Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stocking Up!

The idea of how to turn something new again and make it useful - exciting
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

Things to do in a Hurricane

Stock up on goods at the Wawa. Because goodness knows you need junk food.

Take an early morning walk with your dog before things start.

Love this table at 3 Potato 4.... beyond perfect!

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.

The things I came home from the Barn Sale with... small purchases but fun little additions.

Bake cupcakes.

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.
Yum, cupcake!

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.

Sleep well.

Wake up to a little wind and a good day in front of you. And remember, your life is good....

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Paisley Roof

I needed something new for my apartment door. It's an ugly brown shade - you know, the color of the M&M they got rid of when they brought Blue on to the market. Really, who chooses that color? Knowing my management company, it was probably on sale. Anywho, there was a small bird out there but she'd been gracing the door for a while and needed a break.
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

Homegrown Goodness

My colleague gave me a bunch of tomatoes from her garden. I've had a Roma for dinner each of the past two nights. What is it about homegrown tomatoes that just taste better? It's like you can taste the sunshine almost.
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

A Little Baby Gift

One of my friends is in single digits to her due date. I've been a bit of a slacker in getting a small baby gift to her and I figured I'd better get on it now! So I pulled out a bunch of scraps today and put together a stroller blanket for her. I went with pink fabrics and a few with another dominate color and pink highlights.
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

Isn't That Always The Case?

I recently posted...
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!

Holy Fabric Batman!

The past two nights, I've spent time sorting through two large garbage bags of fabric. Fun? Yes! A bit of work? Yes! After a friend of mine visited her house, I inherited a bunch of Julie's hand me downs now that she's moving to California. And can I say wowzers?
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

Pitcher This, Sicily 1926

Sorry, I couldn't pass up a classic Golden Girls quote! Although I do feel, to properly do Sophia Petrillo justice, I should be carrying a purse on my forearm and going out to the lanai.

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!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shhhhhhhh

A deck of cards + lots of love + glue + stickers = a little gift for the man friend for our anniversary. Shh, don't tell okay?



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Reflection...

The journey we’re on always manages to surprise me. The twists and turns of life can bring joy, sorrow, anger or pure love. And you just never know what’s around the next corner. The fairy tales of youth make it seem so very easy to find your personal Prince Charming. You’re raised with the expectation of white picket fences and 2.3 children and dazzling white smiles. And for some of us, that happens. The stars align and offer our own version on that loveliness. And from the outside, we often think so many people have just that. Oh, the outside! Where you never really know what is happening….. that is always the problem with comparison. You never know the full story.
Surely my life hasn’t followed the plan I had years ago. I should be married with those 2.3 children right now. I should have that little house with a backyard for my little dog. I should, I should, I should…. Isn’t that what we all hear in our brains?

It’s the blessings I do have *right now* that I like to look at, turn over in my brain and truly appreciate. I have a lovely, warm, inviting home. I rent it and get to relish in the pleasure of calling someone else to fix things! I have wonderful family and friends who love and support me. I have a loving, honest, supportive man friend. I have a white bundle of happiness I call Rosy. I have a job that allows me to live fairly comfortably. I have a vehicle that gets me from point a to point b without too much drama.

I fully believe my future offers more. The ability to tackle new professional challenges that will allow me to grow is just a bit away. Perhaps a newer, more dependable vehicle will be coming soon. And most importantly, the love from the people in my life will grow and evolve in new ways. The promise of a child is on the horizon. Oh yes, I want more. But when all of that reverberates in my soul, I have to press pause to the chorus on “I wants” and remember the delightful melody of “I have.”

Monday, August 8, 2011

If Only There was One More Day...

Why is it that weekends go by too fast? I had a delightful weekend with friends and the man friend. And now I'm snapping back to reality with work and a dentist visit today.

On Saturday two of my friends, Rosy and I took to the woods for a hike. It's been too long since I've been out climbing on the rocks, watching Rosy lay in the creek and generally enjoying the beauty just a small distance from my home. As we walked along the creek, I took this photo and doctored it up a little with the Instagram app, one of my new favorite things to play with. Afterwards, we visited one of my favorite restaurants for brunch and spent the day baking and hanging out.
Saturday night was supposed to be our outdoor movie at my apartment complex. A soft sprinkle with the threat of heavier rain made me call things off. Taking my computer and a LCD projector outside just didn't seem like a good idea. Luckily, a neighbor invited a few of us into her place for a movie and dessert.

Speaking of dessert (oh dessert!) I did do some baking. Early Saturday - pre-hike - I visited the local farmer's market and picked up a bunch of raspberries. While visiting with my friends over a bottle of peach wine and an Ikea catalog in the afternoon, I made a clafoutis to take to movie night. I'm so glad a few people still got together or I'd have a lot of dessert to eat on my own!
Sunday was a quieter day, allowing me to finish my book, Life from Scratch and do some laundry. The man friend brought pizza and Weeds over to wrap up our evening together.

Life is so sweet sometimes....

Friday, August 5, 2011

In a Baking Mood

I kind of feel like baking this weekend. Which is good I guess since I need something delicious to take to my apartment complex's outdoor movie night on Saturday. I'm debating what I should make. Chocolate cupcakes? Chocolate cake? Clafoutis? Something else?
Everything I want to bake is a dessert. Ha, that's so like me I must say...

In other news, it's supposed to be in the high 80s this weekend. Since that's cooler than the 90s and 100 degree days we've had lately, I guess it's a good time to bake. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Eight Dollars

As I said yesterday, I visited the flea market when I was in Buffalo. Oh my, I love that flea market! I always find a little treasure to bring back to Philly with me. This time, it was a rainy day and the number of vendors was somewhat thinner than other summer dates. Luckily there was a vendor there with a table full of Pyrex. And as I walked up to look around she said, in what was simply music to my ears, "everything is $5."
I mean, that's serious goodness for cheap. And in excellent condition at that!! So, that Amish Farmers bowl so had to come to Philadelphia. After all, it matches a smaller one I have and love.

And then it was onward around the grounds looking at chairs, vintage soda crates and egg baskets. I adore those egg baskets but can't yet identify a good place for one in my home so alas, no basket for me.

Luckily, there was a great family selling jewelery. They had a number of necklaces and brooches. This little green dog just spoke.... er, barked... to me. He was marked at $4 but as soon as I walked up the grandmother of the family said she'd take a dollar off. And SOLD. He's mine.
Yes, it was a delightful time! Two wonderful treasures, eight dollars, one and a half hours of my time.... yep, I'm lucky indeed.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Oh, Buffalo....

Oh friends, I feel as though the summer is getting away from me and I've barely been able to chat with you all and share what I've been doing. July was spent mostly out of town at conferences and on vacation. I fully recognize what a blessing it is to be able to take vacation but wowzers, I'm looking forward to being home all of August.
Most recently, I was at a leadership conference for a sorority in Ohio and then up in Buffalo to visit my mom and celebrate Christmas in July with the extended family. Both trips were delightful but the trip to B-lo was the juicier of the two. Oh, what did I do you ask? Well....
  • I was able to spend a lunch with my friend Tina, who I have known since my sophomore year of college. It's always so good to catch up!
  • I went a Wine and Culinary Festival at Artpark with a couple of sorority sisters and my mom. I came home with 4 bottles of Niagara Wine Trail wines.
  • I celebrated Christmas with my mom's siblings and families. It was a hot day and the kiddos were given squirt bottles. Let's just say the misting was delightful. And it was good to chat a bit with my cousins.
  • I visited my favorite flea markets and found two treasures. (More to come once I photograph them both!)
  • I was able to visit with two of my favorite stepsisters (and my mom!) over lunch at The Lunch Box in Delaware Park. Charming place and charming company!
  • I picked up some good WNY beer for the man friend.
  • I bought a new battery and watchband for my dad's watch. My dad passed away when I was 14 so this watch is pretty special and it's nice to have it updated and ready to wear!
  • And a few mundane but good errands....yummy Buffalo chocolate secured at Watson's and a haircut from my old Buffalo hairdresser.
Oh yes, it was lovely! And now I'm back and ready to enjoy the delights Philly has to offer this August. Can't wait for the adventures.