Monday, August 30, 2010

Staying at the Panama Hotel

What a lovely place. The small, European style rooms are surely not for everyone but the boy and I loved it.
More photos of the weekend festivities were taken on my new instax. I'll try to scan and share them later in the week.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sunshine Day

The next couple days are going to be so magical.
We're taking the train to Seattle tonite and I'm loading us up with a delicious cheese platter and special drinks to pass the time. Since it's my birthday, the boy has a gift he's saving for me to open when we get on the train. I can't wait to see what it is!
Tomorrow I have a bit of time scheduled with a wonderful friend for manicures and then we're going to see two people we totally love get married. We've been practicing a song they asked us to sing at the ceremony diligently and I hope my nerves don't get the best of me. We're so honored that they want to include us in the festivities on their day!
This is the gift we're bringing up to them, I used wallpaper I found last week at that estate sale for the wrapping and then velvet ribbon I found at a thrift store for the bow, and they match perfectly. I can't give anymore away in case the bride reads this before tomorrow but I think they'll love their gift.
I hope your weekend is lovely too!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Lunchbox

Lately it seems like there's a bad case of the 'back to schools' on the internets. Cute posts here and here can attest to that.

With that in mind, I'm inspired to show off a recent find of the quintessential back to school item, the lunch box. I can remember clearly transitioning from a My Little Pony thermos brand box to a much more grown-up hard plastic lilac number at the beginning of 3rd grade. And of course the transition in junior high to the paper sack and then eventually, in high school, not bringing my lunch at all and eating cup-a-noodle and a pepsi in the hallway with friends.

I picked up these great tin lunchboxes at an estate sale last weekend for the shop and they are totally awesome. One came with this beautiful thermos and after a little cleaning off, I think they would be great to bring a lunch in, hold craft supplies or just look pretty on a shelf.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pyrex Organization

I finally accomplished something I've been wanting to do for over two years and it feels awesome! I have a bit of an obsession with pyrex and milk glass. Right before we moved into our condo, I found this hutch at a goodwill and snapped it up thinking how great my collection would look in it. When we moved into our place, I haphazardly threw in my collection and shut the doors. When I'd find a new piece I'd shove it in there and hope nothing came crashing down.

Now, it's finally organized into color (something I was really itching to do) and although it isn't completely perfect, I'm really happy with it and I'm glad to have a foundation to keep building on. Oh and that green dots bowl? I found it at an estate sale for $4.50 this weekend! That baby goes for over $40 on ebay. Yay!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Dress Inspiration

I've been watching Pushing Daisies on Netflix Instant. My very favorite thing about the show is Chuck's dresses.

A simple google search shows me that I'm not the only one. They did a really great job with vintage (or recreated vintage?) clothing for her character. Knee length 1950's party dresses in bright colors? Yes please!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Polaroid Love

I have been seriously lusting after one of these Polaroid Land Camera's with the rainbow stripe forever so imagine my surprise when I found this one on a random thrift trip for only $4.99. Looks like the battery for the flash needs to be replaced but other than that, I'm hoping this baby is ready to go. So pretty!
I had to make the drive to and from Seattle yesterday in about 7 hours but this little find made the drive a much happier one!

Monday, August 16, 2010


In between various projects I've had going on (one, two) and an awesome summer cold that came on a couple days ago, I haven't had much time for creating. I have, however, as always, had time to eat. I shared this delicious cheese plate with my pal Julia at the Pink Door's patio before I left on the train back home. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful view of the Sound and I had just a teensy bit of longing for life in Seattle.

I also tasted this seasonal brew at bridgeport. The Stumptown Tart. It's like Lambic framboise but less sweet. I enjoyed it (and that cute label!) thoroughly.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Panama Hotel

I was stuck in Seattle for a few days earlier this week and it was so nice to play tourist in my hometown. So many new businesses and restaurants have opened up and it's great to explore new places and visit some old haunts too.

One place friends took me too falls into another category. The Panama Hotel is one of those places that somehow feels like it's been there forever and just recently popped up. When I lived in Seattle I shamefully underutilized the International District, a unique and bussiling area that seems so insular compared to the rest of Seattle. The Panama is around the corner from some new boutiques and across the way from a run down old restaurant who's sign hangs precariously from the building, raising your heart rate when you walk underneath it as it's probably been this close to falling down for the past 30 years. As we walked up to the Panama Hotel's tea room, I was embarrassed to admit I'd never even been on this side street before. The first thing I noticed was the type on the sign. So refreshingly appropriate and in such perfect contrast to the white walls and high ceilings that great you when you walk into the cafe. This is was my favorite part of this tucked away find, the clean modern feel against the old wood floors and black and white photos of old japanese families. As you walk to the back of the tea room, there's a hole in the floor covered by glass where you can look down to the lower floor of the building. In the late 1940's families being herded out of the city to internment camps, packed up their belongings and stored them in the basement here.

As I left, loose leaf tea and shortbread cookies in hand, Jan the owner since 1985, mentioned that people can still stay at the hotel. I took her card and plan on making a reservation to stay here after a wedding we're attending at the end of the month. I can't wait to share interior photos of the rooms. It's so calming and humbling to be surprised and wowed by a city you lived in, or a very short distance from, for 24 years.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Shower

Please excuse my unintended absence. I've been dealing with some not-so-fun stuff the past few days but I'm ready to look forward and move on. My friend's shower was just lovely. We put huge dahlia's bought at the market into glass jars, decorated the cakes (yes, cakes. plural.) with fabric pendants and made these amazing wish balls (which will have a post all of their own) as favors for everyone. My co-organizer did all the food, which was delicious. Sandwiches, a huge cheese plate, caprese and fruit salads.

We had a wonderful time celebrating our really amazing friend. AND I think she really enjoyed herself.
I took these polaroids with the Impossible Project's color film. I'm definitely still learning how I'm supposed to use it. All the photos turned out fairly dark but it's still exciting to just be able to use my polaroid camera. I heard about this thing, which just makes me wonder why polaroid didn't continue to make the 600 film so people can use the cameras they already own and love.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cake Inspiration

Photos from posie gets cozy, Design Sponge, and Design is Mine.
I'm co-throwing a bridal shower this weekend and I'm sort of totally excited. (I'm such a dork.) My talented friend Julia is going to bake a cake and I'm in charge of coming up with the decoration. I've seen so many beautiful cakes around the interwebs lately that I'm using as my inspiration. I can't wait to show you what I came up with next week...
Also check out this beautiful cake at Angry Chicken. Gorgeous!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Good Morning Monday

This weekend we went to a movie in the park, did some serious painting and came up with some awesome ideas for the bridal shower I'm co-throwing (is that a term?) next weekend.
I'll have all sorts of fun things to share soon but right now, I'm looking at this photo of peanuts and beer and thinking of our fun friends who moved away last weekend.