Sunday Sunshine

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spending the afternoon in the backyard playing with the dogs and looking at all the blooms in the yard.

The dogs were having fun too!

Oh, and I'm starting a new embroidery project!

But then I saw some awesome moss growing on the large tree out back.

Rain and Flowers

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We've had quite the weather around here the last couple days. Rain and wind then sunny and nice. Very hard to make plans, so it's a lot of "let's just go" and see what happens. Here's a picture of the cool sky on my drive home last night.

I then come home to see my teacup magnolia tree looking amazing with all it's flowers in full bloom.

It's days like this that really make a girl happy that she lives in California. However, I do have to say that I'm looking forward to Spring and the nicer weather.

Date Night

Friday, February 26, 2010

Last night, my husband and I decided to take a break from our new Wii as we are fairly sore (hehehe) and have a date night. We're on a fairly tight budget so anytime that we can figure out how to go out and have a nice time on the cheap is always a plus.

For dinner we finally went to a restaurant that we had been threatening to go to for a long time, The Flaming Grill Cafe. Great burgers and since it's beer week here in town the beers on tap were only $2 a pint! Whoo-hoo!! Hubby had the Buffalo mushroom & Swiss burger while I tried the Smokehouse burger. The buffalo was reported as yummy and the husband was searching for lost mushrooms on his plate when it was gone, as for mine, I'm still getting used to eating burgers after a long hiatus, but this one was very yummy and we will definitely be back again. Hubby has declared that he wants to go through all of the different meats: buffalo, llama, elk, venison, kangaroo, ostrich and more! If you get a chance, stop on by. Don't be afraid of the outdoor only seating, the staff is great and they do a real good job at making you feel welcome.

After dinner, we headed back to our "hood" to check out a preview of a new play opening at The Big Idea Theatre which is a small live theatre on Del Paso Blvd. The play was great, and for $5 a person, made for a very cheap date night.

"Almost, Maine" officially opens tonight and runs through March 27th. If you want a date night with your honey or just a night out, I highly recommend it. The cast does a great job and you will find yourself laughing at all the ways love will rear it's head and what it will do to you.

Ready, Set, Go!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time to kick this pig and see what happens. I've recently started a new craft with embroidery. I love it! It's a quick craft with really fun results. There are so many great patterns out there right now and one of my favorite websites is Sublime Stitching Jenny has so many great patterns and kits that I have to do my best to not buy everything she has.

I've also discovered the joys of the Flickr search. I did a search for "embroidery patterns" on flickr and found the cutest little mermaid then found another page that had a bunch of sea creatures. This is what I ended up with.

I found the linens at Thrift Town - 8 of them for $1.99, embroidery floss is $0.35 per color (and you can get a lot out of each color pack), downloaded the patterns for free and traced them through the linen, so overall this is ending up to be one of the cheapest crafts I've done yet. That being said, since my husband and I make Valentine's Day the "handmade holiday" this is what I did for him. My first embroidery project ever.

I got the frame at the 99cent store and the ribbon is left over from our wedding favors that I made. I love inexpensive crafts that are meant from the heart!

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