Hot Cross Buns

March 28, 2013

Hot Cross Buns

Since Good Friday and Easter are coming up this weekend, I thought I'd share the link for my post at My Own Labels today. These hot cross buns are my favorite, ever. Enjoy, and have a happy weekend!

Wall Art

March 27, 2013

For pressed ferns. #ferns

I really love the walls in our home. They're super tall, which makes the rooms bright and airy, and allows us to experiment with paint colors (like gray and black) that would otherwise induce claustrophobia. My only issue is in trying to find suitable wall art. It's something I'm not very good at, especially in terms of choosing the correct placement and size, but I've decided to get over it because our walls are far too bare.


Thing is, I don't want to spend a bunch of money on art, so I've been on the lookout for doable DIY projects. Luckily I ran into this tutorial from Design*Sponge for botanical specimens, and thought it'd be really fun to try it out on the ferns we have growing around the house. So, last month I went and gathered several ferns from the yard and pressed them in paper towels between the pages of my high school yearbooks. This Monday, I checked in on them and they were ready for framing.

Pressed Ferns

I used a little rubber cement to adhere them to cardstock, and popped them in some frames I bought for a couple dollars from the thrift store. I'm really happy with them, and plan to find some more plants in the yard to press and frame for our walls this week.

Happy First Day of Spring!

March 20, 2013

pea progress

Today's weather has been a real mix-up. We've had some wind, a few bouts of sunshine, and even a little hail, but I guess that's Oregon weather for you. Because this is the first spring in our new home, it has been fascinating to see what sorts of things are blooming in the yard. It seems like every time I go outside, I discover something new. I've also been going on lots of long walks lately to explore the neighborhood, and it's really beautiful with all of the blossoming trees and blooming flowers.

This Week, I...

March 15, 2013

"leftovers" mitts

Finished knitting another pair of mitts with the leftovers from my last project. Thus, I have named them "leftovers" mitts. I like them a whole lot.


Ate this, or something similar, every day for lunch. I thought I'd show you in case you were wondering if we ever actually eat all those pickles we make every summer. We do! It's an addiction, really.

Black chalkboard paint.

And painted an accent wall in the office black. It's awesome! The idea came to me in those few moments just before falling asleep when my mind seems to be at its most creative and skilled at problem-solving. We'll be layering on the last coat in just a few minutes, and then I can put my office back together again. Very exciting.

P.S. I noticed recently that Google Reader is shutting down in a few months. This makes me so sad! Does anyone have any recommendations for a replacement reader? I've noticed several people following me on Bloglovin lately, so I thought I might check that one out in more detail. Thoughts?

Starting the Garden

March 12, 2013

Pea progress

It's been almost a whole month now since I planted my peas, and they're making some nice progress on our south-facing front porch. We've got two bush varieties growing in containers, Tom Thumb and Gray Dwarf, both of which we purchased from the Seed Savers Exchange, along with a variety of other late winter/early spring vegetables that we're hoping to plant this week.

Making Garden Boxes
Filling and leveling the garden boxes.

On Saturday, it was sunny and over 60°F, so Matt and I decided to use the day to prep our backyard garden. We bought untreated ceder planks from Home Depot, which were less than $4 each, and cut them in half to make six square boxes. Then we dug up the sod, leaving as much of the existing soil as possible. We still need to fill the boxes with more soil and compost before we can plant, but we're hoping to be ready for that this weekend.

Hopefully these garden boxes will last us a few years, but I imagine by the time they're ready to retire, we'll have a different plan in mind for our entire garden. Also, because our back yard is shady, I'm worried our plants won't grow well enough back there to make it worth our effort. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.