December 21, 2010

Christmas House

I can never seem to decorate our house all in one weekend. This year I wanted to find some more things for our mantle so after a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea, a few ebay purchases, and one night of felt & hot glue it feels finished. As Forest said, it's like a little Winter Wonderland up there.

 I wasn't sure about hanging my vintage glass ornaments this year, but I was feeling all the bright colors and so far B has been respectful. I think having his own little tree helped - he can touch those ornaments all he wants :)

The felt wreath is one I saw on The Littlest Blog (via You Are My Fave). It was really easy to make - per You Are My Fave, I just free cut piles of leaf shapes and hot glued them onto a styrofoam wreath. I made the flower out of felt from a Martha Stewart Weddings fabric flower pattern.

Also have to talk about my new obsession, Sputnik starburst ornaments from the 1950's. I found three silver ones at the Rose Bowl, then bought a lot of 40 on ebay for the same price as the three (oh well). Next year I want to hang them in our windows. I love how our Christmas decorations change every year and build on what I collect.

Even though I always think life will slow down after wedding season, it never really does. Finding time to blog is more and more challenging, but this has rainy indoors week has been just what I needed.  Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year from our house to yours - xoxo

December 10, 2010

Happy Weekend

 From a recent family shoot - paper parasols & sunshine. Being a girl is so fun, I think. 

December 6, 2010


It was lovely, I miss it already. We went for my good friend Michi's wedding, whom I met on Maui in 1997. We kind of bonded over photography way back then, so it was such a joy to take her wedding photos. This was our first time on Oahu & while it definitely has a different vibe than Maui (my favorite) We had a great time and made some new friends. Here is a short list of places we stayed/ate/lounged:

1. Aqua Bamboo Hotel, Waikiki - a modest, nicely decorated, super affordable hotel with kitchenette rooms if you want to stay in Waikiki. A block from the beach with a pretty pool surrounded by teak furniture and a few cabanas and beach toys & chairs for guests to use while they stay (it's the little details I appreciated at this place).
2. Cafe Kaila - Hawaiian sweet bread french toast & the veggie scramble
3. Diamond Head Grill - Blueberry & cream cheese scones and just about every other baked item. They had a bakery cart full of cookies & other goodies I was tempted to try.
4. Lanikai Beach - On the East side of the island, pretty and quiet. We picnicked for dinner there one night & saw the most gorgeous moon rising.
5. Kau Aina Burger - North Shore & Waikiki. The avocado burger comes with an entire avocado and I was obsessed with their salads. Yum.
6. Aoki's Shave Ice - North shore...who doesn't love shave ice? Ice cream at the bottom is a must.
7. The Growing Keiki - this children's boutique has been open on the North Shore for 24 years. The girls who work there are super happy & helpful. Baker did not want to leave the store and was begging for a pink Ukelele. Yep.
8. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel - called the "Pink Palace of the Pacific". And it is pink, and very pretty.  This is one of the oldest hotels in Waikiki, built in 1927. Forest and I kept talking about how serene & gorgeous the bay must have been back then before developers invaded. Nice to imagine...


Twenty-Seven Weeks

December 1, 2010

Ilustrations by Brian Wildsmith

Wonderfully bright, colorful, detailed illustrations by Brian Wildsmith. We have one of his books, but will definitely be buying more.