September 10, 2019

London Trip





Hello! It's been a while, and life has just ticked on as usual. We had a pretty decent summer this year with a couple of fun trips, the first being London, second one to Carmel. I took a lot of photos as you can imagine, but I don't want to dump a ton of them on here and bore people with vacation pictures. I decided to just put some of the highlights up. Our first full day in London, we went to visit Kew Gardens. It was so hot and humid that day, so it made for a slightly uncomfortable visit, especially when you went inside the greenhouses!  The grounds were gorgeous and lush as you can imagine. The roses took my breath away! So many varieties and colors.
The following day we spent at Nicole's flat, then we went to see a classical music concert at Saint Martin in the Fields. Known for its acoustics, it did not  disappoint. David has been wanting to go to a concert there forever, so he got to check off something on his bucket list.
Next up was some fun shopping at my beloved Liberty of London, and some other shops. I was so lucky on this visit because Liberty was having a summer sale, and I got to pick some beautiful yardage for future projects. We had tea there as well, and it was very tasty and a fun place to rest and fuel up for more shopping adventures.
The following day we went to Old Spitalfields Market with Nicole. It's a vintage market place with many vendors. We found the most beautiful vintage silver coffee pot that we gifted ourselves for our anniversary this year. The vendors were so fun to talk to, especially the ones where we bought our treasure. If you would like to see the coffee pot, you can go on my Instagram feed. After we spent sometime at the vintage market, David and I headed to Covent Garden to check out the new Mariage Freres tea house, and have lunch as well. The tea house was gorgeous, and of course I had to load up on some unique blends that I can't find here in the US.  St. Paul's Cathedral was a short walk from Covent Garden, so we took the extra time to go see if we could go in, but the doors were shut sadly.

One of the other things we wanted to do while in London Town, was to get David a pair of English dress shoes for his birthday. We went to Joseph Cheaney & Sons, one of the oldest shoe makers in England. We had so much fun talking to the sales lady there, and got a full history of the company and shoe making. David walked out with some gorgeous shoes! I love men's shoes in England. I just can't get enough of the eye candy. If you walk around London, or ride on the tube, you will notice how nice the men dress there. I noticed that, unlike American men, clothes are more slim cut to the body. It did not matter if the man was heavy or slim. Over all they all seemed so smartly dressed, even their casual looks, and of course the shoes!  When we landed back in the US, I noticed right away the glaring difference. David's shoes are, in a way, a gift for me as well, because now I get to see a little piece of what I love about England every time he wears them.
Our final day in London was celebrating Nicole's birthday. We went to the British Museum earlier in the day and spent a chunk of time there. This was the birthday girls wish for the day. For dinner we went to Ottolenghi in Spitalfields. I have two of their cook books, so I was really looking forward to going there. Overall I liked the food, but the service was very odd. Hard to explain, just very uneven service, and the waiter was just not very pleasant. The dishes were very creative and tasty though.  All the places we visited are linked, so you can click on the name and check out their web pages if you are interested. More pictures are on Instagram.

Finally back home, we celebrated 4th of July with Caitlin, Cyrous, and Ruby. Look how cute she is all dressed for the day(of course I made her outfit). I made our favorite rib recipe this year, and the usual salads that everyone likes in our family.
I'm leaving the post here, because I wanted to do a separate one of our Carmel trip that we took the first week of August.
After our visit to Carmel,  August was mostly consumed with helping Caitlin and Cyrous move to their new house. Lots of Ruby watching, which was really fun, and hauling things over to their house.

Super happy that summer is in the rear view mirror, and I can now enjoy the beautiful fall light and slight crispness in the air. I feel as I always do in the summer, non productive and uninspired to do very much.
Next post will be Carmel trip, so stay tuned for that. Until next time.......

May 13, 2019

Ruby's First Birthday


And just like that Ruby turns one! Caitlin put together such a beautiful little cherry picnic party for little miss Ruby. All the little details were so charming and it was such a pleasant day in the park. My contribution was Ruby's dress, which was so fun to make, and I was so happy she looked like an absolute little vintage doll baby in it. Because I took pictures with my phone and regular camera, these photos uploaded out of sequence, and blogger makes it so difficult and time consuming to get them all in the right order, or I'm just not that tech savvy enough to fix it haha. The cake pictures with Ruby of course are out of order, but she is such a doll in all of them that it doesn't really matter what order they are in. Ruby loved all the attention and her first taste of cake. Caitlin invited family and Ruby's little friend Ari and his parents. I think this is perfect for a first birthday. She loved ripping into her little gifts and loved all the unicorn gifts that Grandma and Grandpa Ahmadieh gave her.  We were all dead tired at the end of the day, and so was the birthday girl, but we all had such fun celebrating this little lady!
I don't have any pictures of Mother's Day this year, mainly due to being tired from the next day. We went to brunch at Dona Tomas then hung out at our house for a bit. Ruby wouldn't take a much needed nap, so we decided to get take out and head over to Caitlin and Cyrous's house for dinner, so Ruby could get her dinner on time and to bed. Mother's day spent with all the important people in your life is always the sweetest. It's always sad that Nicole is so far away, but I did get to Skype with her briefly before heading out to brunch.

Last post  I didn't talk about what projects I have been working on and what I want to start. I'm still slowly but surely getting pieces done to revamp my new look for my Etsy shop. It's not easy when you are working part time and having more fun sewing for Ruby haha. It's been very slow at work, so they drastically cut everyone's hours. I for one am happy to have the long stretch of time off so that I can get some things done around the house and start more sewing. Now that Ruby's birthday is out of the way, I can focus more on the shop. For fun, I'm working on MMMcrafts 12 days of Christmas ornaments. I'm a bit behind, as you should at the minimum make one a month until you get to Chistmas. I'm currently on number three. I will do a post on these soon, because they are so charming and fun to make. Click on the name and it will take you to her blog. I have also posted some of my finished ones on my Instagram feed. I think this will be my next post, so tune in for that. If you love embroidery and felt combined, you will love these little ornaments. All the info for these are on her blog. It's not too late to start on them!

I'm pretty pleased with myself that I actually did a blog post when I said I would! Woot,Woot! Until next time my friends (which will be very soon!)

May 9, 2019

Catching Up Through Photos



We had a lovely time at Nicks Cove on Tomales Bay for Valentine's day!

March, Caitlin's Birthday

April  Easter


I did not want to be away from my blog for so long, but it happened anyway and so much life has happened. I'm not going to try and write a big old post because it's impossible at this point, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
A highlight so far this year was going to Nick's cove for Valentine's day. That was such a lovely trip, and celebration of Valentine's day. David surprised me with this trip and it was so special. I would love to go back again for sure, and if you live near by or if you happen to end up in this neck of the woods of California, you should stay here! (Click on name)
Caitlin turned 29 this year. Her last year of being in her twenties......We had a lovely dinner at our house, and this year she wanted to have her favorite dinner from when she was a little girl. Roasted chicken, red potatoes, and artichokes. I made her a yellow cake with Martha Stewart's killer chocolate frosting! It's the best, and I'm not a frosting person.  I also tried to put in some photos of miss Ruby as well. It's impossible to not flood the blog with her beautiful face, but most of my fun day to day photos of Ruby are on Instagram and my stories. If you want to see more up to date photos of her, go on there.( @gossamerwings)
Ruby's Easter dress took a long time to execute hahah. I have been stalking this pattern on Etsy forever, and could not wait to make it for Ruby's first Easter. The minute Caitlin and I put it on her, we were in love! I almost didn't make the bonnet because we thought she might pull it off, but I felt that it really made the outfit. I'm so glad I did, because she didn't take it off and we were able to get lots of photos of her in it. We took so many cute pictures, that I should almost do a whole post on it, but it might be overkill.
For dinner I made a half leg of lamb and a new veggie recipe with cauliflower from the "Plenty" cookbook. Since Easter snuck up on me this year and I was fully entrenched in making Ruby's dress and have time to make dessert this year. I bought this adorable bunny cake from Whole Foods. It was so good.

Today is May 9th, and tomorrow is Ruby's birthday! This time last year we were in the hospital awaiting Ruby's arrival. She was born in the wee hours of May 10th after 26 hours of labor. I made her a special birthday dress, and that my friends will be the next post! Ruby's first birthday.

I will do my very best to not fall so far behind. Is anyone really reading this blog anymore though, or has it just become my documentation for my own amusement? I truly would love to hear from anyone who has followed for a while or if you are new and you stumbled on here. Leave me a comment, I'll answer back. Stay tuned for Ruby's birthday post, which will be on Sunday or Monday since her cute little party is on Saturday.