Archive for October, 2006

Napa of My Heart

Alas, the long-planned trip with my girlfriends to Napa Valley is over. This was the best trip ever. Thanks, girls. You’re fabulous.

The Girlz
At Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

Aja at Bauhaus
Talk, giggles, and coffee at Bauhaus

Matanzas Creek Winery
Spectacular day, spectacular view at Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma

Caskroom at Merryvale
The caskroom at Merryvale for a fabulous seminar and wine tasting class

Grapes at Merryvale Winery
Adding grape compote to the freshly processed harvest of 2006

2 comments October 31st, 2006

Winter Coats

I wanted to do this post back when Posie started the chain of posting winter coats, but the move got in the way. I love winter coats. I especially like the bold ones with a good cut.

I’ve picked these up at vintage/thrift stores over the years. The burgandy one is from a thrift store in Florence. It still had the lining in tact, but the rumors about Italians not wearing deodorant are true, so it had to be ripped out and replaced. The plaid and blue houndstooth are from Buffalo exchange. I bought three coats on one outing there. There was also a full-length lipstick pink coat, but it was lost in the hubbub on my wedding day. The fur coat is from my favorite thrift store in Wichita, which has since been closed. I also bought a leather, mint green coat with fox fur around the collar. It’s at a friend’s right now, but I’ll post a pic some other time. The green suede is vintage from Israel. I traded a friend a gorgeous, lacey, vintage slip for it; I think I got the better end of the deal. And, the black houndstooth is from the sale rack at Anthropologie.

Red Patterned Coat Plaid Hooded Coat Fur Coat

Blue Houndstooth Green Suede Coat Black Coat

Black Houndstooth

Now that I’ve bored you all to death, I will be away this weekend. Aja from Buzzing Bee and a girlfriend and I are all going to Napa Valley for a wine tasting trip we’ve had in the works for three years! I’ll drink a glass in your honor and have pictures for you when I get back.

4 comments October 26th, 2006

Craft Room

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Machine

CraftRoom

CraftCorner

So, this is my new craft room! All to myself, thanks to my gracious husband. We had planned on sharing the space, but he decided I could have the room to myself for a while. Yay! It’s a little sparse, but I think it leaves room for creativity. Can I just say it took six hours to roll up and color code my fabric stash? Hence the distance between blog posts. Less than a year ago my fabric stash consisted of about 5 different fabrics and now, well, you can see. I have some work to do before I can buy another stitch. I think I will enjoy the new organized system. Before, my fabric was in three clear bins and was very hard to see what I had. I imagine this had something to do with the amount of fabric I now have (or at least that’s how I’m playing it). You can’t really see, but this room has large glass doors with a “Juliette” porch. It’s very sweet and has a view of the Cascade Mts. Happiness in my heart.

9 comments October 24th, 2006

Family Quilts, Part I

Flower Quilt

We got all of our things in the new apartment this weekend. I spent the first half of the week unpacking and trying to have a vision for the walls that match the gray skies of Seattle perfectly. I thought they were a pretty color when the sun was shining, but they’re making me a little depressed at the moment. Any suggestions for apartment dwellers that can’t paint? Don’t tell anyone but someone in our building has speedy wi-fi and doesn’t have a password up, so we’re currently getting free Internet. I’m in heaven!

This is a quilt my mom bought from a woman in my great grandmother’s quilting circle. You should have seen these ladies. They were all in their eighties, about six of them bedecked in polyester prints, short curls, and large eyeglass wear. My grandma had a huge quilting block in her basement and one at the senior center. They rotated between the two. This quilt was made by Elsie. The handwork is incredibly fine. It’s a rather exquisite piece of work. My grandmother made hundreds of quilts, among other crafts. I’m going to post pictures of all the quilts she’s been involved in that are in me or my mother’s possession, in remembrance of her. She passed away one month ago.

10 comments October 18th, 2006

Baked Squash with Lime Butter

Serves 4

2 Delicata Squash
3 tbsp. butter, softened
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. lime zest
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. cayenne
salt, pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Place face down in rimmed baking sheet in 1/4″ of water. Bake for 25 min. Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients. Remove squash and turn oven to broil. Baste squash with butter and pour equal amounts of butter sauce in the cavity of each squash, using all of sauce. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until slightly browned on top. Serve.

Add comment October 13th, 2006

The Reclamation Act

Vintage Table

See this adorable vintage table? Ryan and I found it on the side of the road before we were married. I love this table. There’s one exactly like it in Luke’s diner on “Gilmore Girls.” It’s one of the few things we didn’t sell when we moved to the East Coast. As you can tell from the picture, it’s currently in use–at my mom’s house as her computer desk. I know she doesn’t want to give it back, but it’s time to come home to mama! I’m not quite sure how to lay the news on her. Too bad she doesn’t read this blog. Then my passive self could rejoice in not having to deal with the issue in person…

4 comments October 12th, 2006

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