Tuesday, May 29, 2012

apron update

Remember the aprons I made for Craft Hope?

Well, they've been received and will soon be sent to Haiti.

I just had to share some gorgeous photos from the Haiti by Hand website of the hundreds of aprons that have been sent in.

aprons for craft hope

Aren't they lovely? The delivery of these gorgeous aprons is sure to put a smile on anyone's face!

aprons for craft hope

There are the ones I made... the two on the center right!

aprons for craft hope

Also, if you are interested in making aprons for Haiti, the deadline has been extended to July, so get busy! For more info, see the Craft Hope Facebook page. Happy sewing!

Friday, May 25, 2012

friday photo drop

Has this year been going crazy fast for any of the rest of you? I mean, it feels like 2012 just started and here it is almost June already. June! Scary fast, I tell you.

Well, I still haven't been able to climb back onto the blogging bandwagon. But that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything. I just haven't been blogging about it. And it's a shame, because I've done some really fun stuff. But what can you do? When you're not in the mood, you're just not in the mood.

Anyway, I thought I'd treat you to some more daily life photos, courtesy of my trusty iPhone. If any of the rest of you do photo drops like this, please leave links in the comments - I'd love to see a sneak peek into your daily lives as well!

1. fresh blueberry muffins 2. toes 3. smug cat 4. gnome view 5. art museum field trip 6. way up high 7. up close and personal 8. wildflowers 9. BBQ joint 10. cupcake 11. sunset 12. shooting gallery 13. sleepy kitty 14. oak leaf hydrangea

In conclusion, I have resigned myself to the fact that my life really does revolve around food, flowers and cats. Oh well. There are worse things, right? :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

my garden grows

This year I decided to buy some seeds and grow a little garden. We have a strange concrete structure in the back corner of our yard that functions as a raised bed, and I've been watering and weeding like crazy, pampering my little plants. I'm sure they won't last through the summer, so I need to enjoy them now!

I tried some herbs because I was tired of having to buy a big bunch at the store and then only using a tiny bit of them before they went bad. Below is my basil, cilantro and oregano. I've already used the cilantro in several dishes and it is so lovely to just step into the backyard, clip a few pieces off and then use them in my cooking. 

My grandmother used to grow herbs. At one point she had around 200 different varieties in her garden at one time! I didn't understand the appeal then, but I certainly do now. I only wish she was still around to teach me how to grow and use all those different herbs.

basil + cilantro + oregano
I also planted some veggies. I tried out sweet peppers and some grape tomatoes. They are both growing like weeds, so I can't wait until they start to bear fruit! I'll be sure to update when that happens!

 sweet peppers + grape tomatoes

Finally, I planted some zinnias... because they're pretty, and some green onions because they are so good. I have become a major green onion fan of late. I can't get enough of them. Can't wait to try my home-grown ones!

zinnias + green onions
Hope you enjoyed the short tour of my little garden! 
Have you planted anything fun this year? How's it doing so far?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there... especially my own beautiful mother. 

She's the best. That's really all there is to say.

Love you, Mom!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

birthday cats

My boys (of the feline variety) both had their birthdays in the last few days. I baked birthday cupcakes (unfortunately they didn't get to enjoy them - but I did!... haha) and they each got a new birthday mouse to play with.

They felt so special.
And they deserve it... because even though it sounds silly, they bring me such joy.

Happy Birthday, Scooter and Bubby!

Please tell me I'm not the only crazy person who celebrates their pets' birthdays!