Friday, October 26, 2012


It was spectacular!! As soon as I have more pictures, there will be more details. But in the meantime you can enjoy this lovely picture. :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wedding Preparations

I realize I have more or less forgotten this blog exists, but I wanted to share a few pictures!

First, a few months ago, Rick and I had our engagement pictures done with our wonderful photographer Kara Shultz. Seriously, this woman is a genius. She made us look super, despite the fact that I'm pretty sure one or the other of us was talking in about 65% of the pictures. You can see more of them at her blog.

Second, I'm working on my wedding gifts for our attendants, and I'm making clutches for the girls. I am more than half done, but here is the first one! The wonderful design is courtesy this tutorial, which was easy to follow and obviously, they are turning out really classy. The exterior fabric I used was from the home fabrics section at Joann's and the interior was just a normal cotton patterned fabric. Using the home fabric was great because it is a thicker fabric, so with the interfacing, it is a sturdy little clutch. (Plus, I believe I can say I pinned it and did it!)

I've embroidered their names inside them all. In the background, you can see another one in progress! 

Hopefully a few more wedding updates between now and then (September 29th!) but no guarantees. :) 

Monday, March 5, 2012


We went out on Saturday for my birthday to Anteprima, a delicious Italian restaurant up in Andersonville. It was a wonderful evening with Rick and my two best girlfriends here in the city.

Creamy mozzarella and raspberry jam on crostini. So good.

I bought myself an iPhone for my birthday, so you can anticipate some Hipstamatic and Instagram photos to start showing up in my posts. Having those apps may be 90% of the reason that I wanted an iPhone. Maybe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New hobby!

The pattern is from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.

My most recent crafting venture- embroidery! I had to post-edit this photo a bit so you could see the design better. Since this was my first project, I just used whatever fabric I had around the house, and this happened to be the best for sewing into. I'm working on a (white) towel now, and it is a lot easier to see the design. I'm embroidering three different cakes on cake plates on the edge. Here's the getting started process.

I'll include more pictures as I finish it up!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


My parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas, per my wish list. First of all, I love it. Second of all, I made a skirt within the first twenty-four hours. Hey, I wanted to make sure it worked!

The skirt is a bit more red/blue/cream plaid than this picture makes it seem, but otherwise, it turned out super cute. I also found out I am a big size in patterns- I ended up having to remake the waistband after I basted because I couldn't zip it up.  Oops. Apparently I can't measure either, or I would have made it correctly the first time.

I've now bought some other patterns and fabrics, and have this dress next up. It is super cute. I bought some black and white houndstooth fabric and I've cut out the pattern pieces, but haven't had a chance to cut out the fabric yet. It's a lot of work, all things considered. You need to iron the pattern to start with, then measure yourself and cut out the right sizes, then iron the fabric and cut that out. Then you get to start sewing, basting first, (which is like light sewing, in case you need to make adjustments) then making the adjustments, then finally sewing it up completely. Anyway, I am super excited about this dress though, because it has tons of different sized pieces, so I was able to cut out a "slim" skirt pattern piece and a more busty top, to accommodate my different sizes, so it should look very classy and fit very well. We'll see. Expect pictures when I'm finished.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's finally winter!

We spent the weekend at my parents' house in Wisconsin. There was some lake effect snow Sunday morning, and it was definitely chilly! Compared to Friday, when it was nearly 50 degrees out, it was quite the change.

Even though it was warm all week, there was ice on the lake, and with all the sun, it was pretty bright. 

Rick's sunglasses are pretty shiny. 

Mine are not. 

And now, on Wednesday, it was around 40 and 50 degrees for the past two days and it is the first of February. The weather this year is so messed up. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


My goal this coming year is to become smarter. People laugh when I say this, because it is kind of impossible to be "smarter," per se, but I am at the very least going to be more well-read, better informed and I will make an attempt to be more cultured (likelihood of this last one happening = very small).

Part of the goal is reading some more serious books. I have a tendency to skew my reading habits towards mass market paperbacks/genre fiction, etc. This generally includes romance, paranormal anything, urban fantasy, and more. Things which I generally don't want to show people the cover in public. I am not saying here that it is bad or unacceptable to read these types of books, I'm just thinking I should intersperse them with books that will make me think a bit more.

 The first one up is The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (link to NYT book review). I remember reading the article that spawned this book; if I recall correctly, I skimmed it, agreed with it, and moved on. Clearly, I didn't do anything then. But as a person who spends at least 40 hours a day on or near a computer, I want to know what's going on up there. Also, it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, so I figure that all things considered, it's probably a pretty good book.

To find the books I want to read, I've been combing lists of best books of 2011 from everywhere. I've looked at the Economist, New York Times, Pulitzer Prize nominees, Foreign Policy's Favorite Reads, Publisher's Weekly, and the National Book Award finalists, to name a few. I am being a bit picky about which books I choose off the lists, though, because there are so many good ones, and the ones that attract my attention are the ones that end up in multiple places.

One book that came up consistently was The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (link to NYT book review). All told, it was in the New York Times' 100 Notable Books, Publisher's Weekly Best Non-Fiction, Foreign Policy's Best Reads, and, if those all weren't enough, it won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

It looks great, and with so many people saying good things, I'm really looking forward to reading it. Besides, it it tells of a person who collects manuscripts. Books are my first love, after all.