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7 May
2012

Life’s a beach in Kailua

Har har har… No matter how stressed I get, it sure helps to have this close by:

Some people assume that everyone who lives in Hawaii is out on the beach all day. Well, we’re not. But we do go for evening walks and spend our weekends here! Can’t complain.

10 Things Loved in May

It’s time for another things loved list. Without further ado:

Issey Miyake1. Issey Miyake’s L’eau D’Issey
Nordstrom sent me an offer for a free atomizer with my choice of perfume. I chose the Issey Miyake scent and have absolutely fallen in love. Sephora says Miyake’s fragrances are fueled by “technology, minimalism, and nature.” OK, I’ll take the technology-fueled scent. …now to get a larger version for when my freebie runs out so I can be the woman your woman could smell like.

Springwater Trail2. The Springwater Trail
The Springwater Trail is part of a 40-mile paved loop in Portland. When I was marathon training, I did my longer runs on the trail, but biking has always been my favorite Springwater activity.

3. Hash Restaurant
Hash Restaurant happens to be just a block north of the Springwater Trail, and is a great destination for a weekend morning ride… good luck pedaling home. Hash is a classic Portland/NW style with many sustainable and local ingredients. I love their French toast with whipped creme fraiche. They also serve mini scones with their coffee, which is a nice touch.

photo by greenhem, because I'm too lazy to get out in the rain and take my own

4. Peonies
I have two different varieties of peonies in my yard – magenta in the front yard and pale pink in the back. The magenta ones always bloom first in mid May and the pale pink peonies usually bloom the last week of May (and often get rained out). I just love the choppy texture of peonies. Very scissor-hands!

5. Sexy Boot Jeans
As I have been hinting, we’ve had a ton of rain in Portland, which really made May feel like winter or fall. I took the opportunity to stock up on my favorite Sexy Boot jeans from the Gap and ordered dark wash, medium tint and distressed finish. I won’t need new jeans for at least a year!

6. Pacific City, Oregon
In May, we took a mini-break anniversary vacation to Pacific City and stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, which was very beachy and cozy. Haystack Rock and the Pelican Pub and Brewery are the highlights of this postcard-perfect town. (And it happened to be featured in the June issue of Sunset magazine, so we felt like we went at the perfect time before it is “rediscovered” for the season.)

She and Him7. She & Him
Genius collaboration project between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I was able to see them at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend over Memorial Day weekend. My absolute favorite song on Volume 2 is “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” which is a Skeeter Davis cover. During the concert “She” forgot the lyrics and asked to start over, which sounds annoying, but she was absolutely adorable.

aqua-blue-santorini-table-world-market8. Santorini Table
I finally scored my summer cafe table! I drooled over the Santorini table at World Market last year but wasn’t convinced on the red or green. This year it came out in a new color – aqua – and it is PERFECT. I used a $10 off coupon to get it for $90. Then I got home to find purple marks all over the tiles so by the time I went to exchange it, all the Santorini items were on clearance and I ended up getting it for $50!!! I’m picking up outdoor “wicker” chairs at Target to go with it.

9. Dreaming about a vacation to Greece and Turkey
Speaking of Santorini, visiting Greece and Turkey is #20 on my 30 before 30 list and there’s a good chance I’ll be crossing it off my list this fall. I’ve been researching trip ideas and airfare (ouch) and planning the ideal itinerary. Fingers crossed it works out with work schedules and budget.

10. Career Changes
I spent about half of May contemplating a big career move (which was the real #21 on my 30 before 30 list). I applied for two jobs, scored interviews for both, negotiated and accepted a great new position. Change is on the way and next week I’ll start a new job after seven years with the same company!

10 Things Loved in April

Here’s my ode to Domino magazine’s “10 things that make me happy” lists (and the many other bloggers who have created “things loved” lists). Maybe it’s just spring, but for some reason half the things on my list this month have something to do with flowers.

liberty of london for target sixty watering canAnn Taylor Loft Beaded Flower Appliqué Tee

1. Carnations
They get no respect, but I love their simplicity and persistent nature! I’d say they’re totally making a comeback. No more filler flower stereotypes.

2. Liberty of London for Target
As a bit of pre-gardening inspiration, I purchased almost everything in the Sixty print. Seriously.

3. Art-inspired Collectible Tees
I’ve been eyeing these shirts from Ann Taylor Loft for the past couple of months and finally scooped up three during a 40% off sale. I love dressy t-shirts, and the fact that they’re all a little bit different (neck lines, fabrics and applique, trim, beading details) means you can get more than one.

wii fit plusGingher Scissors Roberta 5 inchHaagen Dazs Five Ice Cream - Passion Fruit

4. Wii Fit Plus
I’m a little late to the game with the Wii Fit and balance board, but I love the fun games and it doesn’t hurt to have a little yoga and strength training for a gym workout supplement. If only it would stop telling me I’m 37!

5. Powell’s Books Home & Garden Store
Our favorite place to hang out on Hawthorne before movies at the Bagdad. Awesome gifts and outdoor/gardening ideas.

6. Gingher Designer Scissors in Roberta Print
Any quilter would call me out as an impostor and I don’t sew enough to be worthy of these adorable scissors. However, the cuteness will make my occasional sewing/craft project uber-special.

7. Häagen-Dazs Five Ice Cream – Passion Fruit
OMG! Light and sweet with just the right amount of tartness, this tastes more like gelato than ice cream… it’s a close runner-up to the passion fruit gelato at Ono Gelato in Hawaii.

Cabins at Stub Stewart State ParkTaqueria Los GorditosCole Haan Petra Boot

8. A mountain cabin getaway
The cabins at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park are a must-do spring activity. It’s still too cold to tent camp (in my opinion), but perfect for a cozy weekend getaway… crisp mountain air, a sprinkling of rain, s’mores, a cozy cabin… plus a 10+ mile bike ride on the Banks Vernonia trail (a rails to trails project complete with some killer trestles you can pedal across).

9. Soyrizo Burrito from Taqueria Los Gorditos
My favorite thing at this taco cart is the veggie (not vegan – I need sour cream) soyrizo burrito. Thankfully all the fame and attention hasn’t gone to their head. It’s also a fun place to people watch while you wait…and there’s a fair share of the “I’m so cool, I stopped showering/shaving/changing my clothes months ago” variety.

10. Cole Haan “Petra” Boot
I’ve been searching for the perfect flat boot in brown leather for a few years. Yes, years. And I finally found it. This one has Nike Air to boot (haha, get it?). And for $100 at Nordstrom Rack, they were a total steal.

Maybe it’s spring but for some reason half the things on my loved list have something to do with flowers. 🙂
10 Jun
2009

How To: Make Tomato Ladders from the IKEA Salvia Trellis

Ladder or cage? The great debate. I have been obsessing over the idea of using tomato ladders rather than cages this year. I’ve heard they’re great for smaller spaces (like raised beds) because they help the plant grow up rather than out.

I had my eye on these beautiful red tomato ladders from Gardener’s Supply, but at $50 for a set of three, I’d be out $100 just on tomato supports!  While it’s not my main purpose for gardening, I do like the idea that I’m saving money by growing food in my backyard. So, for now the red steel ladders will wait on my wishlist.

I knew I couldn’t use the flimsy $1.99 variety either…last year I had to triage with bamboo, twine and pieces of a trellis – it got pretty ugly. Insert my seemingly endless supply of IKEA Salvia trellises, which I bought on clearance last year for $3. I copied the concept of a tomato ladder using pieces of the trellis. Each ladder uses six Salvia trellis squares (there are nine squares in a pack).

How To:

  1. Hook together three pieces of the trellis with the middle piece on the “outside.” This is one side of the trellis.
  2. Attach the lower and middle pieces of the other side by slipping them through the square part of the first side and interlocking them. Repeat with the top piece.
  3. Use zip ties to hook the middle vertical sections together. This helps strengthen the ladder since the top and bottom corners of the trellis are loose.
  4. Insert the lower angled pieces into the ground and drive small stakes or pins into the ground to anchor the ladder.

There you have it – a thick, steel tomato ladder for $10 each (or $2 in my case). All that’s missing is the cheery color. The good news is that it matches the trellis we already made for the sweat peas. So what do you think of my IKEA hack?  Have you made anything with the IKEA Salvia trellis?

14 May
2009

Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart…

What to do when it’s raining and you can’t garden? Find cute botanical prints for a project! After several years of sharing my mornings with the group of neighborhood children and parents who stand in my front yard waiting for the school bus, I’ve decided I need curtains. (The greater issue of how to get them off my lawn will be solved at another time.) There are two 40-inch wide windows above my corner sink that face the street. Love the setup, but not the view.

I’ve seen a bundle of cute bright and LARGE botanical prints recently. It’s a fresh take on “old lady” botanicals.

My first wish was the Serafina shade from Pottery Barn (before I saw the $100 price tag). Too much for something I might ruin with a wild dish washing session. It’s also a little too red for my kitchen.

Then there’s the new Cecilia fabric line from IKEA I’ve been gawking at. There are several different patterns – all involving flowers, nuts or birds. My favorite is the Cecilia pink and orange print.

While not quite the bright look I’m going for, there’s something I initially liked about this large print Damask panel curtain from Target. It seems too trendy though… and after looking at it for a few seconds I decided it reminded me of some note cards I had a few years ago. A true sign the Damask trend is on it’s way out.

Back to the curtains. I purchased the Cecilia fabric and decided to create a simple cafe curtain for the perfect combination of privacy and light. I said “No thanks” to Martha Stewart’s detail-less post on creating a simple cafe curtain, and went my own route. It wasn’t too difficult to measure and sketch out a pattern idea. After sewing a set of curtains for each window, I realized the kitchen door looked lonely and made a matching set for the window.

I love the way they turned out. Perfect for spring and so easy I’ll be able to replicate them when I get tired of the print or find a new fabric I want to try.

One of my finished cafe curtains