fun finds


A friend asked me to design labels for her new line of Jam. There was no way I could say No to such a fun project. She want’s something “Sexy” that uses Black. So my first stop was to the blog, The Dieline. It’s full of amazing packaging design from all over the world. Here are just a few samples I found to inspire me. I’ll share the final labels when they’re done, in just a few weeks. Eecks!


Hopscotch Numbers

I’ve been meaning to make a Hopscotch Mat for Daughter for a few weeks. I had the felt and even set it out on the floor to see what she thought. She loved the colorful squares and spent at least 20 minutes moving them around and stacking them. Rather than sewing them on to a larger sheet of fabric, Husband suggested I leave them as individual squares and just sew the numbers onto them. Perfect!

I printed out large numbers on 8.5×11 sheets, traced them onto white felt and then sewed them on. With Daughter on my lap. (She called the pins “little balls” and wanted to touch them. Um, no.)

Since they’ve been completed, she’s been organizing and stacking and crumpling and throwing. It’s also an excuse for us to test her on her numbers and colors. We haven’t played an actual game of hopscotch yet, but there’s time. Someday.


Friday5: Favorite Foods

Getting back to the basics….

List five foods that make you happy. Really happy.

1. Spicy Tuna Rolls
2. Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
3. Baked Truffled Mac & Cheese
4. Lobster tails with Spiced Butter
5.  Chocolate Pecan Pie

And not necessarily in that order…

What about you?

(I’m bringing Daughter sledding today, what are you doing?)


Happy Half Birthday To Me, I Think?

(the cake photo is borrowed from Cafe Latte, yum)

Today is my half-birthday, which I wouldn’t notice normally, but I’m still working my way through my 39 at 39 list and I think I have a ways to go. Let’s see:

1. Do a Triathlon – DONE, on August 17
2. Run a 10K – DONE, October 1
3. Make homemade bread
4. Take a nap
5. Enjoy a glass of wine with a close friend on a beautiful day
6. Read Anna Karenina
7. Do a charity walk for a cause close to my heart
8. Make sushi
9. Make homemade Veggie Burgers – GP’s Veggie Black Bean Burgers – DONE
10. Take the dog for a long walk – DONE
11. Go for a hike- Carpenter Nature Center – DONE

12. Laugh – DONE
13. Go snowshoeing – sort of?
14. Finish an unfinished project – finished mom’s 3rd pillow – DONE
15. Open my eyes
16. Conquer my fear of piecrust
17. Cook an indian meal
18. Take a nap
19. Make homemade jam
20. Spend an afternoon playing with Daughter – can it be a morning? October 18, art projects – DONE
21. Make a recipe out of the French Laundry Cookbook
22. Take another nap
23. Climb a tree
24. Design my own fabric
25. Love
26. Plan a day trip just to eat – sept 22 -DONE
27. Spend more time reading – DONE, xmas break into the new year
28. Go kayaking
29. Relax
30. Run a 5K with Daughter (jogging stroller, obviously) – MN Zoo 5k – DONE
31. Paint a picture with no restraints
32. Make fried green tomatoes – did it, august 2011 – DONE
33. Do another triathlon
34. Volunteer
35. Take a road trip – September 22, does this count? – DONE
36. Bake cookies from scratch – DONE (xmas)
37. Buy handmade – DONE, a scarf, for me. 
38. Smile more
39. Have fun
16 Done, 23 to go. I have a lot to do! I’ll get back to the William Morris project next week. Another list!

A New Read

I love Blogs. I’m addicted. I admit it. So obviously I love finding new blogs, especially those with amazing photos or beautiful words or, even better, both. I keep track of them in Google Reader and about once a month I weed through them and figure out what I can do without and what I can’t. Here’s one I can’t.

dash and bella is written by an amazing woman, phyllis, who is an amazing chef and mother. And don’t forget writer. Her recipes are scrumptious, her photos beautiful and her words open something in my heart that few writers have before.

Like Chez Larsson, I’ll be visiting this site daily, sometimes twice.


A Quick Dinner Idea

I feel like I’m constantly catching up. We’ve been sick… ear infections, pink eye, asthma issues and more pink eye. Now that I think we’re all on the mend, with antibiotics, eye drops, predisone, and more eye drops, I am catching up. Last week I tried twice in one day to get to the grocery store. Both attempts  were abruptly ended when Daughter couldn’t hold on to her meal. So…. that lead to piecing together meals and ordering pizza.

But by the weekend, when I felt better, I put this meal together in my head while I was at work. I had pulled a package of green chili chicken sausage out of the freezer on a whim. I knew I had a couple green pepper and an onion. And of course there was rice. So that was dinner! Sauteed sausage with onions and peppers, sprinkled with a dash of “Magic Salt” and dinner was served.

Easy Peasy. More on that amazing Magic Salt soon…


Friday Five: Magazines

Five magazines I read every month:

1. Cooking Light

2. Yoga Journal

3. Real Simple

4. Print

5. Poets & Writers

What about you? Which magazines do you read every month? Tell me!

And have you noticed that all the magazines come on the same day of the month? I think they should spread them out….

We have a full weekend. Swim lessons, hockey, girls night to watch “The Help”, a massage and pizza with the cousins for Grandma’s Birthday. Between all that I’ll be a reading magazines.

What are you doing?


William Morris: Food Storage

 “I will have nothing in my home that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris

My first William Morris Thursday.… I took advantage of 20 minutes of Toddler distraction and cleaned out our two main food storage cupboards. Really, there’s not much space. Most of my baking goods are in the pantry, but the every day ingredients are in one of these two cupboards.

Above the stove, Before and After. This is where we keep the tea and all sorts of snacks for the Toddler. On the far left there is the homemade granola from Jen. Yum!

The main cupboard, Before and After. What a mess, it’s a little bit better. On the bottom shelf I have crackers, more snacks, granola bars, and can storage, mostly filled with black beans and coconut milk. Middle shelf is home to pasta, sauces and unopened bottles on the lazy susan. Top shelf includes nuts, cocoa, oatmeal and random grains that aren’t used very often.

It’s a little neater. I purged quite a bit, including consolidating oatmeal, tossing expired goods and eating a box of Cracker Jacks. It was worth it.