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 »

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

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 »

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 »

I can see clearly now

After enjoying a delicious blueberry pancake breakfast, it was nice enough yesterday that we were able to get outside and start some yard cleanup for spring. We also managed to wash our windows on the outside which made a huge difference; I don’t know why we waited so long to do that, but it’s amazing what a difference just washing your windows can make - so nice to have some warm sunshine and clean windows to see the world through!

And today (besides being National Beer Day, Coffee Cake Day, Caramel Popcorn Day, No Housework Day, and World Health Day) is my Mom’s birthday – Happy birthday, Mom!!!

by Valerie | 04.07.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring forward

Did you remember to set your clocks forward an hour? Another hour of daylight and warmer temperatures ahead…as Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, on 30 Rock would say, “I want to go to there.” One thing I always like to do when the seasons change is switch out our bedding – goodbye red quilt (until next winter), hello white duvet cover with a brand new grass green pillow case – it somehow make it feel more official to me. The white rabbit cookie jar with golden ears and mixed tulips on our kitchen table certainly don’t hurt either. I’m already getting excited about the forsythia and lilacs that will bloom in our yard in the coming months; happy (soon to be) spring!

by Valerie | 03.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Bright & Shiny

On a recent Saturday at home on the couch, as I was flipping channels, I came across Bubble Boy and found myself getting sucked into it; it’s silly and ridiculous and just the sort of mindless comedy I needed at the time. Bright and shiny?

Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, the winter weather continues…the highest predicted temp for us for the next 10 days is 26 and more snow too - just so we’re sure not to forget that winter is not over; I’m done with it, but it’s far from done with me. Which is why these bright, happy yellow spray roses and coral tulips in my kitchen help me to make it through the cold, dreary days!

We did manage to get out and make a trip to IKEA over the weekend and picked up some things to create a workspace in our basement which we were both happy with in the end (the legs gave Ryan a bit of trouble, but he won the battle!) – a large table with telescoping legs, 2 stools, a rolling storage cart, 3 lamps (for lighting over the table), and a few other things (I can’t leave without buying a plant…or 2).

by Valerie | 02.24.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

table triumph

We finally wrapped up our kitchen table project and I feel it was a smashing success. It’s now proudly in its place in our kitchen and we’re already putting it to good use. I had to share photos of our completed project…one gorgeous table, coming right up!

by Valerie | 02.02.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

Lucky 13

13 has always been a lucky number for Ryan and, since our first date and wedding were on the 13th, it is a lucky number for me too! Today, I am lucky enough to have been married to such an amazing man for 13 wonderful years and I look forward to celebrating many more.

We officially began working on our DIY project, anniversary gift, live-edge maple table this past weekend (see previous post here) - we cut it down to size, did lots of sanding, and applied the first coat of clear gel varnish on each side. I’m hopeful that by this weekend we’ll have a finished product to enjoy!

Ryan bought me these beautiful mums and hydrangeas, which I happily found a vase for, and they are brightening up our dining room table; he also made us dinner reservations at Lena tonight, which I’m really looking forward to. Happy bananaversary, baby!

by Valerie | 01.13.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

Winter greens

Brace yourselves for “Winter Storm Ion”. We’ve had a good bit of snow this winter already and it looks like there’ll be much more coming this weekend; luckily, we’ve got a good snow shovel and Ryan doesn’t mind the exercise. Our home feels extra cozy with these great new slippers my parents sent me as a Christmas gift, our toasty fireplace, and these beautiful winter greens I’ve scattered around the house. Our dear friend Jennifer gave us some cuttings from her tree, who she named Freyja, and my parents sent us this lovely Christmas cactus which is in full bloom and is quite the contrast to the blanket of white outside our door.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Around our home | No Comments »