Thursday, December 29, 2011
I've been contemplating my goals and objectives for 2011 and a theme for 2012. Stay tuned for an update when I am able to carve out a bit of time to write....
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
They event was held in the beautiful, filled with stain glass Temple University Center for the Performing Arts. The below photo is a reflection of the large Broad Street facing stain glass window. It's really overwhelmingly gorgeous!
And Operation Nice was there, encouraging people be nice and meet new people. I did just that over lunch, sitting with a young woman who teaches in Philly.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I made this little flower in a clear ball the size of a quarter. It's going to be a gift for my aunt. I think she'll be pleasantly surprised to get a little something.
I also made two "Hershey Kisses." They are a bit smaller but kind of fun.
Next week is the last class. I think we're doing animals again although I might work on something else.....
Friday, November 4, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The reason for our journey though, was to visit this place. Yes, we went to see wolves. They are AWESOME. (In retrospect, I should have done a bit more dancing on the trip. Because Dancing with Wolves is so much better than DWTS. Yeah, and I haven't even had sugar this afternoon. Makes you wonder, doesn't it!) This preserve helps to save wolves all over the country. They have some that used to be pets, some that are just pups still and some veterans who are 17 or 18 years old. This pack, pictured below, is the largest of the various packs they have. They have 3 acres of land to roam on. And my goodness, they are simply beautiful creatures. I learned a lot - the preserve's focus is on education - and really enjoyed the experience.
Afterwards, we went JoBoy's Brew Pub for lunch. The raves on Yelp commented on their exceptional BBQ. Both the manfriend and I tested those reviews with the sampler sandwiches. It's good - the pork and beef were definitely our faves. The beer was decent according to manfriend. I taste tested a glass of wine instead....
And then it was onward... Yelp helped us find Wilbur's Chocolates. I do love a good chocolate shop. They did have some not quite right looking sponge candy there. I thought about buying but decided to stick with what I knew wouldn't disappoint me. I'm glad I did! The buds are good and my chocolate bar with crispy pieces helped make the journey home even better....
Wolves, food, wine and chocolate: Yep, an utterly delightful day spent in Lancaster County.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- Today, I get to start this class. I'm pretty excited about getting to play with glass. It is four week long and I'm hoping to learn something new ad perhaps make a Christmas gift for someone.
- I visited another winery this past weekend. I came home with tea infused wine. It's yummy... I can't wait to find the perfect occasion to open it.
- My knitting is moving along. I found a glass of wine in just as nice of a compliment at a cup of chai.
- I'm doing something super fun this coming Saturday. Photos will be forthcoming.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Years and years ago, when I was in college, I served on student government. During my term in office, a hate crime occurred on campus. Someone – multiple someones probably – burned a cross on campus between two residence halls. That moment and the subsequent days after that forever changed who I am. As I met with other students, including members of the Black Student Union, I heard the fear in their voice and saw the concern – for safety, for comfort, for understanding – on their face. During the days that followed, I spoke with college officials, local media, and a variety of law enforcement officers. But the people that truly mattered – that I was working for – were the students in that room. Their pain echoes inside me whenever I hear of a hate crime. It reminds me that we’re all in this together. And that hate must be continual fought. We have to stand up and stand together in saying this is not okay. This is not what our community is about.
I share all of this because this morning a friend and colleague shared a photo on Facebook of a hate crime in his community. Someone spray painted words of hate on the LGBT Center. And it stirred up those old emotions – anger, sadness, and that sense of disbelief. I just don’t get how people can do such a thing. How can you hate someone because of who they are? Color, sexual orientation, religion – those are things we just are. How we are born. It overwhelms me to think that 10, 20, 30 years from now we might still be facing these challenges. Yet the optimist in me remains ever hopefully. Goodness knows we’re more accepting and embracing than we were 20 years ago. It’s moments like this, where I turn the action of hate over and over in my head failing to understand why, that leave me hoping for the future the most. We have to make it better.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Anywho, I've found time on the couch with needles, yarn and a cuppa chai is just about the perfect weekend morning. Too bad it's not the weekend anymore!
What did you do this weekend?
Thursday, October 6, 2011
What have you been baking?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I get it back in a week and can't wait to see the final product! It was a fun evening and a great deal.
Monday, October 3, 2011
It came out runny and beyond good. Lucky manfriend, I'm serving chili, cornbread and apple pie tonight for dinner!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I walked among the apple trees, spun in circles until I got dizzy and found the Delicious and Empires playing nicely together.
Then we boarded the hayride truck to the pumpkin patch. Oh, how I love the pumpkin patch! Many pretty orange pumpkins, big and small, just waiting for a good home. I found two little ones - one for Ted and one for me - to take home.
The pumpkin field is surrounded by sunflowers. Bright, beautiful, tall, sunny sunflowers.
It was a wonderful afternoon! I am so grateful for the sun and fun. And the picking has yielded a number of delights.... autumn decorations around the home and a yummy pie just out of my oven.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Anywho, for a brief recap of the glamorous (ha!) life I lead:
- Two batches of pasta sauce made, with some ending up in the freezer for a cold winter's day.
- One necklace won from Ann Taylor via their Twitter contest.
- Two books read - How to Love an American Man (loved) and Poke the Box (great).
- One super cool tour of the vet school through work. I loved seeing the ER and other specialties in action. I'd love to spend a day there shadowing a staff member!
- Three plus dozen cookies made using my mom's pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe.
- One Stella and Dot jewelry show hosted, as a friend recently started selling it.
- One hundred (or so) new pins on pinterest. Are you on pinterest?
- Four bottles of wine, of those mentioned in my last post, consumed by friends and me.
- One huge 'o allergy attack. For both Rosy and me. Stupid ragweed.
- One change of season. It's definitely starting to feel like autumn here, as leaves are falling and I'm able to comfortably wear a sweatshirt to walk Rosy in the morning.
- Nineteen more days until my Intro to Lampworking Glass class begins!
- One new bubble gum obsession. It is my new favorite (cheap) splurge!
- One new winter coat on it's way to me, just in time to replace my old one with a shredded lining.
I really do hope to stay connected and up to date here. Life has just been so crazy busy. I'm hoping with less travel and more fall cooking, I'll be around more!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday morning I was off to northeast PA and the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail with my friend Laurel. As you might recall, I've been a number of times before. This time we visited places we haven't gone to before: Amore, Big Creek and Franklin Hill. We also went back to Galen Glen, one of my favorites for their sweeping views and yummy wines. It was the wine trail's Harvest Weekend and every place was welcoming and had additional tasty treats. I ended up coming home with... ahem.... eight bottles of wine. Yep, that should hold me for a little while.
One bottle did get consumed the very next night though. Monday was my anniversary with the manfriend and we went out to dinner at Branzino's, a BYO in Philly. We had a lovely time and he was so kind to show up with a HUGE bouquet of flowers for me. I now have two vases of blooms gracing my home. Yep, sweet manfriend, flowers, wine and pasta - I'm a lucky girl.
I also got my first Birchbox on Monday. A little box of cosmetic samples and a cute bracelet to offer some fun to my September. I learned about them in August and signed up pretty fast. I figured for $10, I can lose. If it's not great, I could always cancel after one month. Well, I'm pretty happy and plan to keep them for a while....
Last night, I finally did a little rearranging in my bedroom and found a place for my necklace frame. It replaced a photo which was right above my dresser. I put a few pairs of earrings on the wire too and have to say I'm quite pleased!
Yes, life is good here.... How about with you?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I took this old frame (with my not so pretty senior class photo from HS in it!) and rehabbed it a bit. Some sanding + priming + sage spray paint + hooks + wire = a new home for some of my necklaces! Because yes, necklaces deserve a happy place to hang (out) too.
I put it on the wall but don't think it has quite found it's permanent home yet. Yes, there is some shifting and spackling in my future. But oh how happy I'll be!
Monday, September 12, 2011
My own life has changed too. I’ve lived in three places since then. I’ve loved and had my heart broken. I’ve made new friends and celebrated milestones with the old ones. I’ve fallen back in love. I’ve made a home for myself in Philly. And I’ve connected to all of you….
I listened to some of the stories on NPR over the last week. I’ve gotten teary. I’ve remembered where I was that day and the people that I was with when all seemed to change. But most importantly, I’ve told those I love – yet again – how much I love them. How important they are to my life. How much richer my world is for having them in it.
That is my shiny, good legacy for September 11th. We shouldn’t take life or the people we share it with for granted. We should celebrate them daily. Because you never know. And having your last words be “I love you” is so much better than anything else.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The supplies for a new craft project - $15
Finding the time to spray paint - difficult
The quality of this photo - blurry
My need to dust, evidenced by the dust bunny in the shot, not overly obvious due to blurriness - BIG
Yep, new project to come. How about you?
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Take an early morning walk with your dog before things start.
Visit 3 Potato 4's Barn Sale in the morning before anything happens. Because every hurricane needs a well decorated home. Be sure to admire the long gorgeous farm table. And buy some stuff.
Watch In the Line of Fire on TV because hurricane coverage became too much.
Surf around Pinterest.
Have a dance party with your dog.
Make egg salad, as easy food to have on stock in case you don't have a stove to cook on.
Clean things in your home that you have been putting off. After all, when you are trapped there, you might as well do a little cleaning....
Lust over this retreat.
Spend some time in your hallway when a tornado warning is issued.
Remind yourself of the truth in this quote.
Lament the big leak happening in your kitchen and small one in the living room. Rearrange all of your furniture to protect the sewing machine and computer.
Spend part of the evening with your neighbors and a bottle of red wine, laughing and marveling in the fact that you still have power.
Go to sleep when the dripping noise in the kitchen drives you batty.
Wake up to a little wind and a good day in front of you. And remember, your life is good....
Thursday, August 25, 2011
And for some reason, this little house popped into my head. It must have been the fabric scraps sitting around. I cut out all of the pieces two nights ago but in laziness, I chose not to iron the pieces and thus couldn't begin. Last night, I motivated myself - it's amazing what a pro-ironing pep talk can do - and ironed and sewed it all. Now there is a fresh little something to greet my guests! And goodness know nothing says "WELCOME" like a paisley roof.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The ones that are left (but not that peach!) will most likely become tomato basil soup this weekend. Or pasta sauce.... I can't wait to do a little cooking with them!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I put together a patchwork front and quilted it to some batting. I attached it all to some minky. Minky really is the perfect baby fabric, isn't it?
It all came together in about 1.5 hours. I'm pretty happy with it and hope my friend likes it. Now, let's see how long it takes to get in the mail!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
You get what you need when you need it.on Facebook. And got some good responses from friends. Things like this is "what I needed to hear today" and "keep telling me this please." And some likes (because isn't it easier to "like" something than comment. And am I the only one who tries to like things on other websites where that isn't an option. Like, all.the.time!).
I keep finding myself repeating it in my head. Because friends, that's actual wisdom. Wisdom I need to get myself out of my head and into my present. And today I came across this post which was a long, well written way of saying the same thing. I couldn't help but think that the post was just another little bit of getting what I need.
Because truly, life is good. I am blessed. I have love, a home, food, friendship and fabric. The sunshine more often overcomes the shadows of my life. And I'll get what I need when I need it. But boy, sometimes, I wish it would speed the heck up!
There were a number of fat quarters... each of these stacks above (sorry, no sun today for good lighting!) is about 2 or 3 inches thick with green, pink, purple, blue and yellow fabrics.
There were buttons, bias tape, ribbon, tassels and rick rack. There was fleece. And there were lots and lots of scraps. (Shhh, don't tell but I kind of love scraps.) I sorted and sorted. I came out with two baggies full of scraps for me and one bag for my friend Laura, who is also getting some fat quarters.
I already have a bunch of ideas for the scraps, including a baby girl gift that I need to do this week (really, the mother is in single digit days to her due date!!). But perhaps a wee more sorting now... but color!
Monday, August 15, 2011
I did a wee bit of thrifting this weekend. I was early to brunch with my girlfriends and wandered down to one of the West Philly second hand stores. In just the few minutes I had to shop, I found this little lovely pitcher. It's small - it would only hold about 2 glasses of water.
But doesn't that make it all the more charming? Definitely! And for 98 cents - yes, that's with tax folks - how could I walk away? Now to find where it should reside in my home!