Thursday, January 11, 2018

Parker's Quilt Layout

Like Evelyn, Parker received a baby quilt from Greg's aunt Florence when he was born. I still have all the heart eyes for their handmade quilts (see Evelyn's here: Evie's Quilt Layout).

Right or wrong, I've squirreled them away safely in the closet to minimize the chances they get ruined (and sheets and blankets in this house have been ruined before due to things like bloody noses and on one occasion, Silly Putty left on the bed).

While I was still on maternity leave with Parker back in 2015, I took some pictures of him laying on the quilt, and this one turned out particularly cute since it was mid-stretch, therefore, a layout was in order. Aunt Florence also made a couple of hats, one of which Parker is wearing in the picture too.

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Parker's Quilt Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Quilt Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Quilt Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Quilt Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Also, I saw this post on Facebook recently and it's so true!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Flagstaff Weekend

While I've been to Flagstaff one other time in my adult life for a work trip for which I didn't even stay overnight, it wasn't until one weekend back in November that Greg and I explored Flagstaff with friends just for fun.

I was pleasantly surprised at how hip(ster) the town is, particularly in the downtown area. Coincidentally (and of course, not something I would've known back in November before actually going to Flagstaff), the latest January 2018 issue of Phoenix Magazine had an article about Flagstaff's food scene. So, it's legit!

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We stayed only two nights and explored at a very leisurely pace. There was only so many meals we could squeeze in those two days while not eating out for every meal, and so there is definitely more to see on a future visit though it's a small town (but, I wouldn't go for more than a weekend at a time, I think).

Lodging

We were originally anticipating up to 7 people for the weekend, and so we found and stayed at this Airbnb: Large Home on Acreage - HGTV Style.

(Pictures from the Airbnb listing, since we didn't end up taking any of our own).

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It was a very spacious place and we enjoyed our stay there. Having a full kitchen was nice, and we also made use of the fire pit in the backyard. It also had this picturesque barn out back, though the inside of the barn was off-limits:

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Dining

We drove in on a Friday night and decided to eat out for convenience. We first tried to eat at Lumberyard Brewing Company, but there was a wait and we didn't feel like waiting. There were a number of other options in the downtown area that sounded tasty, but we ultimately ended up at Beaver Street Brewery, where we only waited a few minutes.

Some of the other places that sounded good on Yelp (and we may try on a future visit):

On Saturday night, we opted to cook our own dinner (burgers), as well as make s'mores over the firepit in the back later in the evening:

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Sights

During the day on Saturday, we went back to the downtown area to poke around. We . . .
  • stopped by the Flagstaff Visitor Center.
  • found a neat mural, the Sound of Flight (also, a post from the Flagstaff Arts Council about the mural: Sky Black & The Mural Mice: The Sound of Flight), where we stopped to take some pictures.

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    Flagstaff Weekend | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
    Flagstaff Weekend | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
  • perused Flagstaff General Store, which had a neat combination new old, handmade, and old old (i.e., antiques). I also liked the historic building where the store was located, which if I recall correctly from the plaque on the front of the building, used to belong to either a doctor or a dentist who lived and practiced out of the building.
  • also came across PJ Chilcottage, which was fun for me to shop around, but not as much for Greg given that it's very much geared towards ladies. Nevertheless, Greg was a good sport and even got me some Arizona-shaped soap that I wouldn't buy for myself, ha.

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Jerome

On our way back to Phoenix, we made a stop in Jerome for breakfast at the Mine Cafe. It was a good breakfast and I chuckled inside because the cafe had very much of a hipster vibe, what with the server's glitter mustache and all (the guy in this Instagram post - can you see the glitter?!). It'd been a few years since we were in Jerome (last time, Evelyn was around 18 months and we were there too early on a Sunday for any shops to be open), and I believe the Mine Cafe is new since our last time passing through Jerome.

Our other notable stop in Jerome was the Raku Gallery, where we were able to watch a glass blowing demonstration. Greg and I had seen it years ago on a previous trip to Jerome (back before we had kids), but our friends had never seen it.

At some point, I'd like to visit Jerome again. When Greg and I went before having kids, we stayed at the Surgeon's House Bed and Breakfast in the Chauffeur's Quarters and loved it.

It's also been on my small town Arizona bucket list to visit Bisbee, but we haven't quite made it happen yet. Eventually!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This Little Street 2018 Calendar

A couple of years ago, while experimenting with gold foil, a laser printer, and a laminator, I made a hexagon calendar where the months were gold foiled and watercolored in a rainbow.

For 2018 (like in 2017), I opted to print This Little Street's calendar:

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This Little Street 2018 Calendar | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
This Little Street 2018 Calendar | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The PDF is designed to be printed at 8.5 x 11, but I chose to print it both two to a page as well as six to a page so that I could trim down the edges and have smaller calendars to refer to at my computer desk.

For the six to a page, I put them in this Instax photo holder from Heidi Swapp. Look at how cute it is!

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This Little Street 2018 Calendar | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The only caveat is that the numbers are fairly small when printed at less than full size, so I wouldn't recommend half-size or smaller if eyesight is an issue (as it would be for me if ever I weren't wearing my glasses or contacts).

I've also been ogling This Little Street's fabrics on Spoonflower. I already have plenty of sewing projects in the pipeline, but nevertheless, visions of quilts floated in my head.

Fun fact: Audrey and I happened to be in a student organization together while in undergrad! I didn't really keep in touch with her, but stumbled on her blog a couple of years ago.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ornament Round-up

We put up the Christmas tree pretty early this year, I think the weekend before Halloween. By "we", I mean, Greg with the kids because I was feeling under the weather that night and it was an activity for them to do, along with some help from my brother

I joked to Greg that it was legit due to the one Nightmare Before Christmas ornament we have, and that movie is holiday marketing genius because you can capture both Halloween and Christmas.

More than the tree though, the ornaments are my favorite. There's so many different kinds!

We didn't do a tree when it was just me and Greg, but we started to do one after Evelyn came. Since then, more ornaments with character have been added to our tree . . .

Handmade:

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(LetterCraft, Practical Art, Frances, Mesa Arts Center Store)

Kid-made:

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School-themed:

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(University of Arizona, Arizona Inn)

Wood:

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(Kal Barteski, Clementine, LetterCraft)

And finally, Evelyn asked me to take a picture of her holding an ornament (albeit this is a photo from a year ago):
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Although we probably have enough ornaments on our tree already, I always have an eye out for unique ones!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2015 Holiday Card Mini Album

I finally tackled my 2015 holiday card album earlier in the fall, but thought that posting about it in December was more fitting timing for a holiday card album.

The first few years, my December mini albums were a little more involved because I scrapbooked about events that happened in December. In recent years, I've scaled that back to just keeping the holiday cards we receive, especially since almost all holiday cards these days include photos or are photo cards.

For the covers, which is really the only part that I craft, I started with gray patterned paper from Elle's Studio. I used Papertrey Ink's Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Set to add the pattern to the covers, and added some chipboard (Freckled Fawn) and wood veneer (Chic Tags) embellishments to the front cover. I also stamped and heat embossed "2015" in white.

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2015 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The black mehndi stamping on the gray paper really popped - it turned out better than I envisioned in my head!

Other holiday card albums from prior years:
2014 holiday card mini album
2013 holiday card mini album
December 2012 mini album
December 2011 mini album
December 2010 mini album
December 2009 mini album

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