Watercolor Wednesdays :: Icelandic Poppies

August 20, 2014

This is the start of what I hope can be a weekly series titled Watercolor Wednesdays. It would give me incentive to set aside time each week to be creative. Sometimes it can be such a challenge to make creativity a priority when there’s a sink full of dishes, groceries to buy, clothes to wash, trash to take out and a baby needing things all the while. But I’m coming to realize that it is so important to my mental health to be creative, and painting is a great, simple way for me to practice taking that time for myself each week. Continue Reading…

Hanky Head

August 18, 2014

If you have a baby girl, you know how important those silly baby headbands are. While you can find them in nearly every grocery and convenience store, cute, understated and interesting headbands under $20 are nearly impossible to find. One day, I was rifling through my delicates drawer and I stumbled upon a vintage handkerchief. At the time we had NO money, not even enough to buy a cheap little pack of headbands, and Esmé was getting to the age where I wanted to start dressing her up a little more when we would go out. Not only because it’s adorable, but also because it helps avoid the question (or supposition) of whether she’s a boy or girl. As necessity is the mother of invention… Continue Reading…

Crumbly Apple Cake

August 9, 2014

Recently my parent’s brought me a huge bag of apples from the tree in their backyard. They are small and tart…not really the kind that you want to munch on, but they’re perfect for baking with! They hold their shape, and sweeten as they bake, and best of all – they’re local and organic! I wanted to make something a little special with them, and stumbled upon this recipe for an apple crumble cake. It seems a little labor intensive, but really it just bakes in three 20 minute phases, and as these layers bake, they combine to create a really interesting and delicious texture- all at once flaky, creamy and crunchy. It’s absolutely worth the work! I changed it pretty significantly by using alternative flours instead of white flour. It was kind of amazing. Continue Reading…

A Whole New Avocado

August 8, 2014

Things are looking pretty good around here, right?! I finally (after four years!!!) got around to having my site redesigned. There are a few wonderful perks of being married to someone who owns their own design firm. For instance, one day you and your husband are sitting around on the couch and he says ‘hey, let’s just redesign your site right now!’ and then you’re like ‘ok!’ and a few hours later you have a new logo and your blog looks so fresh and so clean, clean! All the thanks goes to Rare Assembly (Micah’s new company that he runs with two other awesome people, Jordan and Alex…I just realized all three of them have unisex names…).

In addition to a new blog design…

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19 :: 52

June 13, 2014

“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014″

Esmé at 19 weeks.

Aaaaaaand she’s sitting up! Well, mostly. She’s still a tad wobbly and falls over sometimes, but she’s getting the hang of it! It’s so amazing watching her grow. I feel equal parts excited and nostalgic. I don’t know that I’m ready for her to be sitting up without me! I don’t know that I’m ready for her to eat real food! But she’s ready, and I promised when she was in my womb that I would allow her to develop in her own time, whether that’s faster or slower than I think it ‘should’ be.