Tuesday, December 28, 2010

... new york

hotel view of new york

i didn't mean for this much time to pass, but december always gets away from me. what with the holidays and getting married and other important life events, the rest of this month passed in a sort of blur that i'm only sort of coming out of. hopefully i will fully emerge in time for the new year.

but i wanted to show some highlights from our new york trip, which really was nearly as thrilling as getting married.


confession: the original reason behind our trip was to see yo la tengo's 8 nights of hanukkah at maxwell's in hoboken. we got tickets to three nights of shows, and it was so worth it. obviously, yo la tengo is the greatest and each show was different and exciting, but among the surprise guests we got to see our favorite comedian, eugene mirman (you can read a write-up of the night over at brooklyn vegan, which incidentally, includes a photo of me onstage with eugene and in which you can probably see i was nervous as all getout), great stand-up by jim gaffigan and wyatt cenac, and i discovered my new favorite band, the parting gifts.

seriously, they are so great. they make me want to dance around and/or get things done. and these are things i really need right about now. so do yourself a favor and listen to this song. yum!

purl soho

i also made time to stop by purl soho. it was as lovely in person as i'd imagined it to be. however, i was so overwhelmed with all the gorgeous fabrics and yarns, that i couldn't decide what to get, except for a loverly little fat eighth bundle of liberty fabrics that is so pretty i may never cut into it.



we also swung by mood, just to ogle the goods and ooh and ahh. i didn't get anything there, since outside of the world of quilting cottons i know nothing about fabric, but it sure made for good eye candy and was also fun to imagine all the project runway contestants running up and down the endless aisles. i can now see why everyone is so insanely crazy on the show. so many choices! such chaos!


and you can't go to new york without eating pizza, which i did at least a couple of time. and speaking of good food, i had one of the most amazing meals of my life at kajitsu, which serves japanese vegetarian temple cuisine. the food was so good and so pretty i couldn't bear to spoil the night by taking pictures. i would go back there in a second should i be in new york again. it was worth every penny.

i also got to eat at one of my most-idealized, most-looked-forward-to restaurants, shopsin's. when we got there, kenny shopsin was out front in a chair sleeping away and i so very much wanted to take a picture, but i also didn't want to get kicked out. and it so happened that whilst we were enjoying our delicious food (banana nut bread pudding french toast for me... wowzers!) we got to witness a group being lectured and then ousted. i have now had the perfect shopsin's experience and my life is complete. huzzah!



on our last day we braved the chilly windy city for a walk on the high line. such a beautiful idea for a park in such an unlikely location.

me on the highline

(and ok, here's me, in pretty much the only photo of myself i've liked in the past few years, which probably means that it looks nothing like me. but still.)


it was so cold that day, with snow flurries and icy winds, that we had to warm up with some hot cocoa before heading back to catch our plane home.

thank you, new york, for the wonderful time and for sending me home the most happily married woman.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

... being married!


yup, we got married.

or, more specifically, we eloped in new york city last weekend. it was 100% perfect. wonderful, beautiful and just what we wanted. city hall makes it insanely fun to get married there, and though i thought it might cheapen the experience, the fact that we were surrounded by dozens of other eloping couples made it both exciting and romantic. it was a room filled with a whole lot of love.

my handsome groom

and c will kill me for this, but i just love this photo. he's so very handsome and looks amazing in this suit. (seriously, look at my handsome husband!)


one of the best parts is that my parents embraced our spontaneity and, on just a few days notice, booked a flight out to new york to join us in our celebration. it made it that much more special having them there.

(also, because my mom thought of the little things like getting us flowers--for some reason, this never occurred to me--and making sure sufficient pictures were taken.)

our marriage clerk

the ceremony was quick and simple, and conducted by this no-nonsense clerk. seriously, would you mess with her? yikes!

veselka & flowers

we followed up the early morning ceremony with the traditional* post-wedding ukrainian brunch at veselka. pierogi... yum!

post-wedding brunch

i couldn't be happier.

there were many more adventures in nyc, but obviously, this was the most exciting. i'll post more soon!

*not traditional at all

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

... november in retrospect

paperbark in the snow

i just can't let november completely pass by without posting something. i'll be honest, this month really slipped through my fingers. i've felt one step behind in nearly everything. and when i look back on the month it almost seems like i accomplished nothing. and yet, when i look at some of my pictures from the month, i know i did at least a little something.

modern quilt guild meeting

modern quilt guild meeting

modern quilt guild meeting

modern quilt guild meeting

modern quilt guild meeting

like attend a modern quilt guild meeting and admire the work of my amazing quilting cohorts. aren't these projects so inspiring?

snowy yard

beautyberry in the snow

and experience the first snow of the year, which surprised us seattleites who aren't used to so much white stuff so early in the season (or at all, for that matter). never mind that the snowpocalypse came just when our furnace fan decided to go kaput. sure, we had two and half days of no heat while it was about 12 degrees out, but it was an adventure. right?


pumpkin pie

buttermilk rolls

i got to do some thanksgiving baking and made a maple pumpkin pie (yum!) and some seriously delicious buttermilk rolls (via rice and wheat via michael ruhlman).

string blocks (together)

tree quilt

and i did a little sewing myself, though not at all enough. i finished some bee blocks (and mailed them out in time... yay me!) and managed to piece the top for the tree quilt for do. good stitches. seriously, how great is this quilt top? if it wouldn't be so wrong to keep it for myself, i would, i love it that much. i am constantly impressed with the creativity and diversity that comes from this little group of sewists.

here's to hoping the next month brings some more inspiration and magic.

but i have a feeling that good things are in store for me in december.

a very good feeling.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

... bee blocks

tree blocks

today was catch-up day for me. i was a bit behind in my do. good stitches bee blocks. and the blocks that were late were for the quilt that i am putting together. yipes! to be fair, i haven't yet received all the blocks from all the members, so it's not like it was waiting on me or anything. but still.


my request was for scrappy tree blocks in any style, just so long as the trees were all surrounded in white. i was hoping for a forest of trees and i'm super pleased with the diversity of blocks i got. i'm glad i waited until i received most of the blocks because i feel like the quilt needs some smaller trees, so that's what i focused on. i also wanted to add more color to unite the quilt. mission accomplished. and, excluding the white, these trees are made entirely of scraps.

i am so in love with these blocks, i had a selfish moment where i thought i just might keep them for myself. sigh.


i'm looking forward to getting this put together and off to wrap them in love, and hoping i can get that done in the next week or so. fingers crossed for feelings of motivation and lack of distractions.

purple and orange log cabin blocks

i also sent off my october blocks last week to jennifer of that girl that quilt. she asked for log cabins in purple and orange. purple! i had, like, one fabric in purple in my stash, so i was quite happy to discover that innocent crush has some great purples and oranges, which served as the foundation fabrics for my blocks. honestly, though, i'm torn between loving these and finding them horribly obnoxious.

what do you think?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

... creepy lichen


happy halloween!


yesterday, in the spirit of the season (and in the spirit of joining c on an adventure) we went on a walk led by a uw phd to learn about lichens of seattle.


in a cemetery! creeeeeeeeeeepy lichens!


seriously, they were absolutely lovely, and even though i have appreciated lichens before, i didn't quite realize that they were everywhere.


and that they really like growing on headstones.


i admit, it was super rainy and insanely cold yesterday morning so i was slightly less than thrilled at being outside, but that just made the whole graveyard thing that much more atmospheric.

pumpkin cookies

today, i celebrated halloween in my favorite way by baking up some pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing. these are delicious, trust me. and you can get the recipe here.

pumpkin cookies

Thursday, October 21, 2010

... settling in to the season

fall trees

before our hike last weekend it honestly hadn't felt like autumn at all in seattle. and then, suddenly, wow! that one tree at the end of our street was all iridescent and golden/red and the leaves have been crunching so satisfyingly under the bike tires and the sun has been out in full-autumn-force yet still with that crispness and just this afternoon so much wind and rain rolled in to make for a cozy evening indoors.


last weekend we enjoyed our first croquet game of the season. sigh. my croquet gang this year kind of fell apart, what with work and travel and children and the like (oh yeah, and the not-so-summery weather). but most of us rallied on sunday for a last-minute gathering at the old croquet stomping grounds and braved the chilliness despite the sunshine. (c and i even biked there!) we warmed our insides with hot cider and snacks and caught some bits of sunshine where we could and caught up with each other's lives. truly the perfect fall day.

we are happy to serve you

and don't despair, i really have been sewing. (not that i imagine that anyone else is despairing over my lack of sewing, just more a note to self.) working on a little something. whilst drinking hot cocoa. from my favorite cocoa mug.

citrus quilt top

and also still in search of the perfect backing for this quilt top, which i finished quite a while ago. i have in my head some sort of perfect yellow or green flannel, but i have yet to find it. someday someday this will be finished and quilted and off to the young babe who might not be a young babe much longer.

Monday, October 18, 2010

... a bedside bouquet

bedside bouquet

lately, i am finding it incredibly important to have a bedside bouquet. there is nothing quite as nice as seeing fresh flowers right before going to sleep and first thing in the morning.

this little posy is from our garden, with some penstemon, coreopsis, zinnia, aster, plumbago and several varieties of salvia.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

... welcoming autumn

perry creek hike

my own personal bell rang out friday morning and we declared it to be the perfect mountain day. c and i filled a pack with some cookies, water and camera and drove north to perry creek.

we had done this hike several years ago and were both so delighted by it that we decided to give it another go. arthur kruckeberg, botanist and superhumanbeing, declared it a "fern-watcher's eldorado" when he mapped out this trail many, many years ago. who can resist a fern-watcher's eldorado?!

perry creek hike

the entrance has since been changed, and now for the better. instead of driving up an unmarked, rough gravel road for a mile to the tiny parking lot, you instead park off of the mountain loop highway and spend the first mile hiking through gorgeous shady forest with tall evergreens and dense northwest-ian underbrush. you eventually meet up with the former road and "parking lot" to start the hike that essentially traverses a rocky mountain side. you can hear perry creek below you in the valley, but don't get to see it until you meet up with the falls at what was the turn-around point on our hike.

perry creek hike

perry creek hike

all around on either side of this little canyon are waterfalls descending from high rocky cliffs, douglas maple, dogwood, big leaf maple, succulents, gooseberry and, of course, lots and lots of ferns. looking back from whence you came you can see mountain peaks still covered in snow from last season and the air is chilly enough to remind you that this is definitely possible.

perry creek hike

and after all the rocky hillside, you are super delighted to finally see the creek when you enter thick forest and see the falls. oh, so lovely!

perry creek hike

i recommend sitting here for a while and snacking on some cookies. if you are super motivated and aren't scared of slippery logs high over the creek, you can cross and go further up the trail to mount dickerman. we figured a roughly 7-mile hike was more than enough for the day and so, decided to turn around.

perry creek hike

sadly, there were no cider doughnuts to be had, but we did have some hot cocoa on returning home and got to enjoy some more amazing fall weather the rest of this weekend. autumn feels like it's finally arrived.

at last!