Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PA Love: Old Sled Works


Old Sled Works Antique & Craft Market
Duncannon, PA
aka somewhere in Perry County not far from 11/15

Out of all the antique stores in Pennsylvania (and there's a shit ton) Old Sled Works kinda takes the cake. It was my first time in the store and I didn't even get to venture through the entire building and I was majorly impressed. The store boasts antique vendors, old arcade games AND a vintage soda fountain. If your local it's worth the trip to check out all the vintage awesomeness this place has to offer. Warning- it will suck up a couple hours of your afternoon shopping!

Monday, April 29, 2013


Dude, blogging is hard.
It's a challenge to put yourself out there for the world when you don't get a whole lot in return sometimes. If you hadn't noticed I was in a blogging slump this month. I just couldn't get motivated. The bad thoughts - "why am I doing this", "really I only have X amount of followers when these people have XXX amount", and the "she looks banging in that dress and I look like an awkward weirdo in all my pictures" came creeping in. I try to stay positive and keep "the B" as a place for my creative outlet no matter who or how many people are reading. I think I've slapped myself back into action. It's not a popularity contest for me because let's face it, I'm super popular and quite fabulous. If that doesn't translate over the internet then I'm sorry and you can just take my word for it! I'm happy to have all of you who do stick around and read B is for Becky. You also are quite fabulous and we can have a party sometime. Call me maybe.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Furry Fridays: Life on Cephei

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
This Furry Friday features Stacey and some special kittens.
Hi, I'm Stacey from Life on Cephei. I have my own cat, Indi but I would like to talk about my foster kittens instead. 
I currently foster two kittens, roughly eight weeks old, they were surrendered by their owners and haven't had a mum to look after them. My job is to look after the kittens as a surrogate mother and owner until they are old enough and healthy enough to be adopted out. Sometimes these kittens are too young to have been weaned properly, so I will sit with them feeding them mushed kitten food via a syringe until they are able to eat on their own. It is very similar to looking after a child, cleaning up poop and vomit and having them cry during the middle of the night for food or a warm body. I find it very rewarding, being able to watch them grow up and be adopted out to a loving family. As much as I would love to keep every kitten that I foster, I know I am doing a good thing looking after them as there are too many cats in Australia and the euthanasia rate is quite high.

Save a life and adopt or foster a pet.

Stacey blogs at Life on Cephei // Goodreads

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

B is for Birthdays

Oh yeah, my birthday was the other week. April 8th is my favorite day of the year. Nothing super exciting happened and other than a trip to a flea market I let the holiday pass without too much hoopla. I did get some fancy presents this year which I'm sharing with you today.

First- My new Sven clogs that I have been meaning to order since forever. I little gift to myself. If you big heart clogs like me and are in Central PA check out Just Clogs, you won't be sorry.

Second- A new bag.

Third- A gift from Jonathan. A Singer 29-4 sewing machine. This was an old cobbler's machine manufactured in 1910. It came with a treadle which it should be sitting on but we still have some light repairs to make on it before I can get her working. This is an unexpected addition to the collection I wasn't aware I was starting.

Happy Birthday to me! Muah.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Furry Fridays: Huzzahs From a Street

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Today welcome Alyssa and her crew of furry friends!

I've always had cats. I'm a self-proclaimed cat person. I grew up with two cats that were my best friends. I got married in college, and the first order of business when we moved in together was to get cats. Then we moved into a house, and I did something crazy. I got a dog.
Now I have a small menagerie at my house. Two cats - Chloe (white+black) and Stella (Siamese mix), and a seven-month old chocolate lab - Winston. They are every bit as fun as they are frustrating, but their sweet looks and cuddles make up for their (sometimes) bad behavior. 
I never had a dog growing up, so I really knew nothing about how to pick a dog, how to train one, etc. I started my research on the internet, and learned about different breeds until I found the best fit for my lifestyle. After I settled on getting a lab, I spent about a month or so reading everything I could find about how to train a dog. We've taught Winston everything ourselves - no obedience school over here. I don't think you really need it if you're willing to do your research, and invest the time to train your dog yourself. Winston will sit, stay, lay down, shake both hands, give high fives, speak, and get on his bed all on command. 
We introduced Winston to his kitty cat sisters when he was just a baby, so he's grown up with them being around and being in charge. They get along splendidly, and really love each other. I really couldn't ask for better, loving pets. They bring me so much happiness; they are really great teachers of patience, and wonderful examples of unconditional love. 
My recommendation would be to get cats if you want low-maintenance pets. They basically take care of themselves. Before you get a dog, do your research. And then, get a dog only if you're willing and able to take care of them - they are a huge time and monetary investment, but so rewarding and definitely worth it.

Alyssa blogs at Huzzahs From a Street // Instagram // Pinterest

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jonathan on why he wants to be home more

This whole 'husband traveling for work all the time' thing is for the birds. I miss our together time for reals. Jonathan has other plans for his time at home....

"Maybe I can finally learn to play banjo and sing you love melodies."

We will see how that works out.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Furry Fridays: Stay Gold, Autumn

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Or should we say Feathered Friday! Today we have Autumn and her feathery friend Cosmo!

My name is Autumn and my feathered friend is Cosmo, a cockatiel.

My husband travels a lot, so when we moved cross country where we knew no one, we decided it was the perfect time to get a pet.  We researched many options and even brought home a rescue dog for a trial period, but we couldn't find the right fit for us.  One afternoon, we had a conversation about Devin's grandma, who has been a bird lady since she was a child.
A week later, we ended up bringing a very quiet bird home that we ended up naming Cosmo.  Now he mimics my laughing, says "wikki wikki wikki", makes R2D2 noises, catcalls, and makes up his own versions of songs we have tried to teach him. He demands head scratches and he adores the attention children give him.
first day1
Our house is much noisier than it used to be, but one of our favorite things is seeing how Cosmo has developed such a quirky personality.  I have to remember to take all of the bobby pins out of my hair before I put him on my shoulder because otherwise he strips the plastic off of them.  He loves eating anything made out of paper and he only wants the food we are eating (even after we give him his own cereal or chips).
devin birthday collage
I love our bird and I can't imagine having any other pet.  I don't think that birds are the right animal for everyone due to other household pets, their long life spans (especially for the bigger birds), and some people's "allergy" for the noise.  However, Cosmo has been the perfect option for us.  My suggestion would be only to get a bird if you know someone else who can take care of them if something happens because they become so bonded to their caregivers.

Cosmo is a little bird with a big heart.  We're so happy to have him!

Autumn blogs at Stay Gold Autumn // Twitter

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

House Plants

One of Becky's life philosophies.

One can never have too many house plants.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dude. Colorado. Part 3.

The elevation of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is 338 ft.
The elevation of Denver, Colorado is 5,883 ft.
The elevation of Winter Park, Colorado at the base is 9,052 to 12,060 ft at the summit.

So let's just say the Stetses are not used to high elevations and we just jumped right into crazy high elevations in one day. The effects of the high altitude never crossed our minds. We did experience some shortness of breath and Jonathan had trouble sleeping, both symptoms of altitude sickness. I kept an eye on our conditions and after the first night we became more accustom to our surroundings.

But dude, one "effect" of the high altitude that we weren't warned about on all these websites telling us the symptoms of acute mountain sickness was all the farting!!! Man, we farted all day and all night! (TMI???) I finally looked it up and some random website said that if your body wasn't used to being at a high altitude the drop in air pressure can create, and I quote, uncontrollable flatulence! It was pretty hilarious. Also, I'm not going to lie but this was the first story everyone heard when they asked us about our trip. "How was Colorado?" "It was pretty awesome, but we farted a lot!"

Friday, April 5, 2013

Furry Fridays: Little Maple Leaf

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Today we have Jessica and her pretty furriness Minni!

My boyfriend & I had just moved into a new apartment before we realized something was missing. A furry little friend to love & cherish!
We were looking at some of the local ads and saw that a woman's cat had soft little kitties that she needed to give away. We fell in love with a photo of a furry little Calico and went immediately to adopt her! When we arrived at the woman's house, there were so many cute little kitties but I saw the one we came for, the Calico! When I went to pick her up, she seemed so squeamish & scared. From the corner of my eye as I was holding the Calico, I saw a small little orange furball of love staring at me by herself away from the clump of her brothers & sisters. I put down the Calico & picked up the orange kitty who nuzzled into my neck and didn't try to pull away. My heart died a little at that moment. 
 "I don't know what to do! The calico is sooo cute but THIS kitty is so lovable!" That's when John challenged me to "Rock, Paper, Scissors" because I seriously could not decide which kitty I wanted to go with. He won, and we were to take the Calico kitty home. As we were walking out the door I looked behind me and the orange kitty was sitting on the arm of the couch (away from all the other kittens) staring at us.
"NOOOO!! I can't do this. We have to take the orange kitten. That's what my heart is telling me!" 
Sure enough, we put down the Calico and went with the orange kitten who is now Minni! I had to trust what my whole body was telling me. If we didn't turn around and take Minni instead, I would've regretted that decision everyday! My advice to anyone searching for a furry little friend is to always trust what your heart is telling you. If a furry little friend isn't telepathically calling your name, hold off & wait for that moment to happen! And, I promise it will!
My advice to keeping a happy & healthy little pet (and keep in mind this is what we do in our home) is to give them lots of fresh water throughout the day and to make sure you feed them twice a day! Also, if they are being cute & cuddly, a few treats here & there doesn't hurt one bit! Also make sure you clean their litter box & often-that's just self explanatory. Another quick piece of advice I have for kitty owners, is to get them one of those (slightly) expensive cat towers. Minni loves hers & I can't picture her without it. She is at her prime when she is up there and it's where she spends probably 80% of her life. If you don't want to spend the $100+ for the tower, they would be super easy to make as it's just wood with carpet over top. So if you're crafty, definitely something to think about. 

Even though I'm not an animal blogger (I'm a photography blogger) you can visit my blog here: Little Maple Leaf

Jessica blogs at  Little Maple Leaf // Twitter

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

I CAN MAKE THAT! (Birdnest Cookies)

And you can to!

Use this recipe. From Art of Dessert.
To make them tastier add one cup of creamy peanut butter to the recipe.
Mine aren't as pretty as the original but they are delicious and I ate 100 this spring weekend.

Get to work.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bits of Becky: March

What's been happening in my life lately and with some Instagram shots from the month! (follow me @bforbecky)

Reading: I'm currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I know I'm late to read this book but man it's definitely turning into a must read.

Watching: Have you guys been watching SMASH? It's my favorite show on television at the moment. Drama plus show tunes. A win, win for me!

Listening: Justin Timberlake's new album came out and my 2007 self made the 2013 Becky download it the day it came out. It's okay. My favorite jam is Suit & Tie and if I wanted to hear that I could turn on any radio station in America. 
Crafting: I finished my Sew for Victory dress! Fancy, fancy. I also wrapped up a baby gift for my dearest friend. I'll post about that soon.

Offline: Quality time with lady friends, a crazy trip to Colorado, I threw a baby shower brunch, went to a peepshow, saw a band in a row home in Harrisburg, turned my dining room into a factory, and attended the 3rd annual Beer/Egg Hunt