Friday, October 11th, 2013
I had a wonderful time designing this Gatsby or Roaring 20s inspired invitation for the San Francisco Auxiliary for Children’s 61st Annual Jewel Ball benefiting the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The invitation package also features an informational insert inspired by an old newspaper. I also love the feather patterned invitation backer (can also be used as an envelope liner).
It’s not too late to help this organization reach their fundraising goals. To purchase tickets to this Roaring 20s Gala on November 9th, preview and bid on auction items, learn more about how to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win the SF Giants Luxury Suite for 12 people (one game, preferred parking included), or to make a donation, visit sfjewelball.org.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Supporting my little girl’s love of art doesn’t mean that our refrigerator is covered in kids art or that we have tons of artwork in our keepsake box. Instead, we scan them all from our home printer, and save them to her personal usb drive (so, technically, we can throw them in the recycle bin guilt free and still keep an organized archive). We have also provided some empty frames in the homeschool area for her to hang artwork deemed by her as “special”.
A few weeks ago, she created a special work of art that I knew would make a perfect home decor piece for our family room. I took her geode (rock art) and had it enlarged to 24x36 inches for under $25 at Vivyx Printing, a poster and large format printing company. I loved watching her look of pride when she saw her enlarged art piece hanging up.
Since this won’t be the last piece of art that she creates for our home, I am already starting to get ideas of other ways to incorporate her work. I love the idea of the kids art tea towels shown by Heather of Setting For Four, and the kids art duvet cover made by Jen of A Thousand Words.
Monday, June 24th, 2013
While out shopping for clothes hangers with my husband, I spotted these Coppenrath Traveller Cookies on Tour, and got way too excited. Each cookie is imprinted with a different city, making them perfect for a travel themed party, tea, or wedding. I could see these cute little vintage airmail envelope cookie favors that I made as wedding escort or place cards, with each table being a different destination. At $2.00 per bag (each bag has about 40 cookies) at Big Lots, this is definitely a high impact, low cost project. I also enjoyed eating the cookies as much as looking at them. They are mildly sweet, crisp, and available in vanilla, and toffee (shown above).
Friday, May 24th, 2013
If this is what happens when you don’t eat your vegetables, I might consider not eating them more often. I love the colors that burst from this artichoke bloom. When the artichokes are still tightly closed, they are more tender for eating, but should you happen to “miss” their tender point, sit back and enjoy their beauty.
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
This is just so bittersweet. I love this St. John knit pencil skirt that I found for $1.99 at the Salvation Army. Now, somehow purchasing anything less fabulous for a penny more just seems so wrong. If you have yet to find your St. John in your grandma’s closet or you don’t have the patience to thumb through racks of ugly, thrifted sweaters, you can pick up a similar skirt from a more recent St. John Collection at Nordstrom for about $500.
Monday, May 6th, 2013
In today’s compare and contrast lesson, I think I just learned what kind of girls my son may be interested in. After he read the story, I asked him to describe the similarities and differences between the twins and he said, “Holly wears clothes that are sporty, and Polly wears clothes that are cute.” The word “sporty” was actually used in the story to describe Holly’s clothes, but “cute” was not used to describe Polly. Poor athletic Holly.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
When you get three eggs a day from your hens, you end up with this.
So it’s only right that you make this.
While I have heard that real men don’t eat quiche, it seems that real kids do! Using the very easy Paul Deen Spinach and Bacon Quiche Recipe for inspiration, I substituted half & half for the heavy cream and turkey bacon for the regular bacon. From our garden, I had the kids grab fresh spinach to use in the quiche and green onions to topped it with once out of the oven. Next time, I will consider making the crust from scratch like my mother-in-law whips up. But just as time waits for no man, three hungry, hovering little ones wait for no homemade crust. They also didn’t save any for me, so I will just assume that it was good!
Friday, April 5th, 2013
As usual, this cauliflower from our garden made its way to our stomachs long before I had a chance to bring it in and cook it. But I look forward to setting some aside next time to make cauliflower mashed potatoes like these made by Jaden Hair over at Steamy Kitchen.
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Last Spring, we were patiently waiting for our cute little chicks to grow up and lay eggs. This Spring is a different story. Each day we are treated to three fresh eggs, all laid in the same very hard to reach corner.
I love how each of our hens lays a different colored egg (my trendy little ombré inspired hens). But I am slightly disappointed that I don’t have a blue egg laying hen (a Teal Bird). Maybe next year. Back to this year, the kids and I decided to spend the afternoon decorating Easter eggs. I will admit that I am just now learning the proper way to make hard boiled eggs (ones without the strong sulfur-like smell and green ring around a not so fluffy yolk). Apparently you place them in a pot of cold water, gently bring them to a low boil, then turn the heat off and cover them with a pot lid for about 10 minutes. Who knew?
Although our fresh eggs are pretty enough as is, we brightened them up a bit with natural dye made from the beets in our garden. With beets this big, we figured this was the best ingredient for dye.
I placed the sliced beet in a pot containing three cups of water and boiled on high for about 20 minutes. I have read many suggestions to peel and grate the beets, but I figured that given the short attention span of my little ones, I better speed this process up.
I ended up with 1.5 cups of beet dye. To that I added 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (I have yet to find a resource that explains why, but my educated guess is to make the dye stick to the egg).
To give my oldest son a little spelling lesson while decorating. We formed words with alphabet stickers on the hard boiled eggs before placing them in the dye bath and peeled the stickers off afterwards. The two younger kids used a white crayon to scribble on their eggs before getting a bath to get the same “unexposed” effect. Again, time was of the essence here, so our eggs didn’t bathe in the dye for longer than 5 minutes. I am sure the longer they stay in there, the more intense the color.
While waiting for our eggs to finish bathing, we snacked on the cute carrots from the garden and discuss the true beauty of Easter, and I don’t mean bunnies and candy.
Mission complete for today.