Hello, Seattle

Hi, friends!

As I sit down to do some blogging, I wanted to share my new favorite spot to write: my chair on the deck. Brandon is inside studying to become a professor, the cats are outside exploring (maybe their fifth un-supervised exploration since they were allowed out) and the sun and the sounds of Megan’s Island are the perfect combination of spring.

2013-5-11 Deck

I hope you’re having a good Saturday! Check back soon for more posts!


{WINE WEDNESDAY} My buddy Francis

Happy Wine Wednesday!

The other day I came across this rose at Costco. A good friend of mine loves the Sofia prosecco, so when I found this, I had to get it. Plus it was only $12.

Sofia: lovely.

Sofia: lovely.


Autographed for my love, Franny’s #1 fan!

This bottle of wine didn’t last very long in our cellar and we enjoyed it on the patio last night with a friend visiting from Texas. Sofia is one of Francis Ford Coppola’s labels, which brings me to a funny story…

A few years ago I was in Napa at a bachelorette party with 20 of my closest girlfriends. We were having a grand time touring winery after winery. At one of the last wineries we visited, Rubicon, our party bus driver noticed a famous guest: Francis Ford Coppola. To tell you the truth, I had no idea what he looked like, but I was definitely familiar with the name and his work. In fact, the first and second Godfather movies are two of Brandon’s all-time favorites.

Franny (my new best friend’s nickname) was very nice and open to autographing bottles and posing for photos, so, we all got in on the action. It seems Franny was especially fond of Kimmy, just look at that death grip around her waist! It was so exciting to meet such an icon, even if I was a bit tipsy.

It's Francis Ford Coppola! My new best friend!!

It’s Francis Ford Coppola! My new best friend!!

2013-5 Franny2


Do you have a celebrity sighting experience? What’s your favorite Coppola film?  Have you tried Sofia yet? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Bistro Lighting!

Guess what came in the mail today!? OUR NEW BISTRO LIGHTS! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

They're here! Hopefully the guide wire and light bulbs come tomorrow!

They’re here! Hopefully the guide wire and light bulbs come tomorrow!

It doesn’t look like much now, but combined with some posts and some clips, these will add the finishing touches to our so-close-to-perfect back yard.

We’re hoping to get these up before June, and of course we’ll post photos as soon as we can!

Wine Wednesday: Cork Art!

If you’re like me, you might have more than a few corks hanging around your house. I’ve always been good at hoarding, I mean saving, my corks, which has led to bags and bags of them over the years. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a good use for them: wine wreaths!

I started off with this tutorial from LollyChops and had incredible success. Do take note, though: use a straw wreath (rather than a styrofoam one), straw will get everywhere and you will burn yourself with the hot glue gun(also note that you’ll use A LOT of hot glue, be prepared!). I used a garbage bag as my place mat and have never been so pleased with my forethought. Straw wreaths = a huge mess.

Wine wreaths... the before

Wine wreaths… the before

I followed the LollyChops tutorial as written and ended up with this beauty. Voila! It’s on the front door now, welcoming guests into our home.

Voila! Beautiful wine art made by me!

Voila! Beautiful wine art made by me!

I’ve still got some corks leftover and I’m thinking these might be fun to make… However the timing listed in the tutorial is a bit daunting. I do have a history (successful but lengthy) with styrofoam ball art that I’ll share with you sometime soon. What do you think? Have I inspired you to make a wine wreath or cork ball?

Next cork art project?

Next cork art project?