Thursday, September 27, 2007

Just like making doll clothes . . .

So our amazing friend, Katherine, took these beautiful pictures of Lucy. . . it's going to be hard to choose which to use for a birth announcement! She really has a good eye and gave us plenty to choose from. Check out her blog to see more of us and all the other beautiful photography she does!

Lucy is still so little, she doesn't fit any of the 0-3 month clothing and have you noticed they just don't make dresses in newborn or preemie sizes? So I made this little dress for her to wear for her big photo shoot. I made it entirely from one Michael Miller fat quarter, that's how small it is!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Blackberry Cobbler

I was supposed to go up to Seattle for my mom's 60th birthday right in the middle of blackberry season and then I ended up in the hospital on bedrest. I was heartbroken to miss the party. . . my family called to ask my favorite recipe, a to-die-for blackberry cobbler, and let me know they were thinking about me as they ate it. . . so of course, it was the first thing I wanted to make when (and eat) when I got out of the hospital. It was sooo tasty. . . and we made a vanilla soy milk ice cream to serve it with.

Chinook’s in Seattle has a blackberry cobbler that is hands-down my favorite dessert in the world. . . I would crawl through broken glass to get some. A couple of years ago, someone had posted this recipe for it on the web and I’ve had pretty good success with it. It may not be Chinook’s exactly, but its pretty darn good AND it’s a good excuse to use my cute little ramekins:

Wannabe Chinook’s Blackberry Cobbler

4 Cups wild mountain blackberries
½ Cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp finely chopped lemon zest
1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

1 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
¼ Cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar (divided)
1/3 Cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 Cup half-and-half or soymilk

1. Preheat oven to 425. Place blackberries in a bowl and sprinkle with ½ cup sugar; add lemon zest and nutmeg, and mix. Pour berries into a deep 2 qt baking dish or 6 ramekins.

2. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and ¼ cup sugar. With fork or fingers, blend butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Carefully stir in half-and-half until well blended with dry ingredients.

3. Soon topping onto berries, allowing some spaces for steam to escape. Sprinkle top with 2 Tbsp of sugar. Bake 30 minutes in preheated oven.

Anyone from the Northwest knows that blackberries grow wild on every unlandscaped hillside and every neglected open space in the month of August. And everyone knows they're free for the picking, just don a long sleeved shirt and some pants you don't care about, jimmy-rig a bucket system to hang off your shoulder or waist and head out to pick blackberries (a pair of clippers or scissors helps too, to get past some of the hanging vines). Be prepared to get stained and scratched and poked, and full using the "one-for-the-bucket, one-for-me" approach, and then bring them home and concoct shakes and pies and cobblers and jams and then you'll still have enough to freeze for the rest of the year.

Monday, September 10, 2007

felicia the hippo

Did I mention that Hubby is crazy about our little Lucy? He can't get enough of her. . . he can hardly leave her alone when he's home and it drives him crazy if she's sleeping. He just wants to wake her up and play with her all the time. He ordered this plush hippo in orange and it arrived the other day. It's huge, three times as big as Lucy is right now, but darling. He showed me the site where he found it,, which has all kinds of fun plushies and softies and great ideas. . . He loves modern design and all things minimalist and contemporary. He often finds fab baby items and plenty of honest reviews on, his new favorite blog.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Bib project

So another fun project I did while on bed rest was to embellish these little bibs from Ikea. . . they come in a 5-pack (I still have one to finish, a robin) for a very reasonable price and they were just screaming for a little something personal to be added to them. This actually started as a project to do with my friend Kate who was on bed rest at home a couple weeks before me. . . I went over to her place to keep her company and brought bags of embroidery floss and fleece (fleece edges won't fray so you don't have to worry about turning the edges under) and we went about doing some free-style appliqué, as I call it. We didn't get too far that day, we each finished only one, but the good thing is it was all bagged up with the needed materials so when I ended up in the hospital unexpectedly, it wasn't hard for hubby to assemble and bring in for me to work on.

P.S. Kate ended up having her little Norah just down the hall from me in the hospital two weeks before I had Lucy. It was so fun to wheel down and see them. . . and we just know that Norah and Lucy are going to be the best of friends.

More projects from the hospital bed. . .

So while I was on bed rest at the hospital I was able to finish up the quilt I'd started for the baby. I hand quilted it on a 14" hoop which was easily manageable. Here's how it washed up. . .