Archive for January, 2012

a sweater for my coffee.

this project goes by several names:

coffee coat

java jacket

coffee sleeves

a latte lab coat…i just made that one up.

(i know there are more but that is all i can think of)

i would like to call mine……

“a sweater for my coffee”

it doesn’t have as good of a ring to it, but all the good ones were taken.

i don’t always remember to use the sweater when i get coffee, but when i do… are taken.

here are some pictures of avery putting it to the test:


cool knobs are the answer to everything.

when asked what to do with a piece of furniture made of wood.

My answer is always paint it, then sand it so it looks old and then…..

…….get really cool knobs.

it works every time.

if you don’t believe me try it.

it does not work on humans, so don’t go to your friend or spouse or parent and start painting them and put a cool knob on them…they won’t turn awesome.

they will probably turn mad.

at any rate, when avery and i were looking to buy our house my one problem with it was the vanity in the bathroom.

it is ugly. there is no other way to describe it.

so what do you think i did?


i got the coolest knobs this side of the mississippi.

case and point that cool knobs are the answer to everything.

see for yourself……..

dinner MATS from BETS.

i love receiving gifts that are handmade from my friends.

and this christmas i got one…..and i got to watch while one of them was being made.

meet betsie.

she made these wonderful dinner mats out of old t shirts.

she says it is easy, but i was watching her and i don’t think so.

i am glad they are mine though.

i can’t really tell you how she made them.

all i can tell you is that she crafty and i love her.

progressive dinner #4…the alberta arctic

it was a cold one, but we walked 18 blocks and had an umbrella this time just in case.

alberta is one of those streets where we could do several progressive dinners at.

i even had the thought of doing a progressive breakfast there…i know it is crazy, but so crazy that it would be great.

we based this progressive dinner on an almost expired gift certificate.

it actually expired that day, so we started there.


this place has good drinks and an awesome barbecue sandwich and french fries.

one of these progressive dinners avery and i will actually get an appetizer for our first stop.

we just can’t help ourselves sometimes.


we walked 2 blocks to our next destination.

the atmosphere was the complete opposite of branch. the lighting was so good i had avery take a picture of a new necklace i made that day for my new 2012 collection called “year of the sticks” ( so stay tuned for that)

here we ordered a refreshing greek salad, chicken kabob, and spankopitas ( pretty sure it is the first time i have ever said that word and i am actually not sure if that is even how you spell it)

now for the grand finale…….


i don’t think i have ever had a crush on an establishment before.

i mean i have thought a place is cute, or maybe would want to have a friendship with a place, but never a


avery would even agree.

from the moment you walk into this place it sweeps you off your feet.

i will start with the structure of the place…… exposed beams(that one is for avery)

it looked like an antique shop. i wanted to buy about 10 of their display items.

the bathroom, say what? yes, it had the old school powder soap dispenser, and the walls were covered in postcards sent from a women named miss ada.

and the workers there were the nicest people ever.

they were very affirming with our ice cream combo choices.

one of the workers even said he was going to try averys’ ice cream combo after work…i have always told avery he is really good at making up ice cream combos.

i maybe sort of want to work there.

now to the ice cream…

they actually have an ice cream chef…i decided i would be a horrible ice cream chef because everything would have chocolate in it, and i would not be adventurous at all…..not the case with this guy. there were flavors like pear and blue cheese, and some bacon infused ice cream, and avery got a ninkasi beer ice cream…weird…but good.

i can’t wait for our next visitor because this is where we will be taking them.

4 boys and 4 pieces of paper.

…so i have an obsession with paper i guess.

so much that i decided to make my nephews t-shirts that looked like a piece of paper for christmas.

i saw a tutorial on a blog that i frequent called “say yes to hoboken”.

she does a better job of explaining the craft, so go to her website if you actually want to do this.

they actually turned out better than i thought.

i only say that because i am not a perfectionist and it involved taping a bunch of straight lines that you would paint….i mean you know how paper is…they have a bunch of straight lines.

you don’t buy paper with crooked and wonky lines…if you did i would suggest getting yourself back to staples and returning the paper.

hopefully the shirts go better then last years craft to my nephews.

last christmas i made them all beanies, and for some reason they thought the actual gift was the string that was wrapping the gift.

they wore them as a necklaces the rest of the night……..not the beanies….the string.

oh kids.

this year i will not make the same mistake, their gifts will only be wrapped with paper so they will have no mistake on what the actual gift is.

i decided to put my oldest nephews one on to see what it looks like on a human…it is a little snug on me, but on him it will fit great.

merry christmas nephews.


something totally unexpected happened at christmas…all my nephews put on there shirts right away. maybe my sisters told them to, but still.

and we got some great pictures to prove it.

it made my christmas, especially because the pickiest shirt boy colton told me later that night that he loved his shirt.