9.03.2015

Pybus Public Market

I'm back!  We've been busy over the past month or so with a 2000-mile move, and we now reside in Wenatchee, Washington.  One of the great things about our new town is the Pybus Public Market.  It's modeled on Seattle's Pike Place Market (on a much smaller scale).  There are fantastic restaurants and shops and fresh produce.  I took this picture in July when we were looking for a place to live out here, but we have been back many times!


7.23.2015

English Fields Quilt

I finally finished a quilt that I dreamed up in 2009 when we first visited England.  I wanted to make a patchwork quilt that would look like the farms and fields of the English countryside.  It took me a while to figure out how to incorporate some diagonal pieces along with the rectangles (and to gather all of the green fabric).  I sewed straight rows through the quilt to look like furrows.  Last year when we visited England, I bought a ball of yarn made from the wool of the sheep at Blenheim Palace.  I used it to tie the quilt randomly so that it would look like lambs in pairs or threes.  I like the effect that it created on the back.




7.21.2015

Parks Canada

Last year Parks Canada, which administers the national parks of Canada, launched a line of clothing and gifts that helps to raise money for the parks.  What a great idea!  I saw some of their gear while we were in Ontario.  I like their beaver logo.


7.17.2015

Choolaah

We recently returned from a short trip up to Canada.  On the drive home, we passed through Cleveland and discovered a great restaurant called Choolaah.  It's like Naf Naf but Indian!  (Or, like Chipotle but Indian...)  I had paneer tikka masala, and it was really good - not too spicy.


7.13.2015

Ogut Nature's Turkish Delight

We recently found some Ogut Nature's Turkish Delight at our (sort-of) local Mediterranean grocer.  We got the pistachio and pomegranate kind, and I loved it because it was more similar to the really good Turkish delight that we had in Istanbul.  It is in round strips that are cut, like the ones in this picture.  They were delicious, but they are impossible to find online.


7.07.2015

Cherry Pitter

Do you like cherries?  They are so good right now!  We have especially enjoyed the Rainier cherries that have popped up at our local stores.  But we decided that cherries needed to be easier to eat - so we got this handy cherry pitter from Williams-Sonoma.  It's amazing.  I don't know why no one thought of this before!


6.30.2015

Striped Sweater

SpongeBob says, "The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time," and I have to agree!  I love Breton stripes.  This Brooks Brothers sweater is so fun with the addition of red tulips.  And it's on sale...!


6.29.2015

Monchhichi

Do you remember Monchhichi dolls from the '80s?  I loved mine.  So I was so surprised when my mom recently got me a new one!  She found this little girl one (bottom) for me in Oregon.  In case you were wondering, they are Japanese monkey dolls...



6.25.2015

Michael Workman

I noticed some beautiful giclee prints hanging on the walls at Sundance.  They were by Michael Workman.  You can see his work here.  He paints lovely scenes of the West.




6.23.2015

Sundance

We visited Sundance Mountain Resort while we were in Utah.  I had been there a number of times in my youth but not recently...  We had lunch at the Foundry Grill, and it was fantastic.  We did see Robert Redford!  He was wandering around talking with people who were there for some kind of event.  (I didn't take a picture because I thought that might violate the sanctity of his mountain home... :) )  We also saw some cornflowers.  I loved that because I thought they only grew in England!