Monday, November 29, 2010
Penelope has been really into drawing girls in dresses in the last few months. She did this one this morning. It's mommy (on the left, of course) and Penelope. She made sure to get the eye color right as well. Stay tuned - I might have to add a section to this blog with all of her girls...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
With the help of Becky's new serger, we finished this dress. It's not perfect, but it's pretty great, considering it's our first try and we did it without a pattern. The dress is a little dirty in this picture, because I can't get Penelope to take it off long enough to get it washed!
Monday, October 11, 2010
The Sha Fairy was kind enough to leave a little present - a sleeping beauty gown - to thank her for the donation. Last night and tonight have been better although she's been going to bed way too late. She just about outlasts Jiffer and I. We considered ripping off the band-aid quickly and getting rid of Millie's shas at the same time, but we didn't have the courage. Another time.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The ruffle pant was our first project. My niece, Sarah, helped make these as well. We made a matching pair for Penelope and Amelia. The pattern ran big and so I think they'll wear these in the spring, summer and fall. I also made matching appliques for their tops.
I tackled this simple little peasant top all by myself. Easy peasy. Except for the reading of the pattern directions and cutting it out. I need an assistant to do that work : )
This is a work in progress. It is going to become a dress. The plan is to make / buy and attach a knit bodice / tank to the skirt for a super cute and fun twirling dress. Penelope LOVES her twirling dresses. This was inspired by a little Matilda Jane dress Penelope has. Becky and I reverse engineered the Matilda Jane dress quite impressively, in my humble opinion. My favorite...
Monday, September 27, 2010
When we got to their house, Jason was finishing up his Habanero Gold Jam. Tried it this morning and it is incredible. Spicy and sweet, but not so spicy you can layer in on some yummy bread or crackers. Here's the finished product before we dug into ours this morning.
We'll see how the fig preserves will turn out. We couldn't finish the process last night and so Jason and Becky are finishing them up right now. I hope they turn out because we're going to have 12 jars of it!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Jiffer, Penelope, Amelia, Sadie and I went to Monterey and Carmel a couple of weekends ago. We started out at Carmel beach where we had a lovely, but sandy lunch and played and watched Sadie frolic in the sand. I think it was the most fun Sadie has had in months. Carmel is so beautiful. One of my favorite cities in the US.
The next day we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The girls had a great time. So much to see there....
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
It was pretty unique and tasty. I see purple fig and apple tarts in my future.
Here's the recipe I used...
Purple Fig Bruschetta:
30g/1oz unsalted butter
1 fig, quartered or sliced
3 tbsp honey
1 slices bread, toasted
slice gorgonzola, to serve
For the fig bruschetta, gently melt the butter in a pan and add the figs.
Heat for a few minutes, then add the walnuts and honey. Caramelise in the pan for a few minutes.
Spoon the fig mixture on top of the toast and place the gorgonzola on top to serve.
What's funny about this anniversary, is that we barely realized it was here. In fact, Monday morning (September 6th - our anniversary) came and I received a text from Molly wishing us a Happy Anniversary. We thought the 6th was on Tuesday and so thanks to Molly, we didn't let Monday go by without acknowledging the date. I guess this just proves how crazy life has been for us over the last couple of months.
Penelope was a rock star on her first day of school. She started the day with a little play dough and was still wearing dress-up clothes when I picked her up (surprise, surprise :) Tomorrow I have my work day at the school and it will be fun to see more of her during her morning at school.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
One of the things I've learned since moving to California is that my oldest brother, Jason, is not only a patent lawyer, but he is also quite the baker. His specialty, as far as I know, are baguettes. They are perfect. I know I'm not an expert, but I may be by the end of the year. I'm glad Jiffer doesn't know how to make them....I can't control myself.