Monday, August 31, 2009

Skirt.

Preparing for this has me busy, busy, busy. When I'm not working or fixing dinner or walking dogs or cleaning or helping a friend with her wedding stuff (!), or whatever, I'm sewing. But I'm super excited. Our booth is going to be awesome. We've already invited a ton of friends to come and have a beer with us, so I suspect that we'll have visitors all day long, ha.

Anyway, when the demands of building up inventory for the booth are gone, I want to sew myself some clothing. Specifically,
this skirt.

skirt
{marie skirt, by burdastyle...find it
here} Sigh...if only I could look that stunning!

The best way to spend Sunday afternoon...

...is taking our pups to the nearby baseball fields. They're usually empty on the weekends, so we let our kids off the leash and let them run free. As you can see in the pictures, my husband's dog (well, really OUR dog, but his before we met) is trained really well, and will play fetch indefinitely. But my dog Zoe...well, she tends to get a bit distracted...

ready, set, go!
{really, he could do this all day...Cicero the dog, that is.}

fetched
{isn't Cicero a good dog?}

zoe taking a break
{my dog Zoe, taking a break...just like her momma}

zoe not paying attention
{this is the best picture from the afternoon...Cicero is off to the left, fetching a ball...Zoe got distracted and decided to run to the right...i love how her little back legs are up in the air...she looks so happy...and in her own world}

cicero
{hot and tired after a great afternoon at the ballpark}

Friday, August 21, 2009

Other Tiny Kitchens

I'm on a kitchen kick today. After posting about my small kitchen, I thought I'd show some other images of other really tiny kitchens. Seeing some of these photos makes me thankful for the room we do have! I love seeing other people's kitchens and how they deal with small spaces. Each one is so unique.

tiny
{
making this home}

another tiny
{
savan}

lovely tiny
{
jaredhales}

full
{
gregorylee}

green!
{
kusine}...I love the color!

Our itty bitty kitchen.

Ok, I just had to post pictures of our incredibly small kitchen. And I mean small. Two people cannot work in this kitchen without bumping into each other. Trust me, we know. It's very frustrating.

tiny
{ignore the messiness...this is before we moved in...}

itty bitty
{yep, there's our washer and dryer. Smack dab in the middle of our kitchen. Can you say inconvenient?}

Just to give you an idea, I was standing with my back to the other wall in order to get these shots. So there is no room on the other side of the kitchen, either.

And while I complain a lot about this space (and more so now that we are looking at buying another house and I get to see better - and much bigger! - kitchens), we somehow make it work. It makes me think of this post by Smitten Kitchen, where she details ways on how to max out your tiny kitchen. I read through it, and we do every single thing that she suggests. I have to advocate for her point about not keeping anything on your countertops. My mother came to visit and was shocked that we didn't have our toaster, or our coffee maker, or any other appliance out on the countertop. Of course, her kitchen is huge, so she has the luxury of being able to do that. We don't, so we make sure to keep the countertops free of any space-hogging items. The only thing we keep out is our knife block, since we use that daily.

Anyone else have an itty bitty kitchen? Or have other useful tips about how to make one work?

Weekend Plans.

Unless you were dying to see pictures of my cubicle at work, there was nothing this week that was particularly blog-worthy. And thankfully, we don't have many plans this weekend - cleaning the house, mowing the yard, and continuing my secret sewing project.

We're having some dear friends over for dinner on Saturday. And in addition to being wonderful friends, they just also happen to be our realtors. So...we'll be discussing this, and our offer that we're going to make on it on Monday. (squeal!) (p.s. sorry for the small pictures, but I took these from the realty site...apparently they don't believe in offering quality images)


front
{front door}

kitchen
{the kitchen! Seriously, people. I need to post a picture of our current kitchen, and you'll understand why I'm completely in love with this one. The space! It's huge!}


Can you imagine what I could do in this kitchen? I mean, we cook a lot now, and we do it in an area that is less than 5' x 5'. No joke. Our washer and dryer are in our kitchen, so you can imagine how cramped it is.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cooking all weekend.

Boy oh boy, some weekends I just get in the mood to cook. This weekend was that weekend. Of course, I took no pictures of all of the loveliness that came out of our kitchen, but here is a list of links to what we made...

Shrimp and cactus soft tacos (yes, cactus!), with recipes sort of adapted from here and here (this is a great recipe that not only tells you how to prepare cactus, but also includes a recipe for cilantro oil...and yes, I plan on making that soon).

We topped these amazing tacos with this fresh corn and avocado salsa, from the Pioneer Woman.

On Saturday, I got up and made blackberry yogurt muffins, recipe adapted from here. I, of course, had to use blackberries instead of strawberries. We've got tons of blackberries in the freezer from our blackberry picking adventure.

Saturday night we went out to eat with friends, so no recipe there. Um, and Sunday we went out for brunch. Ok, so we didn't cook the whole weekend. But on Sunday, my husband made grouper (he is wonderful!) with caesar salad, and we topped the grouper with the aforementioned leftover corn salsa. No recipe to share for the grouper, he just sort of made it up - but you'd never know it. It was absolutely heavenly.

Did anyone else just have a crazy cooking spree, or was it just us?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sewing. And a train case!

I haven't posted anything about what I've been working on lately, mainly because when I get home at night, after we've walked the dogs for an hour and then have had dinner, it's almost dark - which does not make for good pictures. But I will assure you that it involves a LOT of sewing. Pictures to come soon!

And up until this point, I've been keeping all of my sewing supplies in a plastic bag. Yes, that's right, a plastic bag. Isn't that sad? I just keep acquiring supplies, and I just didn't have anything to store them in. I know, you're thinking, "Really? You didn't have a box, or something?". Ok, maybe I was just lazy.

But the other night, I discovered that the lid of my box of pins had come off, and oh, lots of pins in the bottom of a plastic bag is not good. Especially when some of the pins managed to fall through the teensy hole in the bottom. Now I had pins all over the floor. Blah.

So I solved my problem. I bought this. I'm so excited to get it. I had seen tons of these vintage train cases all over the place, and I thought it would make a perfect sewing box.

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Go check out Flying Ace's shop
here. She has lots of other wonderful vintage items (and just listed yesterday, another train case!).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blackberry picking!

Remember when I was all excited to go pick strawberries? Well, that never happened. Things came up, I forgot, and I completely missed strawberry season.

But a few weekends ago we took a lovely trip up to Dale Hollow Lake in middle Tennessee. A friend of ours has a family cabin up there, and he offers it to us every year. Lucky us! And there just happens to be a pick-your-own berry farm just a few miles up the road. I think I was more excited about picking berries than going swimming in the lake (but don't tell my husband - he's a water baby, he is).

Of course, I made a fool of myself, being the city girl that I am and having no idea about seasons and such. I proudly exclaimed to the farmer that we were there to pick raspberries, since that's what was out on the sign. He smugly informed me that we had missed raspberry season by a few weeks. But before I could get upset about missing yet another berry season, he told us that the blackberries were in full swing. So blackberries it was!

rows and rows

love it

berries!

berries!

beautiful day

{there is my husband in the foreground...look how dilligently he's picking those things!}

When we got back home, I made a huge batch of this jam. I love knowing that I have a freezer full of homemade jam made from berries that we picked ourselves. That probably makes me weird, but I don't care.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rejected...

Well, I don't think I was responsible for jinxing the whole thing, but this fell through. So, no new house yet. But we're keeping our heads up. We'll find something that is just right for us (or, perhaps, the owners will change their minds after sitting on the market for awhile!).

Either way, here's a shop that cheered me up when I came across it. Truly stunning vintage (and in some cases, antique) finds by
andfoundfurnishings. I'd like to think that once we do find the house, we can fill it with items like these.

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{all images property of
andfoundfurnishings}

Friday, August 7, 2009

Modern cross-stitch by WallWork

Adorable cross stitch here. I just saw that she offers a custom monogram...what a great idea for a housewarming gift, or for a new baby!

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{all images property of
wallwork}

Thursday, August 6, 2009

...busy...

So we've been busy. Busy with calculating our finances. Trying to figure out our incomes versus our expenses. It's a sobering experience, I'll tell you that much (and I'm sure you already knew that). It reminds me of the time, three years ago, when I had to buy a new (well, new to me) car. I had some idea of what I could afford, but once we broke everything down, I had very much overestimated my earnings and what I could actually afford. It was heartbreaking.

I don't want to post a link, because for some reason I feel like I may jinx the whole thing, but I will post a picture from the real estate site. We're trying to make this ours.


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