DIY Summer Flower Crown

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Throughout spring and summer every store is packed with flower crowns and floral headbands. They’re festive and cute, but then I look at the price tag and find myself quoting my mother, “I could make that myself!”

And so I did!

The average cost I’ve seen from places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters range from $16-$28. With the purchase of my supplies mine came in at $15.97; however, I have enough supplies to create TWO more. Three for the price of one AND the bragging rights that I made it myself isn’t so bad in my book! These make great spring and summer accessories for music festivals, photo shoots, weddings, and any other excuse you need to feel like a nature queen!

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Italian Roasted Acorn Squash Bake at Dream a Little Bigger

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If you’re craving a hearty and delicious meal, but still looking to keep it light, try my Italian Roasted Acorn Squash Bake! Roasted acorn squash, fresh vegetables, and topped off with gooey cheese! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger for the recipe!

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Spicy Orange Shrimp with Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

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I’m not one to typically veer off topic during a recipe post, but I just have to say how good it felt to spend an entire day working on recipes and cocktails for you all. It had been way too long and I forgot how passionate I get when I’m destroying my kitchen, running from room to room with food and props, and producing something delicious to share with my readers. As always, thank you for sticking through all the ups, downs, and crazy times with me!

Now for the good stuff.. This was a much needed meal after a long day of cooking for the blog and it was promptly devoured inhaled after I finished photographing it! I cooked the shrimp with fresh garlic, green onion, and a nice pinch of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes to give it some kick. I added those to a fluffy bed of sauteed Brussels sprouts and drizzled the whole thing with an orange butter sauce. A perfect balance of sweet, spicy, healthy, and filling!

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Grapefruit Moscow Mule

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If you’re of legal drinking age then you’re no doubt familiar with the Moscow Mule: A simple mix of lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer, traditionally served in a copper mug. While I always appreciate a classic, I also love to put my own spin on things and added a bit of fresh grapefruit juice to the concoction as well. I can already tell you that this will be my go-to drink to relax with on those hot summer days! The grapefruit adds a nice tartness while the lime and ginger beer give it a refreshing and crisp finish. Add a few strips of fresh ginger in the bottom of the glass and muddle for an extra zesty ginger flavor!

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Tattoosday: Hell City Columbus 2015

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The first weekend in May brought artists and collectors from near and far to partake in tattooing, painting, and competitions for the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus, OH. Running for thirteen years strong and organized by tattooer, Durb Morrison, this is by far one of the best tattoo conventions I’ve had the pleasure of attending. He seems to have it down to a science on providing the perfect culmination of fine art, tattooing, and education for everyone to enjoy.

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James Kern and Joshua ‘Bacon’ Erickson of No Hope No Fear Tattoo

Held in the convention center at the Hyatt Regency, this show offered three levels of talent, creation, and entertainment. The lower level consisted of vendors, tattooers, and a Fine Art Gallery, where you could watch these masterpieces unfold on the canvas firsthand. The second level hosted the main stage and row after row of world renowned artists. Our booth provided a front row view to the burlesque acts, tattoo competitions, and other on-stage shenanigans. Finally, the mezzanine level had yet another row of talented tattooers and offered a bird’s eye view of the whole scene.

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Gustavo Rimada

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Teresa Sharpe of Best Ink

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Andres Acosta

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Carl Grace

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As always there was the Art Fusion Experiment where you can watch 3-5 artists collaborating on 5 different canvases, switching spots every 5 minutes. The final pieces are then sold in a silent auction. Education seminars were also put on by Russ Abbott, Guy Aitchison, and Bob Tyrrell.

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Rose by Phil Garcia

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London Reese

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1st place winner of Best Overall Female, Nicole Laabs

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Best Overall Male Competition

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Whether you’re a longtime collector, artist, or just fascinated by the community in general, the Hell City shows are not ones you want to miss.

Thank you again for having us this year.. we’ll see you all in Phoenix this August for the next one!


Daily Life

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I apologize for dropping off the grid for a bit. It’s been a busy couple of weeks with the tattoo convention, traveling, work, and friends visiting. As if I didn’t have enough forces fighting me.. Upon arrival back home we discovered our internet wasn’t working. After numerous calls to Comcast we decided to wash our hands of this terrible company and cancel. Please bear with me as I catch up on editing and emails!

As I wrote last week, we were at the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus, OH. It was by the far the best convention I’ve attended so far. I think nearly half of the artists on my “tattoo bucket list” were in attendance and we met so many wonderful artists and collectors. We’ll also be doing the Hell City Phoenix show again this year, so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone there! I’ll share more about the convention itself in tomorrow’s Tattoosday.

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Josh had some friends from Iowa visiting over the weekend so we took them out to see some of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. The next day we headed for the coast where a friend let us use her family’s phenomenal 5 bedroom lodge tucked away in the woods with just a short walk to a private beach. It was a much needed getaway for all of us! I took far too many photos over the weekend to cram them into a Daily Life so I think I’ll dedicate a separate post for it this weekend.

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I’m going to be honest.. I feel like I’m drowning right now. Emails continue to flood my inbox, days off to cook, craft, and write seem to be nowhere in sight, and there’s a ridiculous amount of behind the scenes work and maintenance that needs done for the site. I could really benefit from some extra helping hands so if you know anyone or you yourself have a blog and would be interested in contributing a guest post for Tattooed Martha this month or for June, please email me at Sasha(at)TattooedMartha.com to discuss further…. or please send me loads of coffee so I can get all of this done! Haha either way! ­čśë
I hope you guys are having a productive week!


Fresh Tomato Bloody Maria at Dream A Little Bigger

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I would first like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard working moms and single dads out there! You all deserve much more than just one day of appreciation and celebration, so how about a cocktail as well?! I put together a deliciously spicy and surprisingly healthy Fresh Tomato Bloody Maria for your viewing and consuming pleasure! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger for the recipe!

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Tattooed Martha in InkSpired Magazine

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Finally I can share some exciting news with you all.. Tattooed Martha is featured in this month’s InkSpired Magazine! I just wanted to thank the entire team of InkSpired and Lindsey Rickert Photography for making this come together. Head over to InkSpired to check out Issue 31 for the feature and more!

Daily Life

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Today’s Daily Life is coming to you from Columbus, OH!

We’re in town for the Hell City Tattoo Festival this weekend and after a long day of traveling yesterday we finally made it in around 2am! The 3 hour time difference had us up until 5am so if part of or all my post doesn’t make sense, blame it on the jet lag.

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A few weeks ago I got to bust out my beautiful wedding dress again and take photos to expand the wedding portion of Lindsey’s┬áportfolio. We ventured to the Peter Iredale shipwreck near fort Stephens for our shooting location. This ship ran ashore in 1906 on it’s way to the Columbia River and has been there ever since. This has been on my Oregon bucket list for quite some time so it was wonderful to finally see it up close in person. I’m curious to know if the rest of the ship is buried underneath the sand or if most of it has been taken by the ocean.

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Photo by Lindsey Rickert Photography

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Then on┬áMonday I got to play model again with House Ink and shot in some vintage clothing for a new online shop set to launch soon.┬áThe owner, Leslie, is a sweetheart and full of so much life and energy. She was even gracious enough to let me take one of the pieces home. Once the site is launched I’ll share the link here so you guys can check out all the vintage goodness!

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In the midst of schedule planning and job juggling, I also just hit the 4 year mark of living in Portland, so I suppose I should reflect on that a bit…

It’s slightly ironic that they say Portland is where the young go to retire because I feel like I’ve done a whole lot of growing up since I got here. It wasn’t an easy thing to do to leave friends, family, and a good job behind, but it’s been the most amazing growing experience for me as a human being. I’ve never really felt like I’ve belonged anywhere and Portland has finally provided that to me. It hurts my friends and family when I say things like that, but it’s not a personal attack against anyone. I struggle every day with my decision, but in the end I know this is where I should be.

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It’s not all Portland though.. I’m a damn lucky woman to have Josh as my partner through everything. I was a pretty pessimistic and closed off person when we met. He’s helped me make leaps and bounds in the way that I view life and the curve-balls that it throws. I still swear like a sailor and lose my temper sometimes often, but instead of spiraling down the negative rabbit hole, I focus on positive and constructive ways to change what’s bothering me.

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Maybe I wouldn’t love Portland as much without him here.. I won’t ever know, but if it weren’t for me moving 1800 miles away, we would have never started talking in the first place. Portland has been very serendipitous for us both. Strange connections with places and people that occur so often that it can’t just be coincidence, but signs that we’re exactly where we should be in this part of our life. I find so much comfort in that notion.

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I just want to thank this wonderful city, the amazing friends that I’ve met here, and of course all of my family and friends back home that supported and still continue to support my decision to be here.

Alright.. I’m wrapping this up before I start crying, so head on over to my Instagram to follow along with this weekend’s adventures. I’ll of course be sharing a Tattoosday about the convention next week as well!

Have a great weekend!


Lemon Basil Zucchini Noodles at Dream A Little Bigger

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Summer is just around the corner and if you’re looking to cut calories, but not flavor, try these delicious Lemon Basil Zucchini Noodles! They only take 5 minutes to cook and you don’t have to have one of those fancy Zoodle Slicers to make it! Head over to Dream a Little Bigger for my recipe!

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