Of course, it's all about the home right now. It has been a long weekend of unpacking, and it feels so nice to just sit down and relax on a Sunday evening. Now that things are settling, I'm noticing some of the little details of the house.
This is a view of the kitchen fan above the sink. We don't have any sort of hood above the stove, so I think this is meant to serve the same purpose.
Dishes in the sink:
And, because it's in bloom now, I thought I'd share a photo of our hibiscus.
Things are really starting to come together now. I'll be sharing some more photos this week, and sharing links to some of the things I want to get for the house.
After an unanticipated break, I'm back. There has been a lot going on, and I promise to share it all with you in time. It's been an exciting time, and it was nice to have a bit of a blogging break. But I really miss the community of bright, intelligent and inspiring bloggers. At first it was easy to be away. I was so distracted with moving and selling the house, that I didn't even have the time or energy to think about the blog. Then things started to calm down, and I got used to not blogging and not looking at the world through my "blogging eyes", and it was a nice respite. About two weeks ago I started looking at blogs again. Things started to stir inside me, and I knew it was time to get back to the blog.
I haven't been working on a lot of projects, but I've got big plans, baby. Just you wait and see.
Is there anything quite so delicious as a cup of hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream on top? I think not. This was my little treat today in the middle of a day of cleaning. It was a gorgeous, sunny, frigid day here, and I was quite happy to stay inside, listen to some music, clean and, of course, sip on some hot chocolate. I'm really not supposed to eat dairy, but non-dairy whipped topping just doesn't cut it for me.
I have been a horrible blogger, and for that I am sorry. Between my ailing back and trips to visit my mother and my sister, my schedule has been quite full. I took the train to Portland last Friday morning.
and spent the weekend visiting my sister. We awoke to clear blue skies on Saturday, so we headed to Cannon Beach for the day. The weather held up nicely until precisely 1 mile from the beach, where it started raining.
I couldn't have cared less. We are well aware that going to the beach in the Pacific Northwest means bundling up from head to toe and preparing for blustery conditions. I actually think it adds to the beauty of the beaches here. There were very few people on the beach, and Amy's dog, Cody, had a blast running along the beach.
Amy and I walked the beach shooting photos. Amy was using one of her Brownies.
I'm still plugging along on the blanket, but I haven't made much progress today. i hope to get through several rows tonight. I really is addictive. I thought it was pretty funny that Alicia is working on a similar project. Her's, of course, is so much cuter than mine, but with mine, I have little choice about my colors since I just using my stash. Regardless, this project is addictive, and I think I'll love it no matter what it looks like in the end.
I went to the fabric store today to pick up some fabric for the quilt I'm making for baby Alice. I'm really looking forward to putting it together. Her parents are very minimalist, so the quilt will be in line with their aesthetic. I think I enjoy quilting more than just about anything else because I can use the fabrics just like paint on a canvas. I never know exactly what I'm going to do, but I've never been disappointed with the results.
I saw this as I was walking up to my house with my fabric store goodies.
This little pink balloon got stuck in the leaves in the yard next door. I immediately dropped my bags and snapped this photo. There was something so thrilling and yet so sad about this balloon. It was loved by someone while it was inflated with helium. But the helium is gone, and so is the love. When I came across it, it was struggling to break free from brown, dead leaves on the ground. I'm sure the wind has carried it somewhere else by now.
When I got home, I settled in to make some bread. Now, I love bread, but gluten free bread really leaves something to be desired...like air. GF bread is known for being as dense as a brick, and it's really almost not worth eating. However, I came across this recipe on gluten free girl, and was inspired to make a loaf of my own. I got started on the bread, marinated some pork and cooked some carrots with shallots in butter.
mmmm. Of course, I couldn't make a proper dinner without a lovely cocktail. Eric made me a delicious Manhattan, which I joyously sipped while making dinner.
He always gives me two cherries. What a dear.
So I followed the recipe, and was extremely pleased to pull this glorious loaf from the oven.
so, my christmas gift this year was a Nikon D50. I have been wanting one for over a year now, and it was well worth the wait. I have never been much of a photographer, but like so many others, after starting this blog I became much more interested in photography. Not only do I want to have better photos for my blog, but I am excited about exploring photography from a creative perspective. I have much to learn, but I'm excited about the process. My sister gave me a Holga last year, and I've taken some photos with it that I have yet to develop, but I promise to share those with you once I get them.
Last month I ordered some prints of some of Maditi's polaroids, and I'm completely in love with them. She sent several extra polaroid prints and two of her color posters. It was a little gift to myself. Not only do I love her work, but she's also a total sweetheart. That makes me love her work even more. I can't wait to get these framed and up on the wall so I can enjoy them every day.
I also wanted to direct you to the Kim Family Auction. Nearly 50 artists have contributed to the auction organized by Lisa Congdon, Stephanie Barnes and Gerrie Congdon. All of the proceeds will go the James Kim Memorial Fund. The auction has just kicked off, and there are some wonderful pieces on the block, so head on over and make a bid on one or more of the fabulous items.
I spent the past weekend knitting stockings and working on my studio. I spent the majority of September at our cabin on a lake, and I took most of my fabric, and most importantly, my sewing machine out there with me. I left everything there because I knew I would be moving, and I didn't want to have to continually haul everything around with me. We've been in our house now for over a month, and it's been killing me not to have these things at home. Since moving in, we've spent every weekend just getting unpacked and doing little projects around the house. This weekend was the first time we even had an opportunity to get out of town, so we took advantage of it.
We decided to get our Christmas tree while we were out there. My grandparents own several lots around the lake, and they plant trees out there so use for Christmas trees. It was the first time I had been out there to get my tree, and the addition of the snow just made it that much more fun.
There were several inches of snow still there, and it was so fun to go tromping through in search of the perfect tree for our home. There were so many beautiful trees still holding on to their dark green leaves or needles, and still balancing some snow.
There were also some who couldn't hold on to their leaves, and some that looked like they didn't make it. I loved this contrast of the dead gray with the red trunk.
We ultimately found our tree, and it turned out to be the perfect size for our little cottage.
I didn't get finished in the studio, but I made a lot of progress and should finally be finished with it this week. I can't express to you how much I need to get the studio finished. I have realized how much I need to have crafting in my life, and I have felt incomplete in the past couple of months because I haven't had my things at home. I just can't wait to get to the point when I can go into my studio and just be productive.
Speaking of productive, I've added some aprons to the shop, and I'll be adding some other things this week. I'm planning to add some holiday gift tags and probably some ornaments, and I'll let you know when they've been added.
We had a lovely thanksgiving. We had to take a ferry out to the Olympic peninsula and drive out into the country to get to my mom's place. It was the first time we drove there on our own, so we took a wrong turn and ended up on the Pacific Coast Highway for a bit. That was actually the best part of the drive because there were so few cars on the road there. We finally made it to the house just before it started to snow. I LOVE the snow. I mean, it makes me giddy. I started jumping up and down with glee. Unfortunately, it only snowed for about 10 minutes.
Being at my mom's house is like being in a museum. She and my stepfather collect 18th century American furniture and accoutrements. My grandmother kept walking around the house, pointing at things and asking, "How old is this?", "Where is this from?" It was so cute. I told my mother that she needed to start putting little tags on everything so everyone can knows what they're looking at.
Here is just some of their pewter collection.
I love how it used to be popular to have paintings of one's dogs in their homes. This is not a painting of my mother's dog (a golden retriever). It is a painting of a dog belonging to someone who must have loved it very much. Now, it hangs in my mother's house beside her bed. This is the first Thanksgiving I have spent with my mom in about 8 years, so it was really special. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling very well in the last couple of weeks, and I couldn't finish my mean, and I had to lie down for a bit. I'm really trying to take care of myself and do everything I'm supposed to be doing to be well. I have my moments of weakness, but overall I feel like I've been doing well. It looks like I just haven't been doing well enough because I'm having all the old symptoms again. Very frustrating. I think I have been unwittingly eating gluten in places where it hides, and I just have to be far more diligent about making sure I'm not consuming this poison (to me at least).
We were going to wait until next weekend to decorate our house for Christmas. I usually don't decorate until we have a tree, and we are going out to cut our tree next weekend, so we weren't going to decorate the house until then. However, it snowed yesterday, and I simply could not restrain myself for one moment more. Out came the camera and the decorations.
I bought this tree on Ebay a couple of weeks ago, and I'm completely in love. It is a vintage aluminum tree made in Japan. I have no idea when it was made.
Oh, but that is only the beginning! More holiday decorations to come...