Wednesday, October 31, 2012


ingredients: puffy paint & 1 mini pumpkin
directions: apply puffy paint in desired pattern or design
serving size: 1 small bit of halloween decor

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


this image was the very first cross-stitch i ever made, back in the fall/winter of my first year of law school. a few weeks back i found this fabric in a scrap bin, just enough of it for a small pillow. sewed up the pillow this weekend, stitched the image on tonight, and am a little bit proud to have my very first home-made pillow sitting on my couch.


Monday, October 29, 2012


upcycled some old jeans into an early christmas craft of stockings for my fake mantle place.  broke my first sewing machine needle in the process when i failed to pay proper attention and attempted to sew over a metal rivet. not my brightest moment, but i persevered and wound up with a half-decent result

Sunday, October 28, 2012


sunset view at sunday dinner. i learned something important tonight: i do not like when my sangria has been steeped in serrano pepper and garnished with jalapeƱos. not even a little bit. especially when i am not forewarned.


Saturday, October 27, 2012


perspectives are an interesting thing. i look at this bookshelf and think, "how wonderful! so many books!" even though i know many of these particular books are of little interest to me.  she looks at this bookshelf and feels weighed down by the thought of having to someday pack up and cart away the hundreds of books in this house.

Friday, October 26, 2012


showing off my writing-instrument-hair-styling skills...the masterful pen-bun {actually very handy to know how to do when you're short on hair ties}.  maybe someday i'll understand why it is that when you toss your hair up at home it always falls just right, but when you try the same thing at work or out, it comes out a hot mess.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


her favorite spot

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


linus & his blanket. if only we had known his love for blankets when we named him, he really would be called linus. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


birthday gift of wedge toms. love the pop of pink inside.

Monday, October 22, 2012


ready for a mid-day walk {perfectly designed to wear them out for a while}

Sunday, October 21, 2012


a wonderful afternoon snack or quick breakfast. even tastes good in crumble form {maybe even as an ice cream topping?}. if you nix the egg, vanilla and chocolate chips, add another cup of peanut butter, and freeze the resulting balls instead of baking into cookies, you'll have a great little pre-run snack too. fantastic way to fuel a healthy body 

Saturday, October 20, 2012


before law school, football was what my dad watched on sundays while the rest of us went on with our day. now? college football saturdays are one of my favorite parts of fall. if i can be won over to the world of football fandom, there's hope yet for him...

Friday, October 19, 2012


so. a six mile hike is a sure-fire way to discover just how out of shape one is. apparently runs on flat land do not prepare one for the ups and downs of canyon hikes.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


wearing out the pups with some floor tussles

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


the view from my desk improvement on lunch-time video chats.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


a warm mid-day walk helps encourage a calm afternoon of napping pups and productive people

Monday, October 15, 2012


fabulous people - some of my favorites - at the happiest place on earth. still smiling twelve hours in.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


fetch and swim at the beach with b, trying to wear the big guy out in hopes of a quiet evening

Saturday, October 13, 2012


fighting irish football, and proof that he was at least sitting in front of the screen, if not actually watching.  he maintains that he looked up some during overtime

Friday, October 12, 2012


made two wreaths using straw wreath forms, burlap and a sizeable helping of hot glue. added a little whimsy in the form of fabric rosettes and lace doilies. the neutral tone of the burlap helps with my goal of reducing the amount of stuff i own - it works year round, so all that's needed to make it seasonally appropriate is one of the myriad of fabric rosettes i made during the veep debate. lucky for me, rosettes store far more compactly than wreaths.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


grey kitty for a grey day. can't blame it for trying to blend in around here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


an english semi-antique to add a little spice to my entry way... i'm seeing a miniature tree at christmas, a barrel of flags at fourth of july... so much excitement lies in possibilites.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


supplies: burlap-covered straw-wreath, hot glue & glue gun, pins, needles & thread. just a step or two more, and a bit more skin lost to the dangers of hot glue, and this wreath adventure will be complete

Monday, October 8, 2012


with no mantle to adorn in my little one-bedroom place, a spot to decorate required a little creativity. made the banner from fabric scraps, with removable letters (and extra flags) for seasonal changes; made the frame from a thrift-store frame and chicken wire, with the help of a staple gun and much hot glue

Sunday, October 7, 2012


frame painted, painting framed (and hung) step at a time, the apartment is almost put together. this painting is by an old family friend, of a cottage in surrey

Saturday, October 6, 2012


how many adults does it take to lock up bikes?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012


improvised a guiding light home during an unexpected {but aren't they all unexpected?} power outage

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


bright lights and loud noises almost always mean a helicopter search is happening nearby. always best when they happen late at night.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012


someone is trying for a suntan today