Saturday, April 28, 2007

My Helpers...

I have some furry helpers at my house who try so very hard, they do...
I took this moments before it might have been too late for Dinah

This is Louis getting mad for taking my dress away. He always manages to find the thing I've put down for five seconds and curl up on it. When I move said thing, he lets me have it.I just wanted to put on my party dress, geeeesh!

Dinah sabotaging her own photo op...

The girly team:

Friday, April 27, 2007


Last night I got off the train pretty hangry and since it was late I didn't want to go home to make food. I know, just pick up food on your way home, like every other city dweller. Oh, I forgot there's only Fried Chicken... WAIT!!! Just kidding, since I moved here four years ago there are a handful of places within paces from my apartment, including the fancy Pizzeria/Exspresso Bar that I got food from last night. As I sat waiting for my fancy sandwich, I watched the handsome Italian owners buzz around in there overly distressed designer denim and thought about this post. I'm going to make a map of all these new places....

The hipness has come to me. That's right, that's a cupcake two blocks away. My map is not really to scale, these little places make a perfect little circle around my house. I haven't left Brooklyn in ages!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

What I made today

Well, yesterday, actually.

A "Bloomers" prototype. I will most likely use a more subtle fabric, but this is all I had enough of at the time. (I really need to update my fabric stash.) This sample is hastily sewn together but the real bloomers will be much nicer. Drawstring waist and elastics at the cuff. The photographed version doesn't have elastic yet.

Pizza!!! I love homemade pizza for all the reasons!!!


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I love these...

....pants....ladies....the photo in general....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Don't worry, I can still knit!

Holy mole chickens!!!
So I was putting away a beautiful pile of kitchen towels yesterday when this slicer guy attacked me. Stupidly I had left it out with one of it's sharpest attachments facing up... I mean it's an incredible kitchen tool, with many SHARP blades to cut anything, including your fingers!!! I set my pile of towels down on top of it, so I could open the drawer and just like that, it had cut through my finger. I'll spare the details but just let you know there was fingernail involved and it totally freaked me out. Not to mention quite a bit of blood, pain and tears on my part.

I was all alone, so of course I called my mom. I balled like a little kid (it felt really good to do that) and decided to go to the emergency room. Luckily my roommate Lauren was on her way home and went to the hospital with me and paid for the car, since I had zero cash.

Ok, we all know E.R.'s take forever right? Well normally I don't mind waiting one bit because I always have my knitting. The trouble is... you can't knit with a bleeding, throbbing, middle finger. It kind of gets in the way, so I had nothing to do for my 5 hour wait. Lauren stayed with me for a while and then my friend Dave showed up with his computer so we could play old school nintendo games. I don't blame anyone for not staying the long haul. They didn't call my name until midnight.

When I first got to the emergency room, I was actually happy to wait because the episode of Grey's Anatomy I had just missed was playing on the t.v. and if I was going to have to sit a wait doing nothing, I might as well catch up on my program. But then the big burly security guard came in and switched the chanel to this:
"Ah, what are you doing? I was watching that." I said.
"I'll change it back..." he grunted (I think)

Then I became one of THOSE people. Out loud:
"You're kidding right? Wrestling? I'm just as tall as you, shoot, I can switch it right back you know. Turn off MY me your blood. Are you bleeding? You can't even see the t.v. from over there...." Eventually I stopped muttering and making all the people around me laugh. I don't think anyone really wanted to watch wrestling... but none of us switched the channel.

Around 11 this somewhat crazy old Haitian man sat down to talk to me. He kept saying he was a "Business Man" and a "Free Man" and shouldn't have to wait. Then he talked to me about voodo and how Heavy Metal music was the devil. Crazy as he was, I enjoyed talking to him after 3 hours of silence. I also made friends with this little boy. He had been tossing glances at me all night and eventually came and sat next to me. He was so cute. He obviously wanted to talk to me, but he kept his head down and wouldn't look at me. Anytime I said anything to him though, he would smile just beams into his lap. I wish I could have hung out longer with him, but they finally called my name.

I went into the trauma room and sat down next to a Polish man in gray shorts, white socks and a muscle shirt. He had obviously been in a fight, cuts and bruises littered his face. "I lost my finger..." I said jokingly. "Maybe it is with my face" he replied, making me giggle. I kind of had a little fun with all the other peeps in the room. I just couldn't be serious because the Dr. was cutting my finger tip off and it really hurt! The Polish guy, who was super cute in the way that he spoke... it certainly didn't match the guy his face suggested... well I'll just have to do my impression of him in person. He was such a riot, I really got a kick out of talking to him. The Dr. jokingly asked me to stay to keep the polish guy occupied. So it all ended on a good note. Only 20 minutes once they called my name.

Now I have a bandaged finger and hopefully everything will grow back. Luckily I can still knit, since I have two sweater sleeves to finish this weekend!

My Pillowcase Collection...

Most are vintage from various tag sales etc. I like having a lot of pillowcases because they are a easy way to liven up your bed. Vintage linens feel the best...I highly recommend them. I change cases often and like to mix and match- I don't think they need to match your sheets or even each other... but I'm big on coordinating them, so I stick with one color family at a time. I have three pillows on my bed, so it's usually a pair that matches and a bright funky one for my favorite pillow in the front.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Before and after

I recently re-did my desk area cause it was getting a little crazy. Wandering around the hardware store I found these bulletin board squares which inspired it all. That and needing to procrastinate from doing my taxes. I couldn't possibly get my taxes in order with such an unorganized desk! So here's my desk before:

And after.
(Well, the tape provided with the bulletin board square was not quite strong enough and they all fell down shortly after this photo was taken. I've since pinned them more solidly into place. It looks the same!)

Sunday, April 15, 2007


I find it a little ridiculous that we are often expected to pick favorites. How do people do this? Or more importantly why???? I always feel bad for the things not picked, however, I think I can confidently say that these sticky notes are my favorite... sticky notes that is.
They are designed by Lotta Jandsdotter and you get a whole palette of cute birds and little designs that might make you want to practice your penmanship!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Yeah, my favorite breakfast is eggs, bacon and a plain doughnut to dunk in my coffee. Check out my new favorite mug!
My friend Garth gave me a subscription to Pie of the Month Club! So far I've only made one pie and it totally burned cause I was being a little forgetful. (Sorry about leaving you with that burnt pie guys!) But I'm really rockin this mug. I actually wash it right away to reuse it again instead of tossing it in the dishwasher. I don't normally play favorites... I hope my other mugs aren't jealous!

What I made Today


I little while ago my mom sent me her button/badge maker and ever since I've been totally snapping together buttons non-stop! I decided to submit this idea to's Next BIG Thing Contest! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Easter Eggs with Eleanor

This year I dyed Easter eggs with my small pal Eleanor. Check us out in our aprons!
This is one of my favorite activities of the season!! I love that at a mere three years old, Eleanor can totally roll with the crafty projects. She would delicatly pick up a drying egg to admire it and it just broke my heart.

Eleanor did point out that dying eggs was, "a little stinky"

Monday, April 9, 2007

Renegade Craft Fair

Well, Anne and I just got the news that we've been accepted to the Renegade Craft Fair this year! Mark your calenders!!

Some favorites

I'm a relatively new convert to the blog world. I used to wonder how on earth people found time to write a blog, let alone read each other’s blogs! In a culture where writing has gotten increasingly short and abbreviated, I applaud the effort of bloggers who compile beautifully written musings about their life. I really think shared human experience is one of the key ways of understanding our culture... I feel I've gotten to know very close friends even better by experiencing their writing voice. It lends a poetic weight to the day to day and I think it says something our human desire to be heard, understood, relevant and part of something bigger.

After starting my own blog, I've gotten very gung ho about finding and reading great blogs. I love artsy/crafty/shopping/girly/diy/pretty/why didn't I think of that kind of blogs. I wanted to share them with you and say that I'm always looking for more! I wish these people were my friends in real life!

OH JOY! is a lovely little blog just filled with beautiful collections of things. She finds such great things! Look:

My other favorite is How About Orange. Great how to's like these fabric covered thumbtacks!

Lastly, my friends at Purl Soho have an awesome blog called The Purl Bee with great projects, tutorials and inspirations in knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery and crochet. The kids at Purl are good people with great style and are major supporters of natural fibers. Look at this beautiful fabric display idea:

Tuesday, April 3, 2007


My birthday began gathered with my dearest Brooklyn family, during the final bits of a Passsover Sedar. All four cups of wine finished (plus more of course!!), a delightful meal savored, the Afikoman found and nibbled to fill the tiniest remaining spot in our tums... we read Song of Songs aloud. I spent the first few minutes of my birthday reciting verses that illuminate the LOVE story between a man and woman, between God and and tells the story of how we all came to be free.... all of this which brought me into being.

As I get older I begin to expect less and less of my birthday and yet it always amazes me. My Mom wrote on her birthday card that she could only remember three of her own birthdays!!!! All I can say is that I'm sorry for not giving you more memorable birthdays Mom and that I feel truly lucky to remember so many wonderful ones!! At my Mom's suggestion, I will end this post with a list of my favorites!

Because the simple pleasures are what make my birthday, here's how the rest of my day went down...

After my first Sedar, the day continued with a late, spring night walk home with a great chat, a little sleep, waking up to a morning of beautiful sun and left over charoset balls for breakfast. I actually went to work watching my three year old pal Eleanor. We had a tea party, blew bubbles, swang on the swings together and enjoyed the sunshine (my favorite spring time activities!!!) I picked up a package sent from mom, opened it with Eleanor and shared some chocolatty treats with her. We also had fun stomping on the bubble wrap! Then I met a friend in the city for a lovely lunch of sunny side up eggs on toast with truffle oil and asparagus. Let's not forget the beautiful large latte! No matter how many I drink a day... always a pleasure. We looked around at pretty things, I got a pair of Marc Jacobs rain boots for $17 and then we shared a slice of cake with pink frosting before I headed out to Sedar #2 at Eleanor's house. My day ended in much the same way it began.

Now I'm jammin (my language for being dressed in pajamas) listening to an "Angry teenager 90's mix" cd, which was a birthday gift from a friend. It's all the music I never owned!! Now I finally feel cool! And writing a list of my favorite birthdays.

*********************BIRTHDAY LIST******************

Age 3: My first birthday in my house. I don't remember the apartment we lived in before this house and we never moved again. My friends came over and I remember organizing a music parade down the long hallway. I always think of this as my 2nd birthday though, my Mom says #3. Either way, it's the first one I remember and we ate cake at my tiny, pussy willow table.

Age 7: My birthday was on Easter. I had my first suprise birthday party. I'm pretty sure I was dressed as a bunny and it was at my Grandpas house. I didn't suspect a thing and it felt pretty great. Easter has always been my favorite. This might have bee the year of the bike... I kept pretty regular journals from this time on, maybe I got a diary too? I described my bike as "prepole and pink" in the first pages. That means purple and pink....

Age 13: I got a charm bracelet with a lucky 13 charm. I still have it. It has my Jr. High class ring on it and the moose charm my friend Abbie gave me that same year. She gave me a bracelet too, because they were really cool to us then. I traded the bracelet in for another charm I think, but Abbie didn't mind. She would have done the same.

Age 16: I threw a big party for this one, but only a few people came. I had hoped it to be an awesome boy/girl rockin thing. I decorated my basement by hanging all this funky cloth and old sheets along the walls and filling the floor with pillows. I was utterly crushed at the lack of peeps that showed up, even though the gals who did were true, true buds. You know how you are at this age... the boys, the boys.... why don't they like me??????

Age 17: My mom rented a hotel room in Portland, the BIG city, so my friends and I could go out dancing. This was a pretty cool gift.

Age 19: First college birthday. My friends commissioned the college cafe make me a carrot cake and we all ate it together. My roommate made a magnet of a model she found in a magazine who looked like me and happened to be reading a Martha Stewart cookbook. She pasted my face over hers.... this was totally impressive in the time before digital photo and all that print it yourself crap was as readily available. My mom has the magnet on her fridge, it's so wierd looking! This was also the first birthday I really felt the comradery of true friends gathering to celebrate you. Most of the gals there that night are still dear, kindered spirits.

Age 20: Smoothie party #1. I began hosting a series of smoothie parties with unique recipies and other yummy treats. Several boys entered the picture here... My then boyfriend Jesse, Hans and Garth (all solid dudes and practically brothers now) along with several other star appearences....Liza Stillhard anyone? My friends chipped in to buy me a sewing machine... my first appliance. The night ended in Meredith and Wolfie wrestling.

Age 21: Smoothie Party #2- the apartment. We were all excited because our 'rival' heckling dining hall table (they were our buddies) attended this party, which was a first social mixing outside the dining hall. Um, and then there was this boy visiting who I met in South Carolina, I was kinda stressed this day and fainted for the first time. My friends gave me a blender this year, which I still have!!! Appliance #2.

Age 22: The final college smoothie party! Even more guests this year. We wrote each other fortunes and made magnets.

Age 23: NEW YORK! well, Brooklyn style! Anne, my roommate at the time, gave me an entire jar of fortune cookies! Rick, was my roommate then too and Garth came over for brunch. I think this is when I got my camper boots, a memorable big ny purchase.

Age 24: I don't remember 24, but it was in brooklyn.

Age 25: another bklyn bday. 25 gifts from mom, 25 cards made by the kids in Mom's classroom and more than 25 cards fromf friends an family that my mom had asked to send me something.

Age 26: I had an Easter egg decorating party!!! I also was taken out to dinner at Lulu in Brooklyn.

Age 27: A pear cocktail party.... soon so get ready!

Sunday, April 1, 2007


April 7th is the first day of Hanami at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Hanami celebrates every step of the cherry blossom season. I look forward to this time, especially Sakuri Matsuri, the culminating weekend festival where the petals fall like snow!

Luckily I nanny for children with family passes to the Botanic Garden so I get to go often and check on the progress of the cherry trees during this time of year. It also affords me the luxury of going during the week, avoiding crowds and getting to experience the blossoms in a very peaceful way. Here are some photos from last year...

Many spring flowers have already started popping up around the garden, which is such a welcome sight! We've waited a long time. Endured cold wind, snow, woolen layers, bunching longjohns, runny noses and popsicle toes- enjoying these flowers is our reward! Everyone get out there and call me if you want to go to the garden with a pair of awesome three year olds...