I figure with all of the rounds my house has been making lately, why not enter it in the Fall Colors Contest over at Apartment Therapy! Lo and behold, they featured my entry today! Click over and take a look! I think the comments are so funny because people want to see more of the house, but that is all there is! It is a tiny one bedroom, so I am really not holding anything back!
How many times can I gush about this gorgeous food website?! La Tartine Gourmande has a beautiful series of posts on her travels to Greece, as well as a great recipe for tzatzike. Click over to check out her beautiful photography (like the picture above) as well as her poetic writing and divine recipe sharing!
I have been so confused by the weather here lately. Is it fall? Is it still summer? Yesterday in Boston I went from sweater and scarf to tank top and pants rolled up (and still sweating). Now this morning, it is once again cool enough to bury myself in a hot cup of coffee while I work. Hmmm...I guess I need to learn the art of dressing in layers until the weather makes up its mind! (photo courtesy of Polly Wreford)
I am pretty excited to be giving myself the day off! I have been working furiously on a few projects lately and I hope to tell you about them soon! But as for today, I am heading to Boston to spend some time with my best friend, a fellow Chicagoan who recently relocated to the east coast! I can't wait to explore her part of the city, Cambridge, a bit! Of course we have a backup plan if it rains (which the threatening clouds seem to suggest it might)- Sex and the City; The Movie!!
To make up for my absence this afternoon, here are a few sites I am loving lately:
Enjoy and have a wonderful afternoon!
Quilting often gets a bad rep for being old-fashioned and out of style. Hawaiian style quilts shatter this reputation. Quilts based on Hawaiian patterns are fresh, modern and colorful. According to Quilt Hawaiian, there are three criteria that must be met to make a quilt Hawaiian, 1) the design must be primarily appliqué work, 2)the design must be circular repetition of 4 or 8, 3) the design must be cut from one or two colors of fabric (some exceptions). This quilting style has a rich history, which you can read about in a fun and fresh way over at Quilts Hawaiian (not to be confused with Quilt Hawaiian!).(all quilting images courtesy of Hawaiian Style Quilts)
After finding those sweet little felted birds I gushed about this weekend, I was on the lookout for some other little softies and was excited to stumble upon Fern Animals. Ashley Anna Brown puts so much detail into each of these little creations that they are more like sculptures than plushies. I was totally lost in her flickr pages trying to pick a favorite to feature! It was no easy task, but these plump little birds certainly captured my eye...
I found the extremely talented Lauren Alane through Ritzy Bee, who featured her wedding cake toppers, and fell so in love with her wonderful little felted creations. Her flickr page, etsy store and website are all worth a visit! Sigh...do you think I will ever have her felting abilities?
I just started reading Plenty; One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. I have not been able to put it down. It is the story of one couples experiment to eat locally, within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, for one year. I love the mix of storytelling and statistics and it has really made me ponder the way we eat. Although I visit the local Hope Street Farmer's Market almost every Saturday, I was thinking about the whole experience in a new light this morning. We are having friends over for curry tomorrow night and I thought it would be a neat experiment to see if we could make curry from locally produced ingredients. Ethnic food from local ingredients, a neat concept! We walked away with yogurt for the curry base, heirloom mini-tomatoes, onions, peppers and potatoes. All that we will need is spices, which will obviously not be from a local source. Other than that, I think we can pull it off! I will keep you posted on the outcome!
Stumbled across this amazing German store, Carmobel, over at HausMaus. Although their website is not in English, it is pretty easy to find your way around. I was very drawn to their children's rooms, but that chalkboard pig takes the cake!
I love to knit, but it seems to appeal to me more in the winter. Today, however, is a cold, dreary, rainy day and knitting sounded very appealing. I went to pull out my knitting basket and I stumbled across an unfinished project that I began last February. It was put to the side because of my crazy job, selling our house and moving to Providence (good excuses, don't you think!). With some down time today, it seemed like a great opportunity to finish this little French Press cozy. Detailed instructions can be found here!
Bear with me for just a minute. I think by now you know that I am not a complainer and I never post negative thoughts, but I really need to get this off my chest. Remember this post on Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. That's right, you probably don't, because it was posted on July 24th. That day I had ordered this sweet little hamper (see above). Reason being, my husband and I live in a one-bedroom apartment with serious storage issues. Everything is kind of right out there in plain sight, including our hideous laundry hamper. I thought this cute little number would fix that. Well, guess what...I AM STILL WAITING. Isn't that unbelievable. Every time I call, they tell me, "This item is still on back-order."
AND... if you so grossly underestimated your supply, then why is it still available for order on your website? Those poor people who order it right now will be waiting until 2010.
I am so frustrated and I wanted to warn you...perhaps RH Baby & Child is not everything I cracked it up to be. Proceed with caution when ordering!
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the "Just for the Press' pre-opening of the Chihuly at RISD exhibit that is opening on September 27th at the new RISD Chace Center. It was pretty spectacular because Dale Chihuly himself gave us a tour of his exhibition! It was fascinating to hear him talk about the process of creating his large-scale glass instillations. I could tell he was a true artist by his paint-splattered shoes (see photo below)! He told us that after buying several 'dress' shoes and then inevitably splattering them in paint, he decided to just give up and go with the flow! I thought that was a cute little anecdote.
Chihuly at RISD will run from September 27, 2008- January 4, 2009. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets!
My husband is a wonderful cook, however, his repertoire is a little limited. To be completely honest, he can really only make chicken curry. Not that I am complaining, his curry is out-of-this-world, but a little variety never hurts! With that in mind, we signed up for an Indian cooking class at Rasoi (727 East Ave., Pawtucket, 401-728-5500).
I am LOVING the tiny-but-fabulous apartment of Rita Konig, Domino's Girl About Town. Also in the October issue of Domino, a Boston Shopping Guide, which of course means, I will be taking a train trip to Boston soon to check out their suggestions!