Tuesday, January 18, 2011

You Are My Justin Matisse

Today my husband is 30. 3-0. WOW. If it were me and I were turning 30 today I would be under the covers crying, and spending all afternoon counting backwards with my fingers crossed, choking on my own tears. But not Billy, he says carelessly that it is just like any other day. He is not scared one bit to turn 30, in fact he rolls his eyes at me when I tease him about it. So here is 30. 30! It looks good on him if you ask me. This beard I love, and I hope he keeps it. Although if he does he may get told again that he looks like Noah from The Notebook. Umm, can you say sexy? I digress...

30 years of Billy on this earth.

Lover of political discussion, meaningful conversation, cats, dark beer, good food, good friends, cooking with his wife, plants, travel, and people. Oh does he ever love people. He gives me kisses liberally and lives sincerely. Deliberately.

You are my Justin Matisse, my Jake Ryan, my... lol, Noah Calhoun.

Happy Birthday my dear, I hope you know how much I love you. I love you FOREVER!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sewing Lesson {Part 1}

If you live around here, and you have an eye for fantastic fabric, then surely you have shopped at Maisonnette. Trust me, if there was a cubby large enough for me and a mini fridge for my bon bons I would live in there if I could. For Christmas I told my mom that if she really loved me (I kid) she could gift me with a lesson with Madeline at Maisonnette. Two hours of private lessons for $25 (!) To my pleasant surprise she took my suggestion to heart (my dear mother does love me!) and gave me $40 for a lesson and supplies. I decided a while back that I wanted to make a purse, but because I have never sewn anything more than straight lines for quilts I thought I would really like someone to help me through it - someone who knows what they are doing.

So now I have my lesson paid for, and my fabric picked out:
When Tula Pink's Parisville line came out last year I saw these fans and fell in love. I am going with the colorway on the right, with the blues and greens.

I still have to pick my purse pattern, which is what has been delaying me from getting this going. I like my purses to be a good size, so I can carry my sketchbook, my water bottle, a snack, my fingerless gloves, and about eighteen other things around with me. I don't care if it's heavy - I want it to fit!

If any of you have a great pattern (preferably that you have used yourself) I'd love to hear about it. I am feeling inclined to go with Amy Butler's Birdie Sling but for some reason it's not exactly what I had in mind. Maybe if the straps tied at the shoulder in a bow to give it more character? I want pleats, I like bows, and I'd like something that no one else has. I have about 15 patterns bookmarked in my delicious, but I still can't decide!

Maybe I will give myself until the end of the week :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011, Hello? Year, Are You There?

So Christmas is over. And New Years is over. It was bittersweet, as I was exceptionally excited about Christmas this year. The rain absolutely made the season for me, and I don't think I have been so jazzed about Christmas in a long long time. Living in Southern California doesn't do much in the way of "seasonal" holiday weather, which in a sad way makes Christmas day kinda like any regular day. But not this year! We had a ton of consistent rain which left me giddy about the out of the ordinary seasonal weather. We even got rain on Christmas night, which I was just swooning over.

The end of the holiday season was also bittersweet because that was the last time I would trim the tree or hang the holly in our house. I haven't mentioned it here, but we were told in October that the owners were moving back to our house and so we needed to be gone by the end of January. We are sad and happy about this - actually when we found out I was crushed. I find that I get way too attached to "the way things are." I never move my furniture around, and I seldom redecorate, because I guess I like things the way they are. Look at my blog header or background - have you ever seen it change? NO! We have spent most of our almost 5 years of marriage here, and I guess I like that fact.

So.... we will move, and all will be well and I will look back and think about all the fond memories at 620 Bel Air. I am sure you are wondering where we are going! Actually, we are moving to my in laws house, which will give us an amazing opportunity to pay off some bills and save some serious dough, and at the end of the Summer we will reevaluate where we will go next. I am really looking forward to this, and am looking at it like an adventure.

Billy turns 30 next week and Saturday night we are having a party for him. I have everything planned out, even down to a list of ingredients for each dish I am making. It is weird to think of him as 30 - and I never thought he would turn 30 without having at least on baby yet, but that is just how things are. He grew a beard and grew his hair out. And now I will have a 30 year old bearded man whom I love dearly. He is my best friend in all of the world. Hurray!