Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

So I was definitely one of those people that was ROYALLY sick of hearing about the Royal wedding. Yes it's exciting, glamorous, rare, blah blah blah. Don't get me wrong, I was going to pour over the pictures and highlights show a good time or two. But I swore that I would not be one of the people up at 3AM to watch this wedding. Sure enough, here I am doing you know what.

Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father Michael Middleton, prior to their marriage in London's Westminster Abbey, Friday April 29 2011. (AP / Dominic Lipinsk)

I was pleasantly surprised watching Harry sneak a peek at Kate to tell his brother how great she looked. William sneaking a nervous glance behind him, seeing him tell her how beautiful she was. I'm such a sucker for sweet wedding moments.

Sidenote: Just saying, I would hate to be the prime minister's wife right now. If you missed it, she was the only woman out of almost 1,000 at the wedding not to wear a hat (apparently it was specified on the invite). Awkward!!

What were your favorite moments?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Things have been changing around here now that spring has sprung. Thank goodness! I hope I don't see rain for quite a while. I'm so sick of soup and comfort foods right now.

So far lots of salad and fruit among the goodies I picked up at the farmers market. Hello delicious!

We've definitely been on a fresh-mex kick lately. How can you say no to fresh produce-filled tortillas and homemade guac and salsa?

Chris surprised me with gorgeous fresh flowers from the farmers market (they've opened up quite a bit)! So sweet, especially since it's like pulling teeth to get him to go to any outdoor markets/festivals. 

In other news, the ducklings finally hatched! They have since moved on (I think to a nearby canal), but they were tons of fun to watch while they were here. How adorable are they?

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Playing secret bunny

I'm sure you've guessed what I've been up to by the title of this post. I set up a few little surprises this Easter in the form of baskets with goodies. Now that they're safely delivered, sneak a peek! I've been seeing ideas on message eggs around lately and decided to incorporate them into my baskets.

Painted, hollowed out and ready to go.

Cut out some messages to put inside and stick them in.

If you're like me and impatient, feel free to use a hair dryer to speed up the paint drying process. It didn't seem to make any difference visually.

The finished product!

When I placed them in baskets, I customized the outside of the egg with a sharpie (I forgot about that part until the end). Hopefully neighbors and roomies took the hint!

Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dear Easter Bunny

I'm thinking you and I need to get on the same page. I remember Easter being close behind Christmas, birthdays and Halloween in holiday awesomeness. We need to get back to that. Let's start with your end of the bargain. Just so you know, this year I would appreciate:

This adorable apron from anthropologie.

These bowls from FishsEddy that I wish I would have snagged while in NYC. Any patterns will do, seriously.

This DRESS! I would definitely go out of my way to find somewhere swanky to wear this baby. 

If none of these are within your gifting arsenal, I guess I would settle for some chocolate. Or candy. Just please, no socks. (My mom finds socks to be a frighteningly entertaining gift for every occasion, and that's already more than I can handle) 

Thanks, your dear friend Lindsay

Stay classy San Diego...

Earlier this week Chris and I headed out to San Diego to check out some relocation possibilities. The weather wasn't the nicest (it rained almost the whole time), but we had a very relaxing few days.

We were lucky to score a sweet hotel in the historic Gaslamp district. It felt unbelievably like our old stomping grounds in Minneapolis (with MUCH better weather). If budget was no object, I would love to live there. Or on a sandy beach. Whatever.

We especially enjoyed....

Checking out the new-ish Petco Park, and the dog park they have right outside the stadium. Well hello there, Jack's new favorite spot. 

Taking in some local art throughout the city.

Watching the sun finally come out during lunch at the harbor.

Watching some early Easter egg hunts.

Snagging some cupcakes from Sprinkles. Delish!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Garden time

I finally started my garden this weekend. A little late, but better than never! Because we're moving soon I have to restrict myself to pots for now. I've decided to stop using the little plastic garden markers, seeing as my dog loves to pull them out and throw them on the ground (um, where the heck did he learn to do that?!?). I've been seeing variations of these pots around with chalkboard paint, so I decided to give them a try.

I used some plain terracotta pots, Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint and some painter's tape.

Tape your pot to protect it from excess paint, then go to town! I used 3 quick coats of spray paint, but it dried in less than 15 minutes.

 When the paint is dry, remove the painter's tape and whip out the chalk! As long as Jack doesn't learn to lick the sides of my pots, this might just be the one of the best things ever. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Clutch Obsession

I recently stumbled upon Olympia Le Tan's new book clutch line. While I would LOVE to put one of these babies on my wish list and call it a day, it's not going to happen. They cost between $1,200 and $1,500 a piece. Ouch!

So I set out on a mission to create my own, as quickly as possible. Today in fact. I told you I had to have one!

If you want a quick and easy book clutch you'll need some basic crafting supplies (pictured above) and an old book you want to re-purpose. Begin by painting the outside of your book pages with glue. 

Then measure a border on the inside of your book and cut it out with the X-acto knife.

Then coat the interior of the cut pages with glue and let dry. I painted the outside of the pages of my book gold for a little sparkle. 

It might be a good idea to coat the spine and corners of your book with craft glue. I missed that until I saw this next photo. Oops!

By the way, I LOVE this new "Mischievous Mint" polish from MAC

Ta-da!! The almost finished product. I ordered a magnetic clasp, but for it's appearance tonight a button and some elastic will work. Shhh hopefully no one will notice!

I can't believe everything fits! I'm still planning on making a nicer one out of fabric, but this little guy will hold me over until I get my new replacement sewing machine. Keep an eye out for Book Clutch Part 2!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Brew time

With baseball season (and the sunny weather) gearing up, it's beer time! Today I headed out to Martinez to help out a friend opening a brew house.

After they open they'll be brewing their own beer, as well as serving some local favorites.

I snuck in a lunch time treat, a limited release Lagunitas. Definitely recommend it.

Treated to lunch and beer. Cheers to good friends! The excitement is mounting as this adventure comes to fruition. At least I'll know where to find my boyfriend when he's not home!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekend Happenings

With all the warm weather we've been having, I'm officially sporting a sunburn. In other news, this weekend I...

Had dinner with some of my girls at Bennihana for a friend's birthday. 

Made some low sugar dog treats for the neighbor pups.

Starting making plans for a short trip to San Diego.