Sunday, November 30, 2014

New York, finally.

The iconic carpet at PDX International Airport.


Saw the Matisse Cut-Outs show at the MoMA. A few pieces brought me to tears. Very inspiring.

My cute hotel room.

Ramen Heaven. Seriously. How can I recreate this at home?

An obligatory bagel. It lived up to all of my expectations.


At Heather Ross' new studio. Swoon...



This came home with me.

Magnolia Bakery

Curious by Cynthia Rowley

The Flatiron Building


Liberty of London fabric at Purl Soho.

Purl Soho

Purl Soho

A knitter's dream at Purl Soho






Soup Dumplings. Who knew putting soup inside a dumpling could be so good?

Little Italy



The Strand Bookstore
Bought my dear friend Courtney's latest book, Three Story House. It was like finding a friend in the city.

The wall of color at the Strand Bookstore.


Orla love.
Fishs' Eddy

Fishs' Eddy

ABC Home

ABC Home

ABC Home

Dinner at Chelsea Market


Walking on the High Line, probably my favorite part of the trip.


So long...

What a fantastic trip! It already seems like a dream. I wisely chose not to haul a separate camera around, so we'll have to make do with these iPhone photos.

It was such a great trip on so many levels. I got to take a workshop on fabric design taught by my favorite fabric designer. I got to spend four days with Anna, one of my best friends. I spent six days away from my kids - no diaper changes, bedtime stories, cooking or cleaning. I was in one of the greatest cities on Earth! Any one of those things would have been wonderful, but having them all happen at the same time was incredible.

I think it took me so long to post these pictures because I am a little in denial about all of it being over...

Monday, November 3, 2014

time away



Last May, before we knew we would be buying a house and all of the craziness that would bring with it, I signed up to take a workshop taught by my favorite illustrator Heather Ross. In between packing, moving, settling in and every other part of life I have been trying to make a little time to sketch a bit and get inspired. I've been so busy with everything that is life, that it has suddenly snuck up on me. I'm going to New York on Friday! This Friday! I'll be gone for six days! Six days away from my family. It still doesn't seem real. The only nights I have spent away from Gianna are when Dean was born. Otherwise I've been home for every bed time and almost every nap time for both of them for their entire lives. This will be a big change for all of us.

I'll have one free day in the city on Saturday to do whatever I want. The rest of the days I'll be in the workshop or traveling. I'm starting to compile a list of places I want to visit: Purl Soho, the Orla Kiely Store, the Matisse exhibit at the MoMA, Eataly, Dean & Deluca... I'd love some suggestions too! The whole concept of being alone for more than a few hours is really foreign to me. I'm really excited but also nervous and a bit sad. I'm mainly excited though!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

reading (and listening)









One of the best perks of not sharing our room with a toddler anymore is being able to read in bed again. I've always liked reading a few pages before turning out the light at night. There are no other distractions there; no tv and no iPhone. It's much easier to find something else to do when reading is relegated to other areas of the house, at least for me it is.

The truth, though, is that I 'read' mainly by listening to books. In fact Gianna told her preschool teacher that I don't like music, which is completely untrue. I listen to music a lot, but more often I'll be listening to someone talking rather than someone singing. It's a way for me to keep in touch with the rest of the world and learn new things.

Last month I joined Audible.com. I also get digital audio books through the library. I love a lot of podcasts too. Of course, just as I was getting really into my Audible book (This Town - a really fun book about politics in DC) I got an email letting me know that I had a book ready to download from the library (Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - fascinating and potentially life changing). Since the library book expires in a few days I switched to it, although I am looking forward to getting back to the backstabbing world of politics soon. With The Smartest Kids in the World I mainly listened to it, but also checked out the print version too. Gianna will be starting kindergarten next fall and hopefully this book will be help me find a good school for her. The questions at the end of the book are really great. The next book on my list to read is Courtney's new book, Three Story House. I can't believe I still haven't read it! I love that there are so many ways to take in books these days.