Sunday, 14 September 2014

Mom & Meg

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend my mom and I went all out. Fall is coming and we're making big plans for the remainder of 2014. Our amazing unplanned girls weekend began with lunch at a local winery. We both ordered Gyros - aka "Kebabs", I tried a blueberry lemonade and we discovered the best salad in town. It had been awhile since we had a proper "catch up" and it was just so nice to spend some quality time together. Our next stop was the nail salon, this time I went for a solid iridescent blue to compliment my new career attire :O yahoo! We snuck in a bit of shopping and got an absolute steal on some fall favorites and ended our wonderful Saturday at our brand new community carousel! Today we followed the "Parade of Homes", a community event featuring amazing homes! We visited some absolutely ridiculous mansions and some adorably decorated homes. Just when I thought the weekend couldn't get any better, my mom made red potato soup and I tried my hand at kale chips! Yum! I am just so thankful for my mom and the time we spent together! Next weekend we plan to visit the local farmers market! Stay tuned for more "Mom & Meg" adventures!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Lemon and Honey

Today was a blur, so many things to print and design and so little time - I really love my new job though, I am very lucky to be able to spend with such a fun group - it just doesn't feel like work! The worst thing about today and the last couple of days is that I am ill, I have what they call "the crud".. not sure if its a virus, it could just be allergies? .. who knows, but it sucks. The first thing I did when I got in was start the kettle. I made myself some cold and flu tea (lemon & honey) and continued with my wedding thank you cards. I am so grateful for all the wonderful presents we received during our wedding, we really did get spoiled. One of my favorite things we received is our Empire Red Kitchenaid mixer, I know its going to look marvelous in our future British/American home! I'm also pretty in love with the heart shaped photo quilt that my Aunt made for us, it is just simply adorable (photos to come). I am most thankful for all the love and support I've had throughout the last five or six years, I couldn't imagine life without my friends, my family and of course my Andrew!

I'm going to stop rambling and get some rest now.

Good to be back in the blog world, wishing I had the energy to keep writin…. zzzzzzzz

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Preston Home Decor: Red, White & Blue Willow

Inspiration for our future home.

Red, White & Blue Willow!

I'm sitting here in a crowded room dreaming of our future home. The other weekend I came up with the above design in hopes that my desire to decorate would be cured - I didn't work.

The truth is, our beautiful Blue Willow is waiting in boxes, our amazing Empire Red Kitchenaid has never been opened, and our antique furniture is crowding my childhood bedroom.

I know that one day we will have an adorable little home and we will find a place for everything.

For now I'll just create mockups.


Monday, 8 September 2014

Headed North

4 instagram photos to illustrate an eventful, yet relaxing, two days.

Andrew and I made our way to Lake Stevens, WA Saturday morning for his U-13 boys soccer game. We hit the road at 6am after stocking up on mini donuts and sour gummy worms at the mini mart near our house. We drank our coffee pretty fast so most of the trip consisted of dreaming out loud. 

We spoke about how great it would be to own our own horse, something that always seems to come up on our way though Eastern WA farmland. Our conversation dwindled as we approached the "Evergreen" of the Evergreen State - trees for miles, waterfalls and crystal clear waters. As we hopped out of the truck for a bite to eat we were greeted with the fresh pine air, full of oxygen and fairy dust. ;)

We bypassed Seattle and kept climbing, by midday we were only an hour from the Canadian border, signs for Whidbey Island Ferry beckoned. We arrived at noon, Andrew's team did great, won 2-0 on a green field dusted with wild mushrooms odd wildflowers, bordering a dark forest. 

On our way home we stopped in a quaint little town called Snohomish. We found an English pub on 1st street, popped in for some bangers and mash, and afterwards visited a giant antique shop in which we spent more than an hour exploring and drooling over antique furniture. I slept most of the way home, only waking to sneak a final glimpse of the forest before entering desert.

On Sunday we rested, watched a bit of our favorite program, The Saint (love Roger Moore) and enjoyed my mom's wonderful Sunday roast with extra gravy. 

It was a great September weekend. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Miniature Summer Vacation

Highway I-84 - the Scenic Columbia Gorge.

I have no idea how many times I've made this same trip - Columbia Basin (Tri-Cities area) to "Portlandia"/Oregon Coast area. It never gets old .. the way your surroundings turn from brown scablands to deep green forest in the blink of an eye, the spotting of the odd mountain goat, stopping off at Char Burger for a greasy bite and a browse through the gift shop, it really is the perfect road trip. 

We had been playing with the idea of accompanying Andrew on one of his soccer tournament trips for awhile, and it just so happened that my younger siblings had not yet been on a grand road trip their entire summer vacation! Long story short, we stole them from my parents and headed to Portlandia the other weekend. Lets just say, everyone was tired of the camera by the time we crossed state line (which is 20 min into the trip). haha!

Part I

Stop #1- "Char Burger", Cascade Locks

Char Burger. The first time I took my first bite at this place I was probably 'just' able to sit up in a high chair. Its the perfect place to reminisce and enjoy the greenery of the Pacific Northwest. We chose a window-side both because of the amazing views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Columbia River, and were lucky enough to spy a steamboat while we filled in the blanks in my new Mad Libs! On our way out we peeked in the gift shop 'just because'.

Stop #2- Multnomah Falls!

One of the more beautiful places I've been. Somewhere we always stop on our way into Portland.
We hiked to the bridge and snapped a few group photos while enjoying the mist of the falls. I am always fascinated by tiny ferns and plants like the one below - isn't it darling? We laughed about the little things and made the most of the tourist filled atmosphere summer-vacation-style.