Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Northern California

On a trip up to Northern California this weekend to visit family, we were lucky enough to have time to cut through San Francisco for lunch, which I was thrilled about since I have great memories in that city. On our way out, before we reached the Golden Gate bridge and drove up to Sonoma, we passed by the Marina Green where SF's annual kite festival was going on. There were so many kites!
They were mesmerizing, but alas we could not stay. We needed to get going, and so we did, over the bridge we went and up the state we drove. The site presented to me when we reached our destination up in Healdsburg was just as equally mesmerizing - wine country.
Atop a mountain covered in family vineyards
is where we arrived, took in the valley and the site of harvest time.
This year's harvest was abounding, they said, the vines were ready for picking.
And I would have to agree on many levels myself,
for there would be no better time to harvest than the present.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Sentiment of Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn. I woke to a very misty morning, When I went to let the kitties out early I saw that the lawn was covered in fog and dew. I started to think about what is to come this Autumn as I looked out at my kitty friends, their noses pointed up, smelling the wet air. Among my thoughts were sentiments regarding this pivotal change in year - where we finally say goodbye to summer and her watermelon, lemonade and strawberries and trade them for Autumn's hot tea, baking and sweaters. Pumpkins, cinnamon spices, leaves, quilts, candles and a change in daylight are sure to fill my senses in the coming weeks. A trip to the pumpkin patch will follow tradition's suit, and just as soon I will find myself filled with excitement and anticipation for the last few holidays this year has to offer.

I reminisced about the past - hauling my mother's old suitcase out from under her bed to unearth the fall decorations. I was always pleasantly reminded of past seasons by what I would pull from that old suitcase: garlands of leaves, candles, home sewn trick-or-treat sacks and mounds of Halloween decor - all a child needs to spark their imagination and memory. So to you I toast this chilly morning, this year's first day of Autumn, with a cup of pumpkin spice cocoa. Get out the cinnamon! Get out the cloves! Autumn is here friends, take the time to enjoy her this year.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

See You Soon <3

Have a fun weekend friends, I am on my way up to Sonoma County to visit family. In the mean time, stay cool if you live around Southern California, I heard it is supposed to be a scorcher. Lots of ice cream and otter pops... and hugs from kitty:)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The lovely Brook from Not Quite Vintage asked me if I would like to participate in contributing to the door prizes for an event she and her friends of The Handmade Brigade of the Orange County are hosting in the OC called "Speakeasy." I thought these little purses I made out of the paper were a perfect fit, and it helps that I filled them with candy too:)
I originally drew up the design for these for my wedding - we had made almost a hundred purses in all different colors and patterns as table favors. I love them because they are petite and delicate, and you can make them in an endless array of different colors and patterns.
I am really bummed out that I won't be able to go, but if you are in the Orange County area this coming Sunday and are over 21 (it is in a upscale bar) you should check it out. Indie craft vendors, music and drinks - sounds like fun to me:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday <3

"One cat just leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway

I hope you had a lovely weekend - I did for sure. Crafting, cooking, sketching and relaxing, just what the doctor ordered. We spent some time with my sister over dinner Sunday night at home, Sunday night family dinners are one of my favorite traditions. Afterward she and I sat on the sofa and traded stories while she braided my hair. On my return from walking her to her car and saying goodnight, I caught that feeling of Autumn... there was that smell in the air and I noticed that crisp feeling has started to settle in. Its almost time... just one week away.

P.S. Aren't these rooftop cats the best? <3

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cry Me A River

Today is one of those days where all you can do is ask why. I woke up with tense muscles from drinking too much soda before I hopped in bed last night. It was too early but I couldn’t sleep anymore. I have a zit on my chin that is not getting any larger but is not getting any smaller. It just needs to do something already. My pinky toe is throbbing because I ripped off my toenail a couple nights ago. I realized halfway though the workday today that I had my undies on inside out. Flies were buzzing around me at lunch time - they would not get the hint. My stomach is being pesky again today - it just doesn’t feel right. By now I'm sure you are rolling your eyes and saying 'Cheer up Charlie' under your breath.

But then a funny note from my husband, and a sweet call from my sister helped to remind me that life is not about these little snafus. So I just took a big breath of air and thought a minute about what I am blessed to have. All this stuff really doesn't matter, and at times you just have to laugh it off (especially when you found you have put your undies on inside out, heh).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Last Week

I'd been saving my pennies for some new glasses, and I got my hair cut and colored. My mother-in-law didn't recognize me at first; she thought I was someone else. Maybe two new things in one week isn't such a good idea?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I have been m.i.a. this last week, sorry friends! This last week was one of those weeks where you are always on the move and you do all that you can to even catch your breath. This last week I have been putting together my favorite things swap package for my new awesome friend Jamie, and had been waiting patiently for the last item for the package to arrive in the mail... wood embroidery hoops. They finally came yesterday and I whipped these up last night in about 15 minutes. This project is awesome! Covering embroidery hoops in fabric is one of my favorite projects I have done yet. I originally saw the idea over at Purl a few years ago, but I'm sure the concept has been around for ages. I have a large cluster of hoops like these in my hallway at home, and every time I walk past them I think of how much fun they were to make!

So for my swap partner Jamie, I decided to make a cluster of really tiny ones, 3 inches, 4 inches and 5 inches. Her favorite color is bright blue, so I thought these would be perfect or her.
I listed an additional set in my etsy store, and I think I will definitely be making more of these petite little trios in all different colors. They would make the perfect little gift for a friend or sister, are small enough to fit anywhere and bring a bit of whimsy to the home. Some Christmas ones would be so cute! Holly, winter scenes, red baroques, ice skaters, snowy villages... ok enough, it is only the first of September! And it's still bloody hot... but it is never a bad thing to think ahead:)