December 30, 2009

hwy 1 is for lovers

this year for christmas, brandon and i decided that we would continue our trend of going on a trip together rather than giving an item.
so this year it was cabin 65a in big sur!

we hiked, ate picnics, read books, sat by the fire and had hot cocoa and tea, went exploring all up and down hwy ones beautiful coastline, and ate a fabulous dinner overlooking the ocean. needless to say it was amazing and yet again am so lucky to be dating my bestest friend!
it was beautiful and full of everything "big sur"--- a man in a tye-dye shirt with a bandana gave us our keys to the cabin and threw up a peace sign as we drove off. amazing!

check me out! im getting a little artsy-fartsy when it comes to taking photos. go em!
don't you want your dentist and doctor to take up this style of "office"?
i certainly do!
big sur river hiking with my best friend.
i love you.
nepenthes restaurant for a romantic dinner.
tomato and goat cheese soup with garlic roasted homeade croutons... mmm delicious!

oh!!! and did i mention, this boy that i keep talking about got me a
mountain hardware jacket for christmas too!
he knows the way to my heart... food, the outdoors, and soft, comfy, warm fleece!

December 24, 2009

away in a manger

every year our extended family draws names to see who they will be giving a gift to on christmas day. this year i picked aunt mary! along with a set of vietnamese newspaper angels and a pair of handmade earrings made by poor, rural guatemalan montessori teachers (!!!!!) i made this nativity scene as a part of the present. thanks to hannah and dad's help we jig-sawed the wood and then i painted, glue, etc. until baby jesus looked just right! might i remind you that aunt mary is a lover of nativity scenes and all things handmade... hopefully this will be a great new addition to her collection of thousands!

merry christmas everyone! may your days be merry and bright!

(stay tuned to see more handmade gifts after then big christmas day!)

December 21, 2009

keeping it simple.

who doesn't love shortbread cookies and tea?
i know i do. a whole lot.
merry christmas friends! i hope you enjoy!

December 13, 2009

tutus from emaweee

anyone that knows me, knows that i L-O-V-E children.
and i have a especially soft spot in my heart for lisps, glasses, disabilities, and developmental delays
(i know... i just love them!)
this year its tutus for those that call me "emawee"!!! it wouldn't be christmas without a winter break full of living room ballet dances from my babysitties so i had to make tutus to further my fabulous five year performances. i hope you love them maddie and luna!

(sorry for the baby chair tutu holder, i promise that the tutus are much cuter on 32 lb. girls)

style your sole

as i have previously "blogged" about, i am the campus representative for the cal poly for the TOMS campus club (aka i am the liaison between the TOMS shoe company and the cal poly/slo community). the company was founded on a simple principle..."for every pair of shoes that you purchase, TOMS will send a pair to a child in need." simply awesome, right? i could go on and on about the company and everything but instead ill just let you check it out, here!

anyways, in the beginning of december, the TOMS campus club at cal poly with the help of a few very helpful and diligent people (shout out to sarah, paula, morgan, jennifer, and megan), put on a "style your sole party"!!! this is a social gathering in which people preordered TOMS shoes and then came to our event where we provided tons of paints, crafting supplies, do-dads, etc. to create their very own pair of TOMS shoes. in addition we screened the TOMS documentary called "for tomorrow" which was a bit hit!

idea: order a pair of TOMS for your sister, aunt, girlfriend, nephew, whoever for christmas and a pair of shoes will be sent to a child in need!

(btw this is the pair that i decorated for my sister for christmas... shh!)

December 6, 2009

cafe finals

i'd consider this my favorite study spot...
linnaea's is just so quiet, local, delicious, peaceful, and productive
mmmmmm good!
might i suggest the soy chai and espresso egg on the back garden patio?
trust me its a must during the holidays.

hurry finals. im ready for my christmas at home!