Tuesday, June 30, 2009

$1 Chair Before and After


Thrifting was good to us this weekend.  I bought two of these beauties for $1 each at an antique store on the way home from our camping trip.  Ah, how I love spray paint.  Our dining room is going to get very colorful soon!  So what do you think, should chair #2 be painted the same green color, or should I go with a soft yellow?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Camping Trip

We saw baby loons?, and loons, a skunk kept returning to our camp, many birds, a wild turkey, deer, huge turtles sun bathing, (thankfully) no bears, and we heard a weird animal and we can't figure out what it was.  We heard wolves at night.  This is an awesome place.

We headed north on a quick little overnight trip to a nice little secluded place on a lake.  I love camping.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Sam

I love that Sam has led us on all of our little adventures.  Sam is a great guy.  He's not afraid to pave his own way and go outside of the box to do things that aren't really normal.  If you are ever moving, call him- he is a pro.  He has crammed more crap into a VW van, car, and U-haul than you could possibly imagine.  I love hearing him play the bass.  I love going into Office Depot and watch his face light up because they finally invented the item that he thought they needed to have.  I love him, despite the fact that he doesn't love q-tips as much as I do (pet peeve!).  He's always doing sweet little things for other people.  I love that he always is prepared, he never forgets anything when we go backpacking, or any trip for that matter.  He makes the best coffee.  He loves and worships God, and that's hot.  I love his love for journals.   I love him, even if he does weird things with his hair.  He loves typewriters.  He is an awesome skier, he's a dreamer, he can weld and he's an awesome thrift shopper.  There's so much good stuff, it's just a sampling of the little stuff that makes me smile.

Sam, I would get you a puppy, a bike, and an upright bass if I could.  
Happy, happy birthday

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It's Back

Getting a good idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.
-E.L. Simpson

The creative mojo is back on.  I've been delightfully holed up in my studio creating.  Etsy update and giveaway coming soon, stay tuned!

Camping Goes Glam

All photos of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort-check it out!

Glamping, it's what the rich do instead of camping.  Here is a summer edition of the alternative housing idea.  I think if we ever get land it would be fun to set up some glam tents.  The classy canvas ones, and slide a real bed in there for our guests.  I have no idea how much some of these set ups cost.  I figure if you do it yourself it might not be so bad.  Did anyone ever see the Gilmore Girls episode when they camp and dress up all fancy at their secret society?  This is the type of camping I'm talking about.  Wouldn't it be a fun vacation?   Country living had a great article this month.  I might do another post rounding up more pictures, but after I found Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, I knew it had to be a post in and of itself!  

I just stumbled upon it.  This looks like a manly place, yet sophisticated enough to make anyone feel at home.  They fly you in and it's all inclusive-You can go whale watching, kayaking, take cooking classes, horseback riding, get a massage, and have some whiskey at the end of a long day.  I don't think the price is that bad really, considering everything is included.  Check out the website, you won't be disappointed. (Obviously, I got a little link happy, I linked about 8 times!)  It looks so blissful.  I like adventure on trips, and usually it's cheaper to plan it all yourself, but this seems like the way to go.  The tough stuff (the planning and arranging) is all done and you can just go for it.  (Still not in my budget, but I can dream.  And if I did have the money this is the type of place I would spend it on- oh I really need to update my passport!)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sewing Some Gifts

Here are some bags I made for some graduation gifts.  I also made some pj pants and "ninja headbands" (as Jenny likes to call them)  I made the slippers from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing.  The slippers were so hard to figure out.  I'm glad I did them, I suppose the second time is always easier, huh?  And in case you have that book, don't trust the sizes.  The size 9-10 slipper is actually size 8.  The size medium pajama pants are a little small.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Knitting For Graham

I had so much fun picking out a few projects to knit for little baby Graham.  I can't believe how long these pants have taken to finish- I'm thinking they might not even fit the munchkin now. I used the last minute knitted gifts book to make them.  They definitely challenged me.  So much for 6-9 months.  We shall see.  Jess sent me this picture of G sporting the gnomey hat.  Nothing makes me want to knit more than little babies.  I miss you little Teddy Graham!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ready For a Shower?

These cute invites are patiently waiting a special occasion.  I found them at a few garage sales and antique shops.  They are so sweet and cheery! 

Revolutionary Road

Sam and I watched Revolutionary Road last night and it got me thinking.  It was a great movie, but very sad.  It makes me wonder though- is it brave and selfless to sell out and support your family, or is it bad to be complacent and afraid to start over?   And how many people are happy, or even content in their job and in life.  How many people love what they do?  Are a lot of people hiding behind trying to look normal and ok, like we all have it altogether.  Is it silly to think that the way we work and live is all weird?  Would we be happier if we were doing it differently.  If both parents could work at home would it be better?  Or some other way?  Or am I just odd- maybe 9-5 jobs are really great because people can do what they have to do to live, and they can invest themselves fully in their passions outside of work.  Any thoughts?  I think it's good to be content in every circumstance, but I don't think it's bad to strive for more.  This is something I think about often. Sorry, heavy thoughts for a Monday! 
Ok, now I just found this article.  Does Sam Mendes have an agenda against marriage?  I don't think it's against marriage, I think he's attacking normal American living in general in the way we try to ignore reality, and have weird value systems.  Interesting.  And yes, I want to see Away we Go, yes I'm an idealist- so this stuff is a little scary, because what will I look like in five years? 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wild Flowers and Weeds

These were growing in our front lawn.  Only a few had opened.  I told Sam before he mowed, he couldn't mow over these.  So he pulled them up and put them in this mason jar.  I love that he picked a mason jar over a vase.  They're simple but they make me happy, even if they fall under the weed-ish category.  They're a step up from dandelions anyway!

Sam and I have been using a great trail that winds around the river almost every evening.  Every time I walked, ran, or rollerbladed I admired the charming wild flowers.  There were purple wild irises last week.  The other night I decided to be a rebel.  I knew that if I didn't do it then, the whole summer I would be wishing and imagining the simple country bouquet that could be made if I picked and gathered a few of each.  So here it is.  I also told myself that since I picked them, instead of admiring them as they were (tsk tsk)- I had to find out the name of each flower.  I'm still working on that.  I only know a few.  I really need to pick up a field guide to wild flowers and plants.  

Wedding Cheesecake

I made a cheesecake for a wedding this last weekend.  I've had more than my fill of cheesecake!  I wanted to make a practice one, and I wanted to experiment with the pans I had, so I made 3 different cheesecakes, then the two for the actual wedding.  I think it turned out well.  On the practice one I did some white chocolate curls. Due to the humidity and temperature they really weren't working for me for the actual wedding one, so I went with simple, classic look of just strawberries.  There was a giant white peony that went on the side.  The lighting was poor, so my pictures of the actual one (top) are no good!  I must work on figuring out how to take better pictures in low light. 

Monday, June 15, 2009

Away We Go

My sister shared with me this trailer.  I don't live somewhere cool enough to have it showing.  Maybe it will do really well and play in all the theaters.  What do you think?  (Yeah, it played in Berkeley this weekend-go figure!)  Did anyone get a chance to see it? It looks so great. 

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Finds

This was a little g-sale $5 find!  Just needs a little more scrubbing.  We could use an extra stool at our counter, and the step stool folds in.  It was red, I couldn't resist.  Wouldn't you agree, very practical?  Being practical is usually highly unlike me when it comes to these sales!
The fan was from the farm chicks sale, as well as the cute pastel clothes drying rack.  I felt Sam should be proud- I was very practical, we needed both of these items badly.  I also found a cute vintage leather belt, some fun bandanas, and some frogs (for flower arranging)

I have cakes to bake, projects I'm itching to do, so much to do!  But I must share with you quickly the little goods I've found.  Enjoy the weekend everyone.  I hope to report of some before and afters when the weekend is through!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How about those Resolutions?

I had a brilliant teacher in college.  A few weeks into the course she asked us what we hoped to learn and get out of the class.  Halfway in, we revisited that list and did a little evaluation.  Brilliant I thought.  Haven't we all had those classes with the awful teachers, but at the end when the final is done and the essays are turned in the last thing we want to do is waste our time writing how the teacher has failed, especially when it won't benefit us anymore anyways.  We looked to see how we were doing halfway through to improve and make the rest of the class more enjoyable.  I feel that is the same thing that happens with new years resolutions, we get excited in the month of January, and then feel depressed in December to see that we failed miserably.  So here is my little mid year reminder.  There is still PLENTY of the year left.  What did you hope to accomplish this year?

I had a long list.  So many were simple.  Here are the things I have done:
wear more skirts 
save some money
read more books
use cider vinegar and baking soda instead of shampoo (this requires a full blog post!)
visit my friend in san francisco (i miss you jess)

There are some things that I've already miserably failed at, that's ok!  I have much more to do!

Here are 3 things I've marked on the calendar to do.  I'm going to peek back in a month and add 3 more:
throw a good dinner party
go to the zoo
make homemade doughnuts 

Spiffy Camera Strap

It's the little things in life like this that make me happy.  I'm sure you've seen these camera straps floating around for sale on the internet.  Why not make your own?  I made mine 5 minutes before heading out the door to the Farm Chicks sale.  It gives your camera a little personality and helps stand out against the million Nikon or Canon's.  This is a beginner project, just find a ribbon, fold under the edges and sew all 4 sides.  Super easy.  I am falling in love with my sewing machine!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Farm Chicks

These pictures help give a little idea of how cool the Farm Chicks show is here in Spokane.  Two women who are contributing editors to Country Living magazine put on this show.  The vendors set up the cutest most creative booths.  One vendor had a baby grand piano decoupaged in sheet music.  There were so many great things.  Linda and I both scored some great items.  I'll take pictures and blog more later.  I was filled with so much inspiration.  I could have spent a week taking in all the vintage goodness.  

First Picnic of the Season

We had a nice long weekend and enjoyed a picnic in a park.  

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Walk in the Swamp

My little brother knows all the good places to go on walks.  After walking 2,200 miles across the country on the Appalachian trail he's addicted to walking.  He took us to Jab farm where we had fun taking photos.  He helped us identify bloodroot and wild ginger.