Thursday, October 30, 2014

happy halloween!

I made a simple nest hat to compliment the baby girl's owl costume.

Happy Halloween!

easy meals

It has been so busy around here with a baby (4 months old today!), Smokey, returning to work next week, and Dave's back surgery. There is a lot on my plate.

To simplify meals, I try to multitask. Like when I made this spinach basil pesto with roasted veggies last night, I took advantage of a hot oven and roasted some sweet potatoes. This morning they were fried up with onions and garlic to make a sweet potato hash.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

handmade clothing

Dave's mother is a prolific knitter. She makes hats for children battling cancer, as well as for family. Our baby girl, her granddaughter, is outfitted for the next decade. What a lucky little girl!

easy vinaigrette

I have been so busy with our sweet baby girl. Between the heat of summer and the demands of a newborn, I haven't done much cooking.

I have made a few salads. They're easy when summer produce is just amazing.

For a dressing I recommend making a simple one with good olive oil, fresh lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. It makes such a difference over store-bought.

Monday, July 21, 2014

handmade gifts

Baby Girl has benefited from many of our talented friends.

Two highlights:

A quilt made by Jessie (my roommate way back in 2004 - she has a cute little girl named Audrey - so glad we're still friends).

A dress made by Laura (my former upstairs neighbor - their new home sounds amazing with a big yard for her 3 young kids and dog).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

summer project 2014

A big perk of teaching (besides working with kids and art) is clearly summers off.

I've had so much fun with summer projects in the past:
2009: art studio
2010: wedding
2011: kitchen

but this year has already been predetermined:
2014: baby girl!

Beyond crazy amounts of nesting and setting up her nursery, I have been patiently working on a few things (she is more than a week late = patience little grasshopper).

I set up a private blog, so that I can record little snippets for her without overwhelming this blog (which will remain "things I make with my own hands").

I have been working on hand-written journals as well (since I'm the sentimental type).

patio time

During the long, hot days waiting for our Baby Girl, the back porch has gotten a lot of use.

From Dave's and my drawing session today:

Dave's muse (Smokey)

my muse (Dave)

The delicious dinner Dave made last night:

And my most recent planting project (I love herbs and flowers)