Monthly Archives: January 2010

Home Again, Home Again

It seems just as soon as we took off for NYC, we were turning around and coming home again.  C’est la vie. Before life picks back up to full speed I thought I’d spend a little time recording the past couple of days (much more appealing than the needed trips to the grocery store, laundry,etc)

Day 2 — Friday Part I

According to the folks in the shops this was the coldest day of the year so far.  midteens with a windchill of something awful, but I didn’t let that deter me from the missions of the day, I put on nearly everything in my suitcase and headed out the door looking like the Marshmallow man’s girl friend(and since I don’t really need help in that area you can imagine what a fun site I was). First off to midtown with a visit to Mood Fabrics and a couple of crafty stops a couple of SC girls recommended.

As if the subway ride wasn’t enough to remind you are in New York, coming up from the trains at Penn Station you come upon this…

the Empire State Building and the Macy’s mother ship. First stop Macy’s for a hat that completely covers my ears (I came home to find my hat and gloves in between the seat and door of my sister’s car, I bought cheapy gloves and a cute but not as warm as needed hat at H&M on the first night) and they were completely sold out. Yes friends —sold out— that’s how cold it was. So I pulled down the hat I had as far as it would go, put up my collar on my trench coat and wrapped my scarf around.  I may be the one person who leave New York less fashionable than when I arrived. If only Clinton and Stacy were there to catch that look, surely they would have handed me the Visa Card and whisked me right back in to Macy’s to find a better choice. Alas they were no where to be found so I carried on with my plans for the day.

Then it was up 6th Ave to Tinsel Trading (5th ave & 37th), oh my! You know how the Bible talks about how God has prepared rooms for each of us, well Tinsel Trading comes pretty close to what mine might look like.

walls of ribbons and trims of all sizes and textures…silk, brocade, velvet…lace, pompom, ropes, you name it they probably have it.  Along the other wall — flowers of various textiles: silk, satin, twill, beads sorted and organized by color.

And in the middle, vintage buttons, beads, ribbons and etc. I came upon this vintage ribbon and fell in love. Thank god I was alone and felt no guilt as I wandered up and down the aisles.

even at *gasp* $26/yard I had to have it.  I have no clue what I’m going to do with it other than put it on display in my craft room some way.  These are ribbon and trim lovers so when I nearly cried over the ribbon they got me and when I nearly cried as I handed over my credit card for much more than I planned — well they got that too.

I stopped in a few more trim stores along the route, but they weren’t quite the same, even though one might possibly have had even more stuff, the vibe was off and well my pocket book was empty. I still never found Mood fabrics, even though I walked along 37th Ave from 5th to 9th Ave. The jaunt was rewarded in a different way when I turned the corner and remembered that B&H Photo was just another couple of blocks down.

BONUS! B&H was a must see place on my trip last year than never happened, they closed for an assortment of Jewish Holidays during that trip.  This place is really something to see — if you’ve ever visited their website or looked through the catalog or even the pages and pages of the adverts in the back of photography mags you can kind of imagine, but even those don’t do the real life version justice.  It was crazy and overwhelming and sadly the lens I was hoping might work for my cam does not autofocus.  So the next version is $4o0.  Something else to save for…

And this was just the morning and you’ve probably wasted part of your morning or afternoon reading this, so I’ll save the afternoon for the next entry.


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Greetings from New York!

First a note to would be burglars: I was a little nervous about posting that I was away, just in case one of the twelve of you who read this are burglars and would go into my home, but then I realized there isn’t much for you to grab…perhaps a TV and that would make me sad, but my trusty mac, camera, etc are all with me so unless you have a hankering for craft supplies there’s no reason to go to my place.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

Well not quite regular, I am in New York City after all and it’s about as far away from my regular world can be.  It’s hard not to feel alive here, I sometimes I wish I felt like this at home more often.  I’m sure it’s draining riding in the subways, being jostled and judged, feeling the cold wind blast you day after day, but for this one day or the few days I’m here it’s a good feeling.  So what am I doing inside the hotel room blogging instead of out there experiencing it all…well my dear sister decided to take an extended certification at the last minute so I’m hanging out an extra couple of hours waiting for her.  Not to bad, it’s giving my footsies a chance to recover from a day of pounding the pavement.

Today I made good on my promise to myself to get to know a new area of town.  I recruited a little help from the Foods of New York tour company and headed down to Greenwich Village for a day of exploring and eating.

Caution from this point on this post is pretty photo heavy, totally ok to bail at this point, no really it won’t hurt my feelings, glad you came in the first place.

Here’s the thing about New York…sometimes at least for me it’s hard to tell the good from the bad. Example Joe’s Pizzaoutside and inside average if not nearing the edge of run-down looking, but the pizza oh my!  this is real pizza kids no fancy toppings, cheese and pepperoni by the slice, to die for, were it not the first stop on our little journey I would have eaten 3 more slices.

Next it was on to Faicco’s Pork Store,  yes Pork store,  chops, bacon, handmade sausage you name it if it comes from the pig they have it, plus a great supply of cheeses and prepared food.  Here we had rice balls, yes friends, I ate rice— but only because it was mixed with about 5 different creamy cheeses and then deep fried.Faiccos is the far left and this picture is really about the 3 federal row houses that have been around since 1860 or so.  In the middle is Aphrodisia a small lovely spice shop that is sadly closing it’s doors due to a rent hike after 40 years, the smells as you can imagine were amazing!

Down another street we passed Po Mario Batali restaurant before he became the mega-star chef he is now, walked into a jazz club for a little history on the beatnik culture, walked past a former carriage house where a trust fund kid was ripping out the foundation to put a swimming pool and other renovations to the tune of $32 million bucks.  Apparently he’s not suffering from the poor economy.

Then it was on to Palma where we were welcomed past the main restaurant through the garden and into the private dining area housed in a gorgeous home, and had a conversation with Walter the chef(walter who has traveled everywhere and worked in um — the white house! talk about chef cred—). Sorry just a pic of the board here, the feeling was so intimate, I didn’t think it was appropriate to take photos.

We ate this most amazing cauliflower dish, already I’m a fan of cauliflower it’s in my top 3 veggies, but this dish was in a whole different dimension from your everyday cauliflower.  I think I will have to try the recipe (as much as he would divulge when I get home) it was a lovely mix of cauliflower, pine nuts, currents and with a little flavor of caramelized onion mixed in. I loved it so much we’re headed back for dinner tonight.

Then it was on to Soy and Sake, a completely vegetarian asian place, where many meat-like things like this chinese pork and wonton were made out of gluten to look and ‘taste’ like meat.  Those of you who know me well can guess this was not my favorite spot on the tour.

Next up Milk and Cookies…seriously could there be(go ahead say with your ‘Chandler voice) a better name for a pastry shop that specializes in cookies.  Their choc chip is pretty darn good, right up there with Heather’s (sorry girl, but they were good)

Then we went for a little tour in the residential area…speaking of Chandler, if you stay up late at night and watch friends reruns like I do to try and fall asleep than this building might look familiar.

or you have 13.2 or so million doors and want to buy a home with some history, perhaps you might pick up this little gem from Tom and Gisellethen it was on to gelato and then some cheese from the cheese mecca ‘Murray’s Cheeses’

This is just the family of blue cheeses, there were 6 or 7 more cases just like this.We rounded out the tour with cannoli, yum. No pics because my hands were to full of yummy goodness.

Are you still here? Give yourself a gold star!


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Behold the powers of the universe

aka follow the signs

so a couple of weeks ago I was watching the beautiful and fabulous Alicia Keys perform this song on SNL

(note this is not the SNL version, but it’s just as good if not better and it is Thursday after all)

and I thought to myself, huh…

New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York

that’s exactly how I feel when I’m in New York, I need to use these lyrics on a scrapbook page with one of my photos.

So I sat down and the page didn’t come together quite like I had in my head. The original plan was just to mist the title, but it didn’t work out so I thought I’d just keep going crazy and cover the whole sheet and use it for another project, once it dried I decided I liked it but wasn’t worthy of the lyrics.

as I created it I found myself remembering the great trips I’ve had there 3 in the last decade.  And counted myself blessed and lucky to have had those opportunities.

The next day I was checking my work gmail and a link to this NY Times article: 36 Hours in New York Again I thought that’s cool, added to my handy dandy google notebook for the next trip whenever that maybe…

Then the next day, I came home to find an email from my dear sister —

'have to go to NYC for certification class at the end of the month,
do you want to go with?'

Seriously! Tickets booked the next day and now I’m counting the days.

These are the moments I believe there is a greater power in the universe at play and I am thankful to be along for the ride.


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Design Your Life week 3

I figured since the 4th week of class (seriously where does the time go?) starts tomorrow it might be a good idea to post week 3 assignments at some point…self accountability and all that jazz.

This week’s topic: Repetition and the oh-so fabulous visual triangle.

I think I’m pretty good at these things naturally and sometimes if stuck think about the visual triangle with embellies, etc.  It was interesting to take a step back and really be conscious of the design principles.  I’m pretty happy (pretty happy = happier than last week) with the results. An added surprise, I’m enjoying 81/2×11 layouts, not feeling the need to mount them on a 12×12 for a change.

Assignment 1…love the left more than the right, even though the journaling is super duper cheesy.Yet another added bonus of the class I’m putting a dent in my stash of scrappy products(ok it’s really the invisible kind, like you get in the windshield, but I’m hoping that just like my windshield the little chip in the stash will turn into a big one and spread, there by making room for new) Example: The chipboard  from Cosmo’s Earth Love was my ‘have to have’ supply in October and it’s been sitting there unused and unloved for months and let’s not even talk about how long I’ve had the OA sticker I used for the title.

Assignment 2…Can you handle one more bonus…using photos I forgot I had, like these of S running through the sprinkler this summer.

Finally, the real world color challenge from week 2…orange, pink and brown. Yum. I think they still need a little something.

Thanks to my dear friend Heather for taking these fun photos of me as one of her photog class assignments.

With that, I say bring on week 4.


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Belated Friday Fill-Ins

And well yesterday was a blur…so without further ado here we go!


1. The lesson I learned yesterday was _better to be proactive than reactive_. (ok so I didn’t learn that yesterday, but I was reminded again, ouch)
2. _Facebook, where friends and family meet. (and you wonder why I don’t have a career in marketing)
3. All these years _and I’m still the same sensitive, emotional girl I’ve always been____.
4. ___The laughter and inappropriate conversations started_ when I arrived. (or so I’m told)
5. I’ve been called aloof and bitchy, but the truth is _I’m just shy and introspective__.
6. _Sitting around the table is what I remember most from that day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _resting____, tomorrow my plans include _hair done and a concert____ and Sunday, I want to _complete my DYL assignments____!


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Video Thursday

Where was this machine when I was in college? Heck our snack machine at work is out of order I think maybe it should be replaced by this one.

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Design Your Life…Week 2

Reading the title makes me think of one of my favorite quotes…

‘Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself’.  Most of the time my life creation is raw and unplanned, so having this little class is a good thing to help me with structure.  Then again…it’s only week 2, maybe a little early to draw complex life metaphors, that’s best left to Oprah and friends.

In the meantime I thought I would share the assignments I completed this week. asymmetry is the topic for this week, I thought I would have an easy go, I think my pages probably fall in the asymmetrical category most of the time.

Assignment 1: Park Play

Ended up loving this sketch, pretty sure I’ll use it again.

Assignment 2…This one didn’t come so easily, let’s just say Cathy Z’s version of asymmetry and the concept as I see it are pretty far about.  I think tilted, lots of white space, clusters, etc.  So this layout was a HUGE struggle, oh how I whined — I don’t like double page layouts, I can’t jump the gutter, blah, blah, blah. Good thing I did it a crop with the most wonderful girls who have a zero tolerance for whining (moms of boys are tough) who told me to basically ‘put my big girl panties, deal with it, and learn from it’I still don’t love it, let’s face it, I’ll never love it. But I did learn I can survive and that rounded corners and cupcakes can heal many wounds.

For those of you keeping track, I also did the real world color challenge.  I just need to journal. I’ll share it at some point.


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Good Times

So we’re barely a week into the new year and I’m already behind on sharing layouts, not sure how that really happens…oh wait maybe I am…I have great plans on the weekend to post a layout a day throughout the week and then the end of the day comes and I hit the couch and some how bejeweled blitz, mind warp that it is takes away any ability to be productive.  And let’s be honest — it’s still a stretch to call blogging productive or at least you’d think that way to if you saw the current state of my kitchen, laundry pile etc.

Ramble, ramble, ramble…and now you’re wondering is she going to post a layout or not. Sure why not… 

so I have been the poutiest puppy over the cold that stole my winter vacay and if whining about it to anyone in earshot wasn’t enough (i know poor tanner) I decided to make a layout about it.  In hindsight, I think the title should have been cold wars, guess I’ll have to save that for next time. The sad thing is I should have taken a picture of these things on my couch, because the only thing that really worked was rest.

I won’t be surprised if this next one ends up in my year-end favorites this year (man, I just wrote the most redundant sentence, be glad I rethought that one and saved you all).  After reading about the Elf on the Shelf from online ‘friends’ I decided to get one for Sienna and a new tradition is born.  A side note for those of you thinking about introducing this tradition, build up Santa as a good guy and try not to introduce the elf in close timing to the traditional 2 year-old freak out when meeting Santa.  Otherwise you’ll hear what we did ‘No Santa, No Santa’.

and speaking of that special moment of a 2 year-old meeting Santa…

Mommies and bears be ready… you may need to sit on Santa’s lap too, oh the things you do for crazy crafty aunts like me.


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Friday Fill-Ins


And…here we go! Tip of the hat to The Beatles this week 🙂 For more information on Friday Fill-Ins check out the home blog and take a shot at your own answers, it’s not as easy as you think.  Especially this week with all the prompts related to Beatles songs.


1. There are places that hijack studio calico kits and make their deliveries late, thanks Chicago and Commerce City. GRR!
2. What can blow those clouds away.
3. Standing in the cold is just plain silly.
4. oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. The wonderful thing about Tiggers…..Is Tiggers are wonderful things…..Their tops are made out of rubber…..The bottoms are made out of springs…..They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy…..Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun…..
5. He went out tiger hunting, and he met an elephant.
6. It takes serious focus and probably some meds to keep my mind from wandering .
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include _scrapbooking with the girls and Sunday, I want to_sleep in.

Happy Weekend!


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Mullet with headlights?

New year, but I thought it was high time for the return of a past popular blog feature — Video Thursdays

So off onto the World Wide Web I ventured to find something special for all of you and in mere seconds I stumbled on this gem. Are you like me and perhaps the creators of this video and have always wondered what Bonnie Tyler was really saying in some sections of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart?’Have no fear the literal video folks have come to our rescue…

Bet you won’t think of this song in the same way again.


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