There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

Sunday, October 10, 2010

fall kick-off

A few weeks ago we spent the weekend at my in laws' cabin in Leveanworth, WA. Saturday for breakfast we made pumpkin muffins, so delish... ...as well as a smashing frittata.
After our power breakfast, we went for a hike at Merritt Lake.
A few fall colors...

Friday, September 17, 2010

potting bench

I'm sneaking in a picture of the finished path. I realized I hadn't put one on yet!
This is the 'before' picture to show you what the southeast side of the front yard looks like. The potting bench and tiny tool shed will go here. The rhodies and bird bath will be moved. The other plants in the picture are our neighbor's.
Now for the potting bench. Kip and I found this old workbench for free on craigslist. The wood was unsealed, so we painted the boards with white paint. The boards on the top were rotting, so we removed them.
We replaced the boards on the top with the old planks we removed from behind the asbestos siding (project from March 2009). These planks are nearly 100 years old. To protect the boards against the outdoor elements, we sealed them with the same sealant we used on the deck.
Kip screwing planks to the table.
After securing the top, we nailed 6"x6' cedar fence boards to the back of the table.
It was really hard to get them perfectly even at the top, so we used a small strip of wood as a trim to hide this.
Finished potting bench in its new home! Those 4 posts next to it are the skeleton of the shed Kip is making me! Photos on that to come...

Sunday, September 12, 2010


-Lewis Grizzard
The tomato in all 3 photos is the ONLY one that turned red on my plant! So I thought it appropriate to give it a little podium. You know, like the when you win an Olympic event.
Are you blushing, tomato?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

if you're looking for baby shower ideas...

A few weeks ago I coordinated a baby (girl) shower for a friend of mine.
I got the idea for a flag garland from my friend Robin. I chose about 6 different fabrics to use for flags, and used twill tape at the top. I ended up using about 56 feet of twill tape, and sewed about 48 flags.The shower took place in the church basement, which was great for size since so many folks attended, but needed a little help to brighten it up. :) I tried to transform the space with a "garden picnic" theme. Here's a photo of pretty much the whole space. My talented pastry-chef friend, Annika (check out her foodie blog...the girl knows her stuff), did the amazing cupcakes. (don't you love how they look like poppies and dahlias??!!)
Seriously, Annika is amazing. A true artist.
Each table had 3 paper poppies, created by a team of super crafty gals and myself. Also at the tables we had party favors: sewn little fabric pouches, sealed with a big ol' diaper pin and stuffed with salt water taffies. Got the idea from Twig & Thistle.
In addition to the paper flowers and party favors, each table had two small picture frames. I bought the frames from the goodwill, spray painted them pink, and put baby quotes in each one. I found this cool font at Da Font. It's free!

My husband helped me assemble these hanging paper flowers...how cool is it that they're made out of gusseted paper bags?! Super easy. I ordered pink bags in bulk online.

Monday, August 23, 2010

just peachy

Gentle folk, it was has been way too long since my last post. Between a family reunion, out of town guests, jury duty and planning a baby shower it seemed a little busy the past few weeks. But I'm back in the saddle again and wanted to share these photos of glorious ginger-peach corn vegan muffins from Babycakes. I had strong morning sun coming through the window for this photo, so I pulled down our white roman blinds to diffuse the light.
If you want to see a beautiful photos of peaches (along with numerous other gorgeous food photos), check out Rachelle's blog.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My heart is ever at your service. -William Shakespeare

Kip and I were blessed to attend a beautiful wedding for beautiful friends this weekend. It is truly a deep honor and profound joy to love and be loved.
Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.
Yummy macaroons...
The bride was beautiful. Shakespeare says it better:
I'll say she looks as clear as morning roses newly washed with dew.

Friday, August 6, 2010

continuing on the path

Kip tamping down the gravel.Putting down the edger. Leveling the sand...
Setting down our 'cobblestones'
Sweeping sand between the cracks. I'll post pics of the finished path soon. We had a rain this weekend that helped settle the cobblestones and now we need to apply more sand.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


We started prep for our 'cobblestone' (concrete blocks that look like the real thing) path last weekend! Yay! I know, I know I still have to get those bathroom pics up. It's my goal for this weekend. :)

Here's the 'before' picture of the front yard.
We laid out two hoses parallel to each other to get the right curve angle, then spray painted where to dig.
After digging down 6 inches, we put in 3-4 inches of gravel, for drainage.
Good exercise!

Monday, August 2, 2010


I know I really need show pics of the bathroom, but there's a few paint touch ups we need to do before I show them.
In the meantime, I thought these beets from my csa were beautiful. I had some leftover veggie bacon, so I made a beet-bacon salad with vidalia onions, olive oil and red wine vinegar.