Arizona has always held a special place in my heart & probably always will. I always look forward to my trips here; usually once a year... Here's what we were up to in Arizona this time!

  • Hiked Camelback Mountain. Okay, this is kind of a lie... We hiked the "easy" trail because we are both so out of shape. 
  • Went to Pei Wei, or Asian Bliss, as Luke now calls it.
  • Drove around Tempe, showed Luke ASU and Mill Ave. 
  • Dinner at Cooperstown with Cheyenne & Chris!
  • We went to the Suns vs. Blazers game. This was kinda tricky for me. In my previous employment I've been employed by both of these teams... I did grow up a Blazer fan, so there rests my loyalty, but I was with my favorite ladies that still work for the Suns, so I felt a little torn. It was a good game & I was just thankful to be there with Luke & my girls!
  • Walked around Tempe Marketplace & we accidentally stumbled across a Justin Beiber singing contest. It was embarrassing. 
  • Late lunch @ Pei Wei, round 2!
  • Got pedis with Cheyenne. It's kind of a tradition now...
  • Dinner @ Delux [with Adam's preferred card!]
  • Chatting at Bungalow in Old Town Scottsdale with some great friends!
  • Watched the Bears game in Mesa with Luke's friends from high school & watched the Bears beat the Seahawks!
  • Drove around Tempe trying to find my grandmas old house, the old house that I grew up visiting!
  • Hung out with Chris, Cheyenne & Mateo [a.k.a. coolest "almost" 2-year old ever!]
  • Had dinner at the Yard House with Jordan & Brenna up at Desert Ridge in Paradise Valley.
  • Luke & I went to Sedona for the day & took A LOT of pictures! The weather was so gorgeous at about 70 degrees. Up towards Slide Rock State Park it got a little cooler in the 60's & there was snow everywhere! I made a hand-held snowman, just for fun!
  • We had dinner & margaritas back in Phoenix with Erin & Cheyenne; my two most favorite ladies in the world! 
  • Erin gave me the cutest charm ever! [see right]. It's a little suitcase with a tiny postcard hidden inside. Since I like to travel & I do so quite a bit... she thought it would be perfect for me :) She was right!

I'm working on an Arizona post, but it will have to wait until I get my pix uploaded from my new cammy! Until then, here's a pic of my me & my girls at the Suns vs. Blazers game last Friday...

Sorry for the absence of posts...

Monday, January 17, 2011

But this is where I've been for the past few days!

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A weekend in wine country? Yes, please!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I know I'm leaving shorty for my Phoenix trip, but I can't stop thinking about this other lovely place... While researching my favorite wines [which I am currently obsessing over], I found that they have the most beautiful winery! Located about an hour north of Napa, in California's wine country, the Frances Ford Coppola Winery is definitely my kind of place!  I have *always* wanted to go to Napa for a weekend of leisure and wine tasting! Last July when Luke & I drove down to San Francisco for a very long weekend, we drove by the Napa Valley exit & I was thisclose to making the 20 miles detour & extending our vacation!

Check out these beautiful pictures of the winery... I really hope to visit this place someday... soon!
A selection of the great Francis Ford Coppola Wines.

How gorgeous is this entrance? 

 I would love to hang out in their tasting room & sip all their delicious wines... How cute is this tasting room?!

And take a dip in the pool...

 Rustic, the restaurant at the Winery, looks absolutely delicious! With almost everything on the menu priced reasonably under $20!
After dinner they have live music & dancing out in the pavilion. Fun!

My dream! A massive collection of all my favorite wines!

Isn't this place great! Someday... 

[all photos via]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stop by Fairy Tales are True to check out my guest post on Sarah's "Lets Take a Trip Tuesday"! I'm talking about my town, Seattle!


counting down...

...to Arizona! Luke & I arrive on Thursday night & we're staying until Tuesday morning. I can't wait to get out of Seattle for a very long weekend & spend time in the Valley of the Sun!

[image via]

It's like Christmas morning x10!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I got myself a new... a new cammy! After conducting A LOT of research & stashing away some funds for quite a while I was finally able to get myself what I've been wanting for years! 
[not that it took years of savings, I just finally decided it was time to buy]
So, without further ado, her it is:

I went with the Canon Rebel! I was debating between this and the Olympus Pen for quite a bit. They are both two completely different cameras, with some very different qualities, I just needed to decide which were more important for my photographic needs. I went with one of the lesser expensive models because A) I didn't want to spend a fortune [after already spending half a grand on this one] and B) I'm not trying to take my photography to a professional level. I'm 100% positive that this camera and myself will make for a great fit!

I've had a Canon before & loved it [a much cheaper digital version, Canon PowersShot A510].  This camera was purchased early on in college & unfortunately I didn't take good care of it. I tossed it, scratched it, dropped it, etc. You name it, I abused it. It's cracked now & the lens doesn't open and close... But surprisingly still excellently works! AND after taking a photography class in college [the best class of my life] I grew to appreciate how well constructed a Canon camera is. I was using an AE-1 35mm [borrowed from my Aunt Holly], but still, I grew somewhat loyal to Canons during this time. I hope to own my own AE-1 someday & construct my own darkroom to develop my own prints... someday!

I have to give a shout out to Luke [best boyfriend ever] for driving all the way out to the suburbs to find the only store that seemed to have it in stock & purchasing this for me! I live in Washington [where we have to pay sales tax] & Luke is down in Oregon [where sales tax does not exist] so this was VERY nice of him :) THANKS BF!

I CAN'T WAIT to take this camera out and about & start snapping away!

<3 Holly

***I should also mention that this was one of my goals on my 30 before 3o list***

A blast from the past!

My parents have saved A LOT of pictures of Heather and I throughout the years. I love these old photographs because it was before the era of digital cameras and these images really capture how long ago life was. Recently I picked out a few of my favorite photos and scanned them on to my computer. Heather and I had a wonderful time growing up in the country with a lot of property to run around, climb trees, ride our bikes and play with our animals. We had a LOT of animals throughout the duration of our childhood... horses, pigs, cows, pygmy goats, bunnies, kitties, doggies, gerbils, chickens... You name it, at some point we had it! Here are some pictures that I think really capture what life was like for Heather and I when we were little!

Stacey, Heather & me. [Stacey was one of Heathers' best friends growing up] I was super excited about "The Little Mermaid" at this point in my life. This is right when the movie came out I was even more excited because A) my middle name is Ariel and B) I had long, red, wavy hair. You can bet that I was bragging to everyone about this.

Heather and I are super excited for Christmas presents, obviously!

My dad and I on the tractor. We're adding on a new addition to our house and he's letting me "think" that I'm helping him out.

Aren't we the cutest?! I'm guessing that this picture was taken in the summer sometime and I'm about 6 years old [maybe]...

Ever since I was a tiny, tiny girl, we always had horses. I even got my first horse [Capser] when I was 18 months old! This is me with my pony, Charlie. How cute is this mini horse?!

Wow, Heather and I were tiny little girls here! We loved growing up with animals all around us at all times. Unfortunately I was a bad sister and told Heather to go touch the electric fence because "it had been turned off". Of course it wasn't, I was just a mean older sister. [p.s. I'm nice to her now ;)]

Growing up we had a lot of property around our house; it was the perfect setting for riding our bikes everywhere! This is me riding around with my favorite stuffed animal, Monkeykey. I still have this monkey and sometimes he sleeps on my bed. I remember one time my dad yanked him out of my hands when we were playing around; he pulled on him a little too hard, tearing his arm right off. I cried and I cried! My mom stitched him right back up, but I could always see the stitches and always felt bad for the little guy.
Okay, I saved the best picture for last. How cute is this little drindel from Germany?! My aunt Victoria gave this to me when she lived there. I am two years old in this picture and I might just be the cutest two year old at the time in 1984! I really wish that I still had this hair color...