Thursday, May 26, 2011

party platters, pt. 2

When last we left our pretty platter project, our pieces were picked, polished, and permanently pasted, pending presentation of plenary party provisions. Please enjoy the postliminary pictorial of (com)pleted products.

Mismatched tiered tray.

Candlestick centerpiece + china dishes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

mending wednesday

Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Churn on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday

They tell me this little darling little catalog of feminine duties came over on the Mayflower.  Along with scurvy.  Thankfully it's no longer 1620, M does most of the "baking" and "washing" around here, and I've never found myself the weekly guarantor of the household butter supply.

I did happen, however, to have a Mending Wednesday today.  I unearthed a pile of dresses from my closet that I've literally been pinning on to myself for months.  Many's the time when all that kept me from some sort of public display was a flimsy safety pin or two.  But we're out of danger now, thanks to Mending Wednesday and the earth rotating backward on its axis.  So here's to Colonial-standard modesty (and to never, ever having a dedicated "ironing" day).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

may garden

Some garden highlights after a month of growing.
Pretty maids all in a row.



Trusty garden wellies.

Friday, May 20, 2011

party platters, pt. 1

Last weekend, M and I hosted a little gathering to celebrate all the good things about spring 2011: warmer days, sprouting gardens and (yes!) graduation.

As a present to me, M took charge of the menu for the evening.  He hunted down a couple of Melting Pot recipes (delight!): Wisconsin Trio and Dark Chocolate Raspberry (delight! delight!), and he enlisted the help of my parents for day-of prep and cooking.

Thanks to M (x) and Mum and Dad (xx), I had time to make some extra-fancy dishes on which to serve the berries and other tidbits for dipping in the extra-fancy fondue.  So while the fam was melting Butterk√§se and measuring Chambord, I selected a few items from my stash of thrifted goods, some vintage-y saucers and brass candlesticks, and set to work...

Gorilla Glue!

Weighting down candlesticks with classics.

More to come...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

honey infusions

Project time! Thanks to this humidity, the paint on my kitchen walls is taking its sweet time drying. So, in the meantime, I put together some party favors for my weekend guests: citrus and rosemary infused honeys in pretty little pots --lots more fun than watching paint dry!

Oranges and lemons, the bells of St. Clement's (plus some rosemary).


Lemons and oranges, the bells of St. George's.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

mother's day cards, 2011

Revealed! "Margaret-with-Chicken"

I found a vintage photo in with some family memorabilia that inspired this year's Mother's Day card.  Now that the cards have reached their intended recipients, I'm releasing the long form account of the process.  Please enjoy the following pictorial.

fig. 1: Photograph, circa 1920.

fig. 2: Oval shape feels more vintage-y.

fig. 3: For whimsy, added a chicken.

fig. 4: For flair, gold stitching.

fig. 5: Fin.

This project has me thinking about my newly repainted bedroom walls, which are in need of some artwork.  Perhaps a large scale Margaret-with-Chicken is in order?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

little loves: vintage posts

Lately, the thrifting has been especially good.  Inspired by my Grandma R's collection of vintage pins, I always hunt through the jewelry baskets at my favorite thrift shops. On a recent trip, I was delighted to find these little darlings.

Find any treasures of your own lately?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

still life with tea and emily

Awoke to a gorgeous fog that may or may not have been a tropospheric commentary on the hundred thousand Derby revelers still sleeping it off.  Had tea alone on the porch.  After yesterday's festivities, I felt I'd earned my bit of solitude.

"The soul selects her own society, then shuts the door..."

Friday, May 6, 2011

little loves: the mail

One of my favorite things about our house is its proximity to a coffee shop, a bakery, a wine shop, and... a post office.  It's true.  Maybe it's the neighborhood fantasy inculcated by hours of Mr. Rogers programming, but when I'm walking to the post office with a letter, it just feels... as things should be.

So I posted out a big batch of letters and such today, including some graduation announcements and (a bit late...) a pair of Mother's Day cards.  I was in the mood for an art project, so I spent the morning making some mixed-media cards for the mamas this year.  Next week, when I'm sure they've reached their intended recipients, I'll post the full write-up.  But as a tie-over, here's last year's crafty Father's Day cards...

Moustache-on-a-stick included.

Creating any art projects of your own?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

ficus braiding, pt. 1

This is Mr. Moony. We've been together ten years.

Mr. Moony

In my freshman year at KU, around Halloween, I found a sad ficus languishing in a hardware garden department.  He was just a few inches high and looked (how shall we say?) careworn.  A handful of sickly, yellow leaves clung to his four frail stems.  I was reading HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban at the time, and something seemed familiar about the little guy...
"The stranger was wearing an extremely shabby set of wizard's robes that had been darned in several places. He looked ill and exhausted. Though quite young, his light brown hair was flecked with gray."                                                                              --HP3
After ten years of pruning, potions, and re-potting, Mr. Moony is feeling quite well, thank you.  Well enough that I can put into action a plot I've been plotting for some time now...  Accio pruning shears!  Accio twine!

Mischief managed.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

garden boxes, year two

Year one.

Last summer I carried out a plan I hatched at the age of ten (as an avid reader of Frances Hodgson Burnett): tending a garden of my very own.  Since that time, life as a student or as a child of the armed forces has been prohibitive: I've had neither time nor terra.  However, last summer the constellations finally aligned in my favor.

Unfortunately, actual planting was delayed by several extenuating circumstances...




Dirt importation.

In mid-June we tossed some seeds on soil haphazardly, expecting nothing.  But in the end our garden was good to us, producing pumpkins, watermelons, peppers, spinach, romaine, carrots, and tomatoes. Tomatoes by the hundreds.

Year one: November.

So, after last summer's surprisingly prolific garden, M and I are looking forward to plotting this year's beds a bit more carefully.  The boxes are weeded, tilled and composted, all ready for seedlings and seeds.

Year two.

These sprouts came up volunteer, as Grandma M says.

What plans are you hatching for spring?
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