Archive for November, 2009

Vintage Buttons

Button Find!

I found two jars of these while I was in Connecticut. I made a quick stop to pick up some items for the bride and popped into an antique store for a minute and found these. The jar is vintage and there are hundreds of vintage, plastic buttons. I’ve got anywhere from 4 to 12 of any given one and they’re all fairly elaborate and in bright, pretty colors. I was giddy when I saw them perched on a shelf behind some records. Ryan had been driving the sleeping baby in circles while I stopped in, and I had to try very hard not to exuberate too loudly in the car. Once the baby woke up, I unwrapped the jars and showed them to him with a proud smile and he was like, “Oh, a jar of buttons.” I quickly tried to explain to him that it was not just a jar of buttons, but the best score ever. He didn’t really understand until I told him it was the like the time he found a first edition copy of Tin Tin, and he replied, “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with them. Anyone have any good ideas for buttons? Please share your links!

7 comments November 27th, 2009

Red Beans and Rice

We’ve been having this often around here and I wanted to post the recipe for my database.

2 c. cooked rice
2 cans red beans
1 small can fire-roasted green chiles
2 T. vegetable “Better than Bouillon” (mixed with 1 c. water)
2 T. butter
small onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
1 T. smoky paprika
1/2 t. cayenne
1/2 t. cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion. Saute on medium heat for 7 minutes, until the onions are translucent and slightly browned. Add in chiles and red pepper and cook for a couple minutes. Mix in the bouillon and spices and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Stir in the rice and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Gently fold in beans.

4 comments November 27th, 2009


Pants for Uly

Pants for Uly

This is my first foray into pants-making and it was fun! I made a pattern from one of Uly’s pair of pants and then stitched these up. It didn’t take too long, but it wasn’t what I’d call a quick project either. I made four pants in total, all from Ryan’s old T-shirts and fabric I had on hand. I really like the lightening pants. He looks super cute in them.

I wasn’t happy with the photos and couldn’t figure out how to take a decent or interesting photo, given the light and the shape of the pants. Oh, well.

Life with Uly has become quite fun. He’s really morphed from little tiny baby to somewhat of a kid with a sweet demeanor. We have quite a bit of fun together. I’m headed back to work part-time next week. I’m a bit apprehensive and excited about it–hopefully we both enjoy spending time with other people two days a week.

2 comments November 23rd, 2009

October Showers

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

I threw a tea party for Aja’s bridal shower. We had doilies and sandwiches with the crusts cut off, cookies, and good conversation (Aja regaled us with stories of wedding rituals). She called ahead of time to insist we not play games, so instead we made teas. I went to Market Spice and bought every tea component imaginable–chamomile, hibiscus, rose, rooibos, mint, varying blends of black and green tea. I also bought ready-made tea bags and we assembled our teas for quite some time. My favorites were apple-rose-hibiscus black tea and mint-chamomile green tea. Yum! This activity had the bonus of being the favors for everyone, and I now have a stock of teas for the winter. It was a lovely afternoon of pure and simple girl time with some lovely ladies in hats.

5 comments November 13th, 2009



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