my favorite place...on the farm...honeysuckle in the air...the summer sun starting to set...serenity

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

just because...

I love Carl Larsson's artwork. This one is called "Lisbeth's New Hat".

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Holidays!

The day after Christmas we had Challah french toast as inspired by the picture on Chelsea's Frolic blog. We also went shopping and it took us 2 1/2 hours to get to the mall because everyone else had the same idea, although Orlando is usually pretty busy.

On Christmas Day we went to a resort at Universal and had the Christmas buffet. I think we stayed there about 2 hours trying to get our money's worth. Santa Claus, Shrek & Fiona, and Shaggy and Scooby Doo were making the rounds at everyone's table. (Even though at our table, we were all "grown-ups", ha ha).

Then we went and saw the Avatar movie in Imax 3-D, which I recommend! I bet that will be 2010's most popular Halloween costume.

Tomorrow I'm heading home. The weekend before Christmas we had nearly 2 feet of snow, but luckily it all melted.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

english countryside

Photo of Yorkshire

Pretty English Countryside Wedding Inspiration Board by Kelly Oshiro Events

Who wouldn't want to go visit the English Countryside? Ok, so maybe I have been watching too many Jane Austen movies.

Let's see...cream tea & scones, bluebell woodlands, rose covered cottages, moors, country pubs, formal English gardens, the list goes on and on.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

miniature J. Crew

Hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving! I am going to leave work early to beat the traffic.

Friday, November 20, 2009



I think that lefse deserves a post! As kids, we looked forward to our Grandma making it around Christmas time or whenever all the relatives got together. She still makes it once in awhile. My great grandparents came over from Norway as newlyweds and settled in Minnesota and Montana.

Anyhow, lefse is a Norwegian flat bread that is very similar to crepes. Grandma makes it with leftover mashed potatoes and fries them on a skillet. She uses Great Grandma's recipe I think.

When it's fresh off the skillet you layer it with butter and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. Then you roll it up and take a bite. It is so good, I promise!

During the winter we'd never miss a chance to sled down the hill at Grandma and Grandpa's farm. They have a creek that divides the property so you have to gauge how far up the hill to go otherwise you might end up soaking wet. If all else failed you could always bail off the sled and try to fish it out the creek downstream where it was shallower.

Grandpa would take us across the creek by way of a manure spreader that he would hitch to his tractor. It sounds gross but usually the manure spreader was pretty clean, ha ha. Sometimes we'd help him feed the cows that were out in the pasture by throwing out the bales while he drove the tractor. (You know on a farm you have to do chores first before you play). Then he would show us how it was done, heading down the hill face-first on the Red flyer sled!

Inevitably someone would get tired so we'd all come back indoors to the farmhouse (which is heated by an oil stove and it's always cozy), peel off our snowsuits and boots and head to the kitchen for some fresh lefse and hot chocolate.

My sister and I are having Thanksgiving dinner with Grandma and Grandpa next week so hopefully we can make some lefse with her. I'll have to get her secret recipe :o)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I want to live here...

This looks like somewhere Heidi might have lived...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

pink cameos

I found these cameos on etsy. I especially like the cameo pins that you can put your hair up with.
Cameo pin: etsy seller greatbarbarian
Cameo hairpin: etsy seller proteales

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


It has always been a dream of mine to go on a safari. Africa is so beautiful! I also really like the safari tents where you get to sleep in a misquito netted bed.
You can always stay home and set up a tent like the one below in your backyard.

Or go to MaryJane's organic farm in Idaho...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1943 by Shabby Apple

I was looking at the Shabby Apple website again and found these two dresses. They are simple yet elegant. And I love those shoes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

happy birthday, me

Another year, another birthday :o)

Luckily I already have everything I need, although I do tend to daydream from time to time...

image via the lovely blog "Absolutely Beautiful Things"

p.s. I have been super busy this past while so even though I might have visited your blog, I have not been commenting as much

Friday, October 30, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

C & A hawaiian wedding

after the wedding ceremony it was twilight which made some pretty silhouettes

The lovely bride & groom

a close-up of the chrysanthemum & carnation flower balls the bridesmaids held

image credit to my cousin P for the first two pictures

Friday, October 23, 2009

getting ready for the wedding

image from stylisheventsblog
My sister's wedding is this evening! Last night we were trying to make a flower ball where you stick carnations onto a floral ball but we did one and then nearly ran out of flowers (and we were supposed to make 6 of them). That is going to be the bridesmaid's bouquets and they are going to hang from our wrists by a silver ribbon. So today we are going to get the ornament size floral ball and buy more carnations.
Yesterday we had the bridal shower and I made oreo truffles. They are soooo good. All you do is take a package of oreos and put them in a blender until they are a fine powder. Next, mix in a package of softened cream cheese and chill for 40 minutes. Then dip in semi sweet chocolate and let harden on wax paper for about 15 minutes.

I peeked at the wedding menu last night and it looks delicious. One of the courses has kiwi salmon since my brother in law is a kiwi. And I think spied creme brulee.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


We went from this:

to beautiful Hawai'i for my sister's wedding
this picture below is at Ala Moana Beach, you can Diamond head in the background if you look closely

The weather over here is lovely as usual and I've been enjoying spam musubi, poke, poi and lots of papaya! Still have to get a plate lunch, manapua and lau laus while I am here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

apple picking art

1st painting: "Picking Apples" by Arthur John Elsley
2nd painting: "The Apple Gatherers" by Frederick Morgan
images from AllPosters

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

bridal updos

Here is some inspiration for bridal updos. I am going to be a bridesmaid in about two weeks and the bride said "soft waves in an updo or partly up". Although my a hair is naturally curly I think I am going to use hot rollers.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

dream canopy bed

I found my dream canopy bed on a beach in Cancun. If you had some carpentry skills it doesn't seem like it would be hard to build. Maybe someday...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dresses from films

Alice in Wonderland

Marie Antoinette
I enjoy films that are set it a different century because of all the pretty clothes they wear and their elaborate hairstyles. I'm especially fond of Jane Austen movies, mostly because I just love empire dresses.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

baby G

Happy Birthday baby G. She is my new niece that was born this morning. I'm pretty excited to go and see her this weekend!! She is around 8 pounds 12 oz and looks a lot like her big sis.

These pictures are from a lovely shop that sells vintage children's clothing. How sweet is that crochet dress! (I want one in my size).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sand Art

Amazing sand art by Kseniya Simonova...I had never heard of this type of art before but it's pretty neat!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

colors of Cancun

This is how blue the water was, without help from photoshop.

Here is a canal at a mall across the street from our hotel.

And this the view I had while sitting in the back of the golf cart when we were on La Isla Mujeres.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad

Hau'oli la hanau Dad! He turns 60 today.

I spent the weekend in Cancun so I hope to post some pictures of the beach. (Internet connection was not very reliable) But the water was beautiful! We went to Isla Mujeres one day and drove a golf cart around the island and stopped to go snorkeling. It was perfect because the water was clear and it was not crowded at all.
(picture of our hotel...yes the water is really that blue)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

vintage looking dresses from Sierra Brooke

I love these dresses from Sierra Brooke, espeically the button detailing. They also remind me of "Mad Men".


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