sew busy

June 25, 2015 by meg | 0 comments

strawberry bag sewing project this morning was a success! z is an expert at the sewing machine pedal.UntitledUntitledyesterday morning z and i decided to sew. first up was this strawberry bag. she helped cut out parts of the pattern and then worked the pedal on the machine. we are both very happy with how it turned out.
later we made a skirt. actually i made it as her attention waned, but she’s still awfully cute in it.I made Zelda a skirt and bag today. She made us necklaces.after that it was off to the craft store dressed matchy matchy – t-shirts, polka dot skirts and bags. oh yes! and the necklaces zelda made for us.


January 29, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

i got a great set of notebooks for christmas, but i always wonder what to do with them. i’ve made some half hearted attempts at journaling before, but i can never keep it up. i just don’t know how to start. then the other day i got an idea while organizing our spice drawer. (stick with me, it ties together here very soon). i was labeling the new spice jars with address labels, the type you can print on your home printer and i thought, what if i made quick conversation starter or journal entry starter labels? i can choose a label or labels that seem to fit the day and jot in a note or two. i’ve made labels for the areas i want to be concentrating on and i’m sure more labels will be created as i go (click the image below for a larger view).

i hope i use these. i want to keep track of these days to be evaluate how things are going and how i was feeling and what i was thinking. this way of living (not employed and concentrating on family and home) is new to me and i want to be honest with myself about how it’s working.  like yesterday was great, but i tried to do too much and then fell behind getting dinner ready knowing zach had to run to a meeting by 6 and i ended up feeling frustrated that i was rushed, which is unfortunately what zach came home to – a frustrated me, which nobody wants.  the trick is remembering that, which i probably won’t since the lasting impression of the day was it was great – no potty accidents, ending the night with fun in the bath, a good video chat with uncle austin and then snuggling with zelda reading books.  i have some built in timelines for this new lifestyle where it will be time to look back and then either continue on, make small changes or start looking to get back into the workforce outside the home.  i’m hoping this will be a tool to help me honestly look back and provide some perspective when the time comes.

afternoon cake date

May 22, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on afternoon cake date

20130522-155852.jpg i made this cake last night to take to work for a very generous intern who has volunteered for months at my office. at a minimum she should get cake before she leaves us on friday. since i had to leave her farewell lunch just as the cake was being cut to come and take care of zelda, i grabbed two slices to go for a little cake date with zelda this afternoon after our bike ride.
we got off to a bit of a rocky start when the topping fell of zelda’s cake. i’ve never seen someone so upset at being given cake or a forkful of frosting.IMGP5628-1600.JPG
but once she got a taste, the tide turned and she happily set to eating her special treat as the tears dried on her cheeks. IMGP5639-1600.JPGIMGP5648-1600.JPG
the cake was very tasty, so much so, zelda managed to finish my last bite for me. she’s always very helpful that way. IMGP5650-1600.JPGIMGP5666-1600.JPG
to cap off our little cake date, zelda tried out a new milk drinking technique. IMGP5682-1600.JPGIMGP5684-1600.JPGwhat a delicious afternoon!

Taking the cake

May 14, 2013 by zzaletel | Comments Off on Taking the cake

Meg has been hard at work in preparation for the two weddings worth of cakes she’s taken on this summer.  I think I’m going to end up a bit larger as a result, but at least it’ll be delicious getting there.

First up Friday night was a sponge cake with orange flower water cream, raspberries and roast pistachios.  (editor note:  excellent!)


For Sunday, meg made up a lemon chiffon cake with a lemon butter cream frosting, candied lemons, and strawberries on the exterior.  Layered inside are pistachios and strawberries.  (editor:  yum yum!)