Friday, August 31, 2007
101 Cookbooks. This was the first blog I started reading, before I knew what blogs were. Heidi has fantastic recipes and delicious photos. She has also put out a cookbook that is definitely on my wish list.
Young and Broke. Very possibly the second blog I ever read. After reading Heidi's blog, I came across personal finance blogs that were really helpful for getting me out of my post-college-poor-money-choice phase, and planning for the future. Amanda has an approachable voice, very good advice and a helpful list of other personal finance blogs.
Unclutterer. Helpful and often humorous tips for cleaning up, organizing and making your environment more livable.
Dinner Daily. What's for dinner tonight? This is the daily dreaded question. This blog aims to prevent the hasty decision-making and (daily) quick trips to the store. Every weekend Jorth posts a list of the week's meals with a shopping list and kitchen staples. Then she posts the yummy and healthy recipes, like today's recipe Chilli Polenta Chips with green salad.
Sacatomato. For all the Sacramento locals! Great reviews of restaurants and food events in the area.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
They look so different, so grown up! Well, Devin still makes goofy faces, and if Mike is any indication of the future, he always will. And they've even gotten older since then... I can't believe Ali is going to be starting 5th grade and Devin 2nd tomorrow...W is for... WhipUp's long list of wonderful tutorials.
X is for... cross stitch. I used to do a lot of cross stitch during the summers for entries into the county fair. I'm really liking the new cross stitching I've been seeing.
Y is for... yard sales, of course! I love them, and I love Mike, Ali and Devin even more for loving them as well, because dragging them from sale to sale just wouldn't be as much fun.
Z is for... zippers. Here's a great article on how to put in zippers.
Ya-hoo! I'm done! And now you know my A B C's...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This was seriously aided by a raid of Mike's piggy bank, Pistachio Pig.
Check out Ali's post on Q... I think it's my favorite Q so far.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm doing a scrap quilt a la Amanda Jean. Mine is a little more, um, random than hers though. We'll see how it ends up.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I received my 3rd place prize from Sew Mama Sew.
I was lucky enough to win a couple blog drawings from some very talented lades, and I received a lovely purple package from Wendy. I've already put the fabric to use in a scrappy Christmas present.
Sarah of allabouteden sent me this lovely bag and goodies with the pin I won in her drawing. I love the fortune fish! Tonight I am passionate... at least I'm not a dead one.
Thank you so much ladies!
And technically, this isn't mail, but here's what we picked up at yard sales this weekend.
Mike. He has his own blog. And without getting too mushy, he has my heart as well. He is such a creative, kind, funny, loving guy, I just can't believe how lucky I am to have found him. He supports and challenges me, and I probably wouldn't have gotten back into crafting and sewing as much as I have (and probably wouldn't have this blog) without his confidence and participation. And I most definitely wouldn't have traveled as much as we have since I met him. We have tons of these pictures at different locales...
I've seen this pose a LOT...
And everywhere we go, we see more than I thought possible in the limited time we have, and by the time we leave I feel like a local. I usually have this odd feeling when we get home, saying to myself "wait, I thought we moved to SF/NYC/DC/LA/Disneyland/etc... what are we doing back in Davis?".
I love you, Mike!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Ok, so I know I went a little overboard with the pics, but they're so great, I'd show you each and every one of them if I could! And I did say lots and lots... Most of these are destined to turn into something like these at the hands of Mike and the newly repaired old Singer.
Mary Ann suggested that I use my last post about Jane's Apron as my "J" which was a really good idea because these ABC's are getting pretty hard, but Mike reminded me of a rather important "J" by getting me a new toy! Here's my Janome with its brand spankin' new extension table...
Do I have the coolest boyfriend, or what?
When I thought my old Singer was broken I researched a lot of different machines. For the money I was willing to spend at the time, this Janome was (and still is) perfect. It does all the things I need it to, has a buttonhole foot (SO nice) and a needle threader (SO SO nice). And now it has this awesome table top which is going to make my ambitious Christmas present plans a bit easier, hopefully.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
And while you're over at Missy's site, sign up for her Owl Swap!
ta ta til later...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
No, I do not speak Tagalog, but Mike's brother's soon-to-be wife does. We got a call last night that they're going to be getting married tomorrow morning! They were originally planning for a wedding sometime in September, but now they're going to have this small wedding and then a much bigger one some time next year. So today we're preparing for the drive to Redding, attending the impromptu wedding, then the drive to Mariposa to spend the weekend with my parents, which was our original weekend plan. Whew! I'm tired just talking about it.
As for other I's, I also share Megan's sentiment...
It was an old homeopathic hospital turned student housing. They hadn't changed much about the building before they moved students in, so my room had traction pulleys on the ceiling and I had friends in both the nurses' station, with a fireplace and bay window, and the pharmacy, with a wall of drawers still stocked with test tubes and poison labels. You can see my room in the picture of the back yard, or The Grounds as I used to call them, trying my best to fit into a Jane Austin story. See the left-most triangle on the top floor (what do you call that?)? My bedroom was half the big window and the small window to the left. The house was on top of a hill in Bristol, so my windows afforded a pretty great view for an anglophile American student like me. The fountain was still there, but the little cherub was reduced to a mere foot on a rock.
Looking at these pictures brings back memories of watching my friends play badminton by the fountain, and inflating a huge kiddie pool in the side yard and filling it with warm tap water from a hose stuck on the kitchen faucet, because summer in England was still a bit brisk. I must say, that was one of the best years of my life. I felt so at home there, and cannot wait to return. While I was looking for pics of the place online, I discovered that it is now a hospital again. That makes me a bit sad.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Anyone have an extra $2,000 knocking around?
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sew Mama Sew
Hancocks of Puducah
Fat Quarter Shop
F is also for Fuzz. No, I'm not talking about my hair again, but the movie Hot Fuzz! We just watched it, and it was great. Is Spaced ever going to come out on DVD in America??
My hair was a struggle for most of my childhood. For years I wanted straight hair, while every woman I came across would say "Do you know how much women pay to get hair like yours?". I had many nicknames ranging from Q-tip to Puff the Magic Sarah. Kids would throw things into my hair to see if it would stick and I would have to endure Ramona Quimby-esque boing-fests. I had dentist office dread associated with hair salons due to my share of horrific haircuts. My hairstyles ranged from a Peter Pan do to afro to librarian bun to bowl/mushroom cut to hippy long hair with center part. Finally I found someone to cut my hair that actually knew what to do with my unruly ringlets, and now I don't wish for straight hair.
C is also for curtains, which I will be making for my sister's new house! Which she totally needs... I'm still exhausted from sleeping in a room with two walls of windows with no curtains (but we did manage to take advantage of the early rising with some successful yard sale shopping!). I have the very lucky job of helping to pick out fabric, purchasing said fabric and making some lovely roman shades and curtains. Here's what we've decided on...
For the livingroom (from here)...
For the master bedroom (again from here)...
For a little girl's room (from here)...And for one of the bathrooms possibly (again from here)...
I've found some helpful links for making the roman shades. One site has pretty thorough directions and sells the hardware as well, and another allows you to put in the window measurements and creates a pattern for you. Has anyone made roman shades before? Are they as easy as they look?
Friday, August 3, 2007
Oh well, my real B is Busters, as in Mythbusters! Mike and I are going to see Jaime and Adam of Mythbusters at the Mondavi Center in November. We (Ali and Devin included) love that show. We don't have cable because it's just too expensive and we'd rather spend our money on other things (like what P will be for...), so whenever we go to our parents' houses and get a chance to watch it, that's what we look for. That and the Food Network. I can watch that channel all day (and have... several times) . But the odd thing about Mythbusters is that as infrequently as we do see it, whenever we happen upon it, it's one we've already seen. Besides our Discovery and Food Channel binges, we never regret not having cable, and are perfectly content with our bunny ears and Netflix subscription.
And isn't that an awesome bird magnet? I got it from Claire of Little Lovelies Handmade at the last Handmade Parade. She just added some completely adorable frames to her etsy shop. I can't wait for the next Handmade Parade on October 13!