Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter details.

Fortunately for those of us celebrating Easter in Atlanta, the threat of rain proved to be just that and it was mostly clear skies until later this afternoon. Ryan and I went to church last night together and then this morning with his parents, then celebrated with my family over lunch. I made cookies (naturally) and my mom made a "raspberry fluff icing" cake for my niece modeled after Ruby's cake from a Max and Ruby book, apparently something she has been talking about for weeks now. When she saw it, she said, "Oh! Ruby's cake!" and as evident by this Instagram shot, she reached right for it to steal herself a taste.

I hope everyone had a love-filled Easter, just as it should be. He is risen!

A Very Happy Easter

i thank You God for most this amazing day
by ee cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginably You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Happy Easter!

...and since Lilly was so agreeable for this photoshoot, here are a few outtakes.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Beads

Though the weather lately seems to disagree, spring is finally here! Foolishly and regretfully, I put away my winter clothes amidst the middle of our first (any only) 70+ degree weekend. The untimely decision has left me shivering in unseasonably bright blazers and silk tops, but if someone doesn't boycott sister winter, she might stick around even longer.

While my clothes might contradict the weather, I don't think a springy necklace is ever the wrong answer. I bought some beads a few weeks ago and finally got around to stringing them last weekend. I really like the finished product, even though the backing I fashioned is slightly...suspect. As it turns out, I also like pairing bold colors together any chance I get.

I ended up wearing this on Sunday when I saw my niece who kept grabbing it and saying, "I like your neck-ace" over and over. And she is one harsh critic, let me tell you.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Lilly

When you're into making hair pieces and have a niece that refuses to leave any clip, bow or band in her hair, you tend to begin searching for other outlets to sport your craft. I had been threatening Ryan for a few weeks that I was going to flower-clip his dog, but it wasn't until we had a beautiful, 74 degree spring weekend two weeks ago that I actually followed through.

I borrowed Lilly for the day but before heading to the park, I sewed her a fancy floral for those curly over-sized Cocker Spaniel ears. Not surprisingly, she was the talk of Piedmont Park. That little lady strutted around the dog park, accepting compliments left and right.

Now, I'm not one to stop a good thing, so for Easter I've put together quite a piece for my Ryan's girl - but this one bigger and better. And while I was at it, I made a clip for my niece because a proud aunt can dream, right? If I can manage to get photos of either creature wearing their piece, I'll be sure to capture them immediately.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

the zoo.

For weeks now, my boyfriend and I have been talking about going to the zoo. It's been a good 12 years since I made my last visit, so the day before my birthday - a holiday in its own right and known to most as St. Patrick's Day - the weather finally agreed with us and we found ourselves strolling through Grant Park and in through the gates of Zoo Atlanta.

Now, I'm going to let you in on a little secret that's not-so-secret (since I wasn't aware, I feel inclined to share): you can go to the zoo for free. For free, y'all! Just days before our adventure, I learned of this little trick and was fortunate enough to find an unclaimed family pass at the Ponce de Leon Public Library.

So don't save your pretty pennies, friends. Mosey on along to your public library and get a family pass for free! And while you're there, check out some pretty adorable animals, pet some goats and see if you can possibly be more scared of the dangerously low-flying birds at the bird show than I was.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Snail Mail

There's really nothing better than a little snail mail to brighten your day, so this year as we enter birthday season in my family (no, really: SIX in less than two months), I'm sending out some of my watercolor greeting cards. The first two are for my not-so-little, almost-20-year-old (yes, TWENTY) sister and mom (aka Pooh Bear, hence the honey-themed card). I even fancied up the envelopes with some hand-cut construction paper confetti, tissue paper and messages on the back sides.

P.S. Sorry to big sis Susatron, whose February birthday just missed the cut and did not receive a card in the mail. But you got some sushi and cake, so we'll call it even, yeah?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Absolutely smitten.

Something really marvelous happened in Atlanta last night. It was the kind of thing you hear about and immediately rearrange your schedule so that you, too, can partake in the festivities. Deb. Perelman. Came. To. Atlanta. Yes, Deb as in the brains and brilliance behind Smitten Kitchen. And she spoke! And she signed my cook book! And she suffered at the hands of Atlanta traffic like the rest of us!
Now, if you've been following along at home, I've chronicled several of Deb's recipes here on my blog. No, really. Let's talk about it.

Pink Lady Cake
Peanut Butter Brownies
Peach Creme Fraiche Pie
Tiramisu Cake
Cinnamon Toast French Toast name a few. And let's just say I only post maybe a tenth of her recipes I actually make (that's about 50 recipes, minimum, according to math). I think over the years, I've tried maybe five different Smitten cheesecakes along with dishes like tarragon chicken salad, brisket, chicken milanese, rotisserie chicken, pulled bbq, crispy black bean tacos with feta slaw, homemade pizza, pulled chicken tacos, etc. etc. etc.

Bottom line: she's my favorite. And her book signing was not a disappointment in the least. As the first two to arrive (I'm not kidding), my dear friend Morgan and I began talking to people as they showed up. The two hours we waited (see? that's not so crazy) were spent discussing favorite recipes with other Smitten loyalists who have, like myself, tried countless different dishes over the last 5+ years.

It was so much fun being with a community of people who share common interests, and to top it all off I ran into my friend Galen! So thank you, Deb, for treating your people of Atlanta to a lovely evening!