My Copper Pot


The colors remind me of a mineral deposit.

 

Prizes to anyone who can guess what this is.  This is my poor little copper bottomed pot.  It became a casualty to my inattention while at the computer.  I left it to browse artworks.  When I finally remembered it, the water was all boiled away and I had a very over heated pot.  This has happened to several of my pots for the same reasons.  You would think I would learn a lesson.  But the silver lining is that I got a lovely photo out of the whole deal, one I think I might actually frame.

Happy Easter!


 

Baptism


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Baptism Party for Rhys


We went out for a quick over night visit to Caitlin and Zac’s place to celebrate Rhys’ baptism.  What fun we packed into a short little stay.  The food was amazing, bacon wrapped asparagus, Traeger smoked tri tip, shrimp scampi, and some lovely cheeses.  And of course plenty of baby holding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixing a Danish Modern


I have had Danish Modern chairs on the brain since, well, I keep seeing them in the decorating magazines.  I have been on the hunt for some and the search has been arduous, since now everyone wants them.  ”Oh, we got rid of two Danish Modern chairs and a sofa back in the ’80s in Florida,” mom kindly told me.  Many people on ebay don’t want to ship them to you.  I have been driving Eric crazy.  So when I finally bought a couple chairs, he was thrilled.  More, I think, with the hope that I would stop talking about them.

Then I found these right on my local Craigslist.  The original price was $1,500.  Gulp!  I showed Eric just how beautiful these chairs were.  Functional works of art.  I closed out of the site and vowed not to return.  But I did.  What have I go to lose?  I could just ask.  The worst that happens is she says “Are you out of your crazy mind?”.  So I did.  Would you be willing to take $500 for the pair?  I waited and waited.  It was dumb, I shouldn’t have made that offer.  But then I got an e mail back.  When would you like to come take a look?

I don’t really always like things to come to me new.  I get a lot out of fixing things up.  I feel like they are more mine if I can fix them up.  So the chair will hopefully be getting new cushions, new leather straps, and new webbing for the seat.  Honestly rewebbing it is kinda freakin’ me out.  I’ll keep you posted.

 

The leather strap allows you to adjust the back of the seat. As you can see it needs replaced.

 

Just look at the back on this chair. Beautiful. I almost hate to put a cushion on it.

Baby Rhys Comes for a Visit


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Fox


I have loved these little lips since I first saw them on the 3D ultrasound picture.

He is quite proud of his teeth.

And is working on getting all his molars. Hard work for a two year old.

Happy little Fox

Paper Maché Trophy Head


 

 

Erin,  help!  Do I want to buy this?   I have been looking at several paper mache trophy heads and the ones you sent me from West Elm have been my favorite ones so far.  I like the wildebeest or maybe I like it better because I go into shock at the price of the Gemsbok.  But it also reminded me of this marble bust I saw at the Smithsonian.  I’m pretty sure I would love  the Wildebeest really anywhere in the house but maybe particularly in my kitchen.  But do you think it is too small?  As I told you before, I have been wanting to add some modern elements to my house and I love the whimsy of this.

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Day


It just so happens that we have snow over here and quite a bit too.  I love it.  I would be happy if we had snow all the way till spring.  Alas, we don’t get it that often but when we do I think it’s so cosy.  We have been listening to lots of Harry Potter infront of the fireplace.  Eric and I have been watching Bleak House on Netfix.  I would highly recommend it.  And eating plenty of brownies, the soft dense kind with plenty of walnuts and butter.  Here is the brownie recipe incase you should want to join in on the eating.

Best Cocoa Brownies:

10T. butter

1 1/4c. sugar

3/4c.+2T. cocoa

1/4t. salt

1/2t. vanilla

2 eggs

1/2c. flour

2/3c. walnuts

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt.  Heat mixture till combined and melted and you want to remove your finger quickly.  Set aside till just warm.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients until just mixed.  Bake in an 8×8 pan at 325 for about 30 minutes.

Anwyn’s Room Makeover


As I promised, a post on Anwyn’s bedroom makeover.  If the room itself looks different- it is.  We made some room changes so the kids could have a play room and what a great change that has been.  All the toys in one room- phew.

Most of the pink is gone as promised, but touches remain.  She is my only girl after all and I still love pink.

I painted all the rooms in the house Brown Bag so I could change things up whenever I wanted without having to repaint every time. I move things around too often.

I made the "A" pillow using a template off the computer.

This cute little dresser was from Caitlin who didn't want it any more, if you can imagine.

I repainted the chair in gold.

And used Anna Maria Horner fabric. I love some of her fabric.

I just had to keep the pink flowers and the star we picked up in San Francisco.

My Wonderful World of Fashion


 

Of late Anwyn has loved designing and coloring clothes, shoes, hats, bags and everything in between.  Watching a few Project Runways with me has definitely fueled this interest.  This fabulous little book Eric and I picked up in San Francisco at Anthropologie has been perfect.

 

 

Mouse Pad


My little mouse has been running around on a book so I thought I might get a real mouse pad for it.

 

If you are at all like me, I come across fabric I just love all the time.  I hold it and think long a hard about  just what it is that I would do with it .  And thinking of nothing because I already have plenty of pillows and really don’t enjoy sewing all that much, put it back.  This is a little project just in case you should run across a smallish piece of cloth that is calling your name and you simply must have it.  It need be no bigger than a mouse pad, in fact mouse pad size is perfect.  With that bit of cloth and some Heat ‘n Bond you can make a perfectly adorable little pad for your mouse.

One ugly little mouse pad and some Heat'n Bond is all you really need.

 

Make sure to cut out a square slightly larger than the pad.

 

Iron the Heat'n Bond to the fabric then peel off the backing and iron to the mouse pad.

 

Voila! A cute little mouse pad.

 

And best of all you don’t have to sew one little bit.

Christmas Gift Idea


I thought you all might like these French bread bags and if you have the teensiest bit of sewing knowledge they will be a cinch to make.  It is another way to make and and another use for the bread bag shown in the previous post.  They are perfect hostess gifts to take to all your Christmas parties.  I use mine to serve French bread on the table since we tear ours, but they would be just as lovely for a bottle of wine.  Either way the process is the same but the measurements may be a bit different.  The letters I used were from dfont, an amazing site if you have never checked it and have a total love of fonts like I do.

I like to use a natural linen. It has a French look, but obviously you can use whatever cloth you would like. Cut out two rectangles 23x21 for the bread bag. This will also acommodate a baguette loaf. For wine the measurements would be smaller. I like to French seam mine to have a cleaner look. To do this simply put right sides facing the right way and sew a 1/4 in around the bad. Then turn so the right sides are facing in and sew about a 1/2 in seam around the bag again. Then hem the top.

 

   

My favorite part is painting on the monogram. Using letters from dfont, I cut out and trace the letter on the bag.

 

I like to use the metallic paints to paint on the monogram. I still love a bit of glitter. Just be sure to put a paper between the layers so as not to get paint on the other side.

Voila! Beautiful!

 

Here is a bit different monogram.

All ready for a party

 

Christmas Decorating


 

Well, now that the decorating is done Christmas can come.  These are some snap shots from around the house.  And now I can do the fun things like shopping for the last little bits of Christmas gifts, baking cookies, and shhh don’t tell the kids but we’re going to take them to the Nutcracker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anwyn’s Room Makeover


 

I really just want this chair. I'm definitely taking inspiration from it.

Well I have had fun with the pink.  I needed to get the urge to paint Ralph Lauren’s Aruba pink out of my system and now I am ready to grow up and do something a tat more mature.  Anwyn is going on 10 and she can’t have hot pink furniture her whole life, can she?  Well, I guess she could but really if truth be told, I want to decorate something, or rather redecorate something.  I’ll have to keep you posted on the changes.  There will have to be plenty of gold and glitter.  I’m sure Anwyn would agree.

I don’t want to spend lots but something like a new dresser is in order, lamps, frames, curtains.  You understand.  The problem is when I get the idea to redecorate I want to do it now.  The timing is not perfect as I have not even decorated for Christmas.  Eric groans as I try to do everything and then turn into a smoldering wreck.  I’m not a patient person.

 

 

 

Anticipating Halloween


Their pictures became quite creative. Here we have a little witch under a full moon.

 

Because darkness can’t come soon enough at this house on Halloween day, I got together a little craft for the kids and think your kids might enjoy it too.  For the project you just need graph paper and colored pencils.  All that is required is that they make pictures using only squares.  It ends up being like cross stitching on paper.  And for as simple a project as it is, my kids have been at it for a couple of hours already.  One of them said, Hey, I forgot tonight we get to trick-or-treat!”  Success.

Should your kids need a bit of inspiration here you go.

Canon made a pirate.

 

Here are Athan's little dogs.

 

Photos from San Francisco


Found it on a door and thought, I heart this sticker.

Well it came and went, hard to believe, and we had such a good time.  Our tenth anniversary trip to San Francisco was wonderful.  We went to the art museums, Eric gave me a ring,  we window shopped late at night, the weather was perfect.  I love the city.  I think I looked over the photos and cried a little bit.

This was at the top of my list of things I wanted to do in San Francisco. We spent the day at the Legion of Honor Art Museum in the presence of Rembrandt and equally famous Flemish painters. Pure bliss.

 

 

 

China Town, as I knew it would, turned out to be a photographic feast.

 

So many interesting people. Some were happy to let me take their picture, giving them money didn't hurt, some didn't know I was, and others were not so happy to have me take their photo.

 

There were so many of these lanters and the one I happened to look up at had pigeons nesting in it.

 

He was so charming. Please take as many photos as you would like, he told me. And I was happy to oblige. It was a completely quaint french cafe and half the patrons spoke French.

 

Tomato soup

 

I was really into the reflections on the buildings. It's kinda like getting two pictures in one.

 

 

Evening lights on a walk home from dinner.

 

San Francisco sourdough

 

Pier 39 and Alcatraz. I don't think we could say we visited San Francisco without at least setting our eyes on Alcatraz.

 

The Birdman of Alcatraz

 

A Picasso exhibit was the last thing we did before leaving the city. It was visiting from Paris. How could we not?

Getting a good shot of the cable car proved to be the most difficult. They are so photographed I wanted something different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Good-Bye to Summer


I’m afraid summer is coming to an end.  It doesn’t feel like it’s quite gone yet because we are still experiencing temperatures in the 90s.  But thanks to some friends we had one last summer party before the weather gets fallish.

I just couldn't get enough of these white tents. They just photograph so well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta


grilled vegetable salad with feta recipe

For those of you who wanted the salad we ate with the lamb kebobs here it is.   Eric thought he liked it even better than the kebobs.  I don’t know though.  While the salad was wonderful, I was kinda partial to the lamb.

Art Tours


Painting by Van Gogh

How I would love to take my kids to all the major art museums of the world.  Ok so that’s a far fetched dream, but Google has created this amazing tool called The Art Project.  This nifty little program allows you a virtual tour all the major art museums of the world.  You can see the galleries where the art is hanging and then zoom into each painting allowing you to see the finest of details right down to the brush strokes.  I’m pretty jazzed about this program and I think the kids are going to love going through the museums this year.

On another exciting note, in reading Stealing Rembrandts I just discovered that the de Young Museum is in San Francisco and has a wonderful Dutch and Flemish permanent collection and a visiting Picasso collection.  We already have plans to visit when we are there.