February 27, 2009

#11: Sock + Glove Project

Made this lil' guy from some gardening gloves I found (unopened!) at an estate sale for $1.50. Sweet. I felt a little silly making a stuffed bunny, but it made me happy. I find something really comforting about kid-like projects. Check this one off the list!

Found the pattern in this book.

February 26, 2009

Outside My Window

I like the pairing of washed out reds and yellows.

February 25, 2009


Here's a sneak peak of the blanket I've been crocheting. It's about 1/3 finished—it'll be queen-sized. Some day. Hopefully.

Vanna's Choice has some really gorgeous yarn colors. I used Taupe (which looks like a warm gray to me), Espresso, Pea Green, Mustard and Burgundy.

There's my yellow vase. I do love yellow.
Still have to find the right thing to put in it.

February 24, 2009


I want to start openly appreciating things more.

Today, I am excited and happy that my friend Bill
decided he'll visit me in Baltimore this weekend.

Sometimes Ya Get Up...

...and bake a cake or somethin'.

This is the recipe my mom and I came up with together probably about 10 years ago when I said I really wanted a chocolate cake with some kind of real raspberry flavoring. And no bad icing.

It's a chocolate devil's food cake, with homemade whipped cream for icing, and a thin layer of a special raspberry puree/glaze drizzled in between the layers. And it's my favorite.

February 23, 2009


Lately, I've had an insatiable urge to make stuff.
Just finished crocheting this black & white scarf.

I also like the word insatiable.

February 22, 2009

Aloe Plant

Mom gave me a cutting from her aloe plant,
and now it lives in my window sill.

Anyone have tips on how to properly care for an aloe plant?

I read that it likes to be watered thoroughly,
but only once the soil has kind of dried out.

I've finally managed to keep a few plants alive for quite a while,
but they are the "indestructible" types.

Onion Rings

Scott and I were watching Man vs. Food yesterday and we simply couldn't stand to not make something terrible and delicious. So we made some onion rings. They turned out pretty darn good for impromptu, recipe-free food. Don't they look yummy?

By the way, Man vs. Food will be set in St. Louis this coming Wednesday!

February 15, 2009

T-Shirt Quilt

This is a really gorgeous take on a t-shirt quilt:

By Letter M Design on Etsy. $500 and she'll use your t-shirts or beloved pieces of clothing to make a custom duvet cover for you. Lovely simplicity and high-quality fabric come together for a stunning look. Kudos!

Letter M also makes custom-fit curtain panels and tooth pillows (with a little pouch to keep your tooth for the Tooth Fairy!). Very cute—worth a bookmark for sure!

February 9, 2009

Ridiculously Cool Shoes

Handpainted shoes for $180 from NDEUR shoes on Etsy.

February 8, 2009

24 things to do before I turn 25

01. start my own Etsy shop
visit Kelly and Becca
go on a leisurely bike ride with Scott
04. design my first set of wedding invitations
05. go to the first wedding of one of my friends
06. become involved with the UD alumni association
07. design a logo for my brother Chris' new biz
08. go camping
09. bake cupcakes
10. make a project from this book, Printing by Hand
11. make a project from this book, Sock and Glove
12. eat dinner in NYC with Scott, my Dad and Peggy
13. make my mom's lasagna (and get my mom + mark to visit me!)
14. start a new blog for my Etsy shop
15. go to a concert at World Café Live with Scott
16. go on a roadtrip + take lots of photos
17. create my postcard project
18. picnic at an AVAM summer outdoor film (did this in Philly instead)
19. go on a Baltimore harbor water taxi bar crawl with friends
20. finish crocheting my first blanket
21. make a new friend
22. go to a restaurant I haven't yet been to in Baltimore
23. discover my favorite podcast
24. finally visit the Baltimore aquarium

February 7, 2009

24 things I've done since turning 24

I got really inspired by Andrea's lists at Hula Seventy. She makes a list at each birthday of all the most interesting things she did that year, and she makes a new list of all the things she wants to experience in her next year.

It's not my birthday, but I felt I could use a boost—a sense of accomplishment—as well as some things to look forward to. So here we go! Just the things I could think of in the last hour.

24 things I've done since I turned 24:

01. Voted for Obama!
02. Belted out songs on Guitar Hero at Marielle + Ben's house
03. Ate wings + played buckhunter with the LP crowd
04. Hit my brakes to miss a deer that ran right in front of my car on I95
05. Met up with UD Visual Communications alumni at Dana's
06. Was challenged to my first
ping pong tournament
07. Baked nine loaves of pumpkin bread, took part in a pumpkin bake-off
08. Got a new bike and road for the first time since I was a kid
09. Designed my first nonprofit foundation logo
10. Went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Scott + his family
11. Started crocheting my first blanket project
12. Moved in with great, fun, happy new roommates
13. Walked to work, walked to the grocery store
14. Did my first black friday shopping
15. Toured my dad's new office + designed their collateral
16. Helped my mom make + launch her website
17. Handmade almost every Christmas present I gave
18. Played Dr. Mario with my brothers, like old times + Suzanne!!
19. Helped my PeggyMom design her newsletter
20. Worked at a job I really loved, then became part of history
21. Ate cheese steaks from Jim's with Scott
22. Drank Mojitos at Little Havana to celebrate Marielle's bday
23. Went on three job interviews
24. Had a fabulous girl's night + dinner + card games at home

Oh, and bonus! Rediscovered the beauty of plain old chat rooms. Chatted with Becca and Kelly for a wonderful and whopping three hours last night. And it felt so good. Miss you girls.

24 things I still want to do will be posted soon!

February 5, 2009


$10.95 from here, which I found here.

February 4, 2009

This is exactly how I feel today.

Oh lets get rich and buy our parents
homes in the south of France //
Lets get rich and give everybody nice sweaters
and teach them how to dance //
Lets get rich and build a house on a mountain
making everybody look like ants //
From way up there, you and I, you and I

Well you might be a bit confused
And you might be a little bit bruised
But baby how we spoon like no one else
So I will help you read those books
If you will soothe my worried looks
And we will put the lonesome on the shelf

[You and I by Ingrid Michaelson]


Sometimes, lately, I dream of selling almost everything I own, and using the money to travel across the country, for as long as the money lasts. And I'll take a thousands of pictures along the way. And I'll meet all kinds of people. And I'll see all kinds of things. And I'll experience all kinds of things.

And then I can figure it all out from there.

Anybody want to join me?