Sunday, September 23, 2007

Yum cheesecake

Mike made low-fat cheesecake with this recipe. Apparently they tested hundreds of recipes and this one was the best. It takes a bit of prep work, but boy is it worth it! When we make it again (and we will), we'll add less lemon zest, because it ended up being pretty lemony. Still good though. And the strawberry topping was fabulous and very easy.


Does anyone know what this is?

It's about 4" tall. I found it in a random box of crafty and miscellaneous things I bought from an older lady at a yard sale.

Friday, September 21, 2007

I love etsy

I've been spending way too much time on etsy lately, making many donations to good-ness, stocking up on my sulu earrings, and receiving this lovely necklace from Arete...

(Check out her pic for a close-up)

I love this necklace so much! And take a look at this one, it would have been perfect for my owl swap, but I don't think it would have made it into the box.

Also, check out these coffee corsets I came across tonight. How clever! And I just love hedgehogs...

Pay it forward

Mary Ann has lived up to her promise, and look what I received in the mail! Thank you, Mary Ann! Check out her much better pic.

Sarah's Birthday Adventure

Every year Mike plans and plans and takes us on a marathon trip for my birthday. Usually about a weeks-worth of things packed into a day or two. Last year it was a bed and breakfast in Halfmoon Bay, the best artichoke omelet and pie I've ever had, and the opera. I never know where we're going, and it's fantastic. This year was no different, except we had to do it all in one day. Out of the house, packed, caffeinated and in the car by 6:30 am, Mike hands me a folder with two sets of color-coded envelopes and matching paperclips. Inside the small envelopes are maps and hints, and the large envelopes are what we're actually going to be doing.

Destination Un was breakfast at a fantastic greasy spoon in Vallejo, The Joy of Eating. Excellent diner decor and huge homemade french-toast-like toast.

Destination Deux was a bit of a puzzle. Some of the envelopes had instructions on the outside, and this one said "Open First Gift" which I dutifully did, and inside were bingo stampers. Cool, bingo! But not your ordinary bingo...

Bird Bingo! He had made bingo cards with pictures of the birds that were common at a wildlife refuge! So with binoculars in hand, we started the game.

In the end I was a Morning Dove away from bingo. So much fun.

Destination Trois was lunch at The Spinnaker. The dining room was over the water, and there were very cool views of the bay and boats.

Destination Quatre was a challenge. We took the ferry to Angel Island and rented bikes. Remember about me and bikes? Well I've since gotten myself a beast of a one-speed bike (Mike wouldn't let me get one of these) and have unsteadily toddled around the flat roads of Davis, and so was a bit nervous when we got our bikes and saw the mountain biking we had to do to get up to the bike trail. Once I got the hang of shifting gears, I made it up the hill! Well, some of it. But here's the important part - without falling! And we had a blast! (Weird, and totally not the same, but when I was actually making it up the hill, I kept thinking about Kelli and the way she talks about biking, and I thought, "ok, maybe she's not crazy, this is actually fun!".)

Destination Cinq was indeed an adventure. We went to Teatro Zinzanni. Five course dinner and a show. A crazy show. One in which people from the audience are pulled in to join the fun. As Mike was, three times. He will now, and forever be, my Herring King. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures, so I have no proof, but the image of Mike "swimming" around the room with a fish head and fins will stay with me forever. Luckily he had fun with it, and became a bit of an in-house celebrity. They even had a woman walking around doing face painting...

Destination Six: Amnesia for klezmer music. I love klezmer music, it's so optimistic, and the way it builds and builds, you just can't help but enjoy it. And who doesn't love an accordion? We we both taken aback when we walked into the dark, crowded, predictable dirty bar, to see a classical quintet on stage. They were young and cool with their ripped jeans and giddy smiles, but they could play like mad. And the clarinet player could have been my sister(and yours, Mary Ann!), it was eerie. At the end they said that they play pretty regularly at Revolution Cafe, so I think Mike and I will have to look them up.
By the time The Golden Melody Band came on, I was falling asleep in my chair. We unfortunately stayed only for two fabulous songs, and then we were off to Destination Maison, and work the next day.

Have I mentioned how entirely fabulous Mike is? Oh yeah, I have. And if that isn't enough, he also snuck these craft books into the day.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Happy Birthday to me...

I had an absolutely wonderful birthday! Thanks to all of you who wished me a good day! I received some lovely gifts including two new craft books from Mike (more on what Mike planned for my birthday later... it deserves it's own post) and these lovely goodies...

From Mary Ann... (how did you know my fav color is blue??)

From my mom...
And I bought myself a little birthday present from Sulu...

Lucky me! Thank you all! Turning 27 has never been such fun.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Craft Fair Progress

Luggage tags! I've been mulling this idea over for a while, and finally came up with a design that works for me. The love the fabric on this one so much, that I think it might end up sticking around on our luggage... But I have a large stack of fabric all cut out and ready to become luggage tags that will make it to the Handmade Parade with me.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New haircut

Whataya think?

Don't you just love the long-arm shot in the bathroom? I'm very happy with the new cut, I was starting to look like the cowardly lion. I was gutted when I tried to track down my haircutter of nearly 3 years after her relocation to another salon to discover she had moved to LA! It took me a long time to find someone who actually knew how to cut curly hair, and I wasn't up for the long process of rediscovery. So this is me breathing a huge sigh of relief that I found someone great on my first try. I highly recommend Heather at Space 07 Salon. Silly name, very cool place. My crafty nature really liked the huge old doors they had attached mirrors to for each haircutting station.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Handmade Parade

The Handmade Parade is only 4 weeks away!

P dot Mix

They're on their way, tucked in their own original envelopes...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Spell with Flickr

letter s A R A H P D-lights! O T

Check out this very cool site that lets you put in a word, then creates the word from photos in Flickr. You can change letters by clicking on them. Thanks to Jess at How about orange for pointing this out.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Japanese craft books

Mike gave me an early birthday present the other day, The Cute Book!

Which reminded me of the craft book we found at a thrift store in Jamestown while visiting my sister. When Mike found it, I gave out a little gasp, and clutched it to my chest in case someone who knew the value of it would come up and say "Oh no, that's not supposed to be here". I tried to be nonchalant about it, and after pricing all the rest of the books we had (which was a sizeable amount - it was a fantastic store) at $0.50, he paused on the craft book and peered up at me. He frowned and said, "I'm afraid this one is going to be $0.75". I couldn't contain my excitement, and I blurted out "That's fine". Apparently, he had a Japanese tenant who was behind on her rent, so she gave him all of her books, including some other books we got, including an architectural quilt book (which I can't seem to lay my hands on at the moment) and others. Here are some pics of the $0.75 craft book...

Fabric plans

This year, I'm going to be ready for Christmas. I won't be stressed and sewing into the wee hours of the night on Christmas Eve Eve. And if buying fabric gets me ready, then darn it, I'll do it.

A quilt for Ali... And a quilt for Devin...

All from Sew Mama Sew and Reprodepot. Here's some bits and pieces for Ali and Devin's quilts from Hancocks of Puducah...

And this fabric and trim (plus the other little treasures she included) from good-ness I just couldn't say no to, but which very possibly may become some kind of Christmas gift(s).