January 29, 2016

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday! It's been a looooong week. Has it been a loooooong week for you? Our backyard is so full of standing water, it's just mud and squelch. Poor Nomi. I remember when we used to be able to throw the ball for her outside! It's right about this time, that I really begin wishing for spring. Or snow. Anything other than the rain and the grey. I've lived here for.....since the early 1990's and I am STILL not used to the rain and the grey in winter. We've been seeing a lot mist and cool clouds, which is fun. But not fun enough! Julia has been having the best reading week - after reading Book 1 from this series a couple of years ago, she's now tearing through the rest of the stories, borrowing the books from school. My word, there's nothing like the thrill of a fabulous book series is there? How your heart quickens when you realize how good the book is, and that there's another one and another one?

Online goodness this week:

5 Hours 'til Bedtime is a new collaborative photography blog created by my pal Darcy, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it - go check it out! Every week we're documenting the period between after-school and bedtime....

One bowl baking wonders.

Pretty Poloroids notecards. I am obsessed. I got them and promptly sat down and sent five people notes in the mail! #funmail #realmail

The meteorology behind 'The Hard Winter' of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

A Valentine's Day gnome garland.

This baked french toast.

SUCH a fabulous idea.

Staying healthy in winter.

Love love LOVE The Shoemaker's Daughter, a new blog from fabulous Ronnie, who's been blogging for years, but recently switched her focus to writing down stories about her family's history. Her photos and words will stun you with their beauty.

Cool Book of the Week: 'Ninja Baby' by David Zeltser and Diane Goode is a charmer about a little one who is naturally gifted in the crafty and skilled ways of ninjas, mastering all things in her small world domain (she crawls into her crib like smoke and disappears) - until the day her parents bring home the Kung Fu Master - her new sibling.

Have a lovely weekend! I'm going to be planning party favor items for Julia's birthday next month. I'm obsessed with party favor bags. I take them very seriously because I'm in competition with.....myself - trying to outdo the bags that were created last year. I really like the bags I got, can't wait to show - now I just need to find things to go IN them....



  1. Melissa,

    I love the idea of documenting after school time. And I love seeing J with her uke!


    1. Isn't that a genius idea? Darcy came up with that. J got her uke from her grandpa this past Christmas and she loves it loves it loves it!

  2. That link about the weather in "The Long Winter" is really cool. I've always been fascinated by the old Indian who warned them - how did he KNOW? Thanks for sharing.

  3. Well of course I just ordered that garland, how could I not?! And your windowsills always look so lovely and inviting, no matter the season.

    1. OOOOH you got the garland!!!! please take a pic of it when it's being displayed in your house!!!! and thank you. it's the little things - if I have to do a lot of dishes, it's nice to have something pretty to look at. I liked the fox so much I decided it needed to be right where I could see it up close all the time! :)

  4. Omigosh, so I LOVE my notecard! It just arrived and it's awesome, thank you. I hope you can come visit, too. The girls get 10 days for spring break, but the joke is, the last day of "spring break" is the first day of spring. So early!


    1. go talk to Amelie, she just got it ha ha ha! we can go raid her house. I'm so glad you liked the card! I am truly enchanted with them. I want to make my own versions of it!! I have no idea when my child's spring break is, just realized. I guess I should figure that out lol......

  5. Oh those notecards are cool and I need that book.

    I wish Waterlogue would come out for androids.

  6. I gotta say, on a side note, I'm from Florida and I still miss the sun in the winter. I think when you grow up somewhere sunny - you just need it more than most people.