For those of you that don’t know, my Mountain Man’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day. And for his special day, he decided he wanted to spend the day climbing. With me. I’m pretty terrible at bouldering – like so bad that it isn’t even fun. So I went into this day telling myself I just have to suck it up and pretend to have fun for one day and then I won’t have to climb again until next year. Spoiler alert: By the end of the day I was HOOKED!
Presidents Day Weekend: when the ski resorts of Colorado are flooded by out-of-staters coming to spend their long weekend cautiously sliding down the snowy slopes. But for us, it was a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification class, wrapped up with a winter hike up to Loch Lomen on Monday.
You didn’t come here to hear about our Easter traditions (rather, a lack thereof) or how much I love my dog (but isn’t she the cutest?) … you came here for the recipe. So here it is: my recipe for Homemade Chicken Dog Biscuits with Peanut Butter Icing dyed with raspberries and blueberries.
Have I told you about my vintage blue velvet chesterfield sofa? Well, I have a vintage blue velvet chesterfield sofa. And she’s beautiful! And when I got her, she was just begging for some colorful throw pillows. So I made some! But not just your average Plain Jane basic square pillows – I made embroidered pillows trimmed with poms! I’ll tell you how….
I have a lot of house plants…
I really do. Mountain Man often refers to our home as a jungle because of all the green I’ve cultivated. I love they way they look, they clean the air in my home, and tending to them brings me joy. Continue reading “A Gypsy’s Guide to House Plants”
Ever since I found out that faux-stained glass window cling was a thing, I’ve been dying to use it in an unconventional way. And so I present to you, my Faux Stained Glass Pendant Shade.
Hiking the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
When my oldest friend and her husband came to visit us for the weekend, it was a no-brainer that we had to squeeze in a hike! We had pretty exciting plans for the afternoon, so when looking for a short and sweet hike somewhere between Boulder and Nederland, but that might still offer some great Colorado views, we decided on Sugarloaf Mountain.
HOLY MOLY! Refinishing this dining nook was my Everest of DIYs. I’m not sure why I thought tackling this WHOLE set as my first furniture refinishing project was a good idea. Maybe it was the euphoria of scoring the whole set for only $40 on Craigslist? Perhaps it was naiveté? Either way, I’m just thrilled at how great this turned out, but wouldn’t be psyched to ever do it again. On the other hand, whenever I come across a beat-up, has-seen-better-days, hand-crafted antique piece of wood furniture, my heart flutters thinking of its potential.
Whenever Kyle leaves before the crack of dawn on the weekends for avalanche training or ice climbing or whatever mountaineering class he’s currently in, I always think I’m going to be able to sleep in and make myself a decadent breakfast and eat while catching up Masterpiece’s Victoria in bed.
Last night we attended the third night of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour at the historic Paramount Theater in Denver. I didn’t really know much about the festival until Colorado Mountain Club invited members to purchase tickets, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.