Sunday, July 29, 2012

Limelight Hydrangeas

I've been enjoying a bouquet of limelight hydrangeas that I brought inside a few weeks ago. The bouquet was really beautiful, and lasted almost two weeks. It finally wilted a few days ago, so I had to throw it out. I took these photos while it still looked its best.

I've never had the limelight variety before, but they look amazing. The shrubs are two of a panel of shrubs that line my driveway. I'm very happy with them. They have been in bloom for at least 3 weeks now. The shrubs are about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide each. Lovely.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Favorite Movies and Songs

Sage tagged me in her blog post where she shared her favorite movies and songs. I really don't think about this a whole lot (not nearly as much as Sage apparently!), so it was tough! For the movies, I thought about the DVDs we own, and what we watch most often. And then I thought about what I like to watch when I get to choose the DVD for the evening. Usually I just let Chip pick. :)

1) Amelie - Oh, I love so much about this movie. I love the script, the beautiful, beautiful colors, and Yann Tiersen's soundtrack. I love the soundtrack so much, I had the DJ play songs from it at my wedding reception.

2) The Royal Tenenbaums - "She smokes."

3) Anchorman

Hilarious, but this YouTube is missing some of my favorite lines. Like this one:

I'm not even mad

4) The Holiday - The plot is OK. What I really LOVE is Kate Winslet's English cottage!

Ok, ok... that second one is my Walle. Haha. Just had to slip a cute photo of him in here.

For my song list, I thought mostly about what I go back to listen to over and over. I also thought about some of my favorites from my high school mixtapes.

1. Whippoorwill, 2. Wise Woman, and 3. Magnolias - Caroline Herring. Such beautiful lyrics in all of these songs. How can you not love Magnolias where she describes a man as her "secret standard". I could probably name a few more of Caroline's songs, but I am going to limit myself to three.
4. HyperBallad - Bjork with the Brodsky Quartet
5. Kicked It in the Sun - Built to Spill. "We're special in other ways!" 
6. Holocene - Bon Iver
7. Time After Time - Chet Baker. Reminds me of first love :)
8. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley. My older brother Lukas would listen to Grace every night before bed. This was probably 1997? I was always in his room chatting on AOL IM with my boyfriend. Haha. Good times.
9. Cath... - Death Cab for Cutie
10. Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins
11. Push - The Cure. Another big brother influence. Lukas loved The Cure. 
12. Get It Together - Beastie Boys and Q-Tip... How can you go wrong with the Beasties and Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest? Ill Communication. I still have it on cassette, and I am surprised I didn't wear it out.
13. Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra. On the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. This is my happy day song.
14. Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major - Johann Sebastian Bach. Mollie would play this as a warm-up before orchestra class, and it brings back so many good memories!
15. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen. Lukas gave me a Leonard Cohen tape, and. I must have listened to it a thousand times. I love Leonard Cohen's voice!

If I can figure out that Grooveshark thing, I'll try to post a play list.

And now I'll tag:

Oh, and don't feel obligated to do this! Just if you want to. 

UPDATE: Here's the playlist on Grooveshark. 
None of the Caroline Herring songs were on there, though. You can listen to those via the links above. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cappuccino in Bed and Other Important Things

The best thing about marrying a barista is cappuccino in bed. Delicious. My husband is the coolest!

I am now 29 weeks along.

I'm doing ok. Lots of hip soreness, the sciatica is back, and yesterday I had some major swollen feet action going on, but I blame that on the fire drill at work... 2 pm in 114F heat. Other than those uncomfortable things, I can't complain too much.

I've got some fun things to share, so I plan to do some blogging tonight. Yay! Sage tagged me in her music & movies post, so I've been thinking about my lists and will post those soon. I also want to share one of the hikes we did in western North Carolina. Then, there's a nursery update to do!

Last night we saw The Dark Knight Rises. Loved it. Today we are heading to Memphis to pick up our patio tables at Jack Wills. I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Making Things for My Baby Girl

Lately I have gotten really excited about having a baby girl! I have a million things I want to make for her, and I’ve shorted my list to two really wonderful projects. I’ve started both of them.

The first project is a mobile. I first got my inspiration from an Etsy shop called Gifts Define. I think I found them on Lay Baby Lay or maybe Pinterest. I really loved the idea of a mobile made from felt, but of course I thought, “I could make that.” Felt is so fun to work with, and I really enjoy the design and embroidery process. At first I thought I would design my own animals, but then I found these awesome felt woodland animal patterns on Aimee Ray’s Etsy store Little Dear. I just had to have them! 

I am so in love with the little fox that I could just cry. Haha, pregnancy hormones. The cool thing is, I was reviewing some embroidery stitches last night in one of my favorite “how-to” books, Doodle Stitching, and I noticed the book was written by Aimee Ray. Kinda cool! 

So far I have made two animals – the baby owl and the snail. 

I’m not super happy with how they have turned out. I’m frustrated with the size of the pattern (I need to get to a copier and increase the size of each one) and with the tracing/transfer process of the patterns onto the felt. I've tried using fabric pencils… they don’t really work. Sharpies work but are messy. Has anyone ever used one of those “disappearing ink” markers on felt before? Or maybe I can pin the pattern to the felt and cut around it?

The second project is an embroidery sampler that I bought years ago from Alicia Paulson over at Posie Gets Cozy, one of my very favorite blogs. I’ve actually bought three felt Christmas ornament kits from her over the years, too, and I've never started any of them. Ha. But finally, I started one of her projects on Saturday night… the Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler. And now you can drool over how simply gorgeous this thing is. Photo is from Alicia.

I’m four letters into it – N, O, S, and T. I didn’t start with A because the fly stitch looked intimidating, and I didn’t want to screw up the first letter. N looked like a nice place to start, all backstitch and French knot, then O was easy (just a satin stitch). S has been my favorite so far. T was a bitch. I think I might do an entire post about T because it was that bad. Stupid long and short stitch, ew.

So that’s my baby update. If you want to see baby girl’s Pinterest board with all my decorating ideas, you can visit it here