Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Vacation Starts at Cocino Del Barrio

(Note: most photos taken by David).  Today was the start of summer vacation for brother C.  He has been laid off from his job of 37 years!  But, he plans to return to school in the fall and train for a job in a related field, so he will be enjoying his summer off as we used to as kids.  The three of us went to Cocino Del Barrio in Edina for margaritas and tapas.  It was a bit too chilly to sit outside. 
But it was nice to get a better view of the inside than the one C and I got when we were here on a crowded day last winter.

The guacamole comes in a volcanic-looking pestle.
 C - above and us - below.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesdays Around Town - Soul Daddy at MOA

Tonight, Mom, C and I ate at the newest fast food restaurant at the Mall of America.  Fans of the reality show, America's Next Great Restaurant, will recognize it as winner Jamawn Woods' idea.  I heard opening day crowds ate everything in sight. 
Luckily for us, things have quieted down a bit, so we were able to find a table and enjoy our meal with jazz music playing in the background.  I had the vegetarian plate and chose 2 hot and 2 cold sides:  cheesy grits, black-eyed pea salad, sweet potato salad, and braised kale, with a corn bread waffle.  Yum!  I had plenty to take home for lunch tomorrow.  And I will no doubt be back to try some chicken and waffles - Mr Woods' original idea.

[Edit: unfortunately, Soul Daddy closed a few months after this post]

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring At Last

After a rainy and cool week, Spring weather finally came back on Sunday.  But on a rainy Saturday, C and I ate at The People's Wine and Coffee Bar in The Galleria.  It was our first visit there: our sandwiches, chicken salad for C and grilled tuna for me, with sides of coleslaw, were quite tasty.  We strolled around the mall afterward and I was drawn to Ampersand's window (below): great sophisticated country card ideas come to mind.  

Sunday was the perfect day for a walk around Lake Harriet.  The tulips were in bloom and the new concession company, Bread and Pickle, was open for business. 

Every house and yard is redecorated in green...with splashes of pink and fuschia; a welcome sight after a winter of white (even for someone like me who loves winter).

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A Mother's Day Drive

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!  It was a nice day for a short drive out of town, so C and I took Mom to Red Wing with no particular schedule or plan in mind other than to find a casual restaurant to dine in. 
The St James Hotel, above, was not really one of our choices, but I couldn't walk by the famous inn without snapping a few photos.
Likewise, the old door on the next block caught my eye, especially since my co-workers seem to appreciate the collection of doors on postcards that I have hanging in my cubicle. 
The place we chose to eat is called Sarah's Restaurant.  It is very large and colorfully decorated and the menu includes Vietnamese, Italian and Swedish dishes. 

After leaving Red Wing, we headed south along the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi to the town of Stockholm, where we treated ourselves to ice cream cones just before the rain started.  But it was a light rain that stopped by the time we got back to the Cities.
The card I made for Mom was simple and bright...just paper-punched strips of flowers and a PC-printed sentiment.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Getting Organized

There's nothing like putting away winter clothes, straightening out the linen cabinet and moving some furniture around to put one in a Spring state of mind.  The inside of the house can feel as fresh and new as the outdoors just by clearing out some of the clutter.  Perfection in this is not even required:  a removed pile of magazines here or boots there makes more difference than you'd expect.   Very soon now, the windows will be permanently opened and the furnace turned off for the season.  And I will begin again to post regular updates on the Bungalow Redecoration, as was my intention when I started this blog several years ago.

Cubby couldn't care less about all this activity - he just views it as a good opportunity to find a new nap nook.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Maybe In May

Maybe in May I will blog every day
Maybe in May I will send a card your way
Maybe in May I will ride my bike again
Maybe in May, it will neither snow nor rain.

Anything's possible!

In the meantime, here are a few cards made in April, but never posted here.  My friend JR had a birthday on the 20th.  If she'd been in town that day she would have been "blessed" with a couple inches of snow.  I guess she missed it.  Since she loves Asian-themed cards, I kept that in mind as I started this card for one of the Moxie-Fab challenges.  I didn't finish in time to enter it in the challenge, but it was a great starting point.

I trimmed the red image from an art-magazine page.  It is a photo of a Japanese lacquered box.  I layered it over a white cardstock circle and that over the blue card base on which I'd lightly stamped some Chinese characters.  The punched flowers are: a vellum layer, a cardstock layer and a glittered cardstock layer.  I traced over the Chinese characters with a bit of glitter gel pen and called it complete. 

The light snow layer was gone by noon.  It comes as no surprise that May's average snowfall is .1 inches.  This morning I had to close the windows that I'd left open all night; it was 34 degrees at 8 AM!

Next is an Easter card design that also started with the colors from a Moxie Fab challenge.  I had only one picket fence embellishment for the original, but used a Martha Stewart picket fence punch on the other cards - and I think they turned out just as nice.

The other design elements are the crimped green paper (striped green cardstock on the "copies"), and the faux-embossed rabbits:  shapes punched out of the same color as, and attached to the background paper.  The 3-color eggs are punched from DCWV glittered cardstock (Fiskars punch).