Friday, April 30, 2010

what do you do. . .

. . . on a snowy/rainy spring day when you're couped up with a two-year-old?Make pictures of sunnier spring days.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

a haiku


sad, baby blossoms
sodden sprigs of lilac beneath
delinquant spring snow

Sunday, April 25, 2010

another post about baby quilts

I know, I know. . . I'm always posting baby quilts. But that's my THANG. . . you have to know that by now. I LOVE making baby quilts. . . I've never duplicated one. I love making them each as unique and different as the babies and families I make them for.

This first one is for baby Livi. The little tag at the bottom is a scrap of Japanese fabric as a special shout-out for her mom, April, who is not only my friend but a fellow Japan-o-phile and taught me this little trick of using little fabric swatch accents. . .

And this one is for little baby Alden who has yet to make his arrival. . . I know, strange for me to have a quilt done AHEAD of time, they're usually late! But we had an early shower for his soon-to-be-mommy, Kate, when she was in town recently. The rugby stripes are a shout-out to soon-to-be-daddy, Eric, who played rugby for the well-known Highland High Rugby Team.
The back fabric is another piece I bought when I was in Tokyo a year or so ago. The front gray is actually a sheet. . . if you ever can't find solid colors you like at the fabric store, go to Target or someplace with bedding on sale. Sheets and bed linens seem to be more current with fashionable color choices than Joann's does. Seriously. Why is it the solids are all so bright and garrish? Plus the bed sheets have a higher thread count so the fabric feels so much softer and is so much more luxurious. (In fact, the cream color of Livi's quilt is also a sheet. . .)
Anyhow, I've got a couple more in the works, so stay tuned.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

relish!

Broiled Tilapia with Avocado Salsa and Steamed Broccoli with Orange

Chances are, if you've spent more than 15 minutes alone with me lately, I've told you about relish! the saving grace of my weeknight dinners. . .

I'm not a good cook. I like to cook with hubby for big weekend dinners where we might be having guests, but I get really lazy during the week. I tend to make the same handful of dishes over and over and over again. And I DREAD making my shopping list every week. One day, I put Mike in charge of planning the menu for the next week and bada-bing, look what he found. . . relish!

It's an online menu and grocery planning service. Each week they have 20 or so different meal options for you, you choose the ones you want, tell it how many servings you'll be making and hit a button and it compiles recipes AND a grocery shopping list for you. The meals all take 30 minutes or less to prepare, often use seasonal ingredients, and are actually very healthy. . . and did I mention, they're delicious? I FEEL like a good cook when I make them. I get excited to cook and I get excited to eat. I mean, tilapia? I would've never tried that on my own, but it is actually the perfect fish to cook! It doesn't smell up your kitchen and it is a very mild taste.And the shopping list makes me happy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

the good thing about colorstay lipstick is. . .

I put it on once and its going to stay all day. . .The bad thing about colorstay lipstick is, if Lucy puts it on as eye make-up, its going to stay all day. . .

Friday, April 09, 2010

9 years and counting

We just celebrated our 9th Anniversary. . . in San Diego! Here are some fun photos from the trip.
This is Lucy's newest move, the "oh my gosh, someone's looking at me" move. Very unusual and surprising for our little show-off. I wouldn't say its bashfulness, I think its more sudden self-awareness.All these photos are from the Mission San Juan Capistrano in Orange County. We took the train up and thoroughly enjoyed it. Notice it is our anniversary trip, but there are exactly 0 (that's a zero) photos of us (hubby and I) together. That's something I need to be more aware while we're out and about. I need to be that tourist that thrusts my camera into the hands of perfect strangers walking by and asks them to take a picture of us together. . . or maybe I just need to train Lucy to do it.

But here is a recent picture of the two of us at a friend's wedding. Seems like just yesterday that I was the one with the up-do and the white dress. . . and the handsome man sitting next to me had more hair on his head than on his face. . . and one of my wedding guests was scribbling a last-minute card to us at the dinner table.

Ah, love.