A favorite xmas gift

My husband is the best.  Even when he’s being the worst, he’s the best.  We don’t really do Christmas gifts with each other — we’ve been together a long time, so there’s no need to go nuts, and we’d rather expend the energy, time and money on gifts for our friends and families. 

That said,  the guy is crafty and can still surprise me. I’ve been collecting silhouettes since we moved into the house,  and have a nice little wall collage going.  They’re not as easy to come across as you’d think! I haven’t added to the collection in a while. 

One of my most favorite things,  besides my new nephew,  is the ancient cat who has lived with us the past year and a half.  My dear friend couldn’t keep her,  we became her stewards.

I love this stupid cat so much it kind of makes me glad I never had children.  I think my heart would have burst a million times. 

Enter Creative Husband with an awesome silhouette of our awesome cat, and you had one giddy Larsen on Christmas!!

A photo, a piece of plywood, some craft paint… I  swoon.

The Best Nine

  • I have so many things to catch up on. We have been hard at work on the downstairs bathroom. But I don’t yet feel ready to publish our progress. In the meantime, Instagram helped me by telling me my most popular photos of 2016 so I thought I would share them here. I will have more house updates soon I promise  Thanks for reading!

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

We got soil and manure, you guys! But it’s been too hot to get the garden in.  We’re going to keep working on it through the week and get veggies going next weekend…

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The newlyweds came to visit! Jeremy,  too… but he escaped my lens…

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I bought a few more flowers

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Bought these "annuals" last year and they're blooming again!

The peony bloomed!

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And the table made its seasonal debut.

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I grew those weeds myself!

Here’s to #summer2016

Much to celebrate in the coming months.  And much to demo.

Planters Are Planted!

Over the past weekend,  I picked up some plants at the fantastic Hilltop Nursery and got them planted. Hooray! Then the temperature plummeted and I fretted, but today is Wednesday and things are still looking not-frozen. Double Hooray!

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Big planter!

I’m not sure of those little white flowers are gonna be the “spiller” I want them to be,  but here’s hoping…

And… drum roll, please… presenting, for the first time ever…

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BASKETS!! THAT HANG ON THE PORCH!!

(I’m disproportionately proud of my baskets, especially considering that they could each probably use another plant…)

The baskets are hung up and I think they look adorable. They also reeaaallly highlight how much paint scraping we need to do on the porch, which is fantastic. No, really,  it’s just awesome. Agh!

Oh, and for my own garden journaling purposes,  I am posting a photo of one of two peonies that are going on their third season with us.  They are cuttings from our brother-in-law, and his plants are cuttings from a peony from Chris’ father’s family farm in Jackson, MN.  They are healthy and green and getting big, and THERE IS A FLOWER BUDDING!! It’s our first peony. So. Excited. (Yes, disproportionately 😉)

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I'm a family heirloom!

So looking forward to a beautiful summer!

The Strange Exchange

Ok, this fun-ness was back at the end of March, but I’m just getting to my post about it now!  And since I’m  working from my phone, I will have to go back and add in some links for the very cool,  very friendly vendors we met. Creative stuff.  Super fun day. I will definitely be back!

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The Weird NJ guys were there!

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And it was a beautiful day...

The Strange Exchange is part freak-show, part flea market and all authentic Jersey, my much maligned but beloved home state.

Before we even walked in, I knew it would be good,  silly fun… like a classic issue of Weird NJ

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Oh, hai!

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Oh... hai!!

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I love this guy...

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The greeter scary clown scared my cute mom!

The theatre was all vendors, selling items that ranged from hand-knit scarves to lovingly taxidermied mice. And, of course… pork roll.

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A view of the space

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These two are AWESOME!

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They make stuff like this...

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And this!

It was really hard to not purchase the snake in a jar. But it did inspire me to get the apothecary bathroom started!!

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My fabulous husband bought me this fabulous necklace. I love it! I’m going to put it together with my Parkway Token necklace from my sister’s wedding and knock the socks off the rockin’ Jersey charms.