church of tarot: the tower (reversed)

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The Tower is one of the major arcana cards of which there are 22. It represents misery, distress, ruin, indigence, adversity, calamity, discrace, deception. Because it is reversed, or upside down, the card holds a slightly different meaning. According to one account, the same in a lesser degree, also oppression, imprisonment, and tyrrany.

This card is one of the most unhappy cards in the deck, and one of the few that does not become much better upon it’s reversal.

I hope that you’re all staying strong through your ‘towery’ times, please share!

october barscape

barIMG_4858We tidied up for October. The whiskey’s set out, there’s photo props to play with, and a fall-ful color scheme. What do you think? Just missing some candy and a pumpkin, eh?
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Hawaiian Brians: Resturaunt Review

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hawaiiThe “Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken” with Pineapple Coleslaw substituted for Macaroni Salad.
hawaiiThe “Kalua Pig”.

I rate this local joint as mediocre. The environment is a little lacking, but I don’t go to restaurants for the scenery! The food is so juicy and tender that it almost reminds me of Grandma’s house (except for that she can’t cook Hawaiian style food). The Kalua Pig dish featured some of the best roasted pork I have ever eaten! The pork was just melt in your mouth tender. The Shoyu Chicken dish is composed of boneless chicken thighs slow braised in the secret Shoyu sauce (which I’m pretty sure is a blend of soy sauce, pineapple juice, and something else I can’t put my finger on); this gave the chicken a tender flavorful finish. While the meats on each of these plates were extraordinarily good, the side dishes were bland. I would suggest doubling up on meat and steamed rice! Even though I didn’t care for the sides, I will definitely venture back to Hawaiian Brian’s soon!

P.S-They serve breakfast as well! If you’re into Spam and eggs, you’ll love it. If not, you should definitely give their lunch a try at least once!

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vampire weekend at the AMP

vampire weekendMy view is not quite the same as most, but I could still hear every word – and that’s what counts. I’ve been known to join the little crowds behind the AMP on the bike trail when there’s a show going on. Some people bring coolers, or chairs. But I just lean on my bike and groove. (Sometimes I bring cookies.)

A couple of weeks ago Vampire Weekend was in town. You can’t really take a picture of music … case in point above, but it was pretty incredible. I heard a lot about them on NPR when their new album came out in May. Until then, I had kind of written them off as one of those ’emo’ bands from High School with Death Cab and other more embarrasing bands. But I really like their new album, it has a fresh feel while retaining their own style and sound.

If you get the chance, go see them! Loiter outside like I did, or you know, pay money… their backdrop was beautiful (I saw pictures later) – though it kind of blocked my view.

welcome to the pumpkin patch

You can stop searching, Dickey Farms is the only place to go for pumpkins in Northwest Arkansas. They grow a bazillion varieties and each one is unique, beautiful, and some are even delicious!

pumpkinThis is our load from last year, but we’re gearing up to go again. Maybe even more than once! Aren’t they absolutely beautiful?

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Michal Menert at George’s Majestic Lounge

menertWe went to see Michal Menert’s Space Jazz tour last Tuesday at George’s. The crowd took a few hours to grow, but by the time M.M. got on stage there was a pretty decent group for a Tuesday night. We did some work for his tour during the week prior (hanging posters, getting the word out, etc.) and so I was “on the list” and got to go for free. Fancy, I know! The music was super groovy. According to my parents, the jazz station was my favorite when I was little. So, apparently I like jazz. Although, jazz is definitely just a touch of what Michal Menert’s music sounds like. It’s definitely dubstep with everything from world music to classic jazzy tunes mixed in.

Michal Menert’s tour is really huge, so there’s no excuse for missing it! Check out his upcoming shows and go dance your face off!

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introducing the floppy bifold wallet

walletWe’ve made a fresh batch of our signature floppy bifold wallets for tomorrow’s make festival in Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs, AR. If you live nearby, come check us out in person! walletThese wallets are simple, and are perfect for holding anything from cards and cash to keys and change.

walletTheir design keeps loose change, hair pins, and anything else you’ve stuffed in from falling out when in your bag or pocket.

walletAvailable in all of the above designs at tomorrow’s festival. We’ll also have all of our new badge designs, a custom tent on display, and our favorite woodworker! See you there!

a fresh batch of badges

badgesI made this new batch of badges for my table at the August 23rd fun after 5 ‘Makers Music Fest’ in Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs, AR. I’m loving the puff-balls and Brooke’s favorite is the red star one. Come pick your favorite at the event next Friday!

We should have our custom tent out, and I should be sharing a table with the amazing woodworker behind Sticks and Stones who builds the frames for our tents (aka, my dad). This is going to be a really fun, family friendly event, so come play with us on the 23rd!

a traveler’s guide

I made this cute little guide book for a trip went on a couple of days ago. It’s just a stack of 3×5 cards with different things I wanted to be sure and check out while I was there. I digitized it into a little book to share here, but the paper copy is pretty gosh darn cute itself!

Now that I’m back from my trip, I’ve printed pictures to go with each card and used double sided tape to stick them to the backs of each card (the cards were all one sided, which my flip book above does not demonstrate well). Below is a quick instagram of each page with photos and binding. Pretty cute eh? I love how we used the book to remember what we wanted to do and where each of those things were and then it turned into a sort of scrapbook/keepsake when we threw the pictures in there!

How do you plan the things you want to see and do when you travel? Do you write them down somewhere? Next time you should make yourself a little personalized guide book!

introducing the stringy bracelet of friendship

braceletThese fun stringy bracelets are so simple to make, and are a super cute way to tell the world that you’re crafty (it’s the rik-rak).
braceletMake your own for yourself and your friends by cutting bits of string, yarn, trimming, etc. about the length of three times around your wrist. Double them over and tie a knot, forming a loop, at the doubled over end. Tie a knot in the loose end and slip it through the loop.

Did you make one? Share it with us with a link to your photo wherever you’ve posted it in the comments, we’d love to see your handiwork!
braceletOr, if you don’t happen to have a drawer full of doo-dads, skip all of the work and buy some of the super cute combos we’ve already made here.