cookie cakes & cocktails

Garden bouquet

Last week we enjoyed a cookie cake for a friend’s birthday, a Man Men cocktail night with friends, and we found some nice things at an estate sale on Saturday (including a painting and this small, clear glass pitcher I’ve used as a vase for our garden herbs and hydrangeas in the photo above). And it’s been nice to get some rain too – which our garden and yard are always happy for. We even installed a new storm door and made a couple trips to IKEA for some extra workspace setup in our basement. Melody seems to approve of our new purchases – I think she’ll especially enjoy the storm door as now she’ll have a clear view of the backyard and she can keep a close eye on the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds that may drop by; although she is a bit skeptical of the painting which is currently sitting on the floor against the wall waiting to be hung…

Pretty sky

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Mad Men cocktail party

by Valerie | 08.18.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

weekend haps

Dexter daze

We had one of those perfect weekends last weekend - the kind where your plan is to not have any plans – and after Ryan had been out of town for about a week and half it was nice to spend some downtime with just the two of us. We went where the day took us and it was such a beautiful day too. Neighborhood walks with Melody, I had fried French toast with blueberry spoon fruit and real maple syrup for brunch one day…yum…, a trip to Dexter and a stroll on the boardwalk there, etc. It felt like summer – warm, with a cool breeze at times, and did you see that super moon last night? Wow!

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Patio umbrella

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by Valerie | 08.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

polychrome powwow

3 a day - R+V

I really enjoy watching the way the light changes in our house throughout the day; the photo above was taken in the late afternoon and I couldn’t help but notice how spectacular the light was in this spot at that moment. While Ryan is away (this place is beautiful!), we’ve agreed to send each other three photos a day just for fun. Here’s my three from Thursday…

3 a day - R+V

3 a day - R+V

by Valerie | 07.27.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Photography | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Roses & estate sale tea tin

Our weekend was filled with beautiful weather, which made for very enjoyable walks with Melody, Art Fair here in town (we bought a gift for a friend here, and I thought these ceramics were fun), and I rather enjoyed making good use of this estate-sale-find tea tin by filling it with these lovely roses. And Sava’s is serving a new cocktail called “The Sky is On Fire” – not only was it beautiful to look at, it smelled amazing and was delicious to taste too (macallan scotch, cocchi americano, champagne, angostura bitters, cayenne oil, basil). Did I mention how much I love basil?!? I’m convinced these trees in our neighborhood (Royal Purple Smoke Bush) must’ve inspired Dr. Seuss at some point – they’re fluffy looking and pink/purple…I think they’re pretty great.

"The Sky is On Fire" - Sava's

Busy bee

Summer trees

by Valerie | 07.20.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Mini golf

We’ve had quite the fun-filled weekend! Stumbled upon the car show in downtown Ann Arbor by accident really as we were there for the Open Book launch party at Literati for Ryan & Leslie. Mini golf. Got some new plants and found a use for my grandparents old plant hanger – it’s nice to have something that was theirs in our home. And we found some fun stuff at an estate sale in town on Saturday, including this sweet little Danish demitasse cup and saucer pictured below, vintage Coors porcelain labware, some beautiful wool fabric, and Pflatzgraff TWA bread plates. Now we’re heading to the pub to watch the final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina. Last, but certainly not least, enjoying some sundaes on Sunday.

Demitasse

Grandparents' plant hanger

Sundaes on Sunday

by Valerie | 07.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Work | No Comments »

on flowers

Lilacs

I cut some lilacs from our backyard today; we’ve got two varieties, this lavender one and a white lilac as well, and they both smell heavenly. I was also treated to some peonies and alstroemeria.

A few quotes on flowers I liked:

  • “I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet
  • “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  • “She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims…” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Alstroemeria

Peonies

Peonies

by Valerie | 05.17.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

spring spruce up

Spring planting

We spent two long days over the weekend doing lots of yard work and it felt great to tackle some of those projects! We’re trying to get grass to grow in on our lawn where it needs it (crossing my fingers it works this time), put down some new mulch and pavers for border, and planted some flowers (I’m so excited to have a peony and some lenten roses to enjoy) which I’m hoping will do well – nice to have some color in the yard for spring.

Lenten Rose

Spring planting

by Valerie | 04.28.14 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

Spring has sprung

Spring buds

Some springy-goodness, for your viewing pleasure… Spring appears to have finally really come to Ann Arbor; the lilacs above are almost ready to bloom in my backyard and I couldn’t be happier!

Spring buds

Spring buds

Spring buds

by Valerie | 04.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

There is no “i” in “ham”…

…unless it’s the band “Haim”, in which case there is – that was my bad joke this morning, which didn’t really make much sense but that I was convinced Ryan didn’t appreciate nearly enough. Also, I think that Haim sounds a bit like Annie Lennox, don’t you?

This week officially marks the beginning of April, Ryan saw some spring bulbs beginning to come up from the ground on his morning walk with Melody, we had a nice sunny day yesterday, and today the high is nearly 60…things are looking up!

by Valerie | 03.31.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

All I can do…

All I can do, when I wake up in the morning and it’s late March and the “feels like” temperature is in the single digits and there’s fresh snow on the ground, is buy myself more flowers and put them all over the house….

by Valerie | 03.26.14 | Around our home | No Comments »