Monthly Archives: June 2011

Atlas Andrew Barley

(photo courtesy my friend Alison, www.redshoesphotography.com) We are so grateful to announce the safe arrival of Atlas Andrew Barley born at 3am on Sunday 6/26/11!  He is 6lbs 5oz  and 19 inches of perfection. (photos courtesy www.redshoesphotography.com)

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Maine Lobster

  We had a keg of beer for the adults and lots of lemonade for the kids.  Grilled corn in season was perfect.  And before the lobsters were done we grilled hot dogs to fill the corners of any belly … Continue reading

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Birth Announcement

When Valiant was born I made no attempt to announce his arrival to the world.  He rocked my world too much for that. At the time I thought I was making the transition to motherhood pretty well, but looking back … Continue reading

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Blank White Paper

Ever since I bought a table specifically for painting, I’ve been stymied. That beautiful table taunted me.  So I put a large sheet of water color paper on it and had the mason jar full of water just in case.  … Continue reading

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Reupholstering a Chair

I got it in my head a while ago that I really wanted to try re-upholstering.  I was interested to see if it was as difficult as I thought it would be, and also I just have not been thrilled … Continue reading

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Knitted Nesting Boxes

Some friends and I started a knitting group this winter and this was our first project. We wanted to start with something quick and easy. Easy it was. Quick it wasn’t. But we still had a lot of fun getting … Continue reading

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Restoring a House in the City

If you’re looking for a book on restoring houses, here’s an awesome one for your consideration.  Tim got me this for my birthday on the recommendation of a client who renovates houses in DC and I love it! It’s called … Continue reading

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Cutting on the Diagonal

A long time ago, I boarded a plane and landed in Chile for a year.  I didn’t speak the language and I didn’t know a soul.  I lived with a family, attended public school, graduated fluent in Castilian and then … Continue reading

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A Little Outing

  My in-laws are visiting and so we decided to take a little trip to Walla Walla.

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Am I Missing Something?

It’s summer and I am seeing the same thing I saw last year, bra straps and camisole straps.  When did it become ok to have those straps hanging out?  Once upon a time ladies attempted to keep that bit of … Continue reading

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What’s your favorite color?

Today mine is gray. Or grey, depending on which spelling you like better. I’m especially crazy about it when it borders on a warm, browny-grey. About this time last year it was hot pink. And for a long time I’ve … Continue reading

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La Seduction

I am not a Francophile so this book was a surprise.  I thought I’d despise reading about how the French always have been and always will be better than Americans.  How the French do everything just so and just so … Continue reading

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1 Year Old Birthday

  Valiant turned 1 year while we were out of the country which we over-celebrated, according to Tim, by buying him a light-up bouncy ball from a street vendor.  You can only imagine what he thought when I proposed an … Continue reading

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Spumoni Cake

Like I said- what could be easier than a box cake?  I use a white cake mix (and I usually leave out egg yolks so that it stays whiter). You may have your own tricks but I cut out a … Continue reading

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Bombs Away!

One rainy morning at the coast (imagine!) we decided to visit the Tillamook Air Museum.  Andrew is crazy nuts about airplanes and is ace at identifying what exactly is flying over him at anytime.  I knew one of us would … Continue reading

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Only When the Fairies Sing

White coral bells, upon a slender stalk Lilies-of-the-valley deck my garden walk. Oh, don’t you wish, that you could hear them ring… That will happen only when the fairies sing. Did anyone else grow up singing this little song?  I … Continue reading

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Cowhide Rug Sale

Who knew Erin and I would both develop such a fetish for floor coverings? Anyways, here are the beauties on sale for June, enjoy! Stenciled Cowhide, Brown Giraffe on Beige cowhide, size Large, $310 Sale Price: $227 Stenciled Cowhide, Black leopard … Continue reading

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Rugs

As a follow up to the Istanbul and Overd-dyed Rug post, here are the ones I chose.  (Not an easy decision!) These are the over-dyed rugs I went with.  Although I loved the citrine green I needed to keep the collection … Continue reading

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Twilight

Last year we upped our camping from primitive (no toilets, no shower, but one water spigot way down the road) to yurt camping (water, toilets and showers way down the road).  This year my brother-in-law reserved the same yurt for … Continue reading

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Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

Every Sunday morning I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls. Not just any cinnamon rolls, but perfect ones. Not too puffy, not too dense, slathered in carmel but crisped around the edges. I’ve tried all sorts of recipes, methods, and tricks so now … Continue reading

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