June 29, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

It's Wednesday already? Time seems to be moving just a smidge too fast for me this week. Actually, this whole month has gone by in a breeze. Anyone else feeling like June went by too fast?

I've been getting a lot done, thankfully! Though now that the wedding is almost two months away, I'm starting to feel like I'm a little behind on things. In the end, I have a feeling that our wedding will either be under-decorated due to miscalculations (or lack of calculation, really), or heavily over-decorated. I'm shooting for the latter, of course. So this week, I'm hunting down some fairly simple papercrafts:

Rolled Paper Flowers from Jones Design Co.

Paper Flags by WeddingChicks.

HomeLife's Fairy Lights via The Bride's Diary

Rosettes from Donna Salazar.

Living with Lindsay's Vintage Paper Wreath via The Bride's Diary.

Can you guys tell that I have a thing for paper wreaths? I honestly didn't know I was obsessed with them until I started making plans for my wedding.

Enjoy the rest of June!

June 27, 2011

Thirsty.

Well, now that it's officially summer, it's time to add a few cold beverage recipes to my to-do list. And all of these beautiful images have me seriously salivating:

 Horchata from Simple Comfort Food

 Honey Mint Julep via Design Sponge

 Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonics via The Kitchn

 Mint Lemonade from Martha Stewart

 Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie from Eva at Adventures in Cooking

And Homemade Ginger Ale via The Kitchn

June 22, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

Handmade Pinwheels

I finally made my pinwheels! I'll admit, these were a little frustrating for me at first because, 1. I didn't have a wire cutter, 2. The dowels had a tendency to split whenever I'd use a push pin to create a hole, and 3. I couldn't figure out how to get them to spin! I eventually had to refine my methods and acquire all of the necessary tools, after which the task became quite addicting. All I can say about making homemade pinwheels is that it takes plenty of patience, practice and experimentation.

Handmade Pinwheels

I've made approximately 50 of these pinwheels so far. I still plan to add some embellishments, but I think they have a lot of potential.

I also made some crocheted flower hairclips for me and my bridal party this week. I glued the hairclips to the bottom with a hot glue gun, and added my favorite wooden buttons to the top.

Crocheted flower hairclips.

I think they're kinda perfect.

June 20, 2011

Pie in a Jar

Pie in a Jar

Happy Monday, everyone! I finally jumped on the pie-in-a-jar bandwagon and loved it so much that I wrote a post for the recipe over at My Own Labels. Check it out if you're interested. 

In other news, today is my 27th birthday! Matt bought me the best birthday present ever: concert tickets to see the Fleet Foxes next month. I'm so excited!

June 17, 2011

In the Garden

Pepper Plant

Tomato Plant

Chives

Cilantro

Lobelia

These are all from our back patio area. Everything seems to be taking off! Even the basil is sprouting, and our tomatoes have blossoms on them already. I say 'already' because last June's rain stunted the growth of our plants so much that we didn't see tomato blossoms until well into July.

I'm particularly excited about the Lobelia! This is the first time we've had flowers and veggies. We were going to plant vegetables in our little makeshift garden box, but all of the neighborhood cats used it as a you-know-what, so we didn't think it was a good idea to grow anything edible from its tainted soil.

I'm also excited because Matt went out to his Grandpa's place last weekend to plant more tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and beans. I haven't had time to to see any of it yet, but I'm very curious about how everything is growing. I can't wait to start pickling things this year. It seems that no matter how many jars of pickles we make, there's never enough.

As for our first garden harvest...
First Harvest

A little dill, lettuce, cilantro and mint. I made a salad (obviously), salsa, and some mint tea, which is fast becoming one of my favorite things.
 

June 15, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

I believe Matt and I have  finally settled on our wedding theme as lying somewhere between barn and garden.  Barn because we want our guests to come wearing their best barn attire: overalls, coveralls, flannel, straw hats and flip-flops. I'd add boots to the list, but I think the weather will be a little too warm for that in September. And garden because I'm finding tons of irresistible garden-inspired wedding projects. For example, here are some images of inspiration for wedding favors:

Tree Sapling Favors from Wedding Bee Pro

 Rosemary Favors from Ruffled

 Homemade Jam Favors by TheKnot

 Tulip Tree-to-Be from Project Wedding

Organic Birdseed Favors from Dream Green Weddings

June 14, 2011

Mint Tea

Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves

Mint Tea

Mint Tea
15-20 fresh mint leaves
3(ish) cups water
Green tea (optional)

Gently rinse the leaves to remove dirt and debris, and set aside. Boil the water in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the leaves, allowing the mint to steep for 4-5 minutes. If desired, add a tea bag or infuser of green tea for 3 minutes. Strain the liquid into mugs and enjoy.

June 13, 2011

The Muck Boots

My dad and his wife asked me to house-sit for their animals while they went on a cruise last week. Lucky for me, their place is amazing. I felt like I was on a little vacation of my own.

Matt, Fancy, Queenie Queenie
Baxter Jake the dog.

There were stalls to muck, and animals to feed, but once the chores were done, all that was left was the river.

The River

Matt Matt

Matt was able to join me halfway through. We spent most of our time outside, playing guitar (him), crocheting (me), and cooking on the grill. I even developed a mildly distinguishable tan.

And now we're back to our regularly scheduled programming.

June 6, 2011

Checking In

Hello, hello! I'm still out of town, spending most of my time mucking horse stalls, crocheting and soaking in the hot tub. Speaking of crochet, do any of you have a Ravelry account? I've had my account for awhile, but have only recently begun exploring the project pages, groups/forums, and all of the available patterns. It's addicting.

Anyway, just thought I'd pop in and say hello real quick. It feels weird to go a whole week without posting, but it's also really nice to be on a vacation of sorts. Though, I consider this more of a "work-cation." Matt and the Fluffy Feline will be joining me here tomorrow afternoon, and then the real work shall begin: homemade pinwheels!



Anyway, I'll be back next week. Until then, I hope June is treating you well!