Show and Tell Monday

February 28, 2011

It is one of my goals to draw every day. I usually put it off, though. I get frustrated with my inability to translate the images in my mind to paper. Of course, that's exactly why I've made it a goal! I regret not taking art classes when I was young, but it's not too late to teach myself some techniques. :)

For now, I'm just having some fun.

P.S. I like the fat guy. :)

February 25, 2011

Vanilla Beans

Can you guess what I'm making?

Have a great weekend!
Stay warm.
Drive safe.

A Snow Day

February 24, 2011

7am this morning.
7am this morning7am this morning.

We finally have snow! I'm so glad I'm an early riser, because the snowflakes were huge this morning. I curled up on the couch with my blanket, Matt's Kindle, and some hot coffee for about an hour, glancing out the window to note the snow's progress.

I'm reading A Clash of Kings right now, the sequel to A Game of Thrones. The story is fitting for the weather, I think. "Winter is coming."

7am this morning.

It's now past noon, and the ground has cleared. I wouldn't be surprised if today ends up being the only snow day of the year, but I'm crossing my fingers for one or two more.

I'm trying to decide whether to make:

     A. Spaghetti
     B. Focaccia
     C. Muffins
     D. All of the above
     E. None of the above

Wedding Wednesday

February 23, 2011

I had a little meeting with my superawesome MoH this week, and we decided it was time to make our list of "to-dos" and "to-figure-outs" for the big day. We have a lot of work cut out for us, but we're totally focused and excited. Time to crack our knuckles and get to work!

I thought I'd share the list in case anyone wants to borrow it. I'll be returning frequently to highlight our accomplishments, in case you're interested:

  • Guest List
  • Invitations, Direction Cards, RSVP
  • Registration
  • Engagement Photos
  • Marriage License
  • Bridal Shower
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
  • Photographer
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Food/Catering
  • Wedding Cake/Cupcake/Pie
  • Champagne
  • Dress: Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, etc.
  • Boutineer/Corsage Ideas
  • Jewelry/Accessories
  • Rings
  • Favor Ideas
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • "Our" Song
  • Tents + Chairs
  • Centerpieces
  • Place Settings, Dishes, and Utensils
  • Trash Bins
  • Candles
  • Guestbook
  • Decorations
  • Table Linens
  • Thank You Cards

The big question on my mind this week is this: wedding pie or cake? I'm leaning toward a combination of wedding pies + cupcakes:

Have a happy Wednesday!

P.S. Click here to see my wedding color inspiration boards over at MoL! This was my first attempt at making them, and I think they're super fun. :)

Show and Tell Monday

February 21, 2011

I was taking photos of centerpiece ideas last week, and after I was done, I set everything up on the kitchen hutch. Everything in the photo is second-hand/thrifted, including the hutch! It makes me happy. :)

Wedding Wednesday

February 16, 2011

G'morning! I've had a busy week.

First, I finally started in on those crocheted flowers that I posted about a couple weeks ago, and they're really fun! I'm totally winging it, though. Gives 'em character. And honestly, I'm just happy to be playing with my yarn again. My stash of wedding colors has been teasing me for months:


Second, I made more of those Mary Go Rounds from Lola Nova's tutorial. I couldn't help myself, and decided I wanted a few in every color.

Third, I've papered a few coffee containers. We buy most of our coffee beans from Trader Joe's, so I've been saving all of the empties, hoping to find a good use for them. I think they're quite pretty after their paper treatment, but I confess: I still don't know what to do with them! They're made of cardboard, so I doubt I could use them as vases. Maybe I can use them for holding wooden spoon for decoration? I like wooden spoons.


And last but not least, I've been dabbling around with a wedding favor idea for a D.I.Y. wedding series that I'm writing over at My Own Labels for handmade seed packets (the packets are handmade - not the seeds).

Homemade seed packets

I really like this favor idea because Matt and I are really into gardening, especially with heirloom seeds. Plus, it gives me another reason to sew on paper, which is fast becoming one of my favorite hobbies. The first post of the wedding series isn't published yet, but I'll be sure to link you guys over there once it's up!

That's it for now. Have a happy Wednesday, everyone! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2011

So what are you doing today? My man and I are going to make a homemade heart-shaped pizza, drink some wine,  and watch a movie. I know it's not terribly exciting, but a nice, quiet evening is exactly what we want.

Since today is the big day, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Valentine's Day images from around the web this year. It's so fun to see all of the ideas that people come up with for holidays:

One, two, three, four, five, six.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Wedding Wednesday

February 9, 2011

I really like the idea of a barn themed wedding, and for us, it would be a great way to utilize what's available due to the time of year we're getting married (September), and the location. It also lends itself to coordinated mismatching, which is something we're going to need, given that most of our wedding decor is thrifted, handmade/homemade, or collected.

These are some of the images of inspiration that have been guiding my theme choice for our wedding. I imagine bales of hay for seating, apples for centerpieces, a pretty horse munching lazily away in the background...

I might even find a pretty blue truck to stand in while we take our vows.

Just kidding.

Have a happy Wednesday. :)

Show and Tell Monday

February 7, 2011

I've been happily immersed in the world of Harry Potter all weekend. Matt was kind enough to loan me his Kindle for the cause, and I was glued 'til the end. It was amazing! I know I'm behind the times, but what can I say? It took six months after graduating from college for me to even think about picking up another book.

But Harry Potter isn't my Show and Tell. It's just my reason for sharing something kind of quick and random this Monday. Here's a glimpse at our pantry:

bread and butter pickles
Bread and Butter Pickles

dill pickles
Spicy Dill Pickles

apple butter
Apple Butter

dilly beans
Dilly Beans

A couple of weeks ago, I took some photographs of the foods we were able to preserve over the summer. We're fairly new to the world of homemade pickles and jams, this being our second year, but the turnout was very good. It's definitely a lot of hard work, from harvesting the fruit/vegetables, to hours and hours spent over the stove, but it's so rewarding. Especially in the middle of winter when there's homemade apple butter on toast, or snacks with homemade pickles, cheese, and crackers.

My only regret is that we didn't make more. It's always a little sad to see the last jar go.

Heart Tarts

February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day will be here soon, but I've been messing around with heart-shaped things for weeks - especially heart-shaped foods. It all began after acquiring a package of heart-shaped cookie cutters from a local craft store for a Valentine's Day post I wrote over at MoL.

Heart-shaped cookie cutters.

Once I started playing with them, I couldn't stop. With my inner girlie girl emerging front and center, the heart-shaped foods were on a roll. Or I was on a roll... It's hard to say, really. Inspiration often seems external, crossing our paths when we least expect it, or are unequipped to deal with it. You know, like just before bedtime, or while stuck in traffic.

heart-shaped pizza Heart-shaped brownies.

Anyway, my favorite heart-shaped food experiment thus far has been heart-tarts, an idea Matt and I conjured up a couple weeks ago.

Heart tarts.

I'd give you a recipe, but I think it's probably better just to explain the general process:

1. Make pie dough. Refrigerate it for an hour. Roll it out, and cut out the hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

2. Drop a dollop of jam (we used our homemade strawberry jam, and it was delicious) in the center of one heart cut-out. Gently cover with a second cut-out, pressing down the edges with a fork.

3. Brush the tops of the pastries with an eggwash, sprinkle with raw sugar, and place on a silpat mat-lined cookie sheet.

4. Bake in an oven preheated to 375°F until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

5. Cool for at least 10 minutes. Eat.

Wedding Wednesday

February 2, 2011

I've been thinking about banners and garlands this week. Not only are they an easy d.i.y. craft, but they add a lot to the atmosphere of a wedding (or any celebratory event, for that matter). After staring at these images over and over, I was inspired to sit down in front of my sewing machine with some fabric and paper over the weekend.

I've mentioned my paper garlands before, but they've been stashed away in a basket for weeks. It was hard to keep them tucked out of sight, but their colors aren't exactly holiday appropriate.

Paper garlands.

But now that it's February, I'm aching for spring, so paper garlands have been scattered around the house. They look pretty hanging alongside their new friends made of second-hand linens.

Paper garlands



I still have a lot more of to make, but I don't mind. They're really fun, and they aren't fussy at all. I plan on making clotheslines with twine, pictures, and paper doilies, too. I can't wait to put them on my walls!

I hope you're all having an awesome week. :)