Sunday, June 24, 2007


There is nothing better than pie. It is the one dessert item that announces summer's arrival and makes me happy, happy, happy.
This is rhubarb....

... and this is some lovely pastry made with lots of butter... which is the only way to make a really good pie crust.

In the oven for a little baking....

Ta Da!

There are only two pieces left today. Strawberry-Rhubarb is an excellent combination and disappears quickly. Will have to make more pie soon.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sweater Project

I've finally picked up my needles again and and trying to finish a sweater for Mister e before he outgrows it. Nothing like a growing child to force you to finish a project!

I finally found a great knitting magazine: Knit 1. Vogue Knitting magazine publishes it, and apparently this is where they put all their good patterns.

I improved upon their black and white combination by changing it to brown and green... a little more unexpected.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

More photos

Here are few photos from the farm. Mom's gorgeous peonies...

They really are luscious with their color and curving petals. And they smell amazing. I had four of them in a vase on my desk at the university and it scented the entire second floor hallway of the building.

I spent a lot of time on the hill tops in the evenings taking pictures of the setting sun.

I'm still not sure if I like sunset pictures or not. I think I like the clouds better. But I could get cel phone reception up there and could talk to a friend while I was waiting for the sun to set.

I posted the rest out on Flickr.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Last week...

I have been at the University of Idaho the last week teaching an Illustrator class. You know you have arrived when you get an office with your name on the door..

I am required to keep office hours, so I'm in an available space. It's pretty sparse.

Note the red painted toes... that always makes me happy.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Miss E's Room

I have come to the realization that Miss E's room will not be done soon, nor will it stay clean. So I'm posting pictures of it now. It is on the north side of the house, so the light is not really good.

The carpet is mohair and belonged to the spouse's grandparents.
This is the Hidey Hole. We had an extra full size mattress set and didn't know where to put it. Fortunately the eave closets are really deep. Sometimes Miss E sleeps in here.

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

The princess alcove...

How cool are these lights from Ikea? They have the most clever solutions to things. Look at the green cord that is the stem.

This dresser was built by my Great Great Uncle. We still need to put up a shelf above it for Miss E's assorted things.

And here Mr e enjoying some time with his sister's things. You can see the cradle and crib that have the blanket and quilt in them.

There are still a few things to do... shorten the green drapes and add some eyelet to the bottom. Hang pictures, a corner shelf, and a shadow box for all these little tiny toys that she is starting to aquire. It will get done this summer.

Monday, June 04, 2007

New cabinets

Yay! I finally have some cabinets...

We went to Ikea on Saturday and bought these three beauties. Let me tell you, going to Ikea with a spouse that doesn't really like shopping there and a 4 year old wanting to touch everything and pose as a mannequin was a lot of work. I like to putter along and look at everything and remark "How clever is that!" and "What a great solution to that problem!". Which, needless to say, did not happen this trip. Fortunately this is the last time we have to make the drive to Seattle... and the last time we have to hear 2 hours of Miss E's song stylings. It was funny for the first 20 minutes.

I am now in the process of sorting and folding all my fabric...

which will be a lengthy project, I'm afraid. Once it is done, I will be able to see exactly what I have and hopefully do more sewing.