Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

weekend to do


take a break...
camp's a wrap (it was amazing!)
ready to relax

see you soon :)

Tuesday, July 08, 2014




i think my parents had a set of no.3...

Friday, July 04, 2014

weekend to do


tie-dye projects
upload photos to external drive
prep projects to take to cottage
research bookends

around the house
pour concrete form for umbrella base
laundry catch-up
pond pump repair / replace

bbq pool party! happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

{summer} reading list

summer reading

wanted to try and capture this, as we did last year.


Pegasus: The New Olympians, by Kate O'Hearn
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
The Winter Pony, by Iain Lawrence
Dark Horse, by Jenny Hughes
My Friend Flicka, by Mary O'Hara
Summer Pony, by Jean Slaughter Doty


The Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series), by Veronica Roth
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
Paper Towns, John Green
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

and on mine:

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert (I never would have picked this up normally, somehow the tagline "author of ...Eat..." turned me off. But K's teacher told me she was reading a book this spring that reminded her of me. This is it. Curiousity got me.)
The Vacationers, by Emma Staub
Criddle De Diddle Ensis: A Biographical History Of The Criddles Of Aweme, Manitoba, Pioneers Of The 1880's, by Alma Criddle (I'm going to re-read this book that I read many years ago. Last summer I enjoyed reading For Elise, a newer look at the history of the Criddle-Vane family. I am related to the Criddle clan - and curious to revisit their history.)
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (from my university literature class - now on E's 8th grade reading list. I'm rereading this one with her too)
Trauma Farm, by Brian Bett
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (on E's recommendation)

what's on your list?

Monday, June 30, 2014

weekend to do (done edition!)


last week sped by to a very busy (fun!) weekend. so no list made it here. there was little to do / that got done, aside from celebrating some big events with people we love!

saturday we celebrated a good friend's 50th in style with a rented limo, dinner at red o and dancing at the abbey with three other couples. we had a blast! i don't think i've had that much fun (adult fun) in years. it was the dancing (and the company) that made the night.

sunday we were up bright and early (ouch!) as i was co-hosting my eldest niece's bridal shower. i was tasked with tuna salad, fruit platters and centerpieces/favours (for 60). my niece is having a country wedding at saddlerock ranch next month, and in keeping with the country theme, her mom had been experimenting with decoration ideas. one was burlap flowers, and they were so sweet it was decided they would be used for the shower. she made hundreds of them, along with my mother-in-law, and e and i "potted" them in small ceramic pots with lavender and eucalyptus for some variation in texture. the remainders went into a wreath.

for all the fun, monday feels good. looking forward to a short week, and a long weekend on the horizon!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


another project checked off the list. d made a beautiful little walnut bedside table and matching shelving. here's a peek as we get the final touches on the room complete.



we went back and forth on the finish for the shelf brackets. we finally settled on white (from here), and i'm so glad we did. they aren't too noticeable, match the finish on the bed frame and d pulled in the white on the grommet for the drawer pull (love!) he also helped reduce the brackets visual presence by using deeper boards for the shelves, and hiding the bracket tips in a hole on the underside. he secured each bracket/shelf so there is no wiggle (something inherent in this style of shelving and an important consideration in earthquake country - especially bedside).

i'm very happy with how these turned out. especially the table. its d's design and i think so lovely with our bed.

oh, and in case you're wondering about the kangaroo. it was one of the first gifts i ever gave d. probably 17 years ago? it is a vintage ceramic wallet caddy. we'd watched pulp fiction together, and then i spotted it at the pasadena rose bowl flea market. i couldn't find a clip showing it online - but it is mentioned here. and the artwork: an early piece by lisa congdon, purchased at a show here in L.A. many moons ago! It is a wonderful ink drawing on a page of text - winnie the pooh, in french (winnie l'ourson).