Friday, December 31, 2010

Rosy Plays Basketball (Sort Of)

I bought Rosy a new toy when I was out today. She's kind of obsessed with it. We've been busy squeaking all over the house. I love watching her go crazy with something like this....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Enjoying the Downtime

I've been contemplating themes for 2011, reading....
writing, playing with chalkboard paint....
knitting a bit, admiring the crafty work of friends who bestowed me with gorgeous Christmas gifts, researching a trip to the opera in 2011, seeing the Nutcracker, taking photos and walking in the woods. Hope things in your world are going wonderfully too!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Welcome Christmas...

Merry Christmas!
A lovely Christmas: more gifts than I deserve, a yummy breakfast, a hike in the woods, a little reading, a delicious dinner of pork tenderloin, squash, potatoes and wine and a relaxing evening. I'm a lucky lady. Hope you've had an equally wonderful day!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Looky Here....

Oh, oh.... look at that. A wee bit of knitting is going on here. I cast on a cowl this morning and have been knitting away. It's a simple no pattern number and a fast knit too. Oh, it feels good to be knitting again. Why did I wait so long?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If Only I Had a Tree House

You know how I'm kind of obsessed with the arboretum?
I love the trees, sitting on a bench writing, hearing the rustle of the leaves from breeze and catching a quick look at groundhogs and chipmunks.
And I'm also kind of obsessed with fall colors... the way trees change and how they slowly, surely shed their leaves as they prepare for a winter hibernation.
Yep, I visited yesterday for a dose of my two obsessions. It was relaxing, beautiful, wonderful and delightful. Just what I needed.....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Leaf Catching

We're firmly in leaf kicking season for her. I kick 'em high and she tries to catch them on their float back down to Earth. Every walk we play this game. Definitely amusing and fun.....

My super duper crazy work life is starting to get back down to just crazy. I'm looking forward to having a bit more time for some fall crafting, baking and photography. I can hardly wait. I need to nurture my creative side a bit. It's been too long.

Happy Weekend.... hope you are enjoying a wee bit of (happy) crazy on your end too!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sure Sign....

You know it's fall. The pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe came out yesterday and I baked up a batch. Their delicious loveliness is calling me right now. Yum!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkins, Cider, and Life

Off enjoying the fall.... apple picking, a visit to the pumpkin patch.... drinking cider, eating apple cider donuts, stockpiling butternut squash. Ahh, fall!
This weekend, I'm off to the wineries for a tasting.
It's just a delightful season! I love the harvest, the changes, the brisk air, the colors of the trees, the smells and warmth of a cardigan.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn is in the Air

Work has been busy and I haven't had a lot of free time to craft. But, I'm loving this hearty does of fall weather we're having. Hope you are enjoying the change of seasons by you too!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No Worries, I'm not MIA

Holy camoly.... it's been forever. Since I last posted, I've been on a retreat with the students, been to a family wedding in Buffalo, gone on 3 hikes, played a round of golf, cut some Dr. Pepper out of my diet (although not all), did more physical therapy on my knee, been to the flea market, rearranged my living room, cheered on the Terps against Navy, got new running shoes in anticipation of running again, and celebrated 9/02/10 day. Yep, life has been busy!
View along the Niagara River, Tonawanda, NY

For September, I'm doing some less/more intentions, starting with....

Less internet surfing, more blogging
Less TV, more crafting
Less buying my lunch, more packing one
Less wanting, more saving
Less clutter, more cleaning out
Less staying up, more sleep
Less busy, more relaxing
Less Facebook, more face time
Less indoor exercise, more hikes in the woods

What are your intentions for September?

My new flea market Pyrex bowl, a $4 bargain.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Sunday in Photos

It rained first thing this morning and in fact, throughout the day.
Rosy and I hung out around the house a bit and she pretended to be a lion.
Eventually I wandered out and went to Morris Arboretum. I walked through the flower garden admiring the variety of beautiful flowers.
And sat on my favorite bench under the willow, journaling and reading.
Wandered a bit more and visited the small log cabin. Right about then, it started to rain again. I slowly, deliciously, made my way back to the car enjoying the delight of warm weather rain along the way.
And I came home, walked Rosy, visited with my neighbor and came home to make more tomato basil soup.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Enjoying the View

I had to take a detour to work yesterday as the bridge I normally take was getting a paint job. Driving down Kelly Drive, I decided to stop and take a few photos since it was such a pretty day. And, just admiring the beauty of the day made the whole day better..... it's the small things.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pillowcase Delight

I went to a craft show over the weekend. And, as I was walking the booths, I spotted a thrift store. Of course I had to go! My friend and I poked through everything. Their linen section was small but cheap and lovely. This pillowcase was only $1 and had to come home with me.
I already see this been added to a number of projects in the future!! I can't wait.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Peaches, Corn and Sewing: What, they don't go together?

This past weekend, my friend Katie and I went peach and corn picking. It was a lovely sunny day and we were all for embracing our inner goofball. The peaches were huge and beautiful. We picked a half peck, so we each ended up with 5 peaches. In retrospect, I wish I had come home with more. Because they were delicious....
As for corn, we didn't pick as much. I had just eaten two ears the night before and Katie had some at home. The corn field ended up being lovely entertainment though. We took lots of photos and just had a good time.
I've been thinking about scrapping - for now - the summer dress I was working on (and is currently guiltin' up my kitchen table) and starting a quilt top. Simple squares of loveliness. Everything keeps calling me back to quilting. Meanwhile the dress languishes on the table, not inspiring me to sew at all. And because it's in the way of other projects I sulk off to the living room and do nothing.... So I'm thinking this weekend will involve some cleaning and pulling out of quilting fabrics. Maybe some square cutting. Ahhh... the decision makes me feel better already!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Contest Winners!

The contest is closed and winners picked!! If Kitten With a Whiplash and Maria Rose could please send me your addresses, I'll get a little package in the mail to you. Thanks for all of the lovely staycation ideas.

My staycation was a delightful treat. I took Rosy to the vet. I went to prison. I had lunch with friends. I saw the Ramona and Beezus movie. I started PT for my knee. I slept in. I took Rosy for a hike in the woods. Wonderful and relaxing.... just what staycation should be! I've been back to work this week and although busy with fun projects, I do miss the quiet delight of a little time off....

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Giveaway Love

This week, I spent a little more time exploring Philadelphia and just loving life and taking care of myself. Staycation is the best! I only wish I had another week of it. In light of my staycation and my desire to do a contest on here, I'm asking you to tell me about the best staycation activity in your area. What would you do if you had one or two days completely free (and money was no object)? Think about what you'd do strictly for you.

I'm keeping the contest open until Thursday. Prizes will include some sewing stuff, a Yarn Harlot book, some lovely little lotion samples, and other stuff. Most likely there will be two winners, although it might be enough for three. I'll pick one winner with the "best staycation idea" and one or two randomly.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prison Break

Yesterday, I spent the day in prison. Eastern State Penitentiary to be exact. Two of my friends and I went for the tour. The prison opened is 1829 and was in operation until 1971. It's in a state of semi-ruin, making it kind of creepy and cool.
We visited Death Row and solitary confinement. We saw where Al Capone stayed when he was housed there. We saw the synagogue, which was recently restored. We learned about the dog held prisoner there and the cats that moved in after the prison closed.
Luckily, they let us leave. We went for a delicious lunch. It was a great outing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No Knitting Sadly

I wonder when I'll be able to knit again. I took a bit of a break from knitting because of some carpel tunnel. But after injuring my left wrist this spring, I have residual pain. The doctor took additional X-rays last week because it hurts where a bunch of the small bones are. And I should add, it doesn't hurt consistently. Regardless, I'm frustrated because I don't want to never knit again. I have a bunch of yarn just calling out for a project. I wanna knit!!!!! I'm thinking about tempting fate a bit and casting on soon..... I have just the project and yarn in mind.

Luck be a Stacy Today

I am a lucky girl! Recently Maria had a number of giveaways to celebrate her 1,000th post. And I won! She sent me a beautiful apron, some stationary, and a couple of pretty photos. Love, love, love! Yay for me..... thanks Maria.
And speaking of contests, look back at the end of this week as I'll be hosting a little giveaway right here.

And a gratuitous photo of Little Dog following her grooming on Sunday. She's a clean, pretty little girl. And look at those sweet eyes!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Shakespearean Picnic

My friends and I had a lovely time at Shakespeare in Clark Park on Saturday.
The show was A Midsummer Night's Dream. The audio was good, the audience plentiful and the actors funny. The weather cooled off a little so it wasn't too hot and the sun was shining and bright.
The day dipped into evening as the show progressed. The lights came on, though the bugs stayed away. We had sandwiches, cake and wine. An old man offered me a peach.
It's definitely one of my favorite summertime activities in Philadelphia.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Lovin'

I love this season. I love the fruits, the veggies, the farmer's markets all over the city, the walks in the woods, the sound of crickets and light from lightning bugs and feel of exposed skin in the sun (with sunscreen of course). It's all so lovely and delicious!
I'm thrilled it is the weekend. Tomorrow, I plan to sleep in a wee bit, make a trip to Target and go to Shakespeare in Clark Park with friends. Sunday is brunch with my oldest friend in the area and this little miss, below, is going to see her hairdresser. She's getting a bit shaggy!
in the cards. And I'm hoping to sneak in a photography session with Estelle. We haven't been out in a while. It might have to be somewhat stationary due to the leg but spending time together is {hopefully} in the cards. What's your weekend look like?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grabbing onto Life

Oh, life has been busy in these parts. Some good, some bad stuff but overall I'm feeling lucky.

I hurt my knee exercising. It's been a bit messed up for over a week which has been limiting. I haven't been able to exercise and even walking Rosy has been a challenge. Tomorrow, I'm going to see the doctor who can hopefully help my knee recuperate.

However, after some pain relievers, I was able to go whitewater rafting with my friend this weekend. We'd have it planned for a little while and I just couldn't not go. The knee didn't hurt at all when I was out there (or later than night). We were up in the Lehigh Valley. They are doing dam releases throughout the summer so it's a good time for rafting. And I had a load of fun!
I also worked briefly on my dress. It's coming along, although one of my longest sewing projects in a while. Too many other fun things demanding attention!

Work has been busy lately too with lots of fun projects. I had a bunch of visitors today, allowing me the fun of hosting people and showing them my campus. Now I'm moving on to stage 2 of the on-going project, involving spreadsheets, rubrics and lots and lots of PDFs (Otherwise known as geeky things that keep me off the streets).

And I'm looking forward to what's ahead.... this weekend, Shakespeare in Clark Park. Next week, staycation with lots of outings with friends. Ahhh, life is good.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Soupy Goodness

Last night, I made tomato basil soup. A colleague had given me some homegrown tomatoes earlier this week and added to them Friday. I adore tomatoes but couldn't eat them fast enough. I found this recipe on the Food Network site but of course went off script a bit. I added a bit of garlic and more basil than the recipe called for. And, since it was in the fridge I threw a little heavy cream in for good measure.
It came out completely delicious! It's creamy and tomato-y with just the right amount of basil. I have about two bowls in the fridge, one of which will be dinner tonight. I can't wait!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hexie Love

I'm jumping into the hexie lovefest going on lately. Yesterday, I cut out a bunch of hexagon papers so I can baste some over the next couple of days. I did a few last night in Good Folks actually and am coming up with the perfect project.

I also spent some time brainstorming a project I'm working on. It's not anywhere close to reveal yet but I am loving the creative process of thinking about it, dreaming of possibilities.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Fun FO

I got inspired to do a little slow summer stitching (flickr group) by Beki. A month or two ago, she encouraged everyone to get in on the action through her blog. It took me a little while but her beautiful projects inspired me to jump on in. I'm so glad I did! This was a fun, relaxed project.
I bought two tanks at Target for $5 each. I already had some floss and needles so I merely needed to decide on a design, sketch something out, and get stitching. I determined a simple flower was the best design for my first project. I hand sketched it. It worked out fine but I think I'd make a freezer paper outline in the future, just to make it a bit easier. Plus, I hadn't really worked everything out in my mind, thus the random heart on the left of the flower. I made it work but with a template, it probably wouldn't have ended up there.

Overall, the project came out great and I enjoyed stitching it. And - bonus - I think I will even wear the final result.

Friday, July 16, 2010

8 Things I Need To Do

More of:
  1. Yoga: I've fallen off the bandwagon... must get back on.
  2. Sewing. My attention has been elsewhere but I need to refocus.
  3. Evaluating what I eat. There is too much refined sugar. And although I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, I could do even better.
  4. Leaving work earlier. We're on summer hours but I don't always leave that little bit early.
  5. Adventures. There are things I'd like to do and I need to make them a reality.
  6. Appreciating, exploring and loving my strengths.
  7. Sitting quietly with my thoughts.
  8. Tracking my money.
Less of:
  1. Spend less time with people who don't make me better or happier.
  2. Comparing myself to others.
  3. Worrying. About life. And love. And what people think.
  4. Thinking about work stuff.
  5. Taking things personally. Thank you Don Miguel Ruiz.
  6. Drinking Dr. Pepper. I don't drink more than one can a day but I'd like to make that even less.
  7. Watching mindless TV.
  8. Allowing the whispers of my guilt pile of books to get to me.

And some other things....

The new blog is coming along. I like the positivity it is adding in my life.

Did you know that Maria is having a week of contests? Awesome prizes too... scurry on over there. And wish her a happy 1000 post... it's right around the corner!

Tomorrow, we're doing outdoor movie night in my apartment complex. We're watching The Incredibles and people are making popcorn and other treats. Of course, I'm part of the planning team because that is how I roll.... should be fun!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Channeling Your Beauty Live

Well, I did it! I launched a body image/self-esteem blog over on Tumblr. I've been writing and posting all sorts of stuff for about a week. So it's still pretty young. I have to say, adding such positivity to the world - even if only in written form - makes me smile something fierce. I only hope my message helps at least one person re-frame things for him or herself. Anywho, check it out if you have a chance. And feel free to send me any topics you think should be covered. I'm open to everything!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Keeping me in Stitches

Woot, woot! Last night, I finally laid out my dress pattern and pinned it down to the fabric. Then I got too hot in the kitchen and needed to head to another room. So tonight I anticipate cutting things out. Then, I'll probably be hot again. (You know, this 100+ degree F days can depart at any time.... just saying.) But it feels good to be making progress and doing something sewing related. It really has been a while, hasn't it?

And have I said how much I'm loving this fabric? It's so bright and cheerful. Just looking at it makes me smile.
I'm also working on a slow stitching project. I drew the design - which I'm not totally loving - last night. I like the flower. I just wish I hadn't added the heart. So, who knows, it might become something else. I'm going to stitch and see.... It might grow on me.
Oh crafting, I heart you.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Photos Over Sewing

I had hoped to work on my dress this weekend. In fact, I was all geared up for some pinning and cutting yesterday. And then I woke up with a headache. So no crafting was accomplished. Instead, I napped most of the day and watched Law and Order. (Oh, how I miss Lennie Briscoe.) However, I did manage to fit in some time with Estelle. I am slowly teaching myself different features. This weekend was black and white weekend.
I really adore black and white photos. It probably is, in part, due to my love of retro things. However, I think it invokes a certain emotion that you might not get from a color photo. I shot in color and black and white just to be able to compare photos a little bit. And I think I might implement a self-lesson a week to help me master things a bit.

Anywho, I like the one of myself that is above and this one of the angel in my building's courtyard, below. I actually ordered prints of the angel, as I'm pretty sure a friend would enjoy the photo as well.
Since my headache disappeared late last night, I'm hoping to proceed with some sewing tonight. Gotta get this summer dress completed before the season is over!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Time with Estelle

I spent some time playing with Estelle today, both outside and in. Goodness, she's a delight. More soon!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Positivity Abounds

My fabric basket is overflowing. This weekend I need to work on my new dress. I love the fabric and could see it being a summer favorite. I just need to sew it! And then I do have some quilt tops swirling around in my brain. I'd like to make something picnic/Shakespeare in the Park worthy. Summer sewing, I'll be right there!
I've also been thinking a lot about body image. I think I'm going to be launching a new blog, with guest bloggers periodically, to discuss body image. I've been confronted lately with people ragging on parts of their body or companies sending negative messages to women. As I witness that more and more, I feel a need to be part of a positive conversation.

Creatively, I've been writing. In part for the 21.5.800 yoga project and part to get out thoughts. The other day, merely looking outside at the rainy, windy day inspired me to write for a wee bit. So deliciously good! Look back for some of those creative thoughts in the near future...

I'm also contemplating this class, run by an Unravelling friend. Heather is a pretty amazing woman and I'm so impressed she is working to make this class - a dream of hers - a reality. And I'm pretty sure it will be an amazing 5 weeks.

Oh summer, thank you for the energy and ability to make things happen in my life! You are such a welcome break from the craziness that is life during the academic year.

Monday, June 28, 2010

10 Things That Make me Happy

  1. Rosy dog
  2. Walking in the woods
  3. Clouds
  4. Fabric
  5. Frosting
  6. Flea markets
  7. Farmer's market
  8. The smell of clean laundry just out of the dryer
  9. Olde City, Philadelphia
  10. Travel
What makes you happy?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend Wonders

Dinner at a friend's house before she goes on vacation with make your own pizzas.
And a delicious strawberry daiquiri.
A long walk in the woods with a friend and three dogs.
A nap on the couch.
Going to dinner and to see the A-Team with friends.
Shying away from outside on this humid 95 degree day.
Using that time for cutting out patterns.
Air conditioning.
Lemon poppyseed bread.