Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Baby Sprinkle

Last Saturday a couple ladies from our small church group threw a little baby sprinkle for 2 friends. We had so much fun coming up with ideas and implementing them. Having people over made me remember how much I like hosting. Here are a few pictures from what we pulled together! 

We did a lite brunch theme for the snacks.

This table was set up with some sprinkle favors for everyone to take home and a bunch of branches for both moms we honored. Guest wrote verses or notes of encouragement on paper shapes and clipped them to the branch trees with tiny clothes pins. 

Recipes used and recommended: 

Sewing Stream: Hide and Seek Dress

I love the way this Hide and Seek Dress, pattern by Oliver + S, turned out! I traced it 3 months ago, cut the fabric out last month, and finally got the sewing done this last week. I was not sure what size to make. We have been buying sizes 4 and 5, but I know Oliver + S runs big. I ended up making the 4. I'm pretty sure the 3 would have been fine if I added length, but this way it will fit longer! The pockets on this dress are a hit with Miss H.

I used a chambray of some sort, maybe from Robert Kaughman, that I picked up at Bolt on our drive through Portland in July. The hearts are a quilting cotton from Anna Maria Horner. Dress construction was very basic, but a little bit more time consuming since the front and back are both basically 3 panels wide. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apple Picking

Last weekend Miss H and I joined some friends in Watsonville to pick apples. It felt funny to be picking apples in California when we are from Washington! Watsonville is an agricultural area closer to the coast. Miss H and I picked 50 pounds of apples in about an hour. It would have been easy to keep picking, but I would not have been able to carry more. We picked Galas for apple butter and Pippins for pies! Our car smelled so good on the way back home! 

Sewing Stream: Oliver + S Lullaby Layette

I recently completed my first Oliver + S Lullaby Layette set as a gift. This is one of the easiest patterns to put together, it would be great for someone's first clothing project! I sewed up a size 3-6 months. I can't remember who made the little origami fabric, but the solids (lining and pants) are a Kona cotton. I didn't want to mess with making my own bias binding, so this little jacket was finished with some basic packaged binding.

(Sorry about the lighting quality in these pictures, I really can't figure out indoor lighting!)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Los Gatos

We enjoyed a fun family day getting lunch and wandering around downtown Los Gatos, and walking through Vasona County Park a couple days ago. Even though it is still very warm here, the nights are starting to cool off and the leaves are starting to fall! The park has a small railroad that was no longer running for the day and some fun play areas for Miss H. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ten on Ten: September

It has been quite a while since I participated in Ten on Ten
but today seemed like a great opportunity to jump back in! 

Hecker Pass

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. - Psalm 19:1, ESV

Last weekend we wanted an adventure that wasn't too far away. We decided we would try to get to the top of some mountains (big hills) on the south side of Highway 17. Google told us to go up two different roads that were blocked off with gates very near the top. We ended up finding a road that took us through a gate that was open and over Hecker Pass. From the top of the pass we could see into San Jose, Watsonville, and Gilroy on one side, and over to the Pacific coast and Santa Cruz on the other. We arrived just at sunset. As we sat and watched the sky turn beautiful colors the crickets began to sing!

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Yesterday Miss H and I met some friends at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, based on a recommendation I saw on a Facebook group. I wasn't sure what area it would be in or how big it would be. It was pretty close to us and was huge! We enjoyed our picnic lunch and Miss H loved collecting rose petals that had already fallen to the ground. There was a little breeze that made the whole area smell like roses. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Half Moon Bay Bicycle Tour

A couple weeks ago we spent the day driving around the mountains between San Jose and the coast and riding our bikes through Half Moon Bay. It was much less bright on the coast than in San Jose, and the hills were a nice break from the flat city. This was my third bike ride in the last 10 years, and I think I'm hooked. I pulled Miss H around in a kiddo trailer that I got used a couple years ago. We followed Tom since he was more comfortable with his bike. In the end we did almost 9 miles. We rode through most of the streets in town, went up a hill (it's really hard to go up a steep hill with the trailer, my front tire kept flipping up!) and through an 1800's Catholic cemetery, crossed Highway 1, and rode along a beach trail for a bit! We are looking forward to going back to Half Moon Bay in a few weeks for their pumpkin festival.