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Summer Colours Week 2011: Pink

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in garden, meme, photo | 0 comments

I had a lot of fun seeking out and setting up shots for Summer Colours Week‘s pink day…even managed to sneak one blue and one green in, too [I’ll put those up later]. I tried to represent a mix of outdoors [flowers and travel] and things I love doing in summer [yard sales, crafting, collecting bits and bobs at the beach].

June 27: America's Wonderlands

Juan's rose

travel & craft

flowers

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Summer Colours Week: Yellow favorites

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in love, meme, photo | 1 comment

A couple sweet yellows I’ve been enjoying over on the poppytalk Summer 2011 Colours Week flickr group [click the photos to visit the photographer’s flickr page]:

yellow

by lluize

Margarita

by Sushipot

by scrumdillydilly [and check out this awesome 3 minute cake batter cake]

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by Wide Angle Wanderings

Airstream Gold (sold)

by Leah Giberson

lawnchair love

by cookoorikoo/Shampton Industries [who is having a ring sale — how cute is this?]

diptych: yellow kalanchoe

by ohmygoodknits!

poppytalk: Summer Colours Week Kicks Off Today!

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Summer Colours Week 2011: Yellow

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in craft, meme, photo | 0 comments

It’s Summer Colours Week again!

I love working with warm summer-colored beads, the yellows just pop against your tan.

June 26

I don’t remember if I posted this, a birdhouse I decorated for a Kentucky Derby-themed party. It ended up being to heavy to sit on the hat all evening so it became a dining room decoration instead.

put birds on it

And a couple pieces I have over on etsy…

Tropical flower earrings

[buy them here]

Wild Hearts necklace

[buy it here]

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Fresh-squeezed fizzy Meyer lemonade for summer!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in garden, photo, recipe | 1 comment

Fresh-squeezed

Fresh-squeezed fizzy Meyer lemonade

Pick a bunch of lemons.
Juice them.
Add sugar [or honey/stevia/agave/whatever sweetener you like].
I usually do about 1 c. sugar to 2 c. lemon juice. I think most people like it sweeter.
Mix well. I have a locking pitcher so I just close it up and shake like crazy for a minute or two.

This is your lemon starter — it’s good in the fridge for at least a week, probably much longer, but ours never lasts that long.

Fill a glass 3/4 way with fizzy water [or regular water, if you don’t like the fizzy] and a couple ice cubes.

Top off with the lemon starter — this is highly subjective, but general guidelines are as follows:

– if your drink is too sweet, your starter needs more lemons.
– if it’s too tart, more sugar in your starter.
– too watery, more starter with your water.
– too sweet and tart? Add more water.

I make my lemonade glass by glass — if you want a full jug all at once, just fill up your pitcher with water. Et voila!

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If you’re feeling adventurous, toss in some

– strawberry juice [slice strawberries, toss with a sprinkling of sugar and a tbsp or two of water, let sit overnight, mash and/or puree, depending on how chunky you like things]
ginger syrup [I’ll bet vanilla-ginger is divine, too]
– lavender syrup [boil, cool, strain, and store: 1/2 c. dried lavender, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. water].

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End of spring pinks

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in garden, photo | 2 comments

From the farmer’s market

Ranunculus

and the garden

May 2: Dining room

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Crispy chickpeas

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in photo, recipe | 0 comments

Some girlfriends and I have beach day whenever our schedules and the weather allow [which hasn’t been often lately, we’re having a cold, wet almost-summer here in northern California — the annual sandcastle contest was even cancelled] and we bring a stack of guilty pleasures magazines, including Cosmo, one issue of which featured a sidebar of quick snacks to make with chickpeas (garbanzos), which are loaded with fiber and some other good stuff.

May 20

Crispy chickpeas
Sauté chickpeas in a bit of olive oil with a pinch of coarse salt til crispy. Sprinkle with parmesan.

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Pink and green

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in garden, our new home, photo | 0 comments

End of camellia season over at Heather’s house

Heather's camellias

and a little coffee at home

May 5: With coffee and cream

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Crepes!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in photo, recipe | 0 comments

May 22: Strawberry crepe

Crepes
From Martha’s Food Everyday magazine

1 c all purpose flour
1 T sugar
1/4 t coarse salt
1 1/2 c whole milk
4 large eggs
3 T unsalted butter, melted

Puree about 30 seconds, until smooth with bubbles on top.
Let rest 15 minutes.

Pour 1/3 cup in heated, lightly buttered 12″ skillet on medium. Cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown then loosen edges with spatula and use fingertips to quickly flip and cook about a minute more.

Repeat then fill with stuff.

Recipe says it makes 9 crepes but I ended up with a dozen.

Chocolate sauce

I kind of winged this so measurements are approximate.

Whisk 1 cup water with 1/4 cup each unsweetened chocolate baking powder and sugar. Put over low heat and add 2 T unsalted butter and a sprinkling of coarse salt. Check taste when butter’s stirred in and add chocolate/sugar accordingly. Stir often and cook til it’s saucy enough.

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Breakfast!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in photo, recipe | 1 comment

Fresh eggs provided by Julia of the wonderful Modern Muse‘s chickens.

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Dining room

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in our new home, photo | 0 comments

I cut a bunch of roses and put them around the house.

I had the last fish taco and a quesadilla for lunch. Remind me to stop buying flour tortillas, corn is superior. And cheaper.

I learned today that those wacky sideshow cars — the sedans with the giant wheels — are called donks. There are several of them in my neighborhood, one is a giant ad for Mickey’s Malt Liquor, another is a white Lexus with that says LEXUS in giant gold letters on the side. There’s another Lexus that has the Lexus logo styled a la that colored YSL one patterned all over it. A big brown 70s Cadillac.

Anyway. I am wondering if that “dum donk” song that I love [play] is not about booty after all. Or if the cars have something to do with ladies’ behinds. Also how I can convince anyone I know to go to the A-Trak/Little Sister show that’s coming up, it is going to be an absolute panic. I need more entertaining, entertainable friends.

Here’s my dining room, post-spring cleaning:

Books #2

My Fair LadyI beg your parden

May 5: With coffee and cream

put birds on itBooks #1

Ofrenda

By Katie, Jackie, Nic and Ras Terms

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Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

Posted by on Aug 6, 2010 in craft, photo | 4 comments

I went to Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend and it was *crazy*. Here are a couple photos from my adventure, sorry I didn’t catch most people’s name, if you know who any of them are feel free to leave a comment…

Make thingsFlowers

Oakland slipHello

Display #2One of those mannequins and the cutest little teapot necklace

Cafe du Monde plantersJapanese tape #2

Bookmarks

Spools

The South

Buttons

Le Crowd

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Date Day: Part One — Half Moon Bay

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in photo, travel | 2 comments

Saturday we went on a date day down the coast [I know, I know, you’re all shocked]. We used our new Fastrak gadget [a debit thingy that allows you to zip through the toll lines at the bridges here] on the San Mateo Bridge for the first time, then sat in lots of traffic going over the peninsula hills because it was Saturday and gorgeous out and who wouldn’t want to go to the ocean. I mean, really, this is why we all live in California.

Our friend George had a gig at a café in Half Moon Bay that we tried to catch but we were late because of the traffic and me screaming STOP HERE!!!! when I spotted the BERRIES 99¢ sign at the honey + produce stand.

Borage for you!Tomatillos!

99¢ is a third what blackberries and blueberries cost over on our side of the bay and corn was 10/$1 so you’d better believe we stocked up. In case you didn’t hear me, that’s TEN CENTS FOR AN ENTIRE EAR OF CORN.

Blackberries, 99¢

And there was lots of local honey.

Honey jarLipson's

When we got downtown, George was already headed out, so we said hi then picked up some picnic provisions at the deli and did a little window shopping on Main Street. I loved this under the sea wedding cake:

Turtle cakeParis pendants

While Chad was picking out cheese, I ran across the street for a fix at The Posh Moon, which is a lovely little boutique run by a seriously francophilic [?] mother and daughter and is wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling romantic neutral bohemian etc. clothing and accessories and some housewares, many of which are made by locals — I’m just in love with this girl Effie’s line that they carry. Anyway. It is the sweetest place and I just love walking in there. I bought a green silk summer blouse and a tiny pewter blowfish made by an artist in Rhode Island — I’ll try to take a picture of it later because it’s about the cutest little figurine ever.

I snapped a shot of their ribbon flower hair clips as a reminder, there’s an excellent book at our library about making these and it’s something I keep meaning to do. But you should go buy some, they’re very affordable.

Ribbon flower, natural

I shall return with part two of our day.

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