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Archive for June, 2011

June 28, 2011

A Saturday evening baby shower

Basically every party I throw is exactly the same, but I don’t really get tired of it. Because I do love the rustic, don’t I? We hosted Melanie & Sky’s baby shower on Saturday in the backyard.

It was fun and festive and actually, now that I’m thinking about it, not very “baby” at all. But I think everyone had a good time and there were all sorts of kidlets running beneath the adults’ feet, which made it great fun for Dashiell, especially.

Also, I didn’t take many photos because I forgot to charge my battery pre-party. Of course.

I realized I didn’t manage to post their invites yet! They were pretty cute. Perhaps I will shoot some photos of the few I have left if you’d like to see. Also, do you love our new turquoise wall? I do. Twas inspired by Mel and Sky’s nursery.

The one actual shower-type activity at the party involved sporting your guess for the baby’s gender on your person. I made a tons of little pink and blue poofs and glue-gunned safety pins to the backs so people could wear them on their shirts.

It was a Mexican theme, mostly because I wanted an excuse to order papel picado banners from AyMujer! on etsy. I love them, especially in kraft tissue. And also Tamara’s makes amazing tamales, which meant I didn’t have to cook.

The parents of honor. You can see that their house is divided in terms of the guess for who will be joining the family.

More peonies. I am addicted, I think.

A few of our littlest guests. Parties with kids are so fun!

Melanie posted a bunch of photos on her blog too, if you’d like to see more. Celebrating babies is the best.

June 24, 2011

Eat Real Festival LA

Have you guys heard of Eat Real Festival? I remember an email for the first one in Oakland a few years ago (following in the footsteps of the wildly delicious Slow Food Nation the year before), but kept deleting the emails each time they came because I figured we wouldn’t be able to go. Until my neighbor David, forwarded the press release for this year’s festival in LA. In Culver City, no less! Which means we are actually going to go! (since it’s only two zip codes away).

eat real festival los angeles 2011

Pickling, jam-making, chicken-keeping, small batch beer, street food… you know, all the borderline cliché stuff that I love. I srsly can’t wait. The only downside is this coincides perfectly with the 405 closure weekend. Which, for those of you who live in LA know, is going to be like a small armageddon for traffic patterns around the city.

Check it out: Eat Real Fest at the Helms Bakery, July 16-17th. Maybe I’ll run into some of you there!

June 23, 2011

Backyard beekeeping + a time of new queens

Last weekend we were down in San Diego for Father’s Day, and it so happened that our few days at my parents’ house coincided with seriously activity in my mom’s bee hive. Her trusty colony made 4 new queens and 4 new swarms/hives around the backyard, which meant that the bee crew was called in to get the population under control. And luckily I was at home, attempting to get some work done on Friday when they showed up. Which meant little work, but lots of watching and photographing.

The main bonus hive was growing in the canopy over the deck and just above my mom’s finch feeder. Pretty amazing, right?

backyard beekeeping swarm

backyard beekeeping

I love the old smoker. Also, do you notice that the guys don’t even wear bee suits or gloves? The bees are mellow. I was standing in the middle of the swarm with my camera and they didn’t even notice me.

backyard beekeeping

Once they deposit the swarm into a box, they search through the colony for the queen. Which they then but in this little plastic vial to transport her… and I assume use to create a new colony later.

backyard beekeeping

backyard beekeeping queen

In just one week, these bees had already made 4 honeycombs + a bunch of honey. Isn’t that wild? They are amazing.

backyard beekeeping honeycombs

backyard beekeeping fresh honey

So I obviously need my own hive to complete my urban farm. But maybe that will be a project for next year. We’d need an anti-Dashiell fence around it for sure.

June 22, 2011

A veggie burger recipe

Hi. I’m sucking at posting right now. What’s new! Life is just busy at the moment, what can I say? BUT, I’m guest posting on the lovely Jora’s blog this morning (while she and the beautiful family are galavanting around Europe) with my take on her favorite veggie burger recipe.

It’s good, if I do say so myself. Had three of them (only one in full burger and bun form, thankfully) last night. Hop over and see what you think!

More soon, promise.

June 16, 2011

Plastic Foliage vintage kids tees

Super cute kids tees made from vintage and second hand fabric from Plastic Foliage. And they have the sweetest pinafores and dresses for the little girlies!

via the gorgeous photog Abby Try Again.

June 15, 2011

Gettin’ real


Oh, hello, window into my life! (And my Whole Foods.) I watched this three times yesterday because it is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a good while. I figured some of you would find it more than mildly amusing.

From Amanda, via Brock (a different, non-husband Brock).

June 14, 2011

Bountiful cake plates in the Pop-Up Shop!

I promise I won’t post every single sale we have over here too, but this one is too good. For any of you who have popped into Bountiful on Abbot Kinney, you’re probably familiar with the gorgeous, candy-colored cake plates stacked to the ceiling. We have them on sale, in the Pop-Up Shop, for just a few days this week.

And the matching domes are pretty gorgeous too. At least go take a look… looking never hurt.

June 13, 2011

Perfect summer nail polish: Clambake

I may have stumbled on the most perfect summer polish color, ever.

This weekend I had my nails done at a friend’s second baby shower. It’s that perfect for a second baby? Lunch and mani/pedis. Just something simple to celebrate the mama before things get crazy for her.

And first time since January I’ve had my toes properly painted. Why don’t I do this more?!? Just the foot massage is totally worth it.

Say hello to Essie Clambake. The most delicious creamy red-orange summer toe polish, with an even more delightful name. Makes me feel like I’m spending the summer wearing boat-neck striped tees and bikini bottoms and big straw hats on a ritzy east coast beach. (Which I am not.) (But still.)

June 9, 2011

Coral peonies

Which I admittedly posted last year at this exact same time. But no one ever says, “Oh, coral peonies? Those are SO last year.”

They are extremely gorgeous every time, and no matter how many times, I see them. So showy, I’d almost classify them as obscene, don’t you think? The painted hussies of the flower world.

And very cheap at Trader Joe’s at the moment. 6 stems for… well, actually I’m not sure how much. But not very, if I recall. I advise picking up a bunch or three post-haste.

June 8, 2011

The 100 Layer Cake Pop-Up Shop is here!

One of the many reasons my posting has been sporadic as of late…

100 Layer Cake Pop Up Shop

We’re been working our butts off to get the next part of our site off the ground. And this morning the Pop-Up Shop launched. How do you spell RELIEF?!! That was like giving birth all over again.

We’ll be doing one sale a week featuring different wedding, event, and craft-friendly retailers. Our summer calendar is already almost full and we are so excited to have this baby out there! And we have lots more in store for the coming months.

Hope to see some of you over there! I promise we’ll have plenty of pretty things that are perfect for non-brides and former brides too.