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dear mae,

i recently gave myself the gift of a new work space.  my poor computer hasn’t had a proper place to live since we moved here. it has spent the majority of the last two years sitting on the kitchen table. that’s class. it cost me nothing to get my little home office set up, just a bit of rearranging.  this desk was tucked in my bedroom collecting dust and junk for a year before i realized that it’s a desk. for a computer. duh, put it in the living room. it’s in really ugly shape so i draped some fabric over it. good as new. kind of.

thank goodness for goodwill! lamp:$1.50, seriously. map:$5.00, maybe, i got it a long time ago, so i don’t really remember. oh, and the desk and chair were dumpster finds. did i mention how classy i am?
is it crazy of me to match my markers to the map? maybe, but who cares? i do, that’s who, and i like it.
hey look! i can see my house from here!

the map is one of my favorite things. it’s the portland metro area and includes little ol’ wilsonville.  tom spotted it rolled up at goodwill and it was so huge we decided just to buy it without knowing what it was.  there are tiny little post-its all over it that were there when we unrolled it.  i’m not really sure what they mean, but i’m thinking that it used to be in one of the distribution centers in town (hollywood video and rite aid both used to ship out of wilsonville, and coke still does).


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dear mae,

while baby is due in a mere 12 days (!!!!) i can’t stop trying to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for him.  boiling bottles, sizing onesies in the closet, buying things like nipple cream (tmi?).  gosh, it’s a whole lot of things you never thought you would see yourself doing.  it sometimes freaks me out, i know tom gets weirded out with the talk of breast pumps and diaper cream, but soon enough these will be everyday normal things around here…. les sigh… parenthood.

but anyway, there is a much more adorable side of pending motherhood and it is all at the end of the hallway in the nursery:

tom and i have always collected vintage board games and for the last couple years we haven’t really been playing them, but the boards themselves make fantastic art.  they are just loosely pinned to the wall so we can take them down if we ever want to play risk or clue or go for broke.  plus my granny square afghan is getting really big! I’m intending on working on it and using it for “tummy time” in the living room until i either run out of yarn (ha) or get bored with it (more likely).
i love these old fisher price toys from goodwill  and i was so excited to get a sophie giraffe at my baby shower! i’m sure she’s gonna get lots of lovin’ and squeezin’!lots of books, with lots more to come i’m sure! my favorite toy is the set of blocks hiding away in the big red basket with the monkey, oh, and the otter pops box is full of matchbox cars that tom has been buying since we found out we were pregnant.

i think the nursery might be done… i keep saying that, and then making another big change.  the dresser is still quite ugly and is awaiting some kind of inspiration. i’m thinking perhaps wood-grain contact paper stripes… or something…

well, just maybe my next post will be an introduction to my little guy, who knows?

❤ betty

p.s. you can see more pictures at apartment therapy, but i wish i would have had the foresight to wait until the room was more complete before submitting it!

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dear mae,

so far for me, the best part about being pregnant is collecting all of the tiny little sweet smelling baby items i’ll need when my little guy finally gets here.  i’ve been painting old furniture, sewing curtains, crafting like a mad woman…. and it’s awesome.  finally his little corner of the world is coming together ready for late night feedings, story book reading, diaper changes, and i’m certain it’s never going to look this nice again, so i’d better get some pictures up before he gets here and destroys his beautiful nursery!

art is from land of nod and ikea, crib is from target and the deer pillow was my very first baby craft

both lamps are goodwill finds, the red one got a fresh coat of paint, but the blue one already fit in just right!baby doesn’t have a whole lot of toys  of his own just yet, so tom’s robot collection is saving a shelf for now.this globe is another brilliant goodwill find, only $6!
oh, my baby stands no chance but to be a nerd…. i spy a dalek and a tardis, a gameboy, superman, number twenty four, maths…. and that’s only on one side of his room!

i’ve been spending a lot of time in this little room, and it’s becoming quite cozy, i hope my little guy likes it in there as much as i do!



p.s. my personal favorite part is the marquee letter lights! i made them myself for less that $20 with this tutorial!

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dear mae,

believe it or not, i’m still roaming planet earth, just a little more zombie like than before.  my world has been a whirlwind of doctors appointment’s, eating, sleeping, knitting and eating, a lot of eating.  every time someone says being pregnant gives me the goahead to eat whatever i want, i want to punch them. what it really means is i should be eating as well and as healthy as i can because i will be doing a lot of eating. even with that said i can no longer squeeze my butt into any of my pre-pregnancy pants, and barely into a skirt. my wardrobe is limited to baby-doll dresses and leggings. i look like the 90’s. now where’d that denim jacket go?

anywho, enough groaning. i did manage to come up with a recipe that i think everyone would enjoy! it may seem daunting to make your own granola from scratch, but it’s actually quite fun! i love to wander up and down the bulk foods isle at the supermarket choosing seeds and nuts and dried fruits to pair up.  i’m not a label snob (when it comes to food) but it’s nice to know every last ingredient in my breakfast cereal, and wonderful for those of you who are!


3 cups rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp cinnimon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried blueberries

*note: most of these ingredients can be swapped, replaced, skipped, added to, ratios changed, whathaveyou. these are the ingredients i used for this particular batch, but i’ve made it with lots of different fruit/nut/seed combos, or try maple syrup instead of honey if its what you’ve got on hand, you could even add some chocolate chips if you wanted, yum! (even my measurments are approximate, i count 1 scoop at the bulk food isle to be about a cup.)

preheat your oven to 350.

mix your oats, nuts, seeds, spices and honey in a big bowl


spread it all out on a baking sheet

bake for about 10-15 minutes (i can usually tell it’s done when the whole house smells like cookies, but don’t let it burn!)

carefully transfer your granola to a bowl with a lid and stir in your fruits (and chocolate chips if you feel so inclined).  your granola can be kept in the fridge indefinitely, but i’m sure it won’t last that long!!Image

i usually eat mine in a bowl with soy milk, but it is also awesome on yogurt or ice cream.

give it a try! next time i think i’m going to try it with banana chips, maybe pistachios…. let me know if you try it, and what worked out for you!

❤ forever,


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dear mae,

i foresee a lot of crafty type posts in my future as i am a crafting whirlwind lately! a couple months ago i came across this blog, and incidentally, a butt load (a common unit of measurement) of inspiration.  i have never been much into crochet, i’m more of a knitter myself.  i like hard structured rules more often than willy-nilly shape forming and color picking, but i did go out on a limb and try somthing new when i found this enormously helpful tutorial for granny squares.

i’ve always wanted to make an afghan like this, but finishing process seams (ha) like a real bear, stitching together hundreds of little squares after you’ve already devoted months to a project, which is where that tutorial comes in. why hadn’t i thought to attach the squares as you go? i’m doing to zig-zag edge for added interest, and when i’ve finished i’ll throw on some kind of border stitch.  i’ve not decided on a finished size for my afghan, i’m going to keep poking at it until little niles or margot makes their debut. it’s a satisifactory baby blanket size at the moment, so any time i get to work on it now is just bonus, as i have quite a few other projects on the back burner.

i’ve also just finished a simple baby afghan for one of my girlfriends who is expecting this winter.  it’s one giant granny square made from this deliciously soft self striping yarn.  i’m finding it hard to give it away.

if you are a crocheter, i highly recommend you check out lucy’s blog at attic 24, it’s a rainbow of delicious tutorials in a menagerie of colors.  it was enough to get me hooked! (sorry, last pun, i promise.)

❤ betty

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dear mae,

i got super giddy when i snagged this little ditty from my dearest local thrift.  it’s the super seventies doughnut phone!  there is even a sticker on the inside of the handle with the qvc ordering line, as well as the previous owner’s membership number.  it’s the little things that remind me of why i collect vintage things to begin with, every thing has a story, even if i don’t know it. i can imagine some bored housewife sitting in front of the set, rotary dialing over and over because she keeps getting the busy signal, until she finally gets to order that diamond tennis bracelet at bargain discount prices.

sitting at home playing bored housewife. it’s a lot like playing house, only there are real dishes to be done.
i bought this print from ikea with hanging it above this phone in mind.

makes me want to get a phone line.  it might be nice to have one any how, but so much nicer to have a fun phone to plug into it!

<3, betty

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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty




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