Monthly Archives: August 2011

every day we’re shuff-a-lin

annnnd we’re off! (tomorrow morning at stupid early o’clock)
shufflin’ off on our end-of-summer road trip to see family all over – Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, etc

and hopefully some of the quirky awesomeness America has to offer along the way

here’s to making happy summer memories with a boy, a dog, a mini-van and a couple of cameras

wish me luck getting the boy to ead fried rattlesnake!

peace out, New England – see you next week sometime –


[actually, I’ve never tried rattlesnake. good luck getting ME to try it!]

rattlesnale recipe:

1 egg
salt to taste
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. seasoning salt mix
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. pepper
1 rattlesnake

Cut snake meat into 4 inch lengths. Beat egg and milk. Mix spices with  flour in a separate bowl. Preheat deep fat fryer with cooking oil. Dip snake into egg mixture and then in flour mixture and place it in hot oil. Cook until golden brown and crispy like fried fish. Serve with french fries.


let’s hear it for the boy(s)

one or two photos of what Noah’s been up to..

(mostly with his dad and with his bff James…I’m generally the one behind the camera!)

(yes, I’m aware boys don’t call each other bff, shush)


antiquing with us! (he found an antique teenage mutant ninja turtle 🙂

ice cream tongues
eating spongebob ice creams off the ice cream truck til their tongues turn black


swmming! and taking it seriously. mmhmm
james swimmin

knee boards

having knee-board ‘races’ wherein no one gets more than two feet from shore, no matter HOW furiously they paddle

fallin off

…falling off knee boards…

fallin off some more

and falling off again…


towing each other around in the lake!



hiking (and looking quite handsome with) with dad and optimus prime

boston museum of science

exploring the Boston Museum of Science ^

learning how to make his own lunch!

learning how

getting a painful boo boo in the lake =(

boo boo

movie time

watching movies with friends

watchin movies

playin guitar:

playin guitar

eatin pizza

eatin pizza ^

and wading in rivers…


taking in GORGEOUS views in NH and VT..


taking photos of photographers..


beach boys

& ridin waves, catchin tan, growing freckles, chasing crabs, tossing frisbees, etc…at the beach

and more and more and more and more

that child never stops! I love him!

only 25 days of summer left!

(only sixteen days til my birthday!)

happy Thursday, happy August, happy summer youse guys!

– janet

simple things turn magical

hey, it’s what we do!

we rescue vintage used and unused canning jars from
– estate sales
– rummage sales
– tag sales
– garage sales
– yard sales
– side of the road
– basements
– falling-down-barns

some are Atlas, some are Ball, all are vintage and a bit forlorn – they were just waiting for someone to come along and lovingly repurpose, up-cycle, turn them into something prettily charming that non-canners such as ourselves can enjoy and treasure for a long, long time.

so we take them home and we use a bit of paper, a bit of imagination, and a bit of solar power and voilĂ ! the sweetest, brightest, sassiest decorations you’ll ever have on your deck

or at your party
at your wedding
in your yard
as a night-light
and so on…

just set them outside during the day and let them soak up the sun.
delight in the stained glass aspect they so gorgeously smack of
…and then as night falls you and yours can bask in the firefly-esque glow!

– LED solar lights are safer than other types of lights because they don’t produce heat and aren’t wired to an electrical source
– LED life expectancy typically exceeds 25 years, based on running 10 hours every night
– they do not contain mercury, so easier to dispose of when they do burn out.
– so pretty!

some are decoupaged for JUST the look and color and theme a customer wants

some are left beautifully plain to capture the simple feel of mason jars at dusk

either way, we love them, we have tons of them lighting up OUR humble yard, and we enjoy the heck out of making them together.