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My bookmark list is slowly but surely growing out of control.  There’s so much amazing inspiration out there, and I’m continually overwhelmed by all of the creative energy and beauty floating around the internet.  Here’s some of the things I’ve been digging on lately.

Forty-Sixth at Grace is an astounding blog that she calls “a saving account for things I like”.  Beautiful photographs, soft and ethereal.  Great finds and lovely writing.  What’s not to like?

Jordan Ferney seems to live a life filled with friends, fun and art (I’m jealous).  She has a lettepress studio, she does photo styling, and an event planner.  Her blog is filled with all sorts of wonderful things and is a good place to go to jump-start your imagination.

MagCloud might be my new favorite find.  Who among us hasn’t dreamed of one day working for a magazine?  With that option quickly disappearing out the window, why not take the initiative and publish your own.  That’s exactly what MagCloud is for.  You just upload a .pdf of your magazine, and they do all of the work!  The price is right too – you pay nothing to create the magazine, but having it printed costs $.20/page.  You can set your subscription price above that to make money, if that’s what your after.  In this day and age where it’s so hard to set yourself apart from the crowd, I’m thinking that a magazine would be the way to do it!

I am in love with this photography from Bobby Neel Adams.  He takes portraits of different generations of the family, prints them out, and manually stitches them together.  The family resemblance is really striking, and he juxtaposes the faces in a way that borders on the macabre.

I love nothing more in life than a good flea market.  There’s tons of them in Arizona, but I’m not sure if any of them match the top 10 flea markets according to Travel + Leisure.  This is a great slideshow showing some pictures – I’ll be off plotting my next vacation.

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These salt shakers came from the flea market this weekend.  I usually manage to make it out without buying anything, but these were calling to me.  So cute and woodsy.

The neighbors have some beautiful, giant, succulents in their yards.  I had to take the picture and get out before they thought  I was strange.

The absolutely adorable, thoughtful tag that came on my little pouch from Made By Hank.  I love tough ruffles.  I actually can’t say how much I love this little purse, it’s that great.  From opening the package to deciding what to do with it (I still haven’t decided).

It’s kind of depressing, all of the palm trees everywhere.  They’re beautiful, but they make you think you’re in the tropics and on vacation but wait…there’s no beach.  I guess a kiddie pool in the yard will have to do for now.

purseA strange picture of a new kind of knitting I’m working on.  This one’s a purse.  Thinking about listing it.  Thoughts?

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At the flea market a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a great deal – 20lbs of freshly picked grape tomatoes for $5.  I love tomatoes, but I love a deal even more, so I dutifully lugged them home and was presented with an enormous problem – what on earth do you do with 20lbs of grape tomatoes?

I froze a lot of them (which really works well – you get little tiny tomato ice cubes) but still a ton remained.  I got some recipes from friends that I have yet to try out but that I’m really excited about.  My main focus was on preservation, and finding a way to store them that would work well in the freezer and be pretty versatile so I could use them on everything and thus use them up.

I’m going to experminent later with some of the recipes that I recieved but I’d like to share a few of the ones that I came up with.  They’re just sauces, but they provide a great burst of flavor for just about any meal.  You can find them here, in my recipe section.  I hope you like them – I really did!

If you’ve got a delicious recipe that you’d like to share, please let me know at thecraftbegins@gmail.com!

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