baby shower invitations

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.29.02 PMHere are the final versions of the watercolored invitations for my friend Nicole’s Baby Shower (which I am excited to be hosting!) They will be printed on both sides. I also made a repeat with the new water droplet pattern and ordered some gift wrap in the print.

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Hopefully the Mama to be will like these. I’m so pumped to do all the decorating and will have to document the entire celebration! More soon…

annie + oscar’s invitations

I made these invitations for the first wedding that I’m actually helping to plan. It feels so great to help another couple make their dream wedding a reality. This is a Memorial weekend celebration for an American bride and her Columbian fiancée. The theme is to tie tropical South American flowers with Minnesotan botanicals, in a low-key evening soiree. Twinkle lights are mandatory. More to come soon…

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baby shower

It has begun… friends are having babies. I’m hosting a baby shower later in the year and I’m pretty excited. This got me thinking about some greeting card ideas. Here is what I’ve come up with so far…

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I also thought it would be fun to design a repeat for wrapping baby gifts, lining envelopes, or for scrapbooking backgrounds. You can order a roll of paper in my Spoonflower store.

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homesteading in january

Our two chickens, Baby Daisy and Nugget are still laying eggs daily since the sun is shining brightly on our Minnesota tundra. We’ve had such a mild winter this year, but are in the middle of a bitter cold snap of arctic air. When the temp dips below zero, I have just felt so sad that our poor chickies have to be outside that we have been bringing them in the house. They’re messy, they shit EVERYWHERE, but we just close off the basement and have a little setup down there for them with a little kennel to contain them. I feel sad they cannot be free, but it’s better than freezing to death, right?! Also, anyone want to make me a couple of chicken diapers?

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My first homesteading project for January has been making preserved lemons. 1, It’s citrus season. 2, I love middle eastern food. 3, I wanted to try something totally different. All you need to make them in sterile water, a clean canning jar, salt, and organic Meyer lemons…

IMG_1992Just cut of the nubby ends, cut almost all the way down into quarters, dump salt all over them, squish them into a salty jar and add more salt… then fill will lemon juice and water. Here is the actual recipe.IMG_2010Since I was feeling pretty ambitious at this point and hadn’t made a big mess or taken up hours of my day with this simple project, I decided to do one more project…

Sauerkraut.

I got this amazing crock as a wedding gift and hadn’t used it yet. I also purchased 3 pounds of organic green cabbage from my co-op.IMG_2008The recipe I followed was super simple, as I didn’t use any starter or whey. I had to make extra bring since my cabbage was hand-chopped and drier than one picked fresh from the garden. If I have success with this batch I will get more creative in the future. I hope to grow my own cabbages this Summer.

Here is what my saucerkraut looks like after a few days. The bubbles make me think it’s working. We’ll see…IMG_2094

paintings by ralph fenn

Ralph Fenn (1918-1994) was a second-generation American artist from Northeast Minneapolis. He was also my paternal grandfather. He worked for General Mills where started by sweeping floors as a teenager, then worked his way up and was a plant manager in Buffalo, NY and later Toledo, OH. In his later years, he moved to Northern Minnesota and opened a tiny cafe that he ran with my grandma, Marge. He golfed, bird-watched, and painted in his spare time.

These are the pieces I acquired from my father, before and after his passing. The sea scape had been my favorite as a child and today it reminds me of coastal Maine, or even the North Shore.

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I don’t know where this mountain winter scene was taken from, but I love the colors so much! It was done on paper which has now discolored a bit.

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This last piece was never finished, but I love it so. It reminds me of my road trip through Wyoming.

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It’s always been said that any artistic talent that I have is from him. I proudly display these paintings throughout my home as a reminder of his talent, and because I am comforted by the relics of my ancestors.

2016

Happy New Year!

2016 is sure to be a year of coasting for me personally. So many wheels were set into motion in 2015 I can hardly think of anything super insane or out-there that I’d like to start this year. I mostly just want to stay home this year.

Speaking of home, we have been finishing up our bedroom renovations. I’ve been having so much fun decorating. Still not 100% there yet,  but it’s serious progress…12440690_10208681846862337_3828314373943567736_o

Pictured above is the view from my bed. We had this antique buffet in our basement when we bought our house three years ago and I finally cleaned it up and brought it upstairs. I use it as my altar/shrine where I honor my later father and other ancestors, as well as my own spiritual practice.

There is plenty of storage within for lots of candles, incense, and trinkets.

The macrame curtain was something I purchased and used for our wedding at the altar for a backdrop and I love the fact that I can use it in our bedroom for as long as we want.

More soon once the finishing touches are complete.