Sunday, March 31, 2013


 First time use of our linens and silver
Potato basil frittata
The boys in their Sunday best
Happy Easter!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Put a Bird on it

Spring is in the air, longer days, mosquitos, blossoms and the great bird migration. My husband seems to be in  a constant state of intense listening, waiting to hear a new bird call to add to his ever growing list. So in honor of spring, and bird enthusiasts everywhere, here is a collection of my favorite bird patterns, textiles, and wallpapers used in decorating...

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Flight of Fancy wallpaper from Anthropologie
Garden Birds wallpaper by Louise Body
Hygge and West wallpaper
Have been in love with this wallpaper for a LONG time
Bird fabric by Linda Meiying on spoonflower
Bird wallpaper by Aimee Wilder
Bird wallpaper, hand drawn by Edwyn Collins
Lovely swan fabric
Briar Owl wallpaper by Abigail Edwards
Geord bird fabric
One of my all time favorites, this would be wonderful wallpaper
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

My kind of camping

Dear Brother,

Yesterday we had a long conversation on my aversion to camping. And how my experiences with cold, wet, sickness, and murder (yes, murder) have made me less than willing to try it again. But you are determined. So, since you would like to show me how it is "supposed" to be done I have come up with some of my own ideas to add to the list

You suggested that we should stay in a location for more than one day, so I think that this displays an appropriate set up ( the furniture may be slightly inconvenient to travel with, but worth it)
Our very own private tents
You tell me sleeping on the ground is fun, I say, naaaaaah, a bed and wood floors win every time
Oh, and I am scared of little critters nibbling on my toes at night, so could we be above ground?
Multiple living spaces could be cool
You tell me that the food CAN be good, brother, if you make me this, i'm there. Oh, and preferably with a bottle of wine.
Or you could make something in this fashion, two fire pits is a must.
I have pretty much ruled out winter camping, for obvious reasons, but if it looked like this I could deal (candles included)
Camping in a snow cave seems like a special kind of hell for me, but look at this brother.....
So I hope that I have given you some good ideas of what I am looking for in a camping trip, when do we leave?
Your Little Sis

Monday, March 18, 2013

Food Snob

There are many ideas I had about city life before we moved, and I am very much the wiser after a couple of months. I had the grand idea that there would be so many things easily accessable for entertainment, shopping, etc....though this idea isn't false, it has proven to be very inconvenient.
But my biggest pet peeve is the suprising lack of choice for grocery shopping. Now this may not be a big deal for some, but for my husband and I, it is an important part of our lives. Sharing conversation over a delicious meal is a highlight of our day.
 Our choices for food shopping are Wal Mart and Kroger, both which have fallen short on a number of items, including cuts of meat, fresh breads, real brown sugar, goat cheese, egg noodles.... and the list goes on and on and on. . Other store options are on the opposite side of town (45 min plus). So even though we do have the option, they are usually very inconvenient. Living in the "city" has made life more difficult, even with a wide variety of choices.
So, I guess I am homesick, missing the small town vibe, being able have the conveince of knowing where everything is in our town and not having to spend extra hours traveling just to visit the grocery store. I dream of going to the local butcher for a cut of meat, the baker for bread, the sweet shop for desserts, the florist for flowers, the fish market for fish, and the farmers market for the veggies.... yep, a utopian shopping district where everything is fresh, and everyone takes pride in the quality of their shop's items...... not to mention the shops themselves would be beautiful. This isn't too much to expect, right? I love food, I love to cook, but I feel like I am missing out on a key part, the shopping,  so here are some images of places that I wish I could visit every week....

First, I would stop here for a nice mocha
Next I would buy some baguettes, maybe some scones here...
I think I neeeeeeed some fruit tarts from here
then, I would get some spices here
My cheeses here
More bread, you can't have too much bread
I would buy chocolate here
I would get fresh bagals here
Fresh garden herbs here...
I would just go here to look around and enjoy myself
Yummy meats here
carbs carbs carbs here
I would buy a lovely bouquet and table decor here
I don't know what I would get here, but I like there logo
MMMMM, more meat and fish here
Now I am going to have a hot tea, and go to bed. Have a good week everyone.
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