Friday, December 25, 2009

merryish christmas

Hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Christmas Bami Ballen

My Friend, Anesha, sent me a very old Bami Ballen that she made when she was a girl. Now she wants to know what I found inside.

So, Anesha, this is what was inside:

First a pen and a small crystal heart

Then a hair barrette

Followed by a second hair barrette with only half the clasp still present

Then a half an egg of putty that was stuck to the crepe,
after that, I found a little viking game

In the very middle, there was a pack of cards and a little bear puzzle wrapped back to back.

It was really fun to unwrap the bami ballen. So fun, that I think I might make them for Christmas.

Playing in the snow

He's a very small kitten, surrounded by snowballs.

These are the steps that a small black kitten goes through when he gets pummeled with snowballs:




These little poses might not look different, but they are.

Thank you, Anesha! For such a cute gift.

Not a total grinch!

Despite Matthew's insistence, I'm not entirely a little green grinch. Admittedly, I spend most of November and December growling and harumphing as Christmas approaches, but that's just because it always feels terribly unsuccessful.

This year, I didn't leave my Halloween decorations up until Valentine's day. In fact I took them down before the end of November(unheard of in our household) and replaced them with Christmas decorations.

As proof of my ungrinchlyness, here's a couple photos of my wee pink tree. I never put the baby tree up last year and I've regretted it for the past 11 months. It certainly helped spur me to set up the tree when my dear friend May sent me some darling Hello Kitty Ornaments in the mail.

I even made tiny presents to go under the tree.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

How to cuten up a plain white door

This is a tutorial on how to Cuten up a plain white door.

Steps to follow:

1. Have a 28th Birthday
2. Receive the sweetest vinyl birthday owl from best friend
3. Wait a month trying to figure out where to put the vinyl owl (it mustn't be wasted on an unworthy spot)
4. Finally have a stroke of adorable genius and apply it to the plain white bedroom door that looks a bit depressing, when you really think about it (which isn't very often)
5. Notice how incredibly cheerful the new owl vinyl looks on the door
6. Wonder how it took a whole month to figure out where to put the owl

See, doesn't the door look so cute?

Cuteness abounds!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I can still pretend it's fall

Despite what the calendar says, Matthew and I are having a tiny thanksgiving dinner tonight. We had a fantastic thanksgiving dinner with friends on Thursday, but we still have to use up the free ham(from work) and the little pumpkin I bought for decorative purposes. I am still stuck in fall motif. Perhaps today will be my last stand for fall and the loveliness of my favorite season. (I actually already decorated for Christmas and will post photos of the darling Hello kitty tree and the darling Ghibli tree at a later date.) After today it will be all Christmas, all the time.

I was just enchanted by the delicate color and feel of the pumpkin puree. Not sure why it is so different than usual but I really liked this year's pumpkin. It was delicious with just a touch of salt and agave syrup on it for a snack.

This year, I did not make the Moosewood Cookbook pumpkin pie recipe. Instead, I made the pie with sweetened condensed milk. I've never made a pumpkin pie with SCM but since I've had a can of it in the cupboard for quite some time, I figured it was long past time to use it. I actually didn't realize how popular this type of pumpkin pie is and was surprised at the number of recipes that call for SCM.

Of course, I over cooked the pie but It still looks very good. The sweet little maple leaf and apple edging is particularly appealing. So Cute!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

adorable, little, thanksgiving owls

With the increased popularity of owls over the past year, almost to the point of saturation, I've acquired dozens of little specimens. They are all incredibly cute and impossible to resist. Many of them are gifts and then others are purchased by guilty little me. Guilty, because I am spending a fortune on these unnecessary, but fun, little owl creatures.

A recent Birthday gift from my employers included a wee nest of Japanese-made cloth owls. They found this itty bitty owl family at a lovely store in New York and brought it back for me to enjoy. How lucky, lucky, lucky I am!

The little family all snug in their nest

Baby owl all alone in the nest.
Did mother and father owl go look for food?

Baby owl, out looking for his parents.
Oh dear! Baby owl, don't get lost!

Now, mother owl says, "stay in the nest!"

Just last week, I took a trip to my local hardware store and spotted a sweet little owl mug. Despite my cupboard overflowing with mugs, I brought him home. When I finally pulled it out to use it for my tea, I noticed a startling resemblance between the mug and the little paper clay owl that Matthew had just created the week before.

Hmmm...we suspect that they may have been separated at birth, although one is clearly the runt of the nest.

All-in-all, I'm thoroughly enjoying all these sweet little owls.

And Before I Forget, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Images from an autumnal Birthday weekend

For the first time in four years, I spent my Birthday at home in Oregon amongst my family and the fall colors that I always expect to see around my Birthday. It still surprises me every year when November rolls around the San Diegan trees are still green or simply shriveled and brown, no bright color at all. This year I enjoyed having a true fall birthday at home.

My birthday cake- one of the best I've ever eaten

A stroll through the park after birthday shopping and lunch

A birthday Mother on the bridge

A sampling of the lovely trees in Ashland

Images from Pat's Autumn garden

Pretty little flowers

The Hawthorne berries before they darken for winter and lose their leaves

The Hops-still pretty, despite no longer being green

A strange little Orange berry tree that I've never noticed before

Not a garden picture, but still, very pretty little utensils. I should have posted it with my muffin recipe post.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Belgian fruit candies

While shopping for Chocolates in Brussels, Matthew came across these charming little fruit gels; he was so taken with them that we bought an entire bag to bring home. They are absolutely delicious, but, as expected, extremely sweet, almost unbearably so.

The sugary coating on these precious little fruits gives them such a sparkly, elegant look. I just couldn't resist photographing them on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

I started so late in the afternoon that I really didn't have enough time to take many good photos before the sun went behind the building, but out of the fifty or sixty photos that I did take, I was able to find a few that I liked.

Not sure why, but I really liked this little pear photo. It wasn't the best one out of the bunch but it just caught my eye.

We still haven't eaten the fruits, so I could still take the time to try again for some better photos. Perhaps when I'm feeling ambitious on one of these cool, fall, Sunday afternoons.