Friday, December 30, 2011


I.S. has been looking for things we "need" around the house that he can weld a solution for as practice so I tasked him with creating a paper towel holder.

Once painted, it will be mounted on the bottom edge of our cabinets at the back, which is hidden from view. One end of the rod is slightly curved to keep from going right through the rack and the other end of the rod I.S. drilled a hole and created a pin to go through it to keep everything in place. I'm really starting to like this new welding obsession he has =D

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Honey lavender

This holiday we decided to have a quiet Christmas at home and after a long tedious day of shopping for drywall tools (I'll get to that later) we decided to tackle this little recipe I've been waiting to try out. I've been obsessed with the honey-lavender flavor combination since we had the honey lavender gelato in Mountain View and then the idea of making my own caramels got in my head. Ultimately, it was only inevitable that I find a way to combine all that =)

Aren't they pretty?? They are really delicious, but really rich so I have to limit myself, especially now that I know how much sugar & cream goes into caramels!

On another note, here's a shot of the little corner of our house that got remotely festive for the holidays (sorry for the crappy photo):
And yes, that is lego filling in for the home decor that we do not yet own. Oh, and there is the little bicycle that I.S. welded on the top left of the mantel =) Our cabinets have outlets inside so they were perfect for plugging in our little strand of lights too. We bought a Christmas tree the day after Christmas when they were 50% off at Lowes. yay =) Now I'm looking forward to next Christmas so we can put it up. It definitely feels weird on a certain level to be hoarding Christmas stuff after the holiday has passed.

Anyhow, go check out our latest home-reno project(s)! Today was a very productive day. Drywall is done, just need to sand.

And we also (finally) brought our 20+ bags of yard waste to the compost center.

There's I.S. tarping everything down so that we don't have leaves flying out all over town. Everything in that truck bed was sitting on our back porch for the last month & a half. Sad, I know. But today turned out to be a great day to go! The weather was beautiful. This post is a bit far off from honey & lavender, so this is probably a good place to stop. Wishing everyone a very happy new year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

San Diego + Dumplings

I just got back from San Diego. We didn't get to eat at Cafe 21 more than once, which was sad, but that just means we've already got one thing for our to-do list next time I visit! 

Before I left for San Diego, I made a batch of dumplings and mannnn, are freshly-wrapped dumplings ever delicious. I could eat them all day long without any sauce. That is how good they are.

I made about 100. Some day I will get a big food-processor and be able to whip up fresh dumplings in a snap! You can find my dumpling recipe here.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


I have mixed feelings right now: on one hand I LOVE hanging out with H.; on the other, I would LOVE to be on my board! If only I could be in two places at once! This is a photo I just got from R., who is at Keystone with I.S. today.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Today I went to the antique shops south of town with some friends & wasn't really sure what I wanted to find or what I'd even encounter in these shops as it was my first time antique-ing. But in the end, I found a 1950's Emerson Electric fan with 3 settings that works, but needs to be cleaned up.
Won't that look so pretty when it's all shiny again? There's a 2" wide dent in the back, which should be easy to knock out, but otherwise just needs to be sandblasted and powder-coated. Er, I guess the wiring should be redone as well since the power cord has a big section wrapped in electrical tape, so that's no bueno for the long-run. What concerns me a bit though is that the OFF, 1, 2, 3 settings are not there like I see in photos of other ones online so I'm not sure what I will do to fill in those spaces.  Either way, I paid $50 for it and I think I did OK. I looked it up on ebay and they seem like they could go for more (though those are in better condition) but I certainly didn't get gauged so I'm happy with my first vintage find =) 

I also found this little bell in the shape of an apple that I thought was really cute so I picked that up for $3. I figured it'd look good on the office desk after I give it a sanding (it's scuffed up a bit) & spray it gold again. Or maybe I should make it a more unusual color? Given that I've now added 2 more things to the long to-do list, I suppose I needn't worry too much about picking a color just yet. I should probably focus on getting our bedroom painting finished first! (We're down to one final coat on the face of the window+door+baseboard trim. Yay!)

All in all, a fun day at the antique shops =)