Sunday, September 30, 2012

Whole Lotta Awesome

I've been on a little vacation from work and to fill the time I shopped then hit some r&r up in beautiful mt. rainier.
To start, I found this super comfy Drexel Heritage chair on craigslist for $30...major score in my book.

It wouldn't fit in my little mazda so thankfully as a zipcar member i had some extra freebie credits and rented a car that it would fit in. yeah!
I also found this zebra print chair in blue on craigslist. she wanted $120 firm and i talked her down to $100. it's basically a brand new chair...score. it's perfect as my craft room chair.
Next on the list are terrariums. Have you seen the rage lately? I am not a green thumb, but I love the look of succulents. I googled how to make terrariums and off to the nursery I went. I had a blast updating the look on my chinese altar table.

I am a big fan of Yelp and found some cool interior design shops. If you are in Kirkland a cute little store called Simplicity Decor is a fun stop. I found this white ceramic a-ok hand that adds a little humor to my table. I was actually looking for a white ceramic deer head, but they were out of stock (i did actually find it at z gallerie, but postponed that purchase much to christopher's delight.)
Another purchase that I am super happy about is this bouquet of orange roses. I absolutely love them.
So now after the shopping is done and Christopher wrapped up his work week, we headed to mt. rainier for some r&r and i literally mean that. When we hike we like to find perfect little spots to take a nap after a good hike.

It's been a whole lotta awesome!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wedding Ceremony

Christopher's cousin Brittany tied the knot to Scott at the Navy Base on Whidbey Island. We missed the wedding, but managed to arrive well into the reception. Here is the happy couple.
We also got to visit with Christopher's mom and Fred who like to boogy too.
It's always fun meeting Christopher's relative and Uncle George (Brittany's dad) did not disappoint. Got to hear some funny stories too.

For Brittany's card, I decided to go with cardboard since it has been my kick lately.

All in all a fun night out!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Highlights from the Chihuly Glass Garden

Last Sunday, My work place put on a company picnic at the Pacific Science Center. We had the choice of seeing King Tut or the Chihuly Garden and Glass and I opted for the latter. One of my favorite exhibits is the  butterfly garden. Last time a butterfly sat on Christopher's shoulder, but this time no luck.

 They have photographers that will take your photo for free.

 My Favorite- Love the Colors!

 Lots of people thought the above was a real tree.

Got to spend the day with my 2 favorite people. Afterwards I took Skylar to the Greenlake Skate park. All was good until an hour in he crashed super hard. I looked up and I see Skylar covered in blood. He broke off his two front teeth and had a nice bloody nose. I was so surprised how calm we were. I told him to pinch his nose to stop the bleeding and thankfully another kid yelled out, "hey i think i found your teeth."
I felt so bad for him because his mouth and nose were swollen. He couldn't believe he broke his teeth.
So thankful I didn't have to take him to the hospital. Seriously makes me want to take a first aid class. Wouldn't hurt for sure.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday Craft Day

Met up with Adora and Victoria at V's home for a crafty Saturday. We've been wanting to celebrate Adora's big 5-0 last month, but the timing never worked out. Thankfully the stars aligned for us to meet up yesterday. We had great food, conversation and uber productivity in the craft dept.

I made Adora this birthday card inspired by Lisa Truesdell's One Day album. I really like the look of confettit sewn on a card. It's a party waiting to happen :)

It's 2 pieces of corrugated carboard that i bound with 7gypsies gaffer tape from inside instead of the outside. Gaffer tape still rocks!

During our craft day, I decided to make some more corrugated style birthday cards. I started by creating a smaller version of the confetti in glassine bags. I seriously went to town and made 12 of them. After I had my confetti ready to go, I cut down the cardboard to size ripping it to show the corrugation. At home, I did all my sewing and love how it turned out. I finished 3 so I still have many more to go.

 The top 3 are just the covers. I hadn't bound them yet. Below I bound this one with more 7gypsies gaffer tape.

Stay busy, stay crafty!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

wow, that weekend just flew by. we had such an enjoyable weekend with our friends robin and woody from oregon. they are actually christopher's long time friends (he met woody at avalanche school many many years ago)
nothing will make your home shine like guests coming over. i actually got christopher to clean off his work desk in our living room and i hope it stays that way!

so robin and woody drove up from oregon and hiked tatoosh peak on sunday then made it to our home by evening time. they were like brand new after a nice hot shower. i first met them back in '09 at christopher's birthday weekend in portland and it felt just like old times laughing it up listening to woody tell stories. he is a natural born story teller.

monday morning we drove out to a favorite breakfast spot, Serious Biscuit, and this time i took a photo of robin's fried green tomato biscuit and christopher's fennel sausage skillet plate.
woody was too quick for me to get his ham and cheddar biscuit (which is next on my list) i ordered from the kids menu and had half a biscuit and scrambled eggs. i know not too exciting, but i knew we were going to eat a lot today and i didn't want to start out feeling heavy and tired, which is what happened the first time i ate the fried chicken biscuit, yum!

from there we headed to EMP. i have been there so many times i opted to stay at sky church and watch the movies and videos on the biggest screen ever. i can watch nirvana videos over and over and it still makes me smile. after EMP, we rode the monorail to westlake center and walked over to the pike place market.

if you want the cheapest bouquet of flowers that will wow your recipient come to pike place market.
robin is a gourmet chef so the market was right up her alley. she wanted to go to the spanish table, but cold drinks on the waterfront drew us away. woody is not a fish eater yet we ended up at the fisherman's wharf so we decided to eat at skillet on capital hill. we've eaten once from the skillet trailer and their burger is pricey but worthy.

(robin & woody)

unfortunately, we did not factor in the holiday schedule and skillet had closed at 3pm. it was now 5ish and we were ready to chow down. robin had heard the kingfish cafe made decent soul food so off we went to 19th ave. and mercer. turned out to be a great stop. we were early for dinner so we started with happy hour appetizers- citrus jerk wings, fried catfish and bbq pork sliders. i wish i would have remembered to take photos. the citrus jerk wings were delicious.
for dinner i had the house salad, c had the red beans and rice, woody had the mac n cheese with another plate of citrus wings and robin had the buttermilk fried chicken. my meal was just right so tasty yet light. c on the otherhand was moaning and groaning on the car trip home. i guess those beans were expanding! lol!

across the street from the kingfish cafe is monsoon ( a vietnamese restaurant) that i would also like to try.

tuesday morning came and woody and robin continued on their vacation up north to vancouver, b.c.
we told them they must try splitz grill on main st. near little india. hands down my favorite burger on the planet!