happy happy birthday

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… to my dearest mom!!

actually her birthday WAS on the 13th, and the card didn’t get mailed until two days passed her birthday (oops). since the card is on its way to taiwan right the moment, i figure this post shouldn’t spoil her surprise. ( which i am also hoping she won’t check the blog before the card arrives)

+ the rabbit graphic was simply inspired by her zodiac year

+ lovely cotton twine from studio carta by angela liguori… the best cotton twine, ever.

happy happy birthday

fm10

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found my baby FM10 behind the unused text books while doing some house clean-up. you might wonder what is FM10? well i actually thought this is just a very basic, entry level manual camera that nikon manufactured. but sadly, according to wikipedia, this model was created for developing countries in south and east asia as a more affordable alternative compare to other professional manual cameras.

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fm10

ps i made this

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new year revolution one : cookies baking!

seriously, i’ve never thought one day i will bake cookies from scratch… it just doesn’t seem something i would do when i have spared time. but never say never. i gave it a try this weekend and the whole process was much easier than i anticipated, plus – they are m-m-m good!!

you can check out the official recipe here but this was how i prepared them. no blending machine needed. no granular sugar. no vanilla.

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ps i made this

from the garden : june

from the garden : june

from the garden : june

from the garden : june

 

1. half bloom globe thistle (Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’) always look funny to me. kind of half-shaved style.

2. full bloom bright orange coneflowers after we came back from paris. the coconut coneflowers (not in picture) are on their way to full bloom…

3. last week we found the little sedum is blooming, too. super cool!!!

temperature is getting insanely hot these days in philly, which makes the plants very needy – we have to water them on almost daily basis in the past couple days…

oh yeah, summer has officially arrived.

from the garden : june

from the garden : may

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our plants are growing taller and taller after the spring cut-back, couple showers (natural irrigation!) definitely helped. especially the coneflowers – look at them – i wonder if they will eventually grow taller than our fence! we also found couple new spots in the planter where have been seeded and filled by russian sage and french lavender, lovely bonus.

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from the garden : may