Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary! - 10/30/11

Happy Anniversary to Luke and I!

Books, books, books!

I ordered this book because my friend Libbi and I are doing a book club and this is our first book we are reading together. Well, technically we are not reading it together since I am a slacker and she is almost done with it :(

Luke and I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" which was a real eye opener on the type of food we are putting into our bodies. Within fifteen minutes of watching the movie I had ordered the two juicing books pictured above. Yesterday we purchased the Jack Lalanne juicer at Costco. It's about to get real guys, we're going to start juicing. Does anyone else juice?

And to counteract the juicing I'm going to make desserts from this book, ha! I pre-ordered it months ago and it came in on Saturday. There are a few recipes that seem somewhat healthier than the "original" versions. I will post some photos after I make something.

I seriously think about this book everyday and can't wait for it to be released. Good news, it's getting released a few weeks earlier than originally stated. Cool! Amazon told me that I could have it by Friday at the earliest! This has to be my most wanted book of 2011.

I got this book at Costco yesterday.

Hmmm, maybe I will settle down on the book buying for a bit. I am pretty well stocked up, for now at least.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SLO Quilters

I recently did some graphic design work for the SLO Quilters opportunity quilt. These tickets are for a quilt that will be raffled off in April 2012. The quilt is beautiful, made of cotton batiks, has a beachy feel to it, and will fit a king size bed. It's huge! Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Let me know if you would like to buy some!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I need your opinion

I am torn. This is the fabric I picked up from my trip to Mood for the cape I want to make. The left side of the photo is the fabric's "good" side and to the right is the back of the fabric. Sorry for the dark picture.

What I am torn on is whether I should do a lining for the cape. Normally, I would want to, but the back side of this fabric is actually really pretty and I wouldn't mind if it was showing. If I were to line the cape I would use a pale pink fabric for the inside. Or should I just use a baby pink bias tape on the edges and forget the lining? Decisions, decisions. What do you think?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Vintage Photo Friday - Frank Sinatra

A special Vintage Photo Friday request from my husband, Luke.

I got the image from here. There are a bunch of cool photos of Frank Sinatra looking stylin.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I think this photo was taken on her birthday in 1981.


One of the perks of owning my own business is that between customers coming in I can cut out patterns and tape them together and not get in trouble! It's great being able to do what I want instead of trying to find something to do when it's slow. Today I brought in a project and did a little hand sewing for a gift I am working on. Hopefully, I will have something to show you tomorrow.

I love it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

I downloaded the new Tony Bennett duets cd and I love it! My favorite song is the one with him and Lady Gaga. Wow, I didn't realize how talented she is. I am impressed!

Mom, he also does a song with John Mayer that I think you would like.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Curtis and Jessi's wedding aka "The Wedding of the Century"

The reason I am calling it "The Wedding of the Century" is because I accidentally told Curtis that his wedding was going to be "The Wedding of the Year," but he quickly informed me that it was going to be "The Wedding of the Century." Oops, my bad. Anyways, Curtis and Jessi got married at the Fremont Theater this past Saturday. They had posters made up and put on display out front.

They got married on stage. Instead of playing a movie they had an image at the top of the screen to look like a silent movie.

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell!! I took this photo at the reception site, The Monday Club. Immediately after the ceremony certain friends and family, like Luke and I (!), were invited to have lunch catered by Alphy's, one of my favorite lunch spots. Everyone else showed up for the reception at 3:00.

One thing that Chris and Luke liked was the candy bar. Each guest got a bag to fill with candy.

I met this girl Nicole at the reception and I just love her, she is great! Luke is good friends with her boyfriend and she invited Luke and I to go stay with them in Oakland.

Luke and our good friend Brandon.

Curtis wanted to make sure I got a photo of him with that bone in his pocket.

Jessie, Julia, and myself. As you can see the guests were asked to wear black, white, and gray. The ones that didn't stood out like a sore thumb!

I wish Curtis and Jessi all the best! They are an amazing couple and so perfect together. Everyone says that they are perfect together and it's so true!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sewing and Soprano Sunday

I feel like all of my posts have been about me and my friends hanging out. I can't say that today will be the last of it, but after tomorrow I will try and settle down.

Sorry, but this is the only picture that I have of the black pencil skirt I made. You see, I had the bright idea that I needed to wear a new skirt for a wedding on Saturday. Unfortunately, I had this idea on Thursday night, eep!  It's funny though, I have been procrastinating on this since last DECEMBER when I bought the fabric and it was so quick and easy to make. This skirt pattern was the first piece of clothing I made when I started sewing and it took me sooo long to do and it only took me a few hours the other night. Clearly, my sewing skills have improved too, as the craftsmanship is much better than past attempts.

Cross that off my list
Black pencil skirt.

Over the past several months Luke and I have been watching The Sopranos on Netflix. Last night we watched the final episode and it was so sad! I always feel bummed when we finish tv series. What should we watch next, any recommendations?

In honor of our Soprano Sunday I made carbonara (I picked out the meat of course), drank wine, and ate canolis. Tony Soprano, we miss you already!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A new outlook for now and Coconut-Lemon Meltaways

Yesterday I posted a very hateful post because of the heat, so today I will try and be a little more positive.

Last night it was very hot, so the last thing I wanted to do was cook or turn on the oven, but I have a sweet tooth and really wanted a dessert. My favorite food blog, Addicted to Veggies, posted a recipe for Coconut-Lemon Meltaways and I have been dying to try them. The best part is that there is no oven required, hurray! After making them I just popped them into the fridge for an hour and they were ready.

Yum! It was so easy to make and luckily I had all the ingredients at home because many of the same ingredients were used for the Lime in the Coconut Cream Pies I made a while back. Thanks for the recipe, Sarahfae! Luke loved them too!

Speaking of Luke, he got tattooed the other day. His good friend Chris started the tattoo over seven years ago and it has yet to be finished. Tuesday night they made a little progress.

Chris lives in Dallas, so we don't get to see him very often. We want Chris to move home!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wishful Wednesday - I hate this weather

NO NO NO!!! I hate this weather!!! It is supposed to be close to 100 degrees today and tomorrow. It never gets that hot here and it's October.

Dave Hovde at KSBY put this up and I do not like it one bit! I just want to stay cool, not sweat in an old building without AC.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mood, I think I love you!

The highlight of our weekend trip was going to Mood. I fell in love with the store, the fabric, and the little dog that ran around.

 SUCH a touristy thing to do, but I HAD to have Luke take my picture.

So many fabrics to choose from! The fabric is stacked so high, but luckily Luke is tall and can grab things for me :)

I got this button. It's one of those things that is so disgusting that it's kind of cute.

This fabric is for a dress I want to make. I had planned to use it for a pattern I had in mind, but I think I might save it for a Hawaiian inspired dress. The fabric is cotton and a little sheer. It looks funny in the photo because it is not laying flat.

This is the first piece of really nice fabric I have purchased. At $35 a yard I could only afford to buy a yard and a quarter. Oh, but I have plans for this fabric!!! I am going to bring it to my quilting class so the instructor can supervise while I am cutting, I'm not taking any chances!

I HAD to buy this shirt that says, "Thank you Mood." I didn't have anyone to take a photo for me yesterday, so I had to take one of those awkward bathroom mirror photos.

The owner/manager(?) of the store gave me this bag! Awesome! "Thank you Mood."

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Adventures

You guys, I had the best weekend ever! Luke and I left town on Friday night and went to my sister's house in Hollywood and stayed the night. We woke up early on Saturday and went to a convention for work to look at a new machine we want to buy.

Ok, the boring stuff is over. Everything else was fun! We ate lunch at ESPN Zone aka heaven for Luke, went to a store I have been dying to go to for years (a separate post to come), and went to the Beverly Center.

I got to eat Pinkberry, my favorite yogurt. My sister always laughs at me because I get so excited to get yogurt when I am in LA. The one above is peanut butter yogurt topped with bread crumbs and jelly, a PB&J.

Luke loves Ben Sherman. He's so stylish.

Me and my sister getting ready for dinner. We ate at Firefly, a dining establishment with lights so dim you can barely see, snotty customers, and small portion sized food. Quality over quantity I guess, but the food was very good. Oh, and we were NOT grouped in with the snotty customers, thank you very much.

All weekend my sister's cat Udon was begging for belly rubs.

On Sunday morning my sister had to work, but her boyfriend Collin was free! The three of us went to Aroma Cafe  and it was delicious! The photo above is of Collin and Luke. Let me say here that I LOVE Collin and really hope that my sister and him get married. I think they are so perfect together. Luke and Collin are perfect together too hahaha. They like the same things, I swear they are almost twins and they get along so well together. I want him to be my brother in law!!!!!!!

Luke and I at Aroma Cafe.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A much needed new purse.

I'm the kind of person that never changes purses. I will use the same purse for months straight, if not a year straight! I made this purse back in March and have used it every day since. As you can image, it was getting pretty worn.

Since Luke and I are going on a weekend adventure I decided last minute that I needed a new purse. Last night I cursed at my machine for a few hours and wound up with a finished product that I could use. Hurray!

This is the same pattern I used back in March, but with a shorter strap, bigger pockets, and a new embellishment for the front.

I use one pocket for keys (see above) and the other pocket for my iPhone. I like knowing exactly where these things are, so the pockets keep me very organized. I mentioned it a few posts back, but I LOVE mixing stripes and flowers! :) Now I get to cross this project off my to do list!

Make a new purse. My old one is falling apart.