Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Halloween Craft Style Swooning

Oh, my. I just love this!!!

Fabric by Michael Miller.

And look what the geniuses over at Pink Chalk Studios came up with for the Halloweeny homemaker!

I might have to try my hand at apron-making!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Love Affair

I have a confession... I have a major love affair with this any turquoise and red color scheme I come across. I want to incorporate it in everything - clothing, quilts, parties...anything I can think of. I haven't yet acted on this affair, but I certainly have ideas. Here are a few things I've been swooning over.

Aneela Hoey - Sherbet Pips

And check out this adorable fabric set from Riley Blake Designs. I love, love, love Riley Blake. These are from the Sugar and Spice collection.

Lovely winter wedding from Cynthia Martyn via Style Me Pretty

And how about this kids birthday party from Amy Atlas events.

An Amy Atlas Christmas Dessert Table.

Kitchen Collage from Hiking in Stilettos.

This color scheme just begs to be used for a Dr. Seuss themed party!
Hudson's First Birthday Party from Little Pumpkin Grace

Adorable One Fish Two Fish invitations from jjMcBean's Etsy Shop.

Dr. Seuss themed home decor - kids bedroom and bath ideas.

Found at Aimee's blog.

Adorable bathroom decor, found at Ohdeedoh.

Oh, I can't wait until I figure out where I'm going to use all these fabulous ideas, and this great color scheme.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Trees of a Different Flower

Every April, hoards of people visit the District to view the cherry blossoms in bloom along the tidal basin. It really is a beautiful and amazing sight if you've never seen it. On a recent trip to the grounds around the Capitol, I noticed a lot of other, beautifully pink flowering trees that weren't Cherry Trees.

Dogwoods are scattered all over the Capitol grounds, bloom a little later, and a little longer than the Cherries, and are absolutely stunningly beautiful. We have one in our front yard, and I'm seriously considering planting more. The dark, rich color of the bark with the deep pink petals is just amazing. So, next year, if you visit DC for the Cherry Blossom festival, take a stroll up towards the Capitol and check out the other landscaping. They really do an amazing job.

Creepy Crow Moving Card

How awesome are these crow moving cards! I want to move just so I can send them out!!!

Found here

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Falling Petals

Spring is just starting, but my favorite part is already over...the cherry blossoms. For that short time every April, I get to see this out my bedroom window.


Saturday, April 23, 2011


Well, I've done it. I've broken my new machine. The power switch does not turn the machine on any more. And after only 8 weeks?! Urghh. Waiting to hear the diagnosis...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spare Garbage Disposal

Generally, our pup Tyson devours anything that we drop on the kitchen floor, so we're not to surprised at the things he eats (bananas, tomatoes, sticks of butter). The other night, however, he really surprised me...

onions, celery and leeks. And he gave me the 'can I have more?' face, too!

My Addiction...Plus Some Cuteness

I have been hooked on Starbucks skinny vanilla latte as of late...not good for the wallet. But I was anxious to try out my new coffee cozy! I've seen them all over the blog world and thought I'd try one for myself. They're super quick and easy, especially if you have one of the cardboard ones from Starbucks to use as a template. Isn't it cute?!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guilty Face

When I got home from work today, Tyson had gotten his treats out of the pantry. This is the face he gave me when I asked him if he did it. Guilty much?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

This weekend saw some terrible storms, and my heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones in the tornadoes. Its always hard to believe that nature can take away life so quickly.

Hubs and I spent the weekend inside, patching leaking windows and hoping with all our might that the half-dozen trees over our house kept their limbs attached. We also got to spend some great quality time together, cuddled on the couch, watching some older movies (neither of us had ever seen The Graduate...hard to believe, right?!). And I got to start this - and almost finish it.

The fabric is neutral mediterranean from JoAnns. I just love pre-cut fabric, it makes life so much easier. I used two jelly rolls and two fat quarter bundles. I still need to bind it (my first time attempting a 'correct' method of quilt binding). Fingers crossed!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Decision Made!! (by hubs...)

I posted a while back about choosing the fabric for the Halloween quilt for the quilt class I'm taking. Well, I let the hubs choose. After all he did buy me this lovely new toy :)! Anyway, he chose the Jason Yenter fabric. I have to say, at first I wasn't sure, but I'm starting to become more please with the choice as the project moves along. Here's a sneak peek...

(Owl fabric from Michael Miller)

Yay! Super excited for this!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekend of Compelling Ales

Hubs and I love, love, LOVE Dogfish Head Beer (if you get a chance, watch the Brewmasters show on Discovery). So we had a free weekend and decided to head out to Rehoboth Beach with some friends for the festivities of the Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot.
We took the brewery tour for the first time. It's amazing to see the passion and extra effort that goes into Sam's beer. I know it's expensive, but it makes you feel better to spend extra money on something you know is worth it. Check out the story on the Palo Santo casks. And to top everything off, Sam was pouring beers at the tasting bar! He even signed a friends Dogfish Head banner. We had a blast, and it only makes me want to visit more...or (sigh) move there. Love it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

What's In a Name

Spotted this on Love&Lace and wanted to give it a try.

How did your parents decide on your name?
I think my dad picked my name...I know it was a relatively uncommon name for the year. I have a feeling they were trying to be different *:)* Good job, this day I still get called 'Alexis' and 'Alex' more than I get 'Alexa'.

Do your initials (first/middle/last) spell anything funny?
Nope. But my brother and I had the same initials (before I got married of course). I don't think my mom realized until she was prepping our bottles for daycare one morning and put our initials on the bottle...AMQ. I do miss having the 'Q' in my name...kind of unique.

Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you drop your middle name and take your maiden name as your middle name?
Nope...I love my middle name. It's the only 'common' name I have!

Are you or will you name your children systematically? (i.e., same first letter, same origin, etc)
While tempting, I don't think I'd do that to my offspring. Too embarassing.

Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
I did that as a little girl, and as an adolescent, and a teenager, and I'm still doing it (well, at least its appropriate now). It's interesting to see how my baby names have 'evolved' as I grew older. When I was younger, I hated the fact that my name was different, so I coveted names like 'Jenny' and 'Sarah'. In high school I tried to fit in with whatever was popular, and names like 'Mackenzie' and 'Seth'. Now, I'm back to being different, I suppose, at least with girl names (I refuse to disclose my fav girl name - yes...a secret baby name) and more tradiitonal names for boys like Ben and Max. Either way - and I think most people will agree - names are FUN!

Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
Yes, the men on my moms side always take the first name of their grandfather as their middle name...I kind of like that.

Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
I look at both, but I don't think the meaning would deter me from choosing a name (unless it meant 'tyrant' or 'dishonest' or something).

Do you name pets with human names or pet names?
A little of both. I once had a cat named Julep, but my ferrets name is Joey. Whatever is cute and fits the critter, I say.

Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once new?
Not necessarily. I know EVERY girl was named Jennifer when I was growing up, so I'd stay away from that, but that's probably it.

What are some of your favorite names and why?
*Hoarding the secret ones here* but I tend to like:
For a Girl - Sophia, Naudia, Adele,
For a Boy - Max, Ben, Sam

Yay for nameology!! (hehe...if you get that movie quote - good for you, child of generation Y:)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yummy, Tomato Caprese Bruschetta!

Yummy - and surprisingly quick! ( quick I forgot to take photos)

1 loaf french bread
olive oil
2 tomatoes (depending on size)
block of mozzarella
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette

Slice the french bread diagonally, about 1/2 inch thick. Mix together olive oil, garlic, basil and oregano and brush on sliced french bread. Broil on medium for 2-3 minutes.

Slice the tomatoes and mix with basil and balsamic vinagrette in a bowl. Slice mozzarella into 1/4 inch slices. Place the mozzarella on the french bread, followed by the tomato with balsamic.

Ready to eat!! Yum, yum!

Monday, April 11, 2011

gah!! Blog Blunder

I still consider myself very new to the blog world. I was recently browsing one of my favorites and noticed a new design in google reader not allowing you to view photos. When I realized this was to prevent bandwidth theft (which I didn't even know what was until today) I had a little mini freakout. I had no idea that copying the link to a someone else's pic online could steal their bandwidth and cost them money!! Isn't there a 'Blog Etiquette for Dummies' book out there somewhere!? Gosh, I guess its time for me to locate one!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

A few posts back I mentioned I'm taking a quilting class, and I will be making a halloween themed quilt. I've narrowed it down to three different, and equally fabulous, fabric prints.

Jason Yenter - Hallographix (this is hubs' favorit)

Haunted Mansion by Moda

Riley Blake - Boo to You!

Now...which to choose!!