Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.31.11)

Today's photo: New boots from Target.  I've wanted some pretty brown boots for a while, but haven't wanted to spend a few hundred on a pair, so now I have pretty 35 dollar boots.  And just in time for fall to start.  I love fall.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.25.11)

Today's photo: One of the latest additions to my miniature chair collection.  This is one that my mom picked up recently.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.24.11)

Today's photo: An ink bottle we found buried in the backyard over the weekend.  We've found many things in the backyard such as peanut butter jars, plastic bread bags, and shards of broken pottery, but this was a little more interesting.  This bottle has a sort of bubble in it that is a reservoir, the perfect size for the tip of your ink pen.  You would just invert the bottle and the reservoir would fill with ink for you to use.  The patent number is printed on the bottom, so I was able to look it up, and it was patented in 1930.  Pretty cool for old junk in our backyard.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.23.11)

Today's photo: Here is a "before" picture of what our backyard looked like not too long ago.  Right now we are in the process of clearing the yard out and installing irrigation.  The landscape company is going to start work on phase one during the first week of October.  I'm going to take some more pictures of what it looks like now, because it looks like we have some sort of a giant gopher due to all of the trenches dug for the irrigation.


We've been spending all of our weekends working on the backyard, so I haven't had anything too exciting to take pictures of.  Hopefully soon we'll move on to working on our craft room/office.  It's all very exciting though!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.19.11)

Today's photo: Monty is king of the pillow.  He loves the throw and pillow made out of the Vanna's Choice yarn, so I'm going to commission my friend April to make a cat bed out of the yarn too.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.18.11)

Today's photo: Glasbake cameo casserole dish.  Awhile back my brother came to visit and brought me some Pyrex, as well as this piece of Glasbake.  I apparently never got around to showing any of the Pyrex I have acquired recently.  And even though this isn't Pyrex, she's just too pretty to pass up.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.17.11)

Today's photo: I need to go on a photographic expedition because I'm pretty much out of interesting photos.  So here's a photo from our Big Sur trip.  The yellow hills of Big Sur.  The hills have been so much brighter in the past few years since the fire in 2008.


Wedding Wednesday: Woodland Wedding Inspiration

I think I've decided that I'm going to make the Wedding Wednesday feature a monthly feature instead of a weekly feature.  I figure since I've pretty much covered our own wedding, I'll work on some pretty inspiration posts once a month.  There are just so many pretty and inspiring weddings on the internet, I want to have a million more! (Always to Graham of course.)

This board was inspired by the beautiful photo of the summer camp ceremony in the redwoods.


1. Camp Campbell wedding in the Santa Cruz mountains.  2. Woodland bouquet by Fran├žoise Weeks.  3.  DIY cutout wedding invitation.  4. Place setting via The Sweetest Occasion.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.16.11)

Today's photo: Mason jar filled with old buttons that adorns one of the shelves in our living room.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.15.11)

Today's photo: Over the weekend Monty's food bowls and storage container were attacked by ants.  We went out and bought a new container, since the old one was broken, hence the ants.  We let Monty eat out of it while we cleaned up his bowls and the aftermath of the ants.  Luckily, this container comes with a no ant symbol on the label.  He must have thought that he hit the food jackpot.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.11.11)

Today's photo: Sandpiper and sand dollar fabrics from Cloud9's Beyond the Sea collection.  I spotted this fabric a few months ago and thought it was too late to get my hands on any.  I did some extensive Google searching on Monday and I found some available from a little quilt shop in Wisconsin.  It arrived at my house less than 48 hours after I ordered it!  It's so adorable, hopefully I'll be brave enough to cut into it instead of just staring at how cute it is.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.10.11)

Today's photo: Last night for dinner I made a big pot of potato soup.  Although summer doesn't seem like soup season it definitely feels like it on the central coast, it's all foggy and chilly.  I used Graham's new pinch bowls to lay out all of my spices before adding them to the soup.


Wedding Wednesday: The End of the Day

After the reception we headed down the street to the train station, with tin cans clattering behind our freshly decorated car.  It was hard to miss us.



At the train station we took a few last pictures with our photographer before calling it a day (a very wonderful day).





We had fun posing with the trains in the background. But, boy were we happily exhausted, and ready to just enjoy each other's company.  So that wrapped up the festivities and we headed off to the Apple Farm (after first removing the tin cans).

Our wedding day was absolutely awesome, and we definitely couldn't, and wouldn't, have asked for anything better!

All photos by Allyson Magda

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.9.11)

Today's photo: This was lunch we made today, all from scratch.  One of our neighbors works at a local avocado farm and occasionally brings over a bag of avocados.  Those avocados make the most delicious guacamole.  I haven't always been huge on guacamole or avocados in general, but I think I have changed my mind.  I am now a fan of guacamole, especially the homemade, farm-fresh avocado variety.


And don't tell me that's not a balanced meal.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.8.11)

Today's photo: Monty and I were watching a documentary on insects today.  And he was really watching, his head was darting from side to side as the bugs moved across the screen.  It was super cute.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.5.11)

Today's photo: Common Merganser in the river in Big Sur.


We're planning on working on the craft room a bit this weekend.  I'm super excited.  I can't wait until I have a place to craft and sew, and get back to showing some fun projects here on the blog.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.4.11)

Today's photo: Monty helping me build my Ikea furniture for the craft room.  He is just so helpful.  You should have seen him earlier reading the instructions, unfortunately I didn't get a photo of that.


It seems that I somehow forgot to blog yesterday, but Wedding Wednesday will resume next week.  And hopefully there will be more excitement soon, as we work on this craft room.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Photo of the Day (8.2.11)

Today's photo: Manzanita berries with the ocean in the background from our hike up to Buzzard's Roost while we were camping in Big Sur.


I think I better go out and take some more photos before everyone gets tired of all of my Big Sur pictures.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tiny Drawers

One weekend back, Graham and I went to a few yard sales.  The only thing I bought was this tiny set of metal drawers.  You can tell that it was originally an army green sort of color, but was then painted a horrible wash of white with pastel blue and purple.


I think the picture makes them look better than they did, the paint was a flat paint that was rough with brush strokes.  I had some yellow spray paint on hand from another project so I sprayed on what seemed like a million thin coats of paint to cover the previous paint job.  It immediately looked better, but it was just all yellow and I decided it needed some contrast in the label holders.  So I worked on the label holders to get them back into their shapes for holding labels and scraped out anything left over, that had previously been painted over.  I accidentally chipped off some of the yellow paint in the process, but I decided with its imperfect silhouette, it also needed an imperfect paint job.  So I chipped off some paint on the corners and such for a more worn look.  Then to finish the unit, I made some labels by spray painting some pieces of card stock with chalk board paint to create chalk board labels.  I thought the black labels offered a nice contrast to the yellow drawers.  And now I can label and re-label what is inside the drawers.  The unit itself is only about 18 inches tall and I think its going to look very cute in my future craft room.


Speaking of my future craft room, this weekend we went down south to visit my family.  While we were down that way we took a trip to not one, but two Ikeas.  We also dropped of the twin bed that was in our office/guest room/craft room to its new owners making room for a craft desk and all that comes with it.  So we are a few steps closer to creating my craft room/Graham's office and I am so excited.  I will be sure to share all of the progress here as we get to work.

Photo of the Day (8.1.11)

Today's photo: Leaf floating in the water on the bank of the Big Sur River.